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

ARTICLES

Consultants urge city to improve equity for better competition

There is ‘limited alignment’ between thinking about equity and implementing it in practices, policies and incentives.

March 24, 2017
Following a weeklong visit from representatives from the Rose Center for Public Leadership, city officials were debriefed on how Grand Rapids can improve its equity. Read More

DOL initiates hold on fiduciary responsibility

Ruling will not be enforced April 10, but smaller firms work to get in line with standards.

March 24, 2017
As the deadline for financial advisors to begin operating under the fiduciary responsibility rapidly approaches, the Department of Labor indicated it will not enforce the law until a full review of the regulation is complete. Read More

Bank exec says variety fuels GR economy

Region has 20 companies with almost 2,000 employees each, which limits recession fears.

March 24, 2017
The variety of industries that call West Michigan home have provided the region with protection from recessions in the past and will continue to do so at least through the next cycle, according to a national economic analyst. Read More

Bank hires market president

March 23, 2017
A local bank has named its new leader for a market in the region. Read More

Whitecaps foundation donates books to schools

March 22, 2017
Baseball won’t start until next month, so the Whitecaps Community Foundation is encouraging students to engage in other forms of leisure. Read More

Grand Rapids FC signs brewery as sponsor

March 20, 2017
When they take the pitch this season, the Grand Rapids Football Club will be representing a local brewery. Read More

Inside Track: A new world of medicine

Originally concerned with becoming a clinician, John Butzer finds just as much fulfillment in the administrative side of field.

March 17, 2017
For nearly three decades, John Butzer was the chief of medicine at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital. Read More

Survey finds CEOs exude confidence

More than 60 percent believe state’s economy will improve over next six months.

March 17, 2017
Optimism among Michigan’s executives continues to be high in the wake of the 2016 election. Read More

LINC Up looks to address affordable housing

Organization partners with GRCC to provide construction students with hands-on experience building houses in Grand Rapids.

March 17, 2017
Community-driven economic development organization LINC Up is hoping to address the affordable housing dilemma by starting right around the corner. Read More

Bank adds SBA lending team to downtown branch

March 17, 2017
A bank is expanding its services at the branch it recently opened downtown. Read More