Business

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The Economic Club of Grand Rapids has been naming a Business Person of the Year for nearly three decades. The first recipient of the award honoring leaders contributing to, and supportive of, the West Michigan business community dates back to Richard DeVos in 1988.

This week, for the first time, a women has been bestowed the honor. Since 1987, Birgit Klohs has guided regional nonprofit economic development organization,The Right Place.

Eden Collinsworth

Jun 19, 2017
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Eden Collinsworth joins us to talk about her latest book, Behaving Badly: The New Morality in Politics, Sex and Business.

Mark Sanchez
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We talk about a manufacturing slowdown and forecast the West Michigan economy for the remainder of 2017. Also, an analysis of drug costs and GVSU's new Design Thinking Academy.

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West Michigan’s economy continued to outperform during the month of May. WGVU breaks down the latest Supply Management Research survey.

The employment rate across much of West Michigan is a clear sign of economic strength.

“When we have Ottawa County at 2.1 percent unemployment and all of Kent County at 2.4 percent unemployment we have to conclude that the employment situation has improved and the unemployment situation is much, much better than it was at the peak of this recession.”

Mark Sanchez
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Former Steelcase CEO, Jim Hackett, now Ford Motor Company's CEO. Grand Valley State University preparing young entrepreneurs with pitch competition. Detroit law firm moving to Grand Rapids market.

American RV

A West Michigan-based business is expanding and creating new jobs in Cutlerville. American RV is making a $2.5 million investment at its Cutlerville location.

As recreational vehicle demand grows, the West Michigan-based RV dealer is expanding its indoor showroom adding 14,000 square. That will include more waiting rooms and office space. An additional 8,400 square feet is devoted to new service bays. American RV is also incorporating new kiosks where customers can browse inventory and comparison shop.

Junior Achievement

Junior Achievement of the Michigan Great Lakes will induct community leaders tonight at the 2017 West Michigan Business Hall of Fame. Jay Ediger joins us.

Mark Sanchez
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Michigan lawmakers are hopeful a state operated drug-monitoring system will slow opioid abuse.

Spectrum Health is bringing mammographies to Meijer customers.

Business Buzz

May 16, 2017
Gemini Publications

Business Buzz with Carole Valade from Gemini Publications.  Carol joins us to talk about taxes, more hotels, fewer condos and a "brilliant aviation" factory.

The Peninsula

Bills that would give tax incentives to developers for cleaning up brownfield sites are going to the Michigan governor's desk.

The Senate voted 32-6 Tuesday to approve House changes. One change calls for 35 percent of redevelopment projects to be located in cities with under 100,000 people.

The legislation would let developers keep $40 million of taxes generated annually from jobs and residents at the sites and $200 million in construction taxes over the program's life.

The money would help cover the cost of cleaning up brownfield sites.

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