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Our Strong Japanese Business Community

Michigan Business Beat
August 30, 2016 10:00 AM

Chris Holman talks with Tony Vernaci, Vice President
of Global Business Development, MEDC about our strong Japanese business community and how Japan is a leading foreign investor in the State of Michigan. 

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Consumers Energy Shares Tips to Safely Maintain Vacation Homes during Winter Months

Michigan Business Network
August 30, 2016 9:30 AM

           JACKSON, Mich., Aug, 29, 2016 – Labor Day signals the unofficial end to summer, and for many Michigan residents it is also the time when vacation homes are closed for the winter. Consumers Energy recommends several tips to help ensure these homes stay safe when unoccupied during the cold weather.

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Troy Chamber doesn't take a Break in the Summer

Michigan Business Beat
August 30, 2016 9:00 AM

Chris Holman talks with Ara Topouzian, President/CEO, Troy Chamber of Commerce about Troys summertime events. They cover Troy Chamber events Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses, After-Hours Mixer in Partnership with Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce, and The Psychological Price of Entrepreneurship. 

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The Startup Culture of Lansing, MI

Pure Lansing
August 29, 2016 5:00 PM

Bob and Sara welcome Tony Willis, director of new economy at LEAP to discuss the startup culture of the Lansing area as well as upcoming events such as the business bootcamp, Lansing Maker Week, as well as The Runway’s events, the Fashion 411 Speaker Series, Fashion at the Market and more. 

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LEAP’s Public Art for Communities program

Pure Lansing
August 29, 2016 4:00 PM

Bob and Sara discuss the arts and some grant opportunities for communities, arts organizations, and artists themselves. The City of Lansing’s Sense of Place program is open for applications until Sept 15 and LEAP’s Public Art for Communities program will open in November for the 2017 grant cycle.

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The Runway Offers Opportunity

Pure Lansing
August 29, 2016 3:00 PM


Bob and Sara welcome Joe Carr, startup innovation manager at LEAP to discuss the happenings of The Runway, the state’s premier fashion and design incubator. The Runway has much to offer an aspiring designer including access to equipment, expertise, and education. Additionally, Joe discusses some specific programming that The Runway offers for designers looking to get their products in stores. 

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Economic Development News throughout the Greater Lansing Area

Pure Lansing
August 29, 2016 2:34 PM

Bob Trezise, president and CEO of LEAP, and co-host Sara Parkinson, director of talent & communications at LEAP discuss economic development news throughout the Greater Lansing Area.

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Learn how to Focus on Business Value in your Entrepreneurial Ventures

Business Next
August 29, 2016 1:00 PM

Michael Rogers, vice president communications for the Small Business Association of Michigan, talks with Tim Kuppler of Advicoach on how to focus on business value. Kuppler has over 23 years of business leadership, consulting and coaching experience. He led multiple organizations through major transformations with a high level of involvement, teamwork and rapid performance improvement. His best practices from organizations he led are featured as part of the 2012 book - Leading Culture Change in Global Organizations, case studies, trade publications, blogs, workshops and webinars. Kuppler also built on the foundation as a business leader when he was President of Denison Consulting, a leader in organizational culture assessment and performance improvement that's worked with over 5000 organizations. He has consulted with organizations ranging from small businesses to leading global organizations across many industries as part of Denison and The Culture Advantage. Listen and learn how to focus on business value in your entrepreneurial ventures from Tim.

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Using Life Insurance to Help Your Business

The Trep Talk
August 29, 2016 12:00 PM

This week’s podcast is a little different, but that’s what being an entrepreneur is all about, so we’re running with it. Michael Melfi sat down with Aaron Hodari from Schechter Wealth to talk about about his entrepreneurial endeavors, but also to talk about life insurance and how you can use it not only in death. 

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TechStars: Lyden Foust of Spatial, Numaan Akram of Rally

The Trep Talk
August 28, 2016 12:00 PM

Michael had the great opportunity recently to visit TechStars facility in Detroit and spoke innovators Lyden Foust founder of Spatial and Numaan Akram founder of Rally.

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