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The Leadership Journey of Jason Kildea

Leadership Low Down
July 25, 2016 2:00 PM

When you drive through mid Michigan, particularly Lansing you will see reinvention, revitalization and renewal. New colorful buildings full tenants that are unique and inspired. The catalyst behind this work is Pat Gillespie, whom you’ve heard on this show tell his story. He is the leader I labeled the ‘Mike Illitch of Lansing” because of his vision and passion to see old things made new. Here is what I know about great leaders, they know they can’t be everything and they are emotionally secure to get great people around them that compliment them. Pat hired Jason Kildea, who has the rare and precious ability to execute! My leadership mentors all tell me, vision is awesome but in the end you have to execute. Jason Kildea is the Director of Project Management for the Gillespie Group and his ability to oversee, lead, influence and make things happen is uncanny. Listen to him share his leadership journey and how he is growing as a leader to become more effective as a influential leader who makes things happen.

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Failing His Way to Success As an Entrepreneur!

The Trep Talk
July 25, 2016 1:07 PM

Around 11 or 12 years old, Steve Jbara owner of SSJ Group, was waking up during the summer months, when most kids were sleeping in, to chalk and groom the little league diamond in his neighborhood. This small responsibility that Jbara started at such a young age prepared him for what was to come later on in life.

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Communications with Sue Cunningham

Michigan Business Beat
July 12, 2016 1:00 PM

After the untimely death of her father Dick Cunningham in December 2014, Sue Cunningham has taken over the family answering service, Cunningham Communications, and plans to grow the Grand Rapids business 50% over the next five years. As the only child, Sue Cunningham is now a woman-business owner of the longest, locally-owned answering service and call center in Grand Rapids, dating back to 1989. At a time of instantaneous communications, a telephone answering service still matters, Sue Cunningham says. An often-cited Forbes Magazine report, says 80 percent of callers will hang up if they hear voice mail instead of a live person answering the phone.  Sue brings her 13 years’ experience with the company, answering calls while working her way through Aquinas College, to maintaining the family legacy of personal service. Cunningham is available to comment on her company’s growth plans and why a personal touch still matters in this high-tech, high-speech business world.

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Profile of An Innovative Detroit-Based Entrepreneur, Candice Simons

Business Next
July 6, 2016 1:00 PM

Michael Rogers, vice president communications for the Small Business Association of Michigan, talks with entrepreneur Candice Simons, owner of Detroit-based Brooklyn Outdoor.

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Great Lakes Angels Helping Grow Businesses

Michigan Business Beat
June 28, 2016 4:30 PM

Chris Holman talks to Dave Weaver, head of the Great Lakes Angels. They discuss the upcoming events for the GLA along with how the GLA goes about helping businesses find start up capital. Dave discusses more in depth how the GLA helps to get companies started through the different events that they host. Chris and Dave also discuss more about the pitch competition being held by the GLA!

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Reports and Announcements for the Week of June 6, 2016

Week in Review
June 10, 2016 2:00 PM

The U.S. created just 38,000 new jobs in May and nearly half a million people dropped out of the labor force, raising doubts about the strength of the economy and possibly forcing the Federal Reserve to scuttle plans to raise interest rates this summer.  The increase in hiring was the smallest since the fall of 2010.  More than half of the nation’s major industries eliminated jobs last month, the first time that’s happened in several years. In another bad sign, temp employment fell by 21,000 and it’s down 64,000 so far this year, the Labor Department said.  In a surprising twist, the unemployment rate fell to 4.7% from 5% to mark the lowest level since the month before the Great Recession began in December 2007

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Koegel Meats Cooks Up 100th Year Celebration

Party @ MI Place
June 6, 2016 11:00 AM

John Koegel discusses many different and exciting things happening at Koegel Meats. He discusses the 100th anniversary celebration happening in 2016 along with some exciting new products and new expansion into other states! Listen below for the full story!

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Reports and Announcements for the Week of May 23, 2016

Week in Review
May 30, 2016 12:00 PM

Sales at U.S. retailers and restaurants grew at the fastest pace in more than a year last month, a sign consumers stepped up spending after a slow start to 2016. Retail sales advanced 1.3% in April from the prior month to a seasonally adjusted $453 billion, the Commerce Department said. It was the best monthly gain since March 2015. Compared with a year earlier, retail sales grew 3%.

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The Importance Of Injecting Creativity In Planning For Business Growth

Michigan Business Beat
May 12, 2016 2:41 PM

Elatia Abate, Coach for Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders, Founder of Dream Job Designs speaking about  entrepreneurs and business leaders: the importance of injecting creativity in planning for business growth / success.

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RMC Strategies on Combating The Talent Gap

Michigan Business Beat
May 3, 2016 4:00 PM

Jim Biermiester and Jamie Lytle, Managing Partners of Recruitment Management Consultants, LLC, (RMC) return to MBN after a recent spotlight on the Michigan Celebrates Feature. 
As one of the largest recruitment companies in the Michigan area. the discuss dealing with an unemployment rate of 2.8% in the IT sector and what that means for recruitment agencies in Michigan stating, "This is the essence of why we started the business."
RMC also talks about helping to combat Michigan talent moving out of state.
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