Items Tagged with 'Local Economy'


2013: Where is the regional business sentiment trending?

January 5, 2013
I’ve spent much of the fourth quarter meeting with local business owners in an attempt to understand where the regional business sentiment is trending. Read More

Grand Rapids manufacturing shows minor improvement

November 10, 2012
Very modestly up. Our local economy has been flat for the last three reports, so even a modest uptick is good news. According to the data collected in the month ending Oct. 31, New Orders, our index of business improvement, edged up to +6 from -2. Read More

Preparing the next generation to purchase the business

November 10, 2012
West Michigan has a rich tradition of successful family-owned businesses, and ensuring they pass from one generation to the next is often very challenging but important to the future of our local economy. Read More