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


Conference on tap for professionals of color

June 29, 2016
A day to leverage the legacy of Grand Rapids’ diverse professionals is at hand. Read More

Ethnic diversity nonprofit celebrates 20 years

Progress has been made, but director says much more can be done.

June 24, 2016
For 20 years, Gail Harrison has been fighting for ethnic diversity along the West Michigan lakeshore. Read More

IT hiring slips even as tech spreads

For first time since 2011, fewer than half of West Michigan companies surveyed are expanding.

June 24, 2016
The West Michigan tech industry isn’t hiring as fast as it once was, according to Paragon Recruiting. Read More

Startup produces Sound of the City festival downtown

June 23, 2016
A startup developing an app for streaming and “mapping” local music is producing a music festival downtown on Saturday. Read More

After year of growth, Encore plans a repeat performance

Packaging startup looks to build brand in West Michigan.

June 17, 2016
It’s still the first act for Encore Business Group. Read More

Express finds new home on 20th anniversary

Owner says community spirit leads employment service to bigger success.

June 17, 2016
For its 20th year in business, Express Employment Professionals decided to give itself a special anniversary present: a new home. Read More

Business community reacts to Orlando attack

LGBTQ nightclub owners are paying more attention to security measures.

June 17, 2016
The mass shooting June 12 at a gay nightclub in Orlando is rippling all the way to the Grand Rapids business community. Read More

Attracting talent starts with Hello

West Michigan initiative reaches out to interns, job seekers, ‘boomerangs’ and more.

June 17, 2016
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) West Michigan is a place with something for everyone. Read More

Chemical pollution forces out nonprofits

EPA plans further testing after likely dry-cleaning contaminant found.

June 17, 2016
An environmental threat has pushed two nonprofits from their buildings, and that could be just the beginning. Read More

DTE Energy Foundation grant funds summer jobs

At-risk teens will learn the hard and soft skills required in the business world.

June 17, 2016
This may be a life-changing summer for approximately 120 of West Michigan’s at-risk teenagers. Read More