Street Talk: Restarting common sense

The Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce is angling for a “smart restart” to the Michigan economy.

Street Talk: Don’t be like Detroit

Disability Advocates of Kent County caught wind of discrimination against disabled patients occurring in Detroit-area hospitals and wants to prevent the same from happening in West Michigan.

Street Talk: 51 of 51 students would approve

Marketing majors from two Michigan State University advertising capstone classes recently completed a project to recommend market expansion plans for OrthoDots CLEAR, a Michigan-made product advertised to be a better alternative to commodity dental wax commonly dispensed by orthodontists.

Street Talk: Call it like you see it

Dr. Jihad Mustapha has a problem with calling dead health care workers heroes instead of what he believes they truly are — victims of inaction.

Street Talk: Retail sales bottom out

Retail sales saw their biggest monthly drop on record during March as the coronavirus pandemic forced restaurants, bars and many stores to temporarily close across the nation and stay-at-home orders also impacted gasoline sales, the National Retail Federation said.

Street Talk: Staying safe at home

While Michigan residents have been urged to stay home and stay safe, staying safe at home has taken a broader meaning for the Healthy Homes Coalition of West Michigan.

Street Talk: The new neighborhood watch

With so many of us home these days, now might be a good time to reinstitute something that was far more popular in a bygone era: the Neighborhood Watch program. This time, however, there is a tech twist.

Street Talk: Celebrating unsung heroes

With an additional 1 million school-age children, laid off workers and a growing number of families needing emergency food, Michigan’s seven regional food banks...

Street Talk: How to release employees

Thousands of people in West Michigan lost their jobs last week. Thousands more might this week. It’s the new world order, at least for...

Street Talk: I’ll have another

Fear and uncertainty over coronavirus is putting air travel on hold and canceling major events, but rather than stockpile toilet paper, Long Road Distillers...

Street Talk: Disaster preparedness

The Federal Reserve last week announced a 50-basis-point cut to its target rate as an emergency response to economic concerns stemming from the coronavirus.This...

Street Talk: The immigration situation

A coalition of business and industry leaders last week launched the Michigan Compact on Immigration, a set of principles outlining the need for smart...

Street Talk: Moving the chains

A Western Michigan University expert in supply chains and risk mitigation estimates we are two to six weeks away from serious disruptions as the...

Street Talk: Just call in sick

While it is difficult for the CDC to predict flu severity, influenza in all its forms is expected to cost U.S. employers over $13...

Street Talk: Road less traveled

Looking forward to some vehicle insurance relief this summer?Those premium savings might not be automatic. A report from the personal finance website WalletHub indicates...

Street Talk: Nurses save lives

When a group of Muskegon Community College nursing instructors and students traveled to a convention, they never expected to leave being called heroes.But that’s...

Street Talk: Rosy outlook for retail

Retailers in Michigan reported higher sales in December and predict stronger winter sales than a year ago, according to the Michigan Retail Index.The December...

Street Talk: Looking out for local

The Grand Rapids Planning Commission will hold a public hearing Jan. 23 regarding the city’s recreational cannabis ordinance, and the West Michigan Cannabis Guild...

Street Talk: Group seeks to stall sex trafficking

A human trafficking workgroup is inviting Grand Rapids residents to join the movement to end sex trafficking in Grand Rapids.The event, titled “Understanding Sex...

Street Talk: 2019’s job cuts go out like a lamb

Job cuts announced by U.S.-based employers fell for the second consecutive month, to 32,843, the lowest monthly total since 27,122 cuts were announced in...