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
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
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
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
Area small- and mid-sized businesses report optimism despite challenges of finding talent, covering health care costs.
Small business owners in West Michigan are of two minds: It will be a good year, but it will have some challenges. Read More
While their central focus remains on wines, region’s vintners see importance of appealing to a wider crowd.
Big and small winemakers in the region have something in common: The need to stay relevant as Michigan’s beverage industry grows. Read More
WMU Cooley plans to boost legal offerings for underserved populations through education, resource-pooling.
A local law school wants to offer more business and economic resources for minority populations in West Michigan. Read More
Lifetime educator, incoming Grand Rapids Community College president achieves goal after detours along the way.
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
A local organization is challenging filmmakers to create a film in 36 hours. Read More