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Senator enjoys firsthand look at city’s small businesses

Downtown Market tour highlights mobile payments and food trucks.

May 27, 2016
A U.S. senator now has a better understanding of Grand Rapids’ entrepreneurial scene. Read More

Overtime rules raise questions

May 27, 2016
How will the U.S. Department of Labor’s new ruling on overtime labor wages impact local small businesses? That depends. Read More

State moves to ban bag bans

Plastic bags are an environmental issue, but lawmakers say the measure would help businesses.

May 27, 2016
(Watch for this story Monday morning on WZZM TV 13) It could soon be against the law in Michigan for local governments to enact a ban on plastic bags. Read More

Snyder names West Michigan leaders to 21st Century Education Commission

May 27, 2016
Governor Rick Snyder has appointed several West Michigan leaders to the state’s 21st Century Education Commission. Read More

Feds issue employer's guide for Family and Medical Leave Act compliance

May 27, 2016
The U.S. Department of Labor recently issued "The Employer’s Guide to The Family and Medical Leave Act" to assist employers with compliance. Read More

Attorney general investigates Grand Rapids veterans home

May 25, 2016
| By AP
Michigan's attorney general announced today that his office is investigating allegations of mistreatment at a state-run nursing home for veterans in Grand Rapids and is encouraging potential victims and witnesses to come forward. Read More

Mental health agency builds facility

May 24, 2016
| By AP
An outpatient mental health and substance abuse facility is being built in the region. Read More

Government expands overtime pay eligibility

HR has many issues to address before the Dec. 1 deadline.

May 20, 2016
Human resources departments are preparing to work overtime to help their companies comply with new rules that will make an additional 4.2 million American workers eligible for overtime pay. Read More

Program moves people from prison to paychecks

Vocational Village, which is only offered in Ionia, teaches vocational skills to prisoners.

May 20, 2016
A new vocational training program that launched this spring will prepare prisoners for jobs upon their release. Read More

DDA’s $8.6M budget fuels GR Forward

It includes plans for 103 capital projects, 92 of which were outlined in the master plan amendment.

May 20, 2016
The Grand Rapids City Commission will consider an $8.6 million 2017 budget recommendation from the Downtown Development Authority June 7. Read More