Grand Rapids Business Journal

GRBJ 10-21-19

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October 21, 2019

Volume: 37
Edition: 42
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.

October 21, 2019

Flour mill rises to the challenge

Knappen Milling recently became the first women-owned and -led business of its kind in North America.

October 18, 2019
Twenty days before Black Tuesday and the start of the Great Depression, a farmer named Charles “Charlie” Brown Knappen incorporated a flour mill business in Augusta that his great-granddaughter now runs today. Read More

Start Garden 100 grows, increases diversity

Startup competition saw participation increase of 24%.

October 18, 2019
This year, more people turned their entrepreneurial ideas into reality at one entrepreneurial competition. Read More

Store practices collaborative community

Elevated Grand Rapids houses about 25 local vendors that sell antiques, handmade goods, art and upcycled items.

October 18, 2019
What started as a hobby for Heather Nowakowski has grown into a supportive community of vintage, antique and artisan dealers in the Clyde Park neighborhood. Read More

Lender receives $500K to help small businesses

Northern Initiatives will use grant to expand portal and technical assistance for customers.

October 18, 2019
Diverse small business loan customers in West Michigan will get a leg up from their lender this year, thanks to a $500,000 grant. Read More

Inside Track: Reflecting company values

Comfort Research co-founder Matt Jung initially struggled to redefine his business’s beliefs.

October 18, 2019
Matt Jung said he believes in simplicity, not just for his company’s famously oversized beanbag chairs, but also for crafting a company culture that attracts and retains people who do the right thing, expect the best and find a better way, the company’s core values. Read More

Muskegon Heights seeks to enhance business community

Newly formed Muskegon Heights Business Association initially will focus on promoting job opportunities.

October 18, 2019
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) A new business association formed in the city of Muskegon Heights. Read More

GVSU sees fifth cohort in Professional MBA program

New curriculum allows students to participate in the classroom, as well as online.

October 18, 2019
This fall semester marked the fifth cohort enrolled in Grand Valley State University’s new Professional Master of Business Administration program. Read More

BLM sees diminished outlook

Survey shows nearly half of Michigan businesses expect a worsening state economy in next six to 12 months.

October 18, 2019
Business leaders’ concerns are growing regarding the future economic growth over the short and long term. Read More

Summit addresses road woes

Michigan receives D- grade in roads on American Society of Civil Engineers Infrastructure Report Card.

October 18, 2019
The first of a series of fall communication and coordination summits took place last week in Comstock Park to address the management of Michigan’s crumbling infrastructure. Read More

Kent expanding HIV/AIDS program

Health department will create two full-time positions covered by Ryan White grant.

October 18, 2019
The Kent County Health Department is planning to expand a program that serves people with HIV and AIDS. Read More

Recent state budget cuts leave college students scrambling

October 18, 2019
The budget dispute in Lansing has resulted in drastic cuts to an essential needs-based tuition grant program for Michigan students. Read More

Preparing for the California Consumer Privacy Act

October 18, 2019
The California Consumer Protection Act becomes effective Jan. 1. Read More

Change Ups: Land Conservancy hires Karn as development director

October 18, 2019
The Land Conservancy of West Michigan, a nonprofit land trust, hired Kim Karn as development director. Read More

Public Record

October 18, 2019

Street Talk: A safe partnership

Hunger gains.

October 18, 2019
Bethany Christian Services surpassed 10,000 clients served through its partnership with Safe Families for Children. Read More