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Lansing Chamber Donates $65,206 to Lansing Promise Scholarship 

Michigan Business Network
July 11, 2016 1:30 PM

LANSING, Mich. - More young people that graduate from Lansing Schools will have an opportunity to attend college as a result of a $65,206 donation to the Lansing Promise Scholarship fund from the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce (LRCC). A formal check presentation was made to the Lansing Promise during ceremonies at the LRCC.

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Keeping it Local with Richards Bedding & Appliance

Michigan Business Beat
June 28, 2016 7:30 PM

Marybeth speaks with Janice Richards of Richards Bedding & Appliance while at the SBAM Annual Luncheon. The two discuss ways in which Richards competes with other local "Big Businesses" in the area. From referalls to providing superior service, Richards Bedding & Appliance has a long future ahead of them.

 

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Taking the "First Step" To Employment

Michigan Business Beat
June 28, 2016 1:30 PM

From the Michigan Business Network studios at 617 Seymour, Chris Holman talks with Edythe Hatter Williams, CEO of Capital Area Michigan Works. They discuss the "First Step" program which is a school-to-work program designed as an opportunity for high school students. They work closely with the Lansing Board of Water and Light to perform an internship-like experience. If the students complete this program they are awarded a scholarship to Lansing Community College. The two discuss expansion of this program over the past 8 years, along with employment in the Lansing area. 

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Universities Impacting Detroit

Michigan Business Beat
June 20, 2016 3:00 PM

 Chris Holman spent some time with Jeff Mason, Executive Director, URC, (University Research Corridor), and Jeff Guilfoyle, vice president at Public Sector Consultants, while at the 2016 Mackinac Policy Conference.

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Incoming President of EMU talks Education in Mackinac!

Michigan Business Beat
June 14, 2016 8:00 PM

Chris caught up with incoming President of Eastern Michigan University, Jim Smith who comes in from South Dakota’s Northern State University. Smith shares a bit of his career history. He then lays out what he is doing now as he comes into the position. Appraisal of the campus, facilities, and where they will look at improvements. Smith cites strengths such as the library. They discuss the mix of residential and commuter students, and the ways to balance enrollment. He also discussed how the Detroit metro impacts EMU based in Ypsilanti, Michigan.  The sports department is also an issue he will be reviewing going forward.

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Orbiting from Flint to Fresno - Dive Into Space!

Education’s Business: Taking Positive Actions
June 13, 2016 9:41 AM

Russ Billings has been in orbit around innovative education for more than 20 years.  As a former physics teacher in Flint Michigan, he came close to becoming an astronaut with NASA, which heavily influenced his development of a powerfully unique, experiential learning program for high school students.  

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Big Things On The Horizon for the Mackinac Policy Conference 2016

Michigan Business Beat
May 31, 2016 2:30 PM

Looking ahead to a big Michigan business event Chris spends some time with Tammy Carnrike, COO, Detroit RegionalChamber, Detroit, MI. They preview the May 31 to June 3, Mackinac Policy Conference 2016 up at Mackinac Island.

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MSU Professor goes into OVERTIME

Michigan Business Beat
May 31, 2016 1:00 PM

In their monthly discussion Dr. (Charley) Charles L. Ballard, Department of Economics, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, spoke with Chris Holman.

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The Vision for Junior Achievement in Southeastern Michigan

Michigan Business Beat
April 16, 2016 7:00 PM

Chris speaks with Margaret Trimer-Hartley, President & CEO, Junior Achievement of Southeastern Michigan, Detroit, Michigan. Trimer-Hartley share some of her vision for the future of JA (Junior Achievement) and the cities of Detroit and Flint. Their region encompasses 12 counties, inclusive of Genesee. It's a role she has served in since January. Junior Achievement is an organization redefining itself, but staying true to its mission. Chris finds out about some of the organization's vision and top priorities for this year. They also touch upon interaction with Detroit Public Schools, an issue which needs to be addressed; along with some specific programs being offered by JA to help prepare DPS students for their future.

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Troy Michigan School District Beating the Trends

Michigan Business Beat
April 13, 2016 8:13 PM

Chris Holman welcomes Troy Michigan's School Superintendent Dr. Richard Machesky. They discuss Dr. Machesky's professional background, then get into the most asked questions he gets from those outside education. They also get in to how the Troy School District has seen an increase in enrollment while most school districts in Michigan are experiencing a decline. From there they key upon TSD's newly developed core values that include fiscal stability – and use that to also reinforce the importance of working collaboratively with that community including the business around Troy, Michigan. Strong communities are a result of strong schools!

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