Focus

An in-depth look at specific West Michigan industries.

ARTICLES

New firm reflects a farm heritage

David Rasch first learned about investing from his father, an apple grower on the Fruit Ridge.

March 27, 2015
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) David Rasch, founder and president of a small new firm called Harvest Wealth Advisors, figures he was about 6 years old when he first saw his father studying the stock market at the family dining table and talking to his mother about their investments. Read More

Bullish on the macro global outlook

An investment professional from Dubai speaks to the CFA Society West Michigan.

March 27, 2015
Are investors too blinded by the crash in oil prices to notice green shoots of economic improvement around the world? Read More

GRCC taps into training grant

Beer City will need ready-to-work employees in growing craft beer industry.

March 20, 2015
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) Another Michigan college is entering the beer education game. Read More

Health workers to spot human trafficking

LANSING — Criminals who sell victims for sex or labor leave marks that are rarely noticeable to the average person, but doctors and nurses have a unique advantage to spot these red flags and intervene — if they are properly trained. Read More

TED’s umbrella covers many of state’s talent initiatives

March 20, 2015
A new organization is reshaping the way the state leverages the ability to build talent. Read More

Debate over two- and four-year degrees

There are benefits to both for job-seekers.

LANSING — This spring, thousands of students across Michigan will collect high school diplomas, with their sights set on higher education. Read More

House in Austin is home to Michigan products, music

Organizers create pop-up marketing venue for South by Southwest festival.

March 13, 2015
Michigan is taking Texas by storm. Read More

Thinkbox Creative thrives in west side environment

March 13, 2015
Website design and development studio Thinkbox Creative has been around for nearly 20 years, but in the last four years the company has redefined itself and grown tremendously. Read More

Navigating a PR crisis in a social media landscape

Consumers are often willing to give companies a pass for wrongdoing.

March 13, 2015
What do the following people and brands have in common? Home Depot, Target, Bill Cosby, Justin Bieber, New York Police Department, Facebook, American Apparel, Washington Redskins, Sea World, Under Armour, DiGiorno Pizza, Urban Outfitters, DHL, Dr. Oz and Hot Pockets. Read More

Mindscape sets sights on becoming a $10M company

Strategic planning, mentoring have agency quadrupling revenue in three years.

March 13, 2015
In January, digital marketing firm Mindscape announced it had split from branding firm Do More Good, formerly Hanon McKendry, ending a seven-year relationship between the two companies. Read More