Metro’s search for partner could help employers

Metro Health is a specialty hospital in Michigan as a provider of osteopathic medical education, and it is once again convening a comparatively public...

Prop 3 will hurt state economy; ignores fastest path to sustainable future

The Dow Chemical Co. has long advocated for comprehensive energy policies — those that support stable energy supplies and costs, lead to innovation and...

Local economy barely escapes negative territory

Flat again. Two months ago, we saw the Greater Grand Rapids economy slide into the minus column for the first time in three years....

Health care not immune to free market principles

Editor:I read with particular interest the article in the Oct. 9 Business Journal about the choice young doctors will face in whether to join...

The Eiffel Tower: iconic monument and critical lesson

We went to visit the Eiffel Tower again — our fourth visit in five years. What do you know about the Eiffel Tower?When it...

Support politicians based on voting records, not rhetoric

The election next month will be a turning point for small business. The fact that the president is overtly anti-small-business is not the issue....

Transit system helps Walker’s citizens move freely

Walker residents are facing an important decision about bus service for the city this November. It is important to our citizens’ and community’s future...

Small actions now beget big rewards later

Brian Long’s short-range economic forecast based on a monthly survey of purchasing managers (page 26) shows the regional economy is registering at the increasingly...

Retail performance improves after two-month dip

LANSING — More Michigan retailers increased sales in August, the first time in three months the overall retail industry has improved its performance, according...

Drill or hole? What are they buying and what are you selling

A guy walks into a hardware store and says to the clerk, “I need a drill.” The clerk says, “Well, not really. You want...

Cell tower leases can be gold mines for landowners

Existing cell tower leases are gold mines for the landowner who granted the lease. If he were alive today, King Croesus of ancient Persia...

Due diligence required to get from purchasing agreement to closing

“We got the property!”In my profession, we hear that a lot after someone signs a purchase agreement to buy a piece of commercial real...

Health care is not ‘business as usual’

Grand Rapids Business Journal this week reports on the growing trend of physician recruitment to large health care entities, the resulting closures of private...

Risk of worldwide slowdown increases significantly

Growth in global merchandise trade slowed to a crawl in the second quarter of this year, according to statistics compiled by the World Trade...

Alliance for Health deserves local legislative support

The Michigan Senate Economic Development Committee moved a bill to the full Senate last week that would eliminate some of the processes currently used...

Small business quietly reaches surprising milestone

Small business jobs — a handful here, a dozen there — don’t usually garner the same headlines that the opening of a new factory...

The secret to attracting and retaining qualified employees

There is a shortage of qualified workers in West Michigan, yet unemployment remains at unacceptably high levels. Improvements in efficiency and productivity within all...

Salespeople have questions, Jeffrey has the answers

I get a ton of emails from people seeking insight or asking me to solve sales dilemmas. Here are a few that may relate...

Industrial market is improving but expect soft quarter

According to CBRE Econometric Advisors, industrial market fundamentals have continued to improve across the country, with the national availability rate settling at 13.2 percent...

Expiring brownfield legislation requires immediate action

As tourists and residents from across the region come to downtown Grand Rapids this week to admire the components and concept of ArtPrize, they...

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