2017 West Michigan Peer Groups

February 9th, 2017

Written by Mike Ritsema, President & Partner

Peer Groups have so impacted Kathy and me at i3 Business Solutions that Mary Witte and I decided to start a group right here in West Michigan.

While there are many options for peer networking available including Vistage, GR Chamber, and more – this peer group will have a little different focus.

Thoughts from Mike Ritsema (a man addicted to personal and professional growth.)

January 17th, 2011


I’d like to see you meet your personal, financial, physical, mental and spiritual needs.  That is, I’d like you to thrive at work and in your own lives.  Are you getting what you want from work? Are you getting what you want from your life?

I received this invitation to the TEDx Macatawa meeting this Friday:

About this talk

To find the path to long life and health, Dan Buettner and team study the world's "Blue Zones," communities whose elders live with vim and vigor to record setting age.

Lifelong Learning | Wisdom

October 18th, 2010

How does one define wisdom anyway? Is it the highest IQ in the room? Is it the most degreed individual? Isn’t the ability to learn, enjoying ever learning and choosing to learn new things of significant value?

Twenty Trends For The 2010s | Digital Rules | Rich Karlgaard

January 27th, 2010

Rich Karlgaard is the editor of Forbes, a prolific witer, and talks all over the country, and isn't always right. However, he's one of the brightest business leaders out there in the publishing world.

Last January he spoke at the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce annual lunch and went out on a limb by saying that already he saw signs of recovery from The Recession-- when most everyone else was still in shock, fearful and reeling from the financial meltdown of the preceding months.

Mike Ritsema speaks out against tax burden on Michigan businesses | NewsChannel 3

September 3rd, 2009

Mike Ritsema, one of the partners here at i3 Business Solutions, was recently interviewed by the local media regarding the tax situation in Michigan. Click here for the video:

Click here for the full story at NewsChannel 3

Here are some additional comments Mike made:

""It seems to me, they understand if we give tax credits and abatement, it creates jobs and business, but they want to raise taxes on employers in the State of Michigan, and they don't correlate the two, it costs jobs," said Ritsema.

Several Dozen of the Stupidest Things Ever Said

June 3rd, 2009

A wonderful list of some of the most bone-headed things that people have said over the years about technology, and especially information technology: Stupid Things to Say.

Here's just a sample:

"I have traveled the length and breadth of this country and talked with the best people, and I can assure you that data processing is a fad that won't last out the year.

Spring has sprung, and the worst could be behind us | Rich Karlgaard

April 3rd, 2009

I had the good fortune to hear Rich Kaarlgard speak in January 2009 at the Grand Rapids Chameber of Commerce annual lunch. Rich is not only a very smart guy but an optimistic smart guy. I like what he is saying abou the the possibility that the recovery may be starting already.

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