Guest Column

Opinions and tips from experts within the community.


Beware lurking terms and conditions in your contracts

September 23, 2016
We all know various beasties lurk about in October, the month of Halloween, but beastly provisions also can lurk in contracts, ready to cause misery to the unwary. Read More

Five steps to take before a recall

September 16, 2016
If it seems like you are hearing about more recalls these days, it’s because you are. Read More

M-STEP results not a reason to switch

September 9, 2016
Talent is a top priority for the business community, and during the past few years, Michigan has made great strides in establishing the components of a strong educational system that will allow our students to succeed. Read More

The good, bad and ugly of income inequality

September 2, 2016
Metro Grand Rapids’ economy was in the news twice recently. Read More

Open forums on policing have economic benefits

August 26, 2016
We don’t want to do Detroit again, one participant said, when 50 years later, the city still hasn’t fully recovered. Read More

Why business should say yes to a carbon tax

August 19, 2016
From global economic powers like the United States, Japan and Russia to developing economies like Rwanda, Bangladesh and Iran, more than 190 countries convened as part of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in late 2015. Read More

Sweat the details in your loan commitment letter

August 12, 2016
As the economy in West Michigan continues to improve, we are seeing more companies adding new equipment, expanding their office or manufacturing footprints, investing in new technology and welcoming new employees. Read More

Grand Rapids location is a recruiting tool for businesses

August 5, 2016
It is not a surprise that Grand Rapids has experienced impressive growth over the past five years. Read More

Urban experiment taught school sponsors six lessons

July 29, 2016
For the past seven years, Michigan Future has helped launch and support new high schools in the city of Detroit. Read More

Five things to do before buying property

July 22, 2016
It’s a seller’s market these days — or so it seems if you read the headlines. Read More