A casual, and sometimes cutting, roundup of what’s being said around town.


Street Talk: Remembering David Czurak

The Business Journal lost a big piece of its history in December upon the death of longtime reporter David Czurak.

Street Talk: Businesses get a Rapid response

The Rapid is adding a new Route 33 bus in the city of Walker to address commuter needs and business and employment growth.

Street Talk: Recycling efforts ramp up

Kent County residents and waste haulers soon will have a safer facility to drop off recycling and other waste.

Street Talk: Speaking the same language

The Literacy Center of West Michigan’s onsite Customized Workplace English program at global design leader MillerKnoll is showing results.

Street Talk: A labor (force) of love

It’s no secret that West Michigan, like much of the country, is suffering from a shortage of workers.

Street Talk: Students enjoy a star turn

Nearly 400 West Michigan students were surprised this month with a visit from Aldis Hodge, “Black Adam” co-star, SAG Award-winning actor and co-founder of 9B Collective.

Street Talk: Costly freelance standards

Michigan small businesses and entrepreneurs would be hurt significantly if a proposed U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) independent contractor rule goes into effect, according to the Small Business Association of Michigan.

Street Talk: Recession concession?

The West Michigan economy appears to have flattened, but has not yet contracted into a recession, according to the latest monthly survey data released by Grand Valley State University’s Seidman College of Business.

Street Talk: Follow the pattern

With rent and mortgage costs rising and communities across the state challenged to develop enough housing for their residents, the Michigan Municipal League and Michigan Economic Development Corporation have reached back into the past to develop new strategies to help communities add more housing options to their existing neighborhoods.

Street Talk: Small business optimism

Small and mid-size business owners and executives have an optimistic outlook about the near-term future of their businesses as they ride out inflationary pressures, supply chain disruptions and political and geopolitical uncertainties related to the national and local economies, according to the latest PNC semiannual Economic Outlook survey.