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

PPT won't disappear with a 'yes' vote Aug. 5

Some businesses will be free of the personal property tax but not others.

July 25, 2014
One fact about Michigan’s personal property tax on business equipment is apparently overlooked in the blizzard of support for Proposal 1 on the Aug. 5 ballot. Read More

Zeeland responds to Consumers' appeal

July 25, 2014
The largest tax assessment battle Zeeland has ever faced — and the largest brought this year before the Michigan Tax Tribunal by Consumers Energy — moved forward in July with the city filing its response. Read More

Lamar closing not a reflection of Michigan construction

An industry insider says construction is booming and there are lots of jobs available.

July 18, 2014
The head of the Associated Builders and Contractors of Michigan says the abrupt closing of Lamar Construction in no way reflects a slowdown in the Michigan construction industry. Read More

Holland Home expanding residential facilities at Breton Woods

It will add 15 beds in a new model of residential living for dementia patients at Breton Woods.

July 18, 2014
Holland Home will break ground in late August on a $6.5 million expansion at the senior residential living organization’s Breton Woods campus off Breton Road in Kentwood, and the project includes a new model of small residential facilities for dementia patients. Read More

Lamar in Chapter 7 bankruptcy

July 18, 2014
Lamar Construction of Hudsonville, one of the larger commercial/industrial construction companies in West Michigan, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy July 11, indicating in court documents it has more than 200 creditors and debts of $10 million to $50 million, with estimated assets between $10 million and $50 million. Read More

Tax collections lag economic recovery

July 18, 2014
Clear signs of an improving economy are seen on many fronts these days, but in West Michigan at least, property tax collections tend to lag behind the growth rate of income tax revenues. Read More

UAV regulation debate drones on

A GR business is grounded in the FAA struggle to limit use of drones.

July 11, 2014
The Federal Aviation Administration is virtually at war with U.S. businesses trying to use small UAVs — unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones — including businesses in West Michigan. Read More

Mother Nature has insurance and restoration companies hopping

The Kentwood tornado adds to winter ice damage still being repaired.

July 11, 2014
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) Like many other insurance agents in the Grand Rapids region, Mike Brouwers’ phone was ringing off the hook a week ago, a result of the tornado that ripped through the densely populated suburb of Kentwood Sunday evening. Read More

State funds jumpstart road work

State’s $2.1 million will speed up GR’s overdue street repair.

July 11, 2014
Contracts are expected to be awarded next week for work on two Grand Rapids streets funded by a one-time state appropriation of $2,124,850, although grateful city officials warn there is still no long-term solution to funding Michigan transportation infrastructure. Read More

Kentucky wealth management firm now in GR

July 4, 2014
ARGI Financial Group, a Louisville, Ky., wealth management firm, announced last week it has opened an office in Grand Rapids. Read More