Focus

An in-depth look at specific West Michigan industries.

ARTICLES

Jimmy John’s case highlights non-compete agreement challenges

Employers need to be reasonable and not overreach.

February 27, 2015
A group of Jimmy John’s employees in Illinois are taking the sub shop to court over non-compete agreements they believe are unfair and should be discarded. Read More

Direct-pay medicine presents alternative health care model

Legislature exempts these types of medical retainer agreements from state’s insurance act.

February 27, 2015
If you have ever had the experience of being rushed out the door of your doctor’s office with a prescription in hand but little understanding of what was wrong with you or what you’d been prescribed, you are not alone. Read More

Changes in the banking landscape

Banking preferences of millennials have financial institutions reviewing their services.

February 20, 2015
Millennials are making unintended waves in the personal banking world and have even been mentioned by one of Michigan’s oldest banks as the root cause of its recent decision to close several branches in the Lower Peninsula. Read More

Grand River Bank holding company raises $10.65 million

February 20, 2015
Grand River Commerce Inc., the holding company for Grand River Bank in Grandville, completed a private sale of more than 2.3 million shares of its common stock in early February to “accredited investors,” netting $10,653,786. Read More

Grand Valley State team wins CFA challenge

February 20, 2015
A team from Grand Valley State University won the 2015 CFA Institute Research Challenge local competition and now advances to the Americas Regional financial analysis competition in Atlanta April 15-16. Read More

First spec Class A office building in years proposed for downtown

The 12-story structure will replace a pair of buildings that were recently demolished.

February 13, 2015
For the first time in many years, a speculative Class A office building has been proposed for downtown Grand Rapids’ urban core. Read More

Third Coast looks to build Michigan Street Corridor

The five-story hotel at Mid Towne Village is just the beginning of firm’s plans for the area.

February 13, 2015
“For the Michigan Street Corridor … 2015 will be the line in the sand. It’s when the trees get planted.” Read More

Firm garners $75 million worth of contracts

The work is scattered across several market segments.

February 13, 2015
The last six months at Triangle Associates have been busy — in all the good ways. Read More

Builders discuss lack of skilled workers before House committee

Youth Employment Standards Act hinders minors from working construction jobs.

February 13, 2015
Could the lack of available skilled labor currently facing West Michigan’s construction industry be partially solved with a legislation change? Read More

Companies cleaning up in post-recession era

Janitorial firms are working to secure and keep quality employees.

February 13, 2015
During the Great Recession, many businesses cut corners by seeking a cheaper way to meet their janitorial needs. Read More