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The Employers’ Association today named Jason Reep as its next president.

Published in In the News

Spurred on by the dearth of available manufacturing space across West Michigan, developers have started to add inventory in the region by building or expanding industrial parks.

Published in Commercial Real Estate
Sunday, 18 September 2016 13:28

West Michigan employers brace for new OT regs

Anew ruling aimed at giving more salaried workers access to overtime pay may have negative consequences for West Michigan companies and could ultimately end up hurting workers, despite the best of intentions. 

Published in Talent

At a time when employers are focusing on retaining skilled a workforce — especially as the pool of available workers shrinks — new research shows they have foregone doling out more money to employees via performance-based raises.

Published in In the News

One major consideration for employers in setting up benefits packages is the ongoing implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

Published in Focus

In the so-called “war for talent,” small businesses are finding that their culture and work environment can be as important to candidates as the pay and benefits they’re offering.

Published in Focus

Rather than make a program and then ask employers if it’s working, the state agency Michigan Works! aims to take an “ask first, then act” approach to workforce development.

Published in Economic Development

GRAND RAPIDS — Tapestry Square, the Wealthy-Jefferson Development Initiative developed by the Inner City Christian Federation, is but the first step in a potential six-phase, more than $60 million revitalization project to transform a key city neighborhood over the next five years.

The project, which stems back to 1991 when ICCF joined with the South East Community Association and began a preservation plan, covers a wide swath of territory from Cherry Street on the north to Franklin Street on the South, bordered by Lafayette and Division Avenue.

Published in Design Build
Sunday, 29 April 2012 20:00

Michigan 50 Companies to Watch: Curo

Curo provides pharmacy services to long-term health care providers such as rehabilitation centers, retirement communities, adult foster care homes, nursing homes and assisted living centers. The company’s business model combines technological investments with old-fashioned attentiveness and personal service. A pivotal moment in the company’s history occurred when its largest competitor abruptly went out of business, which resulted in Curo’s clientele quickly increasing by 50 percent. Although this put a strain on its systems and staff, CURO was able to recruit additional personnel and obtain more office space to meet the challenge. The company enjoys strong growth and projects a revenue increase of 30 percent for 2012.

Published in Small Business
Monday, 20 February 2012 11:00

Production wage spread narrows in Michigan

One of the selling points for companies in West Michigan for decades has been that labor is cheaper here than on the east side of the state. But it seems local manufacturers are slowly losing that price advantage. Employee wages in the region are still lower than what is being paid by manufacturers in the Detroit area, but local wages are climbing much closer to what is being paid on the east side.

Published in Manufacturing

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