Contributors
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.

Who says manufacturing in the United States is dead?  Some young entrepreneurs want to change the game. 

Read "The Kitchen-Table Industrialists" from The New York Times.

How do companies encourage creative and innovative thinking?  This article provides an interesting and surprising view of this timely topic. 
 

Read "Creation Myth" from The New Yorker.

I have written extensively about the financial crisis and the regulation enacted as a result.  I believe the regulation will generally be ineffective in presenting this sort of risky behavior in the future.  Unfortunately, it takes legal action against leading figures in the crisis to bring home the personal consequences of this type of behavior.  
 

Read "In Financial Crisis, No Prosecutions of Top Figures" from The New York Times.

Everything in business starts with a sale.  We all know we can improve on this important function.  Statistics tell us that 37% of all sales people are successful.  Perhaps this article can give you some hints for improving the overall sales effectiveness of your company. 

Read More Article, "Do You Really Know Who Your Best Salespeople Are?" from the Harvard Business Review.

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