Damon Allison and Derek Nofz, both with Southwest Michigan First, came to the community development meeting Thursday to talk about the organization’s services.
Archive for March, 2016
CRAIN’S DETROIT BUSINESS: Kalamazoo company Vestaron turns spider venom into pesticides – and capital
Kalamazoo, Michigan – There’s a light at the end of the tunnel for Vestaron Corp., a spinoff from the University of Connecticut recruited to Kalamazoo in 2007 to turn spider venom into bug-killing pesticides that are benign to people, pets, livestock and water sources.
After 11 years of research and development, the company, which was founded in 2005, has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to begin selling its first three pesticides and will bring the first one to market midyear and the other two next year, according to CEO John Sorenson.
Kalamazoo, Michigan – Catch up with Ron Kitchens’ monthly radio segment on WKZO which aired March 23, 2016 at 8:50 am.
The budget cuts at the state’s economic development organization have forced industry executives in West Michigan to adjust their tactics.
During an executive roundtable discussion, local economic developers said they see a wide array of issues to contend with in 2016, especially in the wake of a 27-percent budget cut at the Michigan Economic Development Corp.
SOUTH BEND, Indiana – Ron Kitchens believes the greatest force for change is a job.
“When you’ve got a good job, you’re no longer defined by lack, you’re no longer defined by anything else,” he told the audience at the St. Joseph County Chamber of Commerce’s annual Salute to Business lunch.