Grand Rapids Business Journal

GRBJ 12-2-19

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December 2, 2019

Volume: 37
Edition: 48
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 2, 2019

Homegrown décor company expands footprint

Makarios adds shop in Woodland Mall following expansion of its makerspace, product development and sales.

November 29, 2019
Max and Airika Kolenda have found a growing measure of satisfaction from chasing creativity and pushing their limits, and it’s starting to pay off. Read More

SURGE graduates first startup cohort

Program helps founders test ideas through focus on customer and marketplace feedback.

November 29, 2019
The first cohort of Lakeshore Advantage’s 12-week entrepreneur startup program graduated. Read More

Egg farmers moving to cage-free production

Animal Industry Act, if signed into law, would require farmers adhere by 2025.

November 29, 2019
Some farmers soon may have to adhere to new standards. Read More

Inside Track: Williams ignites a ‘no limits’ attitude

Acrisure CEO leads growing global insurance brokerage with a vision outside his line of sight.

November 29, 2019
Gregory Williams is not the kind of guy who rests on his laurels. Read More

Report shows expansionary trend

Citizens Bank Business Conditions Index shows improvements in Q3 and forecasts ‘continued positive’ Q4.

November 29, 2019
While trade tensions and the Federal Reserve’s interest rate cuts pressured U.S. business sentiment in the third quarter, key economic signs remain positive and companies continue to grow, according to a new report. Read More

Davenport offering new degree pathways for veterans

Following success of nursing program, new ventures will include business and technology offerings.

November 29, 2019
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) Davenport University has created new pathways, enabling veterans to leverage military experience for academic credit and earn a four-year degree in as little as three years. Read More

Grant fuels research for PFAS project

Project’s goal is to develop a technology that destroys PFAS chemicals in wastewater.

November 29, 2019
The city of Grand Rapids received a $50,000 grant from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy to continue its work in addressing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances in wastewater. Read More

Michigan law center receives national award

Indigenous Law and Policy Center provides services to tribal organizations on legal and policy matters.

November 29, 2019
One legal institution has garnered national attention. Read More

State reveals its opioid strategy

Three-prong approach includes media campaign, increase access to medication and harm reduction.

November 29, 2019
Michigan is heightening its efforts to prevent and treat opioid addiction. Read More

City completes stormwater project

The $350K project at Richmond Park will improve water quality, reduce flooding, preserve natural pond.

November 29, 2019
The Grand Rapids Environmental Services Department recently completed a stormwater project at Richmond Park. Read More

Tax law threatens disaster aid, broadband funding for rural Michigan

November 29, 2019
We Michiganders are a hardy lot, and we are no strangers to inclement weather. Read More

Encourage employees to ‘VUE’ their care and save on health costs

November 29, 2019
VUE. This simple acronym (pronounced view) can help employees receive the right care in the right place while keeping costs down in the process. Read More

Change Ups: New Fixed Based Operation slated for airport

November 29, 2019
Waterford-based Pentastar Aviation and Avflight teamed up to provide customers with private jet charter, management and aircraft maintenance support for their newest Fixed Base Operation at Gerald R. Ford International Airport. Read More

Public Record

November 29, 2019
Nov. 29 — Mortgages Read More

Street Talk: Opening their drawers

Shock therapy.

November 29, 2019
A racial equity lending fund is tapping a new foundation for help funding its services. Read More