Trends, products and advances


Local businesses strike Pokémon gold

Game blending digital and real worlds comes with promise — and pitfalls.

July 22, 2016
Pokémon Go? Yes, as a business community we have to talk about it, because — well, believe it or not, it’s making local businesses money. Read More

Companies on board with mission to Mars

At least 50 West Michigan firms are involved in building the rockets and tech.

July 22, 2016
When the first astronauts take off for Mars in the 2030s, a handful of West Michigan companies will have a hand in getting them there. Read More

West Michigan hospitals rate among 'most wired' in US

July 20, 2016
Seven West Michigan hospitals are considered to be among the “most-wired” hospitals in the country. Read More

Business leaders evaluate their role in diversity efforts

July 19, 2016
I have a title with the word “chief” in it. Because of that, I feel a greater sense of responsibility to help develop and grow not only my company, but my community as well. One of the ways I am doing this is by working to positively affect our diversity and inclusion efforts in West Michigan. Read More

Ride-booking app delivers ice cream

July 14, 2016
Ice cream trucks in the area will have some competition on Friday from a ride-booking app. Read More

Your 5-point password checklist

July 12, 2016
Password management is quickly evolving into biometric and two-factor authentication. I unlock my smartphone with my (biometric) fingerprint or a personally known pattern. Certainly, biometrics is very personal and very secure. Read More

Medical software company wins international award

July 11, 2016
A local maker of software for hospitals has been honored by an international publication focused on radio frequency identification. Read More

West Michigan tech sector faces shared promise, challenges

July 8, 2016
There’s a lot of flux in the world of information technology, especially in West Michigan. Read More

New tech streamlines review of construction documents

Builders will have easier access to state agencies.

July 8, 2016
Michigan has become the first state to fully implement the new Accela Inc. technology plan. The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs recently announced that plans can be submitted to the Bureau of Construction Codes through a new Accela e-PlanCheck progam. Read More

Construction firm names CIO

July 8, 2016
A local construction firm has a new executive. Read More