Grand Rapids Business Journal

GRBJ 5-26-15

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May 26, 2015

Volume: 21
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.

May 26, 2015

Pitching to the gaming industry

A GR company is among hundreds introduced to Detroit casinos by Pure Michigan.

May 22, 2015
It’s a good bet there are a lot of new business opportunities for Michigan companies interested in supplying the state’s casino industry. Read More

Changes in health care influence furniture design

Rooms are becoming more adaptable so patients and family feel at home.

May 22, 2015
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) One of the biggest changes you might have noticed recently when visiting your doctor’s office is that the furniture looks much more like what you’d find in a hotel room than in a hospital. Read More

EPIC finalists earn distinction, honors

When representatives from 20 businesses gather to celebrate West Michigan’s entrepreneurial, progressive, innovative and collaborative efforts, the results should be EPIC. Read More

Genzink gears up for nondestructive testing division

Company hopes that 50 percent of NDT crew’s work will be external.

May 22, 2015
Recently, John Maxson had contractors in his Genzink Steel office nearly every day. Read More

Inside Track: Making waves on the lakeshore

Bringing more market-rate housing and mixed-use buildings to downtown Muskegon are two of Jonathan Seyferth’s challenges.

May 22, 2015
Jonathan Seyferth may not have planned on finding his footing in economic development, but his leadership position at Downtown Muskegon Now has helped the business community begin to rise. Read More

Pain points, pipes and the cloud

IT professionals comment on what’s hot today.

May 22, 2015
When a business owner or CEO hears the IT people talking about pain points, pipes and the cloud, this may be the gist of their conversation: “We could fix these pain points with a bigger pipe, and we could afford a bigger pipe if we spent money on the cloud rather than investing capital on hardware in our backroom.” Read More

GE Aviation supports Ex-Im Bank

The federal agency will expire July 1 if Congress does not renew it.

May 22, 2015
A West Michigan GE Aviation executive has expressed grave concern about the potential demise of the federal government’s Export-Import Bank, created as part of Roosevelt’s New Deal to help American businesses sell their goods and services abroad. Read More

Muskegon launches image and marketing campaign

Nearly 15 organizations are participating in the $500K, three-year endeavor.

May 22, 2015
Nearly 15 organizations and municipalities throughout the Muskegon area have launched an image and marketing campaign to inform residents and visitors about what the area has to offer. Read More

In the dark with MET towers

A state commission wants Michigan law changed regarding wind test towers.

May 22, 2015
The Michigan Aeronautics Commission is pushing for legislation to amend the 1959 Tall Structure Act to enable state officials to know just where existing meteorological evaluation towers are in Michigan, and require them to be more visible to aircraft. Read More

Report says education lagging in Michigan

May 22, 2015
A nonprofit organization is taking the state to school with its campaign for new strategies and policies to improve Michigan’s public education system performance. Read More

New rule changes how financial statements look

Some governmental entities will appear to be in the red.

May 22, 2015
A new accounting rule issued by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board that takes effect this June, known as GASB 68, will have an impact on local governments’ financial statements — and could make some of them appear in bad financial shape, when the opposite is true. Read More

Make education priority in state’s turnaround

May 22, 2015
The Business Journal is reporting on a study just released by Education Trust-Midwest, a non-partisan education policy organization, showing that, by almost any statistical average, Michigan students are performing among the bottom 10 states in the country. Read More

Restore Congressional control over direct spending

May 22, 2015
The Founding Fathers’ father, Benjamin Franklin, was a master compromiser. Read More

The Ten Commandments: a good guide to business

May 22, 2015
It would be hard to deny that Judeo-Christian teachings are the basic foundation of the culture of this country. Read More

GR and Kent County in new statewide collaboration

Their new financial management software will come from “the cloud.”

May 22, 2015
The city of Grand Rapids and Kent County government are the first local governments in Michigan to contract for new financial management software available on “the cloud” to members of the non-profit Michigan Municipal Services Authority. Read More

Change Ups: MTM taps VanKampen as executive director

May 22, 2015
Mel Trotter Ministries’ board of directors has appointed Dennis VanKampen as its new executive director and CEO. Read More

Monthly construction materials prices remain tame

May 22, 2015
Prices for inputs to construction industries fell by 0.1 percent in April, ending a two-month streak during which material prices expanded by greater than 0.4 percent. Read More

Public Record

May 22, 2015
May 22 — Mortgages Read More

Street Talk: The American way

Movie madness.

May 22, 2015
Amway Corp. sells more than just products. Read More