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Kent County OKs budget, $20M bond

Several financial proposals came to a vote at the Kent County Board of Commissioners last week, not the least of which was the county’s 2015 budget. Read More

For Sale

Sales of first mortgages jumped in 2014

Dodd-Frank and the polar vortex both bedeviled the mortgage industry in Michigan in early 2014, but home buying has definitely picked up and is predicted to continue through 2015. Read More

Schuil

Inside Track: Schuil finds specialty coffee industry to her taste

When Greta Schuil came back to Grand Rapids in late 1989 to help run Schuil Coffee Co., a specialty roasting company started by her parents, Garry and Gladys Schuil, in 1981, she soon saw how open the gourmet coffee market was. Read More

Goose Control Dog

Gone to the dogs

Most people hate it when their job requires them to go on a wild goose chase — but not Theresa Villarreal. Read More

Metro Health changes prompt concerns

A member of the Michigan Certificate of Need Commission has expressed his concerns as a member of the community regarding the potential merger of Metro Health and the Tennessee-based Community Health System. Read More

Kellogg survey reveals optimism in Latino community

A national poll conducted by Latino Decisions for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation revealed that, despite concerns of increasing discrimination and inequities for Latinos and their families in the United States, there is a prevailing sense of optimism about the future. Read More

Nothing normal about Black Friday chaos

(As seen on WZZM TV 13) Robert Harrison is actually something of an expert on the single most chaotic shopping day of the year. Read More

Realtors oppose EPA’s expanded ‘waters’ proposal

The incoming president of the Michigan Realtors organization has been busy this fall, calling upon many of its 24,000-plus members and supporters to let the Environmental Protection Agency and elected representatives in Washington know they are staunchly opposed to the EPA’s proposal to leave “navigable” out of a revision of the Clean Water Act. Read More

Support of local businesses urged as shoppers begin holiday trek

Media’s focus this week is undoubtedly less on Thanksgiving gatherings of friends and families, and more on a heaping helping of big box retailers’ “Black Friday” deals and holiday revenues. Read More

Compromise works in sausage-making and politics

As a high school senior, I took a short stint as a sausage-maker in a Cascade butcher shop. Read More

Tax changes affect family business, but there’s still time to plan

For most of us (or perhaps all of us), writing checks to the IRS does not make our Top Ten list of things we look forward to. Read More

It’s Thanksgiving: say thanks

It’s Thanksgiving! It’s the coolest holiday of the year to me. I love Thanksgiving. Food, family — you name it. It’s a time to be thankful. Read More

Mercantile reports first full quarter after merger

There were some trying moments for Mercantile Bank Corp. over the past 16 months, but it may be smoother sailing ahead for the Grand Rapids-based organization, which just reported results of its first full quarter after a major merger with Firstbank Corp. of Alma. Read More

Change Ups: Ward-Roof declared Pillar of the Profession

The National Association of Student Personnel Administration Foundation and its board of directors has named Ferris State University vice president for student affairs Jeanine Ward-Roof a Class of 2015 Pillars of the Profession member. Read More

Industrial inflation continues to improve for West Michigan

The strength of September has continued into October. Read More

Public Record

November 21 — Mortgages Read More

Street Talk: When a sale is not just a sale, the bands play on

The Grand Rapids Business Journal last March broke the news that Fenian’s Irish Pub in Conklin was for sale. Read More