Guest Column

Opinions and tips from experts within the community.


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

Business Journal cartoon hits, misses mark

July 15, 2016
The editorial cartoon in the May 23 Grand Rapids Business Journal aptly highlights the shortage of students electing to pursue careers in the skilled trades and in construction specifically. Read More

Michigan education: Uphill battle for officials, not just students

July 8, 2016
The recently released 2016 Kids Count report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation ranks Michigan 40th in educational achievement in 2016. That’s down from a not-so-good 32nd in 2012. Read More

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