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Joanne Bland: Views from the Edmund Pettus Bridge

By Jan Jenkins “Voting is not a right, it’s a responsibility,” Joanne Bland told more than 700 people at two events hosted by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commission of Mid-Michigan Feb. 11. Motivated by her grandmother who would urge her to “Go get your freedom,” Bland and her two sisters participated in the three 1965 […]

The 5 Cs That Can Help Businesses Ride Out Tough Times

By Ronnie Blair   With corporate chief financial officers expressing worries that 2020 could bring a recession, businesses small and large know they need to hope for the best and brace for the worst. As important as business savvy and financial expertise can be in riding out difficult times, other traits also come into play and […]

Tips and Trends

Real estate in 2020 By Mary Gajda The real estate market can ebb and flow, but being in the know can help a great deal when you are considering buying or selling either residential or commercial properties. Arming yourself with the right real estate agent and plenty of knowledge will keep you one step ahead […]


It’s happened to a lot of us. We graduate from high school or college, we head out into the world and we find ourselves drowning in financial debt. Times have changed though, and young adults are learning to be financially responsible at a much younger age than many of us were years ago. We’ve also […]

5 tips from Maner Costerisan for new businesses doing taxes

Ah, tax time. For a new business filing for the first time, this time of year can be especially daunting. Maner Costerisan certified public accountants and business and technology advisors offers advice for startups and new businesses. Here are five tips to help you through the process. Maintaining accurate and up-to-date records are essential to […]

More jobs might mean more flu

A new study from Ball State University says it’s time to start paying attention to who’s sick at work – before the situation gets out of hand. According to the study, “businesses should take precautions in advance of flu season to keep sick workers home and reduce infection rates that send people to physicians in […]

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