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Grand River should be the ‘gem’ of the city

Group embarks on preliminary engineering and design work that would restore the rapids.

October 24, 2014
“How can you make Grand Rapids suck a little less?” Read More

Local low-cost home appraisal company now in 23 states

AppraisalSave began in September 2013 with financial help from Start Garden.

October 24, 2014
An Internet-based home appraisal business launched a little over a year ago in Grand Rapids has expanded into 23 states over the past six months. Read More

Davenport launches online competency-based MBA degree

Program puts more emphasis on business experience than classroom time.

October 17, 2014
Business professionals interested in earning an MBA can now be graded based on their proficiency of material rather than time spent in a classroom. Read More

WMU’s aviation capital outlay receives endorsement

Labor council backs plan for $19M expansion using state appropriation.

October 17, 2014
A university nationally recognized for its aeronautics program is pursuing state funding for a $19 million expansion and renovation project for its aviation facility to accommodate projected industry growth for maintenance technicians. Read More

Online strategy is essential element of education

Colleges say student-faculty engagement and assessment tools contribute to success.

October 17, 2014
The online platform for education is a tool academic institutions can use to meet the needs and expectations of their students in an increasingly data-driven world, while providing an opportunity for nontraditional students or professionals to pursue a higher education. Read More

Northwood incorporates cohort approach in online MBA program

It’s the same process the university uses in its traditional advanced-degree classes.

October 17, 2014
A business school is adding a new MBA program to its repertoire with the launch of a fully integrated online curriculum for students in January. Read More

616 Development practices philanthropic culture

Real estate developer and tenants annually select list of holiday charities.

October 10, 2014
It’s October, which means philanthropic buildups leading up to the holiday season — now only weeks away — have already begun. Read More

Golden era ahead for funding nonprofits

Foundations can help find and manage baby boomers’ charitable contributions.

October 10, 2014
What accountants know about baby boomers’ wealth is also known by those who run nonprofit charitable organizations: There is a lot of money bound to become available to charity and other types of nonprofit groups in the years ahead. Read More

Guiding Light's Back to Work empowers men to re-enter workforce

Organization trains men to be good workers and employment agencies are taking notice.

October 10, 2014
An interdenominational faith-based organization is lighting the path for those who hit a bump in the economic road to re-engage with the community through new employment and permanent housing. Read More

Religion plays role in local philanthropy

But nonprofit leaders express concerns about younger generations.

October 10, 2014
Does genuine religious faith make a person more generous? Read More