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

What's next for business owners after liquidity?

May 31, 2018
Successful business owners often are those whose life is their business — their business defines them and is a large part of who they are. Read More


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

Safety as the key performance indicator

May 31, 2018
I am blessed to have led hundreds of the best and brightest construction minds throughout my 40-year career in the building industry. Leading this many people and seeing how many different construction organizations operate, it has become clear to me that the success of any team or project comes down to one key factor: safety. Read More
Grand Rapids Business Journal Diversity blog


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

Do it for the kids

May 30, 2018
It’s that time of year. Charities are calling on us to remember the kids. One of the most compelling cries is, “Do it for the kids!” Too many of us respond mindlessly in a knee-jerk way. Read More
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A blog that breaks down the local, state and federal laws of our land. Read More

Advice on zoning variances

May 31, 2018
Zoning ordinances apply a uniform set of regulations to properties that can be very different in terms of topography, access and existing uses or buildings. The zoning variance is intended to avoid an unfair application of the zoning ordinance in unique situations. Read More
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

Advice for new communications grads

May 31, 2018
Every spring, our agency is flooded with emails from recent graduates in the communications field looking to start their careers. 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

4 ways to bring nature into the office

May 29, 2018
Now that warmer weather is finally here, your team is likely itching to get outside to enjoy some much-needed sunshine and fresh air. One way you can help your team experience more of the outdoors at work is by bringing natural elements into the office. 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

How to stop hiring the wrong people

May 31, 2018
The conversation usually starts like this: “I recently hired someone, and they’re not working out. What are my options?” The business owner will then go on to tell me the saga of the person they thought would be a star player but turned out to be a benchwarmer. Read More
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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It's not you, it's me

May 31, 2018
We live in a region that offers great support to startups, particularly in technology. Because of this, I find myself talking to many people in this space. And while all these companies are working to solve different problems through technology, many of them share a common barrier to growth: founder’s syndrome — when the owner simply won’t get out of his own way. Read More