The picture of the United States health care crisis

Human resource professionals are expected to deal with all health care matters from a variety perspectives. The general expectation is to make a silk...

Wage growth fuels construction employment numbers rebound

The construction industry rebounded in a meaningful way in September by gaining 23,000 net new jobs on a monthly basis after losing 5,000 net...

West Michigan’s economy shows a little summer hesitation

Very slightly negative. That’s the latest word on the West Michigan economy, according to the data collected during the last two weeks of August....

Minimizing surprises in your company’s supply chain

It's a common scenario in supply chains where manufacturers use just-in-time inventory for their production needs: a client contacts us to explain the facts...

Are there best practices for salespeople?

One of the most debilitating myths about the sales profession is this: Salespeople can learn on their own, on the job and eventually become good at their jobs.

International human resources: a piece of pie

It’s as simple as a piece of… For most Americans, the completion of the statement is “cake.” Often stated as a “piece of cake”...

Kent County millage increase offers opportunity to sustain school funding

Voters across Kent County in two weeks will be asked to consider a nine-tenths mill tax increase to benefit all 20 Kent public school...

A fork in the road during times of change

Why are some people invigorated by a seemingly insurmountable task while others seem paralyzed by the same situation? Some see the opportunity to make...

Materials prices decline while spending enjoys robust recovery

Prices for inputs to construction industries declined 0.1 percent in July after increasing 0.2 percent in June, according to the latest producer price index...

Stop horsing around with noncompete clauses

Noncompete provisions are part and parcel of many employment agreements. But these provisions must be carefully drafted to be enforceable. There are three surefire...

Tax changes affect family business, but there’s still time to plan

For most of us (or perhaps all of us), writing checks to the IRS does not make our Top Ten list of things we...

This broken record needs to be fixed

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before.Michigan’s K-12 education system needs to be fixed. Not just an overhaul but a rebuild from the...

New rules for transferring business real property without uncapping

Will transferring business real property from one family entity to another trigger higher property taxes?That depends on whether the receiving entity is under “common...

City success will hinge on strategies addressing homelessness, gentrification

The Grand Rapids Business Journal begins a series of in-depth reports on the South Division Avenue corridor and its comparatively quick development in the...

Proposed documentation rules for related-party debt transactions

Having the appropriate documentation is often the key to being entitled to certain deductions or tax credits. For those who make charitable contributions, written...

Family business best practices: an overview

What does it take for a family business to be world class?There are four well-known best practices derived from studying multigenerational family businesses the...

Muskegon aligns for economic sustainability

Muskegon has endured a decade of fits and starts, especially the havoc wreaked during the Great Recession when promising projects abruptly were halted, and...

Nonresidential construction spending slips a bit

Nonresidential construction spending fell 0.4 percent on a monthly basis in March, according to an analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data, but it was...

Leading the isolated worker: Do you know your teams?

With the rise of COVID-19, a high percentage of the workforce in America became remote workers overnight. For leaders whose teams normally share an...

West Michigan’s link to international border crossing is welcome

The Right Place Inc. President and CEO Birgit Klohs last week was one of three individuals from Michigan appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder to...

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