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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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Recent Point West Art and Trail Project Ground-Breaking

Michigan Business Network
July 7, 2016 11:30 AM

Lansing, Mich. – The Saginaw Oakland Commercial Association (SOCA), Westside Neighborhood Association (WNA), and Old Oakland Neighborhood Association (OONA) hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the Point West Art and Trail Project June 29th, 2016 at 10:00am. The groundbreaking was held at “The Point”, where Saginaw meets Oakland, near 2010 W. Saginaw Street on Lansing’s west side. The Point West Art project’s official debut coincides with the recent news of SOCA’s selection of Fritz Olsen of Sawyer, MI, to build “Prosperity”, a 14-foot tall stainless steel sculpture representing a vision of optimism and growth for the Saginaw Street and Oakland Avenue corridor. The sculpture will be installed at the site this fall.

Speakers at the groundbreaking included partnering organization representatives from the Saginaw Oakland Commercial Association (SOCA), Westside Neighborhood Association (WNA), Old Oakland Neighborhood Association (OONA), Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP), Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), Power of We Consortium, and Arts Council of Greater Lansing, as well as Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero, Lansing Council Member Jessica Yorko, artist Fritz Olsen, community supporter Kris Nicholoff, and SOCA Board Members Joe Duris and Caryn Coyle.

The sculpture, Prosperity, will sit atop a base that raise it up as an eye-catching symbol, welcoming visitors and residents alike to the west Lansing business and residential district at the triangular piece of land at the western border of the city where Saginaw Street and Oakland Avenue meet. Prosperity will be surrounded by landscaping that will accentuate the art. The landscaping is being co-designed in consultation with Mr. Olsen by SOCA member business Landscape Architects and Planners, Inc.

Prosperity was inspired by the dramatic approach that travelers make into West Lansing as drivers and cyclists’ travel up Saginaw Street. “I was inspired by the dramatic approach of the ascending and curving roadways that define this space, the history and the optimism that is present here. The blossoming sails will reflect both the optimism for growth as well as the ascending curving roadways that define the land. The circle will represents the welcoming nature and strength of the surrounding neighborhoods and communities,” explained the artist, Fritz Olsen, in his project proposal.

Vice President of SOCA Joe Duris said of the project:  “The work our communities have done, and the support for this project from so many groups and individuals has been fantastic. It truly is just another example of why west Lansing is such a great place to live, work, and do business, and it’s amazing that we’ll have Fritz’s sculpture here to capture all of the energy and commitment. This is just another step toward creating a more beautiful, unified, and accessible Saginaw and Oakland corridor.

Caryn Coyle, SOCA board member said, “With the public art being installed this summer, the Point West Art and Trail project moves one step closer to it’s goal. While there are vibrant neighborhoods and businesses in the City of Lansing on the west side, there is no clear transition between the City of Lansing and Lansing Township. The art and trail will provide the City of Lansing with a gateway that neighbors and businesses can all celebrate.”

The art project, part of the larger Point West Art and Trail Project, was truly a community wide collaboration in both the planning and financial support that make it possible. It was funded by multiple grants and sources including generous individual and organizational donors, Cities of Service, Lansing Love Your Block, Mayor’s Neighborhood Advisory Board, the Lansing Area Economic Partnership (LEAP) Public Art for Placemaking grant, the Power of We Urban Redevelopment grant, a Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs mini-grant, and a Michigan Economic Development Corporation-backed Patronicity crowdfunding effort.

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero, who spoke at the press conference, afterward offered words of encouragement for Lansing as a whole, remarking, ”This is phenomenal. It's about neighbors taking ownership. It's about the city government working in partnership, even followership, because this was an indigenous design. This was at the Grassroots level and bubbled up. This is the opposite of top down, and that's why it's going to work beautifully. So, we’re delighted to collaborate with the neighbors and the associations here. It's just great to see the neighborhood take ownership like this. If we had this throughout the city we would be 100% stronger.”

To learn more visit www.socalansing.org for more information.

 

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Pitch Perfect: Speak to Grow Your Business!

Association Impact
July 5, 2016 12:00 PM

Mimi Donaldson, author of Pitch Perfect: Speak to Grow Your Business in 7 Simple Steps, covers recommendations to explain your job or project whether it is in 20 seconds or 30 minutes. The preparation for thinking about what you are going to say is key. But it is more than that. It is considering the audience and what it is that they need to hear. She shares the 7 steps along with great perspectives on visual aids, question and answer time and how you assemble the presentation. Mimi spoke to MSAE a few years ago at ORGPRO. This is worth the listen to improve your communication skills.

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Being Responsible for Governance Process Design

Association Impact
June 20, 2016 11:30 AM

Doug Eadie, President of Doug Eadie & Company discusses the four facets of CEO perspectives regarding governance, the characteristics of a Board savvy CEO, Board committees, and the importance of governance process design.  Doug shares advice on board committee purposes. He also covers two insidious foes, or assumptions, that are not always true. The two he addresses in this show are

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MSAE ORGPRO 2016

Association Impact
May 18, 2016 12:00 PM

Learn. Network. Enrich.

That’s our true commitment to you.  ORGPRO 2016 stands to be one of MSAE’s best annual conferences to date.  We’re blending high-level presentations and speakers with the excitement that naturally arises from time spent in Traverse City, one of Michigan’s top destinations.

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Copyright Compliance for the Legal Use of Motion Pictures

Association Impact
May 9, 2016 6:00 PM

Eileen Korte, Vice President of the Licensing Division for the United States office of the Motion Picture Licensing Corporation (MPLC), reviews the umbrella license an association can secure to cover the usage of all motion picture, television programs and other audiovisual scenes in educational presentations and during events.

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Major Technology Trends Impacting Associations

Association Impact
May 2, 2016 8:49 AM

Payam Pourkhomami, CEO of Osibeyond, shares insights on technology advances and the results of their research on the major technology trends impacting associations. Associations and nonprofits are lacking in adopting technologies to advance their missions. Recognizing that anything can be better or improved pays, and addresses how associations can move forward with strategic technology decisions.

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Can Retirees Help Address Your Small Business Workforce Needs?

Business Next
April 22, 2016 6:30 PM

Michael Rogers, vice president communications for the Small Business Association of Michigan, talks with small business advocate, Chris Holman, 2016 President of AARP Michigan, about tapping into retirees to help address your small business workforce needs. Michael also chats with Chris about business lessons of high-profile professional golf meltdowns.

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Are you in Compliance With The New Michigan Nonprofit Corporation Act?

Association Impact
April 12, 2016 9:30 AM

The new Michigan Nonprofit Corporation Act, passed in January of 2015, has led to misperceptions on electronic or ballot voting. This show will provide you with the knowledge you need to be in compliance.

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Tackling the Talent War: Management and Recruitment

Association Impact
April 4, 2016 12:00 PM

Susan A. Cantrell, RPh, CAE, CEO, of Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy shared wisdom and perspectives on how jobs are changing and new jobs are emerging. She covers the importance of the hiring process, the impact of regular reviews and to assure that organizations are paying fairly. Human Resources is the largest budget expense for associations. They need to assure they are spending the funds in the best way.

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