West Michigan Optometrist Retires After 37 Years of Practice

December 1, 2015 — After practicing optometry for the past 37 years, Dr. John Nametz announces his retirement. Dr. Nametz held private practice in Spring Lake for 28 years before merging with Shoreline Vision in 2011.


A Spring Lake resident, Dr. Nametz has been serving the area since he and his family moved here in 1982. He has served the community as President of the Spring Lake Public Schools Board of Education, President of the Spring Lake Rotary Club, Board of Directors Chairman for the Chambers; Grand Haven, Ferrysburg and Spring Lake, Division Chair for the United Way, a member of the Grand Haven Jaycees, a Chamber of Commerce Ambassador, and a Men’s Varsity Basketball Assistant Coach at Spring Lake High School.


A graduate of Olivet College and The Ohio State University College of Optometry, Dr. Nametz has served as an adjunct clinical associate professor of the Michigan College of Optometry located at Ferris State University. He has served on the Michigan Board of Examiners in Optometry, and also served as the President of the North Central States Optometry Council as well as the Michigan Optometric Association. In 2002 he was named Michigan Optometrist of the Year.


Please join Shoreline Vision for a Retirement Open House on Wednesday, December 9th from 5:30-7:30pm at their Spring Lake location, 625 E. Savidge Street. Stop by for refreshments and retirement congratulations.


In addition to Spring Lake, Shoreline Vision has offices in Muskegon, North Muskegon, Norton Shores, Grand Haven, and Fremont. For more information call Jennifer Scofield, Shoreline Vision Marketing Manager at (231) 737-4717.


November 30, 2015 — Baker College Online/Center for Graduate Studies recently placed among the best in two national rankings for online colleges:

  • 3 in the 2016 rankings of the most affordable online colleges for bachelor’s degrees by College Choice.
  • 10 in the 2016 list of the top 50 online doctoral degrees in business and management by Top Management Degrees.

“Baker College Online continues to garner national recognition for the great value of its programs,” said Jill Langen, Ph.D., Baker College Online/Center for Graduate Studies president. “These two recent rankings again prove our dedication to providing affordable and quality online programs.”

Most affordable online bachelor’s degrees ranking

Baker College offers online bachelor’s degrees in the areas of business administration, nursing, human services and computer information systems.

In assessing online bachelor’s degrees for affordability, College Choice included all regionally accredited colleges with at least five online bachelor’s degree programs. To determine the true cost of each online program, the rankings also considered actual total cost including fees not directly accounted for in tuition. College Choice compiled its data from websites of the listed universities, reputable publications such as U.S. News & World Report, and from the National Center for Education Statistics.

College Choice is an independent online publication dedicated to helping students find and thrive at the right colleges for them.

Top online doctoral degree ranking

Baker College offers an online doctorate of business administration.

“Our doctoral degree serves the needs of working adults, helping them advance in their careers through quality graduate education,” Langen said. “It is designed to graduate scholar practitioners who will set the standard for best practice and contribute to the solution of critical business and management problems through research, teaching and consulting.”

Top Management Degrees determined its top 50 list of online doctoral degrees in business and management based on the following criteria: accreditation, flexibility, prestige, estimated cost and business management curriculum. Each criterion was given equal weight, and data were collected from diverse sources, including each college program’s website, U.S. News & World Report, The Princeton Review and the National Center for Education Statistics.

Tammie Cagle, Top Management Degrees editor, said, “Business professionals are turning to doctoral programs to gain further expertise to become more effective leaders and gain global credentials for being knowledgeable and skilled business leaders.

“Our rankings are designed to help prospective students make smart choices about where to invest their time and money. We are committed to connecting people to inspiring ideas and high quality educational opportunities, and are confident that students will find both at Baker College Online.”

Top Management Degrees provides information about business and management education that includes degree program rankings and reviews, how to select a program based on an individual’s interest and needs, how to finance a degree and careers in management.

For more information about Baker College Online, contact Chuck Gurden in the admissions office at 810.766.4390 or, or visit

The largest private college in Michigan, Baker College is a not-for-profit higher education institution accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. It serves more than 23,000 students on multiple campuses and online. Baker grants certificates and associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in more than 150 programs across diverse academic fields, including business, health sciences, engineering, information technology, education and human services. An impressive 97 percent of available graduates are employed. Every Baker graduate receives Lifetime Employment Assistance—free and forever. Baker is a pioneer in distance education and offers students the option of completing a degree 100 percent online, without ever visiting a campus. For information, visit or follow Baker College on Twitter, @bakercollege, or on Facebook,

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available in Michigan Following Secretary of Agriculture Disaster Declaration

November 27, 2015 — The U.S. Small Business Administration announced today that federal economic injury disaster loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations of all sizes located in Michigan as a result of excessive rain, flooding, hail and high winds from Apr. 1 through Aug. 17, 2015.


The disaster declaration includes the following counties:  Allegan, Arenac, Bay, Berrien, Calhoun, Cass, Clare, Clinton, Eaton, Gladwin, Gratiot, Hillsdale, Ingham, Ionia, Isabella, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Kent, Lapeer, Lenawee, Livingston, Macomb, Mecosta, Midland, Missaukee, Monroe, Montcalm, Muskegon, Oakland, Ogemaw, Osceola, Ottawa, Roscommon, Saginaw, Saint Clair, Saint Joseph, Sanilac, Shiawassee, Tuscola, Van Buren, Washtenaw and Wayne in Michigan.


“When the Secretary of Agriculture issues a disaster declaration to help farmers recover from damages and losses to crops, the Small Business Administration issues a declaration to eligible entities affected by the same disaster,” said Frank Skaggs, director of SBA’s Field Operations Center East in Atlanta.


Under this declaration, the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program is available to eligible farm-related and nonfarm-related entities that suffered financial losses as a direct result of this disaster.  With the exception of aquaculture enterprises, SBA cannot provide disaster loans to agricultural producers, farmers or ranchers.


The loan amount can be up to $2 million with interest rates of 2.625 percent for private nonprofit organizations of all sizes and 4 percent for small businesses, with terms up to 30 years.  The SBA determines eligibility based on the size of the applicant, type of activity and its financial resources.  Loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.  These working capital loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that could have been paid had the disaster not occurred.  The loans are not intended to replace lost sales or profits.


Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at


Disaster loan information and application forms may also be obtained by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an email to  Loan applications can be downloaded from  Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX  76155.


Completed loan applications must be returned to SBA no later than July 25, 2016.


November 24, 2015 —

WHAT: Baker College Business and Technology Challenge tests the skills, knowledge and creativity of high school students in nearly 20 business and technology categories while they learn from Baker College faculty. Top performers receive medals; the top scoring high school will be named the overall winner.

WHO: Students from West Michigan high schools and career centers will compete. Registration closes Dec. 7. Last year more than 150 participated. Allegan County Area Technical and Education Center (ACATEC) will be returning to defend its 2014 championship.

WHEN:          The competition will be 9-11:45 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 15.
NOTE: Most competitions are 30 minutes in length; several are 2.25 hours.
The awards ceremony will be 12:45-1:15 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15

WHERE: Baker College of Muskegon, 1903 Marquette Ave., Muskegon 49442

DETAILS: Competition categories include 3-D modeling, Internet scavenger hunt, web page design, accounting, Prezi, Shark Tank business simulation and social media marketing. Most are individual events; some are team events.
Judges are Baker College deans, faculty and instructors and guest judges who are representatives of employers or members of Baker College program advisory boards. Companies represented include SCORE, Klever Innovations, Grand Rapids Inventors Network and Ravel.


The media is invited and may observe any competition—
especially team interactive events such as Shark Tank
and social media marketing, or the new Elevator Pitch event.
You are also welcome to the awards ceremony.

If you plan to attend, contact David Ladd
at 231.578.3623 or


November 20, 2015 — Muskegon, November 20, 2015: MOKA announces the grand opening of Harbor Pines Home and cordially invites the community to an open house on Wednesday, December 16th from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. The event is co-hosted with the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce and includes a tour of the home, refreshments, a ribbon cutting ceremony, acknowledgements and remarks at 5:00 p.m.


Harbor Pines is located on Harbor Pines Lane* in Norton Shores just off East Pontaluna Road and will be the new residence for six developmentally disabled men moving from an existing home.


MOKA is a not-for-profit organization supporting children and adults with autism, intellectual or developmental disabilities and mental illnesses throughout western Michigan. The agency currently supports more than 900 individuals, both children and adults and provides more than 750,000 hours of direct service annually. MOKA has been in operation since 1979 and currently has 585 employees who help carry out our mission to create opportunities for independence and acceptance in our communities by supporting people in making choices, building relationships, sharing places, developing skills, enhancing reputations, and contributing back.


* = Due to limited parking in the neighborhood, the Teen Challenge International has graciously offered the use of their parking lot located at 440 E. Pontaluna Road, Muskegon, MI 49444 where our guests will be shuttled from.

Sonus Hearing Care Professionals Grand Re-Opening Celebration

November 19, 2015 — Sonus Hearing Care Professionals have combined their two Muskegon locations into one large office. A Grand Re-Opening Celebration is being held on Tuesday, November 24th to celebrate the occasion. The new office is located at 3535 Park St Suite 106 Muskegon, MI 49444. Tours, snacks, music, door prizes, and a ribbon cutting at 5:15pm will all be part of the event. Sonus will start welcoming guests at 9:00am and the festivities are expected to continue until 9:00pm. Everyone in the community is welcome to stop in and take part.


Sonus feels that one large Muskegon office will help better serve the community. Having many resources under one roof is going to provide an excellent patient experience. Be sure to stop by 3535 Park Street, Suite 106 on November 24th from 9:00am and 9:00pm to take part in the fun. Please call 231-737-4570 with any questions.

Geerpres® Cleans Up at Fall Trade Shows

November 19, 2015 — Geerpres®, Inc., manufacturers of cleaning equipment for the sanitary supply, foodservice, healthcare, and cleanroom industries, recently exhibited at the AHE Exchange (Association for the Healthcare Environment) in September and the ISSA (International Sanitary Supply Association) in October promoting its ever- expanding line of products.


Although Geerpres® has exhibited at the AHE for a number of years, this year’s show proved to be the best ever for the company.


Sam Waites, VP of Sales and Marketing commented, “This was the best show experience we have ever had. It’s always exciting to have attendees really engaged in your product line. We had numerous instances when attendees liked our products enough that they sought out their colleagues to stop by as well. That is really rewarding. This market really provides two opportunities to us-hospital labs, pharmacy areas and the OR are interested in our cleanroom products while the balance of the hospital is really engaging in our newly redesigned housekeeping carts, as well as cart accessories like the Space Station™ and our microfiber applicator systems.


The ISSA show has also been a staple for Geerpres® for decades and this year was no different.


mngeerpresScott Ribbe, president of Geerpres®, remarked, “There has been a groundswell of excitement building about our company given the investment in new and innovative products, as well as redesigned products that we are bringing to the market since purchasing the company a couple of years ago. In addition, we have introduced a new catalog, launched a new website and added distribution, all of which have really put us on the map in a way we had not been in recent years. At ISSA, we really got the attention of distributors, building service contractors, buying groups and representatives who are taking a second look at Geerpres® and responding to our theme “Get Geared Up With Geerpres®.”


For more information, contact Geerpres®.

Spectrum breaks ground on new Muskegon facility

MUSKEGON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) — Local leaders and Spectrum Health executives Friday broke ground on the medical group’s latest facility, adding to its presence in Muskegon County.


Spectrum is building an Integrated Care Campus at the northwest corner of Holton and Roberts roads.


The regional campus will house a number of different doctors’ offices and health care services, preventing patients from having to drive from one location to another.


Hospital leaders believe the centers are the future of health-care, and say it’s why they continue building centers like this around the area.


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November 13, 2015 — Baker College is named as offering one of the nation’s top 20 best online bachelor’s computer science programs by, an independent organization that provides information and resources about colleges and careers.


Programs were selected based on their quality, types of courses provided, strength of faculty and school awards, rankings and reputation.


“Baker College Online strives to provide the best programs, so we are gratified by this recognition,” said Jill Langen, Ph.D., Baker College Online/Center for Graduate Studies president. “The demand for computer science graduates is expected to remain high. The availability of our 100 percent online program is making this award-winning training accessible to students interested in computer science careers.”


The curriculum is based on guidance from industry professionals and updated continuously to prepare students for 21st century jobs.


Through classwork, hands-on training and field-based educational experience, students gain skills in software development, Internet communications, network and database administration, along with foundational knowledge in computer science.


To better ensure student success, first-time online students take an introductory course that provides information about campus services, college technology, policies and procedures, and learning and study strategies.


Baker College Online is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, which assures that credits earned are recognized and meet high standards of educational quality.


One of the jobs for which the computer science program prepares graduates is software development. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, software developers earned an average annual wage of $99,530 in 2014, and employment is projected to grow 22 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations.


For more information about Baker College’s online and graduate studies programs, contact Chuck Gurden in the admissions office at 800.469.3165 or, or visit


The largest private college in Michigan, Baker College is a not-for-profit higher education institution accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. It serves more than 23,000 students on multiple campuses and online. Baker grants certificates and associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in more than 150 programs across diverse academic fields, including business, health sciences, engineering, information technology, education and human services. An impressive 97 percent of available graduates are employed. Every Baker graduate receives Lifetime Employment Assistance—free and forever. Baker is a pioneer in distance education and offers students the option of completing a degree 100 percent online, without ever visiting a campus. For information, visit or follow Baker College on Twitter, @bakercollege, or on Facebook,


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