SpringGR launches The 250 Project

When SpringGR started in 2013, there were only about 70 businesses with more than $250,000 in revenue that were owned by people of color in Grand Rapids, as compared to the 11,000 businesses in the city overall in that revenue category. 

NCTF hires venture fund vet as managing director

After a national search, a Grand Rapids venture fund focused on boosting minority-owned businesses hired its first managing director and soon will be ready to make its first investments.

The Right Place starts effort to grow tech industry

The Right Place assembled a Technology Taskforce to craft a strategy to position Grand Rapids as the leading technology cluster in the Midwest.

Domestic violence shelter receives grant

The YWCA West Central Michigan was one of the 45 domestic violence shelters in the state to receive grants from the DTE Energy Foundation totaling $420,000.

Michigan State University overcomes challenges in court competition

Michigan State University College of Law won the Billings Exum Frye Moot Court Competition.

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.

Students see advanced manufacturing firsthand

More than 40 West Michigan manufacturers opened their doors to over 4,000 high school and middle school students as part of Discover Manufacturing Week earlier this month. 

Entrepreneur continues family tradition

The idea for beautiful and functional plant wraps came to Liz Pigorsh in a dream involving her late aunt’s garden, and she took it as a sign to invent a product and start a business.

GVSU expert: West Michigan economy better but still flat

(As seen on WZZM 13) West Michigan’s economy remains plagued by supply chain issues, a new report finds.

State expands regional child care program

LANSING — A program to help Michigan residents save on child care is getting a $2.5 million boost.

Construction industry can expect change

JLL’s 2022 construction outlook anticipates highs and lows in the industry.

Comerica’s Michigan Index declines

The bank’s monthly index report showed a decrease in August to a level of 106.6. August’s reading was 24.4% higher than the historical low of 85.7 reached in June 2020 and still above the average of 100 points for all of 2020, which was nine points below the index average for 2019.

Restoration of river rapids rolling along

Grand Rapids once was known for its roaring rapids that are no longer.

Fewer cubicles, more collaborative spaces projected for downtowns

LANSING — Remote work brought on by the pandemic and projections that some of it will be permanent is reshaping Michigan downtowns and traditional office spaces.

A knowledge-based economic development strategy

A year ago, Rivian, which often is described as the Tesla of trucks, announced it was moving its headquarters from suburban Detroit to Irvine, California.

Proposed short-term rental law fuels housing crisis

Michigan is in the middle of a housing crisis.

Create specific expectations to transform your company’s salesforce

I just finished a phone call with a potential client to discuss a problem. His 18-person salesforce was paid on straight commission. All had been with the company for 8-15 years and were earning healthy incomes. His problem was that he couldn’t get them to do what he wanted them to do.

4 ways employers, employees can save on health care costs

Due to the rising cost of health care, it is important you know the ways you and your employees can save on these expenses.

Public Record

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

Change-Ups: Garza-Malone promoted to membership director

The Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce promoted Yadira Garza-Malone to director of membership. She previously served as a membership engagement manager since April 2018.