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Restoring The Rapids – Grand Rapids Looks at Turning Focus Toward River

Grand Rapids is in the public comment phase of a $30-million plan to restore the rapids downtown and turn the city's focus toward the waterfront.

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Values and Vision – Zingerman’s Recipe for Success

Nine companies and about 700 people make up the Zingerman's Community of Businesses today. It all started with conversations among friends about deli tastes and culture back in the early 1980s.

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Opportunities Abound on Alibaba, China’s Giant Online Marketplace

China’s e-commerce giant Alibaba Group is one super-sized sales and profit opportunity for businesses from all over the globe. Bottom line: The online platform allows access to 1.4 billion potential buyers in China.

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Yannick Greiner heads international sales 
for Rugged Liner, headquartered in 
Owosso, Mich.
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Will the 21st Century be the African Century?

Eight of the world’s 15 fastest growing economies are in Africa. Many of these countries have made commitments to broad market-based reforms, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. This has, in turn, attracted the attention of businesses from around the world, including China, Europe and, increasingly, the United States.

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Guiding Light, located in Grand Rapids, is a fresh start for many of its clients.
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Recovery Program Takes on Addiction in the Workforce and is Winning

Mission builds relationships with businesses and produces dedicated workers who restart their job experiences with all the right tools for employee and employer success.

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Companies looking to ramp up their workforce are developing 
intensive, in-house training “camps” to help new employees become tech savvy faster than ever.
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Training for High Tech Classrooms, Companies Bridge Gap Between School, Life

A tech-savvy workforce to meet the growing demand for skilled workers must be mobilized, and it's a task that colleges and universities can't take on alone. As thousands of jobs go unfilled, a major public-private collaborative effort is under way to train high-tech workers.

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