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Grand Rapids Business Journal
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March 3, 2014
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.
March 3, 2014
Sparta Elevator makes feed for real Big Birds, as well as conventional farm critters.
When Ron and Norma Schantz of Sparta Elevator Co. decided to buy Dykstra’s Elevator in Conklin, it kept alive a longtime landmark in this small northeastern Ottawa County town, more widely known for Fenian’s Irish Pub and its live Irish music. Read More
The Whitecaps need an extra dose of it this winter.
Eddie O’Connor, a sport psychologist and founder of the Performance Excellence Center at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital in Grand Rapids, has made 300 presentations to groups and media on mental toughness — the kind that helps both athletes and business executives overcome the slumps and challenges that can lead to failure. Read More
Calder Group founder seeks to help shape public policy and infuse clients’ interests at all levels of government.
Think of Jared Rodriguez as a policy wonk who has a soft spot for a certain city in Michigan. Read More
The Small Business Association of Michigan has come out in wholehearted support of the Snyder Administration’s proposed legislation that would guarantee a 100 percent replacement of the funding the personal property tax on business equipment provided to local governments. Read More
The investor group plans to invest in 10 new deals worth $2.3 million.
Grand Angels, a Holland-based investment group, made five more funding commitments to small businesses in Michigan in late 2013, including Grand River Aseptic Manufacturing in Grand Rapids, plus Ablative Solutions, ProNAi Therapeutics and Vestaron Corp. in the Kalamazoo area. Read More
Grand Rapids Business Journal this week provides a focus on women who lead businesses, corporations, governments and nonprofits in West Michigan, and while 50 are profiled, there are dozens more who choose not to be a part of the nomination and selection process. Read More
President says association unanimously opposes the legislation.
The Michigan Supreme Court has appointed a 12-member task force to look into the State Bar of Michigan’s mandatory membership requirement. Read More
The Kent County Board of Commissioners has a $33,730 grant from the state to fund a pilot program to determine if earlier involvement by court-appointed attorneys helps speed cases through the system and enhances their services for defendants. Read More
Technology consulting company C/D/H has promoted Amy Moore from consultant to director of client services: applications, as the firm realigns itself to meet the growing need for SharePoint services in Michigan. Read More
The latest snapshot for Michigan’s exporting companies shows that, in the last month of 2013, foreign sales dropped to $4.77 billion from $5.22 billion in November, adjusted for seasonal variation, a statistical process that equalizes recurring volatility in the monthly state indicators for factors such as the number of days in a month and thus brings them in line with national indicators. Read More
The Alliance for Health board will meet today — the first time in more than 40 years that long-time Alliance President Lody Zwarensteyn will not be present. Read More