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My Town: Two honored with chamber of commerce awards

My Town: Two honored with chamber of commerce awards

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.---  A man who emigrated from Indonesia to open a series of floral shops in West Michigan is the Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce’s Minority Business Award recipient.

Big Goei came to the United States in 1960 and settled in West Michigan.  With hard work and dedication, he built Eastern Floral, which has grown into seven locations involving 60 employees, generating an annual revenue of $5 million.

Goei also created the International Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence at the Goei Center, which is a business incubator for young, minority and female entrepreneurs.  He also serves as vice chair of Governor Snyder’s Talent Investment Board.

Goei was honored during the Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce’s luncheon April 23.  Melissa Fennel, senior strategic sourcing manager at Herman Miller, was also honored with the Outstanding Advocate for Minority-Owned Business award.

My Town: Three companies get grants to create 458 new jobs locally

My Town: Three companies get grants to create 458 new jobs locally

LANSING, Mich. (WZZM)—Three companies are getting state funding to expand in West Michigan, generating more than $52 million in investments and creating up to 458 new jobs.

NOVO 1, which already has a customer call center in Holland, plans to open a new center in Cascade Township.  The company will invest $1.5 million, creating up to 287 jobs over three years.  The Michigan Economic Development Corporation awarded NOVO1 a $550,000 grant for the expansion Wednesday.   People interested in a position with NOVO1 should call (616) 834-9700 or visit www.novo1.com

My Town: New bistro prepares to open in downtown Zeeland

My Town: New bistro prepares to open in downtown Zeeland

ZEELAND, Mich.—The finishing touches are being added to a new bistro opening downtown this week.

The Elbo Room Bistro will celebrate its grand opening May 2 and May 3.  The bistro, located at 120 E. Main Street, will be open 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday.  The restaurant plans to expand its hours once it has a liquor license.

The Elbo Room Bistro is focused on providing whole, unprocessed foods using local sources when possible.  The menu features a variety of foods, including omelets, sandwiches, salads, burritos and burgers.  

My Town: Lawyer launches new fashion line in East Grand Rapids

My Town: Lawyer launches new fashion line in East Grand Rapids

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--  A Miami lawyer turned  East Grand Rapids entrepreneur is launching her luxury lounge wear line in West Michigan.

Jamie Loeks Duffield came up with the idea for Duffield Lane when she and her mother couldn’t find appropriate pajamas to wear during their traditional Christmas Eve gathering with family.   

My mother and I were looking for quality, appropriate and stylish lounge wear that we would want to wear past December 25th. There just wasn’t anything out there that was fashionable and comfortable,”says Duffield.

The entrepreneurial spirit runs deep in Duffield’s family.  Her Jim and Barrie Loeks, founded Star Theater and her uncle, John Loeks, founded Celebration Cinema.

Duffield is currently teaming up with Michigan- based Fashion Pronto to develop a new line that will be available this summer. 

My Town Holland: Hudsonville Ice Cream introduces new seasonal flavor

My Town Holland: Hudsonville Ice Cream introduces new seasonal flavor

HOLLAND, Mich.— Hudsonville Ice Cream’s new summer flavor is paying homage to a hot spot in Michigan.

The Holland-based ice cream producer’s new seasonal product is Grand Hotel Pecan Ball, inspired by the famous dessert of Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.  The ice cream features fudge and pecans swirled into Hudsonville Ice Cream’s original vanilla ice cream.  The new flavor will grace grocery store freezers just in time for the Grand Hotel’s summer opening.

Hudsonville Ice Cream teamed up with the Grand Hotel last year to open Sadie’s Ice Cream Parlor.  Hudsonville Ice cream is the exclusive ice cream sold at the Grand Hotel and its five restaurants on the island.

Hudsonville Ice Cream began churning up its sweet treats for the Midwest in Holland more than 80 years ago. 

My Town: Industrial companies looking to hire more employees

My Town: Industrial companies looking to hire more employees

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.--  Three West Michigan industrial companies are looking for more workers.

Staffing Inc., is working with Reeves Plastics, CTC and Plascore to hold three job fairs to hire additional employees.  On-site interviews will be available for applicants. 

Reeves Plastics is looking for general labor employees, assembly workers and packing and plastic mold operators.  The Coopersville company’s job fair will take place at the Coopersville Chamber of Commerce, 198 East Street, on Wednesday, April 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Interested applicants who cannot attend should call (616) 451-0511.