Businesses Leading in Crisis: Michigan #COVID19 Legislative Update

I am sure your life, like mine, got upended a week ago. As crazy as life is now, somethings remain constant. Yesterday, I snapped a beautiful sunset. Michigan Governor’s Executive Order 2020-21 The State of Michigan is continuing to update and offer guidance on businesses complying with Governor Gretchen Whitmer‘s Executive Order 2020-21. Check out this helpful FAQ.Continue reading “Businesses Leading in Crisis: Michigan #COVID19 Legislative Update”

New Rent Control Law is Trending in Places like California & Oregon, but is it a Proper Response to an Affordable Housing Crisis?

Last month California announced that in order to combat a staggering growth in homelessness it will implement rent control laws effective January 1, 2020. According to Market Watch: The law limits rent increases to 5% each year plus inflation until Jan. 1, 2030. It bans landlords from evicting people for no reason, meaning they couldContinue reading “New Rent Control Law is Trending in Places like California & Oregon, but is it a Proper Response to an Affordable Housing Crisis?”

Grand Rapids Social Enterprise, L3Cs and a Call to Community Partnership.

Yesterday I visited with Dr. Justin Beene – Founder of Grand Rapids Center for Community Transformation  (GRCCT) – a collective of non-profit/for-profits working to see flourishing in Grand Rapids for all.  GCCT is essentially a hub for social enterprise, for the common good of the Greater Grand Rapids Area. GRCCT states on its website thatContinue reading “Grand Rapids Social Enterprise, L3Cs and a Call to Community Partnership.”

A Cautionary Tale for Leaders on National Philanthropy Day. A Call to Humble, Authentic Leadership.

Good afternoon, all. It has been a month since my last post – a lot has happened in a month. I wanted to sent a quick post.   Today is the first day of some serious snow – check it out. I am looking forward to ice skating beginning at Rosa Parks Circle.   Yesterday,Continue reading “A Cautionary Tale for Leaders on National Philanthropy Day. A Call to Humble, Authentic Leadership.”

Grand Rapids Combats the Affordable Housing Crisis through the Rental Assistance Center

Today was my first day back mentoring my student at a local elementary school in the City of Grand Rapids. I was excited to catch up with my student, what had changed over the summer? One thing that changed, he had moved once again. Having to be concerned about where you will be sleeping at night,Continue reading “Grand Rapids Combats the Affordable Housing Crisis through the Rental Assistance Center”

Removing Barriers for the Vulnerable in our Society.

  Today is the first day of Artprize!  I took this photo today. For the next few weeks Grand Rapids will be swarming with visitors to see Art like the “Phoenix” – see below a photo I took.   Mel Trotter Ministries  – showing compassion for the vulnerable Today just so happens to be MelContinue reading “Removing Barriers for the Vulnerable in our Society.”

A Call to Authenticity and Servant Leadership.

Good afternoon, all. I am looking forward to a relaxing Labor Day Weekend, I hope you are too. Before I am headed out of the office to venture past the Mackinaw Bridge, I wanted to sent a quick post. I took this photo today – Rosa Parks Circle in downtown Grand Rapids has music andContinue reading “A Call to Authenticity and Servant Leadership.”

An Opportunity to Be a Voice In the Life of Kid Who Needs to Know they Matter.

This week my kids went back to school. That kind of signifies the end of summer for my family. I took this photo, reminding me of the sunset on a wonderful summer. Fall is an exciting time though. As kids go back to school this fall, mentoring through my church starts up again. I amContinue reading “An Opportunity to Be a Voice In the Life of Kid Who Needs to Know they Matter.”

Lessons From Trial, but not What You Might Expect.

Happy Friday, all. I took this photo yesterday. It seemed a lot of people were enjoying Rosa Parks Circle.     Today, after a 5 hour trial, I was waiting for the Judge to render his verdict.   The Judge took the bench and, before telling the parties his decision, he conducted a video arraignmentContinue reading “Lessons From Trial, but not What You Might Expect.”

Today OCC Begins Accepting National Bank Charter Applications From FinTech Companies

It’s Tuesday in Grand Rapids. Beautiful mid-70s, a bit overcast and if you look carefully you can see the reflection of my shirt as I took the photo from my office window… Today, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) announced it will begin accepting applications for national bank charters from fintech companies.Continue reading “Today OCC Begins Accepting National Bank Charter Applications From FinTech Companies”