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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

Street Talk: A new day in the sun

Michigan’s two largest energy providers came together last week to launch a program dubbed “MI Community Solar,” a first-in-the-nation education campaign to promote the efforts of large and diverse communities of Michiganders going solar together.

Street Talk: Healing hearts and minds

The Biblical phrase (Luke 4:23), “Physician, heal thyself,” often is quoted in reference to doctors, nurses and other medical personnel suffering from burnout.

Street Talk: Wyoming puts parks, public safety on the ballot

The Wyoming City Council recently took action to place two proposals on the May 2022 ballot that, if approved, would provide future funding to support public safety and parks needs, make the city more financially sustainable and minimize the overall tax burden of residents.

Street Talk: Mixed messages on the economy

Rising unemployment? Check. A plethora of job openings? Check. Automobile production slowing? Check. New car sales rising? Check. The tightest housing market in years? Check. Homes being sold in the shortest amount of time in a decade or more? Check.

Street Talk: Taste of Hollywood comes to Grand Rapids

Don’t be surprised if you start bumping into a few Hollywood types around town pretty soon.

Street Talk: Living life on the edge

Easterseals Michigan is calling all thrill-seekers.The nonprofit that empowers individuals with behavioral, physical, social or intellectual disabilities will host its fifth annual Over the Edge fundraiser, sponsored by Amway, on Saturday, Sept. 18, at Bridgewater Place, 333 Bridge St. NW, one of the tallest buildings in Grand Rapids.

Street Talk: Grant offers hope for suicide prevention on large scale

Hope Network, a Grand Rapids-based statewide nonprofit organization that provides health care and life services to 23,000 people in more than 240 Michigan communities annually, will be able to offer suicide prevention services to 150,000 people across the state after being awarded a $1.4 million grant.

Street Talk: That one really stings

The Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce is blaming Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for rubbing SALT in the wounds of small businesses.

Street Talk: Leaving their mark

The 2021 Michigan 50 Companies to Watch have left a big impact on the economy.

Street Talk: GROW’s growth track

Grand Rapids Opportunity for Women issued its 2020 annual report on June 15, highlighting data on the organization’s banner year of lending and program development, as well as anecdotes from small business owners who received COVID-19 relief funds from GROW.

Street Talk: Big wheel keep on turning

General Motors’ Wyoming facility hit a major milestone in axle production last month.

Street Talk: Leaving home behind

Michigan’s business leaders see robust growth ahead in the state’s economy during the next six to 12 months and plan a return to in-person office work in the 3rd and 4th quarters of this year, according to a quarterly economic survey completed by Business Leaders for Michigan.

Street Talk: The pause that refreshes

City Built Brewing Company no doubt was hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, but the brewery managed to find ways to innovate and still drive sales, to the point where it may not want to go back to normal.

Street Talk: Make life more than a job

Express Employment Professionals of Grand Rapids is on a mission to raise awareness throughout West Michigan about the many career opportunities currently available and the value of having a job. 

Street Talk: Shopping trends revealed

Think your shopping choices haven’t changed much during the COVID-19 pandemic?