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Consumers Energy Offers Appliance Recycling, Helping Michigan Residents Reduce Costs and Earn Rebates

Michigan Business Network
April 21, 2017 4:00 PM

JACKSON, Mich., April 17, 2017 – As Michigan residents start their spring cleaning, Consumers Energy is encouraging people to turn old household items into cash through its appliance recycling program.

Consumers Energy expects to recycle over 20,000 old refrigerators, freezers, room air conditioners and dehumidifiers this year. The energy provider started offering appliance recycling again after suspending its program in November.

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PPA Workforce Development Experts Offer Insight on the Implementation of Workforce System Innovations

Michigan Business Network
April 21, 2017 3:00 PM

Vice president and director of education and workforce, Colleen E. Graber, and project manager, Michael J. Polzin, authored a paper to highlight lessons from PPA's evaluation of the Virginia Financial Success Network (VFSN)-a project funded by a U.S. Department of Labor Workforce Innovation Fund grant.

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Michigan Business Network
April 21, 2017 1:00 PM

AAA unveils top electric, hybrid and fuel-efficient vehicles

DEARBORN, MI — As Earth Day draws near, a new AAA study reveals that consumer interest in electric vehicles is charged up, showing that more than 30 million Americans are likely to buy an electric vehicle for their next car. In fact, the number of Americans interested in an electric vehicle approaches the number that are planning to purchase a pickup truck, with the survey showing that 15 percent are likely to buy an electric vehicle for their next car. Millennials are even more accepting of electric vehicles, with nearly one-in-five interested in going electric for their next car.

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The 2017 MVCA Research Report is Here!

Michigan Business Network
April 21, 2017 12:00 PM

April 16-22, 2017 is Michigan Venture Capital & Angel Investment Week!

April 16-22, 2017 is designated as "Michigan Venture Capital & Angel Investment Week"! The statewide recognition coincides with the release of the Michigan Venture Capital Association’s 2017 Research Report. The Michigan Venture Capital Association, founded in 2002, is celebrating 15 years of success in the entrepreneurial and investment community in Michigan. Venture capital and angel investors are funding Michigan's most innovative entrepreneurs and working closely with them to transform breakthrough ideas into new companies and industries that drive Michigan job creation and economic growth.

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LEAP Under the Bridge Project

Pure Lansing
April 21, 2017 11:00 AM

LANSING, MI – The Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) is pleased to announce that the highly anticipated Under the Bridge Project will launch into full swing this spring. In conjunction with the project, Lansing-based artist, Brian Whitfield, was commissioned to create four murals on the slopepavings underneath the US-127 bridge overpass along the Michigan Avenue corridor that joins Lansing and East Lansing. In addition, the Lansing Board of Water & Light will install 24 decorative LED lights that will illuminate the bridge.

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LAFCU fighting identity theft with CyberScout™, Shred Days

Michigan Business Network
April 19, 2017 3:00 PM

LANSING, Mich. — Protection of the financial health of members is a key credit union benefit, and LAFCU is ramping up its identity theft protective services with two important offerings.

To help members guard against identity theft, LAFCU is partnering with CyberScout™ to provide economical, year-round credit and fraud monitoring services. In addition, members with documents and other items containing identity information can have materials safely destroyed at the upcoming LAFCU Shred Day, April 22.

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Reimagined LAFCU letters garner national marketing awards

Michigan Business Network
April 17, 2017 10:00 AM

LANSING, Mich. — LAFCU’s giant letters spelling L-A-F-C-U have won three Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Diamond Awards, including one “Category’s Best,” for the “Letters as Art” campaign that reimagined the letters as a traveling art show.

The 6-foot-tall letters, which cumulatively span 35 feet, were created for a television commercial honoring LAFCU’s 80th anniversary in 2016. When displayed in public, the letters became so popular they were put to work to further reinforce the LAFCU brand. The five letters were each repainted by a Michigan artist to create a mobile, billboard-size art show expressing the concepts of art, growth and community.

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Still time to fund 2016 HSA, IRA at LAFCU before April 18 tax-filing deadline

Michigan Business Network
April 14, 2017 10:30 AM

Filing Deadline Tuesday April 18th 

LANSING, Mich. — Two types of savings accounts may be the solution for some last-minute tax savings for people who act quickly. LAFCU offers health savings accounts (HSAs) and IRAs that can be opened and funded before the tax-filing deadline of April 18 for possible savings on 2016 taxes.

“HSAs and IRAs offer tax benefits designed to encourage savings,” said Kelli Ellsworth Etchison, LAFCU senior vice president of marketing. “LAFCU is a not-for-profit organization that exists to serve its members. Based on this philosophy, LAFCU offers attractive credit union rates that help balances in HSAs and IRAs grow.”

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Treasury: Consider E-Filing with Income Tax Returns due in Less Than a Week

Michigan Business Network
April 12, 2017 9:00 AM

E-Filing Provides Greater Accuracy, Faster Processing and Quicker Refunds

LANSING, Mich. – Michigan taxpayers who still have not filed their state income tax returns are encouraged to consider e-filing with returns due in less than a week, according to the Michigan Department of Treasury (Treasury).

By 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, April 18, state income tax returns must be submitted by e-filing or postmarked through the U.S. mail. Taxpayers can go to www.mifastfile.org to learn about available options for e-filing for free or for a fee.

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April Declared Safe Digging Month in Michigan; Consumers Energy Offers Tips to Complete Projects Safely

Michigan Business Network
April 11, 2017 6:00 PM

Most Dig-in Damages Due to No Call to 811

JACKSON, Mich., April 10, 2017 – Consumers Energy has safety tips for do-it-yourselfers and contractors gearing up for digging projects this spring, and Gov. Rick Snyder is declaring April as Dig Safely Month to reinforce the importance of these reminders to Michigan residents.

“The No. 1 precaution to avoid underground utilities and perform a digging project safely is to first contact MISS DIG 811 before putting a shovel, backhoe, rototiller or any earth-moving equipment in the ground,” said Charles Crews, Consumers Energy’s vice president of gas operations. “The safety of our employees, our customers and our communities is the top priority at Consumers Energy. We want to emphasize it is simple and free to have underground utilities marked, and it is also the law if you are using power equipment.”

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