Grand Rapids Business Journal

GRBJ 6-27-16

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June 27, 2016

Volume: 34
Edition: 26
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.

June 27, 2016

Where do you draw the line?

Definition of downtown Grand Rapids’ boundaries depends on whom you ask.

June 27, 2016
(See map below and as seen on WZZM TV 13) Downtown Grand Rapids has official boundaries defined by various government entities, but perceptions continue to change as the city evolves. Read More

Dementia training packs emotional punch

Low-budget program at Holland Home scales up with $300K grant.

June 24, 2016
As the number of elderly patients with dementia increased in recent years, Lynn Bolt saw a need to address their care. Read More

Entrepreneurs’ phone repair business expansion rings true

Owners of Genius now have retail and distribution locations across the country.

June 24, 2016
As Jordan Notenbaum and Garry VonMyhr were getting Genius Phone Repair off the ground, there would sometimes be four customers in Notenbaum’s living room watching a Detroit Tigers game as they waited for their phones to be fixed. Read More

Young sommelier blazes trails

Culinary Institute of Michigan grad hopes to be a role model.

June 24, 2016
There was something special about a Châteauneuf-du-Pape that made an 18-year-old George Walker fall in love with wine. Read More

Inside Track: Windsurfer changes tack to get on board with building

Years of on-the-job training chart a course for Veneklasen to follow in his father’s wake

June 24, 2016
If not for a $100 check from his grandmother, Chris Veneklasen could still be on Nantucket Island teaching windsurfing. Read More

But where can I put my picture of Fido?

Furniture makers design to balance nomadic workers, need for connection.

June 24, 2016
Choice has become a buzzword in the office furniture industry. Read More

VR takes space planning to the next level

Prospective buyers will be able to ‘tour’ locations with furniture already in place.

June 24, 2016
Thanks to quickly evolving virtual reality technology, or VR, furniture manufacturers now can let clients move through a future office space outfitted in their products. Read More

IT hiring slips even as tech spreads

For first time since 2011, fewer than half of West Michigan companies surveyed are expanding.

June 24, 2016
The West Michigan tech industry isn’t hiring as fast as it once was, according to Paragon Recruiting. Read More

Building industry braces for changes

Overtime rule will create cultural shift and price hikes for most companies, ABC exec says.

June 24, 2016
When the new U.S. Department of Labor overtime rule goes into effect on Dec. 1, construction prices could start to rise. Read More

Ethnic diversity nonprofit celebrates 20 years

Progress has been made, but director says much more can be done.

June 24, 2016
For 20 years, Gail Harrison has been fighting for ethnic diversity along the West Michigan lakeshore. Read More

Herman Miller takes a bite from Apple’s playbook

NYC retail store part of strategy to draw companies by wowing individuals.

June 24, 2016
This fall, Herman Miller Inc. of Zeeland will complete its move into its new New York City flagship location at 251 Park Avenue South in Gramercy by opening its first permanent North American retail store aimed at individual consumers. Read More

Discussion of diversity in business is only the first step

June 24, 2016
If “a little black child from Muskegon Heights or Grand Rapids can look at me and see an opportunity to do something they didn’t know was possible, that is something for which I am eternally grateful,” said 22-year-old George Walker in an interview with the Business Journal published this week. Read More

Sky’s the limit for aviation grads, new airport board

June 24, 2016
As the 2016 graduation season comes to a close, most of us will have celebrated this important transitional moment with at least one friend or family member. Read More

Letter: Parks deserve a ‘yes’ vote

June 24, 2016
Editor: Ottawa County voters soon will receive their absentee ballots for the Aug. 2 election. Read More

Some giving strategies can be a tax gift to yourself

June 24, 2016
I have had the privilege and honor of serving on nonprofit boards and working with clients that supported many tax-exempt and charitable organizations. Read More

LinkedIn is as great – or as pathetic – as you make it

June 24, 2016
I have more than 26,000 LinkedIn connections and almost 30,000 followers. How many do you have? Read More

Change Ups: Carey earns Fegel Award

June 24, 2016
Hospice of Michigan volunteer Lois Carey is this year’s recipient of the Maggie Fegel Award from the Kent County Council On Aging, for her more than 15 years of service. Read More

Price upswing continues for third straight month

June 24, 2016
Construction input prices expanded by 0.7 percent in May and have now expanded for three consecutive months, according to an analysis of the recently released Bureau of Labor Statistics Producer Price Index. Read More

Public Record

June 24, 2016
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Street Talk: Talking tech

Soccer friendly.

June 24, 2016
What to make of Grand Rapids’ infrastructure, technology and entrepreneurship? Read More