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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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08-24-2016: Oakland Chamber Network Summer Mixer

Michigan Business Network
July 21, 2016 3:00 PM

Join us for 2016 Summer 
Oakland County Network Mixer 

This joint mixer features members from the Asian Pacific American, Chaldean American, Greater Farmington, Michigan Hispanic, Michigan Israel Business Bridge, Novi, Southfield Area and West Bloomfield Chambers of Commerce. 
Sponsored By: Regency Manor and Beaumont Health
These key Chambers represent over 3000 business members. Limited opportunities to exhibit. Hors d'oeuvres and cash bar...
Sponsored by: Beaumont Health, Comcast Business and Regency Manor.
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Michigan Business Network
July 21, 2016 2:33 PM

Good afternoon. An unstable weather pattern creating hot and humid conditions across Lower Michigan today is also expected to generate several rounds of strong to severe thunderstorms with potentially damaging winds throughout Thursday and overnight into Friday. This storm activity could result in power outages and Consumers Energy has mobilized resources to work on expected service restoration. At the same time, Consumers Energy has personnel closely monitoring its electrical distribution system because of the hot and humid weather which is expected to continue through the weekend.

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MBN Celebrates 5 Years! Inaugural Episode With Mike Finney

Michigan Business Beat
July 21, 2016 2:30 PM

Mike Finney, who in July 2011 was the head of MEDC joined Chris Holman for Michigan Business Network’s (MBN) first day of broadcast. The pair discuss the optimism in the business community that was coming up as the state turned a corner from the ‘Great Recession’. They also talk to what the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, and Governor Snyder administration were doing to help the economy.   Efforts in economic gardening are covered, and Mr. Finney also points to the new-at-that-time commitment by major utilities to be involved in “Pure Michigan Business Connect”.

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08-23-2016: CEO's Prospective on Israel

Michigan Business Network
July 21, 2016 1:00 PM

Michigan CEO's Perspective on Israel

MIBB is pleased to hear from members of the 2015 Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit CEO Mission to Israel. 

Confirmed speakers include:
Nancy Schlichting
Chief Executive Officer, Henry Ford Health System
Rodrick Miller
President and CEO, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation

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