Joel Siegel

March 10, 2004
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Joel Siegel, right, and his brother Jim are the fourth generation to oversee the family business.
GRAND RAPIDS — Joel Siegel has his family's touch.
Siegel, along with brother Jim, runs the oldest family-owned business in West Michigan: Siegel Jewelers. And they do it with a flair that has kept the Siegel name in jewelry-seeking customers' minds since 1889.
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Tech Forecast Grade Above Average

January 23, 2004
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Keith Brophy, CEO of Sagestone Consulting and one of the firm's founders, has published numerous technical works since translated into the languages of the world's economic powerhouses.
GRAND RAPIDS — For the third year in a row, Keith Brophy has taken a look backward — and a look forward — at his predictions about trends in technology.
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2003 Average Unemployment Rises

January 23, 2004
LANSING — The Michigan Department of Labor & Economic Growth announced that Michigan’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in December edged upward by one tenth of a percentage point to 7.2 percent from November’s 7.1 percent.
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Economy Moderate Improvement

January 22, 2004
GRAND RAPIDS — The National Association of Purchasing Management is reporting that moderate growth is resuming, according to data collected in the third and fourth weeks of December.
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Rice Leads Young Professionals

January 21, 2004
HOLLAND — Barry Rice is hip.

Well, HYP, actually.

Rice, founder of the Holland Young Professionals (HYP), is working to create a place where professionals between the ages of 21 and 35 can congregate to make business and social connections with people from all over West Michigan.

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Photo Firms Make Digital Transition

January 16, 2004
GRAND RAPIDS — Customers often dictate business decisions and when shutterbugs started making the shift to digital photography, commercial photo houses had to go along with them.
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Ehlers Puts Education Over Space

January 15, 2004
GRAND RAPIDS — President George W. Bush’s vision of returning human beings to the moon and possibly traveling to Mars is an inspirational goal, Congressman Vern Ehlers agrees, but it is a vision that comes with peril and a huge price tag.
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Survey Finds Suppliers Are Pinched

January 13, 2004
GRAND RAPIDS — According to a survey released this week by IRN, automakers and their Tier One suppliers continue to demand greater price reductions from their component suppliers.
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Youth Committee Has 70K In Grants

January 12, 2004
GRAND RAPIDS — Some area teenagers are learning the art of — and rewards from — philanthropy at an early age.
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New Cook DeVos Center Represents Future

January 9, 2004
GRAND RAPIDS — Not only did the erection of the 215,000-square-foot, $53 million Cook DeVos Center for Health Sciences change the downtown skyline, it also changed health education in the region.
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