Grand Rapids Business Journal

GRBJ 8-18-14

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August 18, 2014

Volume: 31
Edition: 33
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.

August 18, 2014

‘The works’ can include the dog, too

Thunder Mountain car wash chain has a self-serve dog wash sideline.

August 15, 2014
When Leo Schlesinger stresses that his Thunder Mountain Full Service Car & Dog Wash locations in West Michigan are “full service,” he really means it. Read More

Expensive beef, less boozing, beautiful barns

A food service veteran deals with continuous change in the wedding reception business.

August 15, 2014
Catering professional Tom Doyle, a former long-time partner in the Brann restaurant chain and the new owner of Distinctive Catering by Brann’s, deals with a lot of change and challenges in what people want for their wedding receptions. Read More

Swift Printing expands, invests in new technology

August 15, 2014
Swift Printing & Communications, based on Bridge Street NW in Grand Rapids since 1954, acquired a smaller Wyoming company in July and put online in August a new state-of-the-art digital press. Read More

Inside Track: Millennial entrepreneur rides the wave of GR’s renaissance

Andrew Montpetit’s start-up, Thoughts You Can See, draws on his talent of expressing ideas visually.

August 15, 2014
Even though Andrew Montpetit loved to draw as a kid, he was always told that “the starving artist” path was too financially risky. Read More

Hops production on the rise

A new grower near Greenville has become a licensed food processor.

August 15, 2014
Pam Bouma Miller is very proud of the fact that her new business is a food processor, and she’s got the license to prove it. Read More

Money for everything from farms to factories — and libraries

USDA Rural Development loans help growers with a variety of programs.

August 15, 2014
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is an important source of capital and assistance in finding capital for many rural Michiganders, ranging from local government officials to farmers, factory owners and others in small business. Read More

Company culture viewed as integral to success of small businesses

But survey finds only one-third of respondents are satisfied with their own cultures.

August 15, 2014
Eighty-nine percent of entrepreneurs consider culture to be an important or very important contributor to the success of their business, according to a survey of 515 small businesses released by Turnstone, a Steelcase brand. Read More

Uber ridesharing service off to great start in GR

There is a slight concern about having enough drivers to meet the demand.

August 15, 2014
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) Uber, the mobile-app-based personal driving service that rolled out in Grand Rapids three weeks ago, is off to a great start in the city. Read More

Davenport’s Master of Urban Education includes clinical model

Partnership with GRPS puts students in front of classrooms right away.

August 15, 2014
To address the concerns of the effectiveness of urban school educators, a Grand Rapids university is launching a graduate program this fall incorporating a practical application to change the model of how future teachers are prepared. Read More

Collaborative divorce offers less adversarial approach to calling it quits

The ‘team’ consists of attorneys, psychologists, coaches and financial professionals.

August 15, 2014
Divorce is the worst. Read More

Religious affiliation can act as a buffer for companies

GVSU study finds customers were more forgiving of a service failure.

August 15, 2014
Consumers are likely to cut some slack for companies with a religious affiliation, according to a study led by a West Michigan professor. Read More

Legislators have crowned themselves as king

August 15, 2014
The Michigan Senate last week approved legislation along party lines which, if passed by the House, will supersede a Nov. 4 state ballot question posed for voters. Read More

‘Grand bargain’ will be a bargain for the whole state

August 15, 2014
Detroit is showing the world what it can do. Read More

Another young man of color is dead

August 15, 2014
The events in Ferguson, Mo., have been on my mind and heart and I am deeply saddened. Read More

Listen for hidden meanings in business communications

August 15, 2014
Listen closely to what someone is saying to you. It can be costly if you are not paying attention. Read More

Easiest way to make a sale? Start at the top!

August 15, 2014
If you’ve never been to the Guggenheim Museum in New York City, you’re missing an exceptional experience and an incredible lesson in sales. Read More

Real estate firm uses restaurant to support charity

Third Coast Development owns El Barrio in Mid Towne Village.

August 15, 2014
A restaurant is a place to sit and enjoy a good meal with good company. Read More

Change Ups: Aquinas history professor elected to higher-ed board

August 15, 2014
Dr. John C. Pinheiro, professor of history and director of Catholic studies at Aquinas College, has been elected to a four-year term on the National Network Board of the Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts. Read More

Slow growth is better than no growth for West Michigan

August 15, 2014
Much as it has been for the past five years, slow growth continues to be the trend in the West Michigan economy. Read More

Public Record

August 15, 2014
August 16 - Mortgages Read More

Street Talk: GRPS bandwagon is going to pass you

Term limits.

August 15, 2014
Despite the negative comments you’ve heard in the recent past, it’s turning the corner and you’d better hop on before it’s too late. Read More