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Customer Service Matters in Real Estate

Michigan Business Beat
July 26, 2016 5:00 PM

Debbie Barnett, President, Tomie Raines Inc., REALTORS® which recently joined Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, East Lansing, MI, she stopped by the MBN studio to discuss customer service and why it matters to the continued growth in the real estate market and Michigan's economy with Chris Holman. She reviews a bit of her history with the company. Debbie also notes how 35 Tomie Raines realtors were recently recognized with 2016 Quality Service Gold and Platinum status.  Customer service is a strength of her team, and those skills are being recognized by Bershire Hathaway. 

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Michigan Organization helps Fight Auto Theft

Michigan Business Beat
July 26, 2016 4:00 PM

While up at the 2016 Mackinac Policy Conference Jeffrey caught up with Terri Miller, Executive Director, H.E.A.T. (Help Eliminate Auto Thefts), Detroit, MI. She covers the basic of what HEAT is and does. Terri then discusses some recent legislation passed in Michigan that will assist in discouraging auto theft. She also shares the scope of territory served by HEAT across Michigan.

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Credit Union Fills void in Lending Market

Michigan Business Beat
July 26, 2016 3:00 PM

Joe Campbell, Business Development Officer, LAFCU, Lansing, MI, stopped by the MBN studio to speak with Chris Holman about LAFCU commercial loan offerings. They discuss the role that credit unions have filled in the lending market. Mr. Campbell covers market demand, and describes a bit of that process. He covers how they interact with the SBA as well. Chris then inquires about how LAFCU is doing, and then a bit about CUSA (credit union servicing agency). The pair also remember MSU’s Ron Mason who recently passed, leaving a big void for the university and hockey community.

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The Week In Review For July 18th 2016

Week in Review
July 26, 2016 2:00 PM

Week in Review

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Pursue Passion and Turn it into Business!

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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