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Grand Haven sand sculpture

Tourism ROI continues at record pace

Visitor spending reached record levels in 2014, with visitors spending $22.8 billion in Michigan, much of that due to the Pure Michigan campaign. Read More

Lisa McMichael

Inside Track: An advocate for change

Lisa McMichael has seen a lot of changes in the field of occupational therapy since she started her career two decades ago, and she expects to see more thanks to the baby boomer generation. Read More

Banker farmer

New firm reflects a farm heritage

(As seen on WZZM TV 13) David Rasch, founder and president of a small new firm called Harvest Wealth Advisors, figures he was about 6 years old when he first saw his father studying the stock market at the family dining table and talking to his mother about their investments. Read More

Sable Homes technology

Technology erases some mobility barriers

The secret to creating hundreds of easily accessible homes for those with mobility impairments was right under John Bitely’s nose all along. Read More

Jawad Mian

Bullish on the macro global outlook

Are investors too blinded by the crash in oil prices to notice green shoots of economic improvement around the world? Read More

Teaching small biz owners how to get loans

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Michigan District Office, in conjunction with the Michigan Small Business Development Center at Grand Valley State University, is bringing “Getting to Yes!” training to West Michigan. Read More

Health care fraud proves troublesome locally

National, regional and local efforts to combat fraudulent activity in the health industry have returned more than $27.8 billion in taxpayers’ dollars to the system since 1997. Read More

Ottawa tops state’s health rankings

For the second consecutive year, Ottawa County was ranked the healthiest community in the state of Michigan according to the sixth annual county-by-county assessment program. Read More

Fair Credit Reporting Act litigation on the rise

Although nothing has changed recently regarding the Fair Credit Reporting Act, litigation against companies that have failed to fully comply with its requirements is increasing. Read More

Both public and private river development use served by city action

Grand Rapids city commissioners approved what amounts to a giant step toward Grand River development for recreational use, even as some business owners in the development community and its supporting occupations regard the action as a public entity intrusion for prime property enhancements, providing an equally enhanced tax base. Read More

Facebook feature lets you name an ‘heir’ on account

As our lives become increasingly digital, more and more of our assets are based in technology and created online. Read More

Knowledge is required for, but not a guarantee of, success

We are told from an early age that knowledge is the key to success: If we learn, we will achieve. If we set our sights high when establishing our goals and objectives and work hard to equip ourselves with the knowledge to accomplish our goals, great things will happen. Read More


Change Ups: Copan joins Eerdmans as senior acquisitions editor

Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. has hired Lil Copan as senior acquisitions editor — general trade. Read More

Construction has varying impact on state economies

State economies are affected differently depending on the level of construction activity relative to their overall economic activity. Read More

Public Record

Mortgages - Mortgages Read More

Street Talk: And not a penny from the millage

Kent County commissioners were at the dedication last week of the new Kent County Veterans Services office, formerly called the Kent County Department of Veterans Affairs. Read More