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 vies for 'Best Beer Scene' in US

February 2, 2016
Beer City, U.S.A. could add some more accolades to its résumé by the end of the month. Read More

Beer industry makes waves

December 31, 2015
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
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 small businesses can use MeL

January 31, 2016
Entrepreneurs, when is the last time you used your library card? Libraries have always been community symbols of knowledge and learning, but if it’s been a while since you’ve visited your local library, you might not recognize all of the resources they offer to small businesses. 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

Building a retail-friendly future in Grand Rapids

January 12, 2016
When people think of downtown Grand Rapids, they think of tall office buildings, large renovated warehouses containing various condos or apartments and great bars or restaurants. Retail isn’t something that comes to the forefront of people’s minds when they talk about downtown. Read More

Learning how to fall

November 4, 2015


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

Rightsizing your construction career

January 14, 2016
In a recent Grand Rapids Business Journal article, the Associated General Contractors of America note that 71 percent of construction companies surveyed plan to add new employees in the coming year. This expansion of staff is necessary to meet the increased demand for new construction and indicates that the industry is projecting sustained growth for the near future. Read More

Building our kids' future

October 26, 2015
Michigan Supreme Court seal


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

Is transgender the new protected class?

January 29, 2016
While Laverne Cox, the transgender star of the hit series “Orange is the New Black,” is bringing transgender awareness to America, federal courts, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the U.S. Department of Labor have been bringing transgender awareness to America’s employers for quite some time. And it appears the movement will continue. Read More

Law Notebook

November 30, 2015
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
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
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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Cross platform trumps native apps

January 13, 2016
The other day, I turned on a financial morning news show to hear that 75 percent of consumers are now using their mobile phones when shopping online. That’s three-quarters of all consumers! 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

New Affordable Care Act reporting requirements

January 29, 2016
If you provide or offer health insurance benefits to your employees, you could be subject to new reporting requirements. Read More