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bird flu chickens

Poultry industry on alert for bird flu

(As seen on WZZM TV 13) A new strain of bird flu suspected of being spread by migrating waterfowl is decimating commercial poultry operations in Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin, but has not yet been reported in Michigan. Read More

rental unit

Housing report sees 6,250 more dwellings

In the next five years, more than 6,000 new and rehabilitated dwelling units could be supported in the city of Grand Rapids, according to a recent in-depth report. Read More

Gray Skies Distilliery

‘A bit of a romantic idea’

Brandon Voorhees hopes when Grand Rapidians walk into local bars in a few years, a selection of Michigan-based cocktails will sit alongside the Michigan beer menus. Read More

Grand River downtown plan

Study unveils a Grand (River) plan for downtown

Grand Rapids has come a long way in a few decades, but there’s still work to be done. Read More

Sonya Hughes

Inside Track: Change agent for inclusion

The day the Business Journal sat down with Sonya Hughes, Grand Valley State University’s Johnson Center had just released its VoiceGR survey, which found that racism is “very much an issue” for 11 percent of respondents and “somewhat of an issue” for another 33 percent. Read More

road to zero

Powerhouse team backs energy reduction plan

A new public-private partnership is about to change the way energy is used in Grand Rapids forever. Read More

Food industry covers a lot of ground

MiFOOD2015 — the Michigan Food Processing & Agriculture Summit being held at DeVos Place on Thursday — will focus on some of the most challenging issues in the agriculture and food-processing industries in Michigan today. Read More

GVSU creates $730M ripple effect

Based on an annual study examining the economic benefit of its presence in the region, Grand Valley State University generated roughly $730 million in the 2013-2014 academic year. Read More

Public airs support, concerns over Metro/CHS deal

The proposed Metro Health affiliation with CHS prompted widespread support, as well as some concern, at a recent hearing included in the Attorney General’s review process. Read More

Two Scotts BBQ

Brisk beef brisket business bemuses barbecue boys

In the swirling late April snow, customers made their way through a line at Two Scotts Barbecue. Read More

Higher Ground Paulie

Climbing business reaches its peak

When Higher Ground Rock Climbing opened 20 years ago, it occasionally had to deal with car break-ins and other petty crimes in the Monroe North Business District. Read More

World Trade Week looks at Latin American markets

World Trade Week in West Michigan will have a decidedly Latin American flair. Read More

Commissioners review preliminary 2016 budget

Grand Rapids city commissioners took their first look at the $457.6 million preliminary budget recommended for the 2016 fiscal year last week. Read More

Center honors alumni

The Grand Rapids Center for Community Leadership has honored 30 of its alumni, which it describes as individuals in leadership positions who are working to make the community better every day. Read More

MI Celebrates Small Business hands out awards Thursday

Nearly 60 small companies from across the state will be honored at the 11th annual Michigan Celebrates Small Business event Thursday at the Lansing Center in downtown Lansing. Read More


BungoBox forgoes the need for utilizing cardboard

There is no question about it, the process of packing up an apartment or house before a move is no fun at all. Read More

2030 District partnership demonstrates long-term economic growth impact

Grand Rapids has long been recognized for the number of public and private development partnerships contributing to the lifestyle and therefore the growth of the community, but the recent commitment of Mayor George Heartwell and city staff in a partnership with building owners and developers may be one of the most important to date. Read More

Auto industry no longer can support state’s prosperity

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Read More

Value your time and find joy in the journey

Why is it that people tend to rush to judgment, hurry up to wait and do anything but “stop to smell the roses”? Read More

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

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

GR housing rates create inequality gap

The national foreclosure crisis is winding down, but some cities like Grand Rapids are still feeling the devastating effects. Read More


Former ConAgra site lands new tenants

Although 2014 was a dark year for the mammoth industrial building at 4490 44th St. SE in Kentwood, 2015 is looking a lot brighter. Read More

Contractor prepares spec industrial center on Broadmoor Avenue

For anyone thinking the availability of speculative industrial space in Grand Rapids is long gone, think again. Read More

UICA staff changes

Change Ups: UICA expands staff

The Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts has expanded its staff with Heather Duffy, exhibitions curator, and Katherine Williams, community programs coordinator. Read More

‘Culture’ is an essential word for businesses

Do words matter? Last month the topic of this column was about labels and how they affect our perception. Read More

Public Record

May 2 - Mortgages Read More

Street Talk: Grand Rapids’ international immersion

The May dates of regional celebrations and awards marking area international trade will be given additional highlight at month’s end when Dutch King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima make their first official visit to the United States, including a stop in Grand Rapids June 2. Read More