Opinions and tips from experts within the community.


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.

Michigan does not have enough young, educated adults

For years we ended our presentations with a slide that said, “Either Michigan gets younger and better educated or we will get poorer.”

Ensure business continuity by exercising your expertise

Businesses must constantly earn the trust of their customers or risk losing them.

The three most common mistakes sales managers make

In most organizations, sales managers are the essential bridge between the company’s sales goals and the realization of those goals.

Essence Restaurant Group using a new plan forward

We are now over 18 months into this pandemic and every company in every industry in every corner of the world is struggling with the same issue — people. More specifically, a lack of them in the workforce.

Take measures now before having to file for bankruptcy

Federal stimulus funds used to prop up struggling businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic have delayed bankruptcy filings so far — but that may be coming to an end.

Lawmakers must win race to invest in future

There are times in history when leaders are called upon to step up and act with a sense of urgency to meet a challenge or take advantage of an opportunity. In Michigan, that time is right now.

A knowledge-based economic development strategy

A year ago, Rivian, which often is described as the Tesla of trucks, announced it was moving its headquarters from suburban Detroit to Irvine, California.