Grand Rapids Business Journal

GRBJ 5-20-19

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May 20, 2019

Volume: 37
Edition: 20
Since 1983, Grand Rapids Business Journal has been West Michigan's primary and most trusted source of local business news. The weekly print edition of the Business Journal, a must-read for the area’s top decision-makers, is known as the business newspaper of metro Grand Rapids, Holland, Muskegon and all of West Michigan.

May 20, 2019

Trendway bundles offerings with Snap!

Furniture maker will tout new packaged solutions at NeoCon 2019.

May 17, 2019
Trendway wants its customers to have it all — in a “snap.” Read More

Steelcase aims to give teams more control

Company’s NeoCon showroom will display products that offer the ability to shift between group and private work.

May 17, 2019
Steelcase says today’s hyper-collaborative teams have moved from a relay race to a soccer game format, and the company’s NeoCon showroom will display products designed for that evolution. Read More

Haworth to debut Social Spaces at NeoCon

Furniture maker will promote gathering — and privacy — settings in double its usual showroom footprint.

May 17, 2019
Haworth is shining a spotlight on the social side of work life — and the need for privacy solutions — at NeoCon this year. Read More

Furniture veterans grow mobile carts business

Altus co-founders invented a lifting technology for standing desks that gained traction in health care.

May 17, 2019
The co-founders of Altus were in the right place at the right time when electronic medical records (EMRs) became the industry standard. Read More

QuikTap offers portability for keg beer

Tap is installed directly on the keg and eliminates the need for draft lines.

May 17, 2019
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) A Grand Rapids entrepreneur is tapping into the global beverage industry by bringing a new level of portability. Read More

Community rallies to save century-old theater

Bond, pledges and grants account for $4M project in Whitehall.

May 17, 2019
When a small city’s 103-year-old theater was the on the verge of collapsing, community members rallied to raise nearly $4 million for a full renovation that is nearly finished. Read More

Askme rebrands recently acquired music entity

Music Host Entertainment will offer DJ services exclusively for wedding events.

May 17, 2019
Wedding bells will continue to ring for one family-owned company. Read More

Drive have plan for life after agreement with Pistons expires

Investment group is adamant about staying on west side of the state.

May 17, 2019
The investors refused to move. SSJ Group LLC, owners of the Gatorade League professional basketball team Grand Rapids Drive, decided to remain in the city where the team originated five years ago, after its NBA affiliate, the Detroit Pistons, wanted the team to move to the Motor City. Read More

Partnership leads to cheaper educational opportunities

Davenport offers tuition discounts for employees and members of Lake Michigan Credit Union.

May 17, 2019
Two West Michigan institutions are partnering to provide affordable educational opportunities. Read More

Inside Track: Family trauma drives Owens’ prevention passion

Drug screener and educator helms business uniting two roles to reduce risks on the job.

May 17, 2019
Andrea Owens carries a notebook around with her that says “teach, love, inspire” on the cover — words that summarize her life goals. Read More

GR eyes displaced housing proposal

Residents at risk of having their homes demolished by new construction projects could receive $3,200.

May 17, 2019
Grand Rapids currently is mapping out a proposal to compensate households threatened to be displaced by new developments. Read More

Michigan chambers list legislative priorities

Grand Rapids among eight to recognize need for skilled workers as top issue.

May 17, 2019
The Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce and seven other chambers and organizations around the state have released a joint list of legislative priorities. Read More

Brownfield agency’s 2020 budget is a mixed bag

Budget reflects continued growth of program, but it also revealed deficits that may cause long-term problems.

May 17, 2019
The Grand Rapids Brownfield Redevelopment Authority’s budget for fiscal year 2020 represents some changes for the organization, both positive and negative. Read More

Ensuring generations want to live, work and play in our vibrant economy

May 17, 2019
Earlier this month, Lakeshore Advantage and similar organizations throughout the country celebrated Economic Development Week, designated by the International Economic Development Association. Read More

When it comes to grief, it takes a village

May 17, 2019
When I was 3 years old, my sister, Ele Stover, died of a rare pulmonary illness that left me, my parents and two older sisters devastated. Read More

Change Ups: GRVBA receives public service award

May 17, 2019
The Grand Rapids Veterans Bar Association (GRVBA) was presented with the Marion Hilligan Public Service Award during the recent Law Day. Read More

Public Record

May 17, 2019

Street Talk: Phase one complete

Top 10 in 10.

May 17, 2019
The Land Conservancy of West Michigan has completed its phase one campaign for The Highlands, a 121-acre former golf course that’s being converted to a nature area. Read More