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Sparrow receives grant from Capital Region Community Foundation for “suit” for young Patients

Michigan Business Network
August 4, 2017 9:00 AM

LANSING, MI – The Capital Region Community Foundation has awarded a $8,862 grant to the Sparrow Foundation to help finance an innovative exercise device, worn like a suit, for children with cerebral palsy and other debilitating conditions.

The TheraSuit consists of a cap, vest, shorts, knee pads, and arm and shoe attachments and helps with muscle tone and balance in children undergoing physical therapy or at home. The device, used in hundreds of clinics around the country, supports weak muscles, strengthens other muscles, and promotes development of motor skills.

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08-02-2017: LAFCU offers ‘Community Champions’ college scholarships; application deadline August 11

Michigan Business Network
August 2, 2017 2:00 PM

LANSING, Mich. — LAFCU is offering up to six college scholarships as part of its LAFCU Community Champions program that recognizes those who serve our country and community. The application deadline is Friday, Aug. 11, 2017.

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Foster Swift: The Department of Labor Small Business 401(k) Money Grab

Michigan Business Network
August 2, 2017 12:00 PM

LANSING, Mich. – While most businesses and business owners have developed a healthy fear of IRS tax audits, the U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) authority to audit 401(k) plans has not drawn the same attention. For the sake of your small business, and your personal finances, this lack of awareness of the DOL's 401(k) money grab must change immediately! This article seeks to sound the alarm on this immediate threat to small businesses and business owners, and proposes key strategic measures you can take to defend against a potentially disastrous DOL 401(k) audit.

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The MFBI Closes This Week. Please Share Your Opinions

Michigan Business Network
August 2, 2017 9:22 AM

Your opportunity to share your opinions about doing business in Michigan is fading fast. The Summer 2017 Michigan Future Business Index survey– the voice of Michigan’s small businesses ­– will close at the end of this week. Since 2006, the Michigan Business Network, the Accident Fund Insurance Company of America and ROI Insighthave been surveying business leaders like you and analyzing and reporting trends in the state’s small to mid-sized business economy. Please respond today.

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Foster Swift: Genovich Named One of Michigan Lawyers Weekly's 2017 "Women in the Law"

Michigan Business Network
August 1, 2017 6:00 PM

LANSING, Mich. – Foster Swift Collins & Smith, PC shareholder Laura Genovich has been selected as one of Michigan Lawyers Weekly's "Women in the Law" for 2017. For eight years running, Michigan Lawyers Weekly has recognized women in the legal profession from across the state who have demonstrated leadership, a commitment to excellence in the practice of law and community service.

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City of Lansing Targeted Façade Improvement Matching Grant Applications Due August 4, 2017

Pure Lansing
August 1, 2017 1:00 PM

LANSING, MI – Applications for the City of Lansing’s new Targeted Façade Improvement Matching Grant Program are due Friday, August 4, 2017 by 5 p.m. The Targeted Façade Improvement Matching Grant Program will provide up to $15,000 in one-to-one reimbursed matching funds for new permanent structural and aesthetic improvements in critical areas of the City.

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Foster Swift: Richardson Named VP of MDTC

Michigan Business Network
July 31, 2017 5:00 PM

LANSING, Mich. –Josh Richardson, an attorney shareholder with the Lansing office of Foster Swift Collins & Smith, PC, has recently been named the Vice President of the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel (MDTC).

The MDTC is an association comprised of the top lawyers in the state whose sole purpose is dedicating themselves to the excellent representation of both individuals and corporations in matters of civil litigation. The members of the MDTC create tremendous awareness that is felt through their Amicus Briefs: legal documents that are handed over by non-parties that can provide relevance and have interest in the case. These are often filed by the express invitation of the Supreme Court. The organization reaches the masses through their well-received seminars and quarterly publications. Being a member of the MDTC also has the benefits of meeting potential new clients and collaborating with other attorneys.

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New South Washington Redevelopments to Create Jobs and Diversify REO Town Commercial Space

Pure Lansing
July 28, 2017 9:00 AM

Sleepwalker Spirits & Ale and Wheel House Pottery Studio to Open in Renovated REO Town Buildings

LANSING, MI – Wednesday morning July 26th, Mayor Virg Bernero and the Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) announced the redevelopment of two adjacent properties located at 1101 and 1103 South Washington Avenue in REO Town. Through the renovation of the two properties, the existing structures will be transformed into vibrant new mixed-use spaces in Lansing’s REO Town district.

“Redevelopment of existing buildings is booming all over the city, helping us keep and create quality jobs in Lansing and providing a venue for terrific new businesses led by talented entrepreneurs," said Mayor Bernero. "Leveraging our existing assets and strong collaborative partnerships are key to the city’s long-term competitiveness, and these redevelopment projects are great examples of both.”

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BBB® New Restrictions For Telemarketers: Know Your Rights

Michigan Business Network
July 25, 2017 4:00 PM

Chris Holman catches up with Melanie Duquesnel, President & CEO, Better Business Bureau of Eastern Michigan, Southfield, MI. For July they discuss new restrictions adopted last year by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Your rights have an extra layer or two of protection when it comes to telemarketing calls. The laws focus on what can and can’t be done during a robocall.

What is a robocall? You’ve more than likely received recorded messages on your cellphone or landline. Instead of a live person on the other line, you hear a message that runs from start to finish.

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The Lake Superior Community Partnership and Dickinson Area EDA Announce Collaboration

U.P. Perspectives
July 25, 2017 11:00 AM

The Lake Superior Community Partnership (LSCP) and Dickinson Area Economic Development Alliance (DAEDA) are pleased to announce the signing of a formal collaborative agreement between the two entities that will have the LSCP providing economic development services and support to the DAEDA staff and board of directors.

"Our board and community stakeholders have worked diligently over the last 15 months to develop a plan and garner the necessary resources to take economic development in our county to the next level," stated Russ Kassin, DAEDA Chairman. "We are fortunate to have been able to work with the team at the LSCP whose credentialed and experienced staff will play a significant role in our economic development activities."

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