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Michigan AFL-CIO Celebrates 34th Legislative Convention

Michigan Business Network
October 21, 2021 12:00 PM

LANSING - Wednesday morning the Michigan AFL-CIO hosted their 34th Legislative Convention, attended by scores of union members across the state. Under the theme “Honoring Frontline Heroes,” the convention explored the hard-fought wins of the Michigan labor movement during the COVID-19 pandemic, the increase of workers using their collective power by going on strike, and the importance of supporting union members on the picket line.

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MCDC CARES Program / Greater Lansing Food Bank

Michigan Business Network
October 20, 2021 10:00 AM

MCDC Cares Program

Thanks to you and MCDC employee fundraising efforts the MCDC Cares Program was able to raise $1,650. along with food donations to the “ Greater Lansing Food Bank ” during our  2021 Annual Lender Golf Outing .
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SBA | Economic Aid update : PPP Forgiveness, COVID EIDL and Data Sources

Michigan Business Network
October 20, 2021 7:00 AM

Since mid-2020, the SBA has delivered more than $1 trillion in economic aid ($173+ billion in the Great Lakes region) via COVID relief measures to help the nation’s small businesses and those hardest hit by the pandemic survive. Fiscal year-end traditional SBA-backed lending numbers should be released this week and the SBA is on schedule to celebrate National Veterans Small Business Week from Nov. 1 to 5. We also are gearing up for the 2022 National Small Business Week to return the first week of May with details on award nominations to come in November as well.

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­­Clinton County Board of Commissioners Selects LEAP to Administer $2M Small Business Grant Program,

Pure Lansing
October 18, 2021 4:00 PM

Application Open Oct. 20, 2021 

LANSING, Mich. (Oct 18, 2021) — The Clinton County Board of Commissioners took action to assist small businesses negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic by allocating $2 million from the county’s first tranche of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds for small business grants. The county selected the Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) to design and administer the program, which will deliver grants ranging from $10,000-$25,000 to small businesses with 100 or fewer employees physically located in Clinton County.

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LEO | Bureau of Services for Blind Persons presents Excellence Awards

Michigan Business Network
October 15, 2021 6:00 PM

LANSING, Mich.—Fifteen individuals and organizations were recognized during yesterday's Excellence Awards ceremony, presented by the Bureau of Services for Blind Persons (BSBP). These awards recognize individuals who have achieved their goals for employment or independent living after vision loss, as well as organizations who represent the values of National Disability Employment Awareness Month and BSBP’s core value of inclusion and diversity.

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$1.25M in Grant Awards from $11M Ingham County Sunrise Grant Program Released, More Awards on the Way

Pure Lansing
October 15, 2021 4:00 PM

83 Grants Awarded to Nonprofits Across Ingham County

LANSING, Mich. (Oct. 15, 2021) — Today, the Ingham County Board of Commissioners and the Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) announced additional grant recipients of the $11M Ingham County Sunrise Small Business Grants Program.

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Michigan Business Beat | MFEA / MichiganFun Getting Set for Annual Convention

Michigan Business Beat
October 14, 2021 6:00 PM

Chris Holman connects with Michigan Festivals & Events Association's Executive Director Mike Szukhent to discuss the upcoming 29th Annual MFEA Convention set for November 4-6, 2021.

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LEAP Receives Top International Excellence in Economic Development Awards from the International Economic Development Council

Pure Lansing
October 8, 2021 4:00 PM

Excellence in Project Work and Economic Equity Programming Awards from Economic Development Industry's Most Respected Governing Body

LANSING, Mich. (Oct. 8, 2021) – Building off a respected history of excellence in economic development practice, the Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) received two top international Excellence in Economic Development Awards from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) today. LEAP received a Gold Rank for the BLOCK600 project in the Real Estate Redevelopment and Reuse category and a Gold Rank for its One and All-Inclusive Entrepreneurship Initiative Economic Equity and Inclusion category.

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LEO | Recognizing abilities: customers, businesses, and partners received Michigan Rehabilitation Services Champion Awards

Michigan Business Network
October 8, 2021 3:15 PM

LANSING, Mich.—Eleven individuals and organizations were recognized during yesterday’s 13th annual Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS) Champion Awards ceremony. Champion Awards recipients show the resilience and employable skills and talents of Michiganders with disabilities. They each personify the best of what is possible when championing a diverse and inclusive workforce.

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Automation Alley | Fall is All about Industry 4.0 Innovation

Michigan Business Beat
October 8, 2021 1:00 PM

Fall Brings Innovation

It's been an exciting month here at Automation Alley. Along with TechTown, we were awarded the Build to Scale grant by the Economic Development Administration. Our members are also still gearing up for the return of Integr8, which is now being held on May 10, 2022.

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