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23 Jan
KAXE's Scott Hall and Kathy Dodge sit down with GRSB President and CEO Noah Wilcox and discuss GRSB's history, the Wilcox family and the Centennial celebration planned for 2014.        
23 Jan
Kari Sherman is a new teller at Grand Rapids State Bank; her first day of employment was December 3, 2013.  While most of us have been hunkering down this winter, bracing ourselves for another onslaught from the “polar vortex” (and we just thought...
07 Jan
We are celebrating our 100th birthday! Grand Rapids State Bank has been part of the Grand Rapids area since June 1914, so during 2014 we are celebrating our 100th birthday with a variety of events all year long.  The events will underscore key...
07 Jan
 They’re there when you need them most.  MEDS-1 EMS, a Grand Rapids-based ambulance and paramedic service owned by Kevin McNichols, is the kind of business that communities depend on.  Thirty-nine employees strong, MEDS-1 EMS is staffed 24 hours a...
07 Jan
On the morning of December 23 the Grand Rapids State Bank Card Services department received a list they had been anxiously awaiting, and it wasn’t a Christmas list.  The list contained the card numbers of GRSB customers that could have been...
24 Dec
On Monday, December 23, Grand Rapids State Bank received its first list of more than 500 debit and credit card account numbers from Visa that may have been subject to potential fraudulent activity as part of the Target Corporation’s security breach...
18 Dec
  Brenda Hendrickson will have worked at GRSB for 25 years as of February 2014, and as she put it, “I was hired to work in the bookkeeping department in February 1989, and I never left the basement.” Brenda is the manager of the item processing...
10 Dec
  Sometimes your life’s path takes twists and turns, and the challenge is to cope with where you find yourself on that road.  Julie Anne Larkin works as a teller and as concierge at the GRSB reception desk, and these jobs have taught her a great...
03 Dec
What does Pro Blast Technology have in common with the likes of Apple, Disney and Google?  Each of these businesses grew from humble beginnings—in garages.  Owner and CEO Joe Godwin originally started Pro Blast Technology as a one-man operation to...
03 Dec
  In the world of the internet, the word “cookies” doesn’t refer to the sugary morsels that seem to sprout from every kitchen this time of year.  They can be helpful to users, but they bring with them some security risks, too.  “Web cookies” or “...
03 Dec
You can only manage what you measure.  We use that axiom here at Grand Rapids State Bank, and since August 2013 we’ve been gathering data from you, our customers, about what we’re doing well and where we can improve.  What have we learned?   Every...
29 Nov
  Carrie Barsness is one of those "happy" people.  You know the type: smiley, cheerful, eternally sunny, the glass is “half full” all the time.  And luckily for Grand Rapids State Bank, she has a job where this upbeat attitude is on display for many...
18 Nov
  Wayne Bruns is one of GRSB’s business bankers.  Wayne knows spreadsheets, financial statements, loan rates, depreciation schedules and global cash flows, and this knowledge makes him an effective banker.  Wayne also knows that the differentiating...
07 Nov
We can all tell stories about the unexpected twists and turns in the road of life, and Tina Comstock is no exception. Tina, a Grand Rapids native, earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Minnesota-Duluth, and then earned...
05 Nov
In small business, honesty is everything. That’s why for over 80 years, Acheson Tire has trusted Grand Rapids State Bank to be their banking partner. Starting as the first Chevy dealership in Grand Rapids in 1916, J.W. Acheson sold the company in...
28 Oct
  “I’ve been everywhere,” explained Teresa King when asked where she grew up.  She was born in Mounds View, Minnesota, and moved to Grand Rapids with her family as a youngster.  After her parents divorced, she spent time back in the Twin Cities...
15 Oct
The discussion of the nation’s debt ceiling and growing talk of a potential default on U.S. debt obligations is not just an issue for Wall Street. In fact, it will have serious implications for those of us on Main Street.  As a local community...
01 Oct
No one wants to fall victim to a scam, but unfortunately, fraud has become an all-too-common occurrence and is on the rise. According to Consumer Reports, fraud and identity-theft complaints tracked by the Federal Trade Commission topped 1.2 million...
01 Oct
A relationship that lasts for over 25 years is hard to come by these days, so when you find something that works, you stick with it. Northern Industrial Erectors has been setting the standard for steel erection, construction management, and...
01 Oct
An editorial by Al Liestman, Senior Vice President-Lending. Small business and entrepreneurs are the foundation of America. According to a recent report by CNBC, small businesses employ 70 percent or more of U.S. workers and they are historically...

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