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Social justice a common thread at sew shop

After years in government and nonprofit roles, Janay Brower felt she was no longer cut out for “safety net” approaches. Read More


ArtPrize paints rosy economic picture

The largest art festival in Grand Rapids continues to have a great effect on the local economy. Read More

Herman Miller canvas beam table with Pari screens

Talent tops furniture industry wish list

Sit across from any furniture executive these days, and you’ll hear about new products, the internet of things and federal actions affecting business — but the talent gap will dominate the dialogue. Read More

Williams & Works and Anishinaabe tribe meeting

City, partners consult tribes on river work

New design guidelines are underway for the Grand River restoration initiative, based on new site assessments and input from the Native American community. Read More

Farah Merhi

Inside Track: Turning houses into homes

Farah Merhi’s “aha moment” came in the middle of a home improvement project. Read More

Monroe North owners express parking concerns

(Watch for this story Monday morning on WZZM TV 13) Business owners in Monroe North are clearing the air on parking. Read More

Region finds itself in landlord market

The West Michigan commercial real estate market has been at a standstill recently.

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‘Golden age of giving’

The next generation of philanthropists is bringing about a “golden age." Read More

Workforce issues haunt West Michigan community leaders

Leaders from business and community organizations are stepping up efforts to address West Michigan workforce issues. Read More

Poverty pressure puts children’s development on hold

The Michigan League for Public Policy’s 2018 Kids Count in Michigan Data Book shows a wide disparity between West Michigan counties for children’s overall well-being. Read More

ArtPrize’s worth goes far beyond the art

The Business Journal has opined a few times in the last nine years that the thrill of ArtPrize would be short(er) lived without community support of the cash kind. Read More

Michigan should follow California’s lead

In a recent article, The New York Times reports “BMW and Daimler, Once Rivals, Join Forces to Fend Off Silicon Valley.” Read More

When it’s time for change, do it the right way

What is it that raises the topic of change? Read More

Change Ups: Schneider elected to membership

Attorney Christopher J. (C.J.) Schneider recently was elected to membership at Miller Johnson. Read More

Public Record

April 20 — Mortgages Read More

Street Talk: Tariffs offset tax gains

West Michigan’s two largest furniture manufacturers are keeping an eye on the impact of steel tariffs on their bottom line. Read More