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Hope President John Knapp, poses for a portrait in his office Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013.
Holland

Hope College President John C. Knapp is set to speak about “The Promise of Hope” as the guest speaker at 7 a.m. Tuesday at the West Coast Chamber of Commerce’s Early Bird Breakfast at Haworth Inn and Conference Center in Holland.

He’ll discuss the college’s potential to achieve new heights of recognized excellence while the higher-education landscape evolves.

Tickets for the event, sponsored by SCORE and Macatawa Bank, are $15 for members and $25 for non-members.

Pure Michigan guide

The back page of the 2013 Pure Michigan Winter Travel Guide touts a full lineup of activities in Holland that reminds folks around the state it isn’t just tulips and beaches all the time here.

The full-page ad, which proclaims “You don’t need a passport!” lists the Dutch Winterfest, open-air European Market, Downtown Shopping Jam, heated snow-free streets for shopping downtown and cross-country skiing and snowshoeing as things to do during the winter months.

Details on local winter events are available at holland.org or by calling (800) 506-1299.

Pure Michigan Winter Guides are available at all 14 Michigan Welcome Centers around the state.

Local grants for skilled trades

A pair of local companies are getting grants as part of the Michigan Strategic Fund’s program to help firms throughout the state provide training for skilled workers and better match talent to their needs.

Baumann Tool and Die in Zeeland and Matalution in Holland are among several companies sharing in nearly $1.9 million in funds approved by the Michigan Workforce Development Agency.

Baumann is getting $1,050 while Matalution is receiving $11,560 in training funds.

New digs for beverage group

A ribbon-cutting ceremony to unveil the newly remodeled Dr Pepper Snapple Group of West Michigan office building at 545 E. 32nd St. in Holland is planned for 1 p.m. Tuesday.

The $5 million renovation includes the opening of a new warehouse facility at the site.

The Dr Pepper Snapple Group of West Michigan employs 65 people in its distribution center and 60 more are part of the sales department.

Instant payments for merchants

Macatawa Bank has begun offering SpotPay mobile payment solutions for their customers.

The system permits merchants to swipe credit and debit cards using Apple iOS or Android mobile devices to accept payments, which are directly deposited into their Macatawa Bank accounts.

“The ability to pay anyone, anytime anywhere is changing commerce as we know it,” Mike Shollack, Information Technology and eCommerce Director of Macatawa Bank, said in a news release.

Perrigo reveals tender offer

Allegan-based generic drug manufacturer and leading health care provider Perrigo Company announced last week it has commenced a tender offer to purchase any and all of its outstanding $600 million in aggregate principal amount of 2.95-percent notes due in 2023.