Matters Column

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


Getting health care costs under control: First, admit we have a problem

November 27, 2015
It’s that time of year again when people go through open enrollment and supposedly make the wise benefit choices on health care that will protect them and their family for the coming year. Read More

’Tis the season for tax-planning opportunities and decisions

November 20, 2015
The presidential candidate debates have been running on the cable business news channels, covering tax and economic policy views of the candidates. Read More

Skin in the game: big business decisions versus small business

November 13, 2015
An experience buying a new notebook computer caused me to wonder who makes the big decisions in big business. I went from anger to wonderment at the methods they will use to increase sales. Read More

Thinking about an acquisition? Discard the rose-colored glasses

November 6, 2015
Like many things in life, beauty is typically in the eye of the beholder for business acquisitions, so it helps to have a good pair of clear glasses to help one see. Read More

Fulfilling the function of the CPO — chief people operative

October 23, 2015
As organizations grow, they bring on various functions to deal with issues that crop up. Read More

A time of uncertainty, including renewal of expiring tax provisions

October 16, 2015
This is the time of year when Washington considers last-minute tax legislation. Read More

Making ‘damned if you do and damned if you don’t’ decisions

October 9, 2015
The movie “The Imitation Game” illustrates several small business issues that are daunting challenges. Read More

Succession planning: the first step to transferring ownership

October 2, 2015
It is no secret the odds are stacked against closely held business owners when it comes to successfully transitioning their businesses from one generation to the next. Read More

Big changes are coming to Michigan's garnishment laws

September 25, 2015
On Oct. 1, 2015, thanks to recent changes in the law, there will be several big changes to Michigan's periodic garnishment process. Read More

Change never stops: Do you embrace it or resist it?

September 18, 2015
What exactly are we talking about when we discuss change? Read More