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‘I was able to … have someone see me’

A salon that has been quietly operating on a busy corridor in Grand Rapids for 15 years will get its long-awaited expansion thanks to a local racial equity lending firm. Read More


Workforce initiative secures $20K

The city of Grand Rapids and Huntington Bank are partnering on a workforce development initiative as part of the city’s ongoing efforts to reduce violence in neighborhoods. Read More


Manufacturer dials into workforce training

If you want something done right, do it yourself — such is the philosophy on display at Autocam Medical when it comes to creating a skilled workforce. Read More

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Academy builds foundation for tech-minded students

(As seen on WZZM TV 13) A local company is providing young people with an opportunity to learn about the technology industry. Read More

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Inside Track: Leader prevails despite the odds

When Ron Kitchens was elected alderman in his hometown at age 21, he had never heard the term “economic development.” But he had already decided the greatest force for change in this world is a job. Read More

Survey reveals immigrant challenges

A group of community leaders is taking the next step for better immigrant inclusion in Kent County. Read More

Marijuana agency spells out emergency rules

A Michigan agency is giving municipalities some time to weigh their options when it comes to allowing companies to plant marijuana in their communities for recreational use. Read More

Dental practice spreads joy with community outreach

It’s been more than five months since Lisa Weller woke up with a new set of teeth. Read More

Chamber focuses on minority contractors

The Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce has been ramping up its focus on helping minority-owned contractor businesses succeed. Read More

Bill aims to improve U.S. retirement prospects

Following the demise of pensions for the majority of Americans, retirement planning is an activity many feel unprepared to handle. A bill circulating in Congress could ease that burden if it becomes law. Read More

Federal grant helps ex-offenders find jobs

Ex-offenders soon will have more opportunities to find employment, courtesy of the U.S. Department of Labor. Read More

Do-it-yourself deeds offer traps for the unwary

It has become common to use form legal documents found on the internet. Read More

The secret strategy for meaningful sales meetings

With a little bit of preparation and a thoughtful approach, sales meetings can be powerful and meaningful events. Here’s how to make that happen. Read More

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Change Ups: Ogilvie receives WMSBF's President’s Award

Wendy Ogilvie, director of environmental programs for Grand Valley Metro Council since 2013, recently received West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum’s 2019 President’s Award. Read More

Public Record

July 12 — Mortgages Read More

Street Talk: The future is now

Fifteen of the Muskegon lakeshore’s up and coming young professionals are being recognized by the business community for contributing to the growth and success of their company/organization and making a positive impact along the lakeshore. Read More