Grand Rapids Business Journal

GRBJ 4-27-15

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April 27, 2015

Volume: 17
Edition: 32
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.

April 27, 2015

Muskegon creates business resource group

New entity’s goal is to connect businesses with development opportunities.

April 24, 2015
Four lakeshore-based agencies have launched an outreach program to coordinate the delivery of services offered by resource partners in the state providing opportunities and tools for Muskegon businesses. Read More

Inside Track: Cultivating STEM excitement in young students

Keli Christopher’s ‘recreational’ Mind Boggle programming focuses on fun, hands-on science for kids.

April 24, 2015
Keli Christopher is sparking students’ interest in science and math through recreational STEM programming to better prepare them for college and beyond. Read More

Fast on their feet

Appellate Practice Academy trains attorneys for highest courts.

April 24, 2015
Most attorneys will never set foot in front of the Michigan Supreme Court or the U.S. Supreme Court; those who do are likely to find themselves less prepared than they expected. Read More

Davenport University launches Master of Accountancy

April 24, 2015
A new graduate level program beginning this fall will embrace the diversity of the accounting field while preparing students for competency exams using a curriculum tailored to specific areas of study. Read More

Marketing firm adds employees, square feet

April 24, 2015
A local marketing firm that started the year with six employees said it expects to grow to 15 employees by the end of 2015. Read More

It could be worse

Study shows Michigan has lower health care costs than neighboring states.

April 24, 2015
If you think health care is expensive, just know that it could be worse. Read More

A perfect storm in mental health services

Kent commissioners hear details of the Network180 crisis.

April 24, 2015
The Kent County Board of Commissioners heard details of the “perfect storm” funding crisis in community mental health services, with the disparity between what the state government does for Southeast Michigan versus West Michigan once again an issue. Read More

Migrant workers’ housing still unsafe, civil rights official says

Only 20,000 of state’s 90,000 migrant workers stay in labor camps.

LANSING — Five years after a report called migrant working conditions “intolerable,” Michigan is far from addressing the problems, the state’s civil rights director says. Read More

More rent help for homeless veterans

The federal HUD and V.A. kicked in another $138,272 for use in Kent County.

April 24, 2015
Michigan’s two Democratic U.S. Senators have announced a federal allocation of $235,635 in West Michigan to provide assistance to help end veteran homelessness. Read More

Michigan Work Share offers alternative to layoffs

April 24, 2015
To avoid layoffs during a slowdown, Michigan employers can now reduce hours employees work during the week through a work sharing, unemployment insurance program. Read More

Is mass transit the answer to road woes?

April 24, 2015
LANSING — The May 5 ballot proposal to raise sales taxes for road improvements might be just a start toward fixing the state’s transportation needs. Read More

Public-private team seeks to bring EV Airway Innovation to market

GVSU student plays integral role in developing ‘foolproof’ breathing tube.

April 24, 2015
A West Michigan graduate student has designed a medical device in collaboration with Spectrum Health Innovations and clinical staff to reduce risk to patients during hospital stays. Read More

Chemical Financial reorganizes executive structure

The bank’s growth over the past two years is one of the drivers.

April 24, 2015
Chemical Bank, through its Midland parent company, Chemical Financial Corp., has unveiled a leadership reorganization that reflects in part the bank’s significant expansion over the last two years. Read More

Job opportunities for disabled workers

LANSING — Workers with disabilities are often overlooked, even if they have the right skills for a job, state officials say. Read More

More loans, more members for Michigan Credit Unions

MCUL reports that 2014 was a high-growth year for Michigan.

April 24, 2015
Michigan credit unions, according to the Michigan Credit Union League, enjoyed double-digit increases in business loans and auto loans through 2014, plus a healthy jump in membership. Read More

All aspects of Proposal 1 deserve voter support

April 24, 2015
Grand Rapids Business Journal has reported in more than 600 stories since late 2012 proposals to fund road repairs: from toll roads and corporate highway ownership to gas tax increases. Read More

Legislation would shift power to D.C.

April 24, 2015
When people talk about the energy that powers their lives, they usually say they want it to be safe and affordable, and to be there when they need it. Read More

Choice of business entity requires customized approach

April 24, 2015
Looking at a business, one can’t necessarily determine its tax-reporting status. Read More

‘I can’t find the buyer anymore!’ Here’s why …

April 24, 2015
Recently, I received the following letter: Read More

Supreme Court hears same-sex marriage cases

If laws change, businesses will have less trouble adapting than government.

April 24, 2015
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) On April 28, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments regarding whether same-sex marriage is a constitutional right and should be extended to couples in all 50 states. Read More

New bills aim to close the gender-wage gap

April 24, 2015
LANSING — Employers could be required to release gender-based wage information and the state could be required to report unequal wage data under a package of bills aiming to close the wage gap between men and women in Michigan. Read More

State groups strengthen police, community ties

LANSING — As communities across the country confront mistrust between police and citizens, organizations across Michigan are working to build relationships officials hope can avoid unrest. Read More

Change Ups: Schaafsma earns Tier 2 award

April 24, 2015
Schaafsma Heating & Cooling Inc. has earned the Tier 2 Medal of Excellence Award, and will go on to compete as one of the top 15 dealers in the nation in May. Read More

‘Human capital’: The critical issue is who has the power

April 24, 2015
I was recently sent an article from The New York Times that discussed “human capital” and whether this was the proper term to describe employees and the implications for society. Read More

Public Record

April 24, 2015
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Street Talk: Kent County investing half of what the roads need

History lesson.

April 24, 2015
So says the acting head of the Kent County Road Commission. Read More