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


Creators of GR music app hope to change the industry

The radi8er app combines music streaming with maps of where artists are playing.

April 29, 2016
A Grand Rapids app that could potentially revolutionize the way the world listens to music is almost ready for launch. Read More

How does area rate among best, brightest?

West Michigan scores well in community initiatives category; lacks in leadership.

April 29, 2016
The scores are in, and West Michigan is hitting some national benchmarks — but certainly not all of them. Read More

GR, West Coast acoustic consulting firms merge

Result is one of the largest independent consulting firms in the country.

April 29, 2016
A recent merger has made Grand Rapids-based Acoustics By Design Inc. one of the largest independent acoustical consulting firms in North America. Read More

Hispanic Chamber to host first business pitch night

Effort is part of a bilingual outreach to involve Spanish-speaking business owners.

April 29, 2016
The West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has a plan to encourage more Hispanic small business owners and entrepreneurs to enter local business pitch competitions. Read More

‘Kitchen takeover’ business serves up fun

OGO Initiative encourages stress reduction, nutrition and entertaining interaction.

April 22, 2016
Some of Ben Price’s favorite cooking moments are when he can change someone’s mind about a food they used to dislike. One time a woman told him, “I hate Brussels sprouts and these are delicious.” Read More

Report finds women-owned firms making headway

Locally, GROW has helped approximately 600 women entrepreneurs in the last year.

April 15, 2016
Behind the economy of every great state, there’s an even greater growth of women-owned businesses. Read More

Partners plan $140M downtown movie theater project

April 11, 2016
At long last, a movie theater project is moving forward in downtown Grand Rapids. Read More

Feds single out library as international model for disabled patrons

April 11, 2016
Dignitaries from the Middle East and Africa visited a local library this week to learn about the laws and programs designed to improve access to public spaces and services for people with disabilities. Read More

Mosquito prevention firm hopes to take sting out of spring

West Michigan owners plan to be up and running by May 1.

April 8, 2016
It’s springtime in Michigan, which means everyone’s least favorite bloodsucking insects are back. Read More

Firms mull unlimited time off as benefit

April 8, 2016
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) Imagine what would happen if a company gave everyone unlimited, paid time off. Read More