Grand Rapids Business Journal

GRBJ 9-26-16

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September 26, 2016

Volume: 34
Edition: 39
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 26, 2016

Amway lands airport title sponsorship for $8M

Gateway Transformation Project includes centralized security checkpoint, expansion of Grand Hall.

September 23, 2016
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) Amway was named the title sponsor for the Gerald R. Ford International Airport’s new $45 million Gateway Transformation Project. Read More

Arcadia Ales celebrates 20 years

Suprise left sales job in 1996 to open brewery in Battle Creek.

September 23, 2016
A proud Tim Suprise walked into his boss’ office in 1995 with what he claimed to be good and great news. Read More

Learning never ends at living facility

Holland Home offers classes for residents taught by other residents, staff.

September 23, 2016
For residents at Holland Home’s Raybrook and Breton Wood campuses, school is back in session. Read More

Inside Track: Irwin colors outside the lines

‘WGVU Morning Show’ host turns to broadcasting after physical therapy job no longer fulfilled her.

September 23, 2016
Shelley Irwin likely would not have been this year’s ATHENA Award recipient had she remained content working as a physical therapist. Read More

STEAM Village pushes student innovation

ArtPrize Hub’s Planet3 demonstrates human connectivity based on technology.

September 23, 2016
This year, ArtPrize is focusing more on how art can change education. Read More

Lakeshore Advantage sheds light on available resources

Organization holds networking event to give companies opportunity for growth.

September 23, 2016
West Michigan is populated with available resources and tools to assist fledgling and mid-sized companies grow and succeed. Read More

Survey rips into education

Budget cuts, pay freezes leave teachers feeling undervalued, underappreciated.

September 23, 2016
Years of budget cuts, pay freezes and other statewide cost-cutting measures at schools throughout Michigan have schoolteachers feeling undervalued and underappreciated, according to a joint survey from the Michigan Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers Michigan. Read More

Suppliers and utilities still at odds

Proposed energy bills could greatly affect state’s electric choice market.

September 23, 2016
Michigan still is awaiting an energy plan, and an announcement last week by Gov. Rick Snyder that discussions between the State of Michigan and the Midcontinent Independent System Operator have produced “a framework that facilitates a state approach for establishing adequate electrical resources to meet reliability requirements,” isn’t putting everyone at ease. Read More

Medical marijuana industry likely to expand

Bills would legalize provisioning centers, non-smokable forms of drug.

September 23, 2016
Three bills signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on Sept. 21 likely will grow Michigan’s medical marijuana industry substantially and could contribute millions in revenue for the state. Read More

Legislators flunk; ArtPrize advances education

September 23, 2016
After all the popular votes were counted and ArtPrize Two closed in game-changing style, the education community wanted opportunities to invest, partake and learn from all that was available in the wondrous mix. Read More

Beware lurking terms and conditions in your contracts

September 23, 2016
We all know various beasties lurk about in October, the month of Halloween, but beastly provisions also can lurk in contracts, ready to cause misery to the unwary. Read More

Honesty, integrity always are the best policies

September 23, 2016
If you are following the news regularly, you should be very concerned about the future of small business. Read More

How’s your networking? Better if you follow the rules

September 23, 2016
I went to a networking meeting hosted by a formal networking organization called Business Network International. Read More

Design tenets apply regardless of size

Visbeen Architects’ Matt Gerard speaks to professional architects, Kendall students.

September 23, 2016
Matt Gerard believes the design process is the same, no matter the scale of the project. Read More

Change Ups: Foundation awards GED program $7,500 grant

September 23, 2016
Heartside Ministry received $7,500 to spur its General Education Development program from Old National Bank’s philanthropic arm, the Old National Bank Foundation, which has awarded more than $10 million in grants to nonprofits the past 10 years. Read More

Construction materials prices dip on monthly, yearly basis

September 23, 2016
Nonresidential construction input prices and overall input prices fell in August, as energy prices retrenched, according to an analysis of the Bureau of Labor Statistics Producer Price Index by Associated Builders and Contractors. Read More

Public Record

September 23, 2016
Sept. 23 — Mortgages Read More

Street Talk: The bottom line

News desk.

September 23, 2016
The West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum will honor three local sustainable business leaders as inductees to the West Michigan Sustainable Business Hall of Fame at its Triple Bottom Line Bash on Oct. 12. Read More