Back to school debate, phone system upgrades and cigar tax caps

Legislators return from break, prepare for summer budget showdown

Legislators have returned from a two-week break and legislative activity seems to be picking up. The House and Senate are expected to report their respective versions of the state budget in early May.

Moving to digital phone system changes payment processing transactions


The phrase “dial tone” is probably going to be one of those things that kids today only ever hear talked about by us old timers –

Michigan companies turn to B Corp to stay accountable


Two years ago, Swift Printing and Communications joined the growing ranks of B Corporations, a circle that includes such forward-thinking companies as Patagonia and Ben &

Contest, lottery or sweepstake: Which makes the best customer promotion?


Retailers are a creative bunch and they’re constantly devising new ways to get customers in the doors.

Fortunately, social media has made advertising easier for retailers.

James Hallan: Spring Musings

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has announced her long awaited solution to fix the roads by proposing a
45-cent per gallon increase. She estimates that over $2 billion dollars is needed to right-size our crumbling road infrastructure.

Retailers often targets in active shooter tragedies

MIOSHA funding free sessions for training employees to respond in violent situations

Would you be surprised to know retail venues are the second most likely scene of an active shooter tragedy after a school campus?

In his own words: Pinconning Cheese Co. and Fudge Shoppe

Stationed in “The Cheese Capital of Michigan,” Pinconning Cheese Co. and Fudge Shoppe continues the tradition of making old-fashioned, Pinconning Cheese using the same formula Dan Horn created in 1915.

Planning for a disaster: A crucial exercise

Have you reviewed your business disaster plan lately? If not, it’s a good exercise to go through with your designated disaster response team, and even consider drills with your employees.

Legislative recap plus new laws take effect Friday

Spring break

Legislators are currently on a two-week spring break. They will return on Tuesday, April 9 and are scheduled to meet through the end of June. With the budget about a month behind schedule thanks to the new administration,