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Kent County eyes zoo master plan

The Kent County Board of Commissioners will review the John Ball Zoo’s new master plan this week, which has to be updated every 10 years and approved by the county, under the terms of the county’s lease contract with the nonprofit corporation that now runs the zoo. Read More

Banking Technology

Changes in the banking landscape

Millennials are making unintended waves in the personal banking world and have even been mentioned by one of Michigan’s oldest banks as the root cause of its recent decision to close several branches in the Lower Peninsula. Read More

Bob Bernhardt

Inside Track: New symphony conductor thinks Grand Rapids pops

Grand Rapids Symphony goers will recognize the organization’s new principal pops conductor when the 2015-2016 season begins later this year. Read More

Ai Weiwei tree

Sculpture will highlight FMG celebration

As Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park nears its official 20th anniversary, more of the year’s celebrations are coming to light. Read More

Grand River Bank holding company raises $10.65 million

Grand River Commerce Inc., the holding company for Grand River Bank in Grandville, completed a private sale of more than 2.3 million shares of its common stock in early February to “accredited investors,” netting $10,653,786. Read More

Cable TV in Michigan: competition up, subscribers down

(As seen on WZZM TV 13) The Michigan Public Service Commission has issued its eighth annual report on the status of cable television competition in Michigan. Read More

NITC bridge clears last financial hurdle

Thanks to a public-private partnership, come 2020, traffic traveling between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario, will have the option of using the New International Bridge Crossing. Read More

Independent physicians form clinical network

Independent physicians in West Michigan are building more clout. Read More

Professors make case for ‘green GDP’

Standard practice for determining a country’s economic growth and overall wealth has been to look at gross domestic product, but two Calvin College professors argue GDP is an outdated measurement tool that doesn’t take into account the value of natural resources or the impact of their depletion on an economy. Read More

Lawmakers eye venture funding cap

A fund-of-funds investment program created to support an entrepreneurial ecosystem in Michigan is under pressure as legislators seek to cash out their expense tab early. Read More

American Customer Satisfaction Index releases retail report

The 2014 American Customer Satisfaction Index Retail Report is out. Read More

The state shell game with tax funds is nuts

A pall was cast on the beginning of Gov. Rick Snyder’s second term with the announcement from State Budget Director John Roberts revealing the state was $289 million short of projections in the current budget and $527 million below expectations for next year. Read More

Sustaining Highway Trust Fund will be test for Congress

If you like potholes, thank a politician. Read More

Answer the door whenever opportunity knocks

When opportunity knocks, some seek to shift the blame, excusing themselves from any responsibility for the challenges life might place before them. Read More

Turn your ideas into action to have a great year

Everyone wants to have a great year, and many start with a flurry. Read More

Grand Valley State team wins CFA challenge

A team from Grand Valley State University won the 2015 CFA Institute Research Challenge local competition and now advances to the Americas Regional financial analysis competition in Atlanta April 15-16. Read More

Andre Fields

Change Ups: Inaugural Change Agent recipients announced

The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce announced the recipients of the 2015 Change Agent Award, presented to Eric Williams, left, and Andre Fields, right, co-founders of Alpha Beta Omega, a leadership program at Grand Rapids Community College that provides at-risk urban students —in particular, African-American males who had the lowest academic success rate of any group at the college — with a positive social network of students so they can become successful academic achievers. Read More

Bring in people with updated skills to drive new business

Recent government statistics show a strong trend in employee hiring. Read More

Public Record

February 20 — Mortgages Read More

Street Talk: MSU’s breakfast of champions

Two former White House advisers will tell their war stories at a breakfast event in GR Feb. 27, put on by the MSU Michigan Political Leadership Program. Read More