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How the COVID-19 pandemic has reduced businesses’ footprints

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

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.

Evolution of construction: public-private partnerships offer new opportunities

Public and quasi-public projects that might not have been viable in the past can be structured using today's P3 model to make them viable and sustainable projects.

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.

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?

Responding to COVID-19: new protocols and practices in the food manufacturing industry

One of the many significant impacts of COVID-19 has been the reallocation of necessary resources and capital, causing many industries to adjust and adapt their practices. New health and safety regulations, as well as pandemic-related closures, have led to changes in processes and priorities in the food industry.

Rockford Construction: What you may not know

At Rockford Construction, we’re more than a typical construction, development and property management firm. As a member of the Grand Rapids community, we strive to connect with our clients, community members and employees in ways that extend well beyond our work.

Three tips to chart the course for long-term success

Among the strategic areas are three upon which companies must focus to move forward and thrive during these uncertain times.

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.

Crafted in harmony: construction and property management

It’s a rarity in our industry for firms to offer both construction and property management services. But that unique business model allows us to build with the knowledge of how our clients and customers say they plan to use the building and space through a property management lens.

Increasing liquidity through a capital raise

Despite a likely shift to a more risk-averse credit market, numerous potential financing sources can help businesses through this uncertain time, including traditional bank lenders, private debt funds, family offices, mezzanine funds and private equity firms.

What the disability rights movement and universal design can teach us about business and...

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.

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.

Understanding sequence risk and its effect on retirement planning

There is a lot to think about when planning for retirement. While we have a degree of control over many of the choices involved, there is one big wild card we cannot control called sequence risk.

PPP loan forgiveness receives new flexibility: updates businesses need to know

Business owners should be aware of several integral changes under the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (PPFA), which loosened guidelines to ensure the program is more business-friendly.

Real estate’s ‘spring market’ shifts to summer

The real estate surge typical of March, April and May is now projected for June, July and August.

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.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act: getting back to work

The FFCRA was designed with a focus on supporting employees amid COVID-19 while avoiding an undue burden on employers.

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.

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.

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