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July 25, 2016

Volume: 34
Edition: 30
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.

July 25, 2016

Companies on board with mission to Mars

At least 50 West Michigan firms are involved in building the rockets and tech.

July 22, 2016
When the first astronauts take off for Mars in the 2030s, a handful of West Michigan companies will have a hand in getting them there. Read More

With new cafés opening, does our coffee cup overfloweth?

Local owners say the West Michigan market could be just about bottomless.

July 22, 2016
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) With three of the city’s best-known coffee roasters each ready to open their second retail locations, differentiation is a focus. Read More

Food truck ordinance around the corner

City ordinance would allow eateries more freedom to operate on public property downtown.

July 22, 2016
There’s now heavy legal energy moving behind Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss’s dream of having more food trucks in the downtown area. Read More

Inside Track: Construction world listens to innovator’s sound idea

Layoff freed Bruce Burgess to solve a noisy problem.

July 22, 2016
Following more than a decade in construction and as the vice president of a construction firm, Bruce Burgess walked into work one day in 2011 and saw his computer missing and his boss there to hand him a box. Read More

Landscapers eye Sherman’s march to the lake

Six miles of boulevard through five municipalities slated for makeover.

July 22, 2016
It isn’t exactly yellow bricks, but a major Muskegon corridor to the lakeshore is getting a makeover. Read More

Special report:
 Seeking best
 solutions to
 homelessness

Are aid efforts backfiring?

July 22, 2016
Matt Hanlon thinks Grand Rapids can do better. Read More

Local businesses strike Pokémon gold

Game blending digital and real worlds comes with promise — and pitfalls.

July 22, 2016
Pokémon Go? Yes, as a business community we have to talk about it, because — well, believe it or not, it’s making local businesses money. Read More

Real estate markets growing

But experts caution there are limits to the expansion.

July 22, 2016
No signs of impending doom mar the real estate world, according to two real estate firm market reports. Read More

Bethany expands refugee services

Resettlement and outreach programs spread in Kalamazoo, Pennsylvania.

July 22, 2016
Bethany Christian Services’ mission to help refugees knows no state bounds. Read More

No more stalling: Bring out the food trucks; city approval of ordinance is long past due

July 22, 2016
Grand Rapids city commissioners will at long last take one more formal step toward embracing food trucks as an important part of the downtown and neighborhood business landscape with a public hearing July 26. Read More

Five things to do before buying property

July 22, 2016
It’s a seller’s market these days — or so it seems if you read the headlines. Read More

Leadership develops within a team, not on its own

July 22, 2016
Hard to believe, after all these months, the potential political leadership options for our country are becoming formalized for a vote in November. Read More

The not-so-secret formula that makes a great salesperson

July 22, 2016
What makes salespeople successful? Read More

Change Ups: Volunteers build new KaBOOM! playground in Wyoming

July 22, 2016
More than 200 volunteers from Amway, the Hispanic Center of Western Michigan, KaBOOM! organizers and others from the community collaborated recently to build a new playground at Hispanic Center of Western Michigan. Read More

Construction input prices continue their ascent

July 22, 2016
Construction input prices expanded in June, rising 1.1 percent on a monthly basis, according to an analysis of the Bureau of Labor Statistics Producer Price Index. Read More

Public Record

July 22, 2016
July 22 — Mortgages Read More

Street Talk: If you can’t say anything nice …

Cottage industry.

July 22, 2016
While most of Michigan’s Republican leadership was in Cleveland, Ohio, last week for the Republican National Convention, U.S. Rep. Justin Amash, who represents Michigan’s 3rd District, decided to remain in Grand Rapids. Read More