Grand Rapids Business Journal

GRBJ 4-14-14

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April 14, 2014

Volume: 31
Edition: 15
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 14, 2014

Could Russia impact West Michigan?

So far, sanctions are against individuals and one financial institution.

April 11, 2014
In short, yes: West Michigan could feel the impact of U.S. sanctions against Russia, particularly if sanctions targeting specific industries are imposed. Read More

Rich DeVos pens autobiography

Many of the lessons the Amway co-founder has learned over the years still apply today.

April 11, 2014
Though he’s written four books previously, “Simply Rich” is Richard DeVos’ most personal so far. Read More

Worldplay Sport: inspiring kids one donation at a time

The buy-one, donate-one model for equipment is gaining steam.

April 11, 2014
A lakeshore-based company is promoting athletics and charitable giving through its business model. Read More

Inside Track: GR Young Architect of the Year receives national award, too

Matt Slagle of TowerPinkster has some big projects under his belt, including several area high school renovations.

April 11, 2014
In June, design architect Matt Slagle will be presented with the 2014 American Institute of Architects Young Architects Award at the national organization’s annual conference in Chicago. Read More

Figuring the MPG of a house

The Alliance for Environmental Sustainability in GR verifies LEED certification for homes in all price ranges.

April 11, 2014
The Alliance for Environmental Sustainability talks a lot about MPG — but it’s not referring to cars. Read More

Snow and field runoff could close beaches

Heavy precipitation can contribute to formation of water-borne bacteria.

(As seen on WZZM TV 13) LANSING — Even after all the snow Michigan received this winter is gone and melted, it could still find a way to adversely impact summer vacations. Read More

Distillery sets sights on west side

Long Road Distillers is expected to open to the public in the fall.

April 11, 2014
The city’s west side is about to get a craft distillery. Read More

Farmland preservation to continue in 2014

April 11, 2014
Applications will continue to be accepted for farmland preservation by Kent County this year under the county’s Purchase of Development Rights program, but without any county funding appropriated for the program. Read More

Father, son team up for X Ventures

Bill Bowling joins real estate firm’s consulting division.

April 11, 2014
Chip Bowling, the president of X Ventures, has acquired a valuable new asset for his young, Grand Rapids-based real estate firm: his dad. Read More

Elzinga & Volkers celebrates its safety streak

Construction firm has more than 2,500 days without an incident.

April 11, 2014
Twenty-five hundred days and counting — that’s how long it’s been since Elzinga & Volkers had a day of lost time due to an injury. Read More

Live Eventfully showcases unique highlights of GR

New business hopes to expand events and tours by second year.

April 11, 2014
A Grand Rapids startup is giving the grand tour of the city for visitors and residents alike. Read More

Social media finds its way into court

April 11, 2014
While character evidence is generally not permitted in the courtroom, there are a few exceptions. Read More

Expanding research hub will drive region’s economy

April 11, 2014
In 2010, Michigan State University, in a landmark decision, greatly raised the profile of the Medical Mile and Michigan’s Life Sciences Corridor with its opening of the College of Human Medicine’s Secchia Center across from Van Andel Institute. Read More

Michigan: a laggard, not a leader

April 11, 2014
Listening to the press, elected officials in Lansing and Michigan business leaders, one gets the sense that Michigan has one of — if not the — best state economies. Read More

Where have all the leaders gone? Look in the mirror

April 11, 2014
Our world needs strong, unwavering leadership more than ever. Read More

The customer is stalling — what do I say now?

April 11, 2014
Recently, I received this question from a reader: Jeffrey, When a client says he or she is “still reviewing their options,” I know you say that’s the result of their inability to see the value in my product or service. But how should I respond to this objection without pushing the customer away? Thanks, Gladys Read More

Pure Michigan Business Connect counts $1.6B in gains for state

Consumers Energy is working with 65 West Michigan suppliers.

April 11, 2014
Consumers Energy says that, over the last two years, it has increased its spending with contractors located in Kent, Muskegon and Ottawa counties by $125 million, thanks to the Pure Michigan Business Connect program. Read More

Michigan triples wind power capacity

The head of the American Wind Energy Association will speak at Aquinas.

April 11, 2014
Michigan is “a wonderful case study” of many of the challenges and opportunities facing wind-generated electricity throughout the U.S., according to Tom Kiernan. Read More

From waste to watts

Consumers Energy seeks to buy more green electricity from organic waste material.

April 11, 2014
CMS Energy Corp. in Jackson has announced its intention to buy back more electricity generated by anaerobic digestion of farm animal manure, sewage and other types of organic waste material. Read More

Change Ups: Bowling to lead firm’s consulting division

April 11, 2014
Bill Bowling has joined the one-year-old commercial real estate firm X Ventures after serving in a consulting role in 2013. Read More

Index for long-term outlook is reason for optimism

April 11, 2014
Growth accelerates. That’s the latest word on the West Michigan economy, according to data collected during the last two weeks of March. Read More

Public Record

April 11, 2014
April 11 — Mortgages Read More

Street Talk: And now, about your income tax …

Parental guidance.

April 11, 2014
What? How much are we Michiganders paying in income tax? Read More