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The Trep Talk
July 26, 2016 1:00 PM

The Trep Talk is tackling important and challenging questions from the readers in this podcast. These are questions you might have had yourself and haven't thought to send an email or tag us on Facebook with your question. Treps Nest is here to help, so a Q&A podcast was necessary.

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MBN Celebrates 5 Years! Inaugural Episode With Thomas G. Hamp

Michigan Business Beat
July 26, 2016 12:00 PM

A Michigan Business Round-up on the early ‘Michigan Business Beat’ during July 2011 featured Start-Up of the week, Thomas G. Hamp President of AdviCoach, a business coaching services out of Dewitt, MI. Thomas shares his 25-year story that led to his service. He was one of five participating in that franchise in Michigan at that time. He describes his experiences plugging into a franchise model. MBN founder Chris Holman and Thomas G. Hamp then go into the things Thomas is helping businesses with.

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CAMW! annouces new Job services Location

Michigan Business Beat
July 26, 2016 11:00 AM

Capital Area Michigan Works! recently announced the opening of the new Charlotte service center at 945 Reynolds Road and will operated by longtime CAMW! partner Peckham, Inc. CAMW! Executive Director Edythe Hatter-Williams spoke with Jeffrey about that opening.

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Business Owners See Improvement in the Labor Pool According to the Michigan Future Business Index

Michigan Business Network
July 26, 2016 10:30 AM

Lansing, Mich.—Small- to mid-sized business owners see an improvement in the current labor pool, according to the June 2016 Michigan Future Business Index (MFBI), published today in partnership with Accident Fund Insurance Company of America and the Michigan Business Network.  A majority believe Michigan is a good place to do business and to find qualified talent.

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The Leadership Journey of Jason Kildea

Leadership Low Down
July 25, 2016 2:00 PM

When you drive through mid Michigan, particularly Lansing you will see reinvention, revitalization and renewal. New colorful buildings full tenants that are unique and inspired. The catalyst behind this work is Pat Gillespie, whom you’ve heard on this show tell his story. He is the leader I labeled the ‘Mike Illitch of Lansing” because of his vision and passion to see old things made new. Here is what I know about great leaders, they know they can’t be everything and they are emotionally secure to get great people around them that compliment them. Pat hired Jason Kildea, who has the rare and precious ability to execute! My leadership mentors all tell me, vision is awesome but in the end you have to execute. Jason Kildea is the Director of Project Management for the Gillespie Group and his ability to oversee, lead, influence and make things happen is uncanny. Listen to him share his leadership journey and how he is growing as a leader to become more effective as a influential leader who makes things happen.

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Failing His Way to Success As an Entrepreneur!

The Trep Talk
July 25, 2016 1:07 PM

Around 11 or 12 years old, Steve Jbara owner of SSJ Group, was waking up during the summer months, when most kids were sleeping in, to chalk and groom the little league diamond in his neighborhood. This small responsibility that Jbara started at such a young age prepared him for what was to come later on in life.

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MBN Celebrates 5 Years! Inaugural Episode With Larry Nannis

Michigan Business Beat
July 25, 2016 12:26 PM

Michigan Business Network (MBN) began broadcasting July 4th 2011. On this segment from the inaugural broadcast of ‘Michigan Business Beat’ Chris Holman who was serving with the NSBA (National Small Business Association) at the time spoke with long-time NSBA member and board member Lawrence (Larry) S. Nannis of Framingham, Mass. Larry was the Chair of the Board of Trustees for NSBA five years ago. A shareholder with the Needham-based CPA firm, Levine, Katz, Nannis + Solomon, PC, Nannis brought a wealth of expertise in taxation and emerging technology issues to NSBA throughout his tenure, and demonstrated time and again an unflagging commitment to the small-business community. The pair discuss some of the key issues for small business at that time.

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A Matter Of Degrees

Week in Review
July 25, 2016 12:00 PM

There are often issues that we can consider as controversial or debatable.  Each week Dr. David Mielke presents one of these issues to give you Something to Think About. The topic for Monday is "A Matter of Degrees."  There has been a long running policy battle about whether community colleges in Michigan should be allowed to offer bachelors degrees.  A two bill package was recently introduced in the legislature that would allow community colleges to offer 4 year degrees, but would then prohibit the community colleges from levying property taxes.  A separate bill has been stalled for more than a year that would allow community colleges to offer a limited number of bachelor degree programs.  Do we need more 4-year degree programs along with what is already being offered by Michigan's 15 universities?  Will the potential competition for students lead to what some say is already over-capacity at the 15 universities at a time when college age students in Michigan are declining?  Should the legislature pass bills to effectively stop community colleges from offering new bachelor programs

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MBN celebrating 5 years! Inaugural Episode with Jim Herbert

Michigan Business Beat
July 25, 2016 10:00 AM

MBN has reached it's 5 year mark as of July 2011. “Spotlight guest of the week” for the inaugural episodes of ‘Michigan Business Beat’ back in July 2011 was Jim Herbert CEO of Neogen Corporation. He shares the companies’ recent good financial news where their net worth had topped a billion dollars. Jim goes on to cover the company’s (at that point) 29-year history, along with focusing on what Neogen was all about – Animal and Food Safety. From there Chris Holman and Jim discuss more of the evolution of technology over the past three decades and how it and business expansion has shifted their operations.

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Suggestions for super-charging your Customer Service

Business Next
July 21, 2016 4:00 PM

Michael Rogers, vice president communications for the Small Business Association of Michigan, interviews keynote speaker, international customer experience consultant and best selling author of three books, John DiJulius. John works with world class companies like the Ritz-Carlton, Lexus, Starbucks, Nordstrom, Nestle, Marriott Hotel, PwC, Cheesecake Factory, Progressive Insurance, Harley Davidson, State Farm, Chick-fil-A and many more.  He is headlining at America's #1 Customer Service Conference: the Secret Service Summit, this September 29 & 30. John is a very successful entrepreneur of two businesses: John Robert's Spa, a chain of upscale Cleveland locations, repeatedly named one of the top 20 salons in America and The DiJulius Group, a customer experience consulting firm that uses the X-Commandment methodology to providing a World-Class Customer experience.

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