Guest Column

Opinions and tips from experts within the community.


Flyer beware: Drone regs tighten usage

April 21, 2017
Seems like you can’t turn a page — or open your curtains — without seeing a drone. Read More

Before voting on Kent ISD millage, know the facts

April 14, 2017
On May 2, voters across the Kent Intermediate School District will be asked to approve a 0.9-mill tax hike to boost school funding. Read More

Chamber addressing parking needs of downtown employers

April 14, 2017
Grand Rapids is the fastest growing metro region in the state. Read More

Pay will increase if demand continues

April 14, 2017
A recent string of news articles has focused on the shortage of skilled trades in the construction industry, most recently in the GRBJ with Mr. Lou Glazer, president of Michigan Future Inc., making the case that supply and demand economics still applies to the construction trades in the March 27 guest column, “Low wages causing skilled trade shortages?” Read More

Economic policy’s main goal: boosting household income

April 7, 2017
In the seventh year of a national economic expansion — and an even stronger rebound from near bankruptcy of the domestic auto industry — too many Michigan households are struggling. Read More

Three reasons to try virtual care

March 31, 2017
Virtual care is a rapidly growing trend in health care. It is convenient, time-efficient and affordable for individuals seeking non-emergency care. Those individuals might be your employees, and this solution could save you, as their employer, time and money. Read More

Low wages causing the skilled trades shortages?

March 24, 2017
The Grand Rapids Business Journal recently published an op-ed and comment that lays out the two most likely reasons for more demand by employers for skilled trades workers in manufacturing and construction than there are qualified applicants for those jobs. Read More

Every breath you take: Air quality critical issue for commercial real estate

March 17, 2017
Indoor air quality is the new environmental driver for commercial real estate. Read More

Virtual reality could expose auto suppliers to new claims of false advertising

February 24, 2017
Automotive suppliers and manufacturers around the world are getting on the virtual and augmented reality bandwagon. Read More

It takes a village

February 17, 2017
Early in 2016, I had that sinking feeling you get as an entrepreneur when you realize you completely underestimated your growing organization’s needs. Read More