How to make good financial choices in uncertain times

In the face of uncertainty, it is still possible to make valuable financial decisions and doing so can help avoid permanently costly mistakes.

Estate and tax planning ideas for a COVID-19 economy

The depressed values in the markets, low interest rates and historically high federal estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer tax exemptions have created some excellent opportunities for you to make impactful gifts to your family and generate potentially significant tax savings.

What kind of relief can you expect from the CARES Act?

A summary of some of the high points of the act will help you identify what kind of relief you can expect.

In these trying times, know that help is out there, and you have options

Undoubtedly, this is a challenging time. Not only are you worried about your family’s health, but the impact of COVID-19 also has likely left you concerned about your financial situation.

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.

The shift in workplace design and construction trends

As we take proactive steps to return to the workplace, the focus to create healthier environments with reduced opportunities to transmit germs and viruses is at the forefront of our planning.

Continuing construction virtually

At Rockford Construction, we have a long history of leveraging technology to stay connected and deliver outstanding results for our clients. But like many businesses today, we’ve had to go even further.

Property management to pandemic management: putting tenants and residents first

Rockford Property Management recognizes these are challenging times. As such, we have taken many actions designed to promote safety while also offering new ways to engage and connect.

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

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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...

Focus on mental health as you return to work

As a mental health nonprofit focused on working with Michigan’s youth, we want to provide helpful tips that can be implemented to help mentally prepare you for your post-COVID-19 workplace.

Continuing healthy aging through motherhood and beyond

It is possible to feel good and be resilient in times of stress, including the stressful time of menopause transition.

Planning amid chaos: Why you should participate in National Healthcare Decisions Day

During times of uncertainty like we’re in now, it’s more important than ever to create a plan that leaves nothing to chance.

Seven daily habits to stay healthy and active during uncertain times

The Seven Essential Elements of Daily Success (SEEDS) can help you feel better through these stressful times while improving the odds of healthy aging.

How to talk about mental health with your employees

In a “pull yourself up by the bootstraps” world, there’s still great stigma around mental illness and seeking treatment. But since this crushing pandemic, a different approach must be taken to retain and engage our teams.

Beware of stock drop litigation during times of crisis

Publicly traded companies should take steps now to prepare for stock drop litigation in the wake of COVID-19.We saw plaintiffs’ attorneys file these lawsuits...

Lease defaults and litigation are expected to rise in the wake of COVID-19

With Michigan’s lockdown now extending through May 15, many businesses are grappling with how to address rent payments due in May and the following months.

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,...

Increase website conversions and customer satisfaction

In business and life, we have been told for years we only get one chance to make a first impression — so why is your website any different?

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...

Holding strong and ready to rally

Somewhat surprisingly, real estate has remained relatively strong here in West Michigan, and there are positive indications that it will continue to get stronger and bounce back quickly.

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...

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The critical conversation: setting expectations with your workforce during a pandemic

Embracing what we can control, like having discussions about expectations, is a simple and free way to make a positive impact on the wellness of your teams.

Leading the isolated worker: dealing with conflict

Even with remote teams, we often don't know about issues that arise between co-workers until they erupt into major problems or missed deadlines.

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...

Three key post-COVID-19 trends in small business office technology

Three trends related to the rise in remote work could impact a small business’s technology environment in a post-COVID-19 world.

Three tips for optimizing your home office and virtual classroom internet performance

Regardless of your internet service provider, there are three easy ways to ensure your home-office and home-school network is running at full performance.

Protect your business from COVID-19 hackers

Now more than ever, protecting employees’ data and information is vital to business structures, overall bottom lines and the safety of valuable data and information.

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...

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