Displaying items tagged: 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

Sunday, 07 November 2021 14:20

Software engineer paves way for inclusion in tech industry

Jessa Challa’s interest in geographic information system (GIS) mapping led her to start working in 2019 as a software engineer at Grand Rapids-based tech firm Mallowfields LLC. In September, she became CEO of the company.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 24 October 2021 17:15

Griffins, Gold gear up for new seasons after 18-month pandemic setback

Tim Gortsema refers to last year’s American Hockey League season as “the stubby season.”

Published in Talent
Sunday, 12 September 2021 11:59

Diversity, equity, inclusion expert to start in new role for Muskegon Community College

On Sept. 20, Ken James will move to a newly created administrative role at Muskegon Community College to help lead the school’s diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) strategy. To James, that means serving four distinct constituencies: students, faculty and staff, the community at large, and businesses.

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 29 August 2021 17:40

State occupation outlooks highlight worker needs by sector

Jen Bradshaw had a difficult time finding software and application developers even before the COVID-19 pandemic hit in early 2020.

Published in Talent
Sunday, 29 August 2021 17:20

High school programs give West Michigan students a path to manufacturing careers

As the new class of students arrived at Northview Next this year, they may have noticed some new advanced manufacturing training tools. 

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 29 August 2021 17:10

Community college enrollment maintains as pandemic causes broader drop in financial aid applications

Michigan’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) completion and submission rates decreased for the second year in a row by nearly 5 percent, indicating lower college enrollment and ongoing challenges for the already sparse talent pipeline. 

Published in Talent

Sunday, 29 August 2021 16:40

State-backed program seeks to train, keep med students in underserved areas

Deliberations in Lansing over a new state budget will decide whether a state-backed initiative to increase the number of new doctors serving in rural and underserved markets across Michigan can expand next year.

Published in Health Care
Thursday, 19 August 2021 11:06

Long-time Muskegon Community College president to step down after upcoming academic year

Muskegon Community College President Dale Nesbary plans to retire at the end of the coming academic year. Nesbary is set to retire in June 2022, ending 12 years as president of MCC and 44 years in higher education and research.

Published in Talent
Thursday, 15 July 2021 14:20

$10M grant to support new statewide apprenticeship program

The Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity has received a $10 million federal grant that will go toward an apprenticeship program for more than 1,640 workers.

Published in Talent

Sunday, 06 June 2021 17:05

Holland startup Wedge grows quickly through pandemic, leverages video for talent recruitment

As an entrepreneur, Matt Baxter acknowledges that opportunities like the one in front of him rarely come along.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 06 June 2021 16:40

New community supported arts program breaks down barriers between artists, public

Art collecting is often seen as only accessible to people willing to invest substantial funds, and an activity generally reserved for the extremely wealthy.

Published in Small Business
Thursday, 27 May 2021 13:00

Cornerstone University selects Dr. Gerson Moreno-Riaño as new president

GRAND RAPIDS — The Cornerstone University board of trustees announced today that it has named Dr. Gerson Moreno-Riaño as the 12th president in the private, faith-based school’s history.

Published in Talent

Sunday, 23 May 2021 11:39

Former Cornerstone University president leaves legacy of growth, investment

Dr. Joe Stowell presided over his last commencement at Cornerstone University on May 8 after more than a decade overseeing substantial campus growth and investment. In his 13-year tenure, Cornerstone invested millions of dollars in new campus facilities and expanded program offerings, including the new $3.5 million Mary De Witt Center of Nursing in April and a planned bachelor of science in nursing.

Published in Talent
Sunday, 25 April 2021 17:15

Evolving technology melds generations in skilled trades, though talent gap looms

Ryan Bennett used to be bothered by apprentices staring at their phones while on the job. Now, he lets it slide.

Published in Talent
Monday, 29 March 2021 14:31

GR entertainment and event organizers express optimism after ‘sobering’ 2020

GRAND RAPIDS — After an economically grim 2020, Grand Rapids event and entertainment officials say they’re optimistic about pent-up demand, COVID-19 vaccines and a new standard of hybrid in-person and virtual programs.

Published in Talent

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