Grand Rapids Business Journal

GRBJ 1-14-19

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January 14, 2019

Volume: 37
Edition: 2
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.

January 14, 2019

New law amends environmental cleanup procedures

Experts say the change will streamline the process for remediation of brownfield properties.

January 11, 2019
A bill modifying the process for obtaining a “no further action” determination from the state regarding environmental cleanup and establishing toxicity values for hazardous substances became law just before the new year. Read More

Program aims to showcase health care jobs

Osteopathic Foundation of West Michigan connects students with doctors, providing hands-on experience.

January 11, 2019
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) Amid an impending shortage of health care workers, a foundation is taking steps to introduce more West Michigan high school students to medical fields. Read More

American Storage plans to ‘make warehousing easy’

Owner James Wiese hints company could go through rebranding in the future.

January 11, 2019
American Storage and Logistics is under new ownership and spent almost all of 2018 with the goal to “make warehousing easy.” Read More

Holland Hospital sees record-setting joint surgeries

Technology offers less invasive procedure, quicker recovery time for patients.

January 11, 2019
Dr. Derick Johnson personally performed 450 joint replacement surgeries last year for Holland Hospital. Read More

New farm bill brings added protection

Whole Farm Revenue Protection allows farmers to buy insurance policy to cover whole farm, not individual crops.

January 11, 2019
After being engulfed in a trade war between the U.S., Mexico, Canada and China, farmers now have some positives to look forward to this year. Read More

Inside Track: New city, same challenges

Mark Washington uses prior experience working for city of Austin to guide him as city manager in Grand Rapids.

January 11, 2019
Mark Washington was appointed Grand Rapids city manager just seven months ago in July, but for him, it feels like forever ago. Read More

Two-year legal battle ends for shuttered IT company

Muskegon County ordered to pay $228K in damages after peremptory ending of contract.

January 11, 2019
After a two-year legal battle, a Lansing circuit court judge cleared the name of Ryan Leestma and his IT consulting business, Information Systems Intelligence LLC, finding Muskegon County liable for breaching its contractual obligations. Read More

Declining confidence prompts stock dip

Analyst says trade war, predictions of 2019 economic slowdown stoked investors’ fears in 2018.

January 11, 2019
West Michigan’s public stocks saw an average decline of 8.4 percent last year amid what Wall Street is calling the worst dip since the Great Recession. Read More

Tax season arrives with some changes

C corporations, S corporations will see decrease in flat rate tax percentage.

January 11, 2019
Tax season is fast approaching, and that means another year for businesses to learn about tax changes, especially now when some of the new provisions in the federal tax overhaul that was signed into law in 2017 will take effect. Read More

A strong economy isn’t necessarily strong for all households

January 11, 2019
Despite warning signs at the end of the year, 2018 was a very good year for Michigan’s and the nation’s economy. Read More

Are your investment decisions as volatile as the market?

January 11, 2019
Three of my favorite quotes with timeless insight for investing in volatile markets are: Read More

Change Ups: Retired bank VP publishes fifth novel

January 11, 2019
Michael Lindley, retired senior vice president of marketing, communications and community relations for Huntington Bank, published his fifth novel titled, “A Following Sea” (Sage River Press). Read More

Public Record

January 11, 2019
Jan. 11 — Mortgages Read More

Street Talk: Police manhunt goes nationwide

Spectator sport.

January 11, 2019
The city of Grand Rapids is now on the lookout for a new top cop. Read More