Grand Rapids Business Journal

GRBJ 9-28-15

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September 28, 2015

Volume: 29
Edition: 42
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 28, 2015

German firm poised for more growth

Weeke NA rolled the dice during the downturn and is on pace to double in size.

September 25, 2015
A German manufacturer’s Grand Rapids operation is set to double in size. Read More

Schools partner on rehab clinic

Facility also will provide support for older adults experiencing physical or cognitive changes.

September 25, 2015
Three area colleges and universities are collaborating to bring integrated rehabilitation services to patients and interdisciplinary learning to students under a single roof. Read More

Assisted-living facility upgrades on tap

Orion Construction breaks ground on $4.5M project at Vista Springs.

September 25, 2015
A facility specializing in assisted living and memory care is expanding in Wyoming. Read More

Inside Track: Friis-Hansen is no chicken when it comes to world of art

Grand Rapids Art Museum director finds something ‘unique and different’ about the city and its commitment to creativity.

September 25, 2015
Rubber chickens apparently are enough to lure an accomplished arts professional to Grand Rapids. Read More

Local organizations provide services to support aging in place

September 25, 2015
The vast majority of American seniors would prefer to “age in place” — remaining at home as they grow older. Read More

Museum unveils Prohibition exhibit

It’s hailed as one of the most interesting and interactive shows to visit town.

September 25, 2015
Grand Rapids Public Museum’s newest exhibit is one of the most interesting and interactive ever to make a stop in the city, according to museum officials. Read More

Kent panel appoints airport authority

Transition should be seamless, since it’s the same leadership group.

September 25, 2015
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) The recently approved Gerald R. Ford International Airport Authority has its board members. Read More

Senior Helpers readies first West MI location

National franchise offers personal in-home care of a non-medical variety.

September 25, 2015
West Michigan is about to get its first Senior Helpers franchise. Read More

GRPD makes move to body cameras

Department will have enough equipment to outfit all 300 officers.

September 25, 2015
As early as October, 300 Grand Rapids police officers could be equipped with body cameras. Read More

Expert scrutinizes Chinese investment in U.S.

World Affairs Council speaker is participating in national ‘town hall’ meeting.

September 25, 2015
In college, Henry Levine’s interest in China had no practical use. Read More

Young entrepreneurs staying in Michigan

Grand Rapids is a place where good ideas can really make a difference.

LANSING — In a state that is battling to overcome its perception as an economic sinkhole, the presence of revived cities, growing local economies and the idealistic attitude of students are starting to keep young entrepreneurs in Michigan. Read More

Foreign students with startups face obstacles

SBAM encourages entrepreneurs to start businesses in Michigan.

September 25, 2015
LANSING — International students face daunting challenges starting a business. Read More

Michigan aims to capture Chinese tourist market

State will play on the strong business connections between the two regions.

September 25, 2015
LANSING — The number of Chinese travelers and the amount of money spent per visitor are the highest among all groups of international visitors, according to the U.S. Travel Association. Read More

Pothole prevention: smart roads signal repair needs

MSU is working on technology that places sensors in the concrete or asphalt mix.

September 25, 2015
LANSING — If Michigan ever gets around to fixing its crumbling roads, engineers might be well-served to consider a new ingredient in the road-making mix. Read More

State’s computer science education is lagging

September 25, 2015
LANSING — There’s no doubt: A computer science career can be a lucrative one. Read More

Less state money means colleges and students struggle

Michigan is slow to recover from higher ed cuts in the Great Recession.

September 25, 2015
LANSING — State funding for higher education has seen a dramatic reduction in the past few decades — and students are feeling the budget squeeze. Read More

Campus food banks expand to feed hungry students

Most rely on donations from students, alumni and the surrounding community.

September 25, 2015
LANSING — Food banks are a growing sight on Michigan campuses as many students struggle with higher tuition, costly rent — and sometimes, hunger. Read More

Negotiations with Chinese leaders have direct impact on West Michigan, state

September 25, 2015
While the start of ArtPrize held center stage last week, the arrival of Chinese President Xi Jinping for a meeting of tech executives in Seattle and political meetings in Washington, D.C, did not escape the attention of West Michigan business owners. Read More

Letter: Liquor license story paints inaccurate picture

September 25, 2015
Editor: I was deeply disappointed — and frankly dismayed — by the story “Liquor license quest overcomes challenges” (Business Journal, Sept. 11, 2015, page 1). Read More

Big changes are coming to Michigan's garnishment laws

September 25, 2015
On Oct. 1, 2015, thanks to recent changes in the law, there will be several big changes to Michigan's periodic garnishment process. Read More

Sales strategy? Sales approach? Yes! Sales system? No!

September 25, 2015
I’m against all systems of selling. So are all salespeople. Read More

Change Ups: Potter’s House purchases Roosevelt Church

September 25, 2015
Thirty-four years ago, Potter’s House Christian Schools started with two volunteer teachers in the basement of Roosevelt Park Community Christian Reformed Church, 811 Chicago Drive SW, in Wyoming. Read More

Despite significant slide, fall retail forecasts remain strong

September 25, 2015
Michigan retailers’ sales forecasts remain strong for fall despite a drop in August sales, according to the latest Michigan Retail Index, a joint project of Michigan Retailers Association and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Read More

Public Record

September 25, 2015
Sept. 25 — Mortgages Read More

Street Talk: Enough with the beer

Chinese symbols.

September 25, 2015
Here’s a point to ponder: Did the citizens of Grand Rapids in the 1940s and ’50s ever get sick of the Furniture City moniker? Read More