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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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Finding the Perfect Mushroom

Michigan Business Beat
March 26, 2015 3:00 PM

Do you want to hear about the ultimate mushroom hunt? Ed Baker, president of Earthy Delights in Okemos, MI, has exactly that story because that is what his company does. Earthy Delights distributes mushrooms to restaurants as well as to other chefs around the world who require many different types of mushrooms for many different types of tastes. Stay tuned to hear more about that industry.

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Teaching Students To SAVE

Equity Equals
March 26, 2015 2:30 PM

Lansing SAVE was established to provide kindergarten students in the Lansing School District with savings accounts for post-secondary educational opportunities. The funds in these accounts can be used to cover tuition, books, and any other expenses related to the educational process. Students may utilize these accounts for colleges/universities, professional schools, and skilled trade certifications upon high school graduation.

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Entrepreneurial Wind Power Venture

Business Next
March 26, 2015 2:30 PM

Michael Rogers, vice president of communications for the Small Business Association of Michigan, talks with Terry Phillips, chief strategy and marketing officer for Arbor Wind Power Turbines in Ann Arbor, MI. The ArborWind vertical axis wind turbine offers advantages in efficiency, durability, and effective cost of the electricity produced. Vertical axis wind turbines are omnidirectional (always facing the wind) and are therefore less susceptible to fatigue loads, rotate at speeds compatible with electric generators, and eliminate the need for a gearbox.

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