Jesse O'Brien

Jesse O'Brien

Jesse O'Brien is a Grand Rapids Business Journal staff reporter who covers startups, economic development, banking and finance, health care, sports business and city government. Email Jesse at jesseo at grbj dot com. Follow him on Twitter @jesseobrien


Region rates highly in culture and cooperation

‘Best and Brightest’ comparables show where West Michigan is strong, could improve.

April 21, 2017
(Watch for this story Monday morning on WZZM TV 13) West Michigan’s cream-of-the-crop companies compare favorably to the other top employers from regions across the country when it comes to culture, cooperation and diversity. Read More

Businesses: Own your problems

Cascade Engineering’s Keller urges leaders to step in and promote societal and cultural shifts.

April 21, 2017
Businesses should relish the opportunity to play a role in the societal and cultural shifts in our country, according to Cascade Engineering Chairman Fred Keller. Read More

Medical clinic creates Spanish diabetes program

April 21, 2017
A local nonprofit medical clinic now offers a program catering to Spanish-speaking diabetes patients. Read More

Appliance maker wins federal Partner of the Year award

April 17, 2017
A West Michigan appliance maker has been honored for its “sustained excellence” by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Read More

Startup raises $2M in funding

April 17, 2017
A local startup that makes a durable coffee maker has recently closed a $2-million round of funding. Read More

Health system appoints COO

April 15, 2017
A local health care executive has been appointed to a newly created system-wide leadership position. Read More

Inside Track: Breuker has a ‘servant’s heart’

Holland Home CEO began nursing career on a dare.

April 14, 2017
When Mina Breuker introduces herself to new employees at Holland Home, she leaves them with a simple message, steeped in her own experience — “See? A nurse’s aide can become president.” Read More

Footwear brand rolls out light 'safety-toe' work shoe

April 14, 2017
A long-time footwear brand in the area has released its lightest-ever “safety-toe” work shoe. Read More

Ford airport books best-ever month

April 14, 2017
Through the first quarter of 2017, Gerald R. Ford International Airport is on track to shatter its annual passengers number, with March being the busiest month in airport history. Read More

West Michigan hospitals score As

April 13, 2017
Seven West Michigan hospitals have earned top marks for hospital safety, according to a nonprofit watchdog group. Read More