Business transitions: What legacy do you want to leave?

The more diligent and focused business owners are on improving the value of their business, the more likely they are to achieve their desired outcome.

With volatility comes opportunity

With all the negative headlines and market volatility caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, I thought it would be timely to shed some light on...

What should investors think about market volatility in the face of all the scary headlines?

Financial markets have been very volatile over the last few days. In addition to election season being underway, all our lives are drastically changing...

Growing your community through impact investing

Millennials are known for their commitment to sustainability and loyalty to companies that are making an impact. Through their spending habits and investment portfolios,...

Financial tips to help you prepare for a recession

Why are people more afraid of flying than driving, even though car wrecks are far more frequent? As one academic suggests, “in a car,...

Exposing a gap: construction safety programs catching up with the COVID-19 crisis

By its very nature, construction is a dangerous activity requiring many people to work in close quarters in an ever-changing environment. Our industry works...

Construction Notebook

December Notebook Real Estate & Development enewsletter Dec. 26 Dec. 19 Dec. 12 Dec. 5 News Construction articles Architecture articles Real Estate articles  Change-Ups Eduardo Barcenas joined Driesenga & Associates Inc. as a CAD Designer 1 in the...

Real Estate Notebook

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The right way isn’t always the easy way

As those of you in the construction industry know, safety is a daily battle. Internally, it is something that we fight — what if...

Construction Notebook

October Notebook Real Estate & Development enewsletter Oct. 31 Oct. 24 Oct. 17 Oct. 10 Oct. 3 News Construction articles Architecture articles Real Estate articles 

College producing Giant Awards

A college that hosts an annual awards ceremony recognizing African-American individuals and organizations has announced this year’s honorees. The 38th Annual Giant Awards, hosted by...

State names West Michiganders as ‘top 25’ Latinxs

A governor-appointed commission has named nine West Michiganders among the Top 25 Latinxs in Michigan. The Hispanic Latino Commission of Michigan, or HLCOM, announced yesterday...

Grand Rapids Area Black Businesses producing awards event

An African-American-focused economic development organization will toast black businesses and community leaders at an awards reception. Grand Rapids Area Black Businesses, or GRABB, will present...

Partners producing Young Professionals of Color Conference

A local manufacturer is partnering with several organizations to host a conference on helping young professionals of color leverage their experience for greater impact. Cascade...

Grand Rapids Area Black Businesses hosting pop-up market

A mixer and pop-up market this week will feature members of Grand Rapids Area Black Businesses. GRABB’s Sankofa Mixer & Pop-up Marketplace is this Thursday...

Mental health amidst the COVID-19 madness

COVID-19 updates are continuously making their way into headlines, and it seems there is a new recommendation, precaution or mandate shared with every blink...

COVID-19 and the medical device industry

Over the past few weeks, COVID-19 has been at the top of the news. The disease is impacting communities and industries across the globe...

Noticing changes in your aging loved ones during the holidays

The holiday season is a joyous time. Families come together to share delicious meals and celebrate traditions. When family members live out of state...

Patient advocacy in health care: 3 questions to ask

When the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors was founded, no long-term support existed for those impacted by burn injuries. Our founder saw a need...

A memory care community checklist

No one should have to care for a loved one with dementia alone. But finding someone you can trust to keep your loved one...

Could I be saving more of my hard-earned money?

If you have never looked at your property tax bill and cringed, I commend you. I know of no one who enjoys paying taxes...

What do I need to know about capital when starting my business?

Most individuals forming a new entrepreneurial venture have deep and meaningful expertise in their area of practice. However, many people need advice regarding elections...

Adult-use marijuana and real property uses

Robert Nolan, a parter at Warner Norcross + Judd, contributed to this post.  Even though medical and recreational use of marijuana is allowed under Michigan law,...

What businesses can learn from the NBA’s $13M fraud case

We’re only one month into the 2019-2020 NBA season and the Sacramento Kings recently have been in the news for the wrong reasons. An...

The importance of creating an estate road map for your heirs

After someone’s death, it is typically a time of grief, high emotion, fear of the unknown and confusion. A good estate plan can alleviate...

Should manufacturers sell directly to consumers?

A customer opens their wallet, ready to make a purchase. The big question is, who are they purchasing from? If you’re a manufacturer, the...

Send more leads: the digital marketing and sales breakdown

The story typically starts like this. We’re projecting fourth quarter revenue to be down by 35%, which could very well spill over and negatively...

4 to-do items for more successful Facebook campaigns

Facebook has done a great job empowering marketers and small business owners with the ability to set up and launch new Facebook and Instagram...

Own your local search presence

There are nearly 2 trillion searches being performed on Google every year. That’s approximately 5.5 billion searches that take place every single day. Given the...

Recession marketing basics

Most business owners have probably heard that there is a recession on the horizon. When you’re someone who owns and runs a small business,...

A time of being nonessentially essential in real estate

During the past several weeks, even before Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued Michigan’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order, we have all been aware of...

West Michigan real estate market poised for another good year in 2020

2019 was a banner year for real estate in West Michigan.  Sale prices continued to rise in nearly all categories and locales. Demand from buyers...

Real Estate Notebook

December Notebook Real Estate & Development enewsletter Dec. 26 Dec. 19 Dec. 12 Dec. 5 News Construction articles Architecture articles Real Estate articles  Change-Ups Holland-based Elzinga & Volkers Construction Professionals and Tommy Car Wash Systems have opened the car...

Real Estate Notebook

October Notebook Real Estate & Development enewsletter Oct. 31 Oct. 24 Oct. 17 Oct. 10 Oct. 3 News Construction articles Architecture articles Real Estate articles 

Real Estate Notebook

September Notebook Real Estate & Development enewsletter Sept. 26 Sept. 19 Sept. 12 Sept. 5 News Real Estate articles Construction articles Architecture articles Public Record Sept. 27 Sept. 20 Sept. 13 Sept. 6

Leading with a people-first focus: lessons from continuous improvement

In the world of continuous improvement and a people-centric business, investing in people should never be a question: it should be a way of life.

COVID-19 from an HR perspective

As conference rooms continue to be traded for conference calls, working from home has slowly become the new normal. With so many unanswerable questions...

The state of play in mobility transformation

Staying abreast of the automotive and mobility sectors’ transformation has been pretty easy if you have a lot of time on your hands. There...

First 5 steps for successfully starting your business

As we swing into the New Year, you are probably reflecting on 2019 and looking toward making your resolutions for 2020. You may decide...

Get involved in Small Business Saturday

Nov. 30 is Small Business Saturday, a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities. Small Business Saturday was...

Three health care industry trends driving the need for better network connectivity

As with every other business these days, reliable connectivity is a critical part of modern medical facilities. If a network fails, operations at an...

Cybersecurity for small business

Cybersecurity attacks have become a destructive and all-too-common occurrence. And the harsh reality is that no organization is too large — or too small...

Tech essentials to help your business grow

For any business, embracing innovation and adopting new technology can make the difference between thriving and barely surviving. Yet, it can be challenging for...

Own your local search presence

There are nearly 2 trillion searches being performed on Google every year. That’s approximately 5.5 billion searches that take place every single day. Given the...

Working from home is not the same as remote working

It’s quite common to hear about remote working and “working from home” in today’s workforce. There are benefits to both. But it’s important for companies...

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