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Lessons of Small Business Food Success from a Jelly and Salsa Producer

Business Next
February 24, 2017 2:00 PM

Michael Rogers, communications officer for the Small Business Association of Michigan, talks with Kate Biskupski, owner of North of the Southern Border jellies and salsas.

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Details of the New Small Business Administration’s Mentor-Protégé Program for Small Businesses

Business Next
February 24, 2017 11:00 AM

Michael Rogers, communications officer for the Small Business Association of Michigan, talks with Sue Tellier, owner of JetCo Solutionsin Grand Rapids, about the new SBA mentor-protégé program. The Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 and the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 provided authority for the Small Business Administration to establish mentor-protégé programs for all small businesses.

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International Innovator Dr. Tomas Hult

globalEDGE Business Beat
February 22, 2017 1:30 PM

Recently, MSU did a faculty spotlight on director of the Broad College’s International Business Center, Dr. Tomas Hult. MBN would like to share that article with our Michigan Business Network community.

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Michigan-Based Small Business Aims for Healthy Fruit Juices

Business Next
February 21, 2017 4:30 PM

Michael Rogers, communications officer for the Small Business Association of Michigan, interviews Luc Hobson, co-founder of Edit Fruit Juice.

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Block Imaging Finds Niche in Refurbishing Medical Equipment

Michigan Business Beat
February 20, 2017 1:00 PM

Chris Holman talks with president of Block Imaging Parts and Services, Jason Crawford. Block Imaging found a niche in buying and selling preowned medical equipment. Block Images plays the role in refurbishing old medical equipment giving it a second life. Jason gives the background as to how Block Imaging came to be and how it has become the successful business it is today.

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Michigan First Credit Union and their Full-Time Concierge Service for their Employees

Business Next
February 16, 2017 12:30 PM

Michael Rogers, communications officer for the Small Business Association of Michigan, talks with Patty Jones, Chief Human Resource Officer Michigan First Credit Union. Recognizing that outside stressors are taking a toll on its employees' health and quality of work, Lathrup Village-based Michigan First Credit Union last year launched a full-time concierge service for its employees. As part of this service, employees can have the concierge do their grocery shopping, get your tires changed, pick up a prescription, etc.—making it easier for employees to concentrate on their work responsibilities and deliver an elevated client experience. Patty talks about:

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How Inbound Marketing Can Grow Your Business

globalEDGE Business Beat
February 8, 2017 1:00 PM

Hosted by Tomas Hult, this segment of the globalEDGE Business Beat is an interview with Lisa Smith, President at InVerve Marketing. Tomas Hult is Professor and Byington Endowed Chair in the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University. InVerve Marketing has been located in Lansing's Old Town area since 2001. During that time, they have created and served some pretty iconic Michigan-based national brands. And, not only are they vested in this creative community, but they are driven by the idea of posting results and return on investment for clients.

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Independent Insurance Firm Dedicated to Providing Quality

Business Next
February 2, 2017 12:00 PM

Michael Rogers, communications officer for the Small Business Association of Michigan, talks with Dave Herriman, senior vice president; Cindy Britain, comptroller; and Kristine Goodwin, information systems manager for Kemner Iott Benz, to learn more about why their small business was named a Cool Place to Work by Crain’s Detroit Business. From their website: “Kemner Iott Benz is an independent insurance firm in Michigan with three distinct locations in: Adrian, Ann Arbor, and Cassopolis. We are dedicated to providing you quality personal and commercial insurance policies and programs. Kemner Iott Benz is not limited to any one insurance company, so we can shop the entire marketplace to give you the best personal and commercial insurance protection at the most competitive rate.”

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How a mid-Michigan energy business set up a successful employee stock ownership plan

Business Next
February 2, 2017 11:00 AM

Michael Rogers, communications officer for the Small Business Association of Michigan, interviews Tom Olive, president of Crystal Flash, to learn more about their employee stock ownership plan (ESOP).

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Advertising firm excels through third generation of family ownership

Business Next
February 2, 2017 10:00 AM

Michael Rogers, communications officer for the Small Business Association of Michigan, talks with Jamie Michelson, president and CEO of SMZ Advertising in Troy, a family-owned small business named a Cool Place to Work by Crain’s Detroit Business. From their website: “Not many companies have been around since 1929. Especially one that started at the onset of the Great Depression.

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