Matters Column

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


Understanding a family’s impact on business value

July 24, 2015
Nearly all family businesses are created with the intention that the business will grow and be successful, generating value for its owners, employees and community, well beyond the lifespan of its founders. Read More

Michigan's no-fault insurance law and the out-of-state traveler

July 17, 2015
It is a Friday in mid-July, the type of summer day we dream about in February: sunshine, a cloudless sky, high-70 degree temperatures and no humidity. I am heading north on U.S. 131 at 5:30 p.m., ready to start my weekend. Read More

Steps toward removing someone from the management team

July 10, 2015
Anyone who has worked in human resources for any period knows staffing issues come in all sorts of shapes and forms. Read More

International trade and investment activities are here to stay

July 3, 2015
Over the 20 years I have contributed to this column, we have discussed the global economy and how businesses in West Michigan are impacted by trade and tax policy. Read More

Never pass up the opportunity to listen and learn

June 26, 2015
About six years ago I was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. Read More

Best practices for separating business and personal finances

June 19, 2015
In family-owned businesses, the line dividing your business and your personal life is already blurred. Read More

Kids and money: once a millionaire, always a millionaire?

June 12, 2015
Former NBA star Shaquille O'Neal once spoke at an NCAA convention, where he discussed how he spent his first million dollars within 30 minutes of joining the league. Read More

Successful adaptation to BEPS-led changes essential

May 29, 2015
I recently spent four days with colleagues from other BDO member international firms in Vancouver. Read More

The Ten Commandments: a good guide to business

May 22, 2015
It would be hard to deny that Judeo-Christian teachings are the basic foundation of the culture of this country. Read More