Grand Rapids Business Journal

Autumn Sands

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November 20, 2017

Volume: 35
Edition: 47
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.

November 20, 2017

Self-taught woman teaches Barfly a lesson

Autumn Sands started working for Barfly Ventures as a bartender and created her role as sustainability manager two years later.

November 17, 2017
After eight years of working as a bartender, Autumn Sands said she couldn’t help feeling guilty about the amount of non-biodegradable materials she contributed to landfills. Read More

Fashion line expands for a cause

Crowned Free co-owners switch to direct sales model to involve other women in helping sex trafficking survivors.

November 17, 2017
A company that launched in 2014 selling custom fashions in boutiques has moved toward a pop-up shop and direct sales model to “link arms” with women who want to help survivors of sex trafficking. Read More

County eyes 90 percent waste reduction

Department of Public Works hopes to build a sustainable business park that will allow reuse of high-value items among incoming refuse.

November 17, 2017
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) The Kent County Department of Public Works is creating a plan to reduce landfill waste by 90 percent by 2030. Read More

Inside Track: Impacting communities through business

President of Cascade Business Team believes in power of business for social change.

November 17, 2017
In keeping with Cascade Engineering’s family business model of social responsibility, Christina Keller, president of Cascade Business Team, is passionate about the abilities of businesses to make a positive impact on their communities. Read More

Public panel scrutinizes gentrification

Community leaders and experts see 'almost historic' levels of displacement.

November 17, 2017
Discussion about gentrification in Grand Rapids is gaining steam. Read More

Affordable housing plan moves forward

City commission presents proposals to amend zoning, add incentives to create ‘housing choice.’

November 17, 2017
The Grand Rapids City Commission unveiled its plan to address the city’s affordable housing crunch by spurring private development. Read More

Long-term growth for law market

Likely surge attributed to new firms entering Grand Rapids, existing firms expanding to more efficient space.

November 17, 2017
In its annual Law Firm Perspective, real estate group JLL highlighted how Grand Rapids’ law market is poised for growth as outside groups are entering the market. Read More

Credit freeze an option to prevent identity theft

Mortgage lender says fraud-prevention tactic can be triggered or reversed depending on needs.

November 17, 2017
In light of recent data breaches and the rise of identity theft, some consumers are turning to a prevention tactic known as a credit freeze. Read More

MADA report shows ‘solid’ Q3 for furniture industry

Consulting firm’s quarterly office furniture industry survey shows gross sales are up.

November 17, 2017
A West Michigan consulting firm released the results of its quarterly survey on the health of the office furniture industry, and indicators point to growth in 2017 and a positive 2018. Read More

Goals to measure effectiveness key in solving affordable housing issue

November 17, 2017
Two very different meetings were held a day apart last week to give community discussion to the increasingly obvious affordable housing issue in Grand Rapids. Read More

Providing a compassionate lifeline for seniors in need

November 17, 2017
The population of adults age 80 and above is expected to increase 30 percent, to 15.7 million, in the next eight years. Read More

Letter: A way forward against sexual harassment

November 17, 2017
This is an open invitation and joint statement to our community from the YWCA West Central Michigan, Grand Rapids Community Foundation and Women’s Resource Center. Read More

The ties that bind: employee retention

November 17, 2017
People use quotes or phrases that they pick up along life’s path that get incorporated into their daily lives. Read More

Change Ups: Oxford Financial signs long-term lease

November 17, 2017
Oxford Financial Group signed a long-term lease for a 6,882-square-foot space located at 85 Campau Ave. NW. Read More

Is today’s industrial economy as good as it gets?

November 17, 2017
For the past couple of years, growth in the West Michigan economy has been a little sluggish in the fall. Read More

Public Record

November 17, 2017
Nov. 17 — Mortgages Read More

Street Talk: Eatery’s food for thought

Public flossing.

November 17, 2017
At a taste-testing event Nov. 8, the Business Journal learned about an LLC created to give minorities a jump-start in business. Read More