Pete Daly

Pete Daly

Pete Daly is a Grand Rapids Business Journal staff reporter who covers small business, banking and finance, food service and agriculture and government. Email Pete at pdaly at grbj dot com. Follow him on Twitter @PeteDalyGR

ARTICLES

Hops production on the rise

A new grower near Greenville has become a licensed food processor.

August 15, 2014
Pam Bouma Miller is very proud of the fact that her new business is a food processor, and she’s got the license to prove it. Read More

‘The works’ can include the dog, too

Thunder Mountain car wash chain has a self-serve dog wash sideline.

August 15, 2014
When Leo Schlesinger stresses that his Thunder Mountain Full Service Car & Dog Wash locations in West Michigan are “full service,” he really means it. Read More

Swift Printing expands, invests in new technology

August 15, 2014
Swift Printing & Communications, based on Bridge Street NW in Grand Rapids since 1954, acquired a smaller Wyoming company in July and put online in August a new state-of-the-art digital press. Read More

Expensive beef, less boozing, beautiful barns

A food service veteran deals with continuous change in the wedding reception business.

August 15, 2014
Catering professional Tom Doyle, a former long-time partner in the Brann restaurant chain and the new owner of Distinctive Catering by Brann’s, deals with a lot of change and challenges in what people want for their wedding receptions. Read More

Money for everything from farms to factories — and libraries

USDA Rural Development loans help growers with a variety of programs.

August 15, 2014
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is an important source of capital and assistance in finding capital for many rural Michiganders, ranging from local government officials to farmers, factory owners and others in small business. Read More

Downtown grill seeks liquor license

August 13, 2014
An Ottawa Avenue restaurant in downtown Grand Rapids began its quest for a liquor license on Wednesday by successfully winning the unanimous support of the city’s Downtown Development Authority. Read More

Flush with cash and eager to lend

One banker says some banks may even be getting a bit reckless again.

August 8, 2014
Lingering aftereffects of the Great Recession are still visible in the commercial lending process, but banks today do have money to lend, and they are willing to deal to get the business, according to expert observers. Read More

Office furniture industry continues to improve

Analyst predicts 2014 will be the best year in a decade.

August 8, 2014
The latest survey of the office furniture industry by Michael A. Dunlap & Associates in Holland indicates it is on a “very steady and improving trend line.” Read More

Economic growth should spur lending

Bank executive sees loan demand rise as companies use up post-recession cash.

August 8, 2014
“You can get good news out of Washington, occasionally,” said Mitch Stapley, chief investment officer at Fifth Third Bank’s asset management division in Grand Rapids. Read More

Accounting firm makes acquisition

August 7, 2014
An accounting firm has expanded to 10 locations across the region after making a local acquisition. Read More