Grand Rapids Business Journal

GRBJ 3-18-19

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March 18, 2019

Volume: 37
Edition: 11
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.

March 18, 2019

Nonprofit staffing program makes $20.3M impact

Guiding Light’s The Job Post hired 813 people in 2018.

March 15, 2019
A nonprofit staffing program placed 813 people in full-time employment in 2018, creating a potential annual impact of nearly $20.3 million. Read More

Owner marks one year of board game deliveries

Lakeshore Game Night takes page from movie rental and pizza delivery services.

March 15, 2019
Those who came of age in the 1990s recall the hallmarks of many a Friday night: delivery pizza and VHS movie rentals. Jared Leatzow is channeling those days with his new board game delivery company, Lakeshore Game Night. Read More

Millennials’ values may come back to haunt them

Priorities of workforce’s largest generation may be hurting long-term wealth creation, expert says.

March 15, 2019
“Experiences over things” is a mantra many millennials embrace, but a local wealth manager sees it as a liability to their futures. Read More

POWERHOME Solar launches commercial division

North Carolina-based solar panel company expanded to West Michigan last summer.

March 15, 2019
A national solar panel company is making waves in West Michigan after moving to Grand Rapids last summer and is hoping to expand its commercial client portfolio in the area. Read More

Ex-professor donates to GVSU’s advertising and PR program

$15K endowment will allow students to attend national events.

March 15, 2019
Advertising and public relations students at Grand Valley State University soon will be able to utilize a recent donation. Read More

Inside Track: Investor invests in ag industry

Chairperson of ACRE AgTech uses investment knowledge to guide agricultural entrepreneurs.

March 15, 2019
Tim Parker is the president of Grand Angels venture group, which provides financial investment, mentorship opportunities and network resources to startup companies to help them grow. Read More

Survey: Commuter project in high demand

West Michigan Express would connect Holland to Grand Rapids along Chicago Drive Corridor.

March 15, 2019
Based on the results of an employee interest survey, the West Michigan Express, a pilot commuter service project connecting Holland to Grand Rapids along the Chicago Drive Corridor, is closer to reality. Read More

Podcast helps marketers remain in the know

AMA West Michigan’s ‘Marketers in Motion’ will be released once per month.

March 15, 2019
The world of marketing has swiftly changed over the last decade. Read More

Partners envision park plan

The Right Place helping Kent DPW with development of sustainability venture.

March 15, 2019
The Right Place and the Kent County Department of Public Works are partnering on planning and development of the future sustainable business park. Read More

Nursing homes in training for a ‘culture change’

Area facilities participating in initiative to enhance person-centered care.

March 15, 2019
Several area nursing homes are part of an initiative focused on person-centered care. Read More

Small business lobby opposes state tax plan

SBAM, others call Gov. Whitmer’s proposed expansion of the corporate income tax a ‘step backward.’

March 15, 2019
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) When Gov. Gretchen Whitmer presented her 2020 fiscal year state budget proposal on March 5, small business groups immediately objected to her plan to offset a pension tax repeal by increasing taxes on small businesses, or “pass-through” entities. Read More

MPSC annual report highlights changes to utility oversight

In first full year since enactment of state’s energy laws, commission has expanded programs to reduce energy waste.

March 15, 2019
The Michigan Public Service Commission issued its 2018 annual report last week, highlighting achievements in implementing the state’s energy laws, helping customers with heating bills and utility complaints, infrastructure renewal, tax cut refunds for ratepayers and technical assistance to expand broadband across the state. Read More

State treasury waives estimated tax penalty for farmers, anglers

March 1 deadline extended to April 15 to help those follow new tax reform.

March 15, 2019
The Michigan Department of Treasury is following suit after the Internal Revenue Service announced its decision to waive the estimated tax penalty for some farmers and anglers who file their 2018 federal income tax return and pay any tax due by April 15. Read More

Important changes coming to Michigan Trust Code

March 15, 2019
When the Michigan Trust Code was adopted in 2010, it provided a comprehensive, modern body of law governing how trusts are created and administered. Read More

Options for dental practice partners considering a sale

March 15, 2019
It’s early days in 2019 and, as a partner of your dental practice, perhaps you are considering selling your practice. Read More

Change Ups: Cutler Martin joins firm grandfather founded

March 15, 2019
Cutler Martin joined the firm his grandfather, William G. Martin, founded in 1962. Cutler’s primary focus with Martin Commercial Properties will be investment services and business development. Read More

Public Record

March 15, 2019
March 15 — Mortgages Read More

Street Talk: Employers may be feeling March sadness

Heavy metal.

March 15, 2019
A new report says the NCAA March Madness tournament could cost employers $13.3 billion this year in lost productivity. Read More