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Founders skyline

Founders adds to downtown’s skyline

Founders Brewing Co. is adding to the Grand Rapids skyline. Read More

Sheldon Crepes

A new business concept: Have a crepe at the cleaners

(As seen on WZZM TV 13) At first it was just going to be a little coffee shop in one of their dry-cleaning/laundry locations. Then the Cares brothers decided to have a little fun. Read More

Lon Swar

Inside Track: Powered by challenges

The new managing director — the first and only managing director — at Norris, Perné & French, the oldest privately owned investment management firm in Grand Rapids, is a guy with a track record of taking on difficult challenges. Read More

New Holland

New Holland shifts strategy to market rollouts

Even with its new west-side Grand Rapids taproom and brewing facility a year away, New Holland Brewing Co. still had a big year in 2014. Read More

Saugatuck Brewing

Brewer doubles on success

When new leadership took over Saugatuck Brewing Co. in 2009, the brewery was producing approximately 500 barrels of beer annually. Read More

Kent Vet

Kent County veterans services moving in mid-March

Kent County’s Department of Veterans Affairs, which has expanded since voter approval of a millage increase in November, will be moving in March from its current downtown location at 82 Ionia Ave. NW to Fuller Avenue at the Kent County government complex in northeast Grand Rapids. Read More

Grand Rapids Business Journal The Newsmakers of the Year 2014

Business Journal publishes 'The Newsmakers of the Year'

The Business Journal’s Jan. 26 issue will feature a special insert — “The Newsmakers of the Year” — which can also be viewed online. Read More

River at center of GR Forward’s plans

Following extensive public outreach efforts to gather feedback from all sectors of the Grand Rapids community, GR Forward presented an initial draft vision and set of six goals recently during a standing-room-only public forum. Read More

Kent County works on details of airport authority

The process of transferring the Kent County government’s direct control of the Gerald R. Ford International Airport to an airport authority is under way, with the county Board of Commissioners Legislative and Human Resources Committee considering a key step this week: the draft of proposed enabling legislation allowing it to happen. Read More

GRCC hosts annual Giants Awards at DeVos Place

Next month an annual awards banquet will honor the influential work and initiatives of 13 African-American individuals and organizations. Read More

Holland approves $145M for energy

The Holland Board of Public Works and Holland City Council have approved an engineering, procurement and construction contract with Southfield, Mich.-based Barton Malow for the design and construction of the Holland Energy Park natural gas power plant. Read More

Printed prototyping steals spotlight at Startup Weekend

Participants in the 2015 Startup Weekend turned their attention to 3D printed prototyping and industrial design this year as innovators, designers, programmers, students and entrepreneurs convened in Grand Rapids for the three-day competition. Read More

GRAPE event focuses on human capital trends

The local organization for working professionals will focus its attention on human capital trends in its first monthly event in 2015, featuring presentations by local business leaders. Read More

Black-owned business numbers and mentors offer prescription for report

Grand Rapids’ second-to-last ranking by Forbes.com regarding economic conditions for African-Americans was a “shock wave” in the city, unless you happen to be African-American. Read More

Embrace immigrants for the right reasons

Let’s be honest. Many of us wouldn’t mind immigrants bursting in from Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands — you know, the people who look like us. Read More

Marriages come and go, but divorce is often forever

Last Christmas Eve, I got a voicemail from my son Shamus asking if I knew of a divorce lawyer named Mr. Barnhart. Read More

Jeffrey responds to 3.5 big questions with 3.5 bigger answers

Here are 3.5 answers to 3.5 questions frequently asked by salespeople: Read More

Hoops abound when starting a microbrewery

Thinking of jumping on the Beer City USA bandwagon and starting your own microbrewery? Read More

Barfly spreads its wings with expansion plans

Barfly Ventures entered 2014 with five bars. Read More

Nemschoff and Herman Miller Healthcare Palisade Collection office furniture

Change Ups: Palisade Collection earns healthcare furniture award

Nemschoff’s and Herman Miller Healthcare’s Palisade Collection has earned Interior Design Magazine’s Best of Year Award in the Healthcare Furniture category. Read More

HR gets the most out of your biggest asset: employees

Human resources at one time had an image problem. Read More

Public Record

January 23 — Mortgages Read More

Street Talk: Rotarians quiz Kent County Commission chair

Dan Koorndyk, chair of the Kent County Board of Commissioners, was a guest of the Rotary Club of Grand Rapids last week to give a short presentation on Kent County government. Read More