Grand Rapids Business Journal

GRBJ 9-2-14

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September 2, 2014

Volume: 31
Edition: 35
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.

September 2, 2014

EPA is stirring up the waters

West Michigan farmers and home builders are alarmed by recent proposal.

August 29, 2014
This spring, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed a rule under the Clean Water Act that would redefine what can be regulated by the U.S. government as a “water of the United States.” Read More

State Bar honors attorney Carl Ver Beek with highest award

Varnum attorney’s lengthy career is marked by community and professional participation.

August 29, 2014
On Sept. 17, the State Bar of Michigan will honor Varnum attorney Carl Ver Beek with the Roberts P. Hudson Award at its annual meeting being held in Grand Rapids. Read More

Lumbermen's to distribute copper-enhanced surface

Copper's antimicrobial ability helps reduce health-care-acquired infections.

August 29, 2014
Recognizing an opportunity to offer a simple solution to help combat hospital-acquired infections, Grand Rapids-based Lumbermen’s Inc. is investing in a new product for the medical industry. Read More

Inside Track: Rahinsky is a Type A executive in uniform

The new Grand Rapids police chief says the job has many similarities to managing a business.

August 29, 2014
David Rahinsky is not one of those executives who doesn’t always answer his phone. Read More

IRS approves nonprofit status for Kent District Library

Surprisingly, not all public library systems in Michigan have 501(c)(3) status.

August 29, 2014
Linda Krombeen’s job just got busier — and in one respect, easier. She probably won’t have to hear "no" so often when she’s trying to get a grant or donation. Read More

Sun Title makes Inc. list of fastest-growing private companies

Locally owned firm has opened five new locations in the past year.

August 29, 2014
Sun Title, a Grand Rapids-based real estate transaction and title services company, has been included on Inc. Magazine’s Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in the United States. Read More

New minimum wage now in effect

What was $7.40 an hour is now $8.15 in Michigan.

August 29, 2014
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) As of Monday, the minimum wage rate in Michigan has gone up from $7.40 to $8.15 an hour. Read More

BCBSM, BCN, hospitals statewide produce $597M in savings

Collaborative programs thrive on sharing detailed clinical data on all cases.

August 29, 2014
By pooling resources and working collaboratively, Michigan Blues and hospitals throughout the state are participating in health quality initiatives that the company believes have brought millions of dollars in savings to the medical table in Michigan. Read More

Kellogg report reveals company-wide engagement drives diversity

Company is challenging itself to grow its ‘cultural intelligence.’

August 29, 2014
Kellogg Co., the Battle Creek cereal maker, has released its fifth annual diversity report, putting the spotlight on company-wide efforts to bring everyone to the table. Read More

State should take environmental clues from GR

August 29, 2014
Unaddressed environmental issues are heating up politics and firing up sustainability groups, especially in West Michigan. Read More

Cellphone use while driving: Should legislators decide?

August 29, 2014
According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, 14 states have enacted laws against hand-held use of cellphones by all drivers. Read More

Good leaders accomplish more with (rather than through) others

August 29, 2014
Great leaders develop practices and communicate expectations that allow them to manage fairly and consistently as they motivate people to contribute their proportionate share toward the success of the team or the stability of relationships. Read More

The 'why' of sales will lead you to be the wise salesperson

August 29, 2014
I sat in a Jim Rohn seminar one day in 1995 and heard him say, “Formal education will earn you a living. Self-education will earn you a fortune. Read More

Law firm adds practice group focused on managing data

A common problem for companies is maintaining far more data than necessary.

August 29, 2014
More than 190 billion emails are being sent globally each business day, which means companies are generating data at an ever-accelerating pace, according to Dawn Garcia Ward, attorney at Warner Norcross. Read More

Change Ups: Borroughs launches modular cabinet line

August 29, 2014
Kalamazoo-based Borroughs Corp.’s new line of modular drawer cabinets predominantly are for businesses where space is at a premium or the need to improve security or parts retrieval times is vital. Read More

Put a compensation policy in place to avoid headaches

August 29, 2014
When we do compensation consulting, we usually start with asking about the organization’s compensation philosophy. Read More

Public Record

August 29, 2014
August 30 — Mortgages Read More

Street Talk: Division drivers are in for an education, first

Scratch offs.

August 29, 2014
Wyoming Chief of Public Safety Jim Carmody shared some good news with the Business Journal last week, good for all motorists who commute in and out of GR via South Division Avenue — the Wyoming stretch of it anyway. Read More