Grand Rapids Business Journal

GRBJ 6-18-18

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June 18, 2018

Volume: 36
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 18, 2018

GM unveils Wyoming plant upgrade

Overhaul of $119M brings axle production for full-size trucks back in-house, creating 300 jobs.

June 15, 2018
General Motors completed a yearslong $119-million upgrade to its Wyoming components plant, creating hundreds of local jobs in the process. Read More

Sweet House ‘never will be for sale’

Despite Women’s City Club vacating building, Sweet House Foundation plans to host variety of events.

June 15, 2018
The Sweet House is not for sale and never will be, according to the foundation that oversees it. Read More

GR well on its way to becoming an entrepreneurial hotspot

Start Garden among many organizations helping entrepreneurs bring their ideas to life.

June 15, 2018
Grand Rapids is making a name for itself in the entrepreneurial space. Read More

Local lawn and landscape business gets colorful

Husband-and-wife-owned venture adds ‘seasonal color’ as company’s fourth division.

June 15, 2018
While driving around West Michigan, Ryan and Nikki Riebel noticed a pattern of clashing flower colors and poor plant symmetry in outdoor planters at local businesses and homes. Read More

Inside Track: A pro in the ‘people business’

DK Security COO uses her leadership position for shining spotlight on others.

June 15, 2018
When Sindia Narber talks about her role at DK Security, she returns again and again to the stories of the people around her rather than her own accomplishments. Read More

DDA approves FY2019 budget

In addition to supporting five GR Forward goals, DDA also approved a retail innovation/incubation grant.

June 15, 2018
The Grand Rapids Downtown Development Authority has hit the final step in the 2019 budget approval process. Read More

Insights on closing the pay gap

HR Collaborative founder Beth Kelly talks wage trends, negotiating salary at Women in Finance lunch.

June 15, 2018
It’s no secret wage inequity still is a problem for women in the workforce. A local human resources expert recently shared strategies women can use to advocate for fair pay. Read More

Uncertainty follows prevailing wage repeal

Execs unsure how Senate vote will affect current bids on construction labor.

June 15, 2018
The Michigan Senate voted June 6 to repeal the state’s prevailing wage law, and while the decision evokes praise from those who have campaigned for it, uncertainty hangs in the air over how it will affect current bids on construction labor. Read More

Apple tariffs bite Michigan

Trickle-down effect could leave state with an abundance of fruit.

June 15, 2018
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) Michigan might be caught in the midst of an international tariff battle. Read More

Partnership leads to self-help legal center

62-B District Court in Kentwood offers second Legal Assistance Center in Kent County.

June 15, 2018
The Legal Assistance Center partnered with a Kentwood District Court to open a self-directed Legal Assistance Center in Kentwood earlier this month. Read More

Nonprofit works to license child care providers

Camp Fire West Michigan 4C’s Child Care B.R.I.D.G.E program focusing on high-needs areas.

June 15, 2018
A local nonprofit is beginning a project to link the needs of the community with quality early childhood education and care providers. Read More

General Motors once again offers dynamic economic impact for West Michigan

June 15, 2018
A comparatively quiet media tour of General Motors’ Wyoming components plant last week belied its unceremonious, abrupt closing nine years ago, immediately depleting Wyoming city coffers of more than $1 million in tax revenue, the loss of more than 1,500 skilled jobs and a 66-year GM relationship to West Michigan’s economy. Read More

What would tariffs on auto imports mean for suppliers?

June 15, 2018
If you work in the auto industry — for an original equipment manufacturer, supplier or otherwise — it’s likely you felt shock waves as the White House announced last month its investigation into the national security risks imposed by imported vehicles. Read More

The how and when of effective communication

June 15, 2018
Day in and day out, we hear discussions related to communications of one type or another. Read More

Change Ups: Holland Arts Council hires Rivera

June 15, 2018
After evaluating more than 130 candidates and completing four rounds of interviews, the Holland Area Arts Council hired Renese Rivera as executive director. Read More

Public Record

June 15, 2018
June 15 — Mortgages Read More

Street Talk: Leaders of the club

Read all about it.

June 15, 2018
The region will celebrate its business prowess this week while handing out some awards along the way. Read More