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


Theater screening Grand Rapids Latin American Film Festival

March 28, 2017
A Latin film festival this weekend will feature nine award-winning works from Brazil, Mexico, Guatemala, Argentina, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador and Uruguay. Read More

Association names Best and Brightest Companies to Work For

March 27, 2017
A statewide association has named a group of the best workplaces in West Michigan. Read More

AdFed honoring exec with Silver Medal Award

March 27, 2017
The West Michigan chapter of the American Advertising Federation will honor the president of a local advertising agency this week for his contributions to the industry. Read More

Zhang Financial shares view from top of the industry

Managing Partner, CEO Charles Zhang says his wealth management firm emphasizes controlled growth, trust, consistency.

March 24, 2017
Zhang Financial, founded in 1991 in Portage, has been ranked as one of the top wealth management firms in the nation by various financial publications for years. Read More

He’s the man behind ‘The Wall’

Co-founder of OtterBase Inc. and executive consultant for NBC’s ‘The Wall’ said leadership at staffing agency led to big break in LA.

March 24, 2017
As a self-described idea man, Jeff Bennett didn’t want to stop after creating one business. Read More

Downtown high school launches $10M fundraising campaign

March 24, 2017
A downtown high school has kicked off a $10-million, phase-two fundraising campaign for new construction, scholarships, teacher support, student services and deferred maintenance. Read More

Co-teaching program boosts student achievement

March 24, 2017
It turns out two teachers are better than one at a school in the area. Read More

Meijer Gardens reveals $115M expansion plan

March 23, 2017
After a year of study with a New York-based architectural firm, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park has revealed the details of a $115-million expansion plan. Read More

Events firm producing Downtown Live!

March 23, 2017
A local events firm is partnering with the mayor, chamber and downtown businesses to produce a free event with live mannequins, “selfie spots” and live music. Read More

Court earns national 'mentor' status from DOJ

March 22, 2017
The U.S. Department of Justice has recognized a court in the region for its work helping non-violent felony offenders with substance use disorders. Read More