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September 15, 2014
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 15, 2014
The 204-unit complex is planned for the corner of 168th Avenue and Comstock Street.
A new state-of-the-art apartment complex looks to raise the bar for housing in the greater Grand Haven area, pending approval at a second hearing with township officials later this month. Read More
Metro Health landed on the 101 Best & Brightest Sustainable Companies in Michigan list for the third year in a row this year, which is no surprise given it’s currently celebrating the 10th year of its sustainability journey. Read More
A young man’s unlikely path leads to becoming the face of the Grand Rapids Drive.
In early 2012, Steve Jbara was sitting in his seat at The Palace of Auburn Hills as a season ticketholder for the Detroit Pistons when an usher approached him. Read More
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) A company that is reinventing the way consumers choose health care providers has recognized Grand Rapids as the best city in the country for pediatric patients to receive excellent medical care in an efficient and accessible manner. Read More
Initially, businesses and environmentalists often felt pitted against one another.
The West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum has come a long way since its founding in 1994, when the idea of businesses and environmental organizations collaborating was mostly unheard of. Read More
Heacock tells hundreds at Alabama gathering why GR is a ‘livable city.’
The city of Grand Rapids made a global debut at an international conference last week where academic professionals, policymakers and business leaders in the industries of leisure, tourism and recreation gathered for the first time in the United States. Read More
The Office of Energy and Sustainability is planning to issue an RFQ/RFP.
A combined RFQ-RFP will hopefully be issued by the city of Grand Rapids by late October to start the process of finding qualified solar energy developers willing to submit bids for a proposed generating facility on the city-owned former Butterworth landfill site. Read More
Service project unites students with local retirement community.
Tech-savvy Aquinas College students are volunteering to help seniors learn how to communicate in real-time with family members and friends. Read More
They are trained to handle crisis situations at food production facilities.
Columbian Logistics Network Supervisor Brian Price and Operations Manager Richard Schultz are now Certified Food Defense Coordinators through the American Institute of Baking, according to Columbian. Read More
What it boils down to is whether social media conversations are protected activities.
The National Labor Relations Board recently upheld its view of social media conversations, including clicking the “like” button, as the equivalent of water cooler talk. Read More
Cranes flocking back to the skyline are bringing life back to West Michigan. Read More
Here are a few questions to get your social sales juices flowing: Read More
The number and volume of loans in Michigan are up at least 12 percent over last year.
More small businesses in Michigan this year are getting loans backed by the federal Small Business Administration, which one local expert attributes to a strengthening economy and greater confidence on the part of commercial lenders. Read More
West Michigan companies used $2.9M from fund last year.
Employers across the state are preparing to compete for the second round of state funding to develop responsive training programs for employees, which ultimately will promote Michigan’s business and economic competitiveness. Read More
Companies can save thousands of dollars simply by managing their information.
We all know the story about finicky Goldilocks and her attempts to find the right temperature porridge, the right size chair and the right softness bed. Read More
Lake Michigan may be up 40 percent and a small Kalamazoo CU is ramping up.
Commercial lending is taking off in a big way at credit unions in West Michigan, with one of the biggest groups in the state predicting its commercial loan volume will increase by as much as 40 percent this year. Read More
Summit will hook up suppliers of all kinds with potential large customers.
Business Leaders for Michigan and Michigan Economic Development Corp.’s Pure Michigan Business Connect are planning an invitation-only supplier summit Oct. 8 at the Lansing Center. Read More
D.A. Blodgett – St. John’s President and CEO Sharon Loughridge plans to retire in February 2015. Read More
Not so funny.
Who can forget the U.S. real estate bubble that burst a few years ago and nearly blew up the world economy? Before that, there was a crazy run-up in value of almost anything to do with the Internet, culminating in the bursting of the dot-com bubble in 2002. Read More