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Expert: Estate Sales Booming as People Look to Downsize Homes or Move to New...

With people wanting to downsize their homes for various reasons, or moving to a place they can work remotely, the estate-sale business is beginning to boom.

Experts: Halloween Likely Will See Slower Retail Sales and Fewer In-Person Events This Year

Halloween is likely to be slower this year for retailers and trick-or-treaters, but experts say there will still be opportunities to celebrate.

GM Investing Millions in Michigan, $2 Billion in Tennessee Plant to Build Electric Vehicles

General Motors is investing $2 billion in a Tennessee plant that will become its third to produce electric vehicles, and millions more in five Michigan facilities.

Unemployment Claims Tick Up as Lawmakers Debate Relief Package

While federal lawmakers and President Trump wrangle over a new COVID-19 relief package, first-time unemployment claims ticked up to nearly 900,000 last week.

Experts: Struggling Restaurant Industry Likely to Turn to Innovation to Save on Costs, Labor...

Experts say diners are likely to see innovations in their restaurants -- including robots -- as owners figure out their strategy moving forward.

Talent Agency Looks to Expand with New Division Focused on Social-Media Influencers

They're not trying to keep up with the Kardashians, but the folks at Productions Plus are moving to tap into the ever-growing social-media influencer market.

Q&A: How Companies Can Create Best Practices for a Blended Remote/Onsite Workforce

Management expert Kristi Stepp of Sigred Solutions says the blended home-work space is going to be around for awhile.

Economist: U.S. Economy Needs a ‘Foot on the Accelerator’ to Fully Recover from the...

Economist Mark Zandi said the last six months have been "unprecedented" for the U.S. economy, and that the next president needs to "step on the accelerator" to get it going.

State Health Department Issues New Rules on Masks, Venue Capacity

Basically re-creating limits imposed by orders issued by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer before her powers were struck down by the state Supreme Court, the state health department Friday issued new guidelines on masks, venue capacity and other restrictions.

SBA Releases Form Designed to Streamline Forgiveness of Smaller PPP Loans

The U.S. Small Business Administration yesterday released a new, simpler loan forgiveness application for businesses that took Paycheck Protection Program loans of $50,000 or less.

West Michigan Boosters Launch ‘Opportunity Awaits’ Campaign to Draw People, Businesses to Region

West Michigan is known for a variety of things, including its art, small-town atmosphere and beauty. The Grand Rapids Chamber this week launched a marketing campaign aimed at drawing companies to West Michigan to take advantage of those attractions.

Oakland County Dishes Out $140 Million in Small Business Grants

Oakland County has spread the wealth since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, handing out more than $140 million in small-business grants.

Supreme Court Decision Means Whitmer, Legislature Will Need to Work Together

The Michigan Supreme Court ruled that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer does not have the authority to declare a state of emergency, meaning the governor and the Republican-led state Legislature will have to work together to fight COVID-19.

U.S. Added 661,000 Jobs in September, Unemployment Rate Takes a Dip

The U.S. added 661,000 jobs in September, but the airline industry is eyeing layoffs unless federal aid is approved. Meanwhile, first-time unemployment claims remained under 1 million for the fifth week.

Under New CEO Farley, Ford Announces Leadership, Operational Changes

Jim Farley stepped in as the new CEO at Ford Thursday. On the same day, the company announced a restructuring of its leadership team and changes to its operating model.

Experts: Holiday Shopping Will Start Earlier, Offer More Unique Experiences to Lure Customers

Experts say the challenge for retailers this shopping season will be convincing people they're adapting to customer needs, providing new services and offer promotions that draw customers in.

Michigan CPA Group Names New Chairman, Board of Directors

Frank Maselli is the new chair of the board for the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants, which also has several new board members.

SME Leaders Included in Inaugural Women in Manufacturing Hall of Fame

Sandra Bouckley and Dianne Chong of SME have been included in the first class of inductees in the Women in Manufacturing Hall of Fame.

DTE Energy Appoints Lynette Dowler VP of Public Affairs, President of DTE Foundation

After serving in various capacities in a 37-year career with DTE Energy, Lynette Dowler has been appointed the company's vice president of public affairs and president of the DTE Foundation.

Birgit Klohs Announces Retirement from The Right Place

After leading The Right Place, the economic development leader for west Michigan for more than 30 years, Birgit Klohs announced she's retiring, effective Jan. 31.
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