Paul A. Hense

Paul A. Hense

Paul A. Hense is the retired president of local accounting firm Hense & Associates. He also is past chairman of the Small Business Association of Michigan. Contact him at


Keeping the scavengers at bay: protecting your assets

May 6, 2016
My wife and I watched a “60 Minutes” segment on how life insurance companies sometimes keep the cash or face value of a life insurance policy if, when the insured dies, the proper paperwork isn't filed. Read More

Beyond owning a small business: finding what feeds your soul

April 1, 2016
I just learned that a man I have had a long relationship with, Phil Biggs, is still playing in the local band Mid-Life Crisis. Read More

Analyzing your company financials: Don’t kill the messenger

February 26, 2016
What is reality? It is whatever you think it is. Read More

Our culture of honesty lubricates the tracks of commerce

January 22, 2016
There was a Playboy cartoon in the late ’50s about the Greek historian Diogenes. A Greek man asks a passerby with an oil lamp if he is Diogenes looking for an honest man. Read More

Find the balance between objective and subjective messages

December 18, 2015
When I was engaged in small business advocacy with the Small Business Association of Michigan and the National Small Business Association, I was consistently pushing a more aggressive stance on the issues. Read More

Skin in the game: big business decisions versus small business

November 13, 2015
An experience buying a new notebook computer caused me to wonder who makes the big decisions in big business. I went from anger to wonderment at the methods they will use to increase sales. Read More

Making ‘damned if you do and damned if you don’t’ decisions

October 9, 2015
The movie “The Imitation Game” illustrates several small business issues that are daunting challenges. Read More

Do you run your business like a game of solitaire?

September 4, 2015
I frequently use solitaire as a way to relieve tension or to pass time when I need a break. Read More

Hiring professional help: make you sure you get what you pay for

April 17, 2015
I recently had the pleasure of spending a few days in Naples, Fla., with friends from high school. Read More

Firing a malignant employee is a difficult but necessary chore

February 6, 2015
I hate to use a sports story to make a small business point, but this one is just too good to pass up. The Detroit Pistons have been one of the worst teams in the NBA for several years. Read More