The perils of counting: Is the pressure to measure hurting our ecosystems?

23 Jun, 2017
If we always feel so pressured to measure, I fear there’s a risk we will focus primarily on the aspects of our ecosystem that can be easily counted...

The importance of community celebrations

31 May, 2017
There are times when communities need just the good parts — those times when we celebrate the joy of what we are and the hope of what we will become...

Things that go bump in the night

2 Mar, 2017
New ideas are often viewed as scary. They challenge the status quo, make people nervous, cause us to dig our heels in, and have the power...

Lattes and manufacturing: Understanding local and external market companies

9 Feb, 2017
I have a new favorite place in Grand Rapids — Early Bird Café. They are part of the Grand Rapids local movement and I love supporting local. Down the road about ...

Happiness inside the box: The role quiet time plays in your success

26 Jan, 2017
On most days, Munson spends a great deal of time looking out the window. He pays attention to squirrels and chipmunks, and one day I swear he stared at a leaf ...

Push the easy button: Measuring your ecosystem may be simpler than you think

12 Jan, 2017
When contemplating a move to Grand Rapids, I had lunch with Rick Baker, president of the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce. “How do you like living here?” he asked our waitress. ...

The entrepreneur whisperer: Tips on engaging growth-company CEOs

9 Sep, 2016
Successful growth companies often think they don’t need help. And that can make it tough when Entrepreneur Support Organizations try to engage them in new programs. In the past, I ...

Mom always liked you best: Why second-stage entrepreneurs need your love

9 Sep, 2016
“You like Trevor better than me!” lamented my neighbor’s daughter as she compared her mother’s love for her and her brother. I can tell you for a fact this is not ...

One size does not fit all: The difference between serving startups and scaleups

9 Sep, 2016
It’s amazing where we learn lessons – my latest was in a Traverse City, Michigan, boutique where I learned the meaning of OS – one size fits all. I looked at ...