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


Women in Finance group talks building diverse pipelines

Participants discuss ideas for attracting balanced talent pool to foster corporate growth.

May 24, 2019
One of the core assertions of the Clifton StrengthsFinder personal assessment by Gallup is diverse teams are powerful. A recent lunch and learn explored how to get to this place. Read More

Furniture industry slips in Q1

Survey shows declines across 10 indicators consistent with normal first-quarter corrections, consultant says.

May 24, 2019
Michael A. Dunlap & Associates’ latest report shows first-quarter declines of all major activities in the furniture industry. Read More

Restaurateurs go 'all in' diversifying portfolio

The Winchester, Donkey Taqueria owners have opened a third restaurant and are redesigning another.

May 24, 2019
Instead of sticking to one cuisine style, the owners of All-In Hospitality Group have spent the past decade working to create a variety of “unique” destinations full of “neighborhood charm” in the Wealthy Street business district. Read More

Companies win Supplier of the Year award from GM

May 24, 2019
General Motors has recognized several companies in the region for supplier excellence. Read More

Company closing and re-imagining restaurant on East Beltline

May 23, 2019
A locally based restaurant company is closing a 9-year-old eatery and converting it into a brunch place. Read More

Ice cream maker rolls out dairy-free lineup

May 22, 2019
A West Michigan ice cream maker has created a line of vegan flavors. Read More

Restaurant and tasting room filling 160 positions

May 22, 2019
A wine and restaurant company is looking to hire 160 people for its first West Michigan location. Read More

'Nashville hot chicken' restaurant settles into Grand Rapids

May 21, 2019
A restaurant is bringing the heat of Nashville to Grand Rapids. Read More

Makers gathering for Made in Michigan marketplace

May 21, 2019
More than 50 vendors will sell wares made in the Mitten State at an upcoming maker fair downtown. Read More

Grocery chain wraps $18.3M re-branding project

May 20, 2019
A locally based grocery chain has re-opened 18 stores after an $18.3-million re-branding process that created 120 jobs. Read More