Grand Rapids Business Journal

GRBJ 12-15-14

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December 15, 2014

Volume: 31
Edition: 50
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.

December 15, 2014

Parking rates won't chase businesses

But employees’ ‘front door’ mentality needs to be rethought.

December 12, 2014
The Grand Rapids Parking Commission is considering whether to recommend monthly parking rate changes for its ramps and surface lots, which has some people wondering if higher pricing in high-capacity lots will chase some downtown businesses to the suburbs. Read More

Holland Museum makes cuts, faces closure

Failed millage proposal leaves the facility’s future uncertain.

December 12, 2014
To keep the Holland Museum’s doors from closing permanently, the organization is hoping to gain community support as it enters a restructuring phase. Read More

Inside Track: His vision for the theater is to be part of the change

As managing director of Actors’ Theatre, Kyle Los will use his business development experience to engage local businesses.

December 12, 2014
In November, Kyle Los joined Actors’ Theatre as managing director. Read More

Autocam Medical expands its presence

Acquisition of Tennessee firm should bring combined 2015 revenues to $100M.

December 12, 2014
A Grand Rapids-based medical device company is looking to expand into the contract/manufacturing market by adding to its customer base with the acquisition of a Tennessee-based manufacturer. Read More

Spectrum Health faces parking crunch

December 12, 2014
The Parking Commission isn’t the only group mulling over downtown parking. Spectrum Health is also considering its parking future. Read More

'Tis the season for … gift cards?

The average American will spend $163 on impersonal plastic presents.

December 12, 2014
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) Do gift cards suck? Read More

Talent 2025 report pegs strengths, weaknesses

CEO-led effort puts comprehensive focus on labor market.

December 12, 2014
An extensive labor market analysis showcases the region’s strengths and the need to bridge potential gaps among education, training and industry demands. Read More

State board supports Kent parkland purchase

Natural Resources Trust Fund recommends grant of $810,000 to help buy 170 acres.

December 12, 2014
The Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Board is recommending the Michigan Legislature fund 69 recreation development projects and land acquisitions in 2015, one of which is the purchase of 170 acres in Caledonia Township by Kent County for addition to an undeveloped park. Read More

Kent County prepares for expanded services for veterans

Some individuals are critical of how the millage revenue will be spent.

December 12, 2014
Hiring of additional staff is underway in Kent County, as is the search for a new home for the county’s office of veterans services, the result of the successful millage vote in November. Read More

2025 goal: Educated and trained workforce

December 12, 2014
As winter graduates cross public stages this month, Talent 2025 released its most comprehensive report on current and future needs of employers in the 13-county West Michigan region, providing a map from that public stage to careers and jobs. Read More

High-quality child care is good for business

December 12, 2014
Business managers know this to be true: To prevent absenteeism and turnover among employees with children, it’s vital that workers know their kids are in safe, stable and high-quality child care when they’re away from home. Read More

Have you formed a personal mission statement?

December 12, 2014
Every organization must have a mission — a vision, a reason for “being.” Read More

The risk of 9 to 5 and the reality of before and after

December 12, 2014
Ninety-five percent of all salespeople try to fit their sales day into a normal workday. Read More

Trillium sparks conversation on how to live, die and grieve well

Holland Home affiliation leverages technical, financial and administrative infrastructure.

December 12, 2014
A new organization is taking a different approach to the end-of-life journey by emphasizing honest communication between patient and physician and serving as a resource for those navigating complex medical and emotional decisions. Read More

Change Ups: Dentler receives Golden Pelvis Award

December 12, 2014
Jennifer Dentler, coordinator of the Allegan Pelvic Wellness Center and Allegan General Hospital’s Spirit of Women program, recently earned the Golden Pelvis Award during the Improving Outcomes in Pelvic Health conference in Chicago. Read More

Median household income is best in six years

December 12, 2014
Economic growth in West Michigan eased to a slower pace in November, according to data collected during the last two weeks of the month. Read More

Public Record

December 12, 2014
Mortgages — December 12 Read More

Street Talk: Spreading the faith from all perspectives

Light show.

December 12, 2014
“I happen to be a Christian myself, but I appreciate the various perspectives,” said David Bulkowski, who represents the city of Grand Rapids as a member of the Kent County Board of Commissioners. Read More