Guest Column

Opinions and tips from experts within the community.


Michigan should follow California’s lead

April 20, 2018
In a recent article, The New York Times reports “BMW and Daimler, Once Rivals, Join Forces to Fend Off Silicon Valley.” Read More

Employer training key to IT security

April 13, 2018

In the first West Michigan IT Report, Holland-based Worksighted anonymously surveyed a diverse cross section of IT leaders from dozens of local manufacturers, professional services firms, nonprofits, retailers and others. 

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Governor’s vision for students is archaic

April 6, 2018
In Heather E. McGowan’s must-read LinkedIn column “Preparing Students to Lose Their Job,” she calls for a transformation of the mission of education — from one that prepares people for a job to one that prepares people for continuous job loss. Read More

One-year grace period for inventors is alive but not well

March 30, 2018

Signed into law in 2011, the America Invents Act provides a one-year grace period for inventors or applicants to file patent applications for their invention.

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Value-driven leadership critical to long-term growth

March 23, 2018
We hear a lot about corporate values these days. Business and nonprofit leaders weave them into their branding exercises, communication language and human resources guidebooks. Read More

A checklist for subdividing real estate

March 16, 2018
Purchasing only part of an existing tract of real estate or subdividing an existing tract of real estate into two or more parcels makes a typical real estate transaction much more complex. Read More

Criminal justice reform is the right thing to do, for all of us

March 9, 2018
More than a decade ago, law enforcement leaders supported smart criminal justice reform because they recognized that overincarceration would not make Michigan safer. Read More

Charitable giving strategies for 2018

March 9, 2018
The annual process that we all face as taxpayers is now underway — pulling together documents to file your federal, state and local tax paperwork. Read More

City needs right hotel brands in the right locations

March 2, 2018
In response to Doug Small’s comment that the current hotels being developed in Grand Rapids are the “wrong type” to draw larger conventions (“Further analysis needed for large hotel development,” GRBJ, Feb. 16, 2018), I would encourage taking a broader look. Read More

Maintaining NAFTA important to future of GR, West Michigan

March 2, 2018

For more than 24 years, NAFTA has been producing results for the U.S., for Michigan and our community. 

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