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

Kent County OKs budget, $20M bond

2015 budget got the nod, as did backing a $20 million bond issue for the airport.

November 21, 2014
Several financial proposals came to a vote at the Kent County Board of Commissioners last week, not the least of which was the county’s 2015 budget. Read More

Mercantile reports first full quarter after merger

It is now the fourth largest bank domiciled in Michigan.

November 21, 2014
There were some trying moments for Mercantile Bank Corp. over the past 16 months, but it may be smoother sailing ahead for the Grand Rapids-based organization, which just reported results of its first full quarter after a major merger with Firstbank Corp. of Alma. Read More

Sales of first mortgages jumped in 2014

The frigid weather at the start of the year delayed the mortgage season in Michigan.

November 21, 2014
Dodd-Frank and the polar vortex both bedeviled the mortgage industry in Michigan in early 2014, but home buying has definitely picked up and is predicted to continue through 2015. Read More

Realtors oppose EPA’s expanded ‘waters’ proposal

Other groups also are up in arms, alleging a power grab.

November 21, 2014
The incoming president of the Michigan Realtors organization has been busy this fall, calling upon many of its 24,000-plus members and supporters to let the Environmental Protection Agency and elected representatives in Washington know they are staunchly opposed to the EPA’s proposal to leave “navigable” out of a revision of the Clean Water Act. Read More

Gone to the dogs

Border collies excel at driving nuisance geese away from corporate landscapes.

November 21, 2014
Most people hate it when their job requires them to go on a wild goose chase — but not Theresa Villarreal. Read More

Inside Track: Still in charge and going places

Adversity has never stopped Bridgett Tubbs-Carlon, the founder of the highly successful AppleTree Learning Centers.

November 14, 2014
Growing up in a single-parent household in the early 1980s, there just wasn’t money for luxuries like traveling in Bridgett Tubbs-Carlon’s world. Read More

Faith-based colleges share 2015 economic forecasts

Economists from Aquinas, Calvin, Cornerstone and Hope take a shot at it.

November 14, 2014
Only time will tell — about a year, actually — if there was a slam-dunk victory at the Economic Symposium: State of the Economy & Outlook for 2015 held at Aquinas College. Read More

Business Leaders for Michigan produces CEO Summit

November 11, 2014
There won’t be any shortage of West Michigan names and faces at the third-annual Michigan CEO Summit being put on Thursday in downtown Detroit by Business Leaders for Michigan. Read More

Neighborhood businesses garner awards

The newest Rodriguez Supermarket receives the 2014 Grand Award.

November 7, 2014
Ninety-six businesses were nominated for the 25th Annual Neighborhood Business Awards in Grand Rapids last week, with awards in more than a dozen categories presented by business leaders and city officials. Read More

Pleotint racking up sales and recognition

Jenison company sees a large market for its self-tinting window glass.

November 7, 2014
Each year, according to the new vice president at Pleotint in Jenison, about 2 billion square feet of “low-e” architectural glass is purchased in the United States, or about 75 percent of all architectural glass. Read More