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Shared Discovery Curriculum

MSU med school reinvents curriculum

Striving to remain at the forefront of medical innovation, the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine implemented a new curriculum, which turns the previous format on its head. Read More

The Cottage Bar

Stability marks The Cottage Bar’s 90th year

While much has changed around The Cottage Bar in 90 years, very little has changed inside the restaurant. In fact, a picture hung on the restaurant’s east wall shows just how similar the interior is today to the past. Read More

Rob Hanks

GR sees mixed drink renaissance on the horizon

(As seen on WZZM TV 13) While working the bar at Reserve, Rob Hanks is able to channel his college degree. Read More

Robert Grooters Development

Robert Grooters puts spin on office development

Moving employees seems to be the trend, but Robert Grooters Development is preparing for the reversal. Read More

Gran Fondo

MSU researchers may have developed melanoma treatment

A recent discovery by Michigan State University College of Human Medicine researchers may lead to a breakthrough in treating melanoma. Read More

Sandy Dettmann

Inside Track: Physician rebounds to restart career

Just a little more than five years ago, Dr. Sandy Dettmann was living out of her car, eating her meals at Mel Trotter Ministries and re-learning her multiplication tables. Read More

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Business Journal publishes 'The Newsmakers of the Year'

The Business Journal’s Jan. 23 issue features a special insert — “The Newsmakers of the Year” — which can also be viewed online. Read More

ALICE can’t afford to live here

Despite being employed, 24 percent of households in Kent County are struggling to pay their bills. Read More

Retailers face hard decisions

Macy’s is pruning a plant and Sears is a sinking ship. Read More

Insurance agencies benefit from ‘economic tailwind’

It was a whirlwind of a year for Berends Hendricks Stuit (BHS) Insurance Agency and Lighthouse Insurance Group. Read More

Region compares favorably in health care outlook

The health care industry in Grand Rapids received some encouraging news with the release of the eighth annual Health Check report. Read More

One-star review? You’re free to Yelp

Thanks to recent bipartisan legislation, it’s now a little safer for consumers to post honest reviews of less-than-stellar experiences. Read More

County could opt in to DDA tax capture districts

For the first time in more than 20 years, Kent County might not opt out of Grand Rapids Downtown Development Authority tax capture districts. Read More

Bed check: Sharpen the instruments of health care cost containment

In the not-so-distant past, consumers blissfully were unaware of the continuing escalation of the price of health care, but the Grand Rapids business community was moved to action by more than a decade of escalating costs for insured employees. Read More

Partnership bringing needed workers to construction industry

A new partnership between Michigan Community Action (MCA) and the Skilled to Build Foundation of Michigan is producing a classic win/win scenario: It is providing low-skilled workers a path out of poverty and offering Kent County homebuilders at least partial relief from a lingering labor shortage. Read More

Got a small job? Hire an appropriately sized firm

What should you expect when you buy someone's time? Read More

Is it a lead or a referral? Hint: Referrals are much better

Having attended several networking events, I have heard the terms “lead” and “referral” bantered around. Read More

Creatures of Light

Change Ups: Creatures of Light exhibit explores bioluminescence

An exhibit planned for next month at the Grand Rapids Public Museum will explore the organisms that produce light. Read More

Energy prices nudge construction materials higher

Construction input prices rebounded in December after experiencing a steep decline in November, according to analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data by Associated Builders and Contractors. Read More

Public Record

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Street Talk: Economic complications

Speaking at the CFA Society West Michigan luncheon held at the University Club of Grand Rapids this past week, ClearArc Capital Chief Investment Officer Mitch Stapley had some words of advice for the assembled group: “We are going to earn our money this year, gentlemen.” Read More