Blogs

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

Grand Rapids commute drives homebuyers

May 27, 2016
A recent real estate report highlights that the average commute time in Grand Rapids is below the national average, which is a factor, along with the market’s relatively affordable homes, in attracting new residents and creating a housing "shortage." Read More
Grand Rapids Business Journal Diversity blog

Diversity

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

Grand Rapids chamber names inaugural Elevate class

May 16, 2016
The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce has named the inaugural class for a program designed to grow minority-owned businesses. 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 does the new overtime law mean for small businesses?

May 25, 2016
For the first time in 12 years, the U.S. Department of Labor has announced a new overtime rule that will greatly impact America’s middle class. 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

Breweries and neighborhood culture

May 24, 2016
Every city, town and neighborhood has a voice. This voice represents and labels a community. This voice describes the neighborhood and welcomes people into it. But where does this unique voice come from? How does a neighborhood establish and develop their specific culture? Read More
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Construction

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

Is integrated project delivery right for your project?

May 19, 2016
Picture yourself walking into the new Richard DeVos Graduate School of Management building at Northwood University in Midland. Light filters through floor-to-ceiling glass walls and radiates off of reclaimed wood accents. One of your first impressions will probably involve the unity of the space, materials and circulation throughout the building. Read More

Spaces that learn

April 27, 2016
Michigan Supreme Court seal

Law

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

Feds issue employer's guide for Family and Medical Leave Act compliance

May 27, 2016
The U.S. Department of Labor recently issued "The Employer’s Guide to The Family and Medical Leave Act" to assist employers with compliance. 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

Get moving: 5 exercises you can do at your desk

May 26, 2016
We’ve all heard the life-shortening, posture-punishing effects of sitting too long. Yet many jobs require it for hours on end. Though it’s hard to imagine escaping this daily sedentary reality, there are small — yet meaningful — opportunities you can capture during the workday to neutralize the effects of marathon sitting. 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

The merging of PR and social media

April 30, 2016
Social media has changed the public relations and media landscape — and how coverage is earned. Read More
Grand Rapids Business Journal Technology blog

Technology

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

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When to engage an outside design team

May 23, 2016
Design provides value to a business at any stage, but there are specific points in your company or project where engaging with a design firm provides the maximum amount of value to your organization. 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

How can I generate extra cash flow to fund my retirement plan?

April 29, 2016
This is a question that we hear from our clients quite regularly. It’s great that we’re asked this question, because it implies that the person asking the question — at the very least — is thinking about saving for retirement and recognizes that every dollar coming in and going out counts. Read More