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


Suburban bistro sold to restaurant group

October 21, 2019
A newly formed restaurant group has acquired a longtime restaurant in the area that serves French and American fare. Read More

Bank hires VP of commercial banking

October 21, 2019
A bank in the area has named a 30-year veteran of the industry its next vice president of commercial banking. Read More

Flour mill rises to the challenge

Knappen Milling recently became the first women-owned and -led business of its kind in North America.

October 18, 2019
Twenty days before Black Tuesday and the start of the Great Depression, a farmer named Charles “Charlie” Brown Knappen incorporated a flour mill business in Augusta that his great-granddaughter now runs today. Read More

Lender receives $500K to help small businesses

Northern Initiatives will use grant to expand portal and technical assistance for customers.

October 18, 2019
Diverse small business loan customers in West Michigan will get a leg up from their lender this year, thanks to a $500,000 grant. Read More

Food maker launching limited-edition cereal, donating $50K to GLAAD

October 18, 2019
Kellogg Company is donating $50,000 to an LGBTQ advocacy group and launching a limited-edition cereal to support anti-bullying efforts. Read More

Nonprofit names ‘Sustainable Business of the Year’

October 18, 2019
A local sustainability nonprofit named its Sustainable Business of the Year and honored other winners at an awards ceremony downtown. Read More

Bank opens downtown retail loan office

October 17, 2019
A locally based bank has opened a retail loan office in downtown Grand Rapids. Read More

Pizza chain opens suburban location

October 16, 2019
A national pizza chain has a new location in the area. Read More

Wolverine Worldwide hires first chief merchant officer

October 16, 2019
Wolverine Worldwide has tapped an expert to fill a newly created role overseeing its merchandising growth strategy. Read More

Manufacturer building 36-acre campus

October 15, 2019
A maker of conveyor belt solutions is moving its local operation to a larger campus in the area. Read More