Grand Rapids Business Journal

GRBJ 1-17-17

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January 17, 2017

Volume: 35
Edition: 3
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.

January 17, 2017

Developers are stuck in the middle

Officials are concerned supply could outpace demand for market rate housing.

January 13, 2017
While not quite yet a wet blanket, there’s at least a damp towel on optimism for future development of market rate housing in downtown Grand Rapids. Read More

New ownership leads company to best sales year

Interphase Interiors wins Best In Class distinction for fifth year in a row.

January 13, 2017
For Interphase Interiors, 2016 has been a terrific year. The company, which changed hands in 2015, said it logged its best sales year and was one of 30 Haworth dealerships to be awarded the 2016 Best In Class distinction. Read More

Michigan wineries diversify to stay fresh

While their central focus remains on wines, region’s vintners see importance of appealing to a wider crowd.

January 13, 2017
Big and small winemakers in the region have something in common: The need to stay relevant as Michigan’s beverage industry grows. Read More

Mixed reality presents opportunities for manufacturers

Technology allows digital objects to be viewed in physical environment.

January 13, 2017
Open Systems Technologies (OST) has a giant rocket ship and a purring orange cat sitting in its lobby. Read More

Inside Track: A long, winding road

Lifetime educator, incoming Grand Rapids Community College president achieves goal after detours along the way.

January 13, 2017
Bill Pink believes one of the biggest favors you can do for yourself in life is to grab hold of the thing you love and chase after it. Read More

Survey says businesses see rosy 2017

Area small- and mid-sized businesses report optimism despite challenges of finding talent, covering health care costs.

January 13, 2017
Small business owners in West Michigan are of two minds: It will be a good year, but it will have some challenges. Read More

Retail opportunity arises in West Michigan

With closing of Sears in Woodland Mall, experts predict national realtors will be eager to fill space.

January 13, 2017
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) Area realtors are looking at the closure of the Woodland Mall Sears as an opportunity for the region. Read More

American Seating says goodbye to the ballpark

Company intends to sell architectural fixed seating business to Irwin Seating; will focus on transportation seating.

January 13, 2017
American Seating announced its intentions to exit the fixed seating market, which includes seating for outdoor sports stadiums, auditorium and lecture halls, and performing arts theaters, earlier this month. Read More

Law school supports entrepreneurial, poverty-relief initiatives

WMU Cooley plans to boost legal offerings for underserved populations through education, resource-pooling.

January 13, 2017
A local law school wants to offer more business and economic resources for minority populations in West Michigan. Read More

City turns to sensors for data

Grand Rapids takes first step toward becoming smart city with installation of antenna to gather traffic, energy data.

January 13, 2017
A new technology in Grand Rapids launched last weekend could help the city become more efficient. Read More

Market-rate housing saturation compels a new plan

January 13, 2017
One year ago, public discussion in Grand Rapids seemed to have enough momentum to portend promise of affordable housing problem solving, but as the new year begins, developers, lenders and brokers told the Business Journal they’re treading lightly into future — with market rate developments. Read More

Today’s schooling techniques ‘frozen in time’

January 13, 2017
I recently had a chance to visit the Grand Rapids Public Museum School. Read More

Letter: City headed in right direction

January 13, 2017
I was the chief of police in Grand Rapids for 16 years — 1981 to 1998. Read More

Keep that resolution; create your best year ever

January 13, 2017
More than 200 million Americans made New Year’s resolutions this month and, yet, only 8 percent will keep them. Read More

Turn your ideas into action to have a great year

January 13, 2017
Everyone wants to have a great year, and many start with a flurry. Read More

Change Ups: Sytsema acquires funeral homes in Spring Lake, Grand Haven

January 13, 2017
Sytsema Funeral & Cremation Services acquired the VanZantwick, Bartels and Kammeraad Funeral Homes in Spring Lake and Grand Haven, following the decision of VBK Funeral Homes owners, Dale VanZantwick, Si Workman and Dean Meyering, to retire. Read More

Following flat finish, expect modest growth for first quarter

January 13, 2017
December often is a slow month for many industrial firms, and December 2016 was no exception. Read More

Public Record

January 13, 2017
Jan. 13 — Mortgages Read More

Street Talk: Politics don’t matter

Culture club.

January 13, 2017
After Donald Trump assumes the office of the presidency Jan. 20, the course for the United States over the next four years will begin to take shape. Read More