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Downtown Grand Rapids is booming

It’s official. Downtown Grand Rapids is almost full. Read More

Greek Group

Auto suppliers expecting another good year

West Michigan auto suppliers can look forward to another good year. Read More

Apple Cider

Good cider is pretty simple

Jim, Becky and Bridget Engelsma’s recipe for award-winning fresh apple cider is pretty simple as far as the ingredients go: several varieties of apples, period. No preservatives, either. Read More

Dan Scripps

Inside Track: Scripps is energized by politics

For a guy who isn’t 40 yet, the president of the Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council seems to already have been there and done that. Read More

Greek Group

Grant fuels The Geek Group’s CNC programming

A Grand Rapids-based makerspace is adding to its educational programming with the launch of a new CNC training course in January. Read More

Kent County Animal Shelter

Kent County Animal Shelter is a people business

On the surface, the Kent County Animal Shelter seems to be mainly about dogs and cats, but it is really a business that revolves around people and their relationship with animals. Read More

Founders deal will not change brand

(As seen on WZZM TV 13) With a $40 million expansion already in the works, Founders Brewing Co. made another play to solidify its position in the global beer industry last week. Read More

Economic outlook rosy for West Michigan

With collaboration and a diversified economy fueling West Michigan’s growth, the future of the region looks bright amid familiar challenges. Read More

Study examines employee satisfaction

A new study looks at why a large portion of employees in the U.S. are only somewhat engaged and satisfied with their work environment. Read More

Connections make difference for minority firms

There remains a dearth of minority-owned-businesses in West Michigan. Read More

Kent eyes farmland PDR

Kent County commissioners will decide Jan. 6 whether to add another 64 acres to the 3,000 acres of farmland already protected from future development. Read More

Improve Michigan’s education outcomes and systems

Year-end statistical analysis and 2015 projections certainly provide good news for merrymaking, but it may be short-lived rather than a “new era” of prosperity. Read More

Construction Lien Act can offer protection for all parties

As an owner, if the contractor on your construction project goes out of business or simply walks off the job, will your company have to pay twice for the same work? Read More

How do you go about getting a copyright?

"FBI Anti-Piracy Warning: The unauthorized reproduction or distribution of this copyrighted work is illegal. Read More

’Tis the season to be jolly? Jolly should be all the time

Let's see, there's summer, fall, winter, spring, and uh, jolly. Read More

Richard Lacks Jr. steps down as company president

Richard Lacks Jr., president and CEO of Lacks Enterprises, announced earlier this month he would step down as president of the company Jan. 1. Read More

Aging workforce increases costs for manufacturers

The average age of the manufacturing industry workforce is increasing. Read More

Nancy Ruch

Change Ups: Volunteer inspires Dégagé patrons

Longtime Dégagé Ministries volunteer Nancy Ruch was recognized with the ministry’s 2014 Marge Palmerlee Outstanding Community Service Award for volunteering in the kitchen the past 17 years. Read More

State’s exports slip amid growing worldwide turmoil

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, a Paris-based think tank, presented its latest economic projections for the global economy early last month, which formed the analysis and outlook for the G20 Leaders’ Summit Nov. 15-16 in Brisbane, Australia. Read More

Public Record

Mortgages — December 19 Read More

Street Talk: You want to keep them? Pay them

The Business Journal this week is filled with forecasts, featuring comments from The Right Place, Upjohn Institute, Answers Corp., Colliers International and more. Read More