West Michigan shows economic resilience

Few have been financially unscathed in the wake of the pandemic. Yet, as West Michigan has proven time and time again when recessions hit, businesses in the region (although battered) weather the respective storms relatively well.

What is Regulation Best Interest and how does it impact you?

The SEC’s intent is to ensure that you, as the investor, have enough information to decide whether a professional investment recommendation is best suited to your needs no matter who is offering it.

Wealthy clients should consider planning now for the reduction in estate and gift tax exemption

Many people are wondering what will happen to the exemption if there is a Democratic president and possibly a Democratic-controlled Congress.

What is sustainable investing, and should I consider it as part of my portfolio?

Your personal priorities govern the type of sustainable investing that will best align with your goals.

Updates to the RMD put-back rule: Should you return your distribution?

If you are 72 or older and have already taken the required minimum distribution (RMD) from an IRA account, you can reverse your withdrawal until Aug. 31. There may be advantages to doing so, depending on your financial situation.

Fixed-asset reserve can save you headaches down the road

Like the cars we drive, building components experience wear and tear and eventually require our attention.

Sustainability is the path of continuous improvement

With an increased spotlight on the vital role sustainable design plays in the construction industry, the approach to integration has become more prevalent in recent years.

What will construction financing look like in the post-COVID-19 economy?

Whether we are headed for a tough start to 2021 with a COVID-19 cloud still looming or a post-COVID-19 economy in full recovery, capital for construction and development projects will be in strong demand.

Beyond one day: celebrate veterans

Companies that make proactive efforts to support veterans have seen benefits beyond just Veterans Day.

Shaping the classroom of the future

Even before a shovel hits the ground, the impact of COVID-19 is changing the way we collaborate with schools.

Federally recognized tribes prepared for challenges brought on by COVID-19

What many don’t know is that Michigan’s tribal communities have been working on business practices that are diversified and resilient.

The links between racism, health inequities, COVID-19 and the civil unrest across the world

The deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and so many others are forcing America to revisit its historical pandemics of injustice.

Intentionally working with businesses of color

Part of being a business owner is about giving back to the community you operate in. It’s also about creating lasting, helpful relationships amongst other business owners.

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...

Creating space for people with autism in the workplace

Even in times without a pandemic, people on the autism spectrum have a disproportionately more difficult time finding jobs than those not on the spectrum.

The benefits of sourcing medical devices locally

In a world filled with so much uncertainty, one thing is sure: There are medical device manufacturers in your neighborhood that are thrilled to help you save patient lives.

What the disability rights movement and universal design can teach us about business and life in the age of COVID-19

The now tired tagline, “we’re all in this together,” may forever owe the COVID-19 pandemic for its fame, but it’s far from being a novel concept.

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.

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,...

Public relations trends to look out for in 2021

Here are my tips for creating your 2021 PR strategy amid the ongoing pandemic, as well as a few trends we might see in the coming year.

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...

Grand Rapids is uniquely positioned for urban flight

We know remote work has opened up a whole new world of possibilities for many, and Grand Rapids is uniquely positioned to welcome those looking for a great place to live, work and play.

The year in real estate: looking back at 2020 and anticipating 2021

As we close out the year 2020, it’s easy to say that it was a year that defied expectations.

Elections, the economy, and a possible second wave: Will the strong real estate market persist?

In a year filled with clouds of uncertainty and some dismay, residential real estate has been an undeniable bright spot shining through.

How do you solve a problem like a lease term in the middle of a pandemic?

Most businesses sign leases for many years to house their operations. But what happens when you’re hit with a pandemic that limits your ability to use the space you spend 5%-8% of your revenue on?

Leading through a pandemic — and low inventory

As we roll through our fifth year of historically low inventory levels in West Michigan, will that trend continue?

Plan for 2021: 7 end-of-year checkpoints for your business

As we cross off the final to-dos on our 2020 calendar, it's time to start planning for 2021's challenges and victories.

Legendary leadership requires tenacity — especially in times of crisis

Leaders who succeed in times of crisis — like in the face of COVID-19 and unprecedented racial and social unrest — are the ones who go beyond success and set the mark at legendary.

On the brink of a possible recession: what businesses should do to prepare

While many are in a hurry to put the uncertainties of 2020 in the rearview, continued economic disruption may not be behind us just yet.

Succession planning – optimizing value through a strategic exit

For many business owners, the decision surrounding how and when to exit the business can be complicated and emotional.

How the COVID-19 pandemic has reduced businesses’ footprints

The coronavirus pandemic has, in many ways, rewritten the book on business practices.

Deals and steals: preventing hackers this holiday season

As online spending and sales begin to pop up across the country this holiday season, so too will cybersecurity threats.

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...

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