Grand Rapids Business Journal

GRBJ 2-23-15

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February 23, 2015

Volume: 8
Edition: 32
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.

February 23, 2015

Kent County eyes zoo master plan

There is also talk at John Ball Zoo about a possible future millage to fund it.

February 20, 2015
The Kent County Board of Commissioners will review the John Ball Zoo’s new master plan this week, which has to be updated every 10 years and approved by the county, under the terms of the county’s lease contract with the nonprofit corporation that now runs the zoo. Read More

Changes in the banking landscape

Banking preferences of millennials have financial institutions reviewing their services.

February 20, 2015
Millennials are making unintended waves in the personal banking world and have even been mentioned by one of Michigan’s oldest banks as the root cause of its recent decision to close several branches in the Lower Peninsula. Read More

Inside Track: New symphony conductor thinks Grand Rapids pops

Bob Bernhardt, who also has roles with the Louisville and Chattanooga symphonies, was drawn to GR by its vibrant atmosphere.

February 20, 2015
Grand Rapids Symphony goers will recognize the organization’s new principal pops conductor when the 2015-2016 season begins later this year. Read More

Sculpture will highlight FMG celebration

Work by Chinese artist and lecture are part of attraction’s 20th anniversary.

February 20, 2015
As Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park nears its official 20th anniversary, more of the year’s celebrations are coming to light. Read More

Grand River Bank holding company raises $10.65 million

February 20, 2015
Grand River Commerce Inc., the holding company for Grand River Bank in Grandville, completed a private sale of more than 2.3 million shares of its common stock in early February to “accredited investors,” netting $10,653,786. Read More

Cable TV in Michigan: competition up, subscribers down

Pending Comcast/Time Warner deal may boost Charter Communications in the state.

February 20, 2015
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) The Michigan Public Service Commission has issued its eighth annual report on the status of cable television competition in Michigan. Read More

NITC bridge clears last financial hurdle

Canada will fund the U.S. customs plaza in Detroit.

February 20, 2015
Thanks to a public-private partnership, come 2020, traffic traveling between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario, will have the option of using the New International Bridge Crossing. Read More

Independent physicians form clinical network

Patient care and reducing burden on employers are at the heart of the decision.

February 20, 2015
Independent physicians in West Michigan are building more clout. Read More

Professors make case for ‘green GDP’

The method takes into account the economic impact of resource depletion.

February 20, 2015
Standard practice for determining a country’s economic growth and overall wealth has been to look at gross domestic product, but two Calvin College professors argue GDP is an outdated measurement tool that doesn’t take into account the value of natural resources or the impact of their depletion on an economy. Read More

Lawmakers eye venture funding cap

Some fear shutting off the capital pipeline will send startups elsewhere.

February 20, 2015
A fund-of-funds investment program created to support an entrepreneurial ecosystem in Michigan is under pressure as legislators seek to cash out their expense tab early. Read More

American Customer Satisfaction Index releases retail report

February 20, 2015
The 2014 American Customer Satisfaction Index Retail Report is out. Read More

The state shell game with tax funds is nuts

February 20, 2015
A pall was cast on the beginning of Gov. Rick Snyder’s second term with the announcement from State Budget Director John Roberts revealing the state was $289 million short of projections in the current budget and $527 million below expectations for next year. Read More

Sustaining Highway Trust Fund will be test for Congress

February 20, 2015
If you like potholes, thank a politician. Read More

Answer the door whenever opportunity knocks

February 20, 2015
When opportunity knocks, some seek to shift the blame, excusing themselves from any responsibility for the challenges life might place before them. Read More

Turn your ideas into action to have a great year

February 20, 2015
Everyone wants to have a great year, and many start with a flurry. Read More

Grand Valley State team wins CFA challenge

February 20, 2015
A team from Grand Valley State University won the 2015 CFA Institute Research Challenge local competition and now advances to the Americas Regional financial analysis competition in Atlanta April 15-16. Read More

Change Ups: Inaugural Change Agent recipients announced

February 20, 2015
The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce announced the recipients of the 2015 Change Agent Award, presented to Eric Williams, left, and Andre Fields, right, co-founders of Alpha Beta Omega, a leadership program at Grand Rapids Community College that provides at-risk urban students —in particular, African-American males who had the lowest academic success rate of any group at the college — with a positive social network of students so they can become successful academic achievers. Read More

Bring in people with updated skills to drive new business

February 20, 2015
Recent government statistics show a strong trend in employee hiring. Read More

Public Record

February 20, 2015
February 20 — Mortgages Read More

Street Talk: MSU’s breakfast of champions

Lobby hobby.

February 20, 2015
Two former White House advisers will tell their war stories at a breakfast event in GR Feb. 27, put on by the MSU Michigan Political Leadership Program. Read More