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Legislators really need that summer break

May 27, 2016
Michigan legislators are two weeks away from summer recess, a time given to patriotic parades and town hall meetings, with the Mackinac Policy Conference this weekend serving as the unofficial start to the politicking season of national party conventions and fall elections — already unlike any in recent history. Read More

A business community of inclusion requires ‘doers’

May 20, 2016
Grand Rapids Business Journal’s reporting on the shortage of workers has been persistent, especially this year, and crosses many industry sectors including IT, computer programming and data management, varied construction skill areas and retailers, particularly in the food industry. Read More

Local impact of H-B1 visa restraints exemplify necessary changes

May 13, 2016
The random selection process used by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to award H-1B visas ends this week on May 16 for the 2017 fiscal year. Read More

Small business issues require more than federal advocacy; they require real change

May 6, 2016
Grand Rapids is home base for a large community of small businesses and entrepreneurial efforts, all well-versed in the complexities, ambiguous terms, technical language and overwhelming array of federal regulations. Read More

Heeding rankings will help sustain West Michigan business achievements

April 29, 2016
Grand Rapids Business Journal notes this week the number of West Michigan companies that have attained rank in the Michigan Business and Professional Association’s 2016 Best & Brightest Companies to Work For, an honor especially for its rigorous evaluation in 15 categories with 30 pages of documentation. Read More

What’s on your personal list?

April 22, 2016
Everybody loves a list. Over the past several days, grbj.com has reported on West Michigan cities appearing on several complimentary lists for business and lifestyle. Read More

The parking issue: follow the money

April 15, 2016
Downtown Grand Rapids is officially in the throes of a parking emergency, one that has come with warnings and statistical evidence for more than four years, even as taxpayer-funded parking areas were sold off to developers. Read More

21st Century Cures Act has important ramifications in Grand Rapids

April 8, 2016
Grand Rapids Business Journal is reporting on the proposed legislation, the 21st Century Cures Act, recently spotlighted at the Van Andel Institute for its bolstering of funding for young researchers (among all others). Read More

Walker, GR boundary transfer is a ‘win-win’ for regional economy

April 1, 2016
The cities of Grand Rapids and Walker will hold public hearings next week on a “boundary transfer” from Walker to Grand Rapids to accommodate a developer eyeing a multi-million dollar mixed use industrial park. Read More

Veterans Home’s disregard for care is black eye for Michigan

March 25, 2016
Grand Rapids health care institutions often tout various laurels bestowed upon them by national agencies and nonprofits. Read More