Rachel Watson

Rachel Watson

Rachel Watson is a Grand Rapids Business Journal staff reporter who covers small business, law, HR, diversity, higher education, marketing, PR and advertising, the lakeshore and arts and entertainment. She also is the staff researcher who compiles the weekly lists. Email Rachel at rachelw at grbj dot com. Follow her on Twitter @RachelWatson86


Literacy program cultivates ‘hidden talent’ in employees

Customized Workplace English classes aim to help employees with low literacy reach job security, advancement.

February 24, 2017
The Literacy Center of West Michigan realized 16 years ago that the workforce was full of employees with untapped leadership potential: those who struggle with literacy. Read More

Trust law keeps assets from creditors

Michigan joins 16 other states in allowing Domestic Asset Protection Trusts, which reduce estate tax liability.

February 24, 2017
For wealthy individuals and those in high-risk professions, asset protection and estate tax avoidance in Michigan just got a bit easier. Read More

Project examines barriers for women of color

Kellogg Foundation fellows conclude year of qualitative study on race, gender and leadership.

February 24, 2017
Shannon Cohen and Pat Sosa VerDuin want women of color in the West Michigan business community to been seen and heard. Read More

Country music festival reveals lineup

February 24, 2017
A 25-year-old country music festival in the region has revealed the lineup for its two-day event this summer. Read More

Opera Grand Rapids hires artistic director

February 24, 2017
West Michigan’s professional opera company has hired an artistic director with conducting and leadership experience at institutions all over the world. Read More

West Michigan attorneys rate as Leaders in the Law

February 22, 2017
Six West Michigan attorneys have been named winners of a statewide legal publication’s annual award for lawyers. Read More

College concentrates on cybersecurity

February 22, 2017
In response to the growing need for data security worldwide, a local college is stepping up its cybersecurity education. Read More

LaughFest mixing health and humor

February 22, 2017
A local 10-day comedy festival is producing a slew of events tied together by the theme “For the Health of It.” Read More

Filmmaker signs distribution deal

February 21, 2017
A film shot and produced in Grand Rapids is now available to global audiences. Read More

Meijer Gardens reveals three summer concerts

February 20, 2017
Organizers of a local amphitheater summer concert series have revealed three initial acts. Read More