Street Talk

A casual, and sometimes cutting, roundup of what's being said around town.


Street Talk: Tech takes seat at board table

Scenic tour.

May 26, 2017
While recruiting CEOs remains a priority for public company boards, there are a handful of skill sets gaining prominence in the boardroom thanks to rapidly changing technology and enhanced concern over cyber security. Read More

Street Talk: Rapid transformation

Cleaning up.

May 19, 2017
During Josh Naramore’s presentation to the Grand Rapids City Commission during the FY2018 Preliminary Fiscal Plan hearings, the Mobile GR director said the department will be rebranding the Downtown Area Shuttle service line in 2018. Read More

Street Talk: Trash is information treasure trove

Common bonds.

May 12, 2017
As far as economic indicators go, this one may not be at the top of the heap, but it does offer a glimpse into daily life in West Michigan. Read More

Street Talk: The SBA road show

Baby makes 4.

May 5, 2017
The new leader of the Small Business Administration’s Michigan district is getting down to business quickly. Read More

Street Talk: Metro businesses at the top

Going Dutch.

April 28, 2017
West Michigan’s entrepreneurial stock is on the rise once again. Read More

Street Talk: Asleep at the wheel

Poetry in motion.

April 21, 2017
A study involving traffic stop tendencies of Grand Rapids officers has revealed black motorists are twice as likely as non-black drivers to be stopped by police within the city limits. Read More

Street Talk: The iceman cometh

Wear your beer.

April 14, 2017
Turns out very few people are studying hockey in United States, but a Calvin College professor aims to change that. Read More

Street Talk: DeVoses toast new venture

Flying south.

April 7, 2017
The DeVos family officially owns a West Michigan hard cider company. Read More

Street Talk: Pure Michigan: boon or bust?

Tour group.

March 31, 2017
While the Michigan Economic Development Corporation was touting another year of positive impact for the state’s tourism industry thanks to the Pure Michigan campaign, a statewide policy organization was making the rounds with a different narrative. Read More

Street Talk: The global economy

International flavor.

March 24, 2017
With the election of President Donald Trump, the West Michigan business community has one question on the country’s place in the global economy. Read More