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Economic Development Being Seen in Lansing Area

Pure Lansing
March 27, 2015 11:00 AM

The Pure Lansing show welcomes back Bob Trezise as the co-host of the show. Jeff Smith who served as the co-host of the Pure Lansing show for the past year has departed to a new gig at MSU Foundation. Additionally, Bob and Sara spoke about the Governor’s Economic and Education Summit and the different topics addressed there specifically focused on Talent.

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Legislative Update on Education in Michigan

Michigan Business Beat
March 27, 2015 10:30 AM

MIRS Publisher John Reurink talks education with Jacob Kanclerz who covered this week's selection of a new state Superintendent of Public Instruction. That new superintendent will have some rocky waters to navigate as the State Board continues to struggle with Gov. Rick Snyder over where the Michigan School Reform office will be located - Snyder's Department of Technology, Management and Budget (DTMB) or the Department of Education.

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Potential Economic Expansion in Michigan

Pure Lansing
March 27, 2015 10:00 AM

Keith Lambert, Tri County Development Manager for LEAP discusses his role with LEAP serving the suburban and rural areas of our community and the industries that are thriving within them including the dairy industry. Keith also discuss an interesting art program he is working on to connect artists with the public sector to do a public art installation under the 127 overpass connecting East Lansing and Lansing.

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Leadership Lessons From a Small Business Owner Who Works at the Interface of Entrepreneurs and Government Contracting

Business Next
March 26, 2015 9:30 PM

Michael Rogers, vice president of communications for the Small Business Association of Michigan, interviews Sue Schweim Tellier. Sue, a member of the Small Business Association of Michigan’s Leadership Council, and her husband Jon own JetCo Solutions. They were both public servants – Jon served his country in the Army and Sue trained potential contractors for the State of Michigan. Jon was passionate about entrepreneurship and Sue was motivated by helping small businesses diversify into the public sector. Jon and Sue began the company with a singular goal: give small companies access to have a qualified, capable, complete government sales team.

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Will We Ever Get A Budget?

Week in Review
March 26, 2015 8:00 PM

There are often issues that we can consider as controversial or debatable. Dave Mielke presents one of these issues each week to give you “Something to Think About.” The topic for today is "Will We Ever Get a Budget?" President Obama released his budget for next year about a month ago. There was increased spending and taxes, no mention of cutting the deficit and a move to end the sequester legislation passed in 2011. Congress passed and the President signed the Budget Control Bill in 2011, designed to shave about $2 trillion from the federal budget deficit over 10 years. Across the board cuts to defense and domestic spending were triggered in 2013 due to the sequester. This law is in place for 10 years and requires staying within caps on discretionary, including military spending. The Republican House and Senate have released their ideas for a budget. What are the Republican ideas for a budget? Is there a chance that it could pass? Are they moving in the right direction?  

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Drones May Improve Agricultural Industry

Michigan Business Beat
March 26, 2015 7:56 PM

In this segment we are at the Agricultural Summit in Grand Rapids, Michigan and we are looking at a lot of the displays. What else would you expect from Detroit Aviation but drones? What’s their application in the ag industry? Well, we will spend a little time with Hartford Matthews from Detroit Aviation to let you know the role  they are going to play in the future of the agriculture industry.

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Encouraging Entrepreneurship in Michigan

Pure Lansing
March 26, 2015 7:07 PM

Quin Stinchfield, Manager of Business Incubation at LEAP joined Bob and Sara to talk about business incubation. The Lansing area has more business incubators than any other community in the state of Michigan. LEAP runs both the Technology Innovation Center (TIC) and The Runway.

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New Furniture May Double As Wireless Charger

Week in Review
March 26, 2015 6:30 PM

David takes a look ahead to this week and beyond. Media companys continue their race to internet-television. Could your cell phone bill be shrinking to zero? In addition, Ikea just launched their new line of furniture that can wirelessly charge mobile devices.

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Can an Office Chair and Desk Really Determine Performance?

Michigan Business Beat
March 26, 2015 5:00 PM

We have a great company profile here as co-owner of DBI, an office products and office furnishings company in Lansing, MI, Steve Klaver joins us right here in the studio to talk a little bit about how that industry has changed. Steve also tells us how what chair and desk you give to your employees can be reflected in their performance.

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What Happens with a Restaurant's Extra Food?

Michigan Business Beat
March 26, 2015 4:00 PM

What happens when restaurants with left over food want to be benevolent and give it to people in need throughout the community? Well, there are a lot of barriers. We find out exactly what happens and what is being done to overcome those barriers to give restaurants the opportunity to be generous from Brian DeBano, president and CEO of the Michigan Restaurant Association.

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