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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.

Beyond one day: celebrate veterans

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

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.

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.

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

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

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 do you solve a problem like a lease term in the middle of...

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?

Firm introduces CDC-approved temporary shelters

With wildfires raging on America’s west coast and hurricanes to the east, 2020 has shaped up to be a uniquely rough year for natural disasters, COVID-19 notwithstanding.

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

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

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.

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.

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