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Simms Electronic

Tech firm makes everything smart

In the next 20 years, it’s possible almost every piece of technology will be “smart.” Read More


The anatomy of a really sweet business deal

David Darling doesn’t want Spoonlickers to be known as a frozen yogurt place. Read More

Elevator Up

Tech company plans for growth spurt with expansion

Things are looking up for Grand Rapids’ startup community. Read More

Debra Van Hevele

Inside Track: Comerica’s new regional manager sets sights on mentoring leaders

Working as a part-time teller at her local Comerica Bank after high school, Debra Van Hevele never thought she would make a career out of it. Read More

Crowned Free

Passion for fashion benefits human trafficking causes

The local and worldwide fight to end human trafficking has found new allies in two West Michigan women entrepreneurs. Read More

Theological Seminary

Seminaries must adapt to thrive in the 21st century

For a 150-year-old institution to survive in the 21st century, it’s accepted that some changes have to be made. In the world of theological education, that’s true, as well. Read More

Bliss sets ‘bold goals’ for business

The iconic 1892-built Harris Building at 111 S. Division Ave. housed another historic event last week as the first female mayor of Grand Rapids delivered the State of the City address for 2016. Read More

Ric Roane

Couple seeks to ‘un-divorce’

A couple in New Hampshire asked a judge to undo their divorce after they realized its financial implications. Read More

Students, Spectrum partner on med devices

A partnership between Grand Valley State University and Spectrum Health Innovations could lead to new medical devices and startup companies. Read More

GRCC joins national affordable textbook program

(As seen on WZZM TV 13) Grand Rapids Community College has joined a growing list of schools that are providing free, professional-quality textbooks to students to improve access to higher educational learning. Read More

Process outlines priorities for Muskegon Lake by 2020

A lakeshore community has set its sights on improving the quality and sustainability of social, economic, residential and recreational activities for one of its greatest assets. Read More

Feeding America West Michigan

Food distributer enjoys third year of breaking records

For the last three years, the work of Feeding America West Michigan has been off the charts. Read More

Northern Michigan hop farm is set to grow

Brian Tennis thought his one-acre hop farm near Traverse City was “hot” when he started it nearly a decade ago. Read More

Can Grand Rapids taxpayers afford utopia?

Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss set an optimistic tone in her first State of the City speech, including visions of a utopia unbridled by any budget constraints or concerns. Read More

PPT reform: Three exemptions and new tax could equal savings

If you do the math, changes to Michigan’s personal property tax could add up to new savings for most business taxpayers. Read More

Effective performance: defining the ‘big picture’

A former partner sent me an article from The New York Times that discussed how social media is changing how employees feel about their jobs and their on-the-job practices, as well as addressing retention and other recruiting matters. Read More

Thinking about what the customer really wants — and delivering

Thinking. Sales thinking. Service thinking. Business thinking. Read More

Hope College building

Change Ups: Hope College opens new buildings

Two projects at Hope College in Holland recently were completed by G.O. Construction, a joint venture of GDK Construction of Holland and Grand Rapids-based Owen-Ames-Kimball Co. Read More

Nonresidential construction spending slips once again

Nonresidential construction spending dipped for a second consecutive month, falling 0.4 percent on a monthly basis in December, according to analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data. Read More

Public Record

February 6 - Mortgages Read More

Street Talk: Taking a shot at change

Immunization waiver rates plummeted in 2015, thanks to a change to the law that took effect in January of last year. Read More