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Greater Lansing Welcomes Men’s Pro Tennis Tournament Back to Michigan

Michigan Business Network
July 28, 2021 12:00 PM

LANSING, Mich.— The Greater Lansing Sports Authority and the Mid-Michigan Tennis Association are excited to announce plans to host the Joe D. Pentecost Foundation Capital City Tennis Classic in Greater Lansing this Fall. The event was the first men’s professional-level tennis tournament to be held in the state of Michigan when it originated in 2019. Organizers took a hiatus in 2020 due to COVID but are enthusiastic about the events return in November 2021.

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AAA: "Miles to Empty" Warning Fuels When Drivers Decide to Fill Up

Michigan Business Network
July 27, 2021 5:00 PM

New research finds drivers should not rely too heavily on in-dash fuel economy displays

DEARBORN, Mich., (July 26, 2021) — In-dash fuel economy displays estimate the number of miles a vehicle gets per gallon, including how many “miles to empty.” AAA tested the accuracy of these systems and found their estimates vary significantly over shorter trips or are dependent on the consistency of things that affect gas mileage like speed and acceleration.

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Treasury: State Treasurer Announces Grants for Distressed Municipalities

Michigan Business Network
July 27, 2021 3:00 PM

More than $2.7 Million Awarded for
Infrastructure and Public Safety Projects

LANSING, Mich. – State Treasurer Rachael Eubanks today announced a total of $2.7 million is being awarded to 16 municipalities through the Financially Distressed Cities, Villages and Townships (FDCVT) Grant Program.

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Attorney General Nessel Issues Statement on $7M Approved for Wrongful Imprisonment Compensation Act Fund

Michigan Business Network
July 27, 2021 2:00 PM

LANSING   – Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel issued the following statement in response to Governor Gretchen Whitmer signing Senate Bill 27, a supplemental appropriations bill that includes $7 million for the Wrongful Imprisonment  Compensation Act (WICA) Fund:
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SBAM | Proposed Legislation Would Increase Availability of Affordable Health Coverage

Michigan Business Network
July 27, 2021 9:00 AM

The Coalition to Protect and Promote Association Health Plans Applauds New Introduction of Legislation

Washington - On behalf of small businesses and self-employed individuals across the country, we applaud members of Congress for their ongoing commitment to enacting policies that would give employees of small employers and self-employed individuals with no employees much-needed access to comprehensive, affordable health coverage through an “Association Health Plan” (AHP).

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SBAM | Avoiding Risk in Background Screening

Michigan Business Network
July 26, 2021 5:00 PM

By Susan Chance, courtesy of SBAM Approved Partner ASE

Is avoiding risk in background screening worth having someone on staff just to help with beefing up your company’s background checking practices?

One publication suggests just that. It has been my experience that most people working with backgrounds are wearing many hats, and especially with all of the events of the last 16 months or so, employers have been in a race to keep up with all of the changes to their practices just in regard to the COVID pandemic. Given the time and attention demanded by this, in addition to an already busy schedule, who has time to worry about the details of background checking?

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Accident Fund Grants $6.9 Million in Dividend Payments to Workers’ Compensation Insurance Group Policyholders

Michigan Business Beat
July 26, 2021 4:00 PM

Since Early 2020

Accident Fund Insurance Company of America, a premier provider of workers’ compensation insurance in the U.S., has paid $6.9 million in dividends to its Group Program members, which include chambers of commerce, associations, hospitality, and other groups who achieved targeted safety results in 2020 and 2021. The group dividend payments reached more than 11,000 members with an average dividend return of nearly six percent during that time, reflecting their commitment to workplace safety.

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U.P. Perspective | Small Business Has Big Impact

U.P. Perspectives
July 26, 2021 2:00 PM

News from Sarah Lucas and Lake Superior Community Partnership, sharing the U.P. Perspective:

Big business is always big news, dominating headlines and driving the dialogue on economic policy. But even as they demand our attention by sending their owners into space, down here on earth, we know there’s a lot more to the economy than giant companies, and that bigger isn’t always better.

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AAA: Michigan Motorists See Slight Decline in Pump Prices

Michigan Business Network
July 26, 2021 7:00 AM

The Michigan state average is down 4 cents compared to last week 

DEARBORN, Mich., (July 26, 2021) - Gas prices in Michigan dropped 4 cents compared to last week. Michigan drivers are now paying an average of $3.23 per gallon for regular unleaded. This price is 12 cents more than this time last month and $1.07 more than this time last year.

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DTMB | Michigan Regional Unemployment Rates Little Changed in June

Michigan Business Network
July 23, 2021 9:00 AM

LANSING, Mich. -- Not seasonally adjusted jobless rates were largely unchanged in most of Michigan’s 17 labor market areas during June, according to data released today from the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget.

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