Grand Rapids Business Journal

GRBJ 8-20-18

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August 20, 2018

Volume: 36
Edition: 34
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.

August 20, 2018

Sierra Club sues EPA over smog levels

Attorney says Ottawa County should have been included on ‘nonattainment list’ for EPA’s updated ozone standards.

August 17, 2018
The Sierra Club filed a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency covering the omission of Ottawa County from the EPA’s list of areas found to be in “nonattainment” of health-based ozone standards. Read More

Region’s first brewery co-op on tap

High Five selects Kentwood location, but there is more work to be done.

August 17, 2018
After several years of legal work and real estate hunting, High Five Co-op Brewery recently secured a space for its first brewery and taproom in the Shoppes at 52nd Street in Kentwood, putting it on track to be the first member-owned brewery in West Michigan. Read More

Inside Track: A passion for patient care

Metro Health – U-M cancer center director finds calling after secondhand experience with disease.

August 17, 2018
Laura Smith’s passionate work for cancer patients stems from her own experience with the disease. Read More

Room for one more dairy plant?

State announces second multimillion-dollar processing facility within 50 miles of the other.

August 17, 2018
The state has announced two multimillion-dollar dairy processing facilities in the last seven months and just an hourlong drive separates them. Read More

New construction continues to rise

Inventory finds its way onto market despite costs to build at an ‘all-time high.’

August 17, 2018
New construction is heating up across West Michigan’s industrial landscape as manufacturing continues to thrive and quality inventory becomes scarce. Read More

Farm loans continue to grow

Farmers experiencing fourth year of economic downturn due to low commodity prices.

August 17, 2018
The number of farming loans has increased as farmers battle the financial woes of the agricultural industry. Read More

Seven credit unions look to form trust

Critics say entity driven by tax-exempt institutions would put banks at a competitive disadvantage.

August 17, 2018
Seven Michigan credit unions have applied to form a trust so they can offer their members fiduciary services they otherwise could not provide. Read More

LGBT-friendly business directory compiled for seniors

Two nonprofits work to improve area LGBT seniors’ access to care

August 17, 2018
Two local organizations are working to ensure senior citizens of the LGBT community are able to receive proper care and services. Read More

Kent ISD to house special education programs

Center-based special education programs were managed by GRPS.

August 17, 2018
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) Center-based special education programs in Kent County will be managed by another entity next year. Read More

Thinking outside the box is essential in solving worker shortage

August 17, 2018
The Business Journal has noted for more than a year the ever-worsening talent and recruitment shortages in the region (and state). Read More

Is drone privacy up to the states?

August 17, 2018
Have you seen a drone hovering above you recently? Read More

Thinking about selling your family business to your kids?

August 17, 2018

If you’ve been thinking about passing your family business down to the next generation, you may be asking:

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KCC, WMU partner on transfer agreement

Students earning select associate degrees at the community college will avoid duplication of coursework at university.

August 17, 2018
Two local schools are teaming up to make transferring a smoother process. Read More

Cornerstone, Mel Trotter to offer discounted degrees

University to award associate degrees in human services to clients and staff of nonprofit.

August 17, 2018
A discounted degree program meant to increase accessibility will be available for Mel Trotter Ministries’ clients and staff starting this academic year. Read More

Change Ups: Martlew tapped as interim WMU-Cooley Law School president

August 17, 2018
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School tapped former Michigan 29th Circuit Court judge and retired WMU Cooley Associate Dean Jeffrey Martlew as interim president beginning in September. Read More

Public Record

August 17, 2018

Street Talk: Parking for all

The band played on.

August 17, 2018
The multifaceted Studio Park project has begun pouring four of the six building foundations, and unique to other large-scale developments in downtown Grand Rapids, the project promises surplus parking for employees in 2019. Read More