Grand Rapids Business Journal


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October 7, 2019

Volume: 37
Edition: 40
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 7, 2019

‘Entrepreneurial DNA’ drives Acrisure’s growth

Insurance brokerage secures incentives to move HQ downtown as growing number of agencies join fold.

October 4, 2019
Acrisure was founded just 14 years ago by entrepreneurs Greg Williams and Ricky Norris, who were committed to maintaining a decentralized approach to insurance agency acquisitions. Read More

GFS opens year-round, indoor farm

Located in Wyoming, 10 shipping containers are expected to grow as much food as a 50-acre farm.

October 4, 2019
A local food service distributor now is a part of an evolving farming industry. Read More

Economic confidence appears stable this year

Report from Lakeshore Advantage shows 73% of employers in Ottawa, Allegan counties plan to expand in next three years.

October 4, 2019
Economic confidence of employers in Ottawa and Allegan counties looks relatively steady compared to past years. Read More

Partners launch sustainable venture

Innovakote remanufactures surplus powder coating into virgin product for OEMs, diverting waste from landfills.

October 4, 2019
Although powder coating overspray currently is considered by U.S. regulators to be a safe substance to dispose of, Dwayne Behrens and Brian Spicer calculated 320 million pounds of it are sent to landfills each year, a volume they believe is unacceptable. Read More

Inside Track: Daley spreads message of belonging

DE&I leader at D.A. Blodgett-St. John’s wants all staff, families and children to feel valued — ‘no asterisks.’

October 4, 2019
Andre Daley said he believes that when D.A. Blodgett-St. John’s employees can bring their full selves to the table at work, they will be better able to help the children and families they serve to feel safe, nurtured and valued. Read More

Hot housing market puts seniors on the move

Holland Home, Clark Retirement among those expanding units to accommodate retiring baby boomers.

October 4, 2019
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) Senior community leaders in West Michigan are rushing to meet an increase of new and prospective elder residents, and signs are pointing to a strong home seller’s market. Read More

Board votes to keep Park Township airport running

Park Township AirPark Master Plan will be voted on later this month.

October 4, 2019
The Park Township board of trustees last week voted to continue the operation of the Park Township Airport, a field that dates to the 1930s. Read More

DOL issues new overtime exemption threshold

Rule increases white collar annual salary exemption threshold to $35,568, up from $23,660.

October 4, 2019
About 1.3 million more American workers will be eligible for overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act next year, thanks to the U.S. Department of Labor updating its exemption salary threshold for the first time in 15 years. Read More

Website offers ‘opportunity zone’ help

MSHDA, MEDC collaborate to aid investors in navigating tax incentives.

October 4, 2019
The Michigan State Housing Development Authority and Michigan Economic Development Corporation recently launched a new website to help investors navigate tax incentives tied to “opportunity zones” in the state. Read More

You’ll have to drive to get to work faster

But Grand Rapids is bucking that trend with bus rapid transit service.

Getting to work every day can be a pain, but the amount of pain varies depending on where you live and how you get to your job. Read More

Project-based learning is the future of education

October 4, 2019
Each school year, students spend up to 1,000 hours in the classroom. Every minute of every one of those hours is crucial, as young people’s minds are developed and prepared to grow up to become the next generation of brilliant thinkers and problem-solvers. Read More

Returning citizens offer employers ‘untapped talent’

October 4, 2019
Is your company experiencing a talent shortage? If so, you are not alone. Read More

Why 401(k) loans can be hazardous to your wealth

October 4, 2019
For many Americans, a 401(k) loan seems like the perfect way to access money. Read More

Change Ups: Wise Men Distillery captures silver medal

October 4, 2019
Wise Men Distillery co-founders Tom Borisch, Jason Post and Zack Van Dyke’s Apple Pie Moonshine, made with tart apples from northern Michigan, captured a silver medal at the 11th annual San Diego Spirits Festival. Read More

Public Record

October 4, 2019
Oct. 4 — Mortgages Read More

Street Talk: Tech room service

Even more tech.

October 4, 2019
The Embassy Suites by Hilton in downtown Grand Rapids is the first in Michigan to offer a new technology that controls room functions from phones. Read More