Trends, products and advances


The future has arrived at Whirlpool

Company invests in robotic technology to cut costs, enhance safety.

October 21, 2016
In “Industries of the Future,” Alec Ross, the book’s author and keynote speaker at the West Michigan Policy Forum that was held in Grand Rapids in September, predicts robots soon will take over factory floors across the globe. Read More

IT firm expands into Southeast US

October 21, 2016
A local IT firm has opened a new sales and engineering office in the Southeast U.S. Read More

Law firm launches HR portal

October 19, 2016
A law firm is helping its business clients with their human resources needs by providing an online portal that goes beyond the legal realm and is aimed at addressing common challenges. Read More

Don't forget about remote workers when onboarding

October 19, 2016
There are many benefits to employing a remote workforce. Read More

Cloud-hosting company comes to GR

Tim Averill relocates SkyBox Cloud LLC headquarters to be closer to home, expand presence in Midwest.

October 14, 2016
A desire to be closer to home has brought a Nevada-based cloud-hosting company to Grand Rapids. Read More

IT firm investing up to $699K in operation

October 12, 2016
A local IT firm is investing up to $699,000 in its operation. Read More

Software maker closes $8.6M in funding

October 11, 2016
A local maker of IT software has closed an $8.6-million Series B round of venture capital funding. Read More

Spotlight on National Cyber Security Awareness Month

September 30, 2016
There has been a quite a bit of buzz lately over the importance of small business cyber security. There are about 500,000 cyber attack attempts per minute around the world, and hackers don’t discriminate — they are targeting everyone from governments to financial institutions to small businesses. Read More

Grand Rapids sees grand expansion

Founded in Detroit, Grand Circus offers 10-week software coding bootcamps.

September 30, 2016
Judging by the name, Grand Circus seems like a perfect fit for Grand Rapids. Judging by the region’s accelerated growth in software development and IT services, Grand Rapids seems like a perfect fit for Grand Circus, as well. Read More

Stryker VP: We are at the forefront of robotic surgery

Company sponsors middle school robotic teams to encourage children to follow career path.

September 30, 2016
Just three days before she was part of a panel discussion at the West Michigan Policy Forum, Stryker Corporation Vice President Katy Fink saw something incredible on a trip to China. Read More