Matters Column

A weekly column on matters concerning legal, money, small business, family business and people issues.


Effective performance: defining the ‘big picture’

February 5, 2016
A former partner sent me an article from The New York Times that discussed how social media is changing how employees feel about their jobs and their on-the-job practices, as well as addressing retention and other recruiting matters. Read More

For some, new legislation offers a PATH to lower taxes

January 29, 2016
Washington has adopted a tradition in recent years of allowing certain tax provisions to expire and then renewing them for a short period. Read More

Our culture of honesty lubricates the tracks of commerce

January 22, 2016
There was a Playboy cartoon in the late ’50s about the Greek historian Diogenes. A Greek man asks a passerby with an oil lamp if he is Diogenes looking for an honest man. Read More

Is yours a family business? You are not alone

January 15, 2016
Are you the founder or next-generation owner of a company? Read More

How to mess up buying or selling your company

January 8, 2016
Buying or selling a company is exciting. Read More

Is human resources a sort of social barometer?

January 1, 2016
Recently, I received a video clip from a friend of a radio program produced by Paul Harvey, a well-known commentator in the ’70s and ’80s. Read More

Meaningful financial resolutions for a bountiful year ahead

December 25, 2015
With the New Year fast approaching, we tend to resolve to do things differently in the coming year. Some of the resolutions are impacted by items or events in our lives. Such resolutions need to be reasonable and attainable. Read More

Find the balance between objective and subjective messages

December 18, 2015
When I was engaged in small business advocacy with the Small Business Association of Michigan and the National Small Business Association, I was consistently pushing a more aggressive stance on the issues. Read More

Keeping the ‘family’ in family-owned business succession

December 11, 2015
Family-owned businesses are a driving force in the United States’ economy, contributing more than 50 percent of the gross domestic product. Read More

What to do when you realize it’s time for a co-founder to go

December 4, 2015
Every start-up business begins with high hopes. Read More