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Orbital ATK

Companies on board with mission to Mars

When the first astronauts take off for Mars in the 2030s, a handful of West Michigan companies will have a hand in getting them there. Read More


With new cafés opening, does our coffee cup overfloweth?

(As seen on WZZM TV 13) With three of the city’s best-known coffee roasters each ready to open their second retail locations, differentiation is a focus. Read More

Food trucks

Food truck ordinance around the corner

There’s now heavy legal energy moving behind Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss’s dream of having more food trucks in the downtown area. Read More

Bruce Burgess

Inside Track: Construction world listens to innovator’s sound idea

Following more than a decade in construction and as the vice president of a construction firm, Bruce Burgess walked into work one day in 2011 and saw his computer missing and his boss there to hand him a box. Read More

Sherman Boulevard

Landscapers eye Sherman’s march to the lake

It isn’t exactly yellow bricks, but a major Muskegon corridor to the lakeshore is getting a makeover. Read More

Special report:
 Seeking best
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Matt Hanlon thinks Grand Rapids can do better. Read More

Local businesses strike Pokémon gold

Pokémon Go? Yes, as a business community we have to talk about it, because — well, believe it or not, it’s making local businesses money. Read More

Real estate markets growing

No signs of impending doom mar the real estate world, according to two real estate firm market reports. Read More

Bethany expands refugee services

Bethany Christian Services’ mission to help refugees knows no state bounds. Read More

No more stalling: Bring out the food trucks; city approval of ordinance is long past due

Grand Rapids city commissioners will at long last take one more formal step toward embracing food trucks as an important part of the downtown and neighborhood business landscape with a public hearing July 26. Read More

Five things to do before buying property

It’s a seller’s market these days — or so it seems if you read the headlines. Read More

Leadership develops within a team, not on its own

Hard to believe, after all these months, the potential political leadership options for our country are becoming formalized for a vote in November. Read More

KaBOOM Playground

Change Ups: Volunteers build new KaBOOM! playground in Wyoming

More than 200 volunteers from Amway, the Hispanic Center of Western Michigan, KaBOOM! organizers and others from the community collaborated recently to build a new playground at Hispanic Center of Western Michigan. Read More

Construction input prices continue their ascent

Construction input prices expanded in June, rising 1.1 percent on a monthly basis, according to an analysis of the Bureau of Labor Statistics Producer Price Index. Read More

Public Record

July 22 — Mortgages Read More

Street Talk: If you can’t say anything nice …

While most of Michigan’s Republican leadership was in Cleveland, Ohio, last week for the Republican National Convention, U.S. Rep. Justin Amash, who represents Michigan’s 3rd District, decided to remain in Grand Rapids. Read More