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

Entrepreneur crowdfunding mentorship program for young men

April 10, 2017
A local entrepreneur is planning to offer a new mentorship program for young men from fatherless homes. Read More

Brewery throws b'day party

February 3, 2017
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

From Tokyo to Grand Rapids: Building strong, local economies around the world

April 5, 2017
Last week, Local First had the incredible opportunity to host a group of business management consultants from Japan, who were visiting the United States for the fourth-annual Harvard Social Enterprise Conference in Boston. 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

5 common workplace problems and how to address them

April 27, 2017
What challenges do you face in your workplace? Are they shared by other organizations? Changes in technology, skill sets and workplace demographics have created new demands for industries across the board. Read More

Average or great?

April 26, 2017

Innovate or die

February 28, 2017


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

Moore's law — applied to construction

April 19, 2017
In 1965, semiconductor industry businessman Gordon Moore observed that the number of components per integrated circuit was doubling every year, expanding the tech industry’s capabilities at an exponential rate. This was later revised to a commonly held belief that transistor counts would double every two years — and they did, from 1971-2011, creating a cell phone more powerful than a vintage supercomputer. Read More
Michigan Supreme Court seal


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

Avoiding settlement agreements through higher-priority security interests

April 18, 2017
Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court decided a bankruptcy case that includes relevant lessons and considerations for lenders, investors and those manufacturers that finance the purchase of their goods. 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

An integrated approach to workplace health and safety

April 6, 2017
Employee health has been shown to improve the effectiveness of occupational health and safety programs, which in turn increases an employee’s willingness to change behaviors. 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

Have you heard of this thing called AdWords?

March 31, 2017
You may be wondering how to get to the top of the search results page and drive more traffic to your website. Perhaps you have heard about the mysterious world of AdWords. 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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Is my smartphone making me dumb?

April 21, 2017
I read an article recently about building cultural intelligence and the role that your smartphone may play in hindering your ability to do so. Evidently, we need time to be bored. 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

Estimated tax payments — a necessary evil: Part 2

March 30, 2017
Last month, we introduced the “evil” concept of estimated tax payments — what they are and who is required to make them. To review, if you don’t have enough tax paid in through your payroll withholdings, then it’s likely you will be required to make estimated tax payments. Read More

Year-end tax planning tips

November 30, 2016