Grand Rapids Business Journal

GRBJ 8-22-16

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August 22, 2016

Volume: 34
Edition: 34
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 22, 2016

Metro Cruise ready to rev up its economic engine

12th annual event could draw millions in spending to 28th Street corridor.

August 19, 2016
Michigan has always been the car industry state, and perhaps no West Michigan event shows that off better than the annual 28th Street Metro Cruise. Read More

Golf courses upgrade in hopes of an upswing

The Mines enhances the experience with larger clubhouse, more refreshments and retail.

August 19, 2016
With the number of rounds played dipping over the last decade, golf courses are scrambling to attract players to the game. Read More

Corporate look is intentional at Davenport

College of Business latest to get new digs in campus growth spurt.

August 19, 2016
Eleven years ago, Davenport University bought a flat piece of green land along Kraft Avenue. Read More

Soccer club ready to get down to business

Eyeing growth, GRFC plans to strengthen community connections and sponsorships.

August 19, 2016
Fresh off a disappointing end to an excellent first season in a new league, Grand Rapids Football Club President Matt Roberts said the team is taking a little bit of down time before gearing up for a fall exhibition match at Fifth Third Ballpark. Read More

Inside Track: Meeting people never gets stale

Grocery career has taken SpartanNash VP down many aisles.

August 19, 2016
Walking through the Breton Village D&W Fresh Market, Brian Haaraoja smiled and greeted every passing customer. Read More

Innovation investment called lacking

Survey finds large companies talk big but perform little follow-up.

August 19, 2016
In order for innovation to be more than an impressive word thrown around in quarterly meetings, resources need to be appropriated for it. Read More

City plan sets quadruple bottom line

New sustainability pillar focuses on good governance.

August 19, 2016
The city’s new sustainability plan will carry forward many of the goals that were part of the 2011-15 plan but with a few changes — most significantly the addition of a fourth pillar: governance. Read More

Cell provider Ting finds good reception in Grand Rapids

August 19, 2016
Yes, there are other cellphone providers beyond the “big four” of Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint and AT&T. Read More

GROW wins federal nod for lending

Certification allows nonprofit to provide hundreds of thousands of dollars.

August 19, 2016
A new certification allows Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women to increase its lending level into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Read More

City’s ‘sustainable jobs’ goal is a recipe for failure

August 19, 2016
The Business Journal has in the past commended city of Grand Rapids endeavors toward environmental sustainability, from the biodiesel fuel project in 2002 to the Butterworth Solar Project anticipated to be running by the end of this year. Read More

Why business should say yes to a carbon tax

August 19, 2016
From global economic powers like the United States, Japan and Russia to developing economies like Rwanda, Bangladesh and Iran, more than 190 countries convened as part of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in late 2015. Read More

Do what you love — but as pastime or profession?

August 19, 2016
It is fun to watch someone take an idea that you entertained and make a successful enterprise out of it. If it is a good idea and you don’t act on it, someone else will. Read More

What is the key that unlocks the sale?

August 19, 2016
Is there a one-word answer to making more sales? Read More

Parental predicament: Save for retirement or pay for college?

Tuition increases make it important to plan financially.

August 19, 2016
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) All across the nation, college tuition prices continue to rise, and the state of Michigan is no different. Read More

Change Ups: Irwin is Athena Award recipient

August 19, 2016
Shelley Irwin, host/producer of WGVU’s Morning Show and several local PBS shows, is the recipient of the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce’s 2016 Athena Award, in recognition of her leadership, mentorship and many contributions to the greater Grand Rapids community. Read More

Annual nonresidential spending falls for 1st time since 2013

August 19, 2016
Nonresidential construction spending dipped 1 percent from May to June and has now contracted for three consecutive months, according to an analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data. Read More

Public Record

August 19, 2016
Aug. 19 — Mortgages Read More

Street Talk: Boards: Only white males need apply

Cleaning up.

August 19, 2016
A little diversity can go a long way. Apparently, it has to. Read More