Woman holding lunch bag

Whitmer highlights $160M public school meal proposal during Kids’ Food Basket visit 

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer met Monday with local nonprofit Kids’ Food Basket to learn about its mission and to advocate for her latest education budget, which allocates $160 million to provide free meals to public...

Snappt names Thressa Nichols as Vice President of People

Thressa comes to Snappt with nearly a decade of experience in recruiting, training, and building teams to help organizations scale and reach their goals. She specializes in Series A and B companies that require...
Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce’s office.

In 6 months, GR Chamber program builds ties, belonging for minority-owned biz

When Laura Hopson moved her industrial supply business from Lansing to Grand Rapids in 2020, she had an “intentional strategy” to connect with the local chamber of commerce and leverage networking opportunities with like-minded...
Women business leaders speak as part of panel discussion

West Michigan women business leaders share insight, inspiration from careers

Women business leaders in West Michigan discussed the value of diverse perspectives in leadership, finding mentors in unexpected places and “saying yes to the next challenge.”  Those were some of the takeaways from a panel...
4675 60th St. in Gaines Township.

Developer plans $9M spec industrial project in Gaines Township

GAINES TWP. — Robert Grooters Development Co. plans to break ground in April on a nearly 200,000-square-foot speculative industrial facility just south of Kentwood in Gaines Township. The Grand Rapids-based developer estimates the project will...
Renderings for 1303 Post Drive

‘Unique’ mixed-use housing project pitched for northwest Plainfield Township

PLAINFIELD TWP. — Developers have introduced plans for a mixed-use housing project in northwest Plainfield Township that local officials say is a “different way of thinking … unique” and aligned with broader goals around...
Gracewil Country Club

Developers retool housing plan for Kent County golf course to address residents’ objections

Developers next month will seek final rezoning approval for a revised plan to convert a nearly 100-year-old golf course north of Grand Rapids into more than 500 units of housing after neighbors expressed near-unanimous...
Liberty Plastics Inc. is expanding in Holland Township

Lakeshore plastic injection molding company doubling footprint to support growth

HOLLAND TWP. — A lakeshore plastic injection molding company is more than doubling its Holland Township manufacturing footprint as part of a nearly $3 million expansion to accommodate growth. Liberty Plastics Inc. is building an...
Mary Free Bed pediatric facility plan.

Mary Free Bed seeks $30M in public funds for new pediatric facility

GRAND RAPIDS — Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital hopes to secure additional public funding to finance half the cost for a new $60 million pediatric facility in Grand Rapids. After securing $13 million in public money...
Jeff Helminski

Auxo adds to Precision Products Group platform with deal for Ohio-based niche manufacturer

GRAND RAPIDS — Private equity firm Auxo Investment Partners has added to a platform of manufacturing companies with a recent deal for Ohio-based Saylor Technical Products LLC. Saylor Technical Products is a maker of flexible...
Dr. Joel Stracke

Trinity Health Kidney Transplant Center marks 50 years with upgraded surgical technology

GRAND RAPIDS — Trinity Health’s Kidney Transplant Center is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a new surgical technology that assists doctors while reducing risks for patients. The Grand Rapids-based Transplant Center upgraded its da Vinci...
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

Whitmer signs repeal of right-to-work law, reinstate of prevailing wage

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed into law bills repealing the state’s “right-to-work” law and reinstating a law that requires higher wages and benefits to be paid on state-financed construction projects. The action reverses moves...







DeVries Jewelers plans to redevelop west side Grand Rapids eyesore

DeVries Jewelers plans to tear down the abandoned Lannings’ restaurant on Grand Rapids’ west side to make way for a new storefront for the fourth-generation, family-owned jewelry retailer. 

Michigan Senate votes to repeal ‘right-to-work,’ restore prevailing wage

Democrats on Tuesday approved bills to rescind Michigan's 2012 "right-to-work" law, voting to again allow labor contracts that require workers to pay union fees as a condition of employment.

Wealthy Street undergoes development boom

A developer is doubling down on the Wealthy Street shopping district hoping to keep its quaint, local appeal strong.

Local lawyer, staffing agency respond to child labor allegations

The ripples from an explosive New York Times article investigating child labor are rolling across West Michigan.