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


Owner closes Latin-Asian restaurant

December 12, 2018
The owner of a Latin-Asian fusion restaurant in Grand Rapids has closed the location. Read More

Grocery chain launches checkout app

December 12, 2018
A grocery chain is piloting a new mobile app at two West Michigan stores that allows customers to scan product barcodes as they shop to save time at checkout. Read More

Amway names chief R&D officer

December 11, 2018
Amway has tapped a former food industry executive to lead the company’s research and development functions. Read More

Grocery chain releases corporate responsibility report

December 10, 2018
A grocery chain has released a report highlighting its efforts last year to give back, promote sustainability and support farmers and food producers. Read More

Consulting firm launches employee experience tool

uMap aims to help companies create positive culture that leads to ‘virtual waiting room’ of talent.

December 7, 2018
A new consulting firm is debuting a software tool it says will help managers shift their thinking to win the war for talent. Read More

Grand Rapids-based retailer sells ‘low-impact’ eco-fashions

Clothing Matters founder Marta Swain marks 22 years selling organic casualwear.

December 7, 2018
Two-plus decades ago, when the sustainability movement was cutting its teeth in Grand Rapids, a traveling educator read a book about the cotton industry that stopped her in her tracks. Read More

Modern Woodmen embraces compassion

Fraternal financial services organization takes care of members, gives back to the community.

December 7, 2018
Modern Woodmen is a multibillion-dollar financial services organization named after lumberjacks. Read More

Survey shows income growth

HR association report tracks upward changes in salary and wage data from 262 West Michigan organizations.

December 7, 2018
The Employers’ Association released its 2018-19 Wage & Salary Survey, which found overall pay rates in the region have increased between 2.5 percent and 3.5 percent since 2017. Read More

South Korean restaurant chain opens location

December 7, 2018
A South Korean restaurant chain has opened its first Michigan location along a major retail corridor in town. Read More

Food maker creates three new snack lines

December 7, 2018
A food maker will soon roll out three new snack lines under several existing brands. Read More