Matters Column

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

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The employee handbook: essential or obsolete?

May 18, 2018
When was the last time your handbook was reviewed and/or revised? Read More

Understanding the tax math for 2018 returns

May 11, 2018
In recent weeks, most of us have filed our individual income tax returns or requested an extension of time to file any required tax returns. Read More

Dear Liz, here’s small-business advice from Grandpa

May 4, 2018
My granddaughter, Liz Nol, is opening a women's clothing store, Marie La Mode, on Cherry Street SE. Read More

Avoid unexpected surprises with self-analysis

April 27, 2018
Historically, when a person or a couple of people started a new business, it was because they identified a need, or they believed they had something special they could offer customers. Read More

When it’s time for change, do it the right way

April 20, 2018
What is it that raises the topic of change? Read More

The physics behind trade policies and taxes

April 13, 2018

High school was many years ago for most of us. Reunions seem to come up more often as the time flies by.

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Whiz Kids jump-started my distrust of large companies

April 6, 2018

I bought a book that gathered dust on my bookshelf for at least five years.

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Growth amid regulation: how to avoid unanticipated consequences

March 30, 2018

Longevity, stability and growth. These three words describe family-owned businesses in West Michigan.

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The role of business in today’s ever-changing society

March 23, 2018
When people talk about work, they typically start with a brief discussion of what they do and the name of that job. Read More

Tax reform offers savings opportunities for businesses

March 16, 2018
We live in an age of instant news and information. The availability of 24-hour cable news, social media, the internet, in addition to traditional information sources, has allowed more access to information than at any other time in history. Read More