Metro economy’s 10-year average dips precipitously

From 2001-2010, the seven-county Grand Rapids regional economy performed better than the Michigan economy.That said, it was a decade of decline, and the region,...

What is the most misused word in the world of sales?

The most misused word in sales will surprise you. It’s “value.”Value is a misguided, misused and maligned word, whose meaning has gone fallow. It...

Legislature: Focus on tax revenue replacement

In the short time between the presidential election and Thanksgiving break, one could question whether legislators are ready to finish business in the lame...

Is a hamburger really just a hamburger?

When I think of a hamburger, I am left with a few questions. Why is it so popular? Is it the taste? Is it...

Land bank proves valuable to communities

Last week the nonprofit LINC (Lighthouse Inc.) community revitalization group announced a major project in the Madison Square neighborhood, a place-making initiative that may,...

State revamps grant, loan programs for environmental cleanup

New legislation making its way through the Michigan legislature could make it easier for developers to secure the funds to pay for environmental cleanup...

The cream doesn’t always rise to the top these days

It’s hard to believe after years of high unemployment that when organizations are starting to hire — and yes, that is happening, even here...

The choices ahead: borrow, raise taxes or cut expenses

The federal income tax may be the cause of the end of our culture as we have known it. It will not be due...

What makes referrals happen? It’s your actions, not your ask

I’m angry about the (mis)information offered by “experts” about referrals.I’m not angry that the majority of their information is totally off base and bogus;...

Risk-takers provide ‘authentic’ spaces for next generations

As is customary, the delicate autopsy of the presidential election last Tuesday provided breakdowns of the voters and a thorough analysis of every ethnic...

West Michigan: a culture of optimism and conscience

I learned something this year. After spending the past 20 years in Chicago and Detroit, I returned home to West Michigan approximately one year...

Preparing the next generation to purchase the business

West Michigan has a rich tradition of successful family-owned businesses, and ensuring they pass from one generation to the next is often very challenging...

Behind and beyond the sales pitch — timing is everything

As a collector of sports memorabilia, I’m on a bunch of mailing lists. Most of the offers I get are for items I can...

Grand Rapids manufacturing shows minor improvement

Very modestly up. Our local economy has been flat for the last three reports, so even a modest uptick is good news. According to...

Proposal 4 puts unions in the middle of home care

To the Editor:As a handicapped person, I'm very concerned about Proposal 4.This constitutional amendment is being portrayed by certain “special interest groups” as something...

Partnerships strengthen area’s real estate risk-takers

For the second time in 26 years, Grand Rapids is the host and beneficiary of the University of Michigan/Urban Land Institute annual meeting. The...

Voters are no longer stupid about the economy

In 1992, James Carville, the political strategist for Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign against the incumbent George H.W. Bush, coined the phrase “the economy, stupid,”...

A dozen books you should own and read — at least once

When Jim Rohn said, “All the information you need to succeed already exists; the problem is you haven’t exposed yourself to it,” it was...

Expectations running high for holiday season

LANSING — Three out of four Michigan retailers expect to increase sales this holiday season, many by more than 5 percent, according to the...

Dealing with a cash-strapped business: Keep it ordinary

One of the first lessons a child is taught is that you can't take things that belong to someone else. This lesson is pretty...

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