Need help or have questions? These companies and contacts are resources to help build your business and keep it running smoothly.
Legal Paperwork & Attorney Assistance
Bruce Courtade is on the Builders Exchange’s Board of Directors, and hosts or presents a series of construction-related seminars throughout the winter months of each year for Builders Exchange members. He has practiced construction law throughout Michigan for more than 30 years and is a past president of the 45,000+ member State Bar of Michigan. Bruce will be moderating our discussion, as well as discussing several of the issues on our agenda. Read Bruce’s full bio.
Tony Pearson currently serves as Rhoades McKee’s firm president. He is a member of the firm’s corporate practice group, specializing in helping businesses of all sizes, from single-person companies through publicly-traded corporations, in every aspect of their life cycle, from startup to mergers and acquisitions to business succession planning. Among other things, Tony will be talking about how to make sure that your company is best set up to address your needs and limit ownership disputes, shield your personal assets from liability, and planning ahead for when you may want or need to transition ownership of the business to someone else. Read Tony’s full bio.
Patrick Sweeney is no stranger to the Builders Exchange, having helped teach seminars on bonding, lien law, and other construction-related topics. A member of the firm’s Construction Practice Group and trial attorney, Patrick will offer insight into proper documentation (contracts, purchase orders, change orders, etc.), specific contractual provisions to understand and use, and other topics. Read Patrick’s full bio.
Jake Walson is a member of the firm’s corporate practice group, working with companies large and small. He will be presenting an overview of the ins and outs of what is meant by minority-owned, women-owned, veteran-owned, and disadvantaged business enterprise certifications, and whether your business might qualify for these programs. Read Jake’s full bio.
Other members of the Rhoades McKee Construction Industry Service Team include: Bryndan Arnold, Adam Baginski, Tim Dudley, Jon Siebers, Will Furtado
Contact the Rhoades McKee team if you need help with or have questions about:
- Choosing the right corporate entity when forming your company
- Filing legal paperwork for your company
- Using your (5) hours of attorney fees
Health Insurance & Employment
Spencer Olson joined BHS Insurance in 2014 as a Consultant in the Employee Benefits Department. He has over 10 years of specializing in employee benefits. After graduating from Michigan State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Spencer spent four years working in the insurance industry with MetLife; living in both Minneapolis, MN and Chicago, IL. His focus was on working with employer groups with up to 5,000 employees. Currently, he focuses on helping his clients with creative and innovative solutions and programs. Spencer is a licensed agent, both in Health and Life as well as Property and Casualty. He was recently named a Partner/Shareholder with BHS effective January 1st, 2020.
Contact Spencer Olson if you need help with or have questions about:
- Analysis of Benefit Plans & Costs
- Coordination of Benefit Program Design and Insurance Carrier Analysis
- Review of Contracts for Accuracy
- Develops Innovative Benefit Programs for Employees
- Educates Benefits Personnel on Compliance, Market Trends, Claims Experience, Administration Procedure, Open Enrollment, and more
- Helps Analyze Alternative Funding Arrangements
- Payroll/HRIS/Enrollment/Benefits Administration System Analysis
Human Resources & Interviewing
Denise Neuhaus joined BHS Insurance in April 2005. She serves as both our Agency’s Director of Human Resources as well as a Human Resources and Compliance resource for our clients. Denise has over 20 years of experience in the Human Resources profession and is well-versed in human resources and benefits compliance, employee relations, handbook and policy development, recruiting, and employee/supervisor training. She is a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), and Society for Human Resources Management Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP).
Contact Denise Neuhaus if you need help with or have questions about:
- Employee Handbook Review
- Leave of Absence Management
- Employee Benefits Compliance Review
- Employee Relations Advice and Coaching
- Legislative Updates and Communication
- Workplace Discrimination Prevention
- Recordkeeping Review
- Wage and Hour Guidance
- Supervisor and Employee Training
- Job Description Review and Development
Accounting, Payroll, & Business Taxes
Contact Ann Plummer for help with or questions about:
- Accounting Services
- Payroll Best Practices
- Understanding Business Taxes
Commercial Lending & Financial Planning
Marty Peltier is the Chief Business Development Officer and Vice President at Lake Michigan Credit Union where he has worked since 2016.
Leading sales teams in both Michigan and Florida, Marty focuses on business opportunities and executes the strategic planning and implementation of relationship building for Lake Michigan Credit Union.
Prior to LMCU, Marty worked at Bank of America for 11 years managing the Mortgage Sales and Operations in their Michigan market. He has also worked at General Motors Corporation for 8 years as a Regional District Manager and at GMAC Mortgage as a Vice President for 11 years.
Contact Marty Peltier for help with or questions about:
- Commercial Lending
- Bonding Capacity
- Financial Planning
- Business Banking
Workplace Culture & Microaggressions
Lisa Knight holds a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Cornerstone University and an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice. Lisa has co-facilitated training throughout Michigan for various non-profit and for-profit organizations. Lisa’s style of facilitation is very unique in how she engages her audience, utilizing her theatrical background to engage the audience and creating a safe space for participants to share.
Contact Lisa Knight if you need help with or have questions about:
- Workplace culture
- Bias in the Workplace – Best Practices
- The Unconscious Mind
Acquiring Your MBE or WBE Designation
Going Pro Talent Fund
The Going PRO Talent Fund (Talent Fund) makes awards to employers to assist in training, developing, and retaining current and newly hired employees. Training funded by the Talent Fund must be short-term and fill a demonstrated talent need experienced by the employer. Training must lead to a credential for a skill that is transferable and recognized by the industry. To apply, visit the website here.
Rende Progress Capital
RPC is the nation’s only racial equity loan fund providing small business loans to Excluded Entrepreneurs—African-American, Latino, Native American, and Asian American business owners who persevere through barriers to conventional loans. Visitor their website and learn more here.
USGBC West Michigan Energy Assistance Program
The U.S. Green Building Council of West Michigan presents a unique opportunity for minority-owned contractors who wish to expand their skill set of energy efficiency and carbon analysis of buildings. This includes a potential for a professional certification and youth volunteer opportunity. Read more here.
Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council
The Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council (MMSDC) is a non-profit organization promoting the economic growth of our corporate members and the minority-owned businesses that serve them. Learn more here..