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Financial literacy pays off for ten local students

Financial literacy pays off for ten local students

A lesson in financial literacy is already paying off for ten West Michigan students. 

In March, Macatawa Bank encouraged students in Kent, Ottawa and Allegan counties to take part in its ‘Emergency Fund Grant’ Essay Contest.

Wyoming business among '50 Companies to Watch'

WYOMING, Mich.- A Wyoming business has made the “50 Companies to Watch” list.

Supermercado Mexico is among the businesses being recognized for its vision, dedication and economic investment to the state.  Companies making the list are chosen by Michigan judges from economic development, banking, entrepreneurial and venture capital areas.  To be nominated, a company must be privately held, commercial, second stage,Michigan based and characterized as established and growing.  Altogther, the 50 companies that made this year’s list generated $937 million in revenue and added 728 employees between 2009 and 2012.

Other companies that made the list include: Gazelle Sports in Kalamazoo, Genemarkers in Kalamazoo, Ideomed in Grand Rapids, ITB Packaging LLC in Holland, Micron Mfg Co. in Walker, Mindscape at Hanon McKendry in Grand Rapids, Newmind Group Inc. in Kalamazoo, PRO-VISION Video Systems in Byron Center, QST Consultations Ltd.

Wyoming business among '50 Companies to Watch'

WYOMING, Mich.- A Wyoming business has made the “50 Companies to Watch” list.

Supermercado Mexico is among the businesses being recognized for its vision, dedication and economic investment to the state.  Companies making the list are chosen by Michigan judges from economic development, banking, entrepreneurial and venture capital areas.  To be nominated, a company must be privately held, commercial, second stage,Michigan based and characterized as established and growing.  Altogther, the 50 companies that made this year’s list generated $937 million in revenue and added 728 employees between 2009 and 2012.

Other companies that made the list include: Gazelle Sports in Kalamazoo, Genemarkers in Kalamazoo, Ideomed in Grand Rapids, ITB Packaging LLC in Holland, Micron Mfg Co. in Walker, Mindscape at Hanon McKendry in Grand Rapids, Newmind Group Inc. in Kalamazoo, PRO-VISION Video Systems in Byron Center, QST Consultations Ltd.

Local business among West Michigan's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For

Local business among West Michigan's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For

For the eighth consecutive year, a local business has made the list of West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For.

Progressive AE has been providing architectural and engineering services to clients for 50 years.  The company is located at 1811 4 Mile Rd. NE.

The rankings are based on confidential employee surveys as well as variety of areas including: diversity, work-life balance, compensation and benefits, recognition, rentention, communication, employee education and community initiatives.

 “We are proud to have once again been selected as one of the best and brightest companies to work for here in West Michigan,” said Bradley H. Thomas, P.E., Progressive AE’s president and CEO.

Michigan Historical Commission approves tribute to Meijer family

Michigan Historical Commission approves tribute to Meijer family

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— Grand Rapids is getting another tribute to the men behind Meijer Stores.

On May 8, the Michigan Historical Commission approved a marker to honor Hendrik and Fred Meijer, who in 1962 became the first grocers to combine two popular retail models—discount department stores and supermarkets—into a single store on 28th Street, called “Thrifty Acres.”  The Meijers then took their model to Holland and Muskegon. 

Meijer now has nearly 200 stores across the Midwest, including Kalamazoo, Walker, Wyoming, Jenison, Rockford, Plainfield Township, Forest Hills, Lowell, Grandville, Kentwood, Grand Haven and Greenville, where Hendrik Meijer opened his very first store in the 1930s.

The new historical marker will be added to more than 1,700 green and gold signs found across the state, that chronicle the people, places and events that make Michigan’s heritage unique and unforgettable.  The historical markers are nominated by spons

Hope College to award honorary degrees to leaders of Haworth

HOLLAND, Mich. – Hope College will award Richard Haworth and the late Gerrard W. Haworth honorary degrees during the college’s commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 5, in recognition of their leadership of Haworth, Inc. and commitment to the community and education.

“Haworth, Inc. and the Haworth family have been helpfully engaged with Hope College for many years.  The vision of G.W. and Dick for both design and function in the furniture industry has been widely recognized, and their generosity to education and community is likewise exemplary.  Hope has been the recipient of their commitment and wise counsel.  It is entirely appropriate and fitting that we honor them with Hope's highest award, the honorary doctorate degree,” said Dr. James E. Bultman, president of Hope College.

Survey: One summer weekend brings $2.3 million to Holland

Survey: One summer weekend brings $2.3 million to Holland

 

HOLLAND, Mich.—The Holland Area Visitors Bureau is hoping for another successful season of tourism, as Tulip Time approaches.

According to a recent survey by Michigan State University’s Department of Community, Agriculture, Recreation and Research Studies, residents and visitors spent $2.3 million dollars during a three day period last August.

 MSU researchers gathered their information from five events, six locations and many hotels during August 2-4.  The survey found that the most common travel groups were married couples with children, who had a household income of $90,000 or more, with an average age of 49 years.  The top reason for visiting Holland during that period was the beach.  The average visiting party spent $82 on day trips, mostly on food and shopping.