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2021 Economic Forecast For Mid-Michigan

Join the Michigan Business Network and community leaders for the annual 2021 Economic Forecast. The 2021 Economic Forecast for Mid-Michigan is one of the most anticipated economic forecast events in our community. Industry experts will review regional, state, and national trends as they relate to Mid-Michigan, providing an overall economic forecast for our area. 

Register in advance for this meeting:

*This is a free virtual event but you must register to attend.

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Kurt Rankin

PNC Holiday Sales Outlook: Huge Gain For Online Retailers

Kurt Rankin, VP, and Economist for the PNC Financial Services group gives a sales outlook for the 2020 holiday season. PNC expects an overall increase in holiday sales of 6% in 2020 from 2019. All of the growth will come from online sales, which PNC expects to surge by 27%. In-store holiday sales are expected to fall by 6%. The Viral Recession has accelerated consumers’ shift toward online spending and away from brick-and-mortar retailers.

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Moving Product More Efficiently

Host Jennifer Deamud welcomes the Owner of Conveyability Inc., Heath Verstraete, to the Build Smart Lead Strong podcast. 

Conveyability offers solutions to manufacturers who have any level of issues within their manufacturing facility. Heath Verstraete shares during the interview how they help customers solve problems and how seeking "out of the box" solutions can make a significant difference within a facility.

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Jamie Bennett

Lead With Kindness And Respect

Jamie Stepanian-Bennett is a creative business force with a great story to share! His current role as Vice President at iwerk is a valuable and innovative use of his extensive talents. His leadership roles have offered him extensive experiences and he serves them up in specific and very practical ways.

Jamie shares his philosophy of leading with kindness and reminds us of Martin Luther King's words, "The time is always right to do the right thing". Tune into this edition of the Leadership Lowdown...it's just the right thing to do!

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Sparrow PHP | COVID-19 Update / Open Enrollment Period

Chief Medical Director of Sparrow PHP, Peter Graham, MD, joins Chris Holman on the Michigan Business Network. Dr. Graham shares PHP’s perspective on the current resurgence of COVID-19 in our community and throughout the state. They also discuss the considerations for the upcoming holiday season as well as health coverage for 2021.

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MBN Resource Center

The MBN resource center is a hub of organizations that are helping the Michigan business community with business loan information, webinars, and other resources. 

Organizations include:

  • U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
  • National Small Business Association (NSBA)
  • Small Business Association of Michigan (SBAM)
  • Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC)
  • Small Business Development Center for Michigan (SBDC)
  • and more

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