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Autumn Sands

Self-taught woman teaches Barfly a lesson

After eight years of working as a bartender, Autumn Sands said she couldn’t help feeling guilty about the amount of non-biodegradable materials she contributed to landfills. Read More

Crowned Free

Fashion line expands for a cause

A company that launched in 2014 selling custom fashions in boutiques has moved toward a pop-up shop and direct sales model to “link arms” with women who want to help survivors of sex trafficking. Read More


County eyes 90 percent waste reduction

(As seen on WZZM TV 13) The Kent County Department of Public Works is creating a plan to reduce landfill waste by 90 percent by 2030. Read More

Christina Keller

Inside Track: Impacting communities through business

In keeping with Cascade Engineering’s family business model of social responsibility, Christina Keller, president of Cascade Business Team, is passionate about the abilities of businesses to make a positive impact on their communities. Read More

Public panel scrutinizes gentrification

Discussion about gentrification in Grand Rapids is gaining steam. Read More

Affordable housing plan moves forward

The Grand Rapids City Commission unveiled its plan to address the city’s affordable housing crunch by spurring private development. Read More

Long-term growth for law market

In its annual Law Firm Perspective, real estate group JLL highlighted how Grand Rapids’ law market is poised for growth as outside groups are entering the market. Read More

Credit freeze an option to prevent identity theft

In light of recent data breaches and the rise of identity theft, some consumers are turning to a prevention tactic known as a credit freeze. Read More

MADA report shows ‘solid’ Q3 for furniture industry

A West Michigan consulting firm released the results of its quarterly survey on the health of the office furniture industry, and indicators point to growth in 2017 and a positive 2018. Read More

Goals to measure effectiveness key in solving affordable housing issue

Two very different meetings were held a day apart last week to give community discussion to the increasingly obvious affordable housing issue in Grand Rapids. Read More

Providing a compassionate lifeline for seniors in need

The population of adults age 80 and above is expected to increase 30 percent, to 15.7 million, in the next eight years. Read More

Letter: A way forward against sexual harassment

This is an open invitation and joint statement to our community from the YWCA West Central Michigan, Grand Rapids Community Foundation and Women’s Resource Center. Read More

The ties that bind: employee retention

People use quotes or phrases that they pick up along life’s path that get incorporated into their daily lives. Read More

Oxford Financial

Change Ups: Oxford Financial signs long-term lease

Oxford Financial Group signed a long-term lease for a 6,882-square-foot space located at 85 Campau Ave. NW. Read More

Is today’s industrial economy as good as it gets?

For the past couple of years, growth in the West Michigan economy has been a little sluggish in the fall. Read More

Street Talk: Eatery’s food for thought

At a taste-testing event Nov. 8, the Business Journal learned about an LLC created to give minorities a jump-start in business. Read More