Grand Rapids Business Journal

GRBJ 1-22-18

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January 22, 2018

Volume: 36
Edition: 4
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 22, 2018

City says project pipeline tightens

Economic development report shows businesses committed to $173 million in new private development in 2017.

January 19, 2018
The city of Grand Rapids has released a report showing the number of projects in its approval pipeline dipped in 2017. Read More

Entrepreneur invests $3M into Spring Lake

Kim VanKampen hopes to turn village into “epicurean” travel destination.

January 19, 2018
A major redevelopment of downtown Spring Lake is underway, with a member of the VanKampen family at the helm. Read More

Iconic spot receives inclusive contributions

From elementary school students to area businesses, Grand Haven community supports revitalizing Imagination Station.

January 19, 2018
The Grand Haven Imagination Station is getting a makeover later this year. Read More

Comprehensive farm law changes on deck this week

Food safety rules cover soil, animals, worker training and bacteria testing.

January 19, 2018
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) The clock is ticking. Read More

Inside Track: Ambition drives Jbara

A penchant for turning ‘no’ into ‘yes’ helped president/owner bring professional basketball to Grand Rapids.

January 19, 2018
He was never the tallest, most elusive or the strongest, but he was always ambitious. Read More

Growth expected among real estate sectors

Lack of skilled labor, high demand for inventory will be prominent in 2018, according to Colliers International West Michigan forecast.

January 19, 2018
Lack of skilled labor and a high demand for inventory continue to be key players in the real estate industry in 2018. Read More

Labor woes top survey concerns

Chamber survey shows availability of workforce and parking as top concerns, though 96 percent have positive perception of businesses climate.

January 19, 2018
Results from the annual Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs survey confirm talent and workforce development, as well as parking and mobility, remain the top concerns of the West Michigan business community. Read More

Security flaws reside in Intel processors

User data might be compromised; released patches could slow down performance in older computers.

January 19, 2018
Google early in January discovered nearly every Intel processor could be vulnerable to a security breach. Read More

Cost of Cyber Crime study concludes cyberattacks on the rise nationally

Average number of breaches per company per year rose from 102 to 130 in 2017.

January 19, 2018

Whether it is Equifax, Uber or Wells Fargo, the threat to cybersecurity is more prevalent than ever.

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Economic concerns must be prioritized

January 19, 2018
The Business Journal finds reason for continued caution in the reporting of greater Grand Rapids economic forecasts for 2018 and year-end statements summarizing 2017. Read More

It may be a bit, but it’s not a coin

January 19, 2018
If you’re like me, over the past few months you’ve probably been inundated with emails, texts, news reports and speculation about bitcoin. Read More

New Year’s resolutions: Will you be a winner?

January 19, 2018
The new year has arrived. But the question becomes where are we going? For many, they will make this new year an opportunity to change for the better, like more exercise, better eating habits, improved relationships; a burst of positive energy. Read More

Change Ups: Sofranko appointed artistic director

January 19, 2018
James Sofranko was appointed Grand Rapids Ballet’s new artistic director. Sofranko will be responsible for all artistic direction and artistic planning, including programming and hiring of dancers and choreographers, production staff, touring and outreach efforts. Read More

Public Record

January 19, 2018

Street Talk: Local idea gets national exposure

Starting early.

January 19, 2018
Delegates from Michigan Farm Bureau were successful in their efforts to advance several Michigan policy recommendations during the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 2018 Annual Meeting in Nashville, including revisions to AFBF dairy and farm program policy. Read More