Performance and market forces drive company value

It’s the first question a small business owner thinks about when considering selling their business: “What is my company worth?”

What is the cost of being short-staffed?

Most business owners can easily relate to the emotional toll being short-staffed causes. Knowing exactly the cost of being short-staffed or hiring the wrong person for your company can be difficult to measure, however.

COVID-19 punches hole in college enrollment

Since the onset of the pandemic, far too many of Michigan’s high school seniors — particularly non-affluent seniors — have had their dreams shattered.

What makes these women so influential?

Look up the definition for “influential” and you get “having influence.” Hmm, not particularly helpful.

If Fed acts wisely, expect inflation rate to regress

In a New York Times op-ed in January, Paul Krugman commiserated with those blindsided by the jump in the U.S. inflation rate.

‘You’re getting warmer’ is not a good way to exercise executive leadership

I’ve come to believe that most leaders are unintentionally playing a game of “You’re getting warmer, you’re getting colder” when it comes to creating clarity around their organization’s purpose, vision and values.

Common ethics dynamics in Zucker, Flores matters

We like to think that high-profile ethics issues like CNN CEO Jeff Zucker’s resignation (for failing to follow CNN’s conflict of interest rules) and former Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores’ discrimination lawsuit against the NFL, are outliers.

Employee wellness programs and the Great Resignation

We’re in the midst of the Great Resignation with employees leaving their jobs in pursuit of other opportunities at the highest rate in decades. People are resigning for a number of reasons — NPR cites better pay, more flexibility, and jobs better aligned with values as top motivations.

The power is in the process

Here’s a lesson that every salesperson needs to learn early in their career: Sales is not magic.

Mediation is win-win option for civil disputes during pandemic

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic gripped the country, trial courts nationwide had struggled for years with civil docket backlogs.

State needs long-term funding solution for roads

Now that the legislature and governor have approved a $1.5 billion program to attract new business to Michigan, one important issue remains: If Michigan wants to entice new economic development, the condition of our county road system must be addressed.

The small business crisis: better child care

It is no secret that for small businesses struggling to staff up, the lack of available and affordable child care has been a leading and persistent barrier, further exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Now is the time for Michigan to fuel more growth in venture funding

There is an axiom about opportunity in the business world — strike when the iron is hot.

Region’s employment earnings lag national average

Support is mounting for emphasizing four-year college degrees in Michigan.

Behavioral health hospital critical to the region

Mercy Health Saint Mary’s and Forest View Hospital have a long history of serving Kent County and surrounding communities with high quality and compassionate behavioral health services, regardless of an individual's ability to pay.

Frustrated by inability to develop new customers? Try a sales blitz

One of the most common complaints I hear from my clients is this: “I can’t seem to motivate the salespeople to call on prospects and develop them into new customers.”

Harness the power of collaboration for betterment of humanity

When the clock struck midnight on Dec. 31, Van Andel Institute’s 25th anniversary year drew to a close. As we reflect on this milestone in our organization’s history, we are more grateful than ever for the community that has embraced us and helped make our achievements possible.

SCOTUS to rule on OSHA vaccine directive

The U.S. Supreme Court was scheduled to hear oral arguments in a case that will have significant ramifications for employers and employees: Whether to stay the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s emergency temporary rule that employers require all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo weekly testing for the disease.

How to make retirement goals you actually can keep

A new year is synonymous with new hopes, dreams and goals.

Letter: Thankful for health coverage

Editor:Throughout my career as an educator, I was always supported by strong health care coverage. So, I was a little worried when I retired...