Grand Rapids Business Journal

GRBJ 7-15-19

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July 15, 2019

Volume: 37
Edition: 28
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.

July 15, 2019

‘I was able to … have someone see me’

Turned away by traditional banks, Dominican salon secures expansion loan through private capital fund.

July 12, 2019
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

City of Grand Rapids and Huntington Bank are each giving $10K to SAFE Task Force pitch winner.

July 12, 2019
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

Autocam Medical graduates another class of CNC machinists in partnership with GRCC, WMU.

July 12, 2019
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

Academy builds foundation for tech-minded students

BizStream boot camp exposes visitors to the world of coding and web development.

July 12, 2019
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) A local company is providing young people with an opportunity to learn about the technology industry. Read More

Inside Track: Leader prevails despite the odds

Kitchens rises from poverty and dyslexia to carve out a career creating jobs.

July 12, 2019
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

Results will help community leaders establish ways for better immigrant inclusion in Kent County.

July 12, 2019
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

Information will help municipalities decide whether they want to allow adult-use businesses.

July 12, 2019
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

Program has arranged for dental implants, wisdom teeth extraction and scholarships.

July 12, 2019
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

With almost $1B in construction on the books in GR, organization wants to ensure everyone is represented.

July 12, 2019
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

The SECURE Act passed the House in May and awaits a vote in the Senate.

July 12, 2019
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

Michigan Talent Investment Agency receives $100K for Fidelity Bonding Program.

July 12, 2019
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

July 12, 2019
It has become common to use form legal documents found on the internet. Read More

The secret strategy for meaningful sales meetings

July 12, 2019
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

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

July 12, 2019
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, 2019

Street Talk: The future is now

School shopping.

July 12, 2019
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