Grand Rapids Business Journal

GRBJ 7-28-14

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July 28, 2014

Volume: 31
Edition: 30
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 28, 2014

PPT won't disappear with a 'yes' vote Aug. 5

Some businesses will be free of the personal property tax but not others.

July 25, 2014
One fact about Michigan’s personal property tax on business equipment is apparently overlooked in the blizzard of support for Proposal 1 on the Aug. 5 ballot. Read More

Conventions are putting heads in beds in Grand Rapids

Meetings, sporting events and all kinds of travel are leading to record hotel revenues.

July 25, 2014
The convention and tourism climate in Grand Rapids is still on the upswing, with 2014 on target to be the fourth consecutive year of record room revenue, according to Janet Korn, Experience Grand Rapids senior vice president. Read More

DeVos Hall to receive upgrades to attract big Broadway shows

$300K in improvements will allow venue to host bigger shows for longer periods.

July 25, 2014
Downtown Grand Rapids is set to become a bigger magnet to tourism. Read More

Grand Haven launches business assistance program

MSDDA has mentors willing to work with new and established businesses.

July 25, 2014
Skilled professionals are volunteering their time to help business owners develop and grow their operations in downtown Grand Haven. Read More

Downtown Battle Creek shows support for future retailers

New program will subsidize rent while businesses get up and running.

July 25, 2014
Retail entrepreneurs and business owners looking to set up shop in downtown Battle Creek may be eligible for financial support with a new acceleration program. Read More

Inside Track: Walker chief marks 40 years in law enforcement this year

For Catherine Garcia-Lindstrom, becoming a police officer in the 1970s meant overcoming a series of obstacles.

July 25, 2014
Catherine Garcia-Lindstrom stands as a much-needed example of how law enforcement can be an accepting and viable career path for women and members of minority communities. Read More

Grand Rapids not rolling out the red carpet for Airbnb

Short-term rentals bump up against established hospitality industry.

July 25, 2014
While Airbnb may be enjoying a slightly better reception from the city of Grand Rapids than when it was first discussed, the $10 billion sharing economy business is still getting a bit of a cold shoulder. Read More

Zeeland responds to Consumers' appeal

July 25, 2014
The largest tax assessment battle Zeeland has ever faced — and the largest brought this year before the Michigan Tax Tribunal by Consumers Energy — moved forward in July with the city filing its response. Read More

Form 5500 is late? That's $1,100 per day

Employers face Thursday deadline for employee benefits plans.

July 25, 2014
The annual deadline to file a report with the Department of Labor concerning retirement, health and welfare plans is quickly approaching for employers operating on the calendar year. Read More

Mercy Health Saint Mary's has two new weapons against HAIs

July 25, 2014
Patients can thank two behind-the-scenes, germ-fighting robots for added protection against hospital-acquired infections at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s Hospital. Read More

Secchia cites, affirms young business community participants

July 25, 2014
On the eve of the Aug. 5 primary elections, Grand Rapids Business Journal is earnestly urging participation in voter turnout for the many candidates and issues to be determined by an involved electorate next week, not the least of which is the Michigan property tax proposal. Read More

Michigan's minimum wage and income inequality

July 25, 2014
No matter how you spin, slice, or season the data, it comes out looking the same: Income disparity has grown since the mid-1970s. Read More

A strong set of values will drive the best decisions

July 25, 2014
Most successful individuals establish basic tenants for their lives, rules they use to hold themselves accountable for their own actions. Read More

The ultimate response to 'I want to think about it'

July 25, 2014
When a customer says, “I want to think about it,” or “I need some time to think it over,” it's one of the most frustrating expressions a salesperson can hear. Read More

Muskegon's leisure and hospitality sector drives economic activity

Breweries, restaurants and shopping are reviving the tourism trade.

July 25, 2014
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) Downtown Muskegon, once known as an industrial town, has shed its former image to become a vibrant destination. Read More

Change Ups: Attorney to be installed as fellow

July 25, 2014
David R. Fernstrum, an associate of law firm Mika, Meyers, Beckett & Jones PLC, has been elected a fellow by the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers for sustained, outstanding performance in the profession, exemplifying integrity, dedication and excellence. Read More

The key to being successful is adapting and evolving

July 25, 2014
“Your skills suck.” That’s not something you would actually expect to say during an interview. Read More

Public Record

July 25, 2014
July 26 — Mortgages Read More

Street Talk: What do you want to B? Good examples abound

Silver lining.

July 25, 2014
Imagine working for a business that wants to improve your quality of life and increase the power of your impact outside the workplace — and where you are rewarded for reducing your travel impact, volunteering in your local community, eating local food, or reducing your waste. Read More