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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.

Like many of our clients, we are fully engaged in our annual strategic planning process.  A recent article in the Harvard Business Review titled "Stress Test Your Strategy" provides a way common sense approach to logic checking your work.  We find our best business clients do have very clear strategies in place that help guide them through today's many challenges.

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This article is based on a Bloomberg interview I heard a few weeks ago.  These are very smart people discussing a difficult and complex issue.  It underscores the importance of developing and implementing thoughtful public policy to address our short and long term issues. 

Read More Article: How to Fix the Economy from Bloomberg BusinessWeek.

I admit to being a self absorbed baby boomer but at least I admit the responsibility my generation has for the mess we are in. I don’t agree with some of the points made in this article but it raises interesting points and challenges us to consider what we are personally willing to do to get our country and economy back on the right track. 
 
Read More Article: The Least We Can Do from The Atlantic.
Some small businesses are struggling to obtain financing but many would also tell you that is the least of their problems. They are focused on increasing and rebuilding their sales. Those who survive the recession will be stronger for it and lead the economy in a sustainable way. Out of adversity comes opportunity. 
 
Read More Article: The Bright Side from The Atlantic.
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