Grand Rapids Business Journal

GRBJ 2-8-16

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February 8, 2016

Volume: 34
Edition: 6
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.

February 8, 2016

Tech firm makes everything smart

Simms Electronics designs electronically controlled devices connected to the Internet.

February 5, 2016
In the next 20 years, it’s possible almost every piece of technology will be “smart.” Read More

The anatomy of a really sweet business deal

Spoonlickers looks to grow, diversify with investment.

February 5, 2016
David Darling doesn’t want Spoonlickers to be known as a frozen yogurt place. Read More

Tech company plans for growth spurt with expansion

Elevator Up expects to double in size by the end of the year.

February 5, 2016
Things are looking up for Grand Rapids’ startup community. Read More

Inside Track: Comerica’s new regional manager sets sights on mentoring leaders

Debra Van Hevele worked her way from teller window to corporate suite on the strength of lasting relationships.

February 5, 2016
Working as a part-time teller at her local Comerica Bank after high school, Debra Van Hevele never thought she would make a career out of it. Read More

Passion for fashion benefits human trafficking causes

February 5, 2016
The local and worldwide fight to end human trafficking has found new allies in two West Michigan women entrepreneurs. Read More

Seminaries must adapt to thrive in the 21st century

Western Theological Seminary is seeing enrollment increases, but not all are ‘traditional’ students.

February 5, 2016
For a 150-year-old institution to survive in the 21st century, it’s accepted that some changes have to be made. In the world of theological education, that’s true, as well. Read More

Bliss sets ‘bold goals’ for business

New mayor identifies neighborhood and sustainability actions in first State of the City address.

February 5, 2016
The iconic 1892-built Harris Building at 111 S. Division Ave. housed another historic event last week as the first female mayor of Grand Rapids delivered the State of the City address for 2016. Read More

Investment group bumps up dollars and deals

Grand Angels positions itself for even more growth this year.

February 5, 2016
Grand Angels is taking flight. Read More

Couple seeks to ‘un-divorce’

February 5, 2016
A couple in New Hampshire asked a judge to undo their divorce after they realized its financial implications. Read More

Students, Spectrum partner on med devices

Biomedical engineering students are more adept at bringing products to market.

February 5, 2016
A partnership between Grand Valley State University and Spectrum Health Innovations could lead to new medical devices and startup companies. Read More

GRCC joins national affordable textbook program

February 5, 2016
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) Grand Rapids Community College has joined a growing list of schools that are providing free, professional-quality textbooks to students to improve access to higher educational learning. Read More

Process outlines priorities for Muskegon Lake by 2020

February 5, 2016
A lakeshore community has set its sights on improving the quality and sustainability of social, economic, residential and recreational activities for one of its greatest assets. Read More

Food distributer enjoys third year of breaking records

Feeding America West Michigan doled out 27.6 million pounds of food last year.

February 5, 2016
For the last three years, the work of Feeding America West Michigan has been off the charts. Read More

Northern Michigan hop farm is set to grow

Private equity firm buys controlling interest in the venture.

February 5, 2016
Brian Tennis thought his one-acre hop farm near Traverse City was “hot” when he started it nearly a decade ago. Read More

Can Grand Rapids taxpayers afford utopia?

February 5, 2016
Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss set an optimistic tone in her first State of the City speech, including visions of a utopia unbridled by any budget constraints or concerns. Read More

PPT reform: Three exemptions and new tax could equal savings

February 5, 2016
If you do the math, changes to Michigan’s personal property tax could add up to new savings for most business taxpayers. Read More

Effective performance: defining the ‘big picture’

February 5, 2016
A former partner sent me an article from The New York Times that discussed how social media is changing how employees feel about their jobs and their on-the-job practices, as well as addressing retention and other recruiting matters. Read More

Thinking about what the customer really wants — and delivering

February 5, 2016
Thinking. Sales thinking. Service thinking. Business thinking. Read More

Change Ups: Hope College opens new buildings

February 5, 2016
Two projects at Hope College in Holland recently were completed by G.O. Construction, a joint venture of GDK Construction of Holland and Grand Rapids-based Owen-Ames-Kimball Co. Read More

Nonresidential construction spending slips once again

February 5, 2016
Nonresidential construction spending dipped for a second consecutive month, falling 0.4 percent on a monthly basis in December, according to analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data. Read More

Public Record

February 5, 2016
Feb. 5 — Mortgages Read More

Street Talk: Taking a shot at change

Glass half full.

February 5, 2016
Immunization waiver rates plummeted in 2015, thanks to a change to the law that took effect in January of last year. Read More