A handful of West Michigan executives find that practical business experience can carry over from the boardroom to the classroom.

Published in Talent

GRAND RAPIDS — Over his storied career, John Berry has advocated for the benefits of incorporating design principles outside of traditional creative industries. Now, Berry is taking that vision one step further at Grand Valley State University with the new Design Thinking Academy, where he serves as director. The academy spun off from the university’s Design Thinking Initiative that launched in 2014.

Published in Manufacturing

His first business presented workshops on renewable energy at elementary schools and included solar power kits students could assemble.

Published in Talent

LANSING — A New York-based venture capital firm wants to propel Michigan’s nascent fashion industry to runways everywhere.

Published in Breaking News

Kent County received three wide-ranging bids earlier this week for its 104,000-square-foot downtown office building at 82 Ionia Ave. NW.

Published in Breaking News

Saugatuck Brewing Co. thought it was being edgy in 2011 when it coined the name “Hop on a Blonde” for its new blonde ale.

Published in Food/Agribusiness

Human-centered design is changing the way nonprofits across Grand Rapids approach complex problems.

Published in Nonprofits

A waste management system design unveiled in Grand Rapids this past May would enable hospitals world-wide to achieve a seemingly rare feat: saving money by embracing environmental stewardship.

Published in Health Care

A previous plan by Kendall College of Art and Design to acquire and redevelop a Kent County-owned building will not go forward.

Published in Breaking News

GRAND RAPIDS — As Kendall College of Art and Design finishes its first cohort of graduate architecture students, the school’s nascent program aims for significant growth in the coming years.