Grand Rapids Business Journal

GRBJ 6-24-19

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June 24, 2019

Volume: 37
Edition: 25
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.

June 24, 2019

Tech farming is making its way to GR

Partnering with Gordon Food Service, Square Roots aims to train young people in indoor urban farming.

June 21, 2019
One company is hoping to shake up the landscape of farming. Read More

Merger gives new organization diversity

Brokerage division of Vine Line has goal of reaching $100M in revenue in next 10 years.

June 21, 2019
Three produce companies have joined forces in West Michigan to become leaders in the produce distribution sector. Read More

Renucci is ‘home away from home’

Spectrum Health has accommodated out-of-state patients at the house since 1999.

June 21, 2019
When a family member of Peter and Patricia Renucci needed health care services out of state, their family was able to stay near the patient’s side through accommodations at a hospitality house. Read More

Inside Track: Grifka preaches patients first

Childhood memory motivates CMO of Metro Health – University of Michigan Health to improve patient care at every level.

June 21, 2019
Dr. Ronald Grifka keeps every letter and gift he receives from his pediatric cardiology patients. He has a folder full of letters he’s received from patients over the years, and the wall in his office is covered with framed mementos. Read More

Entrepreneurial effort plants focus on workforce development

Lakeshore Advantage is putting into practice lessons learned from TPM Academy.

June 21, 2019
Going back to “school” has been beneficial for Lakeshore Advantage. Read More

Report hints at waning M&A market

Local deal adviser says it’s still a seller’s market locally, but the climate may be shifting.

June 21, 2019
A recent report on U.S. mergers and acquisitions activity shows sellers of companies still hold the advantage, but transaction values appear to have peaked. Read More

Nonprofit modifies mission

Housing-focused Solid Rock cuts ties with Habitat for Humanity after recognizing changing needs of its clients.

June 21, 2019
After recognizing the changing needs of its clients, a housing-focused nonprofit in Muskegon is undergoing a complete reorganization. Read More

Experts share region’s progress in sustainability

WMSBF reports financials, highlights member efforts relating to climate change, circular economy and equity.

June 21, 2019
A sustainability nonprofit last week reported a year of progress toward strategic goals and shined a spotlight on three member organizations excelling at the triple bottom line. Read More

MCC offers debt forgiveness plan

Former students who have not finished a degree or certificate are eligible.

June 21, 2019
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) Muskegon Community College recently launched a debt forgiveness program for former students who have had trouble paying back loans. Read More

Consumers grant aims to increase walleye

Upgrades near Muskegon should increase walleye fingerling production by 300,000, save 108 hours of yearly labor costs.

June 21, 2019
Upgrades funded by Consumers Energy will help the Muskegon River Walleye Pond produce 300,000 more walleye yearly for anglers and reduce expenses to operate the Michigan Department of Natural Resources facility. Read More

Three tips for promoting summertime employee happiness

June 21, 2019
Summer is officially underway, and for many of us, summertime is associated with fun, excitement and happiness. Read More

GRPL: Growing with our community

June 21, 2019
For children and adults alike, America’s local libraries are a second home — a comforting place to relax with a book, study with friends or pick up a new hobby, whether it’s learning how to build an app or eat like an astronaut in space. Read More

Change Ups: AQ taps Craig as VP for enrollment management

June 21, 2019
Aquinas College tapped Syracuse, New York, native Erin Craig as its vice president for enrollment management. Read More

Public Record

June 21, 2019

Street Talk: It’s the skills, stupid

Health disconnect.

June 21, 2019
As the second half of the year begins, over 82% of employers report they are actively hiring for open positions. However, 80% of those employers are having trouble finding candidates, with 70% reporting a skills shortage, according to a survey released June 18 by Chicago-based global outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas. Read More