Mike Nichols

Mike Nichols

Mike Nichols is a Grand Rapids Business Journal staff reporter who covers small business, startups, technology, nonprofits, HR, diversity, film, events and breaking news. Email Mike at mnichols at grbj dot com. Follow him on Twitter @mike5nichols

ARTICLES

Local businesses strike Pokémon gold

Game blending digital and real worlds comes with promise — and pitfalls.

July 22, 2016
Pokémon Go? Yes, as a business community we have to talk about it, because — well, believe it or not, it’s making local businesses money. Read More

Food truck ordinance around the corner

City ordinance would allow eateries more freedom to operate on public property downtown.

July 22, 2016
There’s now heavy legal energy moving behind Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss’s dream of having more food trucks in the downtown area. Read More

Special report:
 Seeking best
 solutions to
 homelessness

Are aid efforts backfiring?

July 22, 2016
Matt Hanlon thinks Grand Rapids can do better. Read More

Bethany expands refugee services

Resettlement and outreach programs spread in Kalamazoo, Pennsylvania.

July 22, 2016
Bethany Christian Services’ mission to help refugees knows no state bounds. Read More

Coming attraction at Studio 28

Site of former cinema is now part of the planned 28 West town center.

July 15, 2016
Remember Studio 28? Well, something’s finally happening on the vacant site of what was often called the “largest movie theater in the world.” Read More

800 officers in line for stress help

Sheriff’s department, GR police will test behavioral health program for one year.

July 15, 2016
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) Amid the heated and complex national conversation surrounding the deaths of Philando Castile, Alton Sterling and five police officers in Dallas, some West Michigan police will get help coping with a tough job that seems to be getting tougher. Read More

CrossFit affiliate gym in Grand Rapids opens second location

First one burned to the ground and was then rebuilt.

July 8, 2016
The CrossFit label is spreading in Grand Rapids. Read More

New tech streamlines review of construction documents

Builders will have easier access to state agencies.

July 8, 2016
Michigan has become the first state to fully implement the new Accela Inc. technology plan. The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs recently announced that plans can be submitted to the Bureau of Construction Codes through a new Accela e-PlanCheck progam. Read More

Muskegon airport gets FAA grant

Lawmakers announce $802K in funding for runway rehab, land buy.

July 8, 2016
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) Every few years, West Michigan’s highways need to be patched up and given a new paint job. The area’s air highways are no different. Read More

Grand Rapids gets its message out to states’ leaders

Panel discusses city’s strengths at annual meeting of lieutenant governors.

July 8, 2016
Local stakeholders got a chance to tell the country’s lieutenant governors how grand Grand Rapids is. Read More