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Blackford Capital integrates three portfolio companies

A local private equity firm is integrating three of its portfolio companies into a new enterprise.

Former Wolverine World Wide CEO to be inducted into West Michigan Business Hall of...

Junior Achievement of the Michigan Great Lakes (JAMGL) plans to induct Blake Krueger of Wolverine World Wide as a laureate in the West Michigan Business Hall of Fame.

ArtPrize names 2022 winners

Two North Carolina brothers took home the top honor at ArtPrize this year.

China EV tech seen as critical, but tax breaks raise questions for Michigan

When President Joe Biden toured the Detroit Auto Show on Sept. 14, he delivered a speech about how restoring manufacturing in Michigan and the U.S. is key to beating China in the electric vehicle arms race.

Bank CEO receives community banking award

A leader of a local bank earned recognition for his contributions to the community banking industry.

GRBJ Breakfast Series: Commercial Real Estate Forecast 2022

The September installment of Grand Rapids Business Journal’s Breakfast Series examined current and future trends in West Michigan’s commercial real estate market. This event included breakfast, networking, and an in-depth panel discussion, followed by audience questions.

Tax cut for car buyers? Lawmakers aim to cut sales tax on auto rebates

LANSING — Michigan car buyers would get a tax cut under bills nearing final approval in the Legislature, where senators voted Wednesday to levy the 6% state sales tax on the amount people pay for a vehicle, not the list price.

Habitat for Humanity to kick off 42-home project with block party

In place of its annual gala, Lakeshore Habitat for Humanity this year plans to host a community block party.

First Steps Kent names new president

An early childhood services nonprofit recently appointed a new president.

County shares project proposals for ARP funds

The Kent County Board of Commissioners recently provided a list of funding request proposals submitted through its community engagement process.

Free lunch funding change worries some school officials

LANSING — Michigan school officials are concerned about children going hungry or accumulating lunch debt after Congress recently ended federal funding for free meals for all students.

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