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tattoo removal

Far cheaper to get than to get rid of

(As seen on WZZM TV 13) There is definitely a growing market for tattoo removal — but no insurance covers it and removing one costs far more than getting it in the first place because of the expensive laser equipment involved, so tattoo removal businesses are still scarce in West Michigan. Read More

Silver Line

Silver Line set to roll Monday

The result of 11 years of planning will be out in the open in Greater Grand Rapids on Monday with the start of The Rapid transit authority’s $39 million Silver Line, a “bus rapid transit” or BRT service operating much like a light rail line, but at a much lower cost to build. Read More


Inside Track: Sprague lives out the pro-life journey he endorses

Displayed inside Jim Sprague’s office are photos of his three children: Jacob, Madison and Kevin, ages 20, 14 and 11, respectively. Read More


Declining demographic, better economy impact enrollment

Students are beginning to take their seats as college classes kick off for the fall semester, but enrollment may face challenges in the future. Read More

Holland market

Local First and Holland Farmers Market hold inaugural tasting event

Chefs and farmers are teaming up to create culinary dishes to tantalize community members’ palates at an inaugural event on the lakeshore that will highlight the synergy among local vendors, businesses and consumers. Read More

GRCC 100

GRCC toasts area's philanthropic spirit as it turns 100

As Grand Rapids Community College celebrates its 100th birthday, staff and students are participating in service projects to give back to the community. Read More

Davenport delivers job guarantee

A university is standing behind its programs with the introduction of an employment guarantee program this fall that fosters student effectiveness in their chosen field. Read More

Die Cad takes advantage of 'woman-owned' designation

Die Cad Group has been around since 1995, but the company changed hands in 2013 and is now a certified woman-owned company, a factor that will likely help it attract new markets. Read More

CoLearning applies for school status

The Factory’s hands-on education format might serve as a model for future Michigan educators. Read More

Survey puts Michigan recovery among best in nation

The Michigan Economic Development Corp. is touting an extensive survey of economic activity by a nationwide site selection magazine that highlights the strength of the Michigan recovery and boosts prospects for the state’s continued business growth. Read More

Grand Angels finances three more regional companies

Grand Angels, a Grand Rapids-based investment group, has made three more funding commitments to three small Michigan companies: Tetra Discover Partners, Ablative Solutions and Altus Brands. Read More

south clinic

Open wide in Kentwood, starting Sept. 2

Since getting results of the 2011 Community Health Needs Assessment, the Kent County Health Department has been planning to make dental care more accessible to all county residents. Read More

More contracts awarded for major re-pave of Grand Rapids streets

The Grand Rapids City Commission has awarded another series of contracts for the major repair of city streets since a majority of voters agreed to pay for it by approving an extension of a temporary income tax increase for the next 15 years. Read More

Simulation lab

Simulation lab receives grant for medical training equipment

The donation of more than $12,000 by a charitable foundation supporting osteopathic medicine will be used to help improve medical students’ and residents’ skills through a simulated experience before seeing actual patients. Read More


Brewers find success with environmentally friendly piping

Craft brewers seem to be on a continuous journey to become more environmentally friendly. Read More

West Michigan-made jungle boot debuts at military trade show

Bates Footwear, a division of Wolverine Worldwide in Rockford, launched its new Recondo jungle boot last month at a major military products trade show near Washington, D.C. Read More

Mini Maker

Tinkerers gathering in Grand Rapids

A collection of creative thinkers, tinkerers and makers will come together Saturday and Sunday at the Grand Rapids Public Museum. Read More

Celebrate Labor Day with partnerships and models

The Business Journal offers an intersect in reporting this week, in regard to new education initiatives and the upcoming national holiday. Read More

Law coach for small businesses: finding, financing business opportunities

Growth-oriented companies constantly prepare for business synergy opportunities. Read More

Sometimes, taxes work better than cuts

Amen to Mr. Lou Glazer’s guest column (Minnesota: A case study of prosperity, July 21, 2014) Read More

Acquisition transaction reporting is incomplete, inaccurate

Corporate tax deserters, tax traitor, economic patriotism: We have heard these terms many times in recent weeks. Read More

What CEOs want to talk about (it's not your product)

Everyone tells you to meet with the decision maker. Everyone tells you to meet with the CEO. Read More

GRCC offers Homeland Security training course

A new course offered this fall at a Grand Rapids college will have students and professionals on high alert as they learn how to assess, identify, protect and react to emergency situations. Read More

Calvin adds Chinese language education major/minor

To meet the growing demand for Chinese language instruction, a Grand Rapids liberal arts college has become one of the few academic institutions in the state to offer a Chinese language education program. Read More


WMU students launch SafeSense Technologies with impact sensor

An innovative pressure sensor developed by West Michigan University graduate students can now detect concussive head trauma, with applications both on the playing field and in the battlefield. Read More

Sangren Hall

Change Ups: WMU Sangren Hall earns LEED gold

Western Michigan University’s 230,000-square-foot Sangren Hall on the Kalamazoo campus was awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. Read More

Healthy backlog signals rebound in construction industry

The Construction Backlog Indicator produced by Associated Builders and Contractors reached an all-time high in the second quarter of 2014. Read More

Public Record

August 23 — Mortgages Read More

Street Talk: CWD has its eyes on the Prize

As Grand Rapids gears up to host its annual art extravaganza, corporate sponsors are getting on board to help with the details. Read More