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Kent County Commission may reconsider a local vendors preference policy

Kent County Commissioner Brandon Dillon (D-Grand Rapids) says he plans to introduce a "local preference policy" at the next legislative and human services committee next week that would allow local vendors a chance to rebid on county projects if their original bid came within 5 percent of the lowest bid. It's a proposal rejected last year by former Chairman Roger Morgan (R-Rockford).

According to excerpts from the story:

Dillon said the policy might encourage vendors to relocate to Kent County and become taxpayers here. It also would help county businesses struggling in the down economy, he said. Commission Chairwoman Sandi Frost Parrish, R-Cascade Township, said she is considering giving the idea a second look.

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Holland Township venture developing a system that turns crops into ethanol and animal feed

A company in Holland Township is developing a "Renewable Fuel System" that transforms crops such as apples and corn into ethanol and animal feed. eFarms LLC is looking for about five farmers to test its system this summer with hopes of producing and selling the units later this year, each for less than $100,000.

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"This is a stand-alone machine that a farmer can put in a 24-by-24 pole barn and run it themselves, getting not only fuel for the farm, but nutritious feed," said eFarms Operations Manager Richard Edmonds, noting any crop with a high sugar content could be used for processing.

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Michigan ventures that want pre-seed funding can compete for new $100,000 SmartZone award

The Great Lakes Entrepreneur's Quest and a network of Michigan SmartZones recently announced a new $100,000 SmartZone award for the 2010 GLEQ Business Plan Competition. Aimed at filling an investment gap for ventures ready for pre-seed funding, this new award is being sponsored by the fifteen SmartZones and is administered through the SmartZones' Michigan Pre-Seed Capital Fund initiative.

According to excerpts from the story:

The GLEQ competition is open to all Michigan entrepreneurs that register to participate by March 5, but selection to compete for the SmartZone Award requires a SmartZone sponsor. Business plans are due April 23 for the SmartZone Award and May 7 for the New Business Idea and Emerging Company categories. Winners will be announced at the GLEQ SmartZone Awards Event on Thursday, June 10, 2010, in Lansing.

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