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Treasury: Taxpayers Can Check State Refund Status Online

Michigan Business Network
March 21, 2017 11:00 AM

More than $1.8 Billion in State Individual Income Tax Refunds Issued Last Year


LANSING, MI — Michiganders who recently filed a 2016 state individual income tax return can check the status of their refund online by going to www.michigan.gov/wheresmyrefund, according to the Michigan Department of Treasury (Treasury).


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Baker College helps raise awareness of cyber threats at March 29 small business workshop

Michigan Business Network
March 20, 2017 11:30 AM

FLINT TOWNSHIP, MI —The cyber defense program at Baker College’s Flint campus will be highlighted at a free workshop presented by the Michigan Small Business Development Center (MI-SBDC), Wednesday, March 29, 10 a.m. to noon.

The workshop, titled “Small Business, Big Threat: Cyber Security Awareness,” is intended to raise awareness of cyber threats to small businesses.

“We turned to Baker College to host and involve its cyber defense program because it is a tremendous resource for the small business community,” said Marsha Lyttle, director of the MI-SBDC I-69 Trade Corridor Region. 

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Michigan Business Network
March 17, 2017 7:30 PM

50% of  Total Traffic Fatalities in Michigan were Alcohol-related on St. Patrick’s Day Weekend

DEARBORN, MI —  AAA Michigan is sending out a statewide SHAMROCK SAFETY ALERT urging motorists to take extra care to help make their St. Patrick’s Day celebrations safe. This year, St. Patrick’s Day lands on Friday and the start of the weekend.  The risks for impaired driving are higher as many establishments will be promoting the holiday throughout the entire weekend with many promotions kicking off in the early morning hours and continuing until the 2am closing time.  According to the most recent available Michigan State Police Criminal Justice Information Center statistical reports from 2016:

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Sparrow once again serves as Presenting Sponsor of MHSAA Girls and Boys Basketball Finals

Michigan Business Network
March 17, 2017 6:30 PM

LANSING, MI —  Sparrow – which provides medical expertise and information to Michigan High School Association schools, their athletes, parents and staff – is once again serving as the Presenting Sponsor of this season’s state Girls and Boys Basketball Finals.

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Consumers Energy Recognized for Women in Leadership, Diverse Hiring Practices

Michigan Business Network
March 16, 2017 9:00 AM

Recent Awards, Ratings Recognize Consumers Energy’s Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion during Women’s History Month


JACKSON, MI — Consumers Energy was recognized as Company of the Year at the March 1 Michigan Career Mastered Women’s History Leadership in Action Awards event in Dearborn. The company also saw an upward move on the Ernst & Young Women in Power and Utilities Index in 2016. As Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day are celebrated in March, the company is proud to be recognized by independent sources for leadership on inclusiveness and diversity.

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Michigan Business Network
March 15, 2017 5:00 PM

New AAA survey reveals that Americans still leery of a driverless future 


DEABORN, MI —  In 2016, a AAA survey found that three-quarters of Americans reported feeling afraid to ride in a self-driving car.  One year later, a new AAA survey found that fear is unchanged. The report reveals that a majority (59%) of U.S. drivers seek autonomous technologies in their next vehicle, but remain apprehensive about a fully self-driving car. This marked contrast suggests that American drivers are ready to embrace autonomous technology, but they are not yet ready to give up full control.


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Gov. Rick Snyder announces new communities for the Michigan Main Street Program

Michigan Business Network
March 15, 2017 2:00 PM


Gov. Rick Snyder has announced the selection of Charlotte, Lapeer and Sault Ste. Marie by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation to take part in the Selected Level Michigan Main Street program.

As part of the Selected Level of Michigan Main Street, these three communities will receive five years of intensive technical assistance from MEDC with a focus on revitalization strategies designed to attract new residents, business investments, economic growth and job creation to their central business districts.

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Michigan Treasury: Phone Scams a Serious Threat during Tax Season

Michigan Business Network
March 13, 2017 4:00 PM

Never Provide Personal Information Over the Phone


LANSING, MI — Aggressive and threatening phone calls made by criminals impersonating state tax officials are on the rise in Michigan, according to the Michigan Department of Treasury (Treasury)..


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What are you Waiting For?

Michigan Business Network
March 13, 2017 2:00 PM

Make Some Memories This Winter! 

GAYLORD, MI —  There's still time to head to Treetops for a Family Ski Trip, Couple's Getaway, or just a
fun day on the mountain! Don't Downhill Ski or Snowboard? No problem! Explore our Cross Country & Snowshoe Trails, Fat Tire Bike Trails, or relax in the Spa . 
We'd love to hear from you! Call: 855-381-4119 

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Habitat for Humanity leader named to Sparrow Ionia Hospital Board of Directors

Michigan Business Network
March 13, 2017 1:00 PM

IONIA, MI —  Sandra Pearson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Habitat for Humanity of Michigan, has been named to the Sparrow Ionia Hospital Board of Directors.

Pearson, of Portland, has been a leader in housing in Michigan and brings a lifetime of compassion and community involvement to the hospital board.

“Sandra embodies the spirit of community and brings talent, expertise and energy to the table,” said Sparrow Ionia Hospital President and CEO Bill Roeser.

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