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Brian Karwowski: Being in Control of the Controllables

Leadership Low Down
September 26, 2016 5:00 PM

Brian Carwowski is the owner, founder and leader of Determined Marketing. Brian’s message of the impact of mentors in his life, to desiring to own a small business from a young age is inspiring to all of who have a dream. Brian's principles of business are absolute gold for any business owner or entrepreneur, from ‘Control the controllable’ to ‘2 things every person should earn is respect and trust’, are examples of the principled driven ideas that guide Brian's leadership of Determined Marketing. 

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How to craft a loan proposal to boost your odds of lending success

Business Next
September 26, 2016 4:00 PM

Michael Rogers, vice president communications for the Small Business Association of Michigan, talks with Perry Ballard, owner of Manager Perceived Value and a veteran SCORE counselor, to learn more about how to put together a winning loan proposal. Perry built an ad agency in southwest Michigan from a one-man-spare-bedroom-office to 28 people and $2 million per year annual income working in markets across the U.S. and overseas from local retail and services through travel/recreation and into light and heavy manufacturing. "That 30+ years proved two motivational paths increase response, no matter the message delivery channel – print or broadcast, social media, publicity/public relations, technical work – motivating a prospect starts by changing where YOU start thinking about your message," Perry says.

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Private equity firm that focuses on family-owned businesses

Business Next
September 26, 2016 3:00 PM

Michael Rogers, vice president communications for the Small Business Association of Michigan, talks with Martin Stein, founder and managing director of Blackford Capital, a small Grand Rapids firm recently named to the Inc. 5000 list of fast growing companies. Founded in 2000, Blackford has grown its work force from 4 to 16 employees. Blackford currently owns and oversees 9 portfolio companies, which have aggregate revenues of over $225 million, 800 employees, and operate in 11 states. In the past 5 years, Blackford has reviewed more than 14,000 transactions, completed detailed analysis on 1,200 companies, visited 150 possible acquisition opportunities, and completed 16 majority-control and 5 minority-control investments.

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US Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters Speak on the Automotive Industry at the International Business Breakfast

Michigan Business Beat
September 26, 2016 2:00 PM

US Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters speak on the automotive industry at the International Business Breakfast. Both Senators are supporters of the automotive industry not only in Michigan but in the US. 

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US Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters Speak on Education at the International Business Breakfast

Michigan Business Beat
September 26, 2016 1:00 PM

US Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters speak about education at the International Business Breakfast. The senators talk about education beyond the high school level and skilled trades. 

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US Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters Speak at the International Business Breakfast

Michigan Business Beat
September 26, 2016 12:00 PM

US Senators Deebie Stabenow and Gary Peters speak about how Michigan and Lansing can improve on the national level. Gary gives insights on what his big concerns are with the economy and what committees he serves on in the Senate. 

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Kellie Dean and Tomas Hult Speak at the International Business Breakfast

Michigan Business Beat
September 26, 2016 11:00 AM

Chris Holman begins the International Business Breakfast with a community roundtable and thanking the sponsors of the event. Kellie Dean talks about the Lansing Promise and introduces many of his guests to the breakfast. Dr. Tomas Hult talks about his job with the MSU International Business Center and gives an update. 

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US Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters talk about Small Businesses' Number One Weakness at the International Business Breakfast

Michigan Business Beat
September 26, 2016 10:00 AM

US Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters talk about small businesses number one weakness being talent. Both Senators give insight on what they are doing from a legislative side to help leverage talent growth. 

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US Senator Debbie Stabenow gets Introduced at the International Business Breakfast 

Michigan Business Beat
September 26, 2016 9:00 AM

Chris Holman introduces US Senator Debbie Stabenow at the International Business Breakfast. Debbie then goes on to talk about partnerships in Michigan, the Lansing airport, and goes over rankings for Michigan in the US. 

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Sharing the Smart Business Hustle

The Trep Talk
September 24, 2016 11:00 AM

Starting a magazine today for entrepreneurs and small businesses means it has to be cutting edge, have the kind of articles and information that entrepreneurs need and crave. Including hard-earned lessons that are taught along the way will make it one of the leading resources for entrepreneurs – one started by someone with a vision. That someone is Raymon Ray - remember that name. Sharing the challenges, celebrating the successes and chronicling the hustle of today's small business entrepreneurs was his goal – and he’s reached it.

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