Rachel Watson

Rachel Watson

Rachel Watson is a Grand Rapids Business Journal staff reporter who covers food, manufacturing, small business, banking and finance, HR and diversity and sustainability. Email Rachel at rachelw at grbj dot com. Follow her on Twitter @RachelWatson86


Talent tops furniture industry wish list

West Michigan’s commercial furniture makers aren’t sitting on their hands waiting for change.

April 20, 2018
Sit across from any furniture executive these days, and you’ll hear about new products, the internet of things and federal actions affecting business — but the talent gap will dominate the dialogue. Read More

Social justice a common thread at sew shop

Public Thread uses upcycled textiles to create accessories, apparel while diverting waste from landfills and creating living-wage jobs.

April 20, 2018
After years in government and nonprofit roles, Janay Brower felt she was no longer cut out for “safety net” approaches. Read More

Inside Track: Turning houses into homes

Self-taught interior designer helms growing home décor subscription box company and QVC line.

April 20, 2018
Farah Merhi’s “aha moment” came in the middle of a home improvement project. Read More

Ranir hires CFO

April 19, 2018
A maker of oral care products has named a new chief financial officer with decades of experience in the consumer products industry. Read More

Nonprofit receives grant to expand services

April 18, 2018
A local nonprofit focused on helping women-owned businesses has received funding for an expansion to the lakeshore. Read More

Partners hosting Machine Vision & Robotics Summit

April 18, 2018
A pair of partners are hosting a day-long series of free seminars Thursday on automation technologies. Read More

Restaurant group replaces gastropub in suburb

April 16, 2018
A restaurant group is converting its riverfront gastropub in the area into a more “family friendly” concept. Read More

West Michigan town is No. 1 'small city to start a business' in US

April 16, 2018
A town in West Michigan has been ranked the most business-friendly small city in the nation. Read More

Downtown sports bar hosting open interviews

April 16, 2018
A local restaurant company is interviewing for a variety of positions at a sports bar it is opening downtown. Read More

Business taking 'chill' orders downtown on Tax Day

April 16, 2018
As a way of saying “chill out,” a shaved-ice franchise will give out free samples downtown on Tax Day. Read More