Guest Column

Opinions and tips from experts within the community.


PPT reform: Three exemptions and new tax could equal savings

February 5, 2016
If you do the math, changes to Michigan’s personal property tax could add up to new savings for most business taxpayers. Read More

Watch for action on China, ISIS and oil prices

January 29, 2016
Congress completed its 2015 business the week before Christmas and headed home. Read More

40 Under Forty class proves a point

January 22, 2016
Once again it was my honor to serve as a judge to select the Grand Rapids Business Journal’s 40 under Forty class of 2015. Read More

A $2B health care tax increase? Let’s find a better solution

January 15, 2016
Health care costs will rise for employers and individual purchasers if the Michigan Legislature passes a proposed $2 billion health care tax increase later this year. Read More

ABLE Act provides savings tool for people with special needs

January 1, 2016
The state of Michigan has just made it easier for families caring for loved ones with special needs to set money aside without penalty. Read More

Knowledge-based services are center of American jobs

December 25, 2015
What stands out in Michigan Future’s new report, Michigan’s Transition to a Knowledge-Based Economy, is that in the fifth year of a national expansion –– and an even stronger domestic auto industry recovery –– Michigan, on nearly all key 2014 economic and education attainment metrics, is a national laggard. Read More

Be in the know this holiday giving season

December 18, 2015
While we donate to charity year-round, the holidays present even more opportunities to support worthy nonprofit organizations — but take a minute before you start writing those checks. Read More

Paul Ryan: What kind of leader is he?

December 11, 2015
At the tender age of 45, new U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan is one of the youngest men to hold the position of the 54th Speaker of the House (elected Oct. 29 after weeks of discussion), and he is third in line for the presidency behind Joe Biden. Read More

Data, business analytics and a knowledge economy

December 4, 2015
The amount of data we, as a society, generate is estimated to double every two years. That means in the last two years, the amount of data we produced was approximately equal to all the data previously generated by mankind. Read More

Giving Tuesday: for whatever reason, say yes

November 27, 2015
You know the sequence: Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday and then Giving Tuesday. Read More