Looking to Start a Podcast? Find Out How This Firm Did It

Professionals of all kinds are starting podcasts, those smartphone-friendly broadcasts that are like radio shows for a modern audience. Recently, a Midwest office of Express Employment Professionals helped with an episode of its company’s national podcast series, “On the Job: From Hired to Retired.” The series, which began in May, has had thousands of people […]

Tech Firm Adds Fundraising Component to Popular March Madness Party

Bringing your employees together to socialize and bond as a company is a great idea. Adding a way to raise funds for a great cause is even better. For the 12th consecutive year, Grand Rapids-based technology firm Open Systems Technologies commemorated the opening day of NCAA Basketball’s March Madness tournament with a party for 1,000 […]

Electrical Apprentices Design Wreaths for Grand Rapids Home for Veterans

Baking cookies, singing carols and decorating for the holidays are a key part of getting ready for the holidays. But giving back to your community also should fit in there somewhere. Recently, student apprentices of Grand Rapids-based electrical firm Feyen Zylstra were able to give back through their creativity. The students and business donated six […]

Economic Forecast Predicts Job, Wage Growth in 2017 for West Michigan, State

While no one can predict the future, it is helpful to have people, businesses and organizations that can use data to help companies determine where the next 12 months may end up. Recently, the regional economic development organization The Right Place Inc. hosted its 21st annual West Michigan Economic Outlook at the Amway Grand Plaza […]

Steal This Idea: Hold an Office Pre-Thanksgiving Tummy Stretcher and Fundraiser

There’s one thing you cannot have enough of in general – Thanksgiving dinners, good times with co-workers and good causes. Years ago, the staff at Grand Rapids-based law firm Mika Meyers started a tradition where the firm would have a pre-Thanksgiving celebration. Now, this was no ordinary get-together in the office kitchen. It had a […]

Steal This Idea: Grand Rapid Employment Company Highlights Giving Tuesday

Popular culture is familiar with the day after Thanksgiving holiday shopping kickoff known as Black Friday. And most people have heard of Cyber Monday, when online retailers offer sales and bargains. But what do you know about Giving Tuesday? Express Employment Professionals is one of those companies making sure they share and promote this special […]

New School Store Gains Support from Grand Rapids Business Partner

There’s an old adage about giving a man a fish and teaching him to fish. That wisdom can be applied across the board to the kind of education students at Grand Rapids Public School’s Innovation Central. This high school is unique because it is made up of four distinct college/career preparatory academies within one building, […]

Bank of America and Habitat for Humanity Team Up for Building Blitz

Giving people the services they need to protect their finances is definitely a good thing. Volunteering your time as an organization and as individuals to give people the homes they need to be productive in every way is even better. Recently, dozens of Michigan Bank of America employees volunteered for three projects in homes located […]

Steal This Idea: Updating Its Brand Image Helped This Marketing Agency Grow

Every company goes through growth spurts, getting bigger or adding to the goods and services they offer. The questions becomes how to adapt to those changes, especially when you’re known by a recognizable brand. The Image Shoppe (TIS), a brand marketing agency in the Wealthy Business District of Grand Rapids, Mich., knows those pains all […]

Steal This Idea: Combine an Office Ice-Cream Social with Fund-raising Effort

Everyone needs a break from time to time – sometimes, it’s a time for your employees to bond over the little things, like ice cream. Sometimes, it’s a service project that makes everyone feel like they’ve come together as a community. Sometimes, it’s both. Recently, a Grand Rapids law firm held an ice-cream social that […]

West Michigan Companies Join Forces to Raise Funds, Meals for Kids’ Food Basket

What happens when you partner motivated people, a great cause and community spirit? You get a huge result, like the more than 2,000 pounds of food a group of West Michigan companies recently donated to Kids’ Food Basket, a nonprofit organization. Employment Professionals along with its franchise location in Grand Rapids also donated $5,000 to […]

Failure:Lab Offers Honest Conversations About Making Mistakes and their Aftermath

Failure:Lab is a unique event that asks an essential question of leaders, entrepreneurs, artists and just about anyone who struggles in life: “Everyone Fails, But How Do We Respond?” Co-founder Jonathan Williams is happy NOT to answer that question. Why? Because leaving open space to consider failure, your response to it and what you’d do […]

Creative Fundraising, Community Building are Foundation of 5×5 Night

The North American International Auto Show is a Metro Detroit ritual: trucks lining city streets, a buzz of journalists and visitors surrounding the Cobo beehive as well as cars, cars, cars. This year, there is something new in the mix: A great group of programming to entertain, inspire and invigorate. One of the most interesting […]