March 31

Partners launch food and resource website

A group of community partner organizations launched an interactive website to connect Kent County residents with food sources and other resources during the pandemic. Read More

Lakeshore Advantage to distribute small business relief funds

Lakeshore Advantage was awarded $300,000 in grant funds from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) to assist small businesses suffering financially as a result of COVID-19. Read More

The Right Place to distribute $1M in small business relief funds

The Right Place and various area partners will be distributing a $1 million grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) to help small businesses. Read More

Spectrum Health temporarily closes walk-in clinics

Spectrum Health closed all walk-in clinics in West Michigan until further notice. Read More

Manufacturer producing medical-grade safety masks

The maker of the Bioscarf is launching the production of a new medical-grade reusable safety mask in Cascade Township. Read More

National Flavors names CEO

A maker of flavors and extracts in the region hired a new CEO. Read More
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Steelcase manufacturing health care supplies

A local office furniture manufacturer is making personal protective equipment for health care providers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More
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Amazon provides free online computer science courses

Amazon is altering the way it is providing a technological program to students and teachers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More
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Founders Brewing campaign supports arts community

Founders Brewing Co. pledged to use its social media platforms to help promote artists affected by COVID-19. Read More
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Partnership allows restaurants to conduct retail sales

The Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association (MRLA) and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) are teaming up to enable restaurants to sell food and pantry items that previously could be sold only by grocery and retail stores. Read More
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Website offers resources for West Michigan businesses impacted by COVID-19

A new coalition launched a website for West Michigan businesses to navigate the COVID-19 crisis. Read More
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Community coalition grants funds to local organizations (update)

The Grand Haven Area Community Foundation is coming together with other organizations to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Read More
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Meeting tomorrow’s demands with project management training today

In a competitive marketplace, you want to do what it takes to get and stay relevant. Having experience in project management can propel your team and organization forward. Read More
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Sandal repair factory turns to making protective masks

A footwear brand is repurposing its local sandal repair factory to produce face masks and other protective equipment during the new coronavirus pandemic. Read More
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Van Andel, DeVos families to pay AHC+Hospitality staff for April

Grand Rapids’ two wealthiest families will continue to pay employees during the COVID-19 shutdown. Read More
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District court limits general public access

Access to a local district court was restricted amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More
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Nonprofit to host webinar on ‘silver lining’ of COVID-19

A sustainability-focused nonprofit will host a webinar next week to discuss the so-called “silver lining” of the pandemic: a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. Read More
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Brazilian jiujitsu academy opening downtown

A mixed martial arts school is opening this week. Read More
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City outlines new weapons ordinance

Grand Rapids city staff recently were joined by community leaders, local youth and other Grand Rapids officials during a media event to discuss the city’s new weapons ordinance, which regulates the ownership and carry of pneumatic and toy guns. Read More
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Manufacturer partnering on furniture for gamers

A local furniture maker is partnering with a maker of computer and video game accessories to create a line of furniture for gamers. Read More
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Dangerously high water levels require immediate action

We have witnessed the highest lake levels since the mid-1980s. Seeing the devastation on both public and private lands truly has been eye-opening.
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Undertrained sales managers often make common mistakes

In most organizations, sales managers are the essential bridge between the company’s sales goals and the realization of those goals.
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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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