Grand Rapids Business Journal

GRBJ 5-21-18

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May 21, 2018

Volume: 36
Edition: 21
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 21, 2018

West Side project honors Meijer founder

Rockford Construction announced 116-unit apartment complex will be named ‘The Hendrik.’

May 18, 2018
The end is in sight for Rockford Construction’s mixed-use project on Grand Rapids’ burgeoning West Side, and the developers recently unveiled the name of its residential component, which pays respects to one of West Michigan’s most influential business owners. Read More

Lakefront living? It’s gonna cost you

Report finds four of the top 10 most expensive lake markets in Michigan are in West Michigan.

May 18, 2018
West Michigan is home to some of the most expensive lake home markets in the state, according to a recent report. Read More

MOS leadership keeps pace with technology

The office equipment dealer started small but now has eight Michigan locations.

May 18, 2018
A local business still is going strong as the baton is passing from one generation to the next. Read More

GVSU engineering students, Beaumont Health collaborate

School receives commercial licensing agreement for cough-assist device designed by students and conceptualized by a doctor.

May 18, 2018
Students of the Grand Valley State University School of Engineering had a successful school project. Read More

Farmers await ethanol increase decision

An increase to E15 year-round would minimize state’s corn surplus.

May 18, 2018
President Donald Trump is considering increasing the amount of ethanol in gasoline. Read More

Inside Track: Educator connects theory and practice

Nkechy Ekere Ezeh leads nonprofit addressing early childhood education while also training parents.

May 18, 2018
Born and raised in a small village in Nigeria, Nkechy Ekere Ezeh was shocked when she came to the U.S. as an adult and heard the messages bombarding low-income minority parents. Read More

Report shows bank ahead of goal

In two years, Fifth Third has fulfilled $1.667B of $3.8B five-year economic investment pledge to West Michigan.

May 18, 2018
In 2016, Fifth Third Bank announced a community commitment to invest $30 billion over five years in low- to moderate-income borrowers and neighborhoods in its 10-state footprint. Read More

Farmers’ share of food dollar hits record low

Producers say they can’t compensate for rising labor costs.

May 18, 2018
American farmers are earning less than ever before. Read More

Church suffers breach

Ada Bible Church’s senior pastor assures attendees no financial information was compromised.

May 18, 2018
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) Cyberattackers hit an unlikely target in April: Ada Bible Church. Read More

Kent County joins child development initiative

County is among 29 communities nationwide participating in five-year program.

May 18, 2018
Kent County is among 29 communities nationwide joining an initiative focused on child development from birth to age 3. Read More

Significance of early education cannot be overstated

May 18, 2018
Regional business leaders have long recognized the importance of their support and voice in early education. Read More

Survey says IT budgets on the rise

May 18, 2018
In the first West Michigan IT Report, Worksighted anonymously surveyed a diverse cross section of IT leaders from dozens of local manufacturers, professional services firms, nonprofits, retailers and others. Read More

The employee handbook: essential or obsolete?

May 18, 2018
When was the last time your handbook was reviewed and/or revised? Read More

Change Ups: AppleTree & Gilden Woods relocates HQ to larger facility

May 18, 2018
AppleTree & Gilden Woods Early Care and Preschools moved to an expanded headquarters in Grand Rapids at 555 Cascade W Pkwy. SE so that it can handle all its administrative duties associated with running 23 locations. Read More

Public Record

May 18, 2018
May 18 — Mortgages Read More

Street Talk: Spreading its wings

Taste test.

May 18, 2018
Brewery Vivant had some unusual guests swoop onto its patio last week. Read More