Rachel Watson

Rachel Watson

Rachel Watson is a Grand Rapids Business Journal staff reporter who covers food, manufacturing, small business, banking and finance, HR and diversity and sustainability. Email Rachel at rachelw at grbj dot com. Follow her on Twitter @RachelWatson86

ARTICLES

Restaurateur plans neighborhood pizzeria

July 18, 2019
A local restaurateur is giving new life to a former eatery in town. Read More

Tooling group hires local president

July 18, 2019
A tooling group based on the state’s east side has named a president for its local subsidiary. Read More

Burger and custard chain plans location

July 17, 2019
A restaurant group is building a new location of a national fast-food chain focused on burgers and custard. Read More

Snack brand rolls out new line

July 17, 2019
A food maker in the region has produced a new snack designed to complement kids’ school lunches. Read More

Insurance brokerage plans $300M senior notes offering

July 16, 2019
An insurance brokerage in the area is planning a major offering of senior notes. Read More

Bank appoints president and CEO

July 16, 2019
A locally based bank has named its new leader. Read More

Packaging supplier closing plant

July 15, 2019
A maker of plastic packaging materials is closing a plant in the region and laying off 42 workers. Read More

Private equity firm buying manufacturer for $170M

July 15, 2019
An East Coast private equity firm is acquiring a local business unit of a global medical technology company for $170 million. Read More

Downtown Market elects board members

July 15, 2019
The Grand Rapids Downtown Market has elected two new board members who will also serve on its finance committee. Read More

‘I was able to … have someone see me’

Turned away by traditional banks, Dominican salon secures expansion loan through private capital fund.

July 12, 2019
A salon that has been quietly operating on a busy corridor in Grand Rapids for 15 years will get its long-awaited expansion thanks to a local racial equity lending firm. Read More