Guest Column

Opinions and tips from experts within the community.


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

Hiring a corporate trustee provides many benefits

April 15, 2016
When it comes to investing your money, how do you know whom to trust? Read More

‘Chicks in charge’ are major contributors to Grand Rapids

April 1, 2016
When my business partner and I put our toes in the water in Grand Rapids nearly five years ago, we discovered an amazing attribute that many seem to take for granted: Women leaders permeate the landscape. Read More

Scientific collaborations drive discovery: revolutionizing the paradigm

April 1, 2016
Two decades ago, mapping the human genome was a dream — rooted in the possibility of progress and the hope of discovery. The effort took years, but the persistence of an international network of scientists resulted in one of the greatest scientific accomplishments in history. Read More

Healthy Michigan is good for Kent County

March 25, 2016
As a family medicine doctor in Belmont, it’s part of my practice to see families on a routine basis for yearly physicals. Read More