West Michigan Business Executive Named SBDC State Director

GRAND RAPIDS - West Michigan business executive and Amway alumni J.D. Collins has been named state director of the Small Business Development Center, an SBA-backed one-stop-shop for business advice and training aimed at entrepreneurs and small business. Collins began his new role December 17 leading the SBDC, a 90-person organization that serves more than 5,500 companies statewide. He

By |2018-12-20T17:35:40-04:00December 19th, 2018|Entrepreneur, Entrepreneurs, Featured, News|

Techtonic Names Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm To Board

BOULDER, Co. – Techtonic announced this week that it has appointed Jennifer Granholm, two-time Governor and former Attorney General of Michigan as the fifth member of its Board. In addition to two successful terms as Governor of Michigan, Granholm brings extensive relevant expertise to her new role at Techtonic. Currently, she leads RIDGE-LANE LP’s sustainability

By |2018-12-14T15:13:53-04:00December 14th, 2018|News|

GVSU Report: November Strongest Month For West Michigan Economy In Year

GRAND RAPIDS - For the West Michigan industrial economy, September was strong, October was stronger and November was the best month of the year, said Brian G. Long, director of Supply Management Research in Grand Valley State University's Seidman College of Business. Long surveyed local business leaders and his findings below are based on data

By |2018-12-07T11:47:23-04:00December 7th, 2018|Featured, News|

Tisko Named CEO Of BullsEye Telecom

SOUTHFIELD – Tom Tisko, chief operating officer at BullsEye Telecom, has been promoted to chief executive officer. Tisko will assume his new role on January 1, 2019. He replaces Bill Oberlin, who will continue to serve as chairman of BullsEye’s Board of Directors. “I am so proud of the company that BullsEye has become, with every

By |2018-12-07T12:40:08-04:00December 6th, 2018|News|

Manufacturing Cloud Software Developer Plex Systems Appoints New Chief Executive Officer

TROY – Plex Systems, the leader in cloud MES and ERP for manufacturing, today named Bill Berutti its chief executive officer and a member of its board of directors. Berutti has spent the last two decades in cloud and enterprise software leading global, high-growth businesses. “The future of manufacturing ERP and MES is in the

By |2018-12-03T08:03:06-04:00December 3rd, 2018|Featured, News|

Developing your Business Strategy for Augmented Reality

DETROIT - The continuously evolving manufacturing 4.0 ecosystem challenges many industrial firms, directly affecting their core operations, productivity, and profitability.  Some common issues may include: Skilled technician availability High operator turnover Long recruitment and training cycles Complex products and workspaces Isolated/remote operations As technology transforms the manufacturing workplace, so, too, does technology offer a way

By |2018-12-20T15:00:55-04:00November 30th, 2018|Guest Columns, News, Uncategorized|

Michigan’s Economy Poised To Break Job Growth Record

ANN ARBOR—The Michigan economy, with nine years of uninterrupted job growth from the third quarter of 2009 to the third quarter of 2018, sits on the brink of the longest period of job growth since the World War II era, University of Michigan economic forecasters say. The current job-winning streak ties with the period ranging

By |2018-11-16T10:16:00-04:00November 16th, 2018|Featured, News|

Forecast For National Economy Sees Continued Growth, Though Slowing

ANN ARBOR - The U.S. economy should continue to grow over the next two years, but the pace of growth will slow as fiscal stimulus in the form of the effects of the 2017 tax changes and increased federal spending fade, economists at the Research Seminar in Quantitative Economics as the University of Michigan forecast

By |2018-11-16T10:13:28-04:00November 16th, 2018|Featured, News|

ITC Decorates Transmission Towers With Festive Lights To Celebrate Holidays

NOVI – ITC is lighting up 10 of its 150-foot tall transmission towers in lower Michigan with colorful holiday decorations again this year, including four in Metro Detroit. Each tower is decorated with about one-third mile of rope lights - some 17,700 bulbs - topped by brightly lit stars. The displays also include 10-by-15 foot

By |2018-11-14T18:55:12-04:00November 14th, 2018|Featured, News|