Grand Rapids Business Journal

GRBJ 12-10-18

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December 10, 2018

Volume: 36
Edition: 50
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.

December 10, 2018

Taking back South Division

Community members plan restoration of once-vibrant business corridor.

December 7, 2018
Fran Dalton remembers when the South Division corridor in Grand Rapids was like a mini-downtown — full of life and economic activity. Read More

Brewery goes back to nature

Third Nature’s rustic 7 1/2-acre setting makes use of many natural amenities.

December 7, 2018
When Troy and Chad Zitzelsberger, along with their brother-in-law Bryce Roebke, got the green light back in April to build a brewery outside of Rockford, they weren’t entirely sure what it would look like. Read More

Consulting firm launches employee experience tool

uMap aims to help companies create positive culture that leads to ‘virtual waiting room’ of talent.

December 7, 2018
A new consulting firm is debuting a software tool it says will help managers shift their thinking to win the war for talent. Read More

Grand Rapids-based retailer sells ‘low-impact’ eco-fashions

Clothing Matters founder Marta Swain marks 22 years selling organic casualwear.

December 7, 2018
Two-plus decades ago, when the sustainability movement was cutting its teeth in Grand Rapids, a traveling educator read a book about the cotton industry that stopped her in her tracks. Read More

Inside Track: Johnson is right at home

Whether it’s personally or professionally, Frey Foundation leader builds strong family relationships.

December 7, 2018
After her first career and raising a couple kids, Holly Johnson was bitten by the philanthropy bug and found her true professional passion. Read More

Modern Woodmen embraces compassion

Fraternal financial services organization takes care of members, gives back to the community.

December 7, 2018
Modern Woodmen is a multibillion-dollar financial services organization named after lumberjacks. Read More

Survey shows income growth

HR association report tracks upward changes in salary and wage data from 262 West Michigan organizations.

December 7, 2018
The Employers’ Association released its 2018-19 Wage & Salary Survey, which found overall pay rates in the region have increased between 2.5 percent and 3.5 percent since 2017. Read More

Consumers spotlights renewable energy

Company plans to break ground on Grand Rapids ‘headquarters’ early 2019.

December 7, 2018
Consumers Energy President and CEO Patti Poppe made an appearance at the Grand Rapids Econ Club last week to showcase the company’s recent work in the renewable energy sector and also to show off the capabilities of renewable energy through Circuit West. Read More

City parking survey raises some questions

Business owners, permit holders decry GR’s lack of communication.

December 7, 2018
The city of Grand Rapids released a survey to gather public feedback on proposed parking rate changes — and several individuals already have voiced disapproval. Read More

County eyes $1.4 million for river restoration

Kent commissioners to vote Dec. 20 on allocation, but not all are on board.

December 7, 2018
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) Kent County may contribute $1.4 million over three years to restoring the rapids in downtown Grand Rapids. Read More

Photon farms do not qualify for land preservation tax credit

State officials say solar panels block usable farmland.

Farming and land preservation tax breaks for solar energy don’t mix, according to the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. Read More

Smartphone gambling regulations under review by state

If approved, betting could include poker, blackjack, sports and online versions of casino games.

December 7, 2018
A trio of bills that would legalize and regulate online gambling from a smartphone or computer is awaiting a vote in the Senate before year’s end. Read More

What lessons can Michigan learn from Amazon HQ2 search?

December 7, 2018
As we all now know, Amazon picked New York City and the northern Virginia inner-ring suburbs of Washington D.C. for its HQ2. Read More

Incorporate estate planning into New Year’s resolutions

December 7, 2018
As we enter the holiday season, many are focused on year-end giving. Whether it’s gifting to friends and family members or charitable organizations, it’s easy to get in the spirit of planning, purchasing and delivering. Read More

Find patterns in your business’s financial statements

December 7, 2018
I had a client back in the 1970s who had an extremely high IQ. Had it not been for a variable rate SBA loan initiated at 8 percent then rising to 28 percent, we would have been rich. Read More

Change Ups: Wolverine launches interactive display at airport

December 7, 2018
Rockford-based Wolverine Worldwide installed a 47-foot interactive display at Gerald R. Ford International Airport that offers digital touchscreens that conveys information for travelers such as weather conditions and local event calendars. Read More

Public Record

December 7, 2018

Street Talk: The points system

Self-service.

December 7, 2018
The city’s planning department beat the clock on a medical marijuana moratorium. Read More