Grand Rapids Business Journal

GRBJ 11-28-16

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November 28, 2016

Volume: 34
Edition: 48
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.

November 28, 2016

Hunger relief agencies looking for support

Mel Trotter extends Fall Food Drive in an attempt to meet 50,000-pound collection goal.

November 25, 2016
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) Nearly three-fourths of the way into its annual Fall Food Drive, Mel Trotter Ministries announced it was 40,000 pounds short of its 50,000-pound collection goal. Read More

Patience pays off for Greenleaf

Bank waits 18 years for right opportunity to expand to Grand Rapids.

November 25, 2016
For William D. Johnston, chairman of Greenleaf Trust, patience is a virtue. Read More

On the cutting edge of something new

Victor Sultana encourages passing down goods, limiting throw-away culture by building axes in spare time.

November 25, 2016
Victor Sultana was quick to buy an Apple Watch when it was released, but the technology no longer finds a place on his wrist. Read More

Partnership provides pipeline to college

T2C Studio opens to help first-generation college students and students of color.

November 25, 2016
Area education and municipal leaders said they are concerned not enough Grand Rapids Public Schools students make it to and through college — which means the region’s talent pool is not as strong as it could be. Read More

Inside Track: ‘Leading with compassion’

Dean of MSU College of Human Medicine preaches treating everybody, especially his patients, with respect.

November 25, 2016
As a child, Norman J. Beauchamp Jr. always came to the dinner table prepared to answer three questions posed by his mother: How was your day? What was your highlight? And did you achieve your goals? Read More

Foundation’s third wave in charge of legacy

Mary Frey Bennett stresses continued commitment to West and Northern Michigan communities.

November 25, 2016
Every year, the Frey Foundation can be counted on to donate approximately $6 million to programs and projects in West and Northern Michigan communities, including to some of the region’s most transformational projects, such as Van Andel Arena and Grand Rapids Downtown Market. Read More

Advanced energy sector sees opportunities

Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council continues to look for ways to be energy efficient.

November 25, 2016
The Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council wants to ensure Michigan remains “open for business” in the advanced energy sector. Read More

It’s time for West Michigan to fix itself

November 25, 2016
This cannot be overstated. Read More

Letter: Legislation lays out blueprint for Michigan’s energy future

November 25, 2016
Editor: A recent editorial from the Grand Rapids Business Journal about the state legislature’s work to update Michigan’s energy law (“State energy ‘choice’ legislation designed to deceive,” Nov. 7, Grand Rapids Business Journal) did not address some important issues. Read More

Proposed business discount eliminations will not be finalized in 2016

November 25, 2016
Sprinkled among the political thunder and lightning we’ve tried to escape this year is a proposal to change tax rules affecting transfers of ownership of family businesses. Read More

A penny saved is a penny earned — or is it?

November 25, 2016
Ben Franklin sought to cultivate his character with a plan of 13 virtues, which he developed at age 20 (in 1726) and continued to practice in some form for the rest of his life. Read More

Are legislative changes afoot for cleanup care?

Proposed legislation aims to bolster ‘due care’ responsibilities for property owners developing land.

November 25, 2016
A proposed change to a law on environmental cleanup regulations aims to bolster the “due care” responsibilities property owners face when developing land. Read More

Change Ups: ITC earns green award

November 25, 2016
Novi-based ITC Michigan’s rain garden project at its Wayland warehouse earned the Green Infrastructure Project Award from the Wildlife Habitat Council. Read More

Inflation and interest rate environment changing

November 25, 2016
Construction input prices remained unchanged in October and are just 0.5 percent above where they were a year ago, according to analysis of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Producer Price Index released recently. Read More

Public Record

November 25, 2016
Nov. 25 — Mortgages Read More

Street Talk: Agents of change

Lots of green.

November 25, 2016
Leaders along the lakeshore are driving change in Muskegon. Read More