Grand Rapids Area Chamber http://michiganradio.org en “Cash-mob” targets Grand Rapids small businesses http://michiganradio.org/post/%E2%80%9Ccash-mob%E2%80%9D-targets-grand-rapids-small-businesses <p>A organized crowd of people swarmed a local business in downtown Grand Rapids as part of an effort to buy local this holiday season.</p><p>Dozens showed up at the same store at the same time for the event, called a &ldquo;cash mob&rdquo;. It was organized by the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce. Each person pledged to spend at least $20. Which store the cash mob goes to remains a secret until just a few hours beforehand.</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s a new spin on long time mission for the chamber of bringing exposure to local businesses,&rdquo; said GRACC President and CEO Rick Baker. Baker says they heard about the idea from Cleveland.</p><p>The cash mob targeted retail incubator,&nbsp;<a href="http://shopmodiv.com/">MoDiv</a>;&nbsp;a single storefront with nine generally new, small retail businesses inside. Wed, 14 Dec 2011 04:33:01 +0000 Lindsey Smith 5386 at http://michiganradio.org “Cash-mob” targets Grand Rapids small businesses Confusion reigns over what state should do with health care law http://michiganradio.org/post/confusion-reigns-over-what-state-should-do-health-care-law <p>Business owners are trying to figure out how the federal Affordable Care Act might play out in Michigan and how it could affect their bottom line.</p><p>Under the law, states are required to create an online exchange where people could compare and buy health care insurance. States need to create the exchange by the end of 2012 or the federal government will do it for them.</p> Fri, 18 Nov 2011 22:54:05 +0000 Lindsey Smith 5069 at http://michiganradio.org Unlikely West Michigan foes debate bridge in Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/unlikely-west-michigan-foes-debate-bridge-detroit <p>Supporters and opponents of the new international bridge from Detroit to Windsor, Ontario, are still debating the merits of the proposal nearly a week <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/bridge-proposal-dies-michigan-legislature-snyder-considers-other-options">after the bridge plan failed to get enough support in the state legislature.</a></p> Wed, 26 Oct 2011 04:03:16 +0000 Lindsey Smith 4697 at http://michiganradio.org Unlikely West Michigan foes debate bridge in Detroit Fastest growing job market in the nation this summer? Grand Rapids http://michiganradio.org/post/fastest-growing-job-market-nation-summer-grand-rapids <p>According to Manpower&rsquo;s survey Grand Rapids has the<a href="http://platform.publicbroadcasting.net/michigan/media/docs/Strongest Weakest MSAs.pdf"> best employment outlook </a>of any other metro area in the country.</p><p>That&rsquo;s not really news to <a href="http://www.william-charles.com/index.php?bio_bbenson.html">Bill Benson</a>, principle at WilliamCharles. He helps companies in the area find talented workers.</p> Tue, 14 Jun 2011 21:21:57 +0000 Lindsey Smith 2886 at http://michiganradio.org Fastest growing job market in the nation this summer? Grand Rapids Business leaders celebrating the end of the Michigan Business Tax http://michiganradio.org/post/business-leaders-celebrating-end-michigan-business-tax <p>Governor Rick Snyder is expected to sign the <a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/post/snyder-tax-overhaul-victory-caps-months-negotiations">tax overhaul</a> that replaces the business tax with a 6% corporate income tax on profits.</p><p>Leaders of the <a href="http://www.wmpolicyforum.com/index.php">West Michigan Policy Forum </a>touted &quot;the MBT is dead!&rdquo; in an email to around 600 supporters Friday. Those supporters voted &#39;eliminating the business tax&#39; as their top priority during the Policy Forum&rsquo;s first conference in 2008.</p> Fri, 13 May 2011 22:54:48 +0000 Lindsey Smith 2500 at http://michiganradio.org Business leaders celebrating the end of the Michigan Business Tax