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Opinion: Whitmer must chart a clear path to recovery

Opinion: Whitmer must chart a clear path to recovery

May 17, 2020

By Patrick O’Keefe As published in the Detroit News As governor, Rick Snyder took years to restore the Michigan economy, with new jobs, capital investment and fiscal responsibility for our state’s finances. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is now faced with decisions… Continue Reading  

Michigan Dairy Angst

Michigan Dairy Angst

March 31, 2020

As published in Forefront By Stephen Weber We’re number one! In case you didn’t know, our cows are the most productive in the U.S. Based on the latest report from the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (“NASS”), the average daily… Continue Reading  

What Should I be Considering for my Company with a Recession Likely Approaching?

What Should I be Considering for my Company with a Recession Likely Approaching?

March 31, 2020

As published in Forefront By Susan Koss Although a hotly debated area for economists, many are predicting a recession in the next 6 to 12 months given negative indicators such as the inverted yield curve¹ and a slow-down in manufacturing…. Continue Reading  

CECL the New Frontier

CECL the New Frontier

March 31, 2020

As published in Forefront By Matt Rizzo The new Current Expected Credit Loss (“CECL”) standards issued by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) officially went into effect January 1, 2020 for large public financial institutions. FASB issued the new standards… Continue Reading  

Thawing Tensions Between the U.S. and China

Thawing Tensions Between the U.S. and China

March 31, 2020

As published in Forefront By Anson Smuts On January 15th, the United States and China signed a trade agreement including several commitments related to intellectual property (“IP”) protection, signaling a weakening of tensions between the two countries. In addition to… Continue Reading  

Non-compete Agreements

Non-compete Agreements

March 31, 2020

As published in Forefront By Andrew Malec, Ph.D. Non-compete clauses are provisions in employment agreements that restrict employees from working for a competing employer for some period of time after their employment ends. From 2000 to 2008, the number of… Continue Reading  

Distribution Is Bedrock of Success for Online Retailers

Distribution Is Bedrock of Success for Online Retailers

March 9, 2020

By Keith Chulumovich, Managing Director & Matthew Rizzo, Director As published in TMA’s Journal of Corporate Renewal E-commerce has become a disruptive force in both the retail and distribution sectors. It has significantly impacted consumer buying habits as well as… Continue Reading  

A Wild Wild West For Lenders

A Wild Wild West For Lenders

February 25, 2020

By Matthew Rizzo as published in Great Lakes Banker Magazine The cannabis industry is as rough and wild a frontier as Tombstone perhaps ever was. There are few influential lawmakers pushing the cannabis revolution forward in order to allow the… Continue Reading  

Theft of Intellectual Property

Theft of Intellectual Property

November 26, 2019

As published in Forefront By Andrew Malec, Ph.D. A recent CNBC poll finds that one in five U.S. corporations believe that China stole their intellectual property (“IP”) (i.e., patents, trade secrets, trademarks and copyrights) within the last year. IP can… Continue Reading  

What Amazon’s new training program might tell us about the labor market

What Amazon’s new training program might tell us about the labor market

November 26, 2019

As published in Forefront By Anson Smuts Corporate training programs are nothing new. They serve as relatively efficient and inexpensive methods for companies to leverage potential in-house talent for the growing needs of the business. When Amazon announced in early… Continue Reading