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WMU To Offer Online IT Security Certification Program

KALAMAZOO —Western Michigan University plans to launch an online program designed to improve the ability of I.T. professionals to protect against and mitigate hacks and data breaches. The eight-week, online certification program from WMU’s Haworth College of Business and College of Engineering and Applied Sciences starts in March and consists of four courses in high-demand cybersecurity specialties. WMU

By |2019-01-28T08:09:07-04:00January 28th, 2019|Cyber Defense, IoT|

Rural Internet Provider FreedomNet Wireless Acquired By Indiana ISP

BYRON CENTER — Rural wireless provider FreedomNet Wireless was acquired by an Indiana-based internet provider. The deal for Byron Center-based FreedomNet, which serves rural areas mostly south of Grand Rapids, near Fowlerville and in Southwest Michigan, expands La Porte, Ind.-based Surf Air Wireless LLC’s coverage area north into West Michigan, according to a statement. Surf Air Wireless now

By |2019-01-28T08:09:07-04:00January 28th, 2019|New Products / Contracts|

Medical Device Manufacturer Closes $8 Million Series C Round

KALAMAZOO - Innovative Cardiovascular Solutions LLC, the developer of a device to improve patient safety during a heart procedure, closed on $8 million in capital raised to support clinical trials and production. The Series C capital round supports further development of Kalamazoo-based Innovative Cardiovascular Solutions’ Emblok Embolic Protection System that’s designed to collect debris in the

By |2018-12-20T17:19:16-04:00December 20th, 2018|Entrepreneur, Entrepreneurs, Life Sciences|

Metallica Gifts Grand Rapids Community College $100K To Beef Up Welding Program

GRAND RAPIDS - Grand Rapids Community College will receive $100,000 from heavy metal band Metallica to help launch a new welding program targeted at nontraditional students that will feature smaller class sizes, flexible scheduling and career preparation assistance. GRCC is one of 10 U.S. colleges nationwide to get funding from the band’s new foundation, according to a

By |2018-12-17T10:30:04-04:00December 17th, 2018|New Products / Contracts|

BLM Report: Business Executives Less Positive About Direction Of Economy

DETROIT - The latest economic outlook from Business Leaders for Michigan shows far less optimism for the future among the state’s business executives. In the quarterly poll, only 31 percent of respondents said they held a positive view for the U.S. economy over the next six months, and just 22 percent believe Michigan’s economy will improve during

By |2018-10-24T15:07:43-04:00October 24th, 2018|News|

Report: Fewer Deals, Larger Investments In Michigan Q3 Venture Capital Deals

GRAND RAPIDS - Venture capital investors made fewer deals in Michigan during the third quarter than the same period a year earlier, although the amount invested more than tripled. VC firms invested $169.6 million in 26 deals in Michigan from July to September, according to a quarterly report from Pitchbook.com and the National Venture Capital

By |2018-10-11T11:47:46-04:00October 11th, 2018|Entrepreneurs|

Reports: Michigan Business Owners Remain Optimistic

GRAND RAPIDS - Optimism about the economy remained high going into the third quarter among Michigan businesses surveyed by PNC Bank. In a semi-annual sentiment survey, 45 percent of the responding small and mid-market business owners and executives in Michigan said they feel optimistic about their local economy. That compares to 34 percent who said

By |2018-10-11T11:47:46-04:00October 11th, 2018|News|

Auxo Completes Raise For $50 Million Private Equity Fund

GRAND RAPIDS — Auxo Investment Partners closed fundraising for its first fund after netting $50 million from family offices and institutional investors. The close last week enables Auxo’s partners to focus solely on seeking and vetting investment prospects. The Grand Rapids-based private equity firm expects to invest in 10 to 15 companies over the next three years

By |2018-09-04T19:10:41-04:00September 4th, 2018|Entrepreneur, Entrepreneurs|

Auto Supplier To Open Tech Hub In Grand Haven

GRAND HAVEN - West Michigan automotive supplier GHSP Inc, a division of Grand Haven-based JSJ Corp,is planning to move into an advanced tech hub in Grand Haven. The manufacturer of electronic vehicle shifting systems and pumps for the automotive industry said it will open the 7,000-square-foot office in Grand Haven, where 20 employees will be tasked with developing

By |2018-08-20T08:01:12-04:00August 20th, 2018|Auto Tech, Autonomous Vehicles|

Grand Rapids’ Investment In Green Infrastructure Outweigh Costs

GRAND RAPIDS - Grand Valley State University researchers have found the benefits outweigh the costs of Grand Rapids’ investment in green infrastructure to limit stormwater runoff. Advocates say the findings are significant for quantifying the environmental benefits of projects that cost more upfront compared to traditional “gray infrastructure” that simply diverts stormwater to the Grand River,

By |2018-08-20T08:01:12-04:00August 20th, 2018|Clean Update|