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Shopkeepers know difficulty of keeping business in the family


GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) -- A new study looks at the importance of family-owned businesses to the local economy.

It was conducted by the the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University and the Haworth College of Business at Western Michigan University.

It found family-owned businesses are less likely to take financial risks, they carry less debt, and while not hugely profitable during economic upswings, they actually help the local economy stay afloat when there is a downturn.

The study also found about 30 percent of family owned businesses are passed down to the second generation, but that number drops dramatically when it comes to the third- and fourth-generation ownership.

The owners of Fortino's in Grand Haven are among the 12 percent of third-generation ownership.

Stuff the Bus donations distributed in Ottawa County


OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM) -- Greater Ottawa County United Way says it collected more than $23,000 in donations during its Stuff the Bus School Supply Drive.

The United Way says it collected the 7,613 items between July 28 and August 11 at Loutit Library, Love, Inc., and Shape Corporation, and at workplaces that held staff collections, like Automatic Spring Products Corp., Educational Services Center, Flextronics, Four Pointes, Grand Transformers, Ottawa Area Intermediate School District, SAF-Holland, Inc., Shape Corporation, Talmer West Bank, Tennant Company and Woodward, Inc.

Fifth Third Bank sponsored the effort, and Huntington Bank donated 150 backpacks. Two Men and a Truck helped with deliveries.


My Town: Start of school filled with photos and well-wishes

My Town: Start of school filled with photos and well-wishes

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- The 2014-2015 school year is officially underway for West Michigan students.

On Sept. 2, which was the official start of classes for most schools, State Superintendent Mike Flanagan released this statement: 

"It’s a great day to be Back to School in Michigan !

Let me take a moment to wish everyone a positive and successful school year.

Our team here at the Michigan Department of Education, the State Board of Education, and I appreciate the hard work and daily dedication teachers, administrators, school board members, and other school staff devote to our children in Michigan.

Coast Guard rescues man trying to kayak across Lake Michigan


GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) -- A lakeshore man trying to kayak across Lake Michigan says he ran into a snag: bad weather. Matthew Frymire, 31, had to be rescued by a Coast Guard helicopter Sunday.

"I'm kind of disappointed it was a good challenge," Frymire said. He had paddled 38 hours but ran out of strength, estimating he had 15 hours left in his journey.

"I just wanted a big goal to work towards with my training and everything."

When he launched from Milwaukee, Frymire figured it would take about 24 hours to paddle the 80 miles to Grand Haven.

"There wasn't much wind, it was warm, the water was warm the whole time," Frymire said of the conditions. But halfway across the weather turned and the wind increased, kicking up eight foot waves.

My Town: St. Patrick-St. Anthony's to host hospice talks Sept. 4

My Town: St. Patrick-St. Anthony's to host hospice talks Sept. 4

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.―On Sept. 4, St. Patrick-St. Anthony parish will host a medical talk about hospice care, titled “Are You Traveling Without a Plan.” 

This talk will help attendees learn how to understand and prepare advance directives, with tips from the experts. The program will be held Sept. 4 at 1:15 p.m. in the St. Patrick-St. Anthony Family Center, located at 920 Fulton Street in Grand Haven.  The general public is invited to this free and open event.

Speakers include social worker Justine Ter Haar and Colleen Van Putten, RN, clinical liaison and educator with Hospice of North Ottawa Community.  The program will walk participants through the approved State of Michigan form and also provide tips as to how to start a conversation about advance directives with loved ones.

My Town Grand Haven: Library hosts free workshop on how to take better photos

My Town Grand Haven: Library hosts free workshop on how to take better photos

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- In the world of photography, sometimes what you need isn't a better camera, but knowledge of the principles that go into making a great image.

The public is invited to join photographer Jennifer Batts for her presentation "Learning to See Creatively: How to Take Great Photos with Any Camera" on Thursday, Sept. 4 at the Loutit District Library from 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Batts will explore ideas, techniques and compositional guidelines for improving your photography. Anyone with any kind of camera can attend and learn something new and can start taking better photos tomorrow.

Sun Title Agency Named to Inc. Magazine’s fastest-growing private companies list

Sun Title Agency Named to Inc. Magazine’s fastest-growing private companies list

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Sun Title, Michigan’s most innovative, customer-focused, tech-savvy title companies, Wednesday announced it has been recognized on Inc. Magazine’s Inc. 5000 list of the fastest growing private companies in the country.

Sun Title made this prestigious list based on the company’s remarkable 123 percent growth rate over the past three years.  This is the first time that Sun Title has been named to the list.