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


Private equity firm sells automation company for $1.4B

April 24, 2019
A New York private equity firm has sold a West Michigan manufacturer of custom automation equipment to a Japanese company. Read More

Manufacturer becomes employee-owned company

April 24, 2019
In partnership with an investment firm, a local manufacturer’s employees have purchased their company from a private equity firm. Read More

Downtown restaurant opens bakery and café

April 24, 2019
A French restaurant downtown has opened a bakery and café adjacent to its existing space. Read More

Sports bar opens downtown

April 23, 2019
A sports bar with 84 television screens has opened in downtown Grand Rapids. Read More

West Michigan town is No. 1 'small city to start a business' in US

April 22, 2019
A town in the region has been ranked as the most entrepreneur-friendly small city in the nation. Read More

Whirlpool releases corporate sustainability report

April 22, 2019
Whirlpool Corporation has published a report highlighting the company’s progress on the sustainability front in 2018. Read More

Women in craft beer brew up change

Insiders say opportunities abound for industry to become more diverse, equitable and inclusive.

April 19, 2019
Despite a number of female- and minority-owned breweries popping up in West Michigan, most folks in the craft beer industry say it’s a white man’s world. Read More

Inside Track: For the love of 'numbers and food'

Garmon uses strong work ethic to create family enterprise, helping others through taxes and catering.

April 19, 2019
Jeannica Garmon became a time-management pro by running two businesses while working a full-time job. She said pursuing her passions alongside family makes the nonstop work worthwhile. Read More

Trader and CFA create local hedge fund

Partners set up Avron Peak Fund LP, an active trading pool for 100 investors and up to $100M in assets.

April 19, 2019
For some, the phrase “hedge fund” might conjure up memories of Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme that came crashing down in 2008 — but a pair of local financial advisers say they are creating one that will be a trustworthy source of returns not tied to stock market performance. Read More

Owner sells french fries stand

April 19, 2019
The owner of a french fries and chicken wings kiosk in a local mall has sold his business to an investor. Read More