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SCORE business series continues at LDL with workshop on starting a nonprofit organization

SCORE business series continues at LDL  with workshop on starting a nonprofit organization

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- It doesn’t matter if a business is to make a profit or if the business is to change the world, it still needs to be done right. While profit is not the main motivation of nonprofits and community organizations, you must be fiscally solvent to remain in operation. 

Loutit District Library (LDL) will offer a free workshop on Tuesday, April 22 from 6-8 p.m.

My Town: Longtime family business expands to Comstock Park

My Town: Longtime family business expands to Comstock Park

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—A 114-year-old family business is expanding beyond the lakeshore.

West Michigan Roofing & Construction’s newest branch is located at 3736 West River Drive NE in Comstock Park.  The new location is managed by Edward Macklin III and Joseph Waldner.

West Michigan Roofing & Construction is based in Spring Lake, but provides roofing services to residents throughout the West Michigan area, including Holland, Muskegon, Whitehall, Ada and Rockford.  The business also installs siding, windows, doors and skylights.  The business provides fee estimates.  For additional information visit the West Michigan Roofing & Construction website.

My Town Grand Haven: First Friday Gallery Walk to feature glass art

My Town Grand Haven: First Friday Gallery Walk to feature glass art

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—  Meet the women transforming glass into art during the First Friday Gallery Walk this Friday, April 4 at C2C Gallery in Grand Haven.

Carolyn O’Hearn and Cynthia Fielding will be available to meet art enthusiasts during the opening exhibit event.  Learn how they create their glass work while listening to music by Jack Leaver.

The First Friday Gallery Walk runs from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.   C2C Gallery features the work of approximately three dozen Michigan artisans.  The retail art gallery is located at 104 Washington.  For more information, visit C2C Gallery’s website or call (616) 935-7337.

My Town:Students advance to Science Olympiad State Tournament

My Town:Students advance to Science Olympiad State Tournament

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—More than a dozen teams of West Michigan youth will head to Lansing next month for the Science Olympiad State Tournament.

The teams competed for a spot in the competition during the Region 12 Michigan Science Olympiad event held Saturday.  It was the 30th anniversary for the competition, held at Grand Valley State University.

Based on the results, the following teams will compete at the state Capitol:

            Middle School Teams (in order of place)

1.     Lakeshore Middle School

2.     Grandville Middle School

3.     Jenison Jr. High

4.     Chandler Woods Charter

My Town: Blackford Capital aquires Grand Transformers, Inc.

My Town: Blackford Capital aquires Grand Transformers, Inc.

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.— Grand Transformers, Inc. has a new group of people at its helm.

Blackford Capital has acquired the Grand Haven-based business.  Grand Transformers is the third company to be acquired by Blackford Capital.  The Grand Rapids- based private equity firm already took over Custom Profile, Inc. out of Grand Rapids and Metro Detroit-based Mopec, under its Michigan Prosperity Fund.

Grand Transformers had stayed in the Retzlaff family since it was founded in 1948.  The company designs and builds transformers and inductive components for the energy, oil and gas industries.  It currently employs 70 people.

My Town Grand Haven: Grand Pizza & Beer Fest champs crowned

My Town Grand Haven: Grand Pizza & Beer Fest champs crowned

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—The  Chamber of Commerce for Grand Haven, Spring Lake and Ferrysburg has crowned a new set of champions in the Grand Pizza & Beer Fest.

On Saturday, March 22, more than 400 people sampled the creations of six local pizzerias.  They then voted for the best classic and best specialty pizza.  Clover Bar took the title for classic pizza with their cheese pizza; Old Boys’ Brewhouse was runner-up.  In the specialty pizza category, Old Boys’ Brewhouse took the most votes; Clover Bar was a close second.  Mr. Scrib’s won the Best Booth Award.

My Town: Dozens competing in West Michigan Battle of the Buildings

My Town: Dozens competing in West Michigan Battle of the Buildings

UPDATE: Three more buildings have joined the competition.

Organizers say the MATS administration office, Community Mental Health and the Hall of Justice, all in Muskegon County are now involved in the Battle of the Buildings, bringing the total square footage to more than 9 million.  The new goal is 10 million square feet by the registration deadline of March 31.

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.—More than three dozen local businesses are competing in cutting down energy in the West Michigan Battle of the Buildings.

The owners of 45 buildings representing nearly 9 million square feet of space have signed up to take part in the inaugural competition, organized by the U.S. Green Building Council West Michigan Chapter. The organization is teaming up with Consumers Energy and Hurst Mechanical to provide workshops on building improvements, optimizing operations and maintance and engaging building occupants to curb energy use.