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Sunday, 24 April 2022 18:56

The Workforce Manufacturers Have: Second of three-part webinar series frames onboarding as quality assurance system

Regardless of industry or seniority, virtually every member of the workforce shares one commonality: onboarding.

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Sunday, 13 March 2022 18:16

Making old, new again: Building demolition showcases Rockford recycling efforts

Making room for new buildings often involves tearing down old facilities. At Rockford Construction, we drive sustainability in all our projects, and reclaiming and recycling building materials is an important aspect of building demolition.

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Sunday, 06 March 2022 18:55

The Workforce of Tomorrow

First of a three-part webinar series focuses on preparing for the manufacturing workforce of the future

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Sunday, 27 February 2022 18:00

Bridging the Training Gap

I imagine if you are reading this article, you might be struggling to retain new employees and to fill your open positions. You are not alone, and it is going to get worse. The Manufacturing Institute has estimated that between 2018 and 2028, half of all open job positions in manufacturing will go unfilled, (2018).

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Sunday, 27 February 2022 18:00

Health Care & Human Resources Summit: Taking on New Ground in 2022

The 2022 Health Care and Human Resources Summit will dissect the state of our health care system through a business lens and expand on previous topics to include the latest information on hiring, health care, wages, benefits, and more.

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Sunday, 30 January 2022 18:00

Getting Funding to Start or Grow Your Business

Capital is vital to any business, whether it’s just getting started or looking to grow. How you fund your business can have a huge impact on your operations and ability to take advantage of new opportunities.

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Friday, 15 October 2021 12:32

AmCon Novi Advanced Design & Manufacturing Expo

AmCon Novi Advanced Design & Manufacturing Expo Suburban Collection Showplace - Novi, MI November 9-10, 2021

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Friday, 08 October 2021 14:04

AP Managers – Here’s a best practice for your department (that you’re probably not doing).

Here’s a question for all Accounts Payable (AP) managers and treasury professionals: How often do you think about payments after you’ve made them?

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Friday, 08 October 2021 14:03

Q&A: Succession Planning in Family Businesses

For family owned businesses, planning is the key to ensuring a smooth and successful transition of the business to the next generation. A thorough and well-documented plan is a gift to your family and your employees, and helps to safeguard the future of your family business.

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Friday, 08 October 2021 14:01

Grand Rapids Innovation Park: World-class cancer care made possible through complex construction

When BAMF Health opens in June 2022 in the Doug Meijer Medical Innovation Building on the Medical Mile in Grand Rapids, it will be home to the world’s most advanced molecular imaging clinic, radiopharmacy and theranostics clinic, providing world-class health treatment for various types of cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, cardiac disease and much more.

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Friday, 10 September 2021 09:45

Understanding the Family Business Life Cycle

Leading and succeeding a family business is complex.  Untangling what’s family and what’s business for the good of both is one of the greatest challenges of family enterprise. But, when they work together to their full potential the opportunities for family, business, and community are endless. With the help of Family-Owned Business Institute of Grand Valley State University and adaptations of several online resources, The Family Business Alliance has established a Family Business Continuum to help family businesses in West Michigan understand the distinct axes of the family business model and improve the opportunity for multi-generational success. 

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Friday, 10 September 2021 09:40

Collaboration drives talent solutions among manufacturers

The struggle of attracting, retaining, and developing talent within the manufacturing industry is not a new phenomenon. Businesses in this sector have been grappling with how to overcome this challenge for decades. While the pandemic has exacerbated the issue, a widening skills gap and a significant portion of the labor pool reaching retirement age has long fueled the talent shortage manufacturers are facing today.   

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Monday, 30 August 2021 08:45

Pause and Pivot

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. —Eventually, every manufacturing executive runs into a situation where the longstanding processes that have driven their business and systems are outdated and in need of change. But properly managing those changes for the benefit of the organization can often present a challenge, particularly in times of volatility or crisis. 

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Monday, 30 August 2021 08:41

Fueling the future

Every year at the ATHENA Awards Celebration, the Grand Rapids Chamber gathers to celebrate those who embody, encourage, and promote the inclusion of women. Join us on Wednesday, September 29 at the JW Marriot Ballroom to recognize the recipients of the 32nd Annual ATHENA Awards as they are added to this list of legendary ladies.

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Monday, 30 August 2021 08:37

Facilities maintenance, upgrades loom large in School of Choice arena

Brandi Llamas had a choice to make for her five children that would have a profound effect on their future.

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Friday, 27 August 2021 10:14

Back At It Together

11th Annual MCOY Awards honors West Michigan’s construction industry 

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Friday, 30 July 2021 12:14

Lakeshore Innovator of the Year Award

The Lakeshore Innovator of the Year Award was created by the Muskegon Innovation Hub at Grand Valley State University as a way to honor and recognize the many creative innovators found in West Michigan. This amazing group of people is responsible for the tremendous increase in growth and improvement in the quality of life that has taken place in this part of the state over the past decade.

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Thursday, 29 July 2021 12:16

Sore, but Safe

Experts advocate for a holistic approach to pain management and recovery for those experiencing work-related pain

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Thursday, 29 July 2021 12:09

How Design and Innovation Management Can Help Your Company Build What's Next

In a world defined by rapid change and daunting challenges, the future depends on people who can think creatively, reach across boundaries, and reframe complex business problems as opportunities to build what’s next.

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Sunday, 04 July 2021 10:19

Emerging Stronger: 3 Ways Modern Manufacturers and Distributors Can Boost Productivity Post-Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused deep disruptions throughout manufacturing supply chains, forcing manufacturers and distributors to reevaluate their sourcing and inventory practices as well as the technologies that support them. As the pandemic itself subsides, operations leaders must come to terms with new challenges and opportunities in cost management, labor efficiency, and data management to ensure they meet productivity goals and customer demands moving forward.

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Sunday, 04 July 2021 10:15

How manufacturers are creating back-office efficiencies

The manufacturing and distribution industries have been forever changed by a pandemic that’s created both challenges and opportunities. Supply chains have been disrupted, for example, while demand has surged for a variety of products.

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Tuesday, 22 June 2021 08:33

Introducing the 11th Annual Michigan Contractor of the Year (MCOY) Nominees

On August 26, 2021, the American Subcontractors Association of Michigan (ASAM) will celebrate the 11th Annual MCOY Award event at the home of the Whitecaps, Lake Michigan Credit Union Ballpark. MCOY recognizes Michigan’s general contractors and construction managers with a track record of best practices, professionalism, and collaboration within the trade contracting community. 

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Monday, 07 June 2021 13:30

From Vision to Reality: Grand Rapids Innovation Park

Grand Rapids is teeming with innovative people and companies. Young professionals recognize the city as the ideal jumping off point for their careers. Entrepreneurs see the tremendous value in leveraging the ample resources available to bring their ideas to life. And along the Medical Mile, which encompasses an expansive stretch of Michigan Street east of the Grand River and just south of Interstate 196, groundbreaking research is transforming the healthcare industry.

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Monday, 24 May 2021 08:24

Reducing the human struggle

Second installment in webinar series focuses on process improvements through Lean 3P

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Monday, 10 May 2021 08:41

Brownfield Redevelopment: Good for the Environment and the Bottom Line

There is no doubt these are challenging times for many businesses and communities. Businesses that did not survive COVID-related shutdowns have left empty storefronts and offices.

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Monday, 10 May 2021 08:33

Compliance and Cybersecurity for Businesses

For businesses to thrive in 2021 and beyond, they must adapt their business to a new, connected reality – but what many businesses don’t understand are the risks inherent in this new always on, always ready business environment of 2021.

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Sunday, 09 May 2021 14:03

West Michigan companies are reconfiguring their workspaces to meet post-pandemic business needs

Many businesses are experiencing change due to COVID, with new work patterns and more employees working remote.  While change in business is not unusual, it seems to be coming more rapidly now and is causing many companies to rethink their physical space and how to best utilize it. 

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Sunday, 09 May 2021 13:48

Online Services Help Streamline your Workflow

It’s no secret that the rise of mobile connectivity, digital communication channels and the app economy is changing almost every aspect of modern life. The financial services sector is no different. The impact of technology has banks evaluating mobile and online banking in pursuit of innovative online business services to add convenience and flexibility to customers.

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Monday, 26 April 2021 11:04

The Business Case for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

In principle and in practice, the Grand Rapids Chamber believes in the value and power of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Various reports released in 2020 amidst a global pandemic, mounting racial tension and a divisive political atmosphere prove there is much work to be done.

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Monday, 26 April 2021 11:00

Free manufacturing technology assessment jumpstarts small manufacturers Industry 4.0 journey

As advancements in Industry 4.0 surge ahead, the pace of development and sheer scope of technology often leaves small- and medium-size manufactures without the expertise and resources to forge a clear path forward.

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