November 20

Coffee roaster acquires company's wholesale operation

A local coffee roaster has acquired part of a Grand Rapids coffee company. Read More

Furniture industry dips in third quarter

The latest report from Michael Dunlap & Associates shows furniture industry executives remain confident despite declines from the second quarter. Read More

College receives largest-ever gift

A college in the region has received the largest gift in its 134-year history. Read More

Partners plan restaurant and bar downtown

A group of partners are planning to open a new restaurant and bar in downtown Grand Rapids. Read More

German company selects Grand Rapids for US HQ

A German software company is expanding into the U.S. through a new subsidiary that is headquartered downtown. Read More

Health system opens $7.8M suburban facility

A health system has opened a new primary care and urgent care facility in a Grand Rapids suburb. Read More
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Financial Times rates advisors among tops in US

A group of West Michigan financial advisors have been ranked among the best in the nation by an industry publication. Read More
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Brewery releases specialty package

A local brewery is rolling out a new specialty package of dark brews. Read More
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Manufacturer appoints ex-furniture maker CEO to board

A local manufacturer has appointed the former CEO of a furniture maker in the region to its board of directors. Read More
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‘Diversity is a strength’ at metal stamping plant

At a time when manufacturers are “dying” for good people, Jireh Metal Products says it has tons. Read More
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Inside Track: After-hours work pays off

Jeff Stevens, president and CEO of the rapidly growing technology supplier Vista IT Group, said he wants to keep his company on a steep growth curve, and part of his strategy is instilling in his sales staff a level of technical proficiency above the industry standard. Read More
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ReThink West Michigan calls on ex-residents

Two organizations are hosting an event designed to bring former residents back into the region’s talent pool. Read More
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Golfer donates part of prize money to hunger relief

The reigning champion of the Meijer LPGA Classic has given a portion of her winnings to the retailer’s hunger-relief program. Read More
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$4M downtown apartment project taking next step

A local developer is seeking to fill a hole in downtown Grand Rapids. Read More
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Health system buys properties for $4.9M

A local health system has purchased a pair of properties in Grand Rapids. Read More
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Residential real estate brokerage acquires firm

A residential real estate brokerage is growing its reach in the region. Read More
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Two small GR-based companies snag ‘Giant’ award

Every year, Forbes’ list of 25 “Small Giants” in business highlights small companies focused on being of great caliber, rather than just great in size. Read More
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GRCC workforce training generates $423M

Grand Rapids Community College’s noncredit workforce training programs in 2016 had an estimated $423.4-million economic impact and supported about 4,465 jobs in Kent and Ottawa counties. Read More
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BLM marks Michigan’s strengths, weaknesses

To be a “top ten” state, Michigan needs 36,000 more residents working, $10,000 more income per person and $12,500 more GDP per person. Read More
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Connecting disease origins through metabolism

As technology continues to reshape how we interact with the world, advances in science and medicine are helping us live longer than ever before, a positive outcome tempered by a parallel and concerning rise in certain diseases.
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HireReach sets bar for employment practices

The Business Journal story reporting on changes in hiring practices at Mercy Health is nothing short of riveting for its success in eliminating bias in the selection and training process. President Bill Manns initiated the implementation of a new process five years ago to address diversity and turnover.
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