Street Talk: This land is your land

Rockford-based Byrne Electrical, a manufacturer of power products, is putting its weight behind its stated mission of “making connections” by supporting six employees so far this year through the process of earning U.S. citizenship.

Street Talk: Poverty isn’t a game

A new interactive learning tool will give individuals and businesses a real-life look into the struggles that thousands of families living on the edge of poverty go through every day in West Michigan.

Street Talk: In support of reform

Prison Fellowship, a Christian nonprofit serving prisoners, former prisoners and their families, is joining with other faith leaders in Michigan in supporting criminal justice reform.

Street Talk: In good hands

One local company believes plenty of good things are still happening in West Michigan even during the pandemic.

Street Talk: The trickle-down effect

Approximately one of every three bottles of alcohol shipped into Michigan from January through March of 2019 was done so illegally, according to data compiled by the Michigan Beer and Wine Wholesalers Association (MB&WWA).

Street Talk: Business as usual

Michigan captured eight of the top 10 spots on Business Facilities’ 16th annual Rankings Report for 2020, including once again taking the No. 1 ranking for in the Automotive Manufacturing Strength category.

Street Talk: Follow the money

A new report shows Michigan has eight billionaires who collectively saw their wealth increase by $2.8 billion, or 9.1%, during the first three months of the COVID-19 pandemic as the economy was reeling and joblessness was at record highs.

Street Talk: Boost for manufacturing

Thanks to a bipartisan group of lawmakers, the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center will receive a $2,118,000 federal grant to help small and medium-sized manufacturers in Michigan respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Street Talk: Bills, bills and more bills

The Michigan House of Representatives has unanimously passed legislation geared toward helping businesses in West Michigan and statewide survive the COVID-19 crisis.

Street Talk: A crowded table

More than 100 small businesses around Michigan will use the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s MI Local Biz crowdfunding program throughout the month of June, MEDC said on June 4.

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...