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Space is next frontier for izzy+

The izzy+ team set out to refresh the brand’s perception at NeoCon earlier this month, and by all accounts, the team felt they accomplished the mission. Read More

Elzinga & Volkers

Construction firm preps for $60M summer

Elzinga & Volkers Inc. is riding a wave of expansion projects this summer. Read More

Packaging Compliance Labs

Competitive advantage fuels medical packager

It didn’t take Packaging Compliance Labs LLC long to grow out of the brand new, 5,000-square-foot space it took on last year. Read More


Program provides burst of energy to startups

To better assist entrepreneurs in West Michigan, Zeeland-based economic development agency Lakeshore Advantage launched a new initiative fueled by input from the entrepreneurs themselves. Read More

Sunset Retirement Services

Retirement communities make effort to diversify

According to Steve Zuiderveen, two-thirds of all the people who have lived to age 65 are alive today — and many of them have not saved enough for retirement. Read More

Charles Zhang

Inside Track: Foundation of trust propels Zhang to top

After almost three decades living in the United States and running a wealth management practice, Charles Zhang said his treasure isn’t in the millions he’s made — it’s in the people who trust him. Read More

Whole Foods deals rattle the grocery industry

Amazon announced last week that it had reached an agreement to acquire Whole Foods for $13.7 billion. The deal would allow Whole Foods CEO John Mackey to remain at the helm of the supermarket chain when the deal is expected to close later this year. Read More

Search firm launches digital marketing arm

An internal need helped a corporate executive search company find a new growth avenue. Read More

Well House

Well House receives grant for green jobs, housing

(Watch for this story Monday morning on WZZM TV 13) A local housing-for-homeless nonprofit will give its tenants a new set of tools in their toolbox while allowing them to gain a new lease on life. Read More

Public health survey will cover county

A 16-year-old survey that measures the health of Grand Rapids by collecting data on topics from poverty to public safety has expanded to encompass the whole county. Read More

Area entrepreneurs need an assist to link to resources for continued growth

The Grand Rapids metro area’s entrepreneurial activity, like an unseen electric current, is providing an economic stimulus and force for the future. Read More

Political change and polarization

Philanthropy’s major elements (nonprofits, volunteers and donors) are dealing with a number of economic, political and social forces that are ultimately reshaping the traditional boundaries these actors have come to rely on to engage in long-term community problem solving. Read More

For long-term success, consider norm deviation

Ever hear anyone say, “What’s wrong with kids these days”? Read More


Change Ups: Peacock finalist for entrepreneur award

Byron Center-based PRO-VISION Video Systems founder and CEO Steve Peacock was selected as one of the finalists for the Ernst & Young 2017 Entrepreneur Of The Year Award in the Michigan and Northwest Ohio region. Read More

Construction input prices level for first time in months

Construction input prices remained unchanged in May, ending five consecutive months of price expansion, according to analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics data by Associated Builders and Contractors. Read More

Public Record

June 24 - Mortgages Read More

Street Talk: Into the heart of coffee country

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: Howard Schultz walks into a Grand Rapids café… Read More