Grand Rapids Business Journal

GRBJ 6-19-17

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June 19, 2017

Volume: 35
Edition: 25
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.

June 19, 2017

Expansion to improve efficiency

New addition will give Hearthside bakery in GR extra storage room, avoid off-site storing costs.

June 16, 2017
A $7-million expansion is set to help production of granola in Grand Rapids. Read More

Delays help City Built find its niche

Brewery opens in Monroe North area after nearly two years of setbacks.

June 16, 2017
When Edwin Collazo and Dave Petroelje first announced City Built Brewing Co. in fall 2015, the brewing industry was a different beast. Read More

Slow and steady wins the race

Rx Optical vice president of marketing credits slow growth model for 70 years of business.

June 16, 2017
A slow and intentional approach to expansion has been the key to Kalamazoo-based Rx Optical’s 70 years of success. Read More

GR hitting restaurant saturation?

MRA president says two closings this month could indicate city nearing its peak.

June 16, 2017
Two restaurant closures this month could signal saturation in the Grand Rapids area. Read More

616 Development learns from mistakes

CEO admits he was ‘disconnected’ during company’s rapid growth.

June 16, 2017
Heading into 2017, Derek Coppess knew there would be a change at 616 Development. Read More

City launches initiative for racial equity

Mayor, higher ed leaders, private sector will seek inclusive solutions for boosting minority employment and job creation.

June 16, 2017
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss promised in her 2016 State of the City address that she would focus on racial equity, and she intends to keep her word. Read More

First Community Bank targets small business community

Fifth-generation, family-owned bank continues expansion in market filled with corporate banks.

June 16, 2017
A diverse small business community is leading the growth for First Community Bank in Grand Rapids. Read More

Herman Miller debuts smart desk technology

Sensors embedded in office furniture keeps records of desk utilization, helps workers reach activity goals.

June 16, 2017
Herman Miller showcased a new product meant to track human needs last week at NeoCon in Chicago. Read More

Co-working program helps spur growth locally

June 16, 2017
It’s easy for entrepreneurs and small businesses to get stuck in a rut, spinning their wheels in the mud of red tape and self-limitations. Read More

DDA approves spending for Lyons Edge project

Agency to pay $370,000 for improvements that include replacing the existing stepped amphitheater with more green space.

June 16, 2017
A $4-million improvement project to Lyons Edge continues to inch along. Read More

Inside Track: An unexpected career change

Waterford Place executive director never envisioned himself working in senior care.

June 16, 2017
Throughout Waterford Place retirement community, there are artfully crafted wood pieces and stained glass. Read More

Racial equity issues most rooted in education

June 16, 2017
Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss is providing sustained city leadership in the quest for racial equity in the community, last year winning Grand Rapids a selection as one of five cities in the country to become part of the Racial Equity Here effort. Read More

A four-pronged approach to economic well-being in Michigan

June 16, 2017
It was an honor to serve as a member of Gov. Rick Snyder’s Building the 21st Century Economy Commission. Read More

Marginal tax rate reduction could impact charitable giving

June 16, 2017
The chatter on tax reform continues. Read More

Do you have the character and characteristics for sales success?

June 16, 2017
Here is list of sales success characteristics. Read More

Change Ups: Wilcox named Teacher of the Year

June 16, 2017
East Kentwood High School mathematics teacher Luke Wilcox was named the 2017-18 Michigan Teacher of the Year. Read More

Nonresidential construction segments suffer spending decline

June 16, 2017
Nonresidential construction spending fell 1.7 percent in April, totaling $696.3 billion on a seasonally adjusted, annualized basis, according to analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data by Associated Builders and Contractors. Read More

Public Record

June 16, 2017
June 16 — Mortgages Read More

Street Talk: Leading the way

Broadcast stars.

June 16, 2017
Some of Grand Rapids’ more prominent business leaders will share the spotlight Monday night with the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Read More