Grand Rapids Business Journal Economy blog

Banking & Finance

A blog that discusses the trends that affect the fiscal health of organizations, our communities, the nation and the world. Read More

The Roth 401(k) option

January 31, 2019
The complexities of saving for retirement continue to transform. Of course, there are many investment strategies to consider when developing your retirement savings plan. The two primary avenues for tax-favored retirement savings are government-sponsored programs and employer-sponsored programs. Read More


A blog that discusses local projects by private and public players –– and what drives the industry: urbanism, economic development, design, LEED, sustainability, historic preservation, workforce training and regulation. Read More

8 days a week: Managing stress in an overheated construction market

January 31, 2019
I believe that I speak for most of the West Michigan construction community when I say that 2018 was a great year. Investment, development and expansion in our communities are happening all around us, providing plenty of opportunity for the contracting community. Read More

Back in school …

October 23, 2018

When’s the drywall coming?

September 30, 2018
Grand Rapids Business Journal Diversity blog


A blog that explores our community's diversity -- and highlights the people, events and ideas that help bring us all together. Read More

Library hosting Taste of Soul downtown

February 15, 2019
There will be a celebration of African-American history and culture downtown this weekend. Read More
Grand Rapids Business Journal Health Care Blog

Health Care

A blog that examines the moves of the many players that make up one of the region's key economic engines: hospitals, universities, clinics, practices and nonprofits. Read More

Lifelong burn awareness

January 31, 2019
Whether they’re accidentally grabbing a hot pan, letting a match burn too far or spilling steaming coffee, most people have experienced a minor first-degree or even second-degree burn injury at some point in their life. Although painful, we know these minor injuries will heal quickly and usually leave no scar. Read More
Michigan Supreme Court seal


A blog that breaks down the local, state and federal laws of our land. Read More

College, student loans and regret

January 31, 2019
Let’s face it, you make terrible decisions in college. Even if you are able to make it out without any serious marks on your record, ego or mental health, you’ve probably already made the worst mistake of your career without knowing it. I’m talking, of course, about the massive debt most of us incurred while paying for four years of college. Read More
Grand Rapids Business Journal PR and Media blog

Marketing, PR & Advertising

A blog that offers insights into the strategies and tactics employed by professionals to spread messages via the mediums of our time.   Read More

Why employees are your best brand ambassadors

January 31, 2019
It is impossible to go a day without someone mentioning “influencers” or “influencer marketing” — it has become the buzzword of the moment, and companies seem to consider it a magic bullet for brand awareness and sales. Read More

Take part in Giving Tuesday

October 31, 2018
Real Estate blog

Real Estate

A blog that examines the significance of place and what defines a location –– and the industry: markets, micro markets, urbanism, neighborhoods, residential, commercial, mixed use, economic development, design, history and sustainability. Read More

How agile work boosts productivity

January 31, 2019
Look up the meaning of “agile” and you’ll find definitions like “able to move quickly and easily” or “marked by ready ability to move with quick, easy grace.” If you ask technology professionals for a definition of “agile,” they may tell you it’s a set of work principles from the 2001 "Agile Manifesto," a guide for software development teams. Read More

A growing Grand Rapids

October 31, 2018
Small business and startups blog

Small Business & Startups

A blog that discusses the everyday realities of growing a business — including entrepreneurship, raising capital, product development, distribution, marketing, finance, HR, management and market strategy. Read More

4 business goals to consider for 2019

January 4, 2019
Do you ever set New Year’s resolutions, but have trouble sticking to them? You’re not alone. According to a U.S. News report, 80 percent of New Year’s resolutions fail by the second week of February. Read More
Grand Rapids Business Journal Technology blog


A blog that shines a light on the innovations shaping our everyday lives -- and a platform for thoughtful futurists.

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Top consumer tech trends for 2019

January 31, 2019
2018 was a big year for technological advancements, and while 2019 is sure to be an exciting time with new emerging technologies, those in the tech industry will be focusing on ways to leverage existing technologies and apply them in a way that is more useful for consumers. Read More