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Sunday, 31 July 2022 19:47

Five Key Factors Businesses Must Consider When Collecting Consumer Information

As businesses gather an increasing amount of consumer information, consumers’ concerns about who knows what about them are becoming more pronounced and businesses’ legal obligations regarding that data are becoming more complex.

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Sunday, 24 July 2022 19:00

A Tale of Apples… and Sheet Metal?: How Two Very Different Manufacturers Implemented Advanced Technology to Improve their Businesses

There is no shortage of information available regarding industry 4.0 technology. Small and medium-size manufacturers curious about these technologies can often find themselves drowning in a sea of whitepapers, blogs, vendors, sales calls, and other information – making it too overwhelming to even begin their journey. While each of these pieces of information has its place, sometimes it’s most effective for manufacturers to cut through the murk and hear a fellow company’s story. 

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Sunday, 24 July 2022 19:00

How to save on your business’ energy bills this summer

Michigan summer has arrived, and so have opportunities to save on your business’ energy bill. So, let’s talk about them! I’m Charles, your friendly hometown energy expert - and I’m here to talk about energy as a strategic resource. 

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Sunday, 17 July 2022 18:14

Why is my insurance so expensive and what can I do about it?

Building a house is expensive. Buying a house is expensive. Maintaining a house is expensive. It’s all just expensive. And what’s worse is that on top of it all sits an expensive insurance policy that can be difficult to understand. 

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Sunday, 10 July 2022 19:00

Education Trends Will Inform Future Construction Plans

The practice of education is ever-changing. New technology, pedagogy and demands for a trained and educated workforce continue to change and evolve. But the combination of demographic declines and post-pandemic challenges – and opportunities – are radically shifting the way K12 school districts and higher education campuses are thinking about space and where, when and how learning best occurs.

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Sunday, 03 July 2022 16:37

Grand Rapids Connect Welcomes New Grand Rapidians to the Community:

If a new coworker asked you what experiences are the epitome of Grand Rapids, what’s the first thing you’d recommend?

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Sunday, 19 June 2022 18:00

Just in Time May Be Too Late When it Comes to Talent: Third installment of webinar series focuses on establishing talent development pathways for workers.

Though it may have revolutionized production, the “just in time” mentality does not extend to talent. In the current labor market, manufacturers are finding that many workers are not walking through the door with all the necessary skills they may need. With that in mind, many companies are enhancing their training and development efforts to prepare their workforce for the factory of the future. 

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Monday, 20 June 2022 06:00

Introducing the 12th annual Michigan Contractor of the Year (MCOY) Nominees

On August 31, 2022, the American Subcontractors Association of Michigan (ASAM) will celebrate the 12th Annual MCOY Award Celebration at the home of the Whitecaps, Lake Michigan Credit Union Ballpark. MCOY recognizes Michigan’s general contractors and construction managers with a track record of best practices, professionalism, and collaboration within the trade contracting community. 

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Sunday, 22 May 2022 18:28

Free Assessment Tool Paves the Path for Industry 4.0 Adoption

From cobots to data collection and analysis, Industry 4.0 is changing the way small and mid-size manufactures think about and grow their businesses. 

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Sunday, 24 April 2022 18:56

The Workforce Manufacturers Have: Second of three-part webinar series frames onboarding as quality assurance system

Regardless of industry or seniority, virtually every member of the workforce shares one commonality: onboarding.

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Sunday, 13 March 2022 18:16

Making old, new again: Building demolition showcases Rockford recycling efforts

Making room for new buildings often involves tearing down old facilities. At Rockford Construction, we drive sustainability in all our projects, and reclaiming and recycling building materials is an important aspect of building demolition.

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Sunday, 06 March 2022 18:55

The Workforce of Tomorrow

First of a three-part webinar series focuses on preparing for the manufacturing workforce of the future

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Sunday, 27 February 2022 18:00

Bridging the Training Gap

I imagine if you are reading this article, you might be struggling to retain new employees and to fill your open positions. You are not alone, and it is going to get worse. The Manufacturing Institute has estimated that between 2018 and 2028, half of all open job positions in manufacturing will go unfilled, (2018).

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Sunday, 27 February 2022 18:00

Health Care & Human Resources Summit: Taking on New Ground in 2022

The 2022 Health Care and Human Resources Summit will dissect the state of our health care system through a business lens and expand on previous topics to include the latest information on hiring, health care, wages, benefits, and more.

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Sunday, 30 January 2022 18:00

Getting Funding to Start or Grow Your Business

Capital is vital to any business, whether it’s just getting started or looking to grow. How you fund your business can have a huge impact on your operations and ability to take advantage of new opportunities.

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Friday, 15 October 2021 12:32

AmCon Novi Advanced Design & Manufacturing Expo

AmCon Novi Advanced Design & Manufacturing Expo Suburban Collection Showplace - Novi, MI November 9-10, 2021

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Friday, 08 October 2021 14:04

AP Managers – Here’s a best practice for your department (that you’re probably not doing).

Here’s a question for all Accounts Payable (AP) managers and treasury professionals: How often do you think about payments after you’ve made them?

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Friday, 08 October 2021 14:03

Q&A: Succession Planning in Family Businesses

For family owned businesses, planning is the key to ensuring a smooth and successful transition of the business to the next generation. A thorough and well-documented plan is a gift to your family and your employees, and helps to safeguard the future of your family business.

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Friday, 08 October 2021 14:01

Grand Rapids Innovation Park: World-class cancer care made possible through complex construction

When BAMF Health opens in June 2022 in the Doug Meijer Medical Innovation Building on the Medical Mile in Grand Rapids, it will be home to the world’s most advanced molecular imaging clinic, radiopharmacy and theranostics clinic, providing world-class health treatment for various types of cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, cardiac disease and much more.

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Friday, 10 September 2021 09:45

Understanding the Family Business Life Cycle

Leading and succeeding a family business is complex.  Untangling what’s family and what’s business for the good of both is one of the greatest challenges of family enterprise. But, when they work together to their full potential the opportunities for family, business, and community are endless. With the help of Family-Owned Business Institute of Grand Valley State University and adaptations of several online resources, The Family Business Alliance has established a Family Business Continuum to help family businesses in West Michigan understand the distinct axes of the family business model and improve the opportunity for multi-generational success. 

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Friday, 10 September 2021 09:40

Collaboration drives talent solutions among manufacturers

The struggle of attracting, retaining, and developing talent within the manufacturing industry is not a new phenomenon. Businesses in this sector have been grappling with how to overcome this challenge for decades. While the pandemic has exacerbated the issue, a widening skills gap and a significant portion of the labor pool reaching retirement age has long fueled the talent shortage manufacturers are facing today.   

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Monday, 30 August 2021 08:45

Pause and Pivot

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. —Eventually, every manufacturing executive runs into a situation where the longstanding processes that have driven their business and systems are outdated and in need of change. But properly managing those changes for the benefit of the organization can often present a challenge, particularly in times of volatility or crisis. 

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Monday, 30 August 2021 08:41

Fueling the future

Every year at the ATHENA Awards Celebration, the Grand Rapids Chamber gathers to celebrate those who embody, encourage, and promote the inclusion of women. Join us on Wednesday, September 29 at the JW Marriot Ballroom to recognize the recipients of the 32nd Annual ATHENA Awards as they are added to this list of legendary ladies.

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Monday, 30 August 2021 08:37

Facilities maintenance, upgrades loom large in School of Choice arena

Brandi Llamas had a choice to make for her five children that would have a profound effect on their future.

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Friday, 27 August 2021 10:14

Back At It Together

11th Annual MCOY Awards honors West Michigan’s construction industry 

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Friday, 30 July 2021 12:14

Lakeshore Innovator of the Year Award

The Lakeshore Innovator of the Year Award was created by the Muskegon Innovation Hub at Grand Valley State University as a way to honor and recognize the many creative innovators found in West Michigan. This amazing group of people is responsible for the tremendous increase in growth and improvement in the quality of life that has taken place in this part of the state over the past decade.

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Thursday, 29 July 2021 12:16

Sore, but Safe

Experts advocate for a holistic approach to pain management and recovery for those experiencing work-related pain

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Thursday, 29 July 2021 12:09

How Design and Innovation Management Can Help Your Company Build What's Next

In a world defined by rapid change and daunting challenges, the future depends on people who can think creatively, reach across boundaries, and reframe complex business problems as opportunities to build what’s next.

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Sunday, 04 July 2021 10:19

Emerging Stronger: 3 Ways Modern Manufacturers and Distributors Can Boost Productivity Post-Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused deep disruptions throughout manufacturing supply chains, forcing manufacturers and distributors to reevaluate their sourcing and inventory practices as well as the technologies that support them. As the pandemic itself subsides, operations leaders must come to terms with new challenges and opportunities in cost management, labor efficiency, and data management to ensure they meet productivity goals and customer demands moving forward.

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Sunday, 04 July 2021 10:15

How manufacturers are creating back-office efficiencies

The manufacturing and distribution industries have been forever changed by a pandemic that’s created both challenges and opportunities. Supply chains have been disrupted, for example, while demand has surged for a variety of products.

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