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Tips for Hiring Qualified Veterans

Business Next
February 20, 2017 4:00 PM

Michael Rogers, communications officer for the Small Business Association of Michigan, talks with Jim Cowper, president of CPI Contract Professionals, to learn more about hiring veterans. From the CPI website: “A veteran owned entity, with more than $35 million in revenue, CPI’s mission is to be the premier source of technical professionals serving major and emerging industries, with a focus on putting veterans to work. Certified as an ISO: 9001 company, CPI has developed the internal processes and a rigorous discipline to provide highly qualified candidates year after year, to the most prestigious companies in the engineering and information technology industries.”

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Accounting Firm Noted for its Cool Workplace

Business Next
February 2, 2017 2:00 PM

Michael Rogers, communications officer for the Small Business Association of Michigan, talks with Angie Mastroionni, CPA, Managing Principal at MRPR CPAs and Advisors. The company was named a Cool Place to Work by Crain’s Detroit Business.

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Profile of a Cool Workplace in Michigan -- Cinnaire

Business Next
January 27, 2017 10:00 AM

Michael Rogers, communications officer for the Small Business Association of Michigan, talks with Mark McDaniel, president and CEO of Cinnaire in Lansing – named a Cool Place to Work by Crain’s Detroit Business. Cinnaire is a full-service community development financial partner that supports community stabilization and economic development by developing and nurturing partnerships with investors and mission-focused organizations. 

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Indian Food Entrepreneur Aims to Bring Indian Dishes to Every Dining Table in the State

Business Next
January 26, 2017 4:00 PM

Michael Rogers, communications officer for the Small Business Association of Michigan, talks with food innovator Priya Dass, co-founder of Disruptive Eating Indian Food. From Dass’ website: “We are a mission-first food vendor based in Ypsilanti, MI serving authentic and affordable Indian food since 2013 at our café ‘Nirmal’ and our mission is to fight the obesity and overweight prevalence here. Our HPPed packaged curry brings Indian food to every dining table in Michigan and beyond.”

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Randy Siever introduces The Lean Office

The Leaning Edge
January 19, 2017 7:30 PM

In a conversation with Debra Levantrosser, Randy Siever introduced The Lean Office during the January episode of Leaning Edge.

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Gary Kapanowski talks about the impact of accountants

The Leaning Edge
January 19, 2017 6:30 PM


Gary Kapanowski, Certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt and Certified ASQ Bronze Lean professional, is cost accountant for Moeller Manufacturing, a leading aerospace part supplier, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt Lecturer at Lawrence Technological University Professional Development Center. 

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Elliot Forsyth talks about cyber crime

The Leaning Edge
January 19, 2017 5:30 PM

Elliot Forsyth talks about how the cyber crime effect the regional business.

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Matthew Potoff Leon Speakers' Lean Journey

The Leaning Edge
January 19, 2017 4:30 PM

Matthew Potoff is the Director of Operations at Leon Speakers in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  He practices Lean on a daily basis – doing, teaching, and continuously learning.  From 2011 to 2016, Matthew was the Director of the Tauber Institute Operations Leadership Factory at the University of Michigan.  He has taught courses at the Ross School of Business and the department of Industrial and Operations Engineering at the University of Michigan.

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Jeneen McNally brings up the project of speak so they listen

The Leaning Edge
January 19, 2017 3:00 PM

Jeneen McNally is an energetic and accomplished corporate trainer, speaker, interviewer, and business developer.

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How to Write Successful Grant Proposals

Business Next
January 4, 2017 4:00 PM

Michael Rogers, vice president communications for the Small Business Association of Michigan, interviews Sue Tellier, owner with her husband Jon of Jetco Solutions in Grand Rapids. From their website: “JetCo Solutions was started by a husband-wife team who were both public servants – Jon served his country in the Army and Sue trained potential contractors for the State of Michigan. Jon was passionate about entrepreneurship and Sue was motivated by helping small businesses diversify into the public sector.

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