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PPT won't disappear with a 'yes' vote Aug. 5

One fact about Michigan’s personal property tax on business equipment is apparently overlooked in the blizzard of support for Proposal 1 on the Aug. 5 ballot. Read More


Conventions are putting heads in beds in Grand Rapids

The convention and tourism climate in Grand Rapids is still on the upswing, with 2014 on target to be the fourth consecutive year of record room revenue, according to Janet Korn, Experience Grand Rapids senior vice president. Read More

DeVos Performance

DeVos Hall to receive upgrades to attract big Broadway shows

Downtown Grand Rapids is set to become a bigger magnet to tourism. Read More

downtown Grand Haven

Grand Haven launches business assistance program

Skilled professionals are volunteering their time to help business owners develop and grow their operations in downtown Grand Haven. Read More


Downtown Battle Creek shows support for future retailers

Retail entrepreneurs and business owners looking to set up shop in downtown Battle Creek may be eligible for financial support with a new acceleration program. Read More


Inside Track: Walker chief marks 40 years in law enforcement this year

Catherine Garcia-Lindstrom stands as a much-needed example of how law enforcement can be an accepting and viable career path for women and members of minority communities. Read More

Grand Rapids not rolling out the red carpet for Airbnb

While Airbnb may be enjoying a slightly better reception from the city of Grand Rapids than when it was first discussed, the $10 billion sharing economy business is still getting a bit of a cold shoulder. Read More

Zeeland responds to Consumers' appeal

The largest tax assessment battle Zeeland has ever faced — and the largest brought this year before the Michigan Tax Tribunal by Consumers Energy — moved forward in July with the city filing its response. Read More

Form 5500 is late? That's $1,100 per day

The annual deadline to file a report with the Department of Labor concerning retirement, health and welfare plans is quickly approaching for employers operating on the calendar year. Read More


Mercy Health Saint Mary's has two new weapons against HAIs

Patients can thank two behind-the-scenes, germ-fighting robots for added protection against hospital-acquired infections at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s Hospital. Read More

Secchia cites, affirms young business community participants

On the eve of the Aug. 5 primary elections, Grand Rapids Business Journal is earnestly urging participation in voter turnout for the many candidates and issues to be determined by an involved electorate next week, not the least of which is the Michigan property tax proposal. Read More

Michigan's minimum wage and income inequality

No matter how you spin, slice, or season the data, it comes out looking the same: Income disparity has grown since the mid-1970s. Read More

A strong set of values will drive the best decisions

Most successful individuals establish basic tenants for their lives, rules they use to hold themselves accountable for their own actions. Read More

The ultimate response to 'I want to think about it'

When a customer says, “I want to think about it,” or “I need some time to think it over,” it's one of the most frustrating expressions a salesperson can hear. Read More

Leisure Muskegon

Muskegon's leisure and hospitality sector drives economic activity

(As seen on WZZM TV 13) Downtown Muskegon, once known as an industrial town, has shed its former image to become a vibrant destination. Read More

Change Ups: Attorney to be installed as fellow

David R. Fernstrum, an associate of law firm Mika, Meyers, Beckett & Jones PLC, has been elected a fellow by the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers for sustained, outstanding performance in the profession, exemplifying integrity, dedication and excellence. Read More

The key to being successful is adapting and evolving

“Your skills suck.” That’s not something you would actually expect to say during an interview. Read More

Public Record

July 25 — Mortgages Read More

Street Talk: What do you want to B? Good examples abound

Imagine working for a business that wants to improve your quality of life and increase the power of your impact outside the workplace — and where you are rewarded for reducing your travel impact, volunteering in your local community, eating local food, or reducing your waste. Read More