Lacks Enterprises, Express Pros hosting weeklong job fair

Express Employment Professionals of Grand Rapids is partnering with Lacks Enterprises to host a job fair all week.

School district makes masks mandatory after community vote

BATTLE CREEK — Masks are mandatory in a southwestern Michigan school district after officials set the policy in an unusual way: They took a vote of the people.

Local foundation celebrates centennial

Grand Rapids Community Foundation (GRCF) is celebrating its 100-year anniversary of serving Kent County.

Grand Rapids ranks as 47th best metro for STEM workers

A new report found greater Grand Rapids is climbing the ranks of the top metro areas for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers.

University offers more students free tuition

A Grand Rapids university has expanded its tuition-free program.

University appoints new board members

Davenport University appointed two members to its board of trustees.

Michigan Women Forward launches Small Business Technical Assistance Program

West Michigan entrepreneurs can receive training, one-on-one financial consulting and bookkeeping services through Michigan Women Forward’s new technical assistance program.

Newsmaker finalists did more than survive; they thrived

I was certain COVID-19 would be behind us by now and we would have a fairly typical Newsmaker cycle in 2021, but obviously that’s not the case.

2021 Newsmaker: Eion Jackson

Eion Jackson founded his original urban streetwear brand JCKS Apparel in 2019, and re-branded the company under his own name, EION JACKSON, in 2021. The intentional move was implemented to evolve from being seen as a growing brand to now being seen as a growing fashion designer.

2021 Newsmaker: Jim Dillard

In July, the Dublin-based company completed the sale of its Generic Rx Pharmaceuticals business to Altaris Capital Partners for $1.55 billion, accomplishing Perrigo’s transformation from a drug maker to a global consumer self-care company — a strategy the company announced in 2019.

2021 Newsmaker: David Marquardt

Indian Trails Golf Course in 2021 became the first golf course in the state to be recognized as a speedgolf course by Speedgolf USA.