ARTICLES

QST Experiences Five-Year Growth Spurt

April 16, 2009

QST Consultations LTD of Allendale Township has been growing by 20 percent a year over the past five years. The independent consulting firm specializes in analyzing research for medical device and pharmaceutical companies throughout the nation.

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Medical Mistrust High Among Minority Women

April 8, 2009

A recent Michigan State University study revealed a high level of mistrust among minority women in regard to health care and hospital systems. Nearly 70 percent of minority women polled said they believe that health-care organizations sometimes deceive or mislead patients.

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Brandmotion targets auto 'real estate'

April 6, 2009

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Jeff Varick's four-year-old company, Brandmotion, designs and manufactures aftermarket auto products.

Brandmotion targets auto 'real estate'
When Jeff Varick looks at the inside of a vehicle, he sees empty "real estate" that he'd like to fill with aftermarket electronic products. For instance, one of his "real estate development" projects included engineering, designing and manufacturing an overhead rail system of storage and entertainment module components for the Ford F-150 pickup truck. Read More

Engaging the community in sustainability efforts

April 5, 2009

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Deborah Steketee said her early interest in sustainability stemmed in part from her exposure to Peter Wege's ideas about "economicology."

Deborah Steketee prides herself on her ability to ask questions about what's next — questions that help kick-start new conversations in the community.

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Don't overlook low-risk securities

April 5, 2009

A lot of business owners are certainly disappointed with the performance of their portfolio, and many are disappointed with the performance of their business, as well. It has become clear to some that they haven’t been as thoughtful as they had hoped to be in managing their portfolio to hedge their business risk. 

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SBA hopes to kick-start lending to small businesses

March 30, 2009

U.S. small businesses employ about half of the nation's workers and over the last decade have created some 70 percent of all new jobs, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration. But SBA loans, which have long been the largest generator of business loans in the nation, have been down by about two-thirds because access to credit and lending has dried up.

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Relationships pay off Entrepreneurs help entrepreneur

March 30, 2009
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Most people in the business community have heard by now that the Atrium Woods office building on Kenmore Street in Grand Rapids Township will soon become world headquarters of online foreign currency and futures trader Global Forex Trading, a division of Global Futures & Forex Ltd. of Ada Township.
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Recovery act 'truly meaningful' for local transit

March 27, 2009

The economic recovery act has been very good to public transit in greater Grand Rapids.

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'Canstruction' competition to benefit Salvation Army

March 23, 2009
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It takes about 2,500 to 4,000 cans on average to make a sculpture.

A "Canstruction Project" competition is being held for the first time here, as Grand Rapids joins 40 other U.S. cities participating in the nationally organized event. The innovative design competition has attracted five entries from area architecture and design firms whose mission will be to build sculptures made entirely out of canned goods. When "de-canstructed," the food items will go to The Salvation Army's Booth Family Services for distribution to area food pantries.

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Ground soon to be broken on Kentwood library

March 23, 2009

Construction of a new $8 million Kentwood Branch of the Kent District Library is slated to start this spring, with a grand opening planned for summer 2010.

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