Grand Rapids Business Journal

GRBJ 5-31-16

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May 31, 2016

Volume: 34
Edition: 22
Since 1983, Grand Rapids Business Journal has been West Michigan's primary and most trusted source of local business news. The weekly print edition of the Business Journal, a must-read for the area’s top decision-makers, is known as the business newspaper of metro Grand Rapids, Holland, Muskegon and all of West Michigan.

May 31, 2016

State moves to ban bag bans

Plastic bags are an environmental issue, but lawmakers say the measure would help businesses.

May 27, 2016
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) It could soon be against the law in Michigan for local governments to enact a ban on plastic bags. Read More

Downtown is right in its Wheelhouse

Meritage had long coveted a central city eatery, but parking was always an issue.

May 27, 2016
Meritage Hospitality Group is increasing its efforts in downtown Grand Rapids while also looking to grow its national footprint. Read More

Digital tech agency expands downtown

Universal Mind sets up shop in the historic Ledyard Building.

May 27, 2016
Universal Mind now has a historic building to call home. Read More

Inside Track: Ashamed no longer, Schottke leads students on career path

ABC’s director of workforce development knows firsthand that college is not the only predictor to success.

May 27, 2016
Growing up with a professor for a father, Jen Schottke used to feel ashamed she didn’t finish her college degree. Read More

Senator enjoys firsthand look at city’s small businesses

Downtown Market tour highlights mobile payments and food trucks.

May 27, 2016
A U.S. senator now has a better understanding of Grand Rapids’ entrepreneurial scene. Read More

Rideshare app debuts Wednesday

Grand Rapids will be the first market for SteadyFare, which has $700K in seed money.

May 27, 2016
James Matthews believes he has a better idea for a ridesharing mobile phone application. Read More

New construction fuels retail surge

But without more development, the office and industrial markets are lagging.

May 27, 2016
The local retail real estate sector is humming, but office and industrial are lagging, according to recent quarterly reports from Colliers International|Western Michigan. Read More

Overtime rules raise questions

May 27, 2016
How will the U.S. Department of Labor’s new ruling on overtime labor wages impact local small businesses? That depends. Read More

State’s two top young architects work in Grand Rapids

Both will be recognized for proficiency and ‘exceptional’ accomplishments.

May 27, 2016
Two Grand Rapids architects soon will be recognized as among the brightest in their field. Read More

Legislators really need that summer break

May 27, 2016
Michigan legislators are two weeks away from summer recess, a time given to patriotic parades and town hall meetings, with the Mackinac Policy Conference this weekend serving as the unofficial start to the politicking season of national party conventions and fall elections — already unlike any in recent history. Read More

What a military defendant can teach a small business owner

May 27, 2016
I still remember my first client — a 21-year-old, eager, well-respected airman who was hanging out with the wrong crowd some Saturday night and experimented with marijuana. Read More

Law offers business opportunity to service-disabled veterans

May 27, 2016
To be as successful in business as they were in the military, Michigan veterans should take advantage of federal, state and local laws that provide "procurement preferences" for service-disabled veterans. Read More

The 21.5 early warning signals the prospect is ready to buy

May 27, 2016
Question: When is the prospect ready to buy? Read More

Intellectual property lawyers operate in the ‘gray space’

May 27, 2016
To practice law is to work in a field where the rules are in a state of constant change. That may be even truer in intellectual property law than any other arm of the legal industry. Read More

Last major film to get state incentives finishes filming in Grand Rapids

Varnum attorney serves as executive producer for ‘God Bless the Broken Road.’

May 27, 2016
One of the last films eligible to receive a hefty sum of Michigan film incentives just wrapped up in Grand Rapids. Read More

Change Ups: Elzinga named Engineer of the Year

May 27, 2016
Holland-based Elzinga & Volkers’ independent consultant Paul Elzinga has been named the 2016 Engineer of the Year by the Western Chapter of Michigan Society of Professional Engineers. Read More

Michigan’s retail sales reach their highest levels in nearly a year

May 27, 2016
Michigan retailers’ sales and forecasts both rose in April, according to the latest Michigan Retail Index survey, a joint project of Michigan Retailers Association and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Read More

Public Record

May 27, 2016
May 28 - Mortgages Read More

Street Talk: No smoke and mirrors

Skating along.

May 27, 2016
As Sam Cummings said in the Business Journal’s page 1 story today on the real estate market, speculative office space just isn’t happening. Read More