Editorial

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Discussion of diversity in business is only the first step

June 24, 2016
If “a little black child from Muskegon Heights or Grand Rapids can look at me and see an opportunity to do something they didn’t know was possible, that is something for which I am eternally grateful,” said 22-year-old George Walker in an interview with the Business Journal published this week. Read More

Eschewing discrimination is good business

June 17, 2016
Funerals for the victims of the Orlando nightclub massacre are only beginning, and while the national mourning might be expected to fade as it did for victims in Aurora, Sandy Hook and San Bernardino, the several issues brought to bear in this chapter of American violence and discrimination are more likely to offer a historic turning point. Read More

Regional business reports serve as a call to action

June 10, 2016
Brian Long, director of supply management research at Grand Valley State University Seidman College of Business, has used the same adjective each month this year to describe the regional economy: flat. Read More

Senate energy proposal is out of touch and sets state back

June 3, 2016
Michigan Senate Energy and Technology Committee members have spent this entire year reviewing Michigan’s comprehensive energy policy to update the state’s 2008 energy law now expiring. Read More

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