City hall, county government and the state legislature


DOL’s amendment leaves firms scrambling

Fiduciary rule requires financial advisors to act in best interest of clients, eliminate commission-based services.

December 2, 2016
A rule change concerning fiduciary standards for financial advisers has shaken up the industry — but the shockwaves might not last long. Read More

Year-end tax planning tips

November 30, 2016
Welcome to December — the last month of the calendar year. If not already, your life is about to be consumed with shopping, holiday parties and family gatherings. There is another item to add to your list before the end of the year that’s not very glamorous but could reap significant rewards: year-end tax planning. Read More

Year-end gifts and taxes

November 29, 2016
For most people, federal estate and gift taxes are not a concern. The reason is because there is a lifetime credit that can be used against either taxable gifts made during one’s lifetime or against federal estate tax at the time of death. Read More

GRBJ Podcast: Kurt Graham of Mika Meyers on the OT rule

November 29, 2016
Kurt Graham — an attorney at MIka Meyers — is the featured guest in episode 10 of the GRBJ Podcast. Read More

Partnership provides pipeline to college

T2C Studio opens to help first-generation college students and students of color.

November 25, 2016
Area education and municipal leaders said they are concerned not enough Grand Rapids Public Schools students make it to and through college — which means the region’s talent pool is not as strong as it could be. Read More

County receives $400K grant for Millennium Park

November 25, 2016
A $400,000 grant from a local family foundation will aid Kent County’s efforts to preserve wetlands at Millennium Park. Read More

Procurement nonprofit elects president

November 24, 2016
An economic development leader in the region is the new president of a statewide nonprofit focused on helping businesses secure government contracts. Read More

Feds award state $2.5M grant for apprenticeships

November 24, 2016
A federal grant will allow Michigan to expand skilled-trade apprenticeship opportunities for underserved groups. Read More

President-elect Trump names Betsy DeVos education secretary

November 23, 2016
West Michigan will be represented in the Trump administration. Read More

Judge blocks federal overtime rule

November 23, 2016
A federal judge has blocked the long-anticipated mandatory overtime pay rule that was set to take effect Dec. 1, making thousands of local workers and millions nationwide eligible for time-and-a-half pay for hours worked past 40. Read More