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Gov. Rick Snyder sends letter urging Illinois to help pay for immediate protections to block Asian carp from Great Lakes

Michigan Business Network
December 11, 2018 2:00 PM

Michigan offers partnership for up to $8 million to pay five years of operations and maintenance activities at Brandon Road 

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Lansing Regional Chamber bolsters marketing, communications and public policy divisions, announces new team member

Michigan Business Network
December 11, 2018 1:00 PM

News Release Provided By Lansing Regional Chamber

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Peters & Stabenow Urge EPA to Protect Michiganders from Lead in Drinking Water

Michigan Business Network
December 11, 2018 12:00 PM

News Release Provided By U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow & Gary Peters

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771 organization partner to apply for more than $80 million in Marshall Plan for Talent Innovation Grant funds

Michigan Business Beat
December 11, 2018 10:00 AM

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MEDC | Leadership Transition Announced at the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs

Michigan Business Network
December 11, 2018 10:00 AM

News Release Provided By MEDC

Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs announces the retirement of John Bracey; Alison Watson selected to be the next executive director

LANSING, Mich. The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs announced today that longtime Executive Director John Bracey will be leaving the agency on December 28, 2018. MCACA Programs Manager Alison Watson will take over as executive director.

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Sparrow News | Mass Casualty Exercise Held at Sparrow Carson Hospital

Michigan Business Network
December 11, 2018 8:00 AM

News Release Provided By Sparrow Health Systems

CARSON CITY, MI – A mass casualty exercise was recently held at Sparrow Carson Hospital, simulating a disaster striking the community.

The drill involved community partners such as the Carson City Police and Fire Departments, Montcalm County EMS disaster response trailers, the Michigan Department of Corrections tactical team and recruiting services, and the AeroMed Flight Team. The drill also welcomed students from Carson City-Crystal High School and young people interested in joining the military and healthcare fields. Students participated in the triage exercise, toured the AeroMed Flight helicopter, and attended a debriefing after the event.

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French AgTech company Expands US Operations in Lansing Region

Pure Lansing
December 10, 2018 6:00 PM

News Release Provided By LEAP

JMT US Launches Distribution Out of Port Lansing Warehouse

LANSING, Mich. – The Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) and JMT US, the United States subsidiary of French-based company Janny MT, announced new US operations for the company are to be based in Lansing, Michigan. The company’s decision to distribute from Lansing was largely based on acceleration services accessible through the MI Food Innovation District (MI FID).

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BBB | Unveils New Online Resource "AdTruth"

Michigan Business Network
December 10, 2018 4:00 PM

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Yogi Berra Got It Right

Marketing Moments
December 10, 2018 9:00 AM

Written by Dr. Bonnie Knutson

If anyone tells you that he or she can prophesize what your business will be like a year from the day you read this, let alone five years into the future, I wouldn’t bet those numbers on a lottery ticket.  The only person I know that had it right was famed Yankees manager, Yogi Berra, when he said: “The future ain’t what it used to be.” 

And if I can add a caveat to Yogi’s wisdom, it is that the “future” is changing faster than any of us have ever experienced.  Consider these facts:

  • The 88+ million people born this year will be born into a data and algorithm world.
  • There will be more than 208 Billion devices connected by 2020.
  • Information generated and available to us doubles about every two years.
  • Half of what students learn in their freshman year in college will be obsolete by the time they are juniors.
  • For the first time in history, there are four generations in the workforce and they communicate differently. (Think: write me, call me, email me, text me.)
  • We are currently training people for jobs that don’t even exist yet, using technologies that haven’t been invented yet, to solve problems we don’t even know we have yet.

            And you want me to tell you what your business will be like in five years?  While there is no way I can prophesize that, I can give you three keys to help unlock your future.

  1. Continually keep your radar up. Make sure your radar is constantly up and working to aggressively monitor what is going on that can directly, or indirectly, affect your business – demographic, social, economic, technological, and political. 
  2. 3-Pete Measurements. Project your business’s three possible outcomes – most likely, worst possible, and best possible.  Then attach probability odds to each outcome, depending on the nature and severity of the turbulence, the competition’s response, the projected impact on consumers’ lifestyles, and the impact on your revenues.  Finally, develop a strategic plan based on each of the final projected outcomes.
  3. Backcast the Future. This process begins with defining a future scenario and then working backwards to identify what the business did to arrive at that future.  Through this process, some of the psychological barriers that lead to “Well, we can’t do this or that, because…” are reduced. It also encourages more innovative thinking because it decreases the constraints of today’s limitations. 

More than a century ago the French philosopher, Paul Valery, said that “The trouble with our times is that the future is not what it used to be.”  In fact, former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan used the phrase The Age of Turbulence, and Philip Kotler, an authority in strategic business strategy, calls this unprecedented era chaotics.  Said another way, pick up your three keys and listen to Yogi Berra.

Your bottom line will thank you!

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MEDC | Michigan Companies Travel to Israel to Expand Export Opportunities in Defense

Michigan Business Network
December 7, 2018 6:00 PM

News Release Provided By MEDC

LANSING, Mich. – Business leaders from eight Michigan companies have been traveling in Israel this week to meet with prospective partners and customers to increase export opportunities in the defense sector.

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