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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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Could Drones Make Police More Effective?

Week in Review
March 26, 2015 1:00 PM

David takes a look at some Michigan news. The state's unemployment rate is down a tenth of a percent since the beginning of the year. The Federal Aviation Administration has given permission to police to use drones. Hear these stories and more.

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Consumers Energy and the CoRe Experience Program

Michigan Business Beat
March 26, 2015 11:02 AM

We are at MSU today, Michigan State University talking about the CoRe Experience Program and John Butler joins us here. John is the senior vice president for human resources and shared services for Consumers Energy. Stay tuned to find out what this program means to them to the company as well as why they are a part of it and what the return on their investment is.

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Pat McPharlin's Influence on MSUFCU

Leadership Low Down
March 26, 2015 11:00 AM

Pat McPharlin is an icon. 40+ years of influence over Michigan State University Federal Credit Union. The impact MSUFCU has on the state is amazing and Pat's influence is felt far beyond the Mid Michigan region. MSUFCU under Mr. McPharlin has grown to be the largest university base credit union in the country and it has a unique, positive and inspiring culture largely due to Pat's personality. Mr. McPharlin was chosen the 2010 National Association CEO of the year and Pat will leave much good behind as he retires in March of 2015, one of those good things is April Clobes, MSUFCU next CEO.

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