Guest Column

Opinions and tips from experts within the community.


Sky’s the limit for aviation grads, new airport board

June 24, 2016
As the 2016 graduation season comes to a close, most of us will have celebrated this important transitional moment with at least one friend or family member. Read More

Senate bills plug Michigan into a secure energy future

June 17, 2016
As someone who works in energy and whose company has successfully installed or helped reduce emissions on over 6,000 megawatts of Michigan’s electrical generation, I can say with confidence that Senate Bills 437 and 438 are business-friendly, customer-friendly and environmentally friendly solutions that secure Michigan’s energy future. Read More

Without more state revenue, cities can’t thrive, talent won’t stay

June 10, 2016
For more than two decades, Michigan has made lower taxes and smaller government its primary recipe for improving economic outcomes. Read More

Whose bathroom is it, anyway?

June 3, 2016
Few workplace issues have generated as much controversy as the recent movement to protect transgender workers from employment discrimination, including the awkward topic of bathroom use based on gender identity. Read More

What a military defendant can teach a small business owner

May 27, 2016
I still remember my first client — a 21-year-old, eager, well-respected airman who was hanging out with the wrong crowd some Saturday night and experimented with marijuana. Read More

Marketing law lessons learned from the VW ‘clean diesel’ lawsuits

May 20, 2016
The clearest lessons learned from the Volkswagen “clean diesel” lawsuits read like the popular “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten”: Play fair … clean up your own mess … say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody. Read More

Prosperity’s core of success

May 13, 2016
The new path to prosperity is concentrated talent. Read More

Private road or private nightmare?

May 6, 2016
Our country has thousands of miles of private roads. Read More

West Michigan is destination for life sciences startups

April 29, 2016
West Michigan’s legacy as a manufacturing region began to take a turn two decades ago with the founding of the Van Andel Institute and the birth of the Medical Mile. Read More

Talent attraction should be top priority

April 22, 2016
In my last post we looked at data on how young professionals have far different preferences in housing than previous generations of recent college graduates. Read More