CPA Firm DeBoer, Baumann & Company Launches New Website

Holland, MI – The local accounting and consulting firm of DeBoer, Baumann & Company, P.L.C. is pleased to announce the launch of the firm’s new website.


“We are excited to go live with the brand new DeBoer, Baumann & Company website,” stated Mark Veenstra, CPA, Managing Partner of DeBoer, Baumann & Company. “The website is an extension of our organizational mission. It features a high tech design with updated content, and is focused on a better user experience no matter what type of device you use. Our new website makes it clearer that the firm reaches beyond the typical variety of financial, tax, and accounting services.”


DeBoer, Baumann & Company’s updated website offers a sleek, user-friendly design. Features include a blog dedicated to business news and important tax information, profiles of firm leadership, and detailed information on the firm’s services and industry specialties. Archives of the firm’s monthly newsletter that has been mailed out for almost four years, are available on the website. The website also features a new eNewsletter named The Edge.


The new website may be viewed at


DeBoer, Baumann & Company, P.L.C. was established in 1934 as a full service certified public accounting firm in Holland, Michigan. For more than 80 years, DeBoer, Baumann & Company, P.L.C. has served the tax, accounting, and consulting needs of individuals and small businesses throughout the West Michigan Lakeshore area, with offices in Holland, Grand Haven, and South Haven, Michigan. The firm has a staff of more than 40 employees, which includes six partners. DeBoer, Baumann & Company, P.L.C. works closely with a variety of industries, including manufacturing and agriculture. The firm is an independent member of BDO Alliance USA, providing talent and resources to clients through a network of thousands of skilled professionals in more than 400 independent alliance firm locations across America. For more information, please visit

Promise spreads to 16 schools; new leaders join board

Starting with this year’s senior class, students from all 16 Muskegon County high schools could qualify for two free years of college.


“The countywide expansion of the Muskegon Area Promise is a game-changer. In 2017, we expect the addition of 167 new Promise Scholars and about $200,000 in new revenue from the state,” said MAISD Superintendent Dr. John Severson. “We are extremely grateful to our initial four founding funders—Hines Corporation, Nichols, Adac Automotive, and the Alcoa Foundation who each stepped up with a $100,000 commitment one year ago. Their vision and generosity prompted other organizations and individuals to invest a total of over one million dollars needed to launch the Promise,” said Severson.


“By law, we had to privately fund the first two years before we are allowed to capture one-half of the growth in the existing state education tax. This added public funding is the key to our expansion and future success,” Severson explained. “If property values continue to climb, we anticipate being fully funded through the tax capture as early as year six and beyond,” he added.


To be a Promise Scholar, graduates must live and attend high school within the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) boundaries, earn at least a 3.5 GPA, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and enroll at either Muskegon Community College (MCC) or Baker College of Muskegon. Tuition is covered at the current MCC rate. This year’s rate, including a book allowance, is $4,724.

Starting in 2017, tuition free Promise scholarships will be available to students attending the following 16 high schools: Calvary Christian Schools, Fruitport Community Schools, Holton Public Schools, Mona Shores Public Schools, Montague Area Public Schools, Muskegon Catholic Schools, Muskegon Covenant Academy, Muskegon Public Schools, Muskegon Heights Public School Academy, North Muskegon Public Schools, Oakridge Public Schools, Orchard View Schools, Ravenna Public Schools, Reeths-Puffer Schools, Western Michigan Christian, and Whitehall District Schools.


Promise officials expect to grow from 25 scholars from Holton, Muskegon, and Muskegon Heights schools today, to 176 scholars in 2017. “As we expand, we continue to engage a group of highly talented leaders who serve on the Muskegon Area Promise Authority Board,” said Severson.


New to the board this year are Laurel Zwit, Realtor with Greenridge Realty; John Swanson, President of Swanson Pickle Company of Ravenna; and Christopher Dean, Fire Chief for the City of Muskegon Heights. The three joined Promise Authority Board Chair Steve Parker, LongView Management Consulting; Dale Nesbary, President of Muskegon Community College;  Lee Coggin, President of Baker College of Muskegon; Cindy Larsen, President of Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce; Robert Jacobs, Senior Vice President of Community Shores Bank; Norton Shores Mayor Gary Nelund, Insurance Agent with State Farm Insurance; Representative Holly Hughes with the Michigan House of Representatives; and Megan Byard-Karaba, MAISD College Access Specialist. The authority board serves as the governing body that must adhere to the development plan for the educational promise.


Other private investors include the Community Foundation for Muskegon County, the Donahue Family, Sheryl and Dan Kuznar, MasterTag of Montague, Newkirk Electric Associates, Steve & Deb Olsen, Parkland Properties of Michigan, Quality Tool & Stamping of Muskegon Heights, Supreme Machined Products of Spring Lake, Tyler Sales, Verplank Trucking Company of Muskegon, and Webb Chemical Service Corporation. The Community Foundation, Kuznars, Quality Tool & Stamping, and Verplank Trucking Company are all gold level funders with a $100,000 investment. Additional dollars continue to be generated through grass roots efforts that include an active GoFundMe page (


“From the first day of preschool, we will work with our children and their families to make going to college a reality,” Severson said.


New Board Member Bios:

Laurel Zwit, Realtor with Greenridge Realty, is a graduate of Muskegon Community College and the U.S. Brokers Institute. Her professional careers over the last 34 years include nursing, owning and operating a child care facility, and for the last 15 years selling real estate in West Michigan. In 2015, Zwit earned the distinction of being the #1 Greenridge agent for sales volume in Muskegon County. She and her husband Tim reside in Whitehall. Their five children graduated from Whitehall District Schools.


John Swanson, President of Swanson Pickle Company of Ravenna, is a graduate of Ravenna Public Schools and Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In 2014, the Ravenna Community Educational Foundation selected Swanson for the annual Distinguished Alumni Award. He is an active leader in the Ravenna community with the Chamber of Commerce, Lions Club, and High School Sports Hall of Fame. He has also served in leadership roles for several years on the Ravenna Public Schools and MAISD boards of education, and the Community Foundation for Muskegon County. John and his wife Mary reside in Ravenna. Their three children graduated from Ravenna Public Schools.


Christopher Dean, Fire Chief for the City of Muskegon Heights, has been with the Muskegon Heights Fire Department for the past 20 years. He grew up in Muskegon Heights until he was 13-years-old and then moved to the City of Muskegon. He attended Muskegon Community College and graduated from the National Fire Academy in Emmetsburg, Maryland. Some of Dean’s work in his 20 years with Muskegon Heights includes serving on the Muskegon Heights Police Department’s auto theft unit conducting arson, theft and fraud investigations. He has received a number of public safety awards including two awards for firefighter of the year. Dean is a member of Muskegon County’s hazardous materials response team and instructs hazardous materials, firefighter and command training.



Christopher Dean, Fire Chief for the City of Muskegon Heights

Christopher Dean, Fire Chief for the City of Muskegon Heights

John Swanson, President of Swanson Pickle Company of Ravenna

John Swanson, President of Swanson Pickle Company of Ravenna

Laurel Zwit, Realtor with Greenridge Realty

Laurel Zwit, Realtor with Greenridge Realty promiselogo_blue

MMA Festival of Trees opens November 17

The Muskegon Museum of Art’s 12th annual Festival of Trees community holiday celebration runs Thursday, November 17 through Sunday, November 27. The Festival will be open daily 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, noon to 5:00 pm on Sundays, and closed on Thanksgiving. Vintage Downtown Muskegon holiday city scenes will be the backdrop of this year’s event. Professionally designed themed trees and décor will set a festive holiday mood and will be available for purchase through silent auction over the 10 days of the Festival. Raffles, music, and holiday gift shopping will add to the fun. Special events include the popular Teddy Bear Breakfast, Senior Day, Family Day, Deck Your Halls holiday design workshop, and two performances of A Christmas Carol.

Purchase admission tickets at the door:

$8 Adult | $5 MMA Member | $3 child 3-17 yrs. (under 3 free) | $14 All Festival Pass

Festival Title Sponsor is Alcoa Foundation/Howmet. Nichols is Festival Co-Sponsor.


Special Festival of Trees Events

Stop in the MMA Gift Store or call 231-720-2580 to purchase tickets.


Wednesday, November 16, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Festival of Trees Preview Party for Volunteers and Sponsors

This special party is for Festival volunteers and sponsors only. Appetizers are included with free admission and a cash bar will be available. To volunteer, call 231.720.2574 or email To learn how to sponsor Festival events, décor items, and trees, call 231.720.2577 or email Event is sponsored by Sherry Becker and Bob Garretson, Waddell & Reed Financial Advisors.


Friday, November 18, 7:30 pm

Matinee: Sunday, November 20, 2:00 pm

A Christmas Carol

As presented by Tom Harryman

$15 per adult, $10 MMA member, $5 for 15 years and under

Join us for Tom Harryman’s masterful one-man performance of the Christmas classic. The Friday night performance will be preceded by a special cocktail hour starting at 6:30 pm.


Tuesday, November 22, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Festival Senior Day

$1 off Festival admission for ages 65 and older. Enjoy free coffee and cookies, raffles, and entertainment throughout the day. Call 231.720.2571 for group bookings. Calling ahead to reserve an arrival time for your group will help us plan welcoming assistance and easier traffic flow. Sponsored by Sonus Hearing Care Professionals.


Wednesday, November 23, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Festival Family Day

Get out of the house for holiday fun the day before Thanksgiving! Discounted family rate and kids’ activities will add to the fun. Call 231.720.2571 for group bookings. Sponsored by Meijer.


Thursday, November 24

Happy Thanksgiving! Museum closed.


Saturday, November 26, 8:30-10:30 am

Teddy Bear Breakfast

Grab your teddy bears and get ready for another Teddy Bear Breakfast—great fun for ages 3-8 (and their adults). Includes full breakfast, visit with Santa, craft activity, and teddy bear checkup. Like last year, the event is longer with one more breakfast seating and fewer diners per seating. This change will provide more seating room. Tickets are limited, and always sell out. Plan to purchase early. Tickets: $12 for adults/$7 ages 1-17. Includes Festival admission. Call 231.720.2580 for tickets. Sponsored by Hines Corp.


Sunday, November 27, 2:00-4:00 pm

Deck Your Halls Design Workshop

Enjoy wine, coffee, and snacks while Le Fleur Shoppe and Wasserman’s Festival designers demonstrate how you can make creative and affordable décor for gifts or for your own home, using new ideas inspired by Pinterest and other DIY sites. The many items crafted during the program will be given away to one-dollar raffle winning audience members. Tickets: $20 per person/$15 MMA member/$25 at the door. Includes Festival admission. Cash bar. Call 231.720.2580 to purchase tickets.

September 2016 E-News

September 2016 E-News

Rehmann COO Stacie Kwaiser recognized on DBusiness’ 2016 ‘Powered by Women’ list

Troy, MI – Rehmann COO Stacie Kwaiser, CPA, has been named to the 2016 DBusiness “Powered by Women” list. Each year, DBusiness spotlights female business leaders who are driving profits, adding employees and creating new opportunities in Southeast Michigan. Kwaiser and seven other industry leaders were honored at a special breakfast on August 30 at the Great Lakes Culinary Center in Southfield, Michigan.

“I’m grateful to be recognized by DBusiness’ ‘Powered by Women’ alongside such a distinguished group of women,” said Kwaiser. “This program highlights dynamic women and their progress toward equal leverage and opportunities in the workforce. I’m also very fortunate to work at a firm that is purposeful about enabling the success of the women on its team.”

Kwaiser assumed the role of Rehmann’s COO at the start of 2016. Since then, her leadership has fostered the continued business growth and professional development of Rehmann’s team of 800 associates. Her focus on developing specific niches has helped drive business, while her efforts to support her team in increasing efficiency and delivering exceptional client service has improved profitability.

“Stacie has been with our firm for two decades, and during this time she has consistently demonstrated true leadership characteristics,” said Rehmann CEO Randy Rupp. “During her tenure, she served on the firm’s audit and assurance team and as a regional managing principal, and played a vital role in developing some of our leadership training programs. Additionally, she is an active member of Rehmann’s Women in Networking council and is dedicated to mentoring our emerging leaders.”


Kwaiser’s mentoring activities extend outside of the firm, as well. She was previously a president and board member of the YWCA Great Lakes Bay Region. Kwaiser also supports professional organizations, such as the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants, where she started a three-year board of directors term in September 2015.


About Rehmann

Rehmann is a fully integrated financial services firm of CPAs and consultants, wealth advisors and corporate investigators dedicated to providing clients proactive ideas and solutions to help them prosper professionally and personally. The firm offers a cross-functional team approach that gives clients direct access to a professional in any available service. Rehmann is ranked as the 30th largest firm in the United States, with nearly 800 associates in Michigan, Ohio and Florida. Rehmann is an independent member of Nexia International, offering clients a global approach. Find us online at

Muskegon proves that it’s ready for redevelopment with new state certification

MUSKEGON, MI – The city of Muskegon has been officially certified as ready to reinvent itself.

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United Way Launches Dolly Parton Imagination Library on the Lakeshore: State Representative Amanda Price to Read to Children at Event

(MUSKEGON, MI) – My Subaru is partnering with United Way of the Lakeshore and the Tri-Cities Area Imagination Library to host the CARnival for Kids Literacy to launch the Dolly Parton Imagination Library in the Lakeshore area with a long-term goal to build an educated workforce and help reach the United Way’s bold goal to see 10,000 more working families meet their basic needs by 2025.  The United Way piloted this program in Muskegon Heights and Holton Public Schools last year as an effort to assist the READ EARLY READ OFTEN initiative.  Dolly Parton’s program objective is to instill a love of reading in children (from birth to age 5) by sending the gift of a book to a child’s home each month.  The launch event is aimed at raising awareness of the program and the importance of early childhood literacy to success in school and careers, as well as raising funds to support the expansion of the program into more school districts.  The public is invited to attend the CARnival for Kids Literacy. For those interested in volunteering at the event or being part of the United Way’s school success efforts, please call Christine Robere, President & CEO, United Way of the Lakeshore at 231-332-4001.

DATE & TIME:    Saturday, September 17, 2016

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.


LOCATION:  Subaru Building at My Auto Import Center, 1860 East Sternberg Road, Muskegon

PARTICIPANTS:   Parents with children ages birth to age five. Parents will be able to sign their children up for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library on the day of the event. State Representative Amanda Price, Chairperson, House Education  Committee, will be reading to children throughout the event.

ACTIVITIES:   Activity tickets may be redeemed for carnival games, face-painting, bounce house, food, and more! Tickets are $1 for activities and will be sold the day of the event. Raffle tickets at $5 each will also be sold for the chance to win some fantastic prizes.

UNITED WAY OBJECTIVE: The United Way of the Lakeshore (UWL) established its bold goal of seeing 10,000 more working families we refer to as ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) meet their basic needs by 2025. As part of that bold goal, education is emphasized to help build a skilled and educated workforce to help change the odds for kids when they are successful in school and careers. To meet that bold goal, UWL is continuing emphasis on early literacy and parent education supports, especially at-risk families. The Dolly Parton Imagination Library is one tool to help increase reading proficiency for children by the time they leave 3rd grade. When children learn to read by the time they exit 3rd grade, they can then read to learn throughout their school years.

SPONSORSHIPS & PROCEEDS:  Every $125 dollars raised allows for an additional child to be enrolled in the program for five years; they will receive a monthly book tailored to their developmental stage.  Those interested in sponsoring a child for the program may use forms that will be available at the event. Or, they may feel free to sponsor online through the United Way by entering “Dolly” in the honor/memorial box at:

United Way of the Lakeshore is uniting to inspire change and build thriving communities. Our Bold Goal – 10,000 more working families meet their basic needs by 2025. For more information, contact United Way of the Lakeshore at 231-332-4047 or visit

Rehmann named Inavero “Best of Accounting™ Award” winner for creating outstanding client experiences

Troy, Michigan – [September 12, 2016] – Rehmann has received Inavero’s 2016 “Best of Accounting™ Award,” an honor fewer than one percent of all accounting firms in the U.S. and Canada earned for providing exemplary client service. “Best of Accounting” is the nation’s only award that celebrates superior client service and is based on third-party-validated survey responses from winners’ clients.


“At Rehmann, one of our core values is ‘Be obsessed with client success,’” said Rehmann CEO Randy Rupp. “Our associates realize that while providing effective solutions is integral to delivering on this promise, going above and beyond to exceed client expectations is equally important.”


Rehmann’s “Best of Accounting Award” survey results were based on client ratings of associates’ responsiveness and understanding of client needs, as well as how proactively they work. Clients also assessed the quality and value of the Firm’s services.


“Consistently delivering world-class service isn’t easy,” said Rehmann Director of Client Experience Mitch Reno. “Every day, our associates work to do their best for our clients. Our high ranking demonstrates that these efforts have been successful and reflects our commitment to continually improving overall client satisfaction.”


About Rehmann

Rehmann is a fully integrated financial services firm of CPAs and consultants, wealth advisors and corporate investigators dedicated to providing clients proactive ideas and solutions to help them prosper professionally and personally. The firm offers a cross-functional team approach that gives clients direct access to a professional in any available service. Rehmann is ranked as the 30th largest firm in the United States, with nearly 800 associates located in Michigan, Ohio and Florida. Rehmann is an independent member of Nexia International, offering clients a global approach. Online at


About Inavero

Rooted in service quality research for business service firms, Inavero’s proprietary online surveying software leverages the Net Promoter® Score methodology to measure client satisfaction. Inavero partners with business service firms in more than 15 countries to measure client satisfaction, improve retention, capture testimonials, and increase new business.

August 2016 Market Report

August 2016 Market Report


Are the Great Lakes an up-and-coming cruise destination?

MUSKEGON — The Pearl Mist isn’t like any other ship in the Port of Muskegon this late-summer afternoon.


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