Flipping is a Hot Trend, But it Can Get You Burned

It’s more than just paint and carpet replacement   House-flipping shows have been the rave during the past few years. HGTV alone has at least 10 such shows, including the whole “Flip or Flop” franchise (set in Law Vegas, Fort Worth, Atlanta and Nashville), “Flipping Virgins,” “Desert Flippers,” “Vintage Flip,” “Texas Flip and Move”and “Good Bones.” […]

Critical thinking is critical to business success

Exploring all options as a team leads to better outcomes Have you ever fired off an email response to a question about your business and then wanted to hit the recall button after you gave your answer additional thought? In today’s frantic business world, we often feel pressured to respond quickly to an issue or […]

State Releases Plan for Industrial Hemp Production

The 2018 federal Farm Bill opened the door to industrial hemp production, and the state of Michigan has developed a plan that enables farmers, processors, colleges and universities to take part in a pilot program to discover if investing in the crop will be doable and profitable. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Gary McDowell, director of […]

Avoid the Summertime Blues at Work

How to Motivate Staffers Who Want to be Playing Outside Remember back in school when the summer break was just a few weeks away? You daydreamed out the window, wishing you could be anywhere but in a classroom learning about algebraic expressions and variables. The same thing happens to businesses. Employees want to be playing […]

Show your colors (correctly)

American flag etiquette for businesses There was a time when nearly every business on the main street of a small town displayed an American flag outside its storefront. It gave a town a kind of Norman Rockwell feel. A majority of businesses continue that tradition, including in many mid-Michigan communities. You can often find the […]

Performance evaluations are important for both manager and employee

While some don’t need daily, weekly or even monthly kudos for a job well done, all staff deserve a yearly performance review. This benefits the employee in a multitude of ways, including inspiring them to reach new goals, improving the quality of their work and honoring the work they have done. For the manager/owner, the […]

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