Focus

An in-depth look at specific West Michigan industries.

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Engineers overcome ‘Phantom’ challenges

Major production will require big changes to DeVos Performance Hall.

October 31, 2014
“The Phantom of the Opera” is finally coming to Grand Rapids. The big question is: Will the production fit the space? Read More

YMCA breaks ground on new $30M facility in Cascade

Mary Free Bed Guild’s guidance results in accessibility for all.

October 31, 2014
When all is said and done, next fall West Michigan will be home to a new YMCA unlike any other in the country. Read More

Universal Forest Products enjoys successful third quarter

Industry’s rebound is cause for optimism, but lumber prices may be a concern.

October 31, 2014
Universal Forest Products Inc. had a good third quarter — it’s as simple as that. Read More

Two Grand Rapids projects earn awards

UM-ULI recognizes former Steelcase plant deal and a church renovation.

October 31, 2014
Next month at one of the state’s most prestigious real estate awards events, two major Grand Rapids projects will receive their well-earned moment in the spotlight. Read More

Better economy spurs real estate transactions

October 31, 2014
Real estate transactions have returned to the Michigan marketplace. Read More

Renovated Sanford House offers a new life to women

The pre-Civil War house provides a home-like environment.

October 31, 2014
An old house that is a Heritage Hill architectural icon is giving women a chance at a new life. Read More

Solar energy investment tax credit still available

HighPoint Electric just installed a $30,000 system at its headquarters.

October 31, 2014
With two years left to take advantage of a 30 percent investment tax credit for businesses installing a solar energy system, business owners in West Michigan are being urged by one growing electrical contracting company to consider sun power. Read More

Local low-cost home appraisal company now in 23 states

AppraisalSave began in September 2013 with financial help from Start Garden.

October 24, 2014
An Internet-based home appraisal business launched a little over a year ago in Grand Rapids has expanded into 23 states over the past six months. Read More

Grand River should be the ‘gem’ of the city

Group embarks on preliminary engineering and design work that would restore the rapids.

October 24, 2014
“How can you make Grand Rapids suck a little less?” Read More

Davenport launches online competency-based MBA degree

Program puts more emphasis on business experience than classroom time.

October 17, 2014
Business professionals interested in earning an MBA can now be graded based on their proficiency of material rather than time spent in a classroom. Read More