Grand Rapids Business Journal

GRBJ 11-30-15

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November 30, 2015

Volume: 29
Edition: 51
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.

November 30, 2015

Meritage is ready for another helping

November 27, 2015
Within about a mile of the Medical Mile, Meritage Hospitality Group has three restaurants under construction. Read More

New distillery for downtown Muskegon

Brower has deep family roots in the liquor business.

November 27, 2015
Michael Brower’s great-great-grandfather opened a saloon in Ely, Minnesota, in the early 1900s, before being thrown from a beer delivery wagon and dying in 1913. Read More

Fellowship connects GROW, Costa Rica

Visitor hones her empowerment program for women in Grand Rapids.

November 27, 2015
If there’s one person who’s especially thankful Michigan’s weather stayed warm so late in the fall, it’s Selenia Rodríguez Vargas. Read More

Inside Track: Barcheski understands importance of making, keeping connections

The new Senior Helpers GM can draw from experience in interior design, media sales, radio — and chocolate fountains.

November 27, 2015
Shannon Barcheski has a career that proves true the statement that it’s not always what you know. Sometimes it’s who you know. Read More

The FDA’s stick gets bigger

One of the significant changes requires foreign farms to be compliant with U.S. safety standards.

November 27, 2015
The United States Food and Drug Administration is getting a bigger stick to wave to help prevent food-borne illnesses. Read More

Grooters secures first tenant for airport development

Office furniture systems and parts manufacturer takes 80,000 SF.

November 27, 2015
With limited industrial space in Grand Rapids, Robert Grooters Development Co. has broken ground and secured a first tenant for its newest project. Read More

Health system offers virtual appointments

Spectrum’s on-demand care will link patients with doctors via email and video.

November 27, 2015
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) When you’re sick, the last thing you feel like doing is to go see your doctor, but, until recently, if you called your doctor’s office looking for an over-the-phone diagnosis or prescription, you were met with, “You’ll have to make an appointment to see the doctor.” Read More

Pigeon Hill expansion nearing completion

November 27, 2015
Muskegon’s Pigeon Hill Brewing Co. is nearing completion at its production facility. Read More

New report touts region’s generosity

November 27, 2015
A new study indicates Kent County is one of the most generous counties in the state. Read More

Land bank cleanup will resurrect industrial site

The 6,000-square-foot facility contained 100 55-gallon drums of chemicals.

November 27, 2015
The Kent County Land Bank Authority and the city of Grand Rapids will embark on a $100,000 cleanup project Dec. 1. Read More

Apprenticeship program aims to create health care careers

First class of medical assistants will begin at GRCC in January.

November 27, 2015
A new apprenticeship program that will be offered by a trio of community colleges in West Michigan beginning in January is aimed at creating careers in the health care field. Read More

Practice will conduct oncology trials

Phase 1 trials will work with cancer patients who are not responding to treatment.

November 27, 2015
Future cancer treatment drugs may have roots in Grand Rapids. Read More

Road funding: Just fix the damn roads

November 27, 2015
In May, Michigan voters sent a clear message to Lansing: find a better way to “fix the damn roads”! Read More

Giving Tuesday: for whatever reason, say yes

November 27, 2015
You know the sequence: Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday and then Giving Tuesday. Read More

Getting health care costs under control: First, admit we have a problem

November 27, 2015
It’s that time of year again when people go through open enrollment and supposedly make the wise benefit choices on health care that will protect them and their family for the coming year. Read More

A different kind of being thankful: thanking yourself

November 27, 2015
As the commercialism of Thanksgiving fades into the commercialism of Christmas (or whatever one is allowed to call it these days), several thoughts have occurred to me that will impact you as a person, a salesperson and your business. Read More

Copyright infringement cases take a personal turn

Ohio company uses U-M football fan’s likeness for T-shirts.

November 27, 2015
Chris Baldwin, the University of Michigan sophomore whose utter shock and bewilderment was broadcast across the country repeatedly following Michigan State University’s defeat of U-M in the last 10 seconds of a football game last month, is now playing a starring role on a T-shirt produced by an Ohio company. Read More

Medical marijuana law may receive upgrades

Attorney says bills may ‘shore up’ some issues occurring at the federal level.

November 27, 2015
A series of three bills that passed through the Michigan House and are now expected to be taken up by the Senate would enhance the state’s medical marijuana law, possibly paving the way for lucrative business ventures. Read More

Special lane designations would increase mass transit efficiency

Bill seeks approval to construct BRT lanes on Michigan highways.

LANSING — A new bill to allow local transit agencies to construct Bus Rapid Transit lanes on state highways would make mass transit more efficient, advocates say. Read More

Change Ups: Professor receives HVACR honor

November 27, 2015
Mike Feutz, Ferris State University associate professor of HVACR, was honored by the Mechanical Service Contractors of America with the D.S. O’Brien Award of Excellence. Read More

Specialty trade contractors lead employment surge

November 27, 2015
The U.S. construction industry added more jobs in October than during the previous four months combined, according to an analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics. Read More

Public Record

November 27, 2015
November 28 - Mortgages Read More

Street Talk: Reaching critical mass

Heart-stopping shopping.

November 27, 2015
Downtown parking is certainly on the minds of many people in Grand Rapids, and everyone wants to talk about it. Read More