Guest Column

Opinions and tips from experts within the community.


Michigan’s talent pipeline starts in early childhood

April 19, 2019
Talent is a hot topic of conversation in Michigan these days for everyone from business leaders and educators to policymakers and parents. Read More

Michigan’s school funding approach needs a facelift

April 19, 2019
As president of the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research for 25 years, I witnessed a growing gap between the demands of the modern workforce and the skills of students graduating from Michigan’s K-12 public education system. Read More

Life and death in West Michigan

United States life expectancy dropped in 2017, decreasing from 78.7 years to 78.6 years. Read More

Changes to Michigan law could unravel restrictive covenants on real property

April 12, 2019
Changes to Michigan law that aim to clear up the issue of what property restrictions apply to a particular property could wind up producing big headaches for some homeowners unaware of the change. Read More

Why good salespeople often turn into mediocre sales managers

April 5, 2019
We’ve all done it: promoted a good salesperson, often our best, to sales manager. Read More

Intentional communities help adults with IDD

April 5, 2019
One thing almost every person desires is the ability to live independently while remaining connected to a community of friends and peers. Read More

From Brexit to MI-Exit

April 1, 2019
With the controversy over the United Kingdom’s decision to exit the European Union, it begs the question, “What would happen if a state chose to exit the USA?” Read More

Michigan has an ALICE problem, and it doesn’t discriminate

March 29, 2019
The Michigan Association of United Ways in “ALICE in Michigan: A Financial Hardship Study” reports that in 2017, 43 percent of Michigan households were unable to pay for necessities. Read More

How to beat the winter blues at work

March 22, 2019
According to Mental Health America, about 5 percent of the U.S. population expresses seasonal depression. Read More

Business leaders still express short-, long-term optimism

March 22, 2019
Although 2019 got off to a slow start, West Michigan is continuing the pattern of slow growth we have been reporting for nearly 10 years. Read More