Grand Rapids Business Journal

GRBJ 3-30-15

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March 30, 2015

Volume: 13
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.

March 30, 2015

Tourism ROI continues at record pace

Visitors contributed $22.8 billion to state’s economy last year.

March 27, 2015
Visitor spending reached record levels in 2014, with visitors spending $22.8 billion in Michigan, much of that due to the Pure Michigan campaign. Read More

Inside Track: An advocate for change

Marywood Health Center’s Lisa McMichael sees many changes ahead in the realm of rehabilitation therapy.

March 27, 2015
Lisa McMichael has seen a lot of changes in the field of occupational therapy since she started her career two decades ago, and she expects to see more thanks to the baby boomer generation. Read More

New firm reflects a farm heritage

David Rasch first learned about investing from his father, an apple grower on the Fruit Ridge.

March 27, 2015
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) David Rasch, founder and president of a small new firm called Harvest Wealth Advisors, figures he was about 6 years old when he first saw his father studying the stock market at the family dining table and talking to his mother about their investments. Read More

Technology erases some mobility barriers

Sable Homes’ process benefits those with physical impairments.

March 27, 2015
The secret to creating hundreds of easily accessible homes for those with mobility impairments was right under John Bitely’s nose all along. Read More

Bullish on the macro global outlook

An investment professional from Dubai speaks to the CFA Society West Michigan.

March 27, 2015
Are investors too blinded by the crash in oil prices to notice green shoots of economic improvement around the world? Read More

Teaching small biz owners how to get loans

The SBA is funding Getting to Yes! training at GVSU.

March 27, 2015
The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Michigan District Office, in conjunction with the Michigan Small Business Development Center at Grand Valley State University, is bringing “Getting to Yes!” training to West Michigan. Read More

Health care fraud proves troublesome locally

Effective enforcement recovers $3.3B in fraud nationwide.

March 27, 2015
National, regional and local efforts to combat fraudulent activity in the health industry have returned more than $27.8 billion in taxpayers’ dollars to the system since 1997. Read More

Ottawa tops state’s health rankings

It’s the second consecutive year at the head of the list for lakeshore region.

March 27, 2015
For the second consecutive year, Ottawa County was ranked the healthiest community in the state of Michigan according to the sixth annual county-by-county assessment program. Read More

Fair Credit Reporting Act litigation on the rise

March 27, 2015
Although nothing has changed recently regarding the Fair Credit Reporting Act, litigation against companies that have failed to fully comply with its requirements is increasing. Read More

Both public and private river development use served by city action

March 27, 2015
Grand Rapids city commissioners approved what amounts to a giant step toward Grand River development for recreational use, even as some business owners in the development community and its supporting occupations regard the action as a public entity intrusion for prime property enhancements, providing an equally enhanced tax base. Read More

Facebook feature lets you name an ‘heir’ on account

March 27, 2015
As our lives become increasingly digital, more and more of our assets are based in technology and created online. Read More

Knowledge is required for, but not a guarantee of, success

March 27, 2015
We are told from an early age that knowledge is the key to success: If we learn, we will achieve. If we set our sights high when establishing our goals and objectives and work hard to equip ourselves with the knowledge to accomplish our goals, great things will happen. Read More

What are you learning new every day? Something or nothing?

March 27, 2015
When I was 20, I knew everything. Read More

Change Ups: Copan joins Eerdmans as senior acquisitions editor

March 27, 2015
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. has hired Lil Copan as senior acquisitions editor — general trade. Read More

Construction has varying impact on state economies

March 27, 2015
State economies are affected differently depending on the level of construction activity relative to their overall economic activity. Read More

Public Record

March 27, 2015
Mortgages - Mortgages Read More

Street Talk: And not a penny from the millage

Still sharp.

March 27, 2015
Kent County commissioners were at the dedication last week of the new Kent County Veterans Services office, formerly called the Kent County Department of Veterans Affairs. Read More