Guest Column

Opinions and tips from experts within the community.


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

Repeal of harmful price controls necessary

February 10, 2017
When comparing life today to 1934, it’s not likely you’ll find many similarities. Read More

Tax cuts are not the answer for Michigan’s prosperity

February 3, 2017
For the past five years, Kansas has tried and failed to grow its economy through big tax cuts. Read More

Women in leadership: Progress has slowed, so rev up to close the gap

February 3, 2017
Women made considerable progress in the U.S. during the last decades of the 20th century, but women’s advancement in the leadership pipeline has stalled. Read More

Appealing property tax assessments requires attention to the details

January 27, 2017
January in Michigan gives us a few things to look forward to: Newsmakers of the Year, more snow, holiday bills — and property tax assessments. Read More

The ethical landmines of the Constitution’s emoluments

January 27, 2017
Whatever one may think about America’s prospects under the Trump administration, it seems clear already that his time in office will provide Americans with ample opportunities to learn history, ethics and civics lessons we might have otherwise ignored (sorta like “Hamilton,” but without the music). Read More

Partnership bringing needed workers to construction industry

January 20, 2017
A new partnership between Michigan Community Action (MCA) and the Skilled to Build Foundation of Michigan is producing a classic win/win scenario: It is providing low-skilled workers a path out of poverty and offering Kent County homebuilders at least partial relief from a lingering labor shortage. Read More