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Sunday, 08 May 2022 18:38


Here is the MiBiz People in the news report for April 25, 2022 

Published in Talent
Thursday, 05 May 2022 12:49

Aquinas names Alicia Córdoba as school’s new president

GRAND RAPIDS — Aquinas College has named Alicia Córdoba as its ninth president in the school’s 146-year history.

Published in Talent
Sunday, 24 April 2022 18:35

People in the News: April 25, 2022

Here is the MiBiz People in the news report for April 25, 2022 

Published in Talent

Thursday, 21 April 2022 10:44

Survey: West Mich. biz outlook strong as companies eye expansions, recruiting woes ease

Business leaders voiced strong confidence in the West Michigan economy in a recent survey by economic development organization The Right Place Inc.

Published in Economic Development
Tuesday, 12 April 2022 13:04

BHSH System, GVSU launch $19M scholarship program to combat nursing shortage

GRAND RAPIDS — BHSH System will put $19 million toward increasing the talent pipeline for nurses who earn their degree at Grand Valley State University, officials announced today.

Published in Health Care
Sunday, 10 April 2022 18:18

People in the news: April, 2022

Here is the MiBiz People in the news report for April 11, 2022 

Published in Talent

Sunday, 10 April 2022 18:52

Talent competition places DEI under closer scrutiny

Diversity, equity and inclusion has emerged as an “important pressure point” in the past two years as companies compete for talent and regional economic development organizations seek to attract and retain industries, consultants and business advocates say.

Published in Talent
Thursday, 07 April 2022 21:06

Incoming Calvin University president focuses on attracting international students, launching business school 

Late last month, Calvin University’s board of trustees announced that Wiebe Boer would become the 11th president in the history of the Grand Rapids-based private institution.

Published in Talent
Monday, 28 March 2022 11:24

Calvin University names Boer as school’s new president

GRAND RAPIDS — Calvin University has appointed Dr. Wiebe Boer as the 11th president in the school’s history.

Published in Talent

Sunday, 27 March 2022 18:44

People in the news: March 28, 2022

Here is the MiBiz People in the news report for March 28, 2022

Published in Talent
Sunday, 27 March 2022 18:29

Consultants see long-term role for virtual workforce training despite limitations

As employers and workers return to in-person interaction, virtual team building will remain a convenient or even preferred method of professional development for some West Michigan companies. 

Published in Talent
Sunday, 27 March 2022 18:26

GR recruiting, consulting firm takes on new leadership amid talent crunch

A Q&A with David Robb, co-owner and managing partner of Express Employment Professionals

Published in Talent

Tuesday, 08 March 2022 11:34

Miller Johnson law firm hires former Perrigo exec as first CEO

GRAND RAPIDS — The Grand Rapids-based law firm Miller, Johnson, Snell & Cummiskey PLC has hired former Perrigo Co. plc executive Rich Sorota as CEO.

Published in Talent
Thursday, 03 March 2022 12:13

Survey: Business executives’ economic outlook is optimistic despite labor, inflation concerns

Seven out of 10 executives responding to a recent Business Leaders for Michigan survey say their business now performs better than prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, although labor shortages and inflation concerns persist.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 30 January 2022 20:31

Several West Michigan companies earn perfect scores for LGBTQ equality in workplace

Several large West Michigan-based companies earned a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2022 Corporate Equality Index, a tool that scores how well businesses support LGBTQ people. 

Published in Talent

Tuesday, 18 January 2022 12:58

GVSU expands tuition-free program to all qualifying low-income students in Michigan

ALLENDALE — Grand Valley State University has expanded its tuition-free program to all qualifying students in Michigan, reaching beyond the original six counties announced in early 2021. 

Published in Talent
Sunday, 02 January 2022 18:24

‘Our people and our customers’ guide manufacturer through pandemic

From workforce shortages and supply chain snags to rising costs of raw materials, the manufacturing industry has certainly faced a multi-pronged set of issues throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. As a company that manufactures metal products and assemblies, Grandville-based Jireh Metal Products Inc. was certainly not immune. MiBiz caught up with President and CEO Michael Davenport to learn how the pandemic has shaped the way Jireh will do business in the future.

Published in Talent
Sunday, 02 January 2022 18:22

App developer sees ‘brighter times’ ahead as small biz transitions to digital

Tyler Kutt took the reins of Grand Rapids-based web and mobile app developer Grand Apps at the beginning of 2021 as the COVID-19 pandemic continued to disrupt life and the economy. Prior to purchasing the company with longtime employee Brandon Ross, Kutt served as head of marketing for the business. With five employees that have been working remotely since the pandemic began, Kutt spoke with MiBiz about COVID-inspired lessons he has learned so far in his tenure as co-owner. 

Published in Talent

Sunday, 02 January 2022 18:20

The ‘Great Resignation’ is a result of larger, pre-pandemic labor issues

Shannon Cohen works through her consulting firm, Shannon Cohen Inc., to help companies across a range of industries improve leadership practices around equity and wellness. But Cohen wears many hats as an author, podcaster and owner of a product line called Tough Skin, Soft Heart, as well as the leader of the Rockstar Woman Brunch Experience. Cohen shared her insights on the labor challenges many industries face right now, and some of the ways companies have found success in leadership practices during the pandemic.

Published in Talent
Sunday, 02 January 2022 18:15

Consultant emphasizes listening to become a leader ‘worth following’

About 500 people have gone through leadership coaching offered by Leading by Design, a Zeeland-based business that Rodger Price formed in January 2014 to groom a new generation of business leaders in West Michigan and help existing executives improve. Believing the region can become a “hotbed of the best leaders in the country,” Price aims to graduate 1,000 people from the year-long program by 2027. He recently spoke with MiBiz about his outlook on future leaders.

Published in Talent
Sunday, 02 January 2022 18:10

Construction exec says effective communication necessary to lead through pandemic

Brent Gibson, president of Grand Rapids-based Construction Simplified, said his leadership has been tested by COVID-19 and all of its repercussions for the construction industry, but he believes the pandemic has made him a better leader. Gibson has found that clear communication with his team has been a crucial aspect to leading effectively. In a year filled with many obstacles for the construction industry, Construction Simplified is branching out into new projects, planning to grow its small firm of 10 people, and move into a new office space. 

Published in Talent

Sunday, 02 January 2022 18:00

Med device manufacturer remains optimistic about building talent pipeline

Last month, Autocam Medical Devices LLC graduated its fourth class of CNC machinist apprentices under a program that’s meant to lure young professionals to the skilled trades. John C. Kennedy, president and CEO of the contract manufacturer of medical devices, is using the program to grow his talent pipeline while the company is on the verge of a major expansion. Autocam Medical is in the process of building an additional 100,000-square-foot facility in Kentwood that will support 250 new jobs and roughly double the company’s workforce. Kennedy recently talked with MiBiz about building a talent pool amid an ongoing skilled trades shortage, as well as his leadership principles that helped guide the company through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Published in Talent
Monday, 20 December 2021 17:10

State issues $2M in grants to build talent pipeline with training centers, employers

The Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity has issued more than $2 million in grants designed to build a more robust pipeline between adult education and workforce training programs and local businesses that are looking to hire.

Published in Talent
Sunday, 19 December 2021 11:34

College graduates confront an evolving, in-demand labor market

College seniors graduating this winter or next spring can expect a stronger job market than last year as they seek to join the workforce.

Published in Talent

Wednesday, 17 November 2021 06:00

Lambert & Co. to transition leadership as Michelle Olson steps into CEO role

GRAND RAPIDS — When Michelle Olson joined Lambert & Co. in 2019, she knew what she wanted to do for the integrated marketing, public relations and investor relations firm.

Published in Small Business
Sunday, 07 November 2021 18:20

Employers tap non-English-speaking workers to fill talent pipeline

Businesses in all industry sectors are exhausting potential avenues for talent as they struggle to fill their workforces. Many employers have finally turned their attention to a demographic that Wendy Falb has promoted for decades.

Published in Talent
Sunday, 07 November 2021 18:05

Restaurant and bar owners navigate a labor pool in which workers now hold the bargaining power

Kevin Farhat has a fully staffed Garage Bar & Grill near downtown Grand Rapids, and he’s hired about 30 more people to work at a new location opening soon in Ada.

Published in Food/Agribusiness

Sunday, 07 November 2021 18:00

Child care, wage trends hold back women’s workforce re-entry

Women have been slower than men to return to the workforce over the past year and a half. They are more often held back by childcare complications from the pandemic and are likely being dissuaded from returning to frontline positions with low pay.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 07 November 2021 17:45

Employers increasingly rely on workers with disabilities amid work-from-home, talent shortage

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Trina Edmondson rarely got calls from employers interested in hiring a person with a disability.

Published in Talent
Sunday, 07 November 2021 17:30

Nonprofit marks 10 years of luring professionals back to West Michigan

Seneca Powers took a familiar path among young professionals born and raised in West Michigan who left town with professional aspirations. She’s also part of the demographic that the region must lure back to meet its long-term workforce needs.

Published in Nonprofits

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