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Roger Curtis of TED | Marshall Plan for Talent

Michigan Business Beat
July 17, 2018 1:00 PM

Roger Curtis: Marshall Plan for Talent, state’s talent attraction
campaign will move Michigan from top 10 spot to No. 1 state for talent 



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Planet M and Plug and Play Partner for Mobility Matchmaking Event

Michigan Business Beat
July 11, 2018 11:00 AM


Global innovation platform to hold first Detroit Summit on
July 11th

Chris Holman interviewed Amanda Roraff, PlanetM Operations Manager, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, out of Detroit. Representatives from Michigan’s mobility ecosystem – including 40 startups, 60 corporate entities and educational institutions from across the state – are coming together today, on Wednesday, July 11, at Little Caesars Arena for a first-of-its-kind Detroit Summit featuring a day of pitches, exhibits, demos and one-on-one meetings.

The event is being hosted by Plug and Play – the world’s largest global innovation platform – in partnership with PlanetM and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. Detroit was a natural choice for an event, given the city’s reputation as a leader in transportation innovation.

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Grand Rapids Metrology Announces Fifth Generation Founding Family Member As New President

Michigan Business Beat
July 5, 2018 3:00 PM

Megan Spruit, 32, named next President of the 96-year old Michigan-based company

Grand Rapids Metrology, the largest provider of measurement services in Michigan, announced in June that Megan Spruit, 32, will be promoted to the position of President effective July 1. She speaks with Jeffrey Mosher about her background, the company and the transition into this role.

Megan Spruit, daughter of current CEO Richard Spruit, is the fifth generation of the 96-year old family business. Richard Spruit will remain in the position of CEO. Grand Rapids Metrology currently has offices in Grand Rapids, Benton Harbor, Bay City, Battle Creek and Metro Detroit.

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LAFCU MVP | Lansing Promise

Michigan Business Beat
June 28, 2018 11:00 AM

LAFCU's MVP of the month is the Lansing Promise. Lansing Promise Executive Director Justin Sheehan joined LAFCU's Chief Marketing Officer Kelli Ellsworth Etchison in the studio to discuss the special connection between the two organizations. 

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LAFCU | Celebrates Statewide Expansion

Michigan Business Beat
June 28, 2018 10:00 AM

Jeffrey Mosher welcomed Ellsworth Etchison, Senior Vice President of Marketing, LAFCU, Lansing, MI to the MBN studio to talk about recent big news for LAFCU. 

LAFCU announced it has received approval from the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS) to expand its service territory to the entire state of Michigan. The credit union’s previous geographical service area consisted of 11 counties in mid- to south central Michigan.

Her interview also covers other great aspects of the busy things going on for LAFCU in 2018. 

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2018 International Business Luncheon

Michigan Business Beat
June 27, 2018 1:00 PM

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John Hiltz of OHM Advisors | 2018 Mackinac Policy Conference

Michigan Business Beat
June 22, 2018 7:00 PM

John Hiltz, President of OHM Advisors, Livonia-based third generation architecture, planning and civil engineering firm speaks with Jeffrey Mosher about the roll of OHM in advancing communities at the 2018 Mackinac Policy Conference.

They discuss a bit of background and  how his company is advising and assisting in this critical issue. They are working to raise awareness of not only the evident infrastructure issues with roads in Michigan, but also helping to educate business about the soon to be implemented Lead and Copper Rule (LCR). Senate Bill 0756, known as the Stormwater Utility Act, could also impact communities when they dive into upcoming infrastructure projects. Therefore during the conference John is working to get the word out to lawmakers, the business community, and hopefully consumers across the state.

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Nathan Marsden | 2018 Mackinac Policy Conference

Michigan Business Beat
June 21, 2018 9:00 AM

Nathan Marsden Managing Director, Bank of America Southeastern Michigan speaks with Jeffrey Mosher about the purpose of Bank of America and Merrill Lynch in your life at the 2018 Mackinac Policy Conference.







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Patty Poppe of Consumer Energy | 2018 Mackinac Policy Conference

Michigan Business Beat
June 13, 2018 5:00 PM

Patti Poppe President and CEO of Consumer Energy speaks to Jeffrey Mosher at the 2018 Mackinac Policy Conference about what Consumer Energy has been doing in the past month and accelerated plans for cleaner air in Michigan.

She has also been 2019 Policy Conference Chairperson.





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Sara Wurfel of Truscott Rossman | 2018 Mackinac Policy Conference

Michigan Business Beat
June 13, 2018 3:00 PM

Sara Wurfel, Vice President of Public Affairs, of Truscott Rossman speaks with Jeffrey Mosher about how she feels the Mackinac Policy Conference was a pace where many Michigan groups are working on how to take the state to the next level.





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