Grand Rapids Business Journal

GRBJ 8-31-15

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August 31, 2015

Volume: 29
Edition: 38
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.

August 31, 2015

Golf courses drive partnership model

Thousand Oaks and Watermark see their alliance as the wave of the future.

August 28, 2015
The merger of Watermark Properties and Thousand Oaks Golf Club was made possible because each was coming from a position of strength, according to sources on both sides. Read More

Investors advised to sit tight

Professionals say the U.S. economy is OK, despite stock market turbulence.

August 28, 2015
A major bank’s economist, a wealth management professional and a local long-term observer of the stock market all advise investors not to panic and join the sell-off. Read More

New skin care product launched in Kentwood

Keeki Pure & Simple’s KPS Essentials will double employment at the small company.

August 28, 2015
It’s not rocket science, but the formula of Renu Face Cream does hint at the high-tech background of the man involved with its development. Read More

Cornerstone University marks its 75th anniversary

Yearlong celebration will focus on artistic, musical and social activities.

August 28, 2015
Cornerstone University is toasting to its ongoing success by recognizing its legacy. Read More

Inside Track: Cohen helps organizations in their time of need

Consultant strives to bring the best of herself to someone else’s battle.

August 28, 2015
Sometimes, Shannon Cohen thinks “The A-Team” theme song should play when she’s done with a job. Read More

Bar puts emphasis on marijuana

Michigan has the potential to lead the country in marijuana-related law.

August 28, 2015
A group of more than 50 attorneys with a stake in marijuana-related law will meet for the first time in October as a formal section of the State Bar of Michigan. Read More

Partnership gives green light to marketing select properties

Regional group touts key industrial locations, including Wyoming’s former GM site.

August 28, 2015
Kent County commissioners got an update from The Right Place Inc. on the just-launched Greenlightwm.com to market some vacant high-profile municipal and county-owned properties in Kent and Muskegon counties for business development. Read More

Training fund bumps up pool to $20 million

West Michigan Works! helps employers with competitive grants.

August 28, 2015
The state program designed to support employer-responsive training increases to $20 million as it launches a third round of funding this fall. Read More

Treatment plant hopes to attract potential development

August 28, 2015
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) A new marketing campaign is looking to increase engagement and new business development opportunities at a West Michigan-based wastewater management system. Read More

Regard employment rates with caution

August 28, 2015
Month-end employment rates are likely to give politicians an excuse to imagine there is some credit due them rather than the Michigan employers creating jobs. Read More

Letter: Editorial based on assumptions does not serve public interest

August 28, 2015
Editor: On Aug. 24, the Grand Rapids Business Journal issued an inaccurate, misleading editorial (“Kent County administrator’s request for tax increase should be scrubbed”) regarding the Kent County 2016 budget process and talk of a tax increase. I want to set the record straight. Read More

Successful transition planning: the future of a family business

August 28, 2015
According to the Family Firm Institute, only 30 percent of family businesses survive into the second generation, and by the third generation, only 12 percent remain viable. Read More

Uncovering your own secret of selling — why you buy!

August 28, 2015
Think about the last few things you purchased. They hold the secrets to increasing your sales. Read More

Job prospects looking better for new law students

Decreasing enrollment over last five years has created more openings.

August 28, 2015
Students entering law school this fall might have the best job prospects seen in the profession in a number of years. Read More

Key issues for tenants when reviewing a commercial lease

August 28, 2015
Many commercial tenants think of a landlord lease as a standard "form" and focus only on the business terms contained in the lease, such as the rent, square footage, term, renewals and improvement allowance. Read More

Like hops or barley, profit must be ingredient for brewery success

August 28, 2015
Michigan’s booming craft brew industry doesn’t have a problem growing, but it may have a challenge growing profitably. Read More

Retail sales forecasts cool slightly after hot July

August 28, 2015
Michigan retailers’ sales forecasts through October slipped slightly after solid sales in July, according to the latest Michigan Retail Index, a joint project of Michigan Retailers Association and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Read More

Public Record

August 28, 2015
August 28 — Mortgages Read More

Change Ups: Grove declared culinary destination

August 28, 2015
Full Service Restaurants Magazine has recognized Essence Restaurant Group’s Grove in East Hills as one of the Top 100 restaurants in cities on the rise as culinary destinations. Read More

Street Talk: It’s all about the money

Gone fishin’.

August 28, 2015
With all the “top” lists on which Grand Rapids has appeared — and they are legion — it’s a couple of the “bottom” lists that are most troubling. Read More