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Amanda Brand

Q&A: Amanda Brand

Amanda Brand is an advocate for local businesses and a community leader. Read More

Thelma's Flowers

Urban flower shop opens

A husband-and-wife team have opened a shop that sells cut flowers in a local neighborhood. Read More

7 non-traditional benefits small businesses can offer employees

Employers nationwide are struggling to attract and retain talent. In fact, 40 percent of U.S. employees are going to look for a new job this year, with one of the leading reasons being compensation and benefits, according to research by the Society for Human Resource Management. Read More

Lori Varner

Tourism pros win statewide Star awards

Five local professionals in the tourism industry have received statewide awards for their work. Read More

West Michigan’s economic toolbox is missing key IT skills in education, workforce

The Wall Street Journal on May 2 reported Amazon.com Inc. HQ2 research leaders called 20 of the 238 applicants for its second headquarters to explain why those metro areas were dropped from selection. Read More

New rules could revive unpaid internships

The U.S. Department of Labor recently announced new guidelines regarding unpaid internships easing standards for for-profit employers to use unpaid interns. These new guidelines may greatly benefit startups and others, particularly with summer just around the corner. Read More

American Commerce Center Southfield rendering

Firm secures $40M in financing for HQ project

The leader of the local office of a capital services firm has secured more than $40 million to finance a regional headquarters project. Read More

Fruition juice bar

Sisters open juice bar

A juice and smoothie bar that also serves breakfast and lunch foods has opened in Grand Rapids. Read More

Attracting the next generation of construction pros

It’s a Friday afternoon, and I’m sitting in the sun-soaked office of Julie Parks, executive director of workforce training at Grand Rapids Community College M-TEC. Alongside me is Amy Pierce, career exploration coordinator for Kent ISD, and we’re talking about launching a construction training program at GRCC M-TEC for high school seniors from two local school districts. Think dual enrollment meets work-based learning. Read More

Lari Hines

Chamber names Outstanding Entrepreneur of the Year

A chamber of commerce in the region has named its Outstanding Entrepreneur of the Year. Read More

Light Gallery

Gallery and studio owners find their footing

Matthew Provoast and Erika Townsley bonded in art school because they enjoy working in nonstandard ways. Read More

Connecting researchers to the specimens they need for medical research

Medical researchers have historically experienced challenges finding biological specimens — blood, other bio fluids, tissue and cells — for their research, despite the fact that the amount of research material is plentiful. Read More

World Trade Week highlights drivers of international businesses boosting local jobs, economy

West Michigan World Trade Week has for decades provided a dynamic gathering of local businesses that share the demands of the international markets. Read More

Amanda DeLong

Realtor magazine names broker to 30 Under 30 class

A local realtor has been honored as one of the top 30 rising brokers in the nation under 30. Read More

Guidance on HRAs for qualified small employers and their qualified employees

Prior to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, health reimbursement arrangements, or HRAs, had been a familiar item, particularly to small businesses. As a result of the change in law, employers have been penalized for providing HRAs to their employees, causing many to turn away from the traditional HRA. Read More

WMPRSA 2018 PRoof Awards

PR industry names PRoof award winners

The local public relations industry has honored the best PR work of this past year. Read More

Shelley Irwin

Foundation elects new board members

A local foundation has elected three new board members. Read More