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Sunday, 11 September 2022 19:12

A Look Inside the 12th Annual EPIC Awards

The premier business awards celebration of the region returns on Wednesday, October 19 to recognize 27 upstanding businesses in West Michigan and present awards to the top finalists from each of the nine categories.

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Sunday, 11 September 2022 19:03

Five Key Design Drivers in a Post-COVID Workplace

How do we design a workplace, now that non-traditional office space, retention strategies, and remote work need to be taken into consideration? How we view workplaces and the needs of current and future staff has shifted. The perspective toward remote work has pivoted to a more accommodating mindset as employees have increased productivity and work-life balance has tilted toward the positive. With restrictions lifted, market forces have pushed for maintaining at least some form of hybrid schedule as a talent attraction and retention strategy.

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Sunday, 11 September 2022 18:44

SIZE DOESN’T MATTER: Final “Stories From the Road” webinar series demonstrates how companies can adopt advanced manufacturing technologies regardless of size.

There’s a misconception in manufacturing that only large companies can successfully implement Industry 4.0 technology. For everyone else, the technology is too complex. Too time consuming. Too expensive. But a growing cadre of small and medium-size manufacturers are bucking that misconception and proving advanced manufacturing technology can be implemented by all companies, regardless of size. All it takes is an open mind, a champion, and a healthy dose of strategic thinking. 

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Tuesday, 06 September 2022 09:06

Ahead of Detroit Auto Show, Michigan Establishes Itself as the Home of Mobility’s Past and Future

Michigan is more than just a venue for the Detroit Auto Show – it is a place where the next generation of transportation and mobility is being designed, created and revealed. The automotive industry built its foundation and laid its roots here in Michigan; now, led by innovations in electric vehicles (EV) and assisted driving, we are witnessing a transportation mobility revolution. 

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Thursday, 01 September 2022 12:54

The Game Evolves: 12th Annual MCOY Awards celebrates excellence in construction industry

If you’re not adapting, you’re failing. That was the message during this year’s Michigan Contractor of the Year (MCOY) Awards, hosted yesterday evening at the LMCU Ballpark in Comstock Park. 

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Sunday, 28 August 2022 19:16

Creating Space to Care for Caregivers

With more than 4.3 million registered nurses in the United States, nursing staff are most often the front-line caregivers in every aspect of the healthcare industry. In 2022, nationwide nursing levels and staffing at health systems are in crisis

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Sunday, 21 August 2022 19:55

Strategic Energy Management for Your Business

Inflation is the highest it’s been in decades, which impacts our entire Michigan business community. But while costs on nearly everything else seem to be rising, Consumers Energy is here to help businesses reduce energy waste, lower energy costs and even cash in on rebates that can be invested back into your bottom-line. 

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Sunday, 31 July 2022 19:47

Five Key Factors Businesses Must Consider When Collecting Consumer Information

As businesses gather an increasing amount of consumer information, consumers’ concerns about who knows what about them are becoming more pronounced and businesses’ legal obligations regarding that data are becoming more complex.

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Sunday, 24 July 2022 19:00

A Tale of Apples… and Sheet Metal?: How Two Very Different Manufacturers Implemented Advanced Technology to Improve their Businesses

There is no shortage of information available regarding industry 4.0 technology. Small and medium-size manufacturers curious about these technologies can often find themselves drowning in a sea of whitepapers, blogs, vendors, sales calls, and other information – making it too overwhelming to even begin their journey. While each of these pieces of information has its place, sometimes it’s most effective for manufacturers to cut through the murk and hear a fellow company’s story. 

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Sunday, 24 July 2022 19:00

How to save on your business’ energy bills this summer

Michigan summer has arrived, and so have opportunities to save on your business’ energy bill. So, let’s talk about them! I’m Charles, your friendly hometown energy expert - and I’m here to talk about energy as a strategic resource. 

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Sunday, 17 July 2022 18:14

Why is my insurance so expensive and what can I do about it?

Building a house is expensive. Buying a house is expensive. Maintaining a house is expensive. It’s all just expensive. And what’s worse is that on top of it all sits an expensive insurance policy that can be difficult to understand. 

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Sunday, 10 July 2022 19:00

Education Trends Will Inform Future Construction Plans

The practice of education is ever-changing. New technology, pedagogy and demands for a trained and educated workforce continue to change and evolve. But the combination of demographic declines and post-pandemic challenges – and opportunities – are radically shifting the way K12 school districts and higher education campuses are thinking about space and where, when and how learning best occurs.

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Sunday, 03 July 2022 16:37

Grand Rapids Connect Welcomes New Grand Rapidians to the Community:

If a new coworker asked you what experiences are the epitome of Grand Rapids, what’s the first thing you’d recommend?

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Sunday, 19 June 2022 18:00

Just in Time May Be Too Late When it Comes to Talent: Third installment of webinar series focuses on establishing talent development pathways for workers.

Though it may have revolutionized production, the “just in time” mentality does not extend to talent. In the current labor market, manufacturers are finding that many workers are not walking through the door with all the necessary skills they may need. With that in mind, many companies are enhancing their training and development efforts to prepare their workforce for the factory of the future. 

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Monday, 20 June 2022 06:00

Introducing the 12th annual Michigan Contractor of the Year (MCOY) Nominees

On August 31, 2022, the American Subcontractors Association of Michigan (ASAM) will celebrate the 12th Annual MCOY Award Celebration 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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Sunday, 22 May 2022 18:28

Free Assessment Tool Paves the Path for Industry 4.0 Adoption

From cobots to data collection and analysis, Industry 4.0 is changing the way small and mid-size manufactures think about and grow their businesses. 

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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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