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

ARTICLES

College opens $7.2M learning lab downtown

January 23, 2017
A local college has opened a 24,000-square-foot facility downtown that aims to meet the needs of its child development students and preschoolers. Read More

College approves $300K bond to train glass maker's workers

January 23, 2017
A local college has approved $300,000 in funding to help train workers at a growing manufacturing facility in the region. Read More

Insurance agencies benefit from ‘economic tailwind’

Two area business insurance agencies report growth as they assess diversification, talent gap.

January 20, 2017
It was a whirlwind of a year for Berends Hendricks Stuit (BHS) Insurance Agency and Lighthouse Insurance Group. Read More

One-star review? You’re free to Yelp

Consumer Review Fairness Act blocks companies from including ‘gag clauses’ in contracts.

January 20, 2017
Thanks to recent bipartisan legislation, it’s now a little safer for consumers to post honest reviews of less-than-stellar experiences. Read More

Survey says businesses see rosy 2017

Area small- and mid-sized businesses report optimism despite challenges of finding talent, covering health care costs.

January 13, 2017
Small business owners in West Michigan are of two minds: It will be a good year, but it will have some challenges. Read More

Michigan wineries diversify to stay fresh

While their central focus remains on wines, region’s vintners see importance of appealing to a wider crowd.

January 13, 2017
Big and small winemakers in the region have something in common: The need to stay relevant as Michigan’s beverage industry grows. Read More

Law school supports entrepreneurial, poverty-relief initiatives

WMU Cooley plans to boost legal offerings for underserved populations through education, resource-pooling.

January 13, 2017
A local law school wants to offer more business and economic resources for minority populations in West Michigan. Read More

Inside Track: A long, winding road

Lifetime educator, incoming Grand Rapids Community College president achieves goal after detours along the way.

January 13, 2017
Bill Pink believes one of the biggest favors you can do for yourself in life is to grab hold of the thing you love and chase after it. Read More

Grand Rapids Film Festival produces 36-Hour Challenge

January 13, 2017
A local organization is challenging filmmakers to create a film in 36 hours. Read More

LaughFest names headliner for Signature Event

January 12, 2017
A local comedy festival’s Signature Event fundraiser will be headlined by a long-time producer, talent judge, game show host, talk show host and comedian. Read More