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

Local real estate agents are familiar with radon testing

January 30, 2015
Public health officials in Lansing and in Kent County — as well as Gov. Rick Snyder — take the threat of radon gas very seriously and urge people to test for its presence in their homes. Read More

GVSU and WMU develop supply chain assessment tool

It’s free to small businesses here that turn to the SBDC for help.

January 30, 2015
The Michigan Small Business Development Center at Grand Valley State University and Western Michigan University have jointly developed an online supply chain assessment tool free for small businesses. Read More

Panel wants airport authority details amended

A few issues, particularly the size of the authority board, need to be resolved.

January 30, 2015
A committee of the Kent County Board of Commissioners has postponed for two weeks its approval of a 64-page draft document that will spell out key details of the proposed airport authority that would take over operation of Gerald R. Ford International Airport. Read More

At Bros. Leather, it’s in the bag

The growing business gets a high-profile endorsement in the entertainment industry.

January 30, 2015
Bros. Leather Supply Co. in Grand Rapids just got a big boost with a promotional partnership agreement with Garrett Goodwin, the drummer for singer Carrie Underwood for the past eight years. Read More

A new business concept: Have a crepe at the cleaners

Sheldon Cleaners is opening a café/creperie in one of its Grand Rapids locations.

January 23, 2015
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) At first it was just going to be a little coffee shop in one of their dry-cleaning/laundry locations. Then the Cares brothers decided to have a little fun. Read More

Inside Track: Powered by challenges

Before joining Norris, Perné & French, Lon Swartzentruber helped a school system secure its financial future.

January 23, 2015
The new managing director — the first and only managing director — at Norris, Perné & French, the oldest privately owned investment management firm in Grand Rapids, is a guy with a track record of taking on difficult challenges. Read More

Kent County veterans services moving in mid-March

The new location accommodates a larger staff and has easier access for disabled vets.

January 23, 2015
Kent County’s Department of Veterans Affairs, which has expanded since voter approval of a millage increase in November, will be moving in March from its current downtown location at 82 Ionia Ave. NW to Fuller Avenue at the Kent County government complex in northeast Grand Rapids. Read More

Kent County works on details of airport authority

A draft of proposed legislation allowing the transfer will be reviewed this week.

January 23, 2015
The process of transferring the Kent County government’s direct control of the Gerald R. Ford International Airport to an airport authority is under way, with the county Board of Commissioners Legislative and Human Resources Committee considering a key step this week: the draft of proposed enabling legislation allowing it to happen. Read More

A bigger company requires bigger logistics

SpartanNash is a global distributor of groceries, including U.S. military clients.

January 16, 2015
When Michigan’s Spartan Stores Inc. merged with Nash Finch Co. of Edina, Minn., in 2013, it created one of the nation’s largest combined retailer/wholesalers of groceries, with a logistics network serving stores in more than 40 states plus the District of Columbia, Europe, Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Azores, Bahrain and Egypt. Read More

Kent County leads U.S. employment recovery

Report indicates Kent is first of nation's 'large economies' to fully recover.

January 16, 2015
According to a study by the National Association of Counties, Kent County is the first “large economy” county in America — counties with more than 500,000 residents — to reach its pre-downturn unemployment rate. Read More