Street Talk: Newsmaker notes and laughs

The Business Journal’s annual Newsmakers of the Year breakfast traditionally produces a few surprises, especially since the winners in 16 categories are not informed beforehand.

Inside Track: King engages heart for others in new role

Although she does not have Indigenous heritage, Monica King has embraced the seven grandfather teachings of the Three Fires Confederacy — love, bravery, humility, respect, honesty, wisdom and truth — in her new role as CEO of Gun Lake Investments.

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MORTGAGESSelected mortgages filed with Kent County Register of DeedsLAMOREAUX FARMS LLC, Larry George, Algoma Twp., $1,646,000ABC OMSE LLC, Hop Family LLC, Parcel: 411803351004, $1,400,000NEW...

Street Talk: Taking their shot

With President Joe Biden’s emergency temporary standard (ETS) mandate for the COVID-19 vaccine through the Occupational Safety and Health Administration blocked (for now) by the U.S. Supreme Court, the business community is back to worrying about its other problems.

Inside Track: Miner’s passion for construction in his DNA

Construction was a pastime in Michael Miner’s family.

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MORTGAGESSelected mortgages filed with Kent County Register of DeedsBIRDALL ENTERPRISES LLC, Grand River Bank, Parcel: 411708429013, $1,010,000INTERRA HOMES LLC, Mercantile Bank, Plainfield Twp., $622,500STEIN...

Street Talk: Kent caps successful year

Individual accomplishments over the course of time often can be missed, but reviewed collectively, they can present a snapshot of significant achievements.

Inside Track: McLemore’s artistic skills make messages pop

Most artists’ handiwork is displayed in art galleries or at private viewings. Randy McLemore’s craftsmanship can be viewed along highways, sidewalks, storefront windows, interior...

Street Talk: United Way drives BIPOC initiative

As part of Heart of West Michigan United Way’s ongoing commitment to fund programs that invest in diverse populations and communities, United Way partnered with 15 local BIPOC-founded/led nonprofit agencies to support their work in the community with more than $300,000 in grants.

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MORTGAGESSelected mortgages filed with Kent County Register of DeedsBIRCH TREE INVESTMENTS LLC, Mercantile Bank, Cannon Twp., $3,570,000GRAYSTONE HOMES LLC, Lake Michigan Credit Union, Plainfield...

Inside Track: Grumm’s vision takes off during pandemic

Growing up with a father and grandfather who were mechanical engineers for the aerospace industry, Dennis Grumm has always had an interest in design and engineering — but his passion led him to a different application.

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MORTGAGESSelected mortgages filed with Kent County Register of DeedsGRAND RAPIDS MULTIFAMLY, DST., Parkway Bank & Trust Co., Walker, $27,500,000KRAEMER, Scott W. et al, Ruoff...

Street Talk: Being good neighbors

The West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is on the receiving end of $150,000 in grant funding from Bank of America.

Inside Track: Caddy’s life of service

The Salvation Army is central to providing social services to people around the world, and Major Glen Caddy has spent over four decades leading some of those efforts.

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MORTGAGESSelected mortgages filed with Kent County Register of DeedsSTERLING GREENFIELD LLC, Berkadia Commercial Mortgage LLC, Grand Rapids City, $17,200,000TEG HIDDEN VALLEY LLC, Capital One,...

Street Talk: The human connection

Panelists at a Grand Valley State University Seidman College of Business event this month said as pandemic restrictions continue to cause shifts at traditional workplaces, businesses and corporations that intentionally create a sense of belonging will thrive, as will their employees.

Inside Track: Pattee restores faith in process

Fire is central to Clay Pattee’s business and personal life.

Street Talk: Tribes, WMU band together

The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi, the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians and the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians collectively are offering a new pathway for tribal members and partners to develop skills in tribal administration with the addition of a tribally endorsed course to Western Michigan University’s MPA program. 

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MORTGAGESSelected mortgages filed with Kent County Register of DeedsANDREWS, Mark P. et al, United Wholesale Mortgage Group, Grattan Twp., $508,000DONOVAN, Robert W. et al,...

Inside Track: Brown spreads passion for personal finance

Dondreá Brown might never have journeyed down his current path if not for his lack of access to personal finance concepts in his early years.

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