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


Whitmer administration says ‘Sixty by 30’ hangs in the balance

LEO director presses for funding Michigan Reconnect, Going PRO Talent Fund.

February 21, 2020
A leader within Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration says he is “hopeful” a pair of adult education and workforce development programs will be funded this quarter by the Republican-controlled Legislature. Read More

Report shows continued 'expansionary' trend

Citizens Business Conditions Index rises in Q4 on trade optimism, consumer spending.

February 21, 2020
Easing trade tensions with China, increased consumer spending and a more stable interest rate environment helped improve U.S. business sentiment in the fourth quarter, according to the latest Citizens Business Conditions Index. Read More

City manager touts sustainability, equity

Forum provides window into city’s strategic plan surrounding justice, health and the environment.

February 21, 2020
Grand Rapids City Manager Mark Washington recently provided a progress report on some key components of the city’s new strategic plan and its planned next steps in those areas. Read More

Inside Track: Curiosity drives Perdue

Kids Count project director for Michigan says adapting to converging identities taught her versatility.

February 21, 2020
Kelsey Perdue’s penchant for variety in her professional life has led her to a new role she says is tying together all of her life experiences and pursuits. Read More

Wolverine reaches settlement with 3M

February 21, 2020
Wolverine Worldwide reached a settlement with the maker of a formula that contained PFAS chemicals that was used to waterproof the footwear maker’s products beginning in the 1950s and ’60s. Read More

Industrial scales maker sells to global company

February 21, 2020
The owners of a local manufacturer of industrial scales have sold the business to a multinational supplier of weighing instruments. Read More

Supply chain company moving HQ out of downtown

February 20, 2020
A local supply chain management and warehouse supply company is tripling its footprint with a move to the suburbs. Read More

Former Amazon delivery contractor shuttering Walker facility

February 20, 2020
A “final mile” delivery company that lost a contract with Amazon is closing its local operations by April. Read More

Nonprofits producing women’s entrepreneurship summit

February 20, 2020
A pair of area nonprofits will host a conference on entrepreneurship for women next week. Read More

Amway cutting 50 jobs

February 19, 2020
Amway is eliminating 50 marketing and research and development jobs as it concludes the companywide restructuring that began in 2018. Read More