Grand Rapids Business Journal

GRBJ 1-16-18

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January 16, 2018

Volume: 36
Edition: 3
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.

January 16, 2018

Partners tackle foodborne illnesses

MSU Extension, Kent County to offer food safety training courses for managers.

January 12, 2018
Since 2010, Michigan has required at least one manager at a food service establishment to be trained in food safety. Read More

Chocolatiers expand class offerings

Chocolates by Grimaldi owners offering corporate team building, bridal shower events.

January 12, 2018
Five-plus years in business have passed for Steve and Molli Laham, and the pair is finding creative ways to draw more customers to their Grand Haven chocolate shop. Read More

Nonprofit taps into craft beer industry

Feelgood Tap partners with local breweries to raise money for charities.

January 12, 2018
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) Breweries are teaming up to raise funds for local charities. Read More

Inside Track: Efficiency drives innovation

President of SalesPad uses emerging technology to increase productivity in every step of career.

January 12, 2018
Jen Jurgens hadn’t been SalesPad’s vice president of marketing for even a year before stepping into the role of the company’s president, but coming from a diverse career involving the use of new and emerging technologies to optimize efficiency has given her the skills and the perspective to be at the forefront of innovation. Read More

Analysts say regional economy will ‘have legs’

Executive points to cost of manufacturing, standard of living, tax breaks to help region compete globally.

January 12, 2018
PNC’s top regional executive expects West Michigan to match the U.S. economic gains projected for 2018. Read More

4Q report indicates stable market

Outside investors boost industrial real estate market, new construction to add office space.

January 12, 2018
The fourth-quarter reports recently released by JLL highlight a steady increase in rental prices and decline in vacancy for both the industrial and office sectors. Read More

Declining revenue hampers mental health programs

Loss of funds attributed to patients migrating from Disabled, Aged and Blind plan to Healthy Michigan plan.

January 12, 2018
The Lakeshore Regional Entity is suffering from declining revenue, forcing community mental health service programs in the region to reduce their budgets. Read More

Kent County Board of Commissioners names leadership

Commissioner James Saalfeld re-elected as chair for third term.

January 12, 2018
The Kent County Board of Commissioners last week voted to appoint the members of its executive team for 2018, which include several incumbent leaders. Read More

Growth projected for 2018 but is precarious long term as talent search intensifies

January 12, 2018
Michigan Treasurer Nick Khouri last week made brief remarks to the Michigan Bankers Association in a joint Economic Forecast Forum with the Michigan Chamber Foundation, providing his certainty that state revenues would increase by 3 percent in 2018. Read More

STEM-related degrees aren’t the future

January 12, 2018
Crain's Detroit Business recently reported Gov. Rick Snyder is going to propose making coding a foreign language credit in high schools. Read More

New year provides opportunity to review finances

January 12, 2018
The new year has dawned upon us. The past year is a memory, and the new year offers new and exciting opportunities. Many see a new year as an opportunity to make new resolutions. In some situations, this allows one to reevaluate past personal financial decisions and to make any appropriate changes for the upcoming year. This new year is no different. Read More

Change Ups: Winkelman promoted to principal

January 12, 2018
Troy-based Rehmann promoted CPA Tom Winkelman to principal in the firm’s Grand Rapids office. Read More

Public Record

January 12, 2018

Street Talk: They are showing a way forward

Paint by numbers.

January 12, 2018
The #MeToo generation is taking a stand. Read More