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GR Software Developer Blue Medora Now observIQ

GRAND RAPIDS - Software developer Blue Medora has rebranded and relaunched its retained business. The company, which now goes by the name observIQ, announced Tuesday morning the name change and its intentions on disrupting the observability space. The first step in those efforts comes with the launch of its new open source log agent, which

By |2020-07-22T10:36:59-04:00July 22nd, 2020|New Products / Contracts, Software|

Backed By $5 Million Investment, UV Angel Advances New Technology

GRAND HAVEN — A $5 million private equity investment supports UV Angel’s move toward the marketplace with a new product that cleans the air in hospitals and other facilities. Coming to market this spring, UV Angel Air uses the Grand Haven-based company’s ultraviolet light technology in ceiling light fixtures. Air goes in one side of the fixtures,

By |2020-03-01T11:22:07-05:00February 28th, 2020|Cyber Defense, New Products / Contracts|

Michigan Retailers Begin 2020 With Stronger Activity Index

LANSING - A monthly activity index compiled by the Michigan Retailers Association and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s Detroit branch registered 72.5 for January, a sizable increase from the 42.1 a year earlier, and a sign that the retail environment is improving. The increase was attributed to the weather and high consumer confidence. January’s reading also

By |2020-02-27T10:40:46-05:00February 27th, 2020|Entrepreneurs|

Telecom Provider Quantum Leap Buys IT Services Provider Dykstra IT

GRAND RAPIDS - Dykstra IT LLC, which provides managed information technology services, merged into Quantum Leap Inc., a telecommunications provider, MIBiz Reports. Staff from Dykstra IT moved into Quantum Leap’s facility on 44th Street in Grand Rapids and founder Drew Dykstra became a partner. Terms of the deal were undisclosed. Quantum Leap often used Dykstra

By |2020-02-27T10:40:46-05:00February 27th, 2020|New Products / Contracts|

Startup Grind Connects Entrepreneurs To Network Of Resources

GRAND RAPIDS - Corey Hart returned to Grand Rapids last September to find that support for entrepreneurship and startup companies had grown well beyond what it was when he left for California a decade earlier. The Forest Hills native and serial entrepreneur now wants to help move the local entrepreneurial ecosystem forward even more with

By |2020-02-05T10:40:39-05:00February 5th, 2020|Entrepreneur, Entrepreneurs|

Lambert & Co. Buys New York Investor Relations, PR Company

GRAND RAPIDS — Lambert & Co. closed on its second acquisition in two months with a deal for New York-based Casteel Schoenborn Investor Relations & Corporate Communications. For the Grand Rapids-based public relations and investor relations firm Lambert & Co., the deal accelerates the company’s growth strategy and boosts its investor relations and financial services expertise, according to

By |2020-01-16T11:54:29-05:00January 16th, 2020|New Products / Contracts|

State Allocates $7 Million To Back Early-Stage Entrepreneurs

GRAND RAPIDS - An assortment of state-backed capital funds and initiatives to support business startups, innovation and entrepreneurs recently earned renewal in Lansing. The Michigan Strategic Fund Board last month allocated more than $7 million that will go to back entrepreneurs working to bring innovations to market. Half of the money will go to the Grand Rapids-based Michigan

By |2020-01-03T16:45:49-05:00January 3rd, 2020|Entrepreneur, Entrepreneurs|

Grand Ventures Leads Investment Round In California Fintech Firm

GRAND RAPIDS — Grand Ventures led an investment round in CRE Simple Inc., an Oakland, Calif.-based fintech firm focused on commercial real estate. The Grand Rapids venture capital firm led the round with Fin Venture Capital in San Francisco. Two Chicago-based firms, Darkknight Ventures and Sandalphon Capital, along with Durham, N.C.-based Duke Angel Network and other private investors

By |2019-10-18T15:39:05-04:00October 18th, 2019|Entrepreneur, Entrepreneurs|

Consumers Energy Settlement Could Lead To Huge Boost In Solar Power For Grid

LANSING - A proposed settlement between Consumers Energy and independent power producers could lead to hundreds of megawatts of solar power being built within the next four years. On Thursday, the utility filed the proposed settlement with the Michigan Public Service Commission hoping to resolve a more than year-long dispute with solar developers looking to sell power to Consumers.

By |2019-08-12T06:51:04-04:00August 12th, 2019|Clean Update, Politics/Government|

Survey: Michigan Retailers Expect Strong Growth Through Summer

GRAND RAPIDS - A majority of retailers across Michigan report higher sales this spring and expect to sustain growth well into the summer. In a monthly survey released in late May by the Michigan Retailers Association, 56 percent of respondents reported a month-to-month increase in sales from March to April, while 29 percent had lower sales.

By |2019-06-07T18:52:00-04:00June 7th, 2019|Entrepreneur, Entrepreneurs|