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Changes in health care influence furniture design

Rooms are becoming more adaptable so patients and family feel at home.

May 22, 2015
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) One of the biggest changes you might have noticed recently when visiting your doctor’s office is that the furniture looks much more like what you’d find in a hotel room than in a hospital. Read More

Pain points, pipes and the cloud

IT professionals comment on what’s hot today.

May 22, 2015
When a business owner or CEO hears the IT people talking about pain points, pipes and the cloud, this may be the gist of their conversation: “We could fix these pain points with a bigger pipe, and we could afford a bigger pipe if we spent money on the cloud rather than investing capital on hardware in our backroom.” Read More

GR and Kent County in new statewide collaboration

Their new financial management software will come from “the cloud.”

May 22, 2015
The city of Grand Rapids and Kent County government are the first local governments in Michigan to contract for new financial management software available on “the cloud” to members of the non-profit Michigan Municipal Services Authority. Read More

Another $600K to Michigan for first-time homebuyer grants

It’s a remainder of the National Mortgage Settlement, and it won’t last long.

May 15, 2015
The National Mortgage Settlement turned over another $600,000 to the Michigan State Housing Development Authority in April to be used as grants and/or interest-free loans to first-time homebuyers. Read More

GR Merrill Lynch team honored

Barron’s rated group among Michigan’s top institutional consultants.

May 15, 2015
The 16-member Veldheer, Long, Mackay & Bernecker Group in Grand Rapids has been selected by Barron’s magazine as Michigan’s top institutional investment team and the seventh-ranked institutional team in the nation. Read More

Dems propose tax breaks for mid-, low-income families

They want the financial burden shifted back to businesses.

LANSING — Michigan is still catching up after the Great Recession crashed the economy — and for most residents, the 2011 rewrite of the state tax code made things worse, Democratic legislators say. Read More

Law firm with expertise in financial sector comes to GR

Talcott Franklin made a name for itself suing money center banks during financial crisis.

May 15, 2015
A Texas law firm with a history of taking on money center banks during the financial crisis has joined the Grand Rapids community by acquiring a firm in the area. Read More

Reverse mortgage market grows with aging population

A higher level of debt in retirement is also a driving factor.

May 15, 2015
Reverse mortgages — technically known as an HECM or Home Equity Conversion Mortgage — seem to be advertised more frequently these days, and Mike Gruley says there certainly are many more requests for information about them coming in to his company. Read More

MSU credit union’s commitment to employees shines bright

Best of the Best winner finds happy workers continue the cycle of success.

May 15, 2015
Michigan State University Federal Credit Union has grown over the years to a workforce of more than 640, but it remains focused on creating a culture of engaged and dedicated employees. Read More

Grand Angels exceeds 2014 goals with $2.5M invested in 12 deals

Michigan’s venture capital community outpaced the national landscape during 2009 to 2013.

May 15, 2015
Grand Angels surpassed its projections for 2014. Read More