Grand Rapids Business Journal

GRBJ 2-21-17

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February 21, 2017

Volume: 35
Edition: 8
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.

February 21, 2017

Downtown Market says it’s on ‘solid footing’

Despite twice requesting extensions on $3-million loan from state, market’s CEO and president claims it is ‘financially sustainable.’

February 17, 2017
Despite having twice requested extensions on its $3-million loan with the state of Michigan, Mimi Fritz of the Grand Rapids Downtown Market said the Grand Action and Downtown Development Authority-backed venture is financially sustainable and doing well. Read More

Food distributor keeps rolling for 90 years

S. Abraham & Sons cites convenience store offerings, customer service, technology and family culture as reasons for its longevity.

February 17, 2017
S. Abraham & Sons weathered a depression and several recessions on the strength of a simple idea: Each generation has its own product demands, but people always need good service. Read More

Bazzani Group takes inclusive action

Builder partners with Skot and Barbara Welch to lead development of a more diverse community.

February 17, 2017
Bazzani Building Group is taking a deliberate — but natural — step toward inclusion in Grand Rapids. Read More

Inside Track: Changing the status quo

Grand Rapids native, Mini Mogul Group founder Kristian Grant showed entrepreneurial spirit as a child.

February 17, 2017
Growing up, even if she never actually said she wanted to be an entrepreneur, the signs were always there Kristian Grant had big ideas that needed to get out. Read More

What will you be making at age 34?

National report reveals students who went to four-year college are earning more at 34 than those who attended two-year college, for-profit college.

February 17, 2017
Lou Glazer said a common refrain he hears from employers, parents and politicians is high school graduates would make higher wages by pursuing two-year degrees or occupational certificates instead of a traditional four-year education. Read More

HopCat to refocus on Michigan

Company’s new CEO says team will continue to look at suburban Detroit, Traverse City as future locations.

February 17, 2017
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) A refocus on Michigan is among the priorities for HopCat moving forward in 2017, according to the company’s new CEO. Read More

Fast-growing investment firm looks to the future

FormulaFolio Investments lands on Inc. lists, doubles its downtown footprint — and now aims for certified B Corp. status

February 17, 2017
For Ryan Wenk, watching FormulaFolio Investment’s year-over-year growth has been like witnessing a car traveling at full speed. Read More

GR nonprofit adds psychoeducational assessment

Wedgwood Christian Services’ program helps children, teens struggling in school.

February 17, 2017
Children and teens facing challenges at school can turn to a new testing service for help understanding why and for recommendations to overcome their struggles. Read More

Educational achievement key in talent shortage problem

February 17, 2017
Grand Rapids employers universally are impacted by the talent shortage and identify the issue as the top concern in moving their businesses forward or expanding. Read More

It takes a village

February 17, 2017
Early in 2016, I had that sinking feeling you get as an entrepreneur when you realize you completely underestimated your growing organization’s needs. Read More

Letter: Thank you, GR reps, for supporting clean energy

February 17, 2017
In December, Gov. Rick Snyder signed bipartisan legislation that will increase Michigan’s use of clean, renewable energy and save Michigan families and businesses money on their electricity bills. Read More

Two tax areas to watch if considering transfer of business

February 17, 2017
Thinking about transferring your family business interests or other assets this year? Read More

Change Ups: Abed joins Grand Rapids Women’s Health

February 17, 2017
Dr. Husam Abed joined Grand Rapids Women’s Health practice. Read More

Expect modestly positive growth for West Michigan economy

February 17, 2017
The holidays are over, and we are now into the back-to-work mode of 2017. Read More

Public Record

February 17, 2017
Feb. 17 — Mortgages Read More

Street Talk: Parking suggestions welcome

The soft side.

February 17, 2017
With all the hubbub surrounding parking this past week, maybe it’s time for Grand Rapids to tear a page from Seattle’s book. Read More