Grand Rapids Business Journal

GRBJ 4-23-18

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April 23, 2018

Volume: 36
Edition: 17
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.

April 23, 2018

Social justice a common thread at sew shop

Public Thread uses upcycled textiles to create accessories, apparel while diverting waste from landfills and creating living-wage jobs.

April 20, 2018
After years in government and nonprofit roles, Janay Brower felt she was no longer cut out for “safety net” approaches. Read More

ArtPrize paints rosy economic picture

Ninth iteration of art competition creates estimated $33 million in local economic impact.

April 20, 2018
The largest art festival in Grand Rapids continues to have a great effect on the local economy. Read More

Talent tops furniture industry wish list

West Michigan’s commercial furniture makers aren’t sitting on their hands waiting for change.

April 20, 2018
Sit across from any furniture executive these days, and you’ll hear about new products, the internet of things and federal actions affecting business — but the talent gap will dominate the dialogue. Read More

City, partners consult tribes on river work

Downtown Development Authority approves costs for new river guidelines.

April 20, 2018
New design guidelines are underway for the Grand River restoration initiative, based on new site assessments and input from the Native American community. Read More

Inside Track: Turning houses into homes

Self-taught interior designer helms growing home décor subscription box company and QVC line.

April 20, 2018
Farah Merhi’s “aha moment” came in the middle of a home improvement project. Read More

Monroe North owners express parking concerns

City says it’s working with businesses on ‘regulated’ parking options.

April 20, 2018
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) Business owners in Monroe North are clearing the air on parking. Read More

Region finds itself in landlord market

Limited vacancies make desirable commercial real estate locations harder to find.

April 20, 2018
The West Michigan commercial real estate market has been at a standstill recently. Read More

‘Golden age of giving’

The next generation of philanthropists is revolutionizing charitable donations.

April 20, 2018
The next generation of philanthropists is bringing about a “golden age." Read More

Workforce issues haunt West Michigan community leaders

Panel participants make call to action before ‘it’s too late.’

April 20, 2018
Leaders from business and community organizations are stepping up efforts to address West Michigan workforce issues. Read More

Poverty pressure puts children’s development on hold

Report finds 65 percent of children are not college- or career-ready.

April 20, 2018
The Michigan League for Public Policy’s 2018 Kids Count in Michigan Data Book shows a wide disparity between West Michigan counties for children’s overall well-being. Read More

ArtPrize’s worth goes far beyond the art

April 20, 2018
The Business Journal has opined a few times in the last nine years that the thrill of ArtPrize would be short(er) lived without community support of the cash kind. Read More

Michigan should follow California’s lead

April 20, 2018
In a recent article, The New York Times reports “BMW and Daimler, Once Rivals, Join Forces to Fend Off Silicon Valley.” Read More

When it’s time for change, do it the right way

April 20, 2018
What is it that raises the topic of change? Read More

Change Ups: Schneider elected to membership

April 20, 2018
Attorney Christopher J. (C.J.) Schneider recently was elected to membership at Miller Johnson. Read More

Public Record

April 20, 2018
April 20 — Mortgages Read More

Street Talk: Tariffs offset tax gains

Go with the flow.

April 20, 2018
West Michigan’s two largest furniture manufacturers are keeping an eye on the impact of steel tariffs on their bottom line. Read More