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

West Michigan town ranks No. 1 for affordability

December 9, 2019
A personal finance website has ranked a town in the region as the top city for high salaries and low cost of living. Read More

Credit union opens suburban branch

December 9, 2019
A credit union has opened a new branch in a suburb of Grand Rapids. Read More

Vogt Industries seeks a successor

Drawer and cabinet hardware systems maker looks back on a ‘pleasing’ 50 years in business.

December 6, 2019
As Jim and Marcia Vogt prepare to retire and transition out of their longtime furniture company, they are reflecting on five decades of hard work in an industry with many ups and downs. Read More

Local event planners join forces to acquire firm

New co-owners merge three event design and décor rental businesses while expanding statewide.

December 6, 2019
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) Special Occasions was founded 16 years ago to provide linen, chair and décor rentals to corporate, bridal and social event planners. Read More

Association: Business outlook slips for 2020

National employer group finds executives are responding with caution to reports of softening economy.

December 6, 2019
The Employer Associations of America (EAA) just released its 2020 National Business Trends Survey, and it shows executives are feeling a little less confident about next year’s economy. Read More

Barbecue restaurant coming to downtown

December 6, 2019
Downtown Grand Rapids’ Arena District soon will be welcoming a new barbecue restaurant. Read More

Cheese entrepreneur lands Meijer pilot deal

December 6, 2019
A tenant of the Grand Rapids Downtown Market incubator kitchen has landed a pilot distribution deal with Meijer. Read More

Garage storage brand rolls out overhead rack

December 6, 2019
A garage organization brand now is selling a new overhead storage system. Read More

Couple opens popcorn shop downtown

December 5, 2019
A shop full of gourmet treats just popped up downtown. Read More

Recruiting firm opens downtown HQ

December 5, 2019
A social impact recruiting firm has moved out of a co-working space into its newly acquired office in downtown Grand Rapids. Read More