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Opportunity Resource Fund CEO Christine Narayanan, Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women CEO Bonnie Nawara, Huntington Bank West Michigan Region President John Irwin and Michigan’s Small Business Development Center State Director Keith Brophy discuss the Pure Michigan Micro Lending Wednesday at Flat River Community Library. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Despite constant reassurances the economy is on the rise, opening a small business remains an apprehensive venture, particularly in Michigan and even more so in Montcalm County. However, a new initiative in West Michigan aims to help small businesses gain some traction, whether they are just starting or already established. The Pure Michigan Micro Lending Initiative is prepared to help the smallest of businesses capture some much needed capital. Huntington Bank has pledged a $5 million, five-year commitment to fund this initiative. Funds will be dolled out through the Opportunity Resource Fund.

$5 million available through Pure Michigan Micro Lending Initiative

Posted in: G.Slider, Local, News Top Story Friday, July 31st, 2015

Despite constant reassurances the economy is on the rise, opening a small business remains an apprehensive venture, particularly in Michigan and even more so in Montcalm County. However, a new initiative in West Michigan aims to help small businesses gain some traction, whether they are just starting or already established. The Pure Michigan Micro Lending Initiative is prepared to help the smallest of businesses capture some much needed capital. Huntington Bank has pledged a $5 million, five-year commitment to fund this initiative. Funds will be dolled out through the Opportunity Resource Fund.

Right Place coordinator teases upcoming projects in Montcalm County

Posted in: Local Friday, July 31st, 2015

“Aluminum,” “clean water,” “elephant,” “flare” … these are the code names for a number of ongoing economic development projects in Montcalm County. Kathy Jo VanderLaan, business development coordinator with The Right Place, recently updated the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners about local work being done in conjunction with the Montcalm Economic Alliance.

Former Greenville hairstylist to sign copies of new book

Posted in: Local Thursday, July 30th, 2015

You hear a lot of stories in 54 of years of listening. Russell “Rusty” Schlienz will share some of those stories with the public when he signs his new book, “Talking to the Mirror,” at L’Image Salon at 328 S. Lafayette St. in Greenville from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday.

Sports
Zach Ingles conducts his ninth annual basketball camp at Greenville High School. The camp ran Monday through Thursday for players from kindergarten through ninth grade. - Courtesy photos/Jamie McNinch

Nearly 80 youths participated in this week’s annual Zach Ingles Basketball Camp at Greenville High School. The camp ran Monday through Thursday and featured two sessions. The first session was for children entering kindergarten through fifth grades and the second session for those entering sixth through ninth grades.

Breimayer, Hallock lead AAU team to semifinals

Posted in: High School, High School Monday, July 20th, 2015

A West Michigan Amateur Athletics Union (AAU) girls basketball team showed itself to the rest of the country July 10-13. The West Michigan Lady Titans, coached by Jim Johnson of Belding, went to the semifinals of the Battle In The Boro national girls basketball tournament, amassing a 5-2 record in the tournament outside of Nashville, Tenn.

CHIP’S CLIPS: Why Pete Rose should never be reinstated

Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local Monday, July 20th, 2015

The Major League Baseball All-Star Game was a great showcase for Cincinnati and their beloved son, Pete Rose. Rose came out to thunderous applause by the Reds’ faithful before the All-Star Game, despite being banned from baseball for life for betting on the game.

Crystal Lake Run set for Aug. 1

Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local Saturday, July 18th, 2015

The annual Crystal Lake Run is set for its 19th installment. The event, which consists of a 3-mile walk/run or 5-mile run, takes place on Aug. 1.

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  • JUST IN: Motorcycle crashes into Belding car

    Monday, July 27th, 2015
    Posted in: Greenville

    BELDING — A motorcyclist was transported to the hospital following a Monday crash in Belding. At 1 p.m., the Belding Police Department was dispatched to a personal injury accident at M-91 and Ellis Ave. A northbound motorcycle driven by a 19-year-old Fenwick man struck an eastbound vehicle driven by an 80-year-old man from Belding. The motorcyclist was injured [...]

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  • BUSINESS BEAT: Belding’s Mel Trotter thrift store to become Goodwill

    Saturday, July 25th, 2015
    Posted in: Belding, Greenville

    The opening of a new Goodwill store in Belding will have no affect on the company’s neighboring outlet in Greenville, according to Goodwill media liaison Jill Wallace. This fall, Goodwill Industries will begin leasing a building located at 363 E. State St. in Belding, which is owned by Mel Trotter Ministries.

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  • Coral girl inspires new ‘Little Match Girl’ mural

    Saturday, July 25th, 2015
    Posted in: Greenville

    Luverne Adamson was shopping at Meijer, focusing on buying groceries for the week, when inspiration suddenly struck her. Into her view walked 8-year-old Samantha Wheeler, who was with her family finishing their own shopping before retuning home to Coral.

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  • Make it simple: Rep. Outman proposes road funding solution

    Saturday, July 25th, 2015
    Posted in: Belding, Carson City, Edmore, G.Slider, Greenville, Lakeview, Pan Handle, Stanton

    Michigan’s longterm road funding outlook remains in flux after the massive failure of Proposal 1 last May. Rep. Rick Outman has heard a wealth of feedback from his constituents in the months that followed the proposal’s downfall.

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