Guest Column

Opinions and tips from experts within the community.


Michigan: a laggard, not a leader

April 11, 2014
Listening to the press, elected officials in Lansing and Michigan business leaders, one gets the sense that Michigan has one of — if not the — best state economies. Read More

Compliance audits: an ounce of antitrust protection

April 4, 2014
When it comes to antitrust compliance, what you don’t know could put you out of business — or land you in jail. Read More

The value of a four-year degree is over an entire career

March 28, 2014
The Grand Rapids Business Journal reported that Gov. Rick Snyder, at the economic summit he hosted in Grand Rapids, said: “Michigan education is “too often focused on a diploma or a degree, and not saying, ‘Are you career ready?’” Read More

Looking under the topsoil

March 21, 2014
When we view the West Michigan economy over the next few quarters, it is easy to look at the projected number of new construction permits or interest rate trends, or perhaps employment projections. Read More

Local stock exchanges give communities the opportunity to prosper

March 14, 2014
Recent research makes it clear that in order to have a prosperous economy with high per capita income, we must have thriving places that attract talent. Read More

Real estate investors: The 1031 exchange is back

March 7, 2014
Another sign the real estate market in West Michigan is bouncing back: 1031 tax-deferred exchanges are on the rise. Read More

The importance of being welcoming to all

February 28, 2014
In his latest State of the City speech, Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell said: “Talent comes in all shapes and forms and colors and ethnicities. It is homegrown and it finds its way here from someplace else. . . . Read More

Do volunteers count as employees under the Affordable Care Act?

There has been growing concern in recent months that proposed regulations under the Affordable Care Act could drive volunteer fire departments all over the country out of existence, or dramatically change the delivery of these services. Read More

There are many concerns regarding Michigan’s schools

February 14, 2014
In recent weeks, we've seen a lot of public bickering over whether we are spending more, less, or the right amount on education, and for what results. Read More

Central cities are winning the attraction battle

February 7, 2014
A central theme of our work is that the most prosperous places are big metros with a vibrant central city. Read More