Estate planning: better done sooner rather than later

The new year is off and running at full speed. I often comment about taxes in some fashion. This month, I am going to...

Breaking the ‘Yes!’ attitude down, in order to build yours up

This is the 10th anniversary of “The Little Gold Book of Yes! Attitude.” In this year’s edition, which is ironically the 10th printing of...

Have your best year ever? Or have a great year?

I’m challenging you not to have your best year ever. Rather, have a great year. A great family year. A great achievement year. A...

Slower growth expected for commercial, industrial sectors

Associated Builders and Contractors forecasts a slowdown of growth in the U.S. commercial and industrial construction industries in 2017. While contractors are vulnerable to...

Protecting the family business from fraud

“It happened to me.”I heard that repeatedly after a Family Business Alliance session earlier this month on “Fraud and Embezzlement in the Family Business.”...

‘Turn, turn, turn’: Change may be final, but it’s rarely fatal

The sequence of words in the lyrics of the ’60’s-era song “Turn, Turn, Turn,” written by Pete Seeger and made an international hit by...

Expand the safety net once the pandemic passes

Every day, in every Michigan community, we see the vast number of low-wage workers who are struggling to make ends meet.

Non-industrial countries will be Michigan’s best customers

The latest international trade indicators for Michigan show that in the last month of 2012, foreign sales fell to $4.95 billion, from $5.12 billion...

Women business owners vital part of state’s economic fabric

I’ve been a woman entrepreneur in West Michigan for some time, and this month I attended two distinctive events celebrating women business owners.In Novi,...

A goal is a dream with a plan — and other fairy tales

My mother never went to Europe. She talked about it, dreamed about it — even opened a travel agency at age 55. She never...

Behaving badly in 2019

Richard Thaler, the 2017 recipient of the Nobel Prize in economic sciences, might very well be labeled the “father of behavioral economics.” His work...

Make time work for you, rather than against you

Are you satisfied with what you accomplish in a day? Or are you constantly falling behind? As an entrepreneurial executive for over 25 years, I’ve...

You cannot ignore the present — it’s where your sales are

My sales perspective flies in the face of traditional selling. And it’s not just a disruption; it’s the new way of sales. What’s your...

Mineral rights: hidden dangers lurking below the surface

When purchasing or selling a piece of property, there’s a tendency to think only in terms of what is going on at the surface.This...

Knowledge is power, in both life events and business

It has been inspiring watching the rescue of the youth soccer team in Thailand. They were trapped by rising water in a cave. One...

Assure a seat at the table for the community ‘doers,’ not just the donors

Grand Rapids Business Journal made a point last week of the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce advancements in planning and programs for increasingly...

There’s nothing useless about liberal arts degrees

We are constantly besieged with messaging that a liberal arts degree is useless. Maybe even worse than useless: a path to being a pauper...

Retirement savings and looming Social Security issues

January is often the time for resolutions, including exercise regimens and diet, or other personal or professional items. Often forgotten are personal finance resolutions.Personal...

Employers can curb health care costs during open enrollment

Technology continues to reshape how employers select and offer health care benefits to employees, putting access to information at our fingertips and creating a...

Industrial market is improving but expect soft quarter

According to CBRE Econometric Advisors, industrial market fundamentals have continued to improve across the country, with the national availability rate settling at 13.2 percent...

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