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Around the State

Around the State, hosted by SBDC Michigan, provides counseling, training and research to assist small business to launch, grow, transition and innovate. The Michigan Small Business Development Center (SBDC) enhances Michigan’s economic wellbeing by providing counseling, training and research for new ventures, existing small businesses and advanced technology companies. Their headquarters is at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, 11 regional offices and more than 20 satellite offices, they provide entrepreneurs and business owners with convenient access to counseling and training throughout Michigan. SBDC staff from 'across the state' of Michigan contribute content of interviews as the collective hosts of Around the State on Michigan Business Network. Archived content from 2015 are interviews done by MBN contributor Andy Hayes of NLEA, Northern Lakes Economic Alliance.

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Small Business Spotlight: Care Granted

Around the State
January 23, 2018 1:00 PM

Kris Reinelt of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) talks with CEO of Care Granted LLC Gabriel Grant about home healthcare and how to provide customized assistance

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Small Business Spotlight: Ogemaw Pharmacy

Around the State
December 22, 2017 8:00 PM

Kris Reinelt of the SBDC talks with Dr. Jude Fonguh owner of Ogemaw Pharmacy. Pharmacists Dr. Jude and Alyssa Fonguh knew how to manage a pharmacy, they’d been doing it for years as employees for a big box, retail pharmacy. After changes in management and news broke of the company being sold, the couple decided to start their own pharmacy.

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More Predictions For The Future Of The InfoSec Industry

Around the State
November 21, 2017 9:00 AM

For this episode of SBDC's Around the State, Cory Nachreiner, Chief Technology Officer of Watchguard Technologies, Inc. gives a Keynote at the Michigan Cyber Security Conference October 19th in Grand Rapids, MI. continues.

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Predictions for the Future of the InfoSec Industry

Around the State
November 8, 2017 10:00 AM

On this episode of SBDC's Around the State, Cory Nachreiner, Chief Technology Officer of Watchguard Technologies, Inc. gives a Keynote at the Michigan Cyber Security Conference October 19th in Grand Rapids, MI. Corey makes his predictions for the future of the InfoSec industry.

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Demystifying the SBA's 504 Loan Program

Around the State
September 1, 2017 6:00 PM

On this segment of Around the State is Julie Parker, President of the Economic Development Foundation. The 504 Loan Program is one of the SBA's flagship products. Julie discusses the basics of the program through qualifying projects and how a borrower should prepare.

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Restaurants: The Truth and the Myth

Around the State
August 29, 2017 1:00 PM

On this segment of Around the State, SBDC's Kory Scheiber talks with Business Consultant John Schmidt. It seems we all have a dream to one day own a restaurant. Here, we talk about some of the "must haves" for entrepreneurial skill sets, and some great ways to get started down the restaurant path.

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SBA Loan Programs You May Not Know Exist

Around the State
August 29, 2017 12:00 PM

On this segment of Around the State, SBDC's Kory Scheiber talks with President of VITAL Financial Services, Mike Slater. Many know about the 7(a) and 504 loan programs from the SBA, but did you know about CAPLines, Export Loans, or programs through the USDA? Mike, talks about some of the basics of these programs in this podcast.

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CEED Lending: Non-traditional Lending for Traditional Entrepreneurs

Around the State
August 28, 2017 4:00 PM

If you are seeking money for your venture in the form of a loan, but the banks are saying "No", CEED Lending may be able to help. Todd Van Appledorn, loan officer from CEED Lending, talks about their programs, who would qualify, and things to prepare before applying for any loan.

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Engaging Youth in Entrepreneurship

Around the State
August 28, 2017 2:00 PM

Around the State welcomes Assistant Director of Community Initiatives, Jack Bidlack. The Business Side of Youth, started about 10 years ago, teaches youth how to be entrepreneurs. They show youth how to do a SWOT analysis on themselves to help their chances in the business community.

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Get to Know the Washtenaw Community College Entrepreneurship Center

Around the State
August 25, 2017 2:00 PM

On this episode of SBDC's Around the State is Claire Abraham and Kristin Gapske of the Entrepreneurship Center at WCC. The Entrepreneurship Center at WCC is open to the community and offers workshops and counseling for entrepreneurs. They hold an annual pitch competition and boot camps for specific industries. There are many resources available through the Entrepreneurship Center for those who need help with their business.

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