Grand Rapids Business Journal

GRBJ 2-11-19

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February 11, 2019

Volume: 37
Edition: 6
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.

February 11, 2019

Polar vortex eats into revenue

Winter Storm Jayden devours perishable inventory, employee paychecks and several days of sales.

February 8, 2019
The extreme cold, snow and ice that swallowed the Midwest from Jan. 28-31 also took a bite out of local small businesses’ bottom lines. Read More

Brewery battle ends with settlement

Railbird Taphouse and Brewery agreed to change its name to Alebird Taphouse and Brewery.

February 8, 2019
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) Railtown Brewing Company recently announced it has reached a settlement with Byron Station LLC, owner of the formerly named “Railbird Taphouse and Brewery.” Read More

Investor-startup platform expands scope

Midwest Growth Capital Symposium provides venue for heartland startups to connect with U.S. investors.

February 8, 2019
In response to a continued venture capital shortage in Michigan and a growing Midwest tech ecosystem, one of the state’s leading investor-startup matchmakers is broadening its guest list. Read More

Medical companies tap new markets at Arab Health

West Michigan contingent builds global reach at trade show for life science manufacturers.

February 8, 2019
Three West Michigan businesses had the chance to make inroads with global buyers and distributors at a health care congress in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, last month. Read More

WMSC knocks it out of park

Organization hosted 88 separate sports competitions in West Michigan.

February 8, 2019
Last year was one for the record books for the West Michigan Sports Commission. Read More

Polar vortex drains much of nonprofits’ resources

Organizations extended hours, searched for those stuck in the cold.

February 8, 2019
Nonprofit leaders try to ensure they are prepared for emergencies, but few expected winter weather conditions that closed most of West Michigan for nearly a week. Read More

Real estate experts expect more steady growth

Reports indicate heightened demand and shrinking supply have increased asking rates.

February 8, 2019
West Michigan may experience a short recession later on down the road. Read More

DavenFund offers extra educational resources

Full-time employees can use Davenport University program to better serve their students.

February 8, 2019
Some employees at Davenport University are eligible to receive funds to assist in getting the educational resources they need this year. Read More

Hotels earn record revenue

Leisure travel, convention and sports group attendance, healthy economy among reasons cited for increase.

February 8, 2019
Kent County hotels hosted a record-breaking number of people for the ninth consecutive year. Read More

Consumer insights analyst warns of nitrogen-infused products

Customers could face health risks if not handled with care and consumed carefully.

February 8, 2019
Ferris Coffee & Nut Co. of Grand Rapids made headlines when it introduced its Nitro Cold Brew Coffee early in 2018. Read More

Inside Track: Staying ahead of the curve

Michigan Software Labs co-founder urges clients to embrace innovation.

February 8, 2019
Mark Johnson still carries his old Blockbuster Video card. The co-founder and managing partner of Ada-based Michigan Software Labs uses it as an illustration for how disruption in the technology sphere can either make or break companies. Read More

Whitewater hires new president

Steve Heacock leaves role as senior vice president of community relations at Spectrum Health to oversee river project.

February 8, 2019
Steve Heacock has been a vocal supporter of the Grand Rapids Whitewater project, and now he’s taking the lead role in seeing it through. Read More

Don't be fooled by the insurance industry's shiny objects

February 8, 2019
Wool pulled over your eyes. The golden goose. Smoke and mirrors. These are the kinds of catchy metaphors the insurance industry and its chief lobbying group, the Insurance Alliance of Michigan (IAM), are now using in the debate over Michigan’s auto insurance system. Read More

Getting engaged this Valentine’s Day? Don’t forget the prenup

February 8, 2019
You’ve got roses, a romantic dinner and the diamond ready to go, but if you’re getting engaged this Valentine’s Day, you may want to include a prenuptial agreement in your planning. Read More

Change Ups: Welding instructor earns $500 award

February 8, 2019
Rich Currie, welding instructor for Allegan County Area Technical and Education Center, received the 2019 Lakeshore Advantage Visionary Award at the recent Lakeshore Advantage annual meeting. Read More

Public Record

February 8, 2019
Feb. 8 — Mortgages Read More

Street Talk: Need some help paying your bills?

LGBT Fund.

February 8, 2019
Customers of ChoiceOne Bank can now say, “Hey, Alexa. Pay my bills.” Read More