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The Lake Superior Community Partnership Celebrating Its 20th Anniversary This Year

U.P. Perspectives
March 15, 2018 1:00 PM

As many in the Upper Peninsula know, the LSCP (Lake Superior Community Partnership), in Marquette County is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. But this economic development group is a great example of good things on the move in Michigan. Below is the speech their Chief Executive Officer, Amy Clickner gave at their annual dinner, trying to put the last 20 years into words.

“How can you sum up 20 years? How do you convey exactly how you feel about the organization you basically grew up in? The one you have so much pride in that the advice “don’t take it personally” or “it’s just a job” is really tough to swallow and makes you work harder?

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Lansing MLK, Jr., Commission 2018 MLK Art Exhibit, "Remembering Martin" March 4 - April 30

Michigan Business Network
March 5, 2018 9:00 AM

Days ahead of an art exhibit in East Lansing planned by the Greater Lansing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Commision, MBN's Jeffrey Mosher, spoke with the commision's chairperson Elaine Hardy. The MLK art exhibit is presented by the Greater Lansing Area Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Commission and commemorates the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination.

Artwork and artifacts represent Dr. King’s life from the 1957 founding of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, for which Dr. King was the first elected president, to his assassination April 4, 1968, and funeral April 9. • Included are three prints autographed by John Lewis, a U.S. representative for Georgia and a leader in the civil rights movement.

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BBB® Wise Giving Wednesday: Fundraising for Victims of Parkland Shooting

Michigan Business Network
February 28, 2018 8:00 AM

SOUTHFIELD, MI - It is with heavy hearts that we endure another mass shooting which resulted in the senseless deaths of 17 school children, this time at a high school in Parkland, Florida. As expected, many are motivated to assist the families affected by this tragedy and to provide support to help restore the surrounding community. Crowdfunding sites continue to be a popular means to provide support and a number of them have already raised significant sums.

We encourage donors to stay informed about potential problem appeals and to be aware that not all crowdfunding sites operate in the same way. Some take steps to catch questionable efforts while others may not be so careful. One caution is that a crowdfunding posting should get permission from the families before using photos or names of victims. Unfortunately, this is not always done.

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Working Families Eligible for Michigan Earned Income Tax Credit

Michigan Business Network
February 28, 2018 6:00 AM

State of Michigan Provides 6 Percent Match on Federal Tax Credit

LANSING, Mich. – Working families and individuals with low to moderate income who receive a federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) can receive a 6 percent matching tax credit from the state of Michigan, according to the Michigan Department of Treasury.

To qualify, individuals must meet certain requirements and file a federal income tax return, even if no tax is owed or there is no requirement to file a return. If a federal EITC is granted, the state of Michigan will provide a 6 percent supplemental EITC when the taxpayer files his or her state income tax return.

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Free Pancakes Served Tuesday at East Lansing IHOP To Benefit Sparrow Children’s Center

Michigan Business Network
February 23, 2018 11:00 AM

LANSING, MI – There’s nothing better than free buttermilk pancakes to start the day – unless you can also support children’s health at the same time.

Tuesday, Feb. 27, is National Pancake Day and the East Lansing IHOP will serve free pancakes from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. In return, guests are asked to help make a difference by leaving a donation to benefit the Sparrow Children’s Center, a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. The IHOP is located at 2771 E. Grand River Avenue.

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In Time for American Heart Month, Sparrow Receives Major Cardiac Care Honors

Michigan Business Network
February 20, 2018 11:00 AM

LANSING, MI – Commemorating American Heart Month, Sparrow Hospital’s Heart and Vascular program has been nationally recognized by the American College of Cardiology for its care of heart attack Patients.

Sparrow is the only hospital in Michigan to receive an ACTION Registry® Silver Performance Achievement Award from the ACC’s National Cardiovascular Data Registry. Inclusion on the Registry – recently published in U.S. News & World Report – marks a hospital’s success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack Patients by meeting aggressive performance measures and American Heart Association clinical guidelines.

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Sparrow FastCare, Community Hospitals Receive National Honors for Patient Satisfaction

Michigan Business Network
February 19, 2018 4:00 PM

LANSING, MI – Sparrow, its FastCare practices, and its Carson City, Clinton, and Ionia Community Hospitals have been honored with numerous awards from a national organization that tracks top scores for Patient satisfaction.

The hospitals received the honors from Professional Research Consultants, Inc. during the annual PRC Excellence in Healthcare Conference.

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LAFCU, Lansing Postal Community Credit Union Announce Intent to Merge

Michigan Business Network
February 19, 2018 12:00 PM

Regulatory approval received; membership vote set for March 14

LANSING, Mich. — The LAFCU and Lansing Postal Community Credit Union (LPCCU) respective boards of directors have jointly announced their intent to merge the credit unions.

The merger has received regulatory approval and will be put to a vote of LPCCU members March 14. Information and ballots will be mailed to members late February.

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Former Sparrow Chief Resident Named as Top Resident Nationally in Emergency Medicine

Michigan Business Network
February 15, 2018 1:00 PM

LANSING, MI – Former Sparrow Chief Resident Kate Hughes, D.O., has been named the nation’s top Resident in Emergency Medicine following her tenure at Sparrow.

Dr. Hughes, who graduated from the Sparrow residency program after four years, was given the 2017 Outstanding Resident of the Year in Emergency Medicine by the American Osteopathic Foundation and American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians.

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BBB® Study: Online Romance Scams Coaxing Millions out of Unsuspecting Victims

Michigan Business Network
February 13, 2018 7:00 PM

SOUTHFIELD, MI - February 13, 2018 – A study released by the Better Business Bureau (BBB) reveals an estimated 1 million Americans have been victimized in romance fraud scams with losses nearing $1 billion over the last three years. BBB warns those who use dating websites to be wary of scammers who prey on unsuspecting victims.

The study – “Online Romance Scams: A Better Business Bureau Study on How Scammers Use Impersonation, Blackmail and Trickery to Steal from Unsuspecting Daters” – says the scheme can take a number of months to play out as the scammer gains the victim’s trust. The scammer eventually will ask for small amounts of money to feel out the victim. Victims often turn into unknowing accomplices of money laundering.

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