Grand Rapids Business Journal

GRBJ 1-26-15

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January 26, 2015

Volume: 4
Edition: 53
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.

January 26, 2015

Founders adds to downtown’s skyline

Brewing company hopes to have seven-story addition done this summer.

January 23, 2015
Founders Brewing Co. is adding to the Grand Rapids skyline. Read More

A new business concept: Have a crepe at the cleaners

Sheldon Cleaners is opening a café/creperie in one of its Grand Rapids locations.

January 23, 2015
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) At first it was just going to be a little coffee shop in one of their dry-cleaning/laundry locations. Then the Cares brothers decided to have a little fun. Read More

Inside Track: Powered by challenges

Before joining Norris, Perné & French, Lon Swartzentruber helped a school system secure its financial future.

January 23, 2015
The new managing director — the first and only managing director — at Norris, Perné & French, the oldest privately owned investment management firm in Grand Rapids, is a guy with a track record of taking on difficult challenges. Read More

New Holland shifts strategy to market rollouts

Company’s HR plan taps into experienced personnel from other breweries.

January 23, 2015
Even with its new west-side Grand Rapids taproom and brewing facility a year away, New Holland Brewing Co. still had a big year in 2014. Read More

Brewer doubles on success

January 23, 2015
When new leadership took over Saugatuck Brewing Co. in 2009, the brewery was producing approximately 500 barrels of beer annually. Read More

Kent County veterans services moving in mid-March

The new location accommodates a larger staff and has easier access for disabled vets.

January 23, 2015
Kent County’s Department of Veterans Affairs, which has expanded since voter approval of a millage increase in November, will be moving in March from its current downtown location at 82 Ionia Ave. NW to Fuller Avenue at the Kent County government complex in northeast Grand Rapids. Read More

Business Journal publishes 'The Newsmakers of the Year'

January 23, 2015
The Business Journal’s Jan. 26 issue will feature a special insert — “The Newsmakers of the Year” — which can also be viewed online. Read More

River at center of GR Forward’s plans

Organization identifies six goals, including creation of a true ‘downtown neighborhood.’

January 23, 2015
Following extensive public outreach efforts to gather feedback from all sectors of the Grand Rapids community, GR Forward presented an initial draft vision and set of six goals recently during a standing-room-only public forum. Read More

Kent County works on details of airport authority

A draft of proposed legislation allowing the transfer will be reviewed this week.

January 23, 2015
The process of transferring the Kent County government’s direct control of the Gerald R. Ford International Airport to an airport authority is under way, with the county Board of Commissioners Legislative and Human Resources Committee considering a key step this week: the draft of proposed enabling legislation allowing it to happen. Read More

GRCC hosts annual Giants Awards at DeVos Place

Event honors African-American individuals and organizations for community involvement.

January 23, 2015
Next month an annual awards banquet will honor the influential work and initiatives of 13 African-American individuals and organizations. Read More

Holland approves $145M for energy

The $200M project will replace a coal-burning plant on the waterfront.

January 23, 2015
The Holland Board of Public Works and Holland City Council have approved an engineering, procurement and construction contract with Southfield, Mich.-based Barton Malow for the design and construction of the Holland Energy Park natural gas power plant. Read More

Printed prototyping steals spotlight at Startup Weekend

Winning team produces armband for snow enthusiasts to control their electronics.

January 23, 2015
Participants in the 2015 Startup Weekend turned their attention to 3D printed prototyping and industrial design this year as innovators, designers, programmers, students and entrepreneurs convened in Grand Rapids for the three-day competition. Read More

GRAPE event focuses on human capital trends

Generational attitudes in the workplace will be one of two topics of discussion.

January 23, 2015
The local organization for working professionals will focus its attention on human capital trends in its first monthly event in 2015, featuring presentations by local business leaders. Read More

Black-owned business numbers and mentors offer prescription for report

January 23, 2015
Grand Rapids’ second-to-last ranking by Forbes.com regarding economic conditions for African-Americans was a “shock wave” in the city, unless you happen to be African-American. Read More

Embrace immigrants for the right reasons

January 23, 2015
Let’s be honest. Many of us wouldn’t mind immigrants bursting in from Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands — you know, the people who look like us. Read More

Marriages come and go, but divorce is often forever

January 23, 2015
Last Christmas Eve, I got a voicemail from my son Shamus asking if I knew of a divorce lawyer named Mr. Barnhart. Read More

Jeffrey responds to 3.5 big questions with 3.5 bigger answers

January 23, 2015
Here are 3.5 answers to 3.5 questions frequently asked by salespeople: Read More

Hoops abound when starting a microbrewery

January 23, 2015
Thinking of jumping on the Beer City USA bandwagon and starting your own microbrewery? Read More

Barfly spreads its wings with expansion plans

Company hopes to double its number of bars — and revenue — by end of the year.

January 23, 2015
Barfly Ventures entered 2014 with five bars. Read More

Change Ups: Palisade Collection earns healthcare furniture award

January 23, 2015
Nemschoff’s and Herman Miller Healthcare’s Palisade Collection has earned Interior Design Magazine’s Best of Year Award in the Healthcare Furniture category. Read More

HR gets the most out of your biggest asset: employees

January 23, 2015
Human resources at one time had an image problem. Read More

Public Record

January 23, 2015
January 23 — Mortgages Read More

Street Talk: Rotarians quiz Kent County Commission chair

Money talks.

January 23, 2015
Dan Koorndyk, chair of the Kent County Board of Commissioners, was a guest of the Rotary Club of Grand Rapids last week to give a short presentation on Kent County government. Read More