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Muskegon Freighter

Lakeshore's 'hidden gem' rebounds from recession

(As seen on WZZM TV 13) As unemployment levels decline and investments in Muskegon County continue to increase, economic activity is on the rise. Read More

Sable Homes

Sable Homes sees major construction spurt

There are bad problems to have and there are good problems to have. Read More

Eastern Alliance

Eastern Alliance Insurance Group opens facility in Grandville

After dipping its toes in the water in neighboring Indiana, an insurance group specializing in workers’ compensation is ready to take the plunge in Michigan. Read More


Inside Track: Munger gives men a chance to leave their past behind

Robb Munger was nearly killed when a mortar shell knocked him off of his feet in Honduras, but he was rattled even more when the final payment of a property tax bill came knocking on his door. Read More


Holland Home expanding residential facilities at Breton Woods

Holland Home will break ground in late August on a $6.5 million expansion at the senior residential living organization’s Breton Woods campus off Breton Road in Kentwood, and the project includes a new model of small residential facilities for dementia patients. Read More

Lamar closing not a reflection of Michigan construction

The head of the Associated Builders and Contractors of Michigan says the abrupt closing of Lamar Construction in no way reflects a slowdown in the Michigan construction industry. Read More

Tax collections lag economic recovery

Clear signs of an improving economy are seen on many fronts these days, but in West Michigan at least, property tax collections tend to lag behind the growth rate of income tax revenues. Read More

Software improves cart management for waste industry

Cascade Cart Solutions, a Cascade Engineering company, introduced new web-based, cloud-managed software this past spring to improve tracking, maintaining and reporting on cart fleets for the waste industry. Read More

GVSU tuition increases 2.8 percent

Current and future Lakers are looking at the lowest tuition rate increase in the last 10 years. Read More

Muskegon needs to sustain its rebound

Signs of recovery from the Great Recession are finally beginning to show in Muskegon — the West Michigan area probably most severely compromised. Read More

Minnesota: A case study of prosperity

Michigan Future –– the think tank I lead –– has just released its latest report: “State Policies Matter: How Minnesota’s Tax, Spending and Social Policies Help It Achieve the Best Economy Among Great Lakes States.” Read More

Everyone needs to do their share when it comes to philanthropy

In response to the question you posed at the end of your inspiring editorial in the July 14 Grand Rapids Business Journal honoring Peter Wege (“Who will stand as the next philanthropic pillars?”), may I suggest that each and every citizen who lives here must assume responsibility to stand together with others in our community to continue what leaders like Peter, Fred Meijer, Peter Cook, Jay Van Andel and Rich DeVos and many others — women and minorities included — have initiated to make this such a great place to live, work and raise our families. Read More

Tax planning: It doesn’t deserve a yellow card from Washington

The recent FIFA World Cup soccer competition kept many of us glued to the television. Read More

A Twitter webinar firestorm — tweet this!

I did my first big Twitter group tweet last week. It’s called a “tweetcast.” Read More

Lamar in Chapter 7 bankruptcy

Lamar Construction of Hudsonville, one of the larger commercial/industrial construction companies in West Michigan, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy July 11, indicating in court documents it has more than 200 creditors and debts of $10 million to $50 million, with estimated assets between $10 million and $50 million. Read More


Change Ups: Dynamic declared economic driving force

Dynamic Conveyor Corp. of Muskegon has been named one of Michigan’s Economic Bright Spots by Corp! Magazine. Read More

Optimism fades as slow economic growth continues

Slow growth continues. That’s the latest word on the West Michigan economy, according to the data collected during the last two weeks of June. Read More

Public Record

July 18 — Mortgages Read More

Street Talk: We are all pawns in this game of chess

Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. has put a giant, outdoor chess set in front of the Grand Rapids Art Museum for free public use in an effort to “encourage urban recreation.” Read More