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Emergency IBM Bill Passes Legislature

September 11, 2014
Michigan’s legislature passed Senate Bill 156 this week  to protect the state from potentially having to pay upward of $1 billion in business tax refunds to out-of-state companies after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of International Business Machines (IBM) earlier this summer. IBM argued the Michigan Business Tax (MBT) did not wipe out what is more »

Become a Sustainability Leader with Three Key Skillsets!

September 5, 2014
There are an increasing number of sustainability positions—such as directors of sustainability, sustainability managers, and sustainability coordinators, etc.—in many of today’s companies and organizations. To meet the demands of both business and sustainability, today’s sustainability leaders must have different skillsets than leaders of the past. Many times the sustainability function within the organization is new more »

New Minimum Wage Takes Effect

September 2, 2014
As of September 1, 2014, changes to Michigan’s minimum wage took effect. The changes in law approved by state lawmakers in May require an increase in the state minimum wage from $7.40 per hour to $8.15 per hour. The new minimum wage for employees who also earn gratuities will be roughly $3.10. The increase will be more »

The Creative Economy

August 28, 2014
Creativity is driving new geography of talent and economic prosperity in the U.S.—and West Michigan is among the areas benefiting from the rise of the creative services industries. “The creative class is very strong in West Michigan. There’s a lot of talented designers, developers, photographers, and copywriters here,” said Jason Piasecki, partner at Revel, a more »

Chamber Interns Wanted: Communications & Graphic Design

August 20, 2014
The Chamber’s Marketing department is seeking to fill two fall internships positions. Applications are currently being accepted for a Communications & Social Media Intern and a Graphic Design Intern. See job descriptions below. Please send resumes and samples of your work to tricel@grandrapids.org. For questions, contatct Latricia Trice at 616.771.0332. Communications & Social Media Internship Are you more »
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