Grand Rapids Business Journal

GRBJ 1-13-20

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January 13, 2020

Volume: 38
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 13, 2020

Panel eyes farm market land use

With proposed draft, attorney fears farm markets could pop up in residential areas.

January 10, 2020
The location of farm markets has become a topic of debate for the Generally Accepted Agricultural and Management Practices for Farm Markets review committee. Read More

Nonprofit raising children’s global awareness

Empowering Youth Global Connection also supports schoolchildren in Kenya.

January 10, 2020
A married couple launched a nonprofit in Holland dedicated to expanding students’ cultural and global awareness. Read More

Inside Track: A life of service

In addition to co-owning two bars, Tami VandenBerg has dedicated herself to ending homelessness.

January 10, 2020
When Tami VandenBerg moved back home, she had the drive to turn Grand Rapids into a great place to live for everybody. Twenty years later, the owner of two clubs and former executive director of Well House has left a serious mark on the community, but she’s still not done. Read More

Survey bemoans lack of talent

Chamber also finds quality infrastructure and housing supply rank in top three.

January 10, 2020
Results of the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce’s 2020 government affairs survey are in. Read More

100-day challenge identifies issues

Summit in Muskegon tackled topics such as creating a youth mentorship network, strengthening child care.

January 10, 2020
A 100-day challenge to address overall livability issues in Muskegon is coming to a close. Read More

Minority council seeking foothold

Organization argues laying groundwork with diverse leadership will help with diverse recruitment long term.

January 10, 2020
In the past few years, the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council has invested its time and resources to help corporations and minority business enterprises to become more engaged in West Michigan. The organization has been meeting with companies in Grand Rapids and West Michigan to raise awareness but, so far, hasn’t generated much visibility for its efforts. Read More

Group purchases farmland for provision center

Chris Guerrin moved to West Michigan from Colorado to explore emerging market.

January 10, 2020
Michigan has become an enticing market for marijuana businesses. Read More

Networking company launches local chapter

California-based Startup Grind has more than 600 chapters in more than 125 countries.

January 10, 2020
(As seen on WZZM-TV 13) An entrepreneur launched a local chapter of a national company that supports startups. Read More

Financial industry aims to stay on top of emerging tech

Securing client data is a never-ending battle for accounting firms.

January 10, 2020
Technology in the financial services industry is continually changing, and accountants across the country are taking notice. Read More

Michigan is having the wrong conversation about improving education

January 10, 2020
The think tank I lead, Michigan Future Inc., recently co-sponsored “Outsmarting the Robots: Redesigning education from the classroom to the halls of Lansing” at the Grand Rapids Public Museum. Read More

Seasonal flu slows productivity: seven tips to keep your office healthy

January 10, 2020
Getting the flu is probably not accounted for in your project schedule. Yet, each year, more than 100 million workdays, or the equivalent of over $7 billion per year in productivity, are lost because of the flu. Read More

Change-Ups: Broaddus named to Top Lawyers list

January 10, 2020
Secrest Wardle partner Drew W. Broaddus was named to Grand Rapids Magazine’s 2019 Top Lawyers list in the Insurance Law category. Read More

Public Record

January 10, 2020

Street Talk: Group seeks to stall sex trafficking

Free prescriptions.

January 10, 2020
A human trafficking workgroup is inviting Grand Rapids residents to join the movement to end sex trafficking in Grand Rapids. Read More