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New Poll: BWL Job Performance Rating Among Business, Residential Customers Remains Strong – and Is Growing

Michigan Business Network
January 21, 2020 5:00 PM

Customer support for renewable energy also increasing

LANSING, Mich. — The Lansing Board of Water & Light’s (BWL) job performance rating remains strong and continues to improve among business and residential customers, whose support for moving to more renewable energy sources in the future is also growing, two new EPIC-MRA surveys found.

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Harlem Globetrotter to perform basketball magic for Patients at Sparrow Children’s Center

Michigan Business Network
January 21, 2020 4:00 PM

Watch Hoops Green of the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters bring smiles, and her extraordinary basketball skills to the young Patients at the Sparrow Children’s Center. Green, only the 15th woman in the team’s 90-plus year history, is part of the team’s Smile Patrol Program, which visits over 150 children’s hospitals worldwide annually, creating lifetime memories as players display their ball handling wizardry, sign autographs, and share laughs with Patients.

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Business Travelers: Take Note of Updates to Per Diem Rates

Michigan Business Network
January 21, 2020 11:00 AM

Business travelers: Take note of updates to per diem rates

The IRS recently issued guidance on how businesses, self-employed individuals and qualified employees can use the per diem rules to substantiate their business travel expenses for tax purposes. The guidance in Revenue Procedure 2019-48 modifies 2011 guidance to reflect changes made by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA).

The per diem rules themselves haven’t significantly changed. Primarily, RP 2019-48 deletes guidance for taxpayers who, before the TCJA, were allowed to deduct certain unreimbursed business travel expenses. Here’s a refresher on what changed under the TCJA and the rules for using per diem rates.

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Retired Sparrow Carson/Sparrow Ionia Leader and Nurse Wife Receive Surprise Honor

Michigan Business Network
January 21, 2020 10:00 AM

LANSING, MI – Bill Roeser, recently retired President of Sparrow Carson and Sparrow Ionia hospitals, and wife Marcia, a longtime Sparrow Hospital Nurse, have received a surprise special honor in recognition of their many years of service to Sparrow, our Patients, and the community.


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$190k Check Presentation for MLK Jr. Commission of Mid-Michigan

Michigan Business Network
January 17, 2020 5:00 PM

On Friday, January 17th at the East Lansing Hannah Community Center the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commission of Mid-Michigan received $190K in donations. The donations were from area businesses to help the commission in its work to support equality, diversity and social justice in the mid-Michigan region. 

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Treasury: 1099-G Forms Being Sent to Some Taxpayers

Michigan Business Network
January 17, 2020 1:00 PM

State Income Tax Refund Information Needed for Itemized Federal Income Tax Return

LANSING, Mich. – Michigan taxpayers who received a state income tax refund and filed an itemized federal return last year will be receiving their Substitute Form 1099-G through the U.S. Postal Service, according to the Michigan Department of Treasury.


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NEWS RELEASE: Lansing Community College celebrates Black History Month

Michigan Business Network
January 17, 2020 8:00 AM

Lansing, Mich. - Lansing Community College is set to celebrate Black History Awareness Month with an array of special events. This year’s national theme, “African Americans and the Vote” explores the struggle to ensure that African Americans are able to fully participate in American democracy. To this end LCC has partnered with Lansing’s Office of the City Clerk to have voter registration available at this year’s events.

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MLK Commission Prepares for 2020 Day of Celebration

Michigan Business Network
January 15, 2020 6:19 PM

Event to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., 55th anniversary of ‘Bloody Sunday’

EAST LANSING, Mich. – A record 1,800 people are expected to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the 35th Annual MLK Day of Celebration hosted by the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commission of Mid-Michigan.

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Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce | Karen Grannemann Named 2019 ATHENA Leadership Award Recipient

Michigan Business Network
January 14, 2020 3:00 PM

University Club of Michigan State University CEO & General Manager to Be Honored March 24 at ATHENA Awards Luncheon

Lansing, MI – Karen Grannemann, CEO and general manager, University Club of Michigan State University, will be recognized March 24 as the recipient of the 2019 ATHENA Leadership Award. Grannemann will be honored by the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce at the annual ATHENA Awards luncheon, taking place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center in East Lansing.

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MEDC | This Just In: Michigan Ranked a Top State for Business Tax Climate

Michigan Business Network
January 14, 2020 2:00 PM

 

 

Michigan has once again ranked among the top states for doing business, this time coming in 12th in the Tax Foundation’s 2020 State Business Tax Climate Index. Up five spots from last year, Michigan is one of only two states in the Midwest to be in the top half of the rankings. Combined with a cost of living that is 10 percent below the national average, Michigan has repeatedly earned its reputation as a business-friendly state.

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