The west Michigan economy slowed during the month of December. You can chalk it up as a holiday slowdown. As we enter January and the new year, what is the outlook among purchasing managers surveyed each month for the Supply Management Research Report?

“The Stock Market is in record territory right now.” Brian G. Long is director of Supply Management Research in the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University. “This means that business confidence has improved and our local number for business confidence are as good as they’ve been all year long.”

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What does 2017 hold for the West Michigan economy? MiBiz sits down with dozens of area business leaders discussing the impacts of a new Presidential administration, repealing the Affordable Care Act along with potential deregulation and reforms in the banking industry.

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A discussion focused on the post-election impacts on the West Michigan economy and business climate. We also talk about a Michigan Mergers & Acquisitions outlook survey.

The West Michigan economy in October entered into what is being described as a slow, shallow growth period. What’s causing the flattening?

The October economic slowdown was triggered by a slowdown in auto sales and that’s impacting local parts suppliers.

The West Michigan economy, while still positive, backtracked a bit in August. That’s the finding for the August Supply Management Research survey. Its author attributes it to the “summer doldrums.”

UAW Local 602 autoworker Anita Dawson says Trump’s policies are a threat to working families at a demonstration held before a Trump rally on Friday.
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Michigan auto workers and labor leaders gathered Friday morning to oppose Republican nominee Donald Trump’s visit to Dimondale, Michigan, later that day.

The group gathered with a very clear message: Donald Trump would be a “disaster” for Michigan.

Former Congressman Mark Schauer and several members of the local United Auto Workers attacked Trump’s statements about moving car production outside of Michigan, his failure to release his tax returns, and said Trump is not on the side of the American workers.

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Commercial Real Estate Trends, putting the spotlight on all things real estate, today's topics include an Industrial Market Update with Steve Marcusse from Colliers International.

The Right Place

Jun 21, 2016
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Birgit Klohs from the Right Place joins in to talk about long term planning for Region and RPI, the Mackinaw Policy conference, and a recent trip to Germany with MEDC.

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  As economic expansion continues, labor remains a key concern for Michigan employers. Insurers embrace telemedicine for convenience and cost savings. Also, a new tax study finds companies pay their fair share.   

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Deborah Frieze, a national name in the localist movement, told the audience at GVSU’s Loosemore Auditorium that local isn’t just a shopping campaign. It's the new and emerging economy.

“What’s at the heart of localism is local production for local consumption. We care about the places in which we live and we want to circulate goods and services among us, and I think about place as the geographic area that supports and sustains our communities.”