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MCAN | Michigan College Access Network Awards over $100,000 in FAFSA Completion Grants

Michigan Business Network
June 22, 2022 12:00 PM

Funding dedicated to increasing the FAFSA completion rate for the class of 2022 

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) has awarded $108,341 in FAFSA Completion Grants to 26 grantees. Grantees include high schools, career tech centers, community-based organizations and higher education institutions from across the state.

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Start Garden Demo Day Winner Receives $500k Investment

Michigan Business Network
June 8, 2022 3:00 PM

Local Tech Startup Gets into Top Global Accelerator, Receiving $500,000 Investment 

(GRAND RAPIDS, MI) - Grand Rapids-based tech start-up and Start Garden tenant Payload CMS has been accepted into and received a $500,000 investment from highly competitive tech accelerator Y Combinator. With an acceptance rate of less than 3% and alumni like Airbnb, Dropbox, Doordash, Instacart, and Reddit, Y Combinator is more difficult to get into than Harvard.

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Governor Whitmer Announces Pfizer to Invest $120 Million to Produce Lifesaving COVID-19 Treatment in Kalamazoo, Creating 250 High-Skill Jobs

Michigan Business Network
June 7, 2022 12:00 PM

LANSING, Mich. – Monday, Governor Whitmer joined Pfizer Inc. in announcing that it will further strengthen its commitment to Michigan manufacturing with a $120 million investment at its Kalamazoo, Michigan, facility, enabling U.S.-based production in support of its COVID-19 oral treatment, PAXLOVID, which will create more than 250 additional high-skill jobs at Pfizer’s Kalamazoo site. This investment builds on Governor Whitmer’s commitment to growing Michigan's economy and creating good-paying jobs for Michiganders across the state.  

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Gov. Whitmer Announces New Semiconductor Career and Apprenticeship Network Program

Michigan Business Network
May 27, 2022 2:00 PM

Aimed at Creating Good-Paying Jobs

LANSING, Mich. – Tuesday, Governor Gretchen Whitmer joined the Michigan Economic Development Corporation to announce Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF) approval of support for a new semiconductor technician apprenticeship program intended to strengthen the pipeline of the semiconductor workforce. MSF also approved $1.5 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Coronavirus, Aid Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES) funds grant that will be used to plan and develop the program. 

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Cinnaire’s Resident Rental Relief Fund Provides Support to 450 Families

Michigan Business Network
May 19, 2022 4:00 PM

In January 2021, Cinnaire established the COVID-19 Resident Rental Relief Fund to provide support to renters throughout our footprint suffering from financial hardship due to the pandemic. Cinnaire contributed $250,000 and Delta Dental, the nation’s largest provider of dental benefits, provided a $250,000 contribution to support the COVID-19 Resident Rental Relief Fund. While eviction moratoria helped to keep people housed during the height of the pandemic, many low-income renters faced job loss and income reductions accruing large debts they were not able to repay without additional support.

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SBAM | The Future of the Office Work Environment

Michigan Business Network
May 18, 2022 5:00 PM

How the COVID Pandemic Fundamentally Changed the Workplace

Originally featured in SBAM’s FOCUS Magazine

The global pandemic forced most employers to send their employees home to work remotely, and companies had to go from zero to 60 to figure out how to run their businesses with their teams indefinitely out of the office. We should keep in mind that this seismic shift in the modern workplace occurred in just over two years.

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Dr. Knight Earns Recognition as Governor’s Service Award Winner

Michigan Business Network
April 21, 2022 8:00 AM

MI Food Bank Council leader credited for efforts during pandemic 

LANSING, Mich. – The heroics of many individuals during the pandemic helped feed the minds, bodies, and souls of a countless number of Michiganders. Among them is Dr. Phil Knight, executive director of the Food Bank Council of Michigan (FBCM).

                   For his leadership in providing access to food during these challenging times, Knight received a COVID-19 Governor’s Service Award. His tireless efforts, along with those in the seven regional food banks that make up the Council, delivered a record-breaking number of meals to families, children, and seniors.

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Michigan Business Beat | Michigan Supreme Court Associate Justice Richard Bernstein Three-Part Conversation

Michigan Business Network
March 21, 2022 9:00 AM

Chris Holman welcomes Michigan Supreme Court Associate Justice Richard Bernstein to the MBN Lansing studio for a three-part conversation on the 'Michigan Business Beat'.

The pair discuss his background and his role in the state of Michigan Supreme Court.

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Stabenow, Peters Announce Investment for Great Lakes Boat Building School

Michigan Business Network
March 16, 2022 11:00 AM

WASHINGTON, D.C - U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (MI) and Gary Peters (MI) Tuesday announced that the Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding $2.7 million to the Great Lakes Boat Building School, in Cedarville, Michigan. Senators Stabenow and Peters helped secure these funds in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Recovery Assistance Grant program.

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Media Business | Glenn Stevens Jr. How Media Covers Auto industry, Mobility, EV, and Logistics

Media Business
March 14, 2022 7:00 PM

Tony Conley is a newer content contributor and show host for Michigan Business Network. To wrap up his fourteenth episode, Tony has a three-segment conversation about how the media covers COVID, business, news, and politics along with differences between Michigan and the national scene. 

He joins Glenn Stevens Jr., the executive director of MICHauto and serves as the Detroit Regional Chamber’s vice president of automotive and mobility initiatives. 

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