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Current business trends are dead flat

Posted February 6, 2013 by Bruce Snook

The greater Grand Rapids industrial economy is dead flat, according to Brian Long, director of Supply Management Research in the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University.  For more on his readout on the economy, click here.

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Survey shows continuation of flat economy

Posted October 5, 2012 by Bruce Snook

The greater Grand Rapids industrial economy is flat for the second month, according to the results of a monthly survey compiled by Brian G. Long, director of Supply Management Research in the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University. For more on the story from GVSU, click on the following link:  Current Business […]

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Current business trends slightly lower

Posted August 7, 2012 by Bruce Snook

For the first time since 2009, the greater Grand Rapids industrial economy has slid into the minus column, according to Brian G. Long, director of Supply Management Research in the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University. For more on the story, click here. Source:  Grand Valley State University

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Survey shows slow growth in economy

Posted July 6, 2012 by Bruce Snook

Brian Long, director of Supply Management Research in the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University (GVSU), offers some insight into the West and Southwest Michigan economy via his latest monthly survey.  The results show that the greater Grand Rapids industrial economy is experiencing slower growth. For more on the story from GVSU, […]

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Cass County economy and economic development activity highlighted during presentation in Edwardsburg

Posted June 10, 2012 by Bruce Snook

Cass County’s economy and its economic development efforts were in the spotlight during a meeting last week in Edwardsburg. To access John Eby’s story on the subject in the Dowagiac Daily News, click on the following link:  Cass jobs picture ‘code red’

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Encouraging signs regarding Michigan’s economy

Posted April 4, 2012 by Bruce Snook

If you could use some encouraging words regarding Michigan’s economy, you may appreciate an article by Amy Lane in Bridge Magazine, a publication of The Center for Michigan. To access the story, click on the following link:  Prospects brighten for Mich. Heavyweights

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GVSU study: Economy saw “modest, positive growth over the past month”

Posted March 6, 2012 by Bruce Snook

A story from Grand Valley State University (GVSU) provides an updated perspective on the economy. The report says the greater Grand Rapids industrial economy saw modest, positive growth over the past month, according to the results of a survey compiled by Brian Long, director of Supply Management Research in the Seidman College of Business at […]

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Story reports on business changes in St. Joseph County

Posted December 16, 2011 by Bruce Snook

Jef Rietsma looks at some recent business changes in St. Joseph County in a story published in the Sturgis Journal.  To access his article, click on the following link:  Grocery closings a sign of the times.

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SNOOK’S NOOK BLOG: ‘Indie capitalism’

Posted December 9, 2011 by Bruce Snook

‘Indie capitalism’ is the topic explored by Bruce Nussbaum in a recent Fast Company article.  Nussbaum, the former assistant managing editor of Business Week, “blogs, tweets and writes on innovation, design thinking and creativity.” Nussbaum says, “This new form of capitalism is not just about conventional startups and technology and venture capitalists. If you add […]

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Survey shows “slower growth” in West Michigan economy

Posted November 4, 2011 by Bruce Snook

The latest monthly survey put together by Brian Long, director of Supply Management Research in the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University (GVSU), provides an assessment of the economy in West Michigan and indicates “slower growth.” In a report from GVSU, Long is quoted as saying that “Slow growth by any measure […]

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SNOOK’S NOOK BLOG: “Since Yesterday” insights for today

Posted October 16, 2011 by Bruce Snook

For some interesting reading regarding our current economic predicament, check out a column in The New York Times by Joe Nocera, an Op-Ed columnist.  In the piece, he refers to a book I recall reading during my college days in the 1960s – “Only Yesterday” by Frederick Lewis Allen.  Published in 1940, the book – written […]

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SNOOK’S NOOK BLOG: Perspectives on jobs, work and the economy

Posted September 4, 2011 by Bruce Snook

The Labor Day holiday is an appropriate time to focus on jobs, work and the economy.  This year, these topics seem especially daunting in view of the latest reports that show the U.S. economy essentially stuck in neutral.  At the same time, there doesn’t seem to be any definitive answer – or answers – to […]

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SNOOK’S NOOK BLOG: Thoughts from David Korten on “America’s deep political divide” and how to deal with it

Posted July 2, 2011 by Bruce Snook

For some thought-provoking reading about what can be described as “America’s deep political divide,” let me recommend an article by David Korten, the author of Agenda for a New Economy, board chair of YES! Magazine, and co-chair of the New Economy Working Group.  Korten says that, “If we’d stop tearing each other apart, we might see […]

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Business trends: Moderate growth continues

Posted February 4, 2011 by Bruce Snook

The greater Grand Rapids industrial economy continues to experience modest growth, according to the results of a monthly survey compiled by Brian G. Long, director of Supply Management Research in the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University. The survey results are based on data collected in the last two weeks of December. […]

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Survey shows “modest growth” in greater Grand Rapids industrial economy

Posted January 6, 2011 by Bruce Snook

The greater Grand Rapids industrial economy is experiencing modest growth, according to the results of a monthly survey compiled by Brian G. Long, director of Supply Management Research in the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University. The survey results are based on data collected in the last two weeks of December. The […]

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Report: Republican-controlled House will focus on economy and government reform when new Legislature convenes in January

Posted December 17, 2010 by Bruce Snook

A “Reforming Lansing” feature from the Michigan House Republicans looks ahead to 2011 from a GOP perspective. In the report, House Republican Representatives Bob Genetski of Saugatuck and Matt Lori of Constantine talk about how a Republican-controlled House will focus on the economy and government report. To hear the feature with John Perry, click here […]

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Granholm: Wind manufacturing creating jobs, diversifying economy

Posted December 10, 2010 by Bruce Snook

LANSING – In her weekly radio address, Governor Jennifer Granholm Friday (December 10th) said developing Michigan’s wind manufacturing sector is part of continuing efforts to diversify the state’s economy and create jobs. “This week I was pleased to announce an agreement between Consumers Energy and Heritage Sustainable Energy that’s going to lead to the first […]

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SNOOK’S NOOK BLOG: Bill Clinton on the economy

Posted September 17, 2010 by Bruce Snook

Like him or not, former President Bill Clinton has a knack for analysis of complex issues.  This talent provided some interesting, thought-provoking viewing in the course of an extended interview on “The Daily Show” with Jon Stewart.  To access the interview, click on the link following link:  Bill Clinton Extended Interview. Feel free to share […]

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SNOOK’S NOOK BLOG: Labor Day holiday thoughts from Robert Reich

Posted September 4, 2010 by Bruce Snook

The Labor Day holiday weekend is upon us.  Hopefully, it will be a period for some relaxation and enjoyment as we look toward that annual transition from summer to autumn. With our economy still in the doldrums, it’s a rather sobering time as we ponder our situation, attempt to understand the predicament we’re in, and […]

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Kalamazoo Gazette story reports on Three Rivers’ ‘resilience’ in facing challenges of a global economy

Posted August 16, 2010 by Bruce Snook

‘Resilience’ is a key word in a feature story about Three Rivers published in Sunday’s (August 15th) edition of the Kalamazoo Gazette. Al Jones and Jef Rietsma teamed up to generate the report that focuses on the community’s response to the challenges it faces in a global economy. To check out the story ‘online,’ click […]

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