Grand Rapids Business Journal

GRBJ 5-2-16

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May 2, 2016

Volume: 34
Edition: 18
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.

May 2, 2016

Restaurant industry orders help

City’s growing culinary scene makes it difficult to find quality workers.

April 29, 2016
In the first week after the opening of Vander Mill’s Grand Rapids restaurant, Justin Large fired two cooks and saw two more quit. Read More

Mercy finalizes plans for $271M campus

The Muskegon medical center will consolidate inpatient services at a central location.

April 29, 2016
A new $271 million, 267-bed medical center is headed to the lakeshore. Read More

Creators of GR music app hope to change the industry

The radi8er app combines music streaming with maps of where artists are playing.

April 29, 2016
A Grand Rapids app that could potentially revolutionize the way the world listens to music is almost ready for launch. Read More

Inside Track: Entrepreneur’s ideas bloom after grounding flight school

Ryan Mast digs into the flower planter industry with acquisitions, new products and retail locations.

April 29, 2016
When he started college, Ryan Mast intended to become an airline pilot, but instead he took off as an entrepreneur. Read More

Brenneman brings order to the court

Love of history leads to position as court historian for the Western District of Michigan.

April 29, 2016
President Abraham Lincoln created the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan during the Civil War. Up until then the state had only one district court, which was located on the east side and could be hard to access for some people. Read More

Hudsonville prepares for $5M worth of downtown renovations

Farmers market, community center at heart of creating walkable spaces.

April 29, 2016
As urban blight continues to impact small towns across Michigan, Hudsonville is poised to revitalize its downtown. Read More

How does area rate among best, brightest?

West Michigan scores well in community initiatives category; lacks in leadership.

April 29, 2016
The scores are in, and West Michigan is hitting some national benchmarks — but certainly not all of them. Read More

Loeks says movie theater is good for downtown

Celebration! Cinema CEO says making money is not the project’s only objective.

April 29, 2016
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) After nearly four years, J.D. Loeks is happy with where his Studio C! downtown movie theater stands. Read More

App unites economic development community

Collective Metrics platform helps organizations collect and track data.

April 29, 2016
Approximately a year and a half ago, Austin Dean saw a need and decided to do something about it. Read More

Hispanic Chamber to host first business pitch night

Effort is part of a bilingual outreach to involve Spanish-speaking business owners.

April 29, 2016
The West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has a plan to encourage more Hispanic small business owners and entrepreneurs to enter local business pitch competitions. Read More

Michigan corridor meeting set

Public will get chance to examine $1.65M in road projects, offer suggestions.

April 29, 2016
The Michigan Street Corridor may be getting an extensive — and expensive — facelift. Read More

Kent County scores top credit rating

April 29, 2016
Kent County still has the best credit rating possible. Read More

GR, West Coast acoustic consulting firms merge

Result is one of the largest independent consulting firms in the country.

April 29, 2016
A recent merger has made Grand Rapids-based Acoustics By Design Inc. one of the largest independent acoustical consulting firms in North America. Read More

Heeding rankings will help sustain West Michigan business achievements

April 29, 2016
Grand Rapids Business Journal notes this week the number of West Michigan companies that have attained rank in the Michigan Business and Professional Association’s 2016 Best & Brightest Companies to Work For, an honor especially for its rigorous evaluation in 15 categories with 30 pages of documentation. Read More

West Michigan is destination for life sciences startups

April 29, 2016
West Michigan’s legacy as a manufacturing region began to take a turn two decades ago with the founding of the Van Andel Institute and the birth of the Medical Mile. Read More

Family meetings: identifying exactly who is in the room

April 29, 2016
Everyone has that odd uncle who shows up at family events and creates awkwardly memorable situations. Read More

I’d rather have no sales advice than bad sales advice

April 29, 2016
I can’t help it. I read some bad sales advice today and I gotta say something. Read More

Peter and Joan Secchia CarePartners program opens at Spectrum

The initiative was created to coordinate care and appointments for critically ill children.

April 29, 2016
An opening ceremony was held last week for the new Peter and Joan Secchia CarePartners program at Helen Devos Children’s Hospital. Read More

THAW offers hand up with energy bills, not a handout

April 29, 2016
Mark Lane likes it when he hears people say they hope never to see him again. Read More

Change Ups: Neurocore hires chief medical officer

April 29, 2016
Brain performance training provider Neurocore has appointed Dr. Majid Fotuhi as its first chief medical officer. Read More

Materials prices rise for first time in nine months

April 29, 2016
Construction input prices rose on a monthly basis in March for the first time in nine months, according to an analysis of the Bureau of Labor Statistics Producer Price Index by Associated Builders and Contractors. Read More

Public Record

April 29, 2016
April 29 — Mortgages Read More

Street Talk: Leaders of the pack

History markers and makers.

April 29, 2016
West Michigan’s business community has been blessed with abundant — and visionary — leaders, past and present. Read More