EITC credit would help children in financial crisis

An important new report is out from United for ALICE, entitled, “ALICE in focus: Children in financial hardship.”

Who gets grandpa’s guitar pick collection?

For a variety of reasons, many individuals — even those who have created thoughtful estate plans — fail to create plans for the distribution of their personal property following death.

Better benefits can attract, retain top talent

Many people in today’s workforce have higher expectations for benefits from their employer.

It takes more than compensation to unleash a sales force

I’m often asked to help a company refine its sales force compensation plans.

Letter: Public school teachers need community support

Teachers, substitutes, aides and nearly all educators within a K-12 school system have endured so much throughout the duration of the pandemic, which unfortunately now is in its third year.

Letter: Bank portrayal lopsided

The Huntington Bank article with CEO Steve Steinour (“Huntington CEO surveys ‘enormous change’ of past year,” May 16) was a bit lopsided.

Mental health issues need to be addressed

In America today, approximately 1 of 5 Americans is suffering with a mental health issue, and approximately 1 in 25 adults is experiencing a serious mental illness that substantially interferes with one or more major life activities.

State should update emergency protocols for strokes

Every year in Michigan, thousands of lives are impacted by stroke.

Vax rates show African American distrust of health system

As COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, the future health of Michigan residents will rely in large part on the percentage who are vaccinated against the virus. Unfortunately, that number remains low among African Americans.

Michigan’s children need the earned income tax credit

One of the biggest tragedies of our lifetimes is the rampant growth of childhood poverty in this country.

Get them to do what you want them to do

“How do I get ’em to do what I want ’em to?”

Stop payday lenders from overcharging

In a time of great struggle for Michigan families, we have the opportunity to take a simple but powerful, popular and positive action.

Michigan needs vibrant, in-demand central cities

Conventional wisdom has it that big cities are dead.

What does Ohio have that Michigan doesn’t?

Intel recently announced it is going to invest an initial $20 billion in a new chip fabrication plant in metro Columbus, Ohio.

Improving human health requires big thinking

Diseases like cancer and Parkinson’s can only be defeated by big, bold thinking. Grand Rapids — today a thriving hub of medical and biomedical ingenuity and education — is up to the task.

Note to all business leaders: Read the room

There is a valuable axiom in business that guides many successful people — “read the room.” It means be aware of your surroundings and the people in the audience.

After five years of legalized cannabis, where next?

In December 2021, we began the fifth year of regulation of legalized marijuana in Michigan.

Swipe fee rules for credit cards would hurt small firms

Twelve years ago, Senator Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) introduced a last-minute amendment to the historic Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform bill.

Keep education standards high for young learners

When I was responsible for the Instruments Division at Stryker, the West Michigan-based Fortune 500 company, I knew we had to continually invest in our sales representatives.

Knowing your customers is critical to sales success

I recently experienced what has become a common event. A client said sales were flat for too long and knew something had to be done.