Grand Rapids Business Journal

GRBJ 2-18-20

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February 18, 2020

Volume: 38
Edition: 7

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.

February 18, 2020

Nonprofits eye new campus

Pinnacle Construction affiliate seeks approval from city for southeast side project.

February 14, 2020
Grand Rapids city staff are mulling over the rehabilitation of a disused property into a consolidated campus for Samaritas and other local nonprofits. Read More

KCAD downsizing degree programs, cutting staff

Enrollment dip will shift emphasis toward design and commercial art.

February 14, 2020
Citing decreased enrollment, Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University is cutting and consolidating some undergrad degree programs and cutting staff members. Read More

Furniture maker celebrates 75 years

Nucraft manufactures private office and meeting room products at facility in Comstock Park.

February 14, 2020
Making office furniture is a family affair at Comstock Park-based Nucraft. Read More

John Ball Zoo takes holistic approach to sustainability

Efforts include waste management, living walls and roofs, energy and water conservation, green building.

February 14, 2020
In addition to participating in field conservation projects and a cooperative species survival plan, the team at John Ball Zoo engages daily in caring for its environment and natural resources as part of its overall sustainability strategy. Read More

Inside Track: A man of many skills

Entrepreneur Kris Mathis develops business acumen from a young age.

February 14, 2020
As an entrepreneur, Kris Mathis said the hardest thing he has ever done in his career was to believe. Read More

Wheeler begins due diligence on ‘wedge’

Project plans include 24-story, mixed-use building with ground-floor retail and five floors of parking.

February 14, 2020
Wheeler Development Group last week held its kickoff meeting with the city of Grand Rapids, marking the beginning of its due diligence period to redevelop the “wedge” portion of 22 Ottawa Ave. NW. Read More

Flu season warrants preparation among cleaning firms

Professional Maintenance of Michigan tracks germs in the southern hemisphere to plan for winters.

February 14, 2020
The coronavirus has been snatching the headlines of global publications since December. Read More

Survey: State’s growth will trail nation’s

Just 6% of employers expect a strengthened Michigan economy, according to Business Leaders for Michigan report.

February 14, 2020
Michigan’s largest employers anticipate the state’s economic growth will continue to lag compared to the nation’s. Read More

Coronavirus affecting auto production

There could be as much as 32% production loss if Chinese plants were to reopen in mid-March.

February 14, 2020
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) The auto industry is in the crosshairs of the latest global health crisis that has claimed the lives of over a thousand people while leaving more than 43,000 people infected, per the World Health Organization. Read More

There is no such thing as being too prepared … for taxes and death

February 14, 2020
If Benjamin Franklin has taught us anything, there are two sure things in life: death and taxes. Read More

Undertrained sales managers often make common mistakes

February 14, 2020
In most organizations, sales managers are the essential bridge between the company’s sales goals and the realization of those goals. Read More

Change-Ups: Sutter joins state’s first environmental justice council

February 14, 2020
Alison Waske Sutter, the city of Grand Rapids’ sustainability and performance management officer, was appointed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to serve on the state’s first Michigan Advisory Council for Environmental Justice. Read More

Street Talk: Just call in sick

Reaching out.

February 14, 2020
While it is difficult for the CDC to predict flu severity, influenza in all its forms is expected to cost U.S. employers over $13 billion in lost productivity this season. Read More

Public Record

February 14, 2020