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


Patents can be ‘gray area’

Supreme Court decision made securing patents for computer-related inventions more difficult, but not impossible, IP lawyer says.

May 26, 2017
A local intellectual property lawyer is celebrating today after helping a company secure a patent for a medical device that allows patients to go through withdrawal from opioid drugs in 20 minutes instead of a week. Read More

Company fosters team building

Board Meetings stand-up paddleboard rental, yoga partnership aims to help businesses provide wellness and fun for employees.

May 26, 2017
Paul Boynton took up surfboarding while living in Florida. His then-co-worker would say, “Let’s leave work early and go have a ‘board meeting.’” The term came back to him years later as a fitting name for a paddleboard rental company. Read More

WMU, Aquinas partner on engineering degree

University to contribute lab equipment and curriculum; college to offer Catholic liberal arts experience and prerequisites.

May 26, 2017
Western Michigan University and Aquinas College this fall will join a packed field of schools forging academic partnerships. Read More

GRCC, Kent ISD cast college program

Talent 2025 prompts plan to provide tuition-free certificate or associate’s degree to high school students.

May 26, 2017
Amid growing concerns over skilled worker shortages, a group of partners will offer another talent pipeline for West Michigan employers. Read More

Cosmetology school opens

May 26, 2017
A cosmetology instructor with a passion for natural hair care has opened a beauty school. Read More

Nonprofit launches Latino teller program

May 26, 2017
A local nonprofit has launched a Latino bank teller training program in partnership with a bank. Read More

Students win $600K in art scholarships

May 26, 2017
A group of teens in the region have won $600,000 total in scholarships to six Midwest art institutions. Read More

Junk removal franchise enters market

May 25, 2017
A pair of local entrepreneurs are making it their mission to help businesses and homeowners de-clutter their spaces in a planet-friendly way. Read More

State names Michigan Teacher of the Year

May 25, 2017
The state has selected a local high school math teacher for an honor that comes with statewide leadership responsibility. Read More

Partners honor activists at César Chávez event

May 23, 2017
A group of community partners have honored the legacy of civil rights activist César Chávez and recognized three change-makers. Read More