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Companies embrace workplace play

Written by | Thursday, 09 May 2013 16:15 |

Stuffy is out, fun is in. That general trend in office culture has been taking shape for a couple of decades, but it’s becoming more pronounced as companies struggle to attract young creative talent and inspire their workforce.

Law firms in the Grand Rapids area made modest improvements between 2011 and 2012 in diversifying their ranks amid hope of greater gains to come by collectively focusing on the issue.

Varnum overhauls management structure

Written by | Sunday, 09 December 2012 23:57 |

A new management structure at Varnum LLP that begins with the new year is designed to streamline the law firm’s administration in a post-recession world.

Helping the community is not just something Dolores Trese does in her free time as a way to give back. It’s a way of life.

Having spent the first part of her career as a sales and marketing executive in the computer and software industry, Cheryl Schuch found herself looking for a change when her family moved back to West Michigan from Chicago.

What started as a surprise 40th birthday party in 2010 for chef Tommy FitzGerald has turned into an annual event benefiting many hungry children around West Michigan.

Sometimes all a person needs is a second chance, and that’s exactly what Hope Network is trying to give to men who are nearing release from the Kent County Jail.

Helping small businesses and startups is just what Doris Drain does.

In an ever-tightening race for talent, businesses that learn how to manage through on-the-job problems can have a leg up on the competition.

After completing an assignment in sixth grade that had him rifling through the help wanted ads in the local newspaper to find the job of his dreams, Pete Brand knew he wanted to be an entrepreneur.

As a father of five, Charlie Lott has a lot going on. Still, on top of his commitments to his family, Lott continues to give his time and professional skills to D.A. Blodgett — St. John’s.

Given the intense national competition for talent, employers can ill afford to ignore any pool of potential employees, no matter the challenges they may bring to organizations.

When Lori Slager saw a need in the community for a creative literacy program, she took action.

John Wheeler has roots firmly planted in the Grand Rapids community.

Rather than send workers from West Michigan to the east side of the state or to out-of-state training centers, one local program aims to offer those opportunities closer to home.

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