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Founder and Chair – LMFC
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President and CEO – The Bank of Northern Michigan
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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.

Most of us agree that small businesses and entrepreneurs will be the engine for future job growth in our economy. I just watched a television series titled ‘America – A History of Us’ on the History Channel. It reviewed our country’s history and highlighted the importance of our creative business environment. The cumulative effect of our business entrepreneurs literally changed the world. This article provides some common sense guidance to reestablish and reinforce this spirit today. 

Read more article: How to Start an Entrepreneurial Revolution from the Harvard Business Review (subscription required to view full article)

High health care costs affect us all. This is a complex and confusing issue. The attached summary provides a high level overview and some potential answers we can all understand.

Read more article: What Drives High Health Care Costs – and How to Fight Back from Harvard Business Review (subscription required to view full article)

With the involvement of the Federal Government in our national credit and financial markets, Timothy Geithner has had more than his share of publicity (good and bad). If you are interested in a complete his personal background and a review of his work on the financial crisis, this article provides a balanced summary. 

 
Read more article: Inside Man from the Atlantic.

It seems easy to be critical of our country. The media reviews our problems and deficiencies on a ongoing basis and it is easy to lose hope in future. We seem to forget the wonderful advances born in this country and the leadership and commitment to freedom that characterizes us around the world. How to we change our mindset and start to evaluate how we will emerge from our current difficulties? How do we build on our intrinsic strengths and re-establish our place in the world?

We continue to be optimistic about the ability of the American people to be great. Our culture of innovation, our commitment to education, a willingness to work hard and take risks, and our receptiveness to immigration have been hallmarks of our road to prosperity. We do wonder, however, about our broken and gridlocked political system. Is this system ready to address our twenty-first century challenges? Will we re-establish to commitment to the 'common good'?
 

Read more, article: How America Can Rise Again in The Atlantic.

 

 

 

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