Grand Rapids Business Journal

GRBJ 4-22-19

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April 22, 2019

Volume: 37
Edition: 16
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.

April 22, 2019

Women in craft beer brew up change

Insiders say opportunities abound for industry to become more diverse, equitable and inclusive.

April 19, 2019
Despite a number of female- and minority-owned breweries popping up in West Michigan, most folks in the craft beer industry say it’s a white man’s world. Read More

Rockford moves into Detroit market

Construction company to begin $310M mixed-use development this summer.

April 19, 2019
After years of digging into the greater Detroit market, Grand Rapids-based Rockford Construction landed a major contract as the development manager for a $310-million construction project in downtown Detroit. Read More

Aquinas may turn to goats to curb invasive species on campus

But first, city must relax rules on farm animals allowed in urban settings.

April 19, 2019
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) Aquinas College soon may have goats on campus. Read More

West Michigan celebrates World Trade Month

Several organizations hosting events throughout May.

April 19, 2019
World Trade Month is almost here. Read More

Inside Track: For the love of 'numbers and food'

Garmon uses strong work ethic to create family enterprise, helping others through taxes and catering.

April 19, 2019
Jeannica Garmon became a time-management pro by running two businesses while working a full-time job. She said pursuing her passions alongside family makes the nonstop work worthwhile. Read More

SMG eyes upgrades for venues

CAA board to vote in June on $4.56M in updates for DeVos Place, DeVos Performance Hall and Van Andel Arena.

April 19, 2019
Upgrades costing an estimated $4.56 million have been proposed for DeVos Place, DeVos Performance Hall and Van Andel Arena in 2020. Read More

Trader and CFA create local hedge fund

Partners set up Avron Peak Fund LP, an active trading pool for 100 investors and up to $100M in assets.

April 19, 2019
For some, the phrase “hedge fund” might conjure up memories of Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme that came crashing down in 2008 — but a pair of local financial advisers say they are creating one that will be a trustworthy source of returns not tied to stock market performance. Read More

Kent property values reach another record high

Coming out of the recession, county has seen an increase each year since 2012.

April 19, 2019
Kent County’s equalized property values have increased from last year’s all-time high. Read More

AG forms group to investigate evidence

Viability would be determined on case-by-case basis, including new witnesses and recanted testimony.

April 19, 2019
Michigan law enforcement officers are aiming to right some wrongs. Read More

Michigan’s school funding approach needs a facelift

April 19, 2019
As president of the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research for 25 years, I witnessed a growing gap between the demands of the modern workforce and the skills of students graduating from Michigan’s K-12 public education system. Read More

Michigan’s talent pipeline starts in early childhood

April 19, 2019
Talent is a hot topic of conversation in Michigan these days for everyone from business leaders and educators to policymakers and parents. Read More

Change Ups: Hatfields are new franchise owners of Floor Coverings International

April 19, 2019
Erick and Sharee Hatfield are the new franchise owners of Floor Coverings International. Read More

Public Record

April 19, 2019

Street Talk: A river runs through it

For the kids.

April 19, 2019
The city of Grand Rapids is partnering with Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Rapids Whitewater and Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. to host an open house for companies interested in learning more about business opportunities associated with the Grand River restoration project. Read More