Focus

An in-depth look at specific West Michigan industries.

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Children’s Healing Center provides germ-free space

First-of-its-kind concept is in the midst of a capital campaign and hopes to open in September.

July 3, 2015
West Michigan will welcome a new addition to the field of health care this fall when the first recreational center for children with weak immune systems opens its doors. Read More

Summit encourages West Michigan to rethink dementia

National thought leaders gather in GR to discuss innovative programming.

July 3, 2015
More than 120 community members and leaders from health care, business, philanthropy, education and research gathered at a day-long inaugural summit recently to envision and foster a collaborative and dementia-friendly culture in West Michigan. Read More

First & Main brings small town vibe to senior communities

The assisted living and memory care complex in Wyoming is the first of many that are planned.

June 26, 2015
An assisted living and memory care community anticipated to open this fall will not only provide clinical care, but also main street amenities and technology. Read More

Franchise finds niche home market in WM

Builder is catering to clients who are 50-plus with new communities.

June 26, 2015
About a dozen years ago, Peter Engles was living in Columbus, Ohio, trying to find a way into the real estate market. Read More

Enriching older adult lives through technology

Programs aim to help seniors interact, communicate and learn.

June 26, 2015
Organizations serving older adults are leveraging technology and innovative programs to change how people age and provide life-enriching experiences to seniors. Read More

Provider reduces burden of family caregiving

Studies indicate caregivers are suffering from lost productivity and wages.

June 26, 2015
As the economic impact of unpaid family caregivers increases in the United States, an in-home provider serving the Greater Grand Rapids area is looking to reduce the burden and stress of providing care to family members. Read More

‘Extra’ wort chiller spurs a hot new business

June 19, 2015
In 2004, Boyd Culver was trying to take his homebrewing to the next level. Read More

These entrepreneurs are a couple of smart cookies

June 19, 2015
A pair of entrepreneurs in a crowded and competitive market — cookies — are off to a viable start, with the help of the Michigan Cottage Foods Law of 2010. Read More

Running a small business — literally

Caroline Cook’s target market is runners wondering where to run in GR.

June 19, 2015
Grand Rapids Running Tours is not a unique concept for a small business: Caroline Cook says her research has turned up others in other large cities. Read More

Industrial equipment distributor focuses on 3D printing

Scarlett Inc. partners with South Carolina firm.

June 19, 2015
The possibilities are endless when it comes to 3D metal printing, according to James Scarlett, co-owner of Scarlett Inc. Read More