Guest Column

Opinions and tips from experts within the community.

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Retail is doing what it does: entering a new cycle

July 21, 2017
A spate of retail closures all over West Michigan has left gaping holes of empty space where active storefronts once thrived. Read More

USDOL data shows four-year degrees are where the money is

July 14, 2017
We hear a lot about the abundance of good-paying jobs that don’t require a four-year degree. Read More

Creating a culture of wellness in the workplace

July 7, 2017
In conversations with local employers, I’m often told that creating a successful employee wellness strategy is a top priority for their businesses because they see the advantages of a healthier, happier and more productive workforce. Read More

Empowering our students to love science

June 30, 2017
Health sciences, medicine and biomedical research are not possible without the right technology, the right resources and, most importantly, the right people. Read More

Political change and polarization

June 23, 2017
Philanthropy’s major elements (nonprofits, volunteers and donors) are dealing with a number of economic, political and social forces that are ultimately reshaping the traditional boundaries these actors have come to rely on to engage in long-term community problem solving. Read More

A four-pronged approach to economic well-being in Michigan

June 16, 2017
It was an honor to serve as a member of Gov. Rick Snyder’s Building the 21st Century Economy Commission. Read More

Craft brewers: developing the right infrastructure to grow

With the craft beer industry continuing to grow, key players in the $23.5-billion market are constantly looking for ways to scale their businesses and meet increasing consumer demands. Read More

Massive opportunities for small businesses in government contracting

When most people think about companies that sell goods and services to the federal government, they probably think big: aircraft from Boeing or tanks from General Dynamics. Read More

Appealing property tax assessments when you miss the deadline

May 19, 2017
Appealing real property tax assessments on business property requires careful attention to the details, including filing the appeal by the relevant deadlines. Read More