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Collaboration between Start Garden and The Right Place leads to innovative mobile food cart manufacturer expansion in Walker

Michigan Business Network
August 17, 2017 9:00 AM

Veteran-owned MOVE Systems International investing $13 million; adding 27 jobs to expand eco-friendly food cart and electricity pedestal production

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH (Aug. 16, 2017)- The Right Place, Inc., the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), and Start Garden’s venture fund spin-off Wakestream Ventures celebrated its first collaborative effort to bring jobs to the region with the announcement that New York-based mobile food manufacturer Move Systems International (dba MOVE Systems) will invest more than $13 million and add 27 jobs at its Walker production facility.

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Gov. Rick Snyder’s Statement Following Statewide Unemployment Announcement

Michigan Business Network
August 16, 2017 5:00 PM

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder issued the following statement regarding today’s announcement that statewide unemployment dropped to 3.7 percent:

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Don't Do What It Takes, BE What It Takes

The Trep Talk
August 16, 2017 4:00 PM

This week Michael S. Melfi, host of The Trep Talk and Be Investable takes over the airwaves. He discusses how to create success and the notion that you shouldn’t do what it takes, you should be what it takes. He uncovers how to be successful with fundraising and the importance of A.S.K. - Attitude, Skills and Knowledge. With this foundation he teaches you how to make the A.S.K. for funding. He explains how to be successful with a crowdfunding campaign. Finally, he enlightens his listeners on The Pitch Club. http://www.kyybaxcelerator.com/pitch-club-application.php Tune in today and don’t miss out on learning how to create success in your business and your life! 

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Foster Swift: Laura Genovich Set to Be Honored, and Present Webinar in September

Michigan Business Beat
August 16, 2017 9:00 AM

Chris Holman catches up with Foster Swift attorney Laura Genovich who will be presenting a free webinar entitled Property Tax Exemptions: What Every Assessor Needs to Know on Wednesday September 20, 2017, at 12:00 p.m.

She's also among a distinguished few being recognized next month as the 2017 "Women in the Law" will be held during a luncheon on Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. at the Detroit Marriott Troy. A section dedicated to the honorees will appear in the Michigan Lawyers Weekly's September 11 issue.
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Engineering Worlds Merge | Kirk T. Steudle

Michigan Business Beat
August 15, 2017 5:00 PM

MBN was on the road to visit The CAR(Center for Automotive Research's) Management Briefing Seminars held at the Grand Traverse Resort – Traverse City, Michigan, August 2nd.

The four day annual event delivers thought-provoking, content-rich sessions which provide a vision of where the global automotive industry is headed. Here, MBN CEO Chris Holman talks with Kirk T. Steudle of Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) about how different engineering worlds are working together to better the automotive industry.

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Using Lean to Create Cultural Change | Ray Muscat

The Leaning Edge
August 15, 2017 4:00 PM

While in Traverse City Michigan, at the Michigan Lean Consortium's 7th Annual Conference - 'Achieving True North: LEAD-ENGAGE-ACCELERATE-NOW; Debra Levantrosser host of MBN's The Leaning Edge speaks with Raymond Muscat, Industry Director for the Tauber Institute for Global Operations at the University of Michigan.

They discuss how lean practices are being used to create cultural change in a organization.

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Ingham County Land Bank Hires Executive Director

Michigan Business Network
August 15, 2017 3:00 PM


New leadership brings community collaboration to the forefront.

With standing inventory of housing down, vacant land availability up and limited grant money to put to good use, the Ingham County Land Bank’s priority is continued effectiveness at community and economic development. And its new executive director understands that community partnerships and collaboration are tools for making good things happen. Jeanna Paluzzi has been named as the new executive director of the Ingham County Land Bank, a county authority and strategic economic tool that supports growth and investment in the community.

A Michigan State University graduate, Paluzzi served as executive director for the Clinton River Watershed Council in southeast Michigan, where she helped establish the urban revitalization benefits of innovative creek restoration and stormwater management strategies. Since then she has held leadership positions throughout Michigan and Colorado in home improvement sales management, water resources, energy efficiency and renewable energy.

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Two Lansing Runway Designers to Compete on Project Runway

Pure Lansing
August 15, 2017 2:00 PM


Grand Ledge Twins Continue to Succeed in Highly Competitive Fashion Industry

LANSING, MI – The Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) and The Runway are excited to support two hometown designers as they compete on the Emmy Award winning, fashion reality show, Project Runway produced by Lifetime Network.

Grand Ledge twins Claire and Shawn Buitendorp were first introduced to The Runway as students in the Lansing Community College (LCC) Fashion Technology Program. The Buitendorps graduated from LCC in 2011, and are no strangers to success on a national stage. The twins have dressed singer Katy Perry more than 25 times, and recently competed and won the VH1 hit reality show Twinning.

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Story of Growth, Success and Deep Appreciation for Mentors

Leadership Low Down
August 15, 2017 1:00 PM

Vic Verchereau is the Vice President of Marketing at Farm Bureau Insurance of Michigan. Vic brings his inspiring story of growth, success and deep appreciation for the mentors in his early life to the Leadership Lowdown this week.

Vic rose through the ranks of FFA, Michigan Farm Bureau and Farm Bureau Insurance as a dedicated and determined young leader, who would accept any challenge offered but one like all of us wondered at the both the goodness in his life and the nagging worries of would he be able to succeed. There is some nugget of truth and inspiration for everyone as Vic unveils his thoughts on leadership. 

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Rebel Crew Takes Home "Best Use of Prop" in Film Fest

Show Biz Weekly
August 15, 2017 12:00 PM

This week on SBW is the cast and crew of 48hourfilm contest: Actors: Danny “Wulf” Hogan, Rachel Mentor, Angela DeGarmo, and DP Scott Baisden join Taylor Kelsaw and co-host, Rebel Picture's own Michael McCallum in the studio.

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