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The Fertility Center’s Doctor Dodds Rated in the Top 1% of his Specialty


Doctor William G. Dodds, founder of The Fertility Center, has recently received recognition through a peer nomination process as one of the best doctors in his specialty, Reproductive Endocrinology. This achievement places him in the top 1% of Reproductive Endocrinologists across the nation. Dr. Dodds was also one of the top 5 Spectrum Health physicians included in the list of U.S. News Top Doctors.

Spectrum Health Hospital also received two recognitions in the latest ‘Best in Hospitals’ in the U.S. News & World Report. Gynecology came in at #21, in which Reproductive Endocrinology is a part of the basis of the ranking. (The other nationally ranked specialty for Spectrum Health is #22, Diabetes and Endocrinology.)

The Fertility Center recently celebrated its 20th Anniversary, over 10,000 births, and a success/cost efficiency rate that’s in the top 5% nationally.

Life Cycle of Kalamazoo to carry Zero Electric Motorcycles

Life Cycle of Kalamazoo to carry Zero Electric Motorcycles

Zero Motorcycles, the global leader in electric motorcycle technology, has appointed Life Cycle as the exclusive motorcycle dealership in Kalamazoo, Mich., to carry Zero’s 2012 product line. The 2012 model line features a revolutionary new powertrain that allows models to exceed 100 miles range on a single charge and reach top speeds of up to 88 mph. Life Cycle will now be able to offer local demo rides on a regularly scheduled basis and interested buyers can purchase a Zero Motorcycle onsite at their dealership location in Kalamazoo.

Hark Orchids begins construction on $6.5 million, 35,000-square-foot facility

High-tech floriculture will be blossoming in Kalamazoo, with construction of Hark Orchids' state-of-the-art, 35,000-square-foot Laboratory and Climactic Chambers at Midlink Business Park. A ceremonial ground-breaking event will be held on October 4 at the five-acre lot purchased by Hark Orchids from Midlink this past August.

The German company, which specializes in the hybridization, cultivation and propagation of orchids, plans to invest $6.5 million in the facility, its first in the United States, and create up to 80 jobs in the next three to five years.  The Michigan Economic Development Corporation, regional development organization, Southwest Michigan First, and Kalamazoo County supported the project with considerable grants.

"We are excited to have Hark Orchids at Midlink," said David Smith.  "Their innovative technologies are bound to spark growth in our region's greenhouse community and bring additional high-skilled jobs to Kalamazoo."

Northside Business Association Announces Meet the Candidates Event Oct 23rd

The Northside Business Association (NBA) has announced plans to present the 2012 Meet the Candidates Forum to be held on October 23rd from 11:30 to 1:30 pm at the Kalamazoo Public Library, Van Deusen Room. Candidates from Kalamazoo County Commissioner Districts, one through five, have been invited to attend.

“The NBA is committed to improving the business climate on Kalamazoo’s north side. We strive to bring as many resources to bear in order to accomplish this goal,” said Derrick Brown, president of the NBA and manager of facility planning, design and construction at Spectrum Health. “Meetings and events, such as this one, provide continued awareness about the issues and concerns of area job providers.”

Southwest Michigan PTAC presents “Meet the Buyer: Construction” Oct 11

Southwest Michigan PTAC presents “Meet the Buyer: Construction” Oct 11

Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) of SW Michigan will host the first-ever Meet the Buyer:  Construction event on Thursday, October 11, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the Van Deusen Room of the Kalamazoo Public Library, located at 315 S. Rose Street.  At this free event, construction-related subcontractors will have the opportunity to speak face-to-face with a host of local contracting buyers and expand their business outreach.

Not only will attendees be able to meet with purchasing professionals, they will learn the steps to doing business with purchasers, find out how contracts are awarded and network with other construction-related contractors. Construction trades of all sorts are encouraged to attend the event, from alternative energy providers to roofers. Attendees are not required to be registered PTAC clients or members of the Kalamazoo Chamber.

Business-class conference center opens in Portage

Business-class conference center opens in Portage

Written by  Joe Boomgaard

PORTAGE — Even with the rise of telecommuting, business people still have a need for conference facilities. And when they want to use a conference room or boardroom for an event or for corporate training, they don’t want to have to deal with non-business users.
That revelation and the presence of available space at Creekside Business Center in Portage led Midwest Realty Group LLC President Rick DeKam to try a new concept: a business-class conference center.

The space’s capabilities fall somewhere between those of a traditional hotel conference room and a banquet hall, he said. Importantly, the new concept is only open to serve business customers — no weddings allowed.

Chamber Announces Blaine Lam as Interim President

Chamber Announces Blaine Lam as Interim President

The Kalamazoo Regional Chamber of Commerce has formally announced the appointment of Blaine Lam, owner of Lam & Associates, to serve as the organization’s official interim president and CEO. The move has been approved by the board of directors, and is effective immediately.

Jim Stephanak, Director of Administration for Strategic Implementation at MLive Media Group, will resume his seat as immediate-past chair on the board of directors. Prior to Lam’s selection, Stephanak served a brief, twenty-five day stint as a transitional leader to lend support and management continuity until a permanent interim-president was selected. With his formal appointment, Lam has agreed to serve at the helm of the organization for the remainder of the transition period. Steward Sandstrom, CCE, former president and CEO, departed on July 13 to assume duties as the leader of the Springfield (IL) Area Chamber of Commerce.