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

New vintage décor store opens in Alger Heights

Husband and wife bring love of farmhouse finds and industrial salvage to life.

May 20, 2016
Anyone looking for an eclectic mix of vintage décor, farmhouse finds, industrial salvage, rusted metal and artisan creations from West Michigan artists need look no further than the newly opened Reinspired Treasures in Alger Heights. Read More

Overcoming the language barrier

Twenty-two ChoiceOne Bank employees take advantage of free Spanish classes.

May 20, 2016
One local bank is learning to speak the language of its growing customer market, and that language is Spanish. Read More

Small biz tussles with red tape

Overtime pay, numerous regulations and health care all are sticking points.

May 20, 2016
There are thousands of regulations on the city, state and federal levels that a small business owner must meet in order to start a business. Read More

NAI Wisinski moves to new data system

Virtual Systems gives the real estate firm’s desktop system a mobile element.

May 20, 2016
There’s now a secure way to make a company’s desktop system more mobile and agile. Read More

Classmates track the scent of success

Four young friends combine talents to create Southern Hound clothing line.

May 13, 2016
They’re only in their first years of college, but already four East Grand Rapids natives have created a budding clothing line that’s getting digital hits from all over the world. Read More

The hunt for employee bonding

Grand Rapids startup offers companies the chance to team-build through scavenger hunts.

May 13, 2016
At a time when many companies are looking for ways to build teams between departments and generations of employees, one Grand Rapids startup has a two-word answer: scavenger hunts. Read More

Fehsenfeld family relinquishes control of CF

Fuel distribution company is now 100 percent employee owned.

May 13, 2016
For three generations, Crystal Flash has been controlled by the Fehsenfeld family. Now, however, one of the largest fuel distribution companies in the state has new owners — lots of them. Read More

Startup proves medical packaging is more than just a box and a bag

Packaging Compliance Labs saw a need two years ago to service the Medical Mile.

May 13, 2016
All it took was someone to fill the void, and West Michigan’s booming medical and pharmaceutical industries responded. Read More

Local homelessness programs reap federal funds

May 13, 2016
Those working to solve the problem of homelessness in Michigan just got a big scoop of federal funding to do it. Read More

Inside Track: Garberson helps connect refugees with job opportunities

Bethany Christian Services’ new refugee employment supervisor foresees the impact of an untapped resource.

May 6, 2016
Kyle Garberson is only two months into a job he said already makes him proud to be an American. Read More