Carole Valade

Carole Valade

Carole Valade is editor of Gemini Publications, which includes Grand Rapids Business Journal, Grand Rapids Magazine and Michigan Blue Magazine. Email Carole at cvalade at grbj dot com. Follow her on Twitter @valadester

ARTICLES

Area entrepreneurs need an assist to link to resources for continued growth

June 23, 2017
The Grand Rapids metro area’s entrepreneurial activity, like an unseen electric current, is providing an economic stimulus and force for the future. Read More

Racial equity issues most rooted in education

June 16, 2017
Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss is providing sustained city leadership in the quest for racial equity in the community, last year winning Grand Rapids a selection as one of five cities in the country to become part of the Racial Equity Here effort. Read More

Reality check: Budget cuts could spell doom for environmental cleanup projects around Michigan

June 9, 2017
A Republican-led conference committee pushing to set the Michigan budget for the next fiscal year late last week approved a big gash in environmental cleanup spending, a $15-million cut. Read More

City tightens parking noose, ignores business retention

June 2, 2017
The ever-widening gap between the city of Grand Rapids and its constituent business community is increasing by the day, as is loss of businesses (and city income tax and property revenues and service fees and licenses). Read More

‘Missing pieces’ in West Michigan’s economic stability

May 26, 2017
The Business Journal is reporting on the findings of a “Missing Pieces” study by Deloitte in conjunction with the Alliance for Board Diversity, measuring the gains made by women on corporate boards in Michigan. Read More

Another ‘crazy’ idea from Secchia; another win for the power of partnerships

May 19, 2017
To say that Kent County’s Millennium Park is connected to Lake Michigan might be considered a stretch of imagination or fantasy, or require proofs of the Grand River’s meandering path to the mouth of the Big Lake. Read More

Employer initiatives assist mental health

May 12, 2017
Mental health issues, ranging from depression to suicide and bipolar disorder among others, are estimated to cost businesses — especially small business owners — millions each year. Read More

‘High value on people’ is solution to recruitment, retention

May 5, 2017
The battle for employers to recruit and retain is a now too familiar refrain in West Michigan, and competition for employees throughout the country (and the world) has been of immense concern to local business owners. Read More

There’s proof of prosperity, but business leaders provide glimpse of what’s ‘next’

April 28, 2017
Grand Rapids Business Journal reporting in several sectors of the local economy provides May Day examples of upward trends fueling the metro area’s continued growth. Read More

GR builds community with people, not concrete

April 21, 2017
“We have a narrative going on in this country that, if only we have the right person or the right party in the state house, we’d be OK. And I’d like to flip that around, because we really need to be able to own our own problems to be able to inform state and national policy of what works.” Read More