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Grand Rapids regional business leaders report strong confidence in local economy; plans for expansions
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Grand Rapids regional business leaders report strong confidence in local economy; plans for expansions

As pandemic restrictions ease and businesses begin the transition to a post-pandemic mode of operation, The Right Place team met with leaders from 118 area companies in the month of June. These meetings were designed to better understand the challenges and opportunities facing our regional companies, while offering insight into the region’s overall economic health.

Navigating internships in 2021 and beyond
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Navigating internships in 2021 and beyond

The onset of summer has long coincided with an influx of internships hosted within companies large and small. For many college students, these internships provide the first taste of a 40-hour work week in an office environment. Internships are critical skill development tools, helping to prepare the next wave of employees to enter the professional workforce post-graduation.

The Right Place assists Michigan warehouse logistics company with Walker expansion
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The Right Place assists Michigan warehouse logistics company with Walker expansion

Today, The Right Place, Inc., in collaboration with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and the City of Walker, announced that pallet racking and storage company, Speedrack Products Group, Ltd., will be expanding its Michigan operations to a new facility at 3060 South Industrial Drive NW in the City of Walker. In addition to a capital investment of nearly $65 million, the expansion will bring more than 160 new jobs to the area.

New hires & promotions at The Right Place
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New hires & promotions at The Right Place

The Right Place, Inc. recently welcomed two new employees to its Administrative and Business Intelligence teams and promoted two others who will work alongside these individuals.

Five local entrepreneurs win business capital as Pitch North 2021 finalists
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Five local entrepreneurs win business capital as Pitch North 2021 finalists

Five entrepreneurs local to Newaygo and Oceana County pitched their business ideas to a panel of judges and an audience of nearly 50 people at the third annual Pitch North competition held Tuesday, June 8th via ZOOM. The individuals competed for a chance to win over $10,000 in cash and other prizes to help bring their ideas to life.

The Right Place launches Diverse Business Directory for Greater Grand Rapids
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The Right Place launches Diverse Business Directory for Greater Grand Rapids

A filterable online directory of minority, women, veteran and LGBTQ+ owned businesses operating in the 13-county region.

Local entrepreneurs selected as finalists for third annual Pitch North competition
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Local entrepreneurs selected as finalists for third annual Pitch North competition

Five local entrepreneurs have been chosen to pitch their business ideas to a panel of judges during the third annual Pitch North competition. Pitch North is Newaygo County’s first-of-its-kind entrepreneurial pitching competition where entrepreneurs living in Newaygo, Oceana and Lake Counties are able to pitch their ideas for a chance at one of five cash prizes.

Gov. Whitmer lifts mask requirement for fully vaccinated Michiganders
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Gov. Whitmer lifts mask requirement for fully vaccinated Michiganders

Governor Gretchen Whitmer today announced the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is updating the Gatherings and Mask Order to align with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s latest guidance on face coverings. The new order will effect on Saturday, May 15 at 9AM

Virtual professional development conference for West Michigan interns
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Virtual professional development conference for West Michigan interns

Now in its 8th year, West Michigan Intern Connect represents the largest gathering of regional interns. The event, hosted by Hello West Michigan, is a professional development conference focused on developing the skills of young professionals, regardless of industry.

Low-income households in Michigan now eligible for federal assistance through Emergency Broadband Benefit program
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Low-income households in Michigan now eligible for federal assistance through Emergency Broadband Benefit program

Michiganders who meet income eligibility requirements or have been financially impacted by COVID-19 will be able to receive financial help to pay for home broadband connections and internet-enabled devices as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rolls out the Emergency Broadband Benefit program recently approved by Congress.

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