Low wages causing the skilled trades shortages?

The Grand Rapids Business Journal recently published an op-ed and comment that lays out the two most likely reasons for more demand by employers...

5.5 keys to naming your product’s price with confidence

The price of whatever you sell carries with it a discomfort for most salespeople. They’re hesitant to bring up the price because it’s the...

Capital continuum: a roadmap to business financing

Over the past several years, our dynamic economy has created a multitude of opportunities and challenges for business owners. Access to capital and debt...

Market-rate housing saturation compels a new plan

One year ago, public discussion in Grand Rapids seemed to have enough momentum to portend promise of affordable housing problem solving, but as the...

The defense against medical monopolies, cost hikes

Yet another artful dodge of the Michigan Certificate of Need process will cost the citizens of Ottawa County, particularly in Grand Haven, another jolting...

Auto insurance medical benefit cap shifts monster burden to taxpayers

Gov. Rick Snyder in January’s State of the State called again for insurance regulation reform action. Given that Michigan has more insurance regulation on...

It’s time for West Michigan to fix itself

This cannot be overstated.West Michigan companies are in dire need of skilled workers. West Michigan, as a whole, lags the country — and the...

Is fair always equal? Challenges in family business succession

Families face many challenges when passing ownership of the family business between generations.A key component to succession planning is determining how to treat children...

Flyer beware: Drone regs tighten usage

Seems like you can’t turn a page — or open your curtains — without seeing a drone.Realtors hire them to provide aerial footage of...

No-contest clauses: leaving beneficiaries in terror

A no-contest, or "in terrorem," clause provides that a beneficiary under a will who contests the gift shall take either nothing or only a...

Auto no-fault reform is anti-jobs, anti-free market, anti-Michigan

Everyone loves a good conspiracy theory. But as most of us have learned, when it comes to important public policy decisions, conspiracy theories do...

Real estate investors: The 1031 exchange is back

Another sign the real estate market in West Michigan is bouncing back: 1031 tax-deferred exchanges are on the rise.Long favored by real estate investors...

Today’s new essential leadership relationship: executive coach

An executive coaching relationship should no longer be viewed as an optional relationship for senior leaders.

2015 forecast: a new age of wealth and poverty

It seems like a betrayal of the “dismal science” to give a relatively optimistic current economic analysis and forecast. However, it is what it...

Major revisions to Michigan Nonprofit Corporation Act

By signing Michigan Senate Bills 623, 624 and 929 on Jan. 15, Gov. Rick Snyder ratified a significant set of revisions to the Michigan...

Chamber opposes Grand Rapids Public Library’s 20-year tax

This November, the Grand Rapids Public Library (GRPL) is asking city residents for a new tax.The library’s capital millage is expiring, and it is...

ABLE Act provides savings tool for people with special needs

The state of Michigan has just made it easier for families caring for loved ones with special needs to set money aside without penalty.Starting...

Gilmore’s entrepreneur effort was one of downtown’s biggest risks, most successful efforts

Greg (and John) Gilmore’s announcement of Live Nation’s House of Blues agreement to partner in the $16 million 20 Monroe Live entertainment venue is...

Coping with new Fair Labor Standards Act regulations

Anyone involved with trying to operate a successful business or nonprofit organization knows it isn’t easy to juggle all of the responsibilities. Sometimes, if...

An owner’s representative makes more sense than ever

Over the past several years, it has become more common for owners to engage owner's representatives on construction projects — and with good reason.

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