Category Archives: Business News

Crossing Lake Michigan on a paddle board

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Cindy Larsen: Muskegon Strong

Cindy Larsen has been with the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce for 18 years and currently serves as its president, so you could say she knows a thing or two about what it takes to spark growth, engage residents and build up local businesses.


But there’s one thing she wants you to know most about the community she’s proud to belong to:


“Muskegon is beautiful—and the wonderful thing about beauty, is that it means something different to everyone.”


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First-ever Great Lakes Surf Festival has kayaking, yoga, more

MUSKEGON, MI – A full day of events is scheduled for the first-ever Great Lakes Surf Festival in Muskegon.


It will be the first of its kind on the Great Lakes, said Joe Bidawid, the former professional windsurfer behind the event.


He’s hoping to make waves with the event scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 18, at Pere Marquette Park beach in Muskegon.


Click here to view the Mlive article. 


Motorcycle Collector Talks “American Icon: The Art of the Motorcycle”

Mark Fazakerley bought his first motorcycle in the 1960s when he was 17 years old. Fazakerley said he purchased the motorcycle because he couldn’t afford a car.


“It was my first form of transportation and I had so much fun with it,” he said.


Nearly 30 years later, in the 1990s, Fazakerley was looking for a new hobby and a friend suggested antique motorcycles.


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Celebrating the 2018 Park Party season

The 2018 Park Party season was  incredible!  Every party had perfect weather, great attendance and good times for everyone! This year over 33,300 people attended Park Parties for lots of free fun!


In a partnership with the Michigan Department of Education and local area school districts over 13,100 free lunches were provided to kids under the age of 18! Maranda’s generous partners also stepped up in a big way! Comcast painted the park green- outfitting kids with over 25,000 brightly colored backpacks and our friends from Priority Health gave away nearly 15,000 fitness trackers. Kids could keep cool thanks to 20,800 Country Fresh ice cream sandwiches and 28,000 bottles of Aquafina water.


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Walmart invests $3.9M in Muskegon-area store remodel

FRUITPORT TOWNSHIP, MI – For more than two months, the Walmart store on Sherman Boulevard in Fruitport Township has been undergoing a $3.9 million remodel.


The renovation touches nearly every department of the store at 1879 E. Sherman Blvd., according to a news release. The store will host a grand reopening ribbon-cutting ceremony at 8 a.m. on Friday, July 27.


“Nearly every department in this store was refreshed in one way or another,” said store manager Stacy Jones. “Customers will notice the exciting updates as soon as they walk through the door.”


Click here to view the full MLive article. 


More upgrades planned for historic Marsh Field, per Muskegon Clippers owner

MUSKEGON — Pete Gawkowski is the owner of the Muskegon Clippers, who are the managers of Marsh Field.


You might say that the century-old baseball park on Peck Street is Gawkowski’s baby. He would like nothing more than to see his baby continue to grow.


If Gawkowski gets his way, it will.


As the Clippers play their final games of the 2018 Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League season, with only a glimmer of hope left for making the playoffs, Gawkowski is thinking about the future.


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Michigan college awarding contest winner 4 years of free tuition

A Michigan college is offering free tuition for four years to an aspiring student.


Baker College, the state’s largest independent not-for-profit college, is accepting entries for its “Be More in Four” contest, which awards four years of tuition to a student pursuing a bachelor’s degree in the field of his/her choice.


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Food processing incubator proposed at old Muskegon farmers market

MUSKEGON, MI – The former Muskegon farmers market on Yuba Street could be redeveloped into a food research and manufacturing facility.


The Food Forward FARM (food, agriculture, research and manufacturing) incubator and manufacturing facility is already available for lease ahead of development.


The plan is to erect a $5-$7 million, 100,000- to 120,000-square-foot facility on the site of the former farmers’ market at 731 Yuba St., according to a news release.


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Pigeon Hill to break ground on brewing facility in August

MUSKEGON, MI – Pigeon Hill Brewing Company owners expect to be brewing in a new $2 million facility by March 2019.


Construction on the brewhouse at the corner of Shoreline Drive and Fourth Street in downtown Muskegon is expected to begin in August, said co-owner Joel Kamp.


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