Grand Rapids Business Journal The Social Buzz blog

The Social Buzz

A blog by GRBJ staff that's a casual, and sometimes cutting, roundup of what's being said around town -- both online and offline. Read More

Brewery throws b'day party

February 3, 2017
A local brewery is celebrating its fifth anniversary this weekend. Read More
Grand Rapids Business Journal Diversity blog


A blog that explores our community's diversity -- and highlights the people, ideas and events that help bring us all together. Read More

College names Giants

February 16, 2017
As part of an annual tradition dating back more than three decades, a local college has honored a group of African-American leaders for their contributions to the community. Read More
Small business and startups blog

Small Business & Startups

A blog that discusses the everyday realities of growing a business — including entrepreneurship, raising capital, product development, distribution, marketing, finance, HR, management and market strategy. Read More

Attracting talent to your small business

January 31, 2017
A recent study found that 82 percent of small business owners are planning for growth in 2017. However, small businesses often report that attracting the right talent can be a major challenge in achieving their growth goals. Read More
Real Estate blog

Real Estate

A blog that examines the significance of place and what defines a location –– and the industry: markets, micro markets, urbanism, neighborhoods, residential, commercial, mixed use, economic development, design, history and sustainability. Read More

The future of Grand Rapids commercial real estate

January 24, 2017
The Grand Rapids commercial real estate market showed no signs of slowing down in 2016. Read More

Get your hands dirty

September 22, 2016


A blog that discusses local projects by private and public players –– and what drives the industry: urbanism, economic development, design, LEED, sustainability, historic preservation, workforce training and regulation. Read More

Skilled labor and the construction industry

February 2, 2017
For the past few years, America has been going through a shortage as it relates to skilled trades. There are not enough workers to move our economy forward, despite demand for this type of work growing. Read More

Stay warm out there

December 30, 2016
Michigan Supreme Court seal


A blog that breaks down the local, state and federal laws of our land. Read More

Do I really want to hire a lawyer?

January 19, 2017
Business owners often wonder if it is really necessary to hire a lawyer to analyze and counsel related to certain opportunities and risks facing their business. The hesitancy of business owners is understandable, since legal fees can quickly accumulate and short-run returns are not always immediately evident. Read More

Year-end gifts and taxes

November 29, 2016

Free the food trucks

September 29, 2016
Grand Rapids Business Journal Health Care Blog

Health Care

A blog that examines the moves of the many players that make up one of the region's key economic engines: hospitals, universities, clinics, practices and nonprofits. Read More

The state of health care prices in West Michigan

January 17, 2017
Throughout my long career, I had the privilege of knowing and working with many fine hospital trustees. They are the people who set the policies that govern a hospital’s operations. They advocate for the hospital in the community. Hopefully, they advocate for the community to the hospital. Also, they are the ones who approve the prices patients and insurers are charged by their system. Read More

The future of Obamacare

November 21, 2016

Routine reset? No problem!

September 23, 2016
Grand Rapids Business Journal PR and Media blog

Marketing, PR & Advertising

A blog that offers insights into the strategies and tactics employed by professionals to spread messages via the mediums of our time.   Read More

The benefits of community engagement

January 31, 2017
Marketing relies on relationships, whether built online or in person. Customers need to connect with a brand on a personal basis and feel heard by an actual person — not a bot. Read More

Did 2017 sneak up on you?

December 30, 2016
Grand Rapids Business Journal Technology blog


A blog that shines a light on the innovations shaping our everyday lives -- and a platform for thoughtful futurists.

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Technology or die

January 26, 2017
If you are not investing in your company’s future, you are allowing it to die. Read More

Turn competitors into advocates

September 27, 2016
Grand Rapids Business Journal Economy blog

Banking & Finance

A blog that discusses the trends that affect the fiscal health of organizations, our communities, the nation and the world. Read More

A new year brings more tax changes

January 31, 2017
Unlike recent years, 2017 does not bring a multitude of changes in the tax law. Read More

Year-end tax planning tips

November 30, 2016