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

City ranks as global 'Rising Star' at travel site

October 1, 2015
A lakeshore city is among 32 global destinations to see at least 500-percent growth in searches at a travel website during the first half of 2015. 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

'30 Days $30 Challenge' spotlights African-American businesses

October 1, 2015
Consumers are being asked to make a difference in the health of African-American businesses, as well as the overall economic empowerment of the African-American community by spending $30 at those businesses during October. 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

What market research should be included in your business plan?

September 30, 2015
Writing a business plan can be intimidating. The process of putting your dream down on paper is certainly not easy, but a well-thought business plan is one of an entrepreneur’s most valuable tools. 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

What makes West Michigan the ultimate home for franchises?

September 30, 2015
Within the past decade, Grand Rapids has seen an economic boom unrivaled by other cities across the state of Michigan. 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

The case for design-build trade contractors

September 30, 2015
I was recently reminded of the many outstanding, high-quality specialty trade contractors in West Michigan. Read More
Michigan Supreme Court seal


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

The HEAT is on: Battling health care fraud

September 30, 2015
A Detroit oncologist made headlines when his diagnosis and treatment of cancer patients was brought to question. The problem? In many instances, the patients were intentionally misdiagnosed and consequently underwent chemotherapy treatments they didn't need. 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

People make the difference in health care

August 31, 2015
West Michigan is reputed to have good medical care. But what makes this possible? Read More

Integrity at nonprofits

February 27, 2015
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

Creating engagement through video

September 30, 2015
Consider this: The average attention span of an adult is eight seconds, and only 28 percent of web content that is 500 words or more is actually being consumed. 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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5 use cases for hybrid cloud storage

September 30, 2015
Hybrid cloud storage is a storage environment made up of both private cloud storage and public cloud storage. Read More
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

1031 exchange: The basics

September 30, 2015
The IRS allows taxpayers to defer the payment of federal taxes on any gain associated with the exchange of property, provided the properties are "like-kind" in nature. Read More

Define your success

August 31, 2015