Founder and Chair – LMFC
Vice Chair – LMFC
President and CEO – The Bank of Northern Michigan
SVP of Shared Services - LMFC
Senior Vice President, Traverse City Market Manager

Hear from the founder of Lake Michigan Financial Corporation, Rich Lievense, and his insight on what this blog encompasses.

This article provides the best review of being in manufacturing and competing in a world market.  It is an excellent piece that puts a human face on the topic.

Read "Making it In America" from The Atlantic.

Forget austerity, sovereign debt, and the euro.  The roots of Europe’s problems are much deeper.  They relate to their falling population and inability to provide opportunities to their young people.  These are some of the same factors that led to a mass movement to the United States in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Read "The Other Reason Europe Is Going Broke" from The New York Times.

The decision to sell a private company is one of the most difficult a business owner faces.  This article provides practical advice on appropriate timing.

Read "Why Some Business Owners Think Now is the Time to Sell" from The New York Times.

Check out this short video from Business Leaders for Michigan. It showcases the skills and resources that are unique to our great state of Michigan. With leadership and determination, we can once again be one of the most powerful and productive states in the country.

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