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Pure Lansing, hosted by Bob Trezise, focuses on positive news and events coming out of the Greater Lansing area.

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Lansing, Michigan: America’s Best Big Small City

Pure Lansing
July 30, 2020 2:00 PM

Lansing’s Resilient Economy and Midsize Market Status Combine to Make the Region A Top Location in the Post-COVID United States

LANSING, Mich. (July 30, 2020) – As economies slowly begin to restart and Americans adjust to a vastly different professional and social landscape, the places in which we choose to live, work and play are adjusting as well. According to Business Insider, one-third of Americans are considering moving to less densely populated places.

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LEAP Accepting Applications for $5.5 Million CARES Act Funded Small Business Restart Grants for Lansing Region Small Businesses and Nonprofits

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July 15, 2020 12:00 PM

More than 400 Grants Available for Small Businesses and Nonprofits Across Clinton, Eaton and Ingham Counties


LANSING, Mich. (July 15, 2020) – Following the creation of a small-business restart program by the Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF) on July 7, 2020, funded with $100 million received from the Federal Coronavirus Relief Fund, the Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) was allocated $5.5 million from the Michigan Small Business Restart Program to provide working capital grants to small businesses and nonprofit entities across Clinton, Eaton and Ingham counties.

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Mr. Leslie’s Cheesecakes Brought the Ingredients for Victory to LEAP’s July 9 Hatching

Pure Lansing
July 14, 2020 12:00 PM

Authentic Cheesecake Startup Takes Home Top Prize at Recent Business Pitch Competition


LANSING, Mich. (July 13, 2020)  Six Lansing-based entrepreneurs pitched their business ideas at LEAP’s July 9 virtual Hatching event, building on the theme of resilience for this year’s series of monthly events.

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LEAP to Receive $5.5 Million in Federal Funds from State for Small-Business Restart Grants to Lansing Region

Pure Lansing
July 7, 2020 3:00 PM

LEAP Partnering with Local Organizations to Equitably Distribute Grants Across Clinton, Eaton and Ingham Counties

LANSING, Mich. (July 7, 2020) – Following months of economic disruption caused by the COVID-19 crisis, more small-business support funds are once again on the way to the Lansing region by order of the federal government, Michigan legislature and Governor Gretchen Whitmer. The Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF) has created a small-business restart program with $100 million received from the Federal Coronavirus Relief Fund.

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Hoops University Lands a Slam Dunk at First Virtual Hatching Event

Pure Lansing
June 25, 2020 1:00 PM

Basketball-Focused Startup Takes Home Top Prize at LEAP’s June 11 Hatching


LANSING, Mich. (June 23, 2020) – At the June 11 Hatching, the theme of resilience was found not just in each entrepreneur’s presentation, but also within the event itself. In response to the coronavirus crisis (COVID-19), the monthly pitch competition has gone completely virtual with the help of Facebook Live and Streamyard.

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Chinese Tech Company Launches US Operations in Meridian Township

Pure Lansing
June 18, 2020 12:00 PM

LEAP’s Regional Business Attraction Unit Finds Chinese Tech Company US Homebase

LANSING, Mich. (June 18, 2020)  The Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) has announced the new US operations of Continental Oceans Technology Corporation (COTC) will be spearheaded out of an office in Meridian Township. COTC is a technology-driven company building a global trade, logistics and travel advisory platform to improve the travel experiences of users through technology. An emphasis will be placed on designing for Chinese nationals who are traveling or relocating for work, school, family or other purposes either temporarily or permanently.

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$600,000 in Relief Loans for 12 Lansing Region Small Businesses Approved by State and LEAP

Pure Lansing
June 11, 2020 7:00 PM

Relief Funds for Local Small Businesses Distributed by LEAP Across Clinton, Eaton and Ingham Counties Exceeds $1.2 Million During COVID-19 Crisis 

LANSING, Mich. (June 11, 2020) – Twelve Lansing area small businesses are leaping to higher ground thanks to relief loans from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s (MEDC) Michigan Small Business Relief Program (MSBRP), established by Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer following the onset of the novel coronavirus crisis (COVID-19).

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LEAP Committed to Inclusive Economic Development in Lansing Region

Pure Lansing
June 3, 2020 11:00 AM

Statement from LEAP President and CEO Bob Trezise and Board Chair Edythe Copeland

LANSING, Mich. (June 2, 2020) – The heart of LEAP’s mission is to create vibrant, inclusive and strong communities that more competitively support the attraction and growth of businesses, people and entrepreneurs in the three-county Lansing region. When we bring our board of directors together, at the start of each year, to sign our annual diversity, equity and inclusion statement and reaffirm LEAP’s commitment to each and every person from our community, it is a statement that carries through to our staff culture, our programs and funding available from LEAP.

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LEAP Receives 20,000 Face Masks for Lansing and Michigan Health Care Workers

Pure Lansing
May 28, 2020 8:00 AM

Thanks to Lansing-Hohhot Sister City Bond

 Investment in Key Economic Partnership Pays Off in Time of Need 

LANSING, Mich. (May 27, 2020) – Health care workers in the Lansing region and other areas in the state of Michigan with the greatest need will have better protection against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) thanks to a critical sister city relationship fostered by the Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) in collaboration with a local attorney, Lansing Mayor Andy Schor and Hohhot Municipal Government in Inner Mongolia, China.

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Publicom, Lansing Chamber, LEAP Announce Marketing Grant

Pure Lansing
May 7, 2020 4:00 PM

Marketing firm celebrates 41st anniversary with 40+1 Grant to help another business ‘thrive beyond the pandemic’; applications due June 15

OKEMOS, Mich. – Publicom Inc. is planning to give back in a big way as it enters its 41st year.

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