Grand Rapids Business Journal

GRBJ 7-17-17

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July 17, 2017

Volume: 35
Edition: 29
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.

July 17, 2017

Startup weaves in 400-year-old tech

3-D knitting lab develops prototypes for clients across industries using CNC machines that create products in one phase.

July 14, 2017
A startup on South Division Avenue is harnessing a technology invented in 1589 for sustainable applications in advanced manufacturing. Read More

Metal fabricator puts stock in employees

Rapid-Line marks one year of being employee owned, poises for growth under employee stock ownership.

July 14, 2017
Before Mark Lindquist retired as CEO of Rapid-Line in 2016, he invested some shares of his company’s stock in his employees with the vision of later turning over the company to them. Read More

Worksighted puts focus on future human skills

Technology company grows 20 percent in first half of 2017, adds new office on east side of Michigan.

July 14, 2017
Mike Harris and the rest of the leadership team at Holland-based Worksighted are positioning for the next wave of talent evolution. Read More

Health system Strives for personalized patient care

Spectrum Health offers tailored solutions, inviting environment through new facility.

July 14, 2017
The way people receive their health care is changing steadily. Through a new downtown facility, Spectrum Health is looking to stay ahead of the curve. Read More

Vander Mill Cider returns to its roots

Company uses six-month closure to establish new business plan for original Spring Lake location.

July 14, 2017
Vander Mill Cider has scaled back to its roots at the company’s original Spring Lake location. The location closed shortly following Thanksgiving and didn’t reopen until June 8, after calls from regulars became more vocal about their desire to visit Vander Mill Spring Lake, 14921 Cleveland St. Read More

Inside Track: Building a brotherhood

GRCC professor, counselor, author founded fraternity for empowering black males to succeed.

July 14, 2017
Andre Fields knows firsthand the painful combination of poverty, fatherlessness and systemic racism that haunts many of his black male students. Read More

Industrial real estate demand high

Despite appeal, rising construction costs make new builds without a secured tenant too risky.

July 14, 2017
Industrial real estate demand in West Michigan shows no signs of slowing down, but construction costs still constrain development. Read More

No product? No problem for firm looking to expand globally

Mackinac Technology’s energy-efficient window insulation system is drawing interest from as far away as China.

July 14, 2017
Before officially launching a product, Mackinac Technology Co. has garnered demand from across the globe and already is setting up a Chinese office. Read More

Law aims to heighten cybersecurity

Proposed Cyber Training Act would certify SBDC employees nationwide to help small businesses fight online threats.

July 14, 2017
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) A proposed law would make cyber strategy certification the norm among a percentage of Small Business Development Center employees. Read More

MSHDA survey reveals first-time homebuyer fears

Report shows prospective buyers worry about down payment readiness, loan eligibility, long-term affordability.

July 14, 2017
Many who watched loved ones lose homes during the Great Recession thought they would never risk buying their own house. Read More

Small business resources against cyberhacks readily available in GR

July 14, 2017
The Business Journal has reported several stories the past two weeks focused on IT issues, but there is perhaps no issue more important to small businesses and startups than cybersecurity. Read More

USDOL data shows four-year degrees are where the money is

July 14, 2017
We hear a lot about the abundance of good-paying jobs that don’t require a four-year degree. Read More

Practice self-improvement; update foundational beliefs

July 14, 2017
The beliefs and attitudes that are the foundation of how you approach business come from many sources. Read More

Change Ups: Blandford Nature Center founder receives inaugural award

July 14, 2017
Blandford Nature Center founder and former director Mary Jane Dockeray is the inaugural recipient of the Association of Nature Center Administrators’ ANCA President’s Award for foundational leadership in the Nature and Environmental Learning Center Profession. Read More

‘Orderly’ automotive sales decline keeps economy rolling

July 14, 2017
Yes, the West Michigan industrial economy remains on track. Read More

Public Record

July 14, 2017
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Street Talk: City cuts parking payments

Screen time.

July 14, 2017
Metered parking spots may be tougher to find these days, but at least they're getting a little cheaper. Read More