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Mackinac Policy Conference and its impact in Detroit and Michigan

Michigan Business Beat
May 29, 2015 10:00 AM

What is happening in Detroit? Well, Carol Cain, CBS 62 Senior Producer, Detroit Free Press Columnist, and Host of Michigan Matters, discusses the Mackinac Policy Conference. This event has a large role in impacting Detroit and the whole state. Chris and Carol also discuss the talent gap in Michigan.

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Credit is competitive and Banks are Lending!

Michigan Business Beat
May 29, 2015 9:30 AM

With unemployment falling to match the national average and the economy growing, we invited Dennis Koons, President and CEO of Michigan Bankers Association, to give an overview of his industry and how they are impacting the economy. Credit is extremely competitive and banks are lending.

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Venture Capital Funded Fifty-One New Startups This Year

Michigan Business Beat
May 29, 2015 8:00 AM

Maureen Miller Brosnan, the Executive Director of the Michigan Venture Capital Association, stopped by to share some information about the industry. Fifty-one new startups were funded through venture capital this year. Maureen discusses goals and potential legislation.

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MI Bright Future Connects Students and Employers

Michigan Business Network
May 28, 2015 4:00 PM

DETROIT, MI: The Workforce Intelligence Network (WIN) today announced MI Bright Future, an online-based collaboration of regional intermediary school districts, post-secondary education and workforce partners aimed at connecting students with in-demand industries and employers.

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Michigan Selected as First U.S. State for Deployment of New Social Progress Index

Michigan Business Network
May 28, 2015 3:04 PM

MACKINAC ISLAND, May 27, 2015: Today, Mark Davidoff, Michigan managing partner at Deloitte LLP and this year’s Mackinac Policy Conference chair, alongside the Director of the Michigan Office of Urban and Metropolitan Initiatives Harvey Hollins and Social Progress Imperative representative Justin Edwards, announced the deployment of a new social wellbeing measurement tool in Michigan called the Social Progress Index (SPI).

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Michauto Coalition Launches Mobility Initiative

Michigan Business Network
May 28, 2015 1:00 PM

MACKINAC ISLAND, May 27, 2015: Today at the Mackinac Policy Conference, MICHauto, an economic development initiative of the Detroit Regional Chamber, and a group of leading business, automotive and university stakeholders announced the Michigan Mobility Initiative to strengthen, protect and promote the state’s global leadership in next-generation mobility development.

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Chris Holman Keynote Address at NLEA Luncheon

Michigan Business Network
May 28, 2015 12:00 PM

Michigan Business Network's CEO Chris Holman was the Keynote Speaker for the 2015 NLEA Luncheon. At this event, held in Petoskey, MI, 700 people gathered to celebrate many economic initiative in the northern part of our great state. Government officials, business leaders, entrepreneurs, and educational leaders attended this event to network and share their stories. Chris shared his experiences as an entrepreneur for over 40 year. To hear his great insight, follow the link below.

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Baby Boomer Generation are Nearing Retirement - Are They Prepared?

Michigan Business Beat
May 28, 2015 12:00 PM

Stephen Hicks, Co-CEO of Siena Wealth Advisors, called in to speak with Chris about the Baby Boomer generation. Stephen explains how this generation is coming to his company with their 401k’s and rolling it into an IRA. A large portion of baby boomers do not have this option, and may be living off entitlements in retirement.

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Gov. Rick Snyder: New Campaign to Highlight Skilled Trade Opportunities for Students

Michigan Business Network
May 28, 2015 11:06 AM

MACKINAC ISLAND, MI, May 27, 2015: Skilled trade jobs represent about one-third of Michigan’s employment base, with more than 8,300 jobs currently available. A new campaign announced today at the Mackinac Policy Conference, will aim to promote opportunities in skilled trades to students and help close a growing talent gap.

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Capital Area IT Council E-Pathways Program Success Story

Michigan Business Beat
May 28, 2015 11:00 AM

Steven Demeulenaere is a success story of the Capital Area IT Council E-Pathways Program. He is now a software engineer at Vertafore. Steven talks about his background and how he learned about the program. He also received the Prosperity Award for his work from the program.

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