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NEWS RELEASE: Michigan’s Unemployment Rate Dips To 3.9 Percent, Lowest Since Oct. 2000

Michigan Business Network
November 16, 2018 10:00 AM

Gov. Rick Snyder issued the following statement regarding the release of the October unemployment numbers:

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MEDC | Crowdfunding campaign launched for Before the Bay Park project in Bay City

Michigan Business Network
November 16, 2018 9:00 AM

$30,000 goal to win matching grant through MEDC’s Public Spaces Community Places initiative

LANSING, Mich. – Bay City will transform the underused Realtor Park into a vibrant park with public art through a new crowdfunding campaign, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and Bay Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation. The campaign is being offered through Michigan-based crowdfunding platform Patronicity.

If the campaign reaches its crowdfunding goal of $30,000 by January 15, the project will win a matching grant with funds made possible by MEDC’s Public Spaces Community Places program. For project details and to donate, please visit: patronicity.com/beforethebay.

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MEDC | Meridian Township Receives Certification as Redevelopment Ready Community

Michigan Business Network
November 16, 2018 8:00 AM

Designation facilitates private investment, improves economic development opportunities

LANSING, Mich. – For establishing a solid foundation to attract private investment and further build on municipality assets, Meridian Township has been awarded Redevelopment Ready Communities (RRC) certification, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) announced today.

The MEDC will formally present the award in recognition of the township’s new designation at a community event on Friday, November 16 starting at 3:00pm in the community room at Elevation Okemos, located at 3595 Jolly Oak Rd. in Okemos.  

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MEDC | The U.S. Department of Commerce is hosting a dynamic international business conference for the Aerospace, Defense, and Security sectors.

Michigan Business Network
November 15, 2018 5:00 PM


The U.S. Department of Commerce is hosting a dynamic international business conference for the Aerospace, Defense, and Security sectors.



Discover Global Markets: Indo-Pacific – Aerospace, Defense and Security, will bring together global leaders across the aerospace, defense, and security sectors and will be held in Salt Lake City, December 10-12, 2018.  This conference is part of the USG’s strategy to increase U.S. exports to the Indo-Pacific region and bring actionable international opportunities to U.S firms; you can read about the U.S. Department of Commerce strategy here.   

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Zonta Clubs to drop off special pillows for Sparrow Herbert-Herman Cancer Center

Michigan Business Network
November 15, 2018 4:00 PM

Lansing, MI – The Sparrow Herbert-Herman Cancer Center received 100 specially made pillows from local Zonta Clubs to ease discomfort for recent mastectomy, lumpectomy and other surgical Patients. The pillows are worn over one shoulder and under the armpit and protect Patients from pain from movement after surgery. Club members cut, sew and stuff the pillows throughout the year.

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Nate Miller Named First Lansing Ignite Head Coach

Michigan Business Beat
November 14, 2018 1:00 PM

Veteran Collegiate and PDL Coach to Lead Inaugural Season 

LANSING, Mich. – On Wednesday, Lansing Ignite Vice President and General Manager Jeremy Sampson announced the hiring of veteran collegiate and Premier Development League (PDL) coach Nate Miller as the first head coach in the club’s history.

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Scott Little: Providing Valuable Leadership to Associations

Leadership Low Down
November 14, 2018 11:00 AM

Scott Little is the Associate Education Director for Michigan School business officials. His statewide responsibilities have taking him all across the state to small and large  communities. In this interview, Scott will recall his 20-year Air Force career. Many of those experiences helped to prepare a young man to take on his journey through life. Scott offers valuable observations on accountability, mentors and the important role of serving members and providing valuable leadership to associations.

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Agencies Team up to Create Edge Publicom

Michigan Business Beat
November 14, 2018 10:00 AM


LANSING, Mich. – Edge Partnerships and Publicom joined forces Nov. 1 to create an agency unparalleled in its combined marketing, public relations, design and digital experience.

The new agency will operate under the name Edge Publicom with offices in downtown Lansing located at 117 E. Kalamazoo St.

Edge co-founders Lorri Rishar, MBA, and Angela Witwer immediately knew the fit was right with Publicom President Lisa O’Connor. More than a year in the planning, the new partnership purposefully worked toward a business model founded on exceptional client service, guaranteed results and, most important, a culture that embraced both a traditional foundation with new generation flexibility. The partners spent months making sure their clients would benefit and their teams would thrive.

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LAFCU Supports ‘Shop 4 Schools’ in Lansing’s Old Town November 17

Michigan Business Beat
November 14, 2018 8:00 AM

Shop4Schools-2017Customers select schools to receive 17% of sales at participating ‘Shop 4 Schools’ merchants

LANSING, Mich. — Shoppers at Lansing’s Old Town will be able to designate 17 percent of their purchases Saturday, Nov. 17, to benefit area K-12 schools during Old Town’s second annual “Shop 4 Schools” event.

Photo: Old Town merchants participating in 2018 “Shop 4 Schools” will ask customers to designate a local school to receive 17 percent of their purchases on Nov. 17, the Saturday before Thanksgiving. 

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MEDC | Sugar Free Specialties Expanding in Plainfield Township, Investing $2.3 Million

Michigan Business Network
November 12, 2018 4:00 PM


LANSING, Mich. – Sugar Free Specialties, a manufacturer of sugar-free nutritional candy, is expanding in Plainfield Township with support from the Michigan Strategic Fund, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced today. The project is expected to generate total private investment of $2.3 million and create 50 jobs. Michigan was chosen for the expansion over a competing site in Indiana.

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