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Leadership Lowdown | "What Are We Best At"?

Vic Verchereau welcomes Jeff Calhoun, who is the Executive Director for the Mid Michigan region of the Big Brothers Big Sisters. Jeff Clahoun's work with Big Brothers Big Sisters goes all the way back to his match with a young student and 30 years later, his friendship is still going strong. But that is the way Jeff has spent his career. Giving to others and leading with passion. His role as the Executive Director for the Mid Michigan region of the Big Brothers Big Sisters has been rewarding and full of making big moves through little steps. Now a regional agency, the program serves seven rural counties in central northern Michigan. Founded in 1975 to serve Clare and Gladwin counties, the agency was expanded almost 15 yrs ago by adding Roscommon, Mecosta and Osceola counties. 2018 brought the additions of both Gratiot and Montcalm Counties. Jeff is a passionate and experienced leader. Vic Vercheeau helps him trace his journey to reveal several big discoveries in this edition of the Leadership Lowdown! » Visit MBN website: www.michiganbusinessnetwork.com/ » Subscribe to MBN’s YouTube: www.youtube.com/channel/UCqNX… » Like MBN: www.facebook.com/mibiznetwork » Follow MBN: twitter.com/MIBizNetwork/ » MBN Instagram: www.instagram.com/mibiznetwork/

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Feb 20
Michigan Business Beat | Cliff Hammond, Foster Swift Preparing for New Independent Contractor Rules!

Chris Holman welcomes back Clifford {Cliff} Hammond Shareholder, Employment & Labor Lawyer, Foster Swift Collins & Smith, Southfield and Lansing Foster Swift, with a half dozen locations across Michigan. Topic: New Independent Contractor Rule. What’s is the new rule about? What are the industries and types of employers that may need to really take a close look at this? What can happen if you misclassify someone under this rule? Foster Swift also shared this recent article on the subject: Independent Contractor Final Rule Could Have Major Impact on Select Industries The much-anticipated independent contractor final rule issued earlier this month by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) will become effective March 11, 2024. Several years in the making, the new rule could result in a wholesale reexamination of worker classification practices, especially in industries where independent contractors are extensively utilized. Construction, transportation/logistics, healthcare, consulting/business/IT services and the gig sector (e.g., Uber, Lyft, DoorDash, and Grubhub) are among the industries that are most likely to experience a significant impact due to the changed requirements of the updated rule. The new rule utilizes a test like the ones many courts have used for years to determine whether workers should be classified and treated as independent contractors or employees under U.S. wage laws. The new version of the rule, however, is controversial because of the likelihood that it will result in the DOL recognizing fewer independent contractors and more employees. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other business groups are expected to challenge the rule in the courts. Louisiana Sen. Bill Cassidy has said a resolution will be introduced to repeal the rule. If such a resolution were to make it through both the Senate and House, it’s likely that President Biden would veto the measure. Independent Contractor Final Rule: The Details The final version of the rule utilizes a review and analysis which assesses the “totality of circumstances” to establish whether a worker is an independent contractor or an employee. The test analyzes six factors equally without assigning a predetermined weight to any particular or set of factors. The six factors are: Opportunity for Profit or Loss Depending on Managerial Skill – Whether the worker exercises managerial skill that affects their economic success or failure in performing the work. Investments by the Worker and Potential Employer – Whether the investments of a worker (capital or entrepreneurial) contribute to and support the maintenance and growth of the business. Degree of Permanence of the Work Relationship – Whether the nature of the work is steady, sporadic, or project-based with fixed beginning and ending dates. Nature and Degree of Control – Which party controls hiring, firing, scheduling, pricing, pay rates, supervision, and other economic and performance factors? Extent that Work Performed is an Integral Part of the Potential Employer’s Business – Whether the work performed is critical, necessary, or central to the potential employer’s principal line of business. The Worker’s Skill and Initiative – Whether a worker uses their own specialized skills together with business planning to support, grow, or improve the business. Employers should note that the new rule doesn’t represent new law. Nor does it create any new legal obligations, but rather clarifies the DOL’s interpretation of the existing law. In addition, the federal rule may not be fully applicable in those states which have their own laws or tests for classifying workers as employees or independent contractors, which include California, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and others.

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Feb 20
Michigan Business Beat | Kelli Ellsworth Etchison, LAFCU All About Community 2023 and 2024

Originally uploaded Feb. 6th reedited Feb. 16th. Chris Holman welcomes back Kelli Ellsworth Etchison, Chief Marketing Officer, and Chief Diversity Officer, LAFCU, Lansing, MI. We're just a couple of weeks past the MLK celebration in Lansing, remind the statewide business community of your, and LAFCU's involvement? Kelli, remind us of the LAFCU footprint across Michigan and some of your credit union service features? 2023 was a good year, between awards, educational opportunities, and community involvement, remind us of some highlights? What are you looking forward to in 2024? Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commission of Mid-Michigan to receive $152,500 in donations at check presentation Friday, Jan. 12, 2024 To kick off the 2024 MLK Day of Celebration activities, seven local businesses donated $152,500 to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commission of Mid-Michigan on Friday, Jan. 12 to support the commission’s work to promote equality, diversity and social justice. The donations will be used by the MLK Commission of Mid-Michigan for annual scholarships for graduating seniors, essay contests for middle school students and to support several community agencies. WHO: - Lansing Mayor Andy Schor - East Lansing City Manager Robert Belleman - Elaine Hardy, chair, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commission of Mid-Michigan - Commissioners of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commission of Mid-Michigan - Representatives from donor organizations: · Cinnaire - $50,000 · Jackson - $30,000 · Michigan State University Federal Credit Union - $20,000 · CASE Credit Union - $15,000 · LAFCU - $15,000 · Lake Trust Credit Union - $12,500 · Delta Dental of Michigan - $10,000 The MLK Commission of Mid-Michigan hosts the nation’s largest MLK Day luncheon each year in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Information about the 2024 event can be found at mlkmidmichigan.com/day-of-celebration. » Visit MBN website: www.michiganbusinessnetwork.com/ » Subscribe to MBN’s YouTube: www.youtube.com/channel/UCqNX… » Like MBN: www.facebook.com/mibiznetwork » Follow MBN: twitter.com/MIBizNetwork/ » MBN Instagram: www.instagram.com/mibiznetwork/

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Feb 20
Michigan Business Beat | Mike Witt, Cinnaire Reviews Latest Michigan Future Business Index Results

Chris Holman welcomes Mike Witt, SVP Asset Management, Cinnaire, Lansing, MI. Welcome Mike, tell us about the role of Asset Management for Cinnaire? Thank you for presenting the Michigan Future Business Index recently at the 2024 Mid Michigan Economic Forecast Breakfast. Tell us about some of your take-aways from the MFBI? What did Cinnaire find for their experience compared to the latest statewide numbers? What's the forecast for the next 6 months? In a recent statewide survey of 609 small to medium-sized businesses, respondents to the latest Michigan Future Business Index (MFBI) indicated concerns over wage inflation, supply chain issues, and overall inflation continue to shrink. While sales and profits hit record lows over the past year, data indicates there are brighter days ahead, based on small business expectations. The semi-annual MFBI was commissioned by the Michigan Business Network. The survey is sponsored by Cinnaire and conducted by the Michigan-based market research firm ROI Insight. Mike Witt, Cinnaire SVP Asset Management, joined Chris Holman, Michigan Business Network CEO, to share the results in a forum. “The Michigan Future Business Index offers valuable insights for community leaders, policymakers, and advocates, shedding light on the challenges faced by business owners in today’s economy,” said Mike Witt. “The survey provides a platform for small business owners to articulate their distinct perspectives, enabling decision-makers to better comprehend and address business operations in Michigan. Small businesses fill a crucial role in fostering healthy communities. We are pleased to join our partners from the Michigan Business Network to share the results of the survey.” Overall satisfaction with the business economy remains in positive territory after recovering from the negative in Q2. A plurality of business owners say they are satisfied with the business economy in Michigan. Nearly half of all respondents are optimistic about demand, growth, or opportunity in the next six months. “With the release of the Q4 2024 Michigan Future Business Index, we found that the last six months were very difficult on revenue and profit,” Holman said. “It should be noted that the enthusiasm for improvement did go up and business is expecting a better six months ahead. The index for satisfaction with Michigan as a good place to do business also climbed.” Additional Findings Nearly half of businesses say they have fully recovered from the pandemic, projects for sales, profits, and hiring are trending upward Satisfaction with the business economy holds positive at 50% Michigan continues to be a great place for small businesses – 62% believe Michigan remains a pretty good (46%) to excellent (16%) market for their business; 59% say our state business taxes are mostly (53%) to very (6%) fair About Cinnaire Cinnaire is a non-profit financial partner that supports affordable housing developments along with community and economic revitalization initiatives through creative investments, loans and real estate development services. Since 1993, Cinnaire has invested $4.7 billion to support the development of 811 housing communities in 10 states, providing 49,700 affordable apartment homes for more than 100,000 individuals and families and has provided community development loans to support the creation/retention of more than 187,000 square feet of commercial, mixed-use, and community space. In its mission to change lives and transform neighborhoods into thriving communities, Cinnaire has helped to create or retain over 76,000 jobs and spur $8.8 billion in economic impact. https://cinnaire.com » Visit MBN website: www.michiganbusinessnetwork.com/ » Subscribe to MBN’s YouTube: www.youtube.com/channel/UCqNX… » Like MBN: www.facebook.com/mibiznetwork » Follow MBN: twitter.com/MIBizNetwork/ » MBN Instagram: www.instagram.com/mibiznetwork/

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Feb 20
Michigan Business Beat | Reuben Williams & Gabe Ankamafio Sharing HomeChow Food Service w/ Michigan!

Chris Holman welcomes Ruben Williams, MSU Grad project manager, at Homechow - his former company North Star Environmental along with Gabriel "Gabe" Ankamafio CEO at Homechow Food Service, Rochester, NY. Tell us a bit about Homechow? You're introducing a groundbreaking concept to Michigan entrepreneurs? Passive Revenue with a Hot Twist, tell us about that? Strategic Placement for On-the-Go Convenience, enlighten us? Sounds like Affordable Entry into the Hot Meal Franchise, what else should we know? More details were shared through a release Homechow Food Service, the leading provider of freshly made hot food meal-pack vending kiosks, proudly announces its strategic initiative to grow and expand its business through a groundbreaking Non-Operational Franchisee Partnership (NFP). Homechow, headquartered in Rochester, New York, is renowned for its fresh, hot, ready-to-eat out-of-the-box meal pack self-service. The company's latest venture into the NFP space marks the introduction of the first-of-its-kind passive revenue-generating food business franchise, offering unprecedented opportunities for individuals to participate in the thriving food industry without the burdens of day-to-day operations. With Homechow managing the patented kiosk, handling daily meal-pack stocking, maintaining the kiosk units, and overseeing marketing and sales activities, franchisees can enjoy the benefits of ownership without the need for direct involvement in business operations. The NFP owners can conveniently cash out their daily sales electronically through the user-friendly Homechow app. One of the key advantages of this innovative franchising model is the ability for franchisees to own multiple unit kiosks, enhancing daily passive revenue from strategically placed kiosk units. These units are strategically located in high-traffic areas where customers' daily lives intersect, including office lunchrooms, entertainment centers, schools, hospital dining areas, airports, convenience stores, and various other locations frequented by individuals seeking on-the-go meals. Homechow Food Service is proud to offer this unparalleled non-operational franchising food kiosk business at an attractive entry cost of $25,000. The company has partnered with Rustwood Capital to provide small business loans to potential franchisees eager to seize the opportunity to own their own food franchise without the usual operational challenges. "With the current low entry cost and easy access to financing through Rustwood Capital, there's never been a better time to venture into the food industry without the additional headaches associated with business ownership," said Gabriel Ankamafio, CEO at Homechow Food Service. “With such an excitingly new foodservice franchising model, franchisees will take advantage of owning multiple Homechow's kiosks and that's exactly the reason we're getting in early to provide the financing service to accelerate this for franchisee partners. It is deemed to be one of the best passive income generators . We have had enormous success funding small businesses and growing as they grow. We are excited for what's to come as Homechow scales nationwide.” - Sandeep Singh, CEO of Rustwood Capital For more information about Homechow Food Service's non-operational franchising opportunities, please visit https://homechow.co/own-a-kiosk or visit the listing on BizBuySell. Forinquiries, contact Homechow via email at customer@homechow.co or call at 747-243-7278. Learn more at https://homechow.co/. » Visit MBN website: www.michiganbusinessnetwork.com/ » Subscribe to MBN’s YouTube: www.youtube.com/channel/UCqNX… » Like MBN: www.facebook.com/mibiznetwork » Follow MBN: twitter.com/MIBizNetwork/ » MBN Instagram: www.instagram.com/mibiznetwork/

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Feb 20
Michigan Business Beat | Mikhail Murshak, Foster Swift Attorneys Watching out for Trademark Trolls!

Chris Holman welcomes back Mikhail Murshak, Senior Attorney, Foster Swift Collins & Smith, Lansing, MI, but serving 6 offices across MI. What does it mean to be a trademark troll? What not to do when you are approached by a trademark troll? What you should do when responding to a trademark troll? Here's some more reference information on the topic: Through tactical litigation practices, copyright trolls rely on copyright law to allege infringement and threaten major statutory damages upon unsuspecting defendants. The term “copyright troll” is an unflattering nickname for someone who manipulates the intellectual property (“IP”) laws to force a “toll” by way of a settlement payout on market participants. Copyright trolls use technology to identify potential unintentional infringement activity and send template demand letters for payment. To leverage a higher payment with minimal effort, the letter is filled with threats and misrepresentations of how the law would likely be applied. The amount is usually too little to initiate federal litigation, but big enough that the recipient is usually afraid and rightfully concerned. The ask in a demand letter can often exceed $10,000 – even $30,000, depending on the circumstances. As to be expected, receiving this sort of letter from a copyright troll can be scary and overwhelming for most people faced with such allegations. Most of the time, recipients of these demand letters feel they have done nothing wrong, but are being asked to pay a significant fee. Hence, a “troll” has jumped out from under a bridge and demanded a “toll” if you want to move forward with the alleged infringing activity. This trolling practice has continued to become more frequent as technology has evolved. The trolls acquire rights to huge quantities of digital images and the like, mostly ubiquitous in nature, and then head into the wild world of the internet, searching for anyone using that media without permission. Modern search tools or software have become efficient and effective at scouring alleged infringements across the internet. From there, once a copyrighted graphic is detected – whether that be a licensed photo on a website, a clipart on an online menu, or the use of a protected image on social media – the troll engages their legal representatives to seek monetary damages by way of settlement in lieu of litigation from everyday persons and small business owners. » Visit MBN website: www.michiganbusinessnetwork.com/ » Subscribe to MBN’s YouTube: www.youtube.com/channel/UCqNX… » Like MBN: www.facebook.com/mibiznetwork » Follow MBN: twitter.com/MIBizNetwork/ » MBN Instagram: www.instagram.com/mibiznetwork/

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Feb 20
Michigan Business Beat | Raechel Kamphuis - HYP - Holland/Zeeland Young Professionals Future Leaders

Originally uploaded Feb. 2nd - re-edited Feb. 14th. Chris Holman welcomes Raechel Kamphuis, Events Board Member, HYP - Holland/Zeeland Young Professionals, Holland, MI. Raechel can you let us know about the Holland/Zeeland Young Professionals organization? What is the Future Leaders Conference/what is the purpose of this 2nd annual event? Tell us more about Graci Harkema, the keynoter for that conference? Who are you trying to reach/engage with? Can you tell me about the breakout sessions – what was the thought process behind working with these presenters? How can people participate? HYP also shared a release for this occasion: Young professionals organization to host series of presentations from local powerhouses on February 15. HOLLAND, Mich. Jan. 2024 – Holland/Zeeland Young Professionals (HYP), a Lakeshore-based nonprofit organization, welcomes Graci Harkema, international diversity, equity, and inclusion speaker, and best-selling author, as the keynote speaker of their second-annual Future Leaders Conference on February 15 from 11:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. at the Holland Civic Center. Through adversity and divine intervention, Graci Harkema leverages her experiences to teach followers the true value of authenticity and entering spaces exactly as you are. At the 2024 Future Leaders Conference, Harkema will speak about her time growing up as an adoptee from the Congo in Grand Rapids, Michigan, tracing her professional path and claiming her own story while encouraging others to do the same. “Having Graci Harkema as this year’s keynote speaker is a big deal to us,” said Gavin Steenwyk, president of Holland/Zeeland Young Professionals. “It’s easy to feel like we need to change ourselves to fit into certain professional roles, and Graci’s commitment to equity, inclusion, and authenticity speaks to the purpose of the Future Leaders Conference – creating a space for people of all backgrounds to share their stories and distinct career paths.” More than 150 guests are expected to attend the day-long event, where guests will learn from local powerhouses about combining impact and passion with profession through a series of panel discussions and presentations. “Breakout session” speakers include Johnny Rodriguez, the executive director of Latin Americans United for Progress (LAUP); Jennifer Owens, president of Lakeshore Advantage; Keith Van Beek, city manager of Holland; Tracy Bolo, executive director of Lakeshore Non-Profit Alliance; and a panel of Disher professionals, including Rebekah Bakker, Hannah Rumsey, Casey McKellar, Brett Lowe, and Ben Zuiderveen. “Each speaker offers a different career path and perspective, meaning every guest will leave having learned something new about themselves, their profession, or their hometown,” added Steenwyk. Lunch and a happy hour will be provided. The agenda for the event is as follows: 11:30 a.m. – Morning Networking and Coffee 12:00 p.m. – Lunch 12:15 p.m. – HYP Welcome and Notes from HYP of the Year 1:00 p.m. – Breakout Session 1 1:45 p.m. – Break 2:00 p.m. – Breakout Session 2 2:45 p.m. – Break 3:00 p.m. – Keynote Talk by Graci Harkema 4:00 p.m. – Happy Hour This event is open to the public. For more information on how you can join in on this day of collaboration, visit https://www.behyp.org/events/2024/2/15/2024-hyp-future-leaders-conference. # # # » Visit MBN website: www.michiganbusinessnetwork.com/ » Subscribe to MBN’s YouTube: www.youtube.com/channel/UCqNX… » Like MBN: www.facebook.com/mibiznetwork » Follow MBN: twitter.com/MIBizNetwork/ » MBN Instagram: www.instagram.com/mibiznetwork/

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Feb 20
Michigan Business Beat | Bob Filka, Home Builders Association of MI Reacts to State of the State

Originally uploaded February 2nd, reedited February 14th. Chris Holman welcomes Bob Filka, CEO, Home Builders Association of Michigan, Lansing, MI. Welcome Bob, remind the Michigan business community about the Home Builders Association? What were some of your highlights for 2023? You recently released a 2024 forecast, tell us about that? The HBA reacted to some of the housing issues highlighted in Governor Whitmer's State of State address - what were those? Meanwhile HBA also responded to the Governor and LARA with a release: LARA: “We Don’t Care About Governor’s Housing Goals” Lansing, MI - Today the Home Builders Association of Michigan (HBAM) drew attention to the contradictory actions being taken by the Whitmer Administration. The Governor unveiled her plan to invest some $1.4 billion in much needed housing across the state this evening. However, recently proposed changes to building codes by the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA), including mandatory sprinkler requirements in all new homes and other costly changes, will raise the cost of building a typical Michigan home by more than $20,000. This will price-out some 100,000 families (or more) from being able to afford a home in Michigan and reduce overall housing production. “We remain hopeful that the Governor and other attainable housing advocates within her administration will communicate their opposition to these costly changes,” said HBAM CEO Bob Filka. “LARA is either operating in a vacuum or is pandering to manufacturers who would like to mandate the use of their products instead of convincing home owners their products are worth purchasing.” LARA’s proposals, as currently drafted, will require new residential homes (and most renovated homes) to have 2 X 6 framing, R-60 insulation in ceilings, inch thick exterior sheathing, mandatory fire suppression systems (sprinklers inside homes) and arc fault circuit interrupters in every room, among other costly measures. “For every $1,000 increase in the cost of a home in our state, nearly 5,000 households are priced out of being able to afford one,” noted Filka. “If not altered, the state’s proposed code changes will price-out more than 100,000 additional Michigan families. These proposed changes need to be modified and can be, while achieving similar goals at far less cost.” With high interest rates and a median home sales price approaching $450,000 or more in some areas, many Michiganders have already been priced out of the housing marketplace. Filka highlighted that builders are not opposed to improving state building codes. “HBAM has offered an alternative proposal to the state that would result in similar energy efficiency improvements at 1/3 of the cost of LARA’s proposal, by removing manufacturer-driven proscriptive requirements and providing more options and flexibility for builders. In terms of ensuring citizens are protected from needless fire fatalities, neither sprinklers nor arc fault circuit interrupters will save lives. Research shows that properly functioning smoke detectors are the key to fire safety in homes. Requiring sprinklers in all new homes will not. To the contrary, it will make new housing more expensive and keep or push people into older substandard housing that is more susceptible to fire. Virtually every state in the country has rejected the idea that sprinklers should be required for residential homes. Michigan should too! We have been a partner with the Whitmer Administration in pursuing many new efforts to increase attainable housing production across the state. That positive momentum will be lost if we don’t balance the cost of new building code standards with housing attainability.” #### » Visit MBN website: www.michiganbusinessnetwork.com/ » Subscribe to MBN’s YouTube: www.youtube.com/channel/UCqNX… » Like MBN: www.facebook.com/mibiznetwork » Follow MBN: twitter.com/MIBizNetwork/ » MBN Instagram: www.instagram.com/mibiznetwork/

6m
Feb 20
Michigan Business Beat | Marquilla Chedester & Jake Herrera Accomplished Pair Now Serving Michigan

Originally uploaded January 26th - reedited February 14th. Chris Holman welcomes Marquilla Chedester & Jake Herrera (Co-Owner), J&M Strategic Consulting, Mason/Lansing, MI. Chris looked to find out several things from the pair during their conversation: J&M Strategic Consulting is a newly formed company, tell me about the background of this company and what you do? Tell me about you’re your individual backgrounds and how did you decide to partner together? What are some services that you offer and how do they benefit clients and Strategic Partners? What do you hope to accomplish over the next year? Highly motivated and tenacious professional, with progressive experience in leading advisory and operational strategy for healthcare providers. A hands-on manager experienced in handling multi-million-dollar projects. Demonstrates adeptness in working with multiple clients as well as identifying trends and areas of opportunities. Exemplify critical thinking skills, with the ability to quickly identify gaps and resolve issues. Proven success in the development, evaluation, and implementation of solutions to meet customer requirements. Shows expertise in collaborating with all levels of management and co-workers to achieve the target and organizational goals. Equipped with strong communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills; a reliable team player who is ready to provide assistance as needed. AREAS OF SKILLS AND EXPERTISE • Program Management • Senior Project Management • Healthcare Technology • Program Coordination • Staff Development/Leadership • Client Satisfaction • IT Strategic Planning and Conflict Resolution • IT Transformation • Contract Negotiation • Agile Methodology • Clarity PPM Tool • ChangePoint PPM Tool • Human-Centered Design (HCD) • Tier 3-4 Market Healthcare Project Management • Budget Control • Government Solutions Project Management • Strategic Business Process Project Management • Change Management • Request for Proposal (RFP) Development • Advanced Proposal Document • Governance Structure • Waterfall Methodology • Agile Methodology (SAFe 5.0 Certified Scrum Master-SSM) • Data-Driven Decision Making (DDDM-Evidence-Based Culture) Additionally Marquilla is an Experienced Strategic Integration Director with a demonstrated history of working in the government administration industry. Highly motivated professional experienced in leading operational strategy and managing multi-million-dollar initiatives. Areas of Expertise includes Government IT Transformation, Contract negotiation, Strategic planning and Conflict resolution. Multiple Project Coordination, Communication, Grant Writing, and Team Facilitation. Strong operations professional with a Bachelor's Degree focused in Journalism from Michigan State University. » Visit MBN website: www.michiganbusinessnetwork.com/ » Subscribe to MBN’s YouTube: www.youtube.com/channel/UCqNX… » Like MBN: www.facebook.com/mibiznetwork » Follow MBN: twitter.com/MIBizNetwork/ » MBN Instagram: www.instagram.com/mibiznetwork/

6m
Feb 19
Michigan Business Beat | John Shaski, Sparrow Foundation - His New Role and Sparrow Gala Preview

Chris Holman welcomes John Shaski, Director of Development and Community Relations, Sparrow Foundation, Lansing, MI John, please remind the Michigan business community about the Sparrow Foundation? That title is new for you, tell us about your previous role and what you will be doing now with the Sparrow Foundation? One of your biggest events of the year the Sparrow Gala is coming up soon? Who is invited? You've had these at the University Club, and then High Caliber Karting in recent years tell us about this year's venue? Tell us about the WHY, what cause or project with Sparrow is benefitting from the fundraisers? Where can folks go for more information, and is there a deadline to register? » Visit MBN website: www.michiganbusinessnetwork.com/ » Subscribe to MBN’s YouTube: www.youtube.com/channel/UCqNX… » Like MBN: www.facebook.com/mibiznetwork » Follow MBN: twitter.com/MIBizNetwork/ » MBN Instagram: www.instagram.com/mibiznetwork/

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Feb 16
Media Business | Gary Wolfram - How the Media Deals with the Economy & Debt

For Media Business Episode 67: Tony Conley welcomes Gary Wolfram, William Simon Professor of Economics and Public Policy, Director of Economics, Professor of Political Economy at Hillsdale College. Economics can be used to explain much of what happens around us—how people behave, what is produced, who gets what, and how government works. It allows one to see both the seen and the unforeseen. People should both see and observe. Economics should produce this among students of the subject. The focus should be on the logic of how one action creates consequences that are both intended and unintended. This can be used to determine why individual liberty is important and how government must be limited. I have been at Hillsdale since 1989, and I particularly enjoy teaching undergraduates. The atmosphere is extremely cordial, with everyone working together, and the philosophy of the College is known, direct, and consistent with my views. Hillsdale provides students with a quality undergraduate education. Professors are experts in their fields, but just as important, they have chosen teaching as their vocation. Unlike a school like UC Berkeley, which is a great institution and where I earned my Ph.D., undergraduates at Hillsdale are not taught by teaching assistants. If you want to go to a top research institution for graduate school, an undergraduate degree from Hillsdale will make this possible. In addition, while there are a lot of fine schools that are regional in reputation, Hillsdale is national in reputation. If you want to work in Phoenix or New York, people will know of Hillsdale. This gives students here more opportunity than most other liberal arts colleges. I used to spend my free time as a competitive distance runner seeking the Olympic Trials in the marathon, but at my age, those days are gone. I now spend time with family, give talks around the country, and consult on public policy issues, primarily at the state level. In fact, I took a leave of absence from 1991-1992 to serve as the Deputy State Treasurer for the State of Michigan and served as the Chief of Staff for Congressman Nick Smith from 1995-1996. In their conversation they cover the following questions: What is your prediction for Michigan's 2024 economy? What are your thoughts on the U.S. economy and it's debt? What concerns you most about young people and the economy? » Visit MBN website: www.michiganbusinessnetwork.com/ » Subscribe to MBN’s YouTube: www.youtube.com/channel/UCqNX… » Like MBN: www.facebook.com/mibiznetwork » Follow MBN: twitter.com/MIBizNetwork/ » MBN Instagram: www.instagram.com/mibiznetwork/ Thank you to Benjamin Robinson and Motor City Skyline's music

18m
Feb 16
Media Business | Patrick DeHaan - GasBuddy - The Latest on Prices, Conflict, Taxes

For Media Business Episode 66: Tony Conley welcomes back Patrick DeHaan, the Petroleum Analyst for GasBuddy.com. He is the gas price guy for oil and refined products which includes gasoline. Patrick is the gas price myth buster and fact checker. What do you foresee for Michigan gas prices this spring & summer? How are the Ukraine and Israeli wars affecting gas prices? Talk about the debate regarding road taxes and electric cars? » Visit MBN website: www.michiganbusinessnetwork.com/ » Subscribe to MBN’s YouTube: www.youtube.com/channel/UCqNX… » Like MBN: www.facebook.com/mibiznetwork » Follow MBN: twitter.com/MIBizNetwork/ » MBN Instagram: www.instagram.com/mibiznetwork/ Thank you to Benjamin Robinson and Motor City Skyline's music

20m
Feb 13
Media Business | James David Dickson - How the Media Deals with the State of the State

For Media Business Episode 66: Tony Conley has a three-part conversation welcoming back James David Dickson Managing Editor of Michigan Capitol Confidential. In their conversation Tony covered several topics with James including: Michigan's efforts to remove Donald Trump from Michigan's the election ballot. Gov. Whitmer wants to fund community college for Michiganders? How will the state pay for this? A price tag never appeared in Whitmer’s remarks or in a fact sheet on the proposal. How much is this going to cost? » Visit MBN website: www.michiganbusinessnetwork.com/ » Subscribe to MBN’s YouTube: www.youtube.com/channel/UCqNX… » Like MBN: www.facebook.com/mibiznetwork » Follow MBN: twitter.com/MIBizNetwork/ » MBN Instagram: www.instagram.com/mibiznetwork/ Thank you to Benjamin Robinson and Motor City Skyline's music

19m
Feb 13
Michigan Business Beat | Josh Verhulst, New Partner and Chief Growth Officer, Refreshed Tech

Jeffrey Mosher welcomes Josh Verhulst, newly a Partner and Chief Growth Officer, Refreshed Tech, Grand Rapids, MI, 1. Given that your roots are in the Grand Rapids area, how do you see your Michigan background influencing your work with Refreshed Tech in the Midwest? 2. What does it mean to you to be welcomed onto the team as Partner and Chief Growth Officer and how do you intend to incorporate yourself into the Refreshed Tech team with this new leadership title? 3. How do you feel your background in refurbishment and past leadership with brands like eBay and StockX will catapult you into this new role? 4. How do you envision driving long-term, sustainable growth for the business while maintaining a commitment to reducing electronic waste? 5. How do you intend to use your role to uphold relationships with Refreshed Tech's current and future partners? 6. What plans do you have for Refreshed Tech in 2024 that you’d be interested in sharing with Michigan Business Network readers and listeners? Refreshed Tech Welcomes The New Year with New Partner Angola-Indiana-based tech-buyback company, Refreshed Tech, continues to grow its team with a Chief Growth Officer from Michigan. ANGOLA, IN., January 10, 2023 - Information Technology Asset Disposition (ITAD) industry leaders, Refreshed Tech, include Josh Verhulst as Partner and Chief Growth Officer. With this addition to the Refreshed Tech team, CEO and Founder of Refreshed Tech, Kyle Wainwright intends to launch the company into its next phase of growth and development to better service their partners. Verhulst has spent the last several years in the secondary market for technology working for exciting startups like StockX and established organizations like eBay. Within these organizations, Verhulst was tasked with growing revenue and providing a seamless experience for buyers and sellers. Below are a few highlights of his experience: First strategic business development hire for Consumer Electronics at StockX. Partnered with key brands on cultural marketing initiatives like the JBL/Giannis DropX. Introduced Certified Refurbished on StockX. Lead Refurb Business Development at eBay. Managed the NA sales team onboarding large merchants and enabling them on the platform. Grew Business Development (BD) Gross Merchandise Value (GMV) contribution >30% Year-over-Year (YoY). "I'm extremely impressed with what Refreshed Tech has accomplished in its first year-and-a-half of business,” said Verhulst. “I have known Kyle for a number of years and can tell you firsthand how dedicated this team is to supporting its partners. I couldn't be more pleased to join such a high-energy company with a ton of opportunity to innovate and scale in 2024 and beyond.” In 2023 alone Refreshed Tech has accomplished the following: RT is now an eight-figure business growing nearly 300% YoY. RT processed over 300,000 devices growing over 150% YoY. Over 300 partners nationwide. Prevented 195 tons of e-waste. With the increasing demand for refurbished technology, Verhulst will work to collaborate with industry leaders and partners alike to accomplish the following: Lead revenue functions of the business including procurement, sales, e-commerce + marketing strategy. New markets and category expansion. Long-term, sustainable growth for the business. Strategic Investments. Drive the current workplace culture of excellence and innovation. ### » Visit MBN website: www.michiganbusinessnetwork.com/ » Subscribe to MBN’s YouTube: www.youtube.com/channel/UCqNX… » Like MBN: www.facebook.com/mibiznetwork » Follow MBN: twitter.com/MIBizNetwork/ » MBN Instagram: www.instagram.com/mibiznetwork/

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Feb 13
Leadership Lowdown | You're Never Too Old to Learn

Vic Verchereau welcomes Barb Schmidt, who is the Executive Director at the Capital Area Literacy Coalition. You're never too old to learn is a basic principle of the "Reading People." That's the Capital Area Literacy Coalition and their leader, Barb Schmidt, is the Executive Director. She says "each year our staff assists hundreds of students on their journeys toward achieving personal educational goals. Led by our Board of Directors, we are united by our passion and purpose: ensuring everyone in our community is empowered with the ability to read." Barb follows in the organization's founder's footsteps, Dr. Lois Bader, and shares her passion for helping people make their life's journey meaningful and full of opportunity. Vic Verchereau gets the scoop on this edition of the Leadership Lowdown; don't miss it! » Visit MBN website: www.michiganbusinessnetwork.com/ » Subscribe to MBN’s YouTube: www.youtube.com/channel/UCqNX… » Like MBN: www.facebook.com/mibiznetwork » Follow MBN: twitter.com/MIBizNetwork/ » MBN Instagram: www.instagram.com/mibiznetwork/

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Feb 13
Michigan Business Beat | Carlos Martinez - New President for People First Economy

Jeffrey Mosher welcomes Carlos Martinez, new President for People First Economy, Grand Rapids, MI. 1. Carlos, what drew you to this leadership with the People First Economy (PFE) team, and how did you get interested in furthering sustainable economic development in Michigan? 2. What past work and lived experiences are you bringing to the PFE team when it comes to your role as President? 3. How has the internal transition from former PFE President, Hanna Schulze, to you as the new President been over the past month? 4. How does PFE plan to garner relationships in Michigan to strengthen its reach statewide? 5. What should Michigan business leaders and aspiring business owners know about PFE should they be interested in getting involved with the PFE team? 6. Could you tell me a bit more about PFE’s Thursday, February 29th annual meeting and how listeners can get involved? » Visit MBN website: www.michiganbusinessnetwork.com/ » Subscribe to MBN’s YouTube: www.youtube.com/channel/UCqNX… » Like MBN: www.facebook.com/mibiznetwork » Follow MBN: twitter.com/MIBizNetwork/ » MBN Instagram: www.instagram.com/mibiznetwork/

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Feb 13
Michigan Business Beat | Doug Lloyd, Eaton County Prosecutor, Serving Business Seeking Reelection

Jeffrey Mosher welcomes Doug Lloyd, Eaton County Prosecutor, Delta Twp, Michigan, It's been about a week since Prosecutor Lloyd announced his re-election plans for 2024. As this Chief law enforcement officer looks to build on 24-year service to Eaton County. Welcome Doug, now this is a business broadcast, a little more targeted than a general conversation so,... From what I understand you have current oversight of the economic crimes units and previous work with the Office Economic Crimes Unit (ECU) (which manages the bad check, welfare fraud, retail fraud, failure to return property/library property, and social security fraud diversion programs), tell us about that? For our statewide business audience are there Specific cases you have seen/can speak on that directly pertain to businesses, e.g., fraud and property violations? How can business across Michigan protect themselves against check/welfare fraud diversion (among other crimes)? At this point can you share the emphasis the Eaton County Prosecutor’s Office puts on protecting local and state business? » Visit MBN website: www.michiganbusinessnetwork.com/ » Subscribe to MBN’s YouTube: www.youtube.com/channel/UCqNX… » Like MBN: www.facebook.com/mibiznetwork » Follow MBN: twitter.com/MIBizNetwork/ » MBN Instagram: www.instagram.com/mibiznetwork/ Prosecutor Doug Lloyd announces re-election plans for 2024 Chief law enforcement officer to build on 24-year service to Eaton County DELTA TOWNSHIP, MI – Eaton County Prosecutor Doug Lloyd today reaffirmed his commitment to the residents and businesses of Eaton County, announcing that he will seek re- election in 2024. Appointed as the county’s chief law enforcement officer in 2013, Lloyd won election to seat in 2014 and, again, in 2016 and 2020. He previously served as Eaton County’s chief assistant prosecuting attorney and Jackson County assistant prosecuting attorney. Prosecutor Lloyd is licensed to practice law in Michigan, Arkansas and Nevada. “I am honored to continue serving as Eaton County prosecutor,” said Prosecutor Lloyd. “I remain 100% committed to protecting victims of crime, especially violent crime, and bringing to justice criminals and anyone who threatens the safety and security of our residents, businesses and communities.” In this position, Prosecutor Lloyd leads a team of 10 attorneys and 15 administrative staff members. His responsibilities include managing a caseload averaging 6,000 criminal cases annually. In addition, he is the chief administrator of the Eaton County Prosecutor’s Office Domestic Violence, Drug and Economic Crimes units. His success with the Economic Crimes Unit led to Prosecutor Lloyd’s appointment as special prosecutor in Ingham and Clinton counties for bad check and welfare fraud diversion cases. His extensive experience prompted a gubernatorial appointment in 2013 to the Organized Retail Fraud Advisory Board. Prosecutor Lloyd also served on the state’s Insurance Fraud Task Force and State Drug Treatment Court Advisory Committee. He is the past president of the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan. “Eaton County is growing and changing, especially in our more populated communities,” said Prosecutor Lloyd. “With that growth comes an increased demand on the Prosecutor’s Office which requires experience, true dedication and commitment. For over 27 years, I have honorably helped victims find justice and successfully put away those whose criminal actions harmed others physically, verbally or financially. I take protecting victims and prosecuting criminals very seriously. Eaton County deserves no less.” A resident of Delta Township in Eaton County, Prosecutor Lloyd is married to Mina, who recently retired as Ingham County assistant prosecuting attorney after 27 years. They have two sons, Matthew and Nicolas, who both graduated from Michigan State University. ###

9m
Feb 12
Michigan Business Beat | Nakia Mills Reviewing BBB - Better Business Bureau's 23 and Helping in '24

Chris Holman welcomes Nakia Mills, Marketing Director, BBB - Better Business Bureau of Detroit & Eastern Michigan, Southfield, MI. Welcome Nakia, remind the Michigan business community about the scope of services by the BBB? Share with us the 3 highlights from 2023? And you have 7 notable things we should be on the outlook for in 2024? Below are specifics and details on the 2023 Recap: Online purchase scams made up nearly 50% of all scams reported in our service area for 2023 (nearly 47%), while employment scams (13.28%) and phishing (9.41%) round out the top 3 issues reported by consumers in Eastern Michigan and the U.P. While these are the top 3, we also have to remember there are so many other types of scams reported - involving a range of manipulative ways to trick you out of your money. For instance, romance scams only accounted for less than 0.5% of scams reported, but those victims rank #2 when it comes to the amount of funds lost. Overall, victims in our service area reported losing a total of nearly $2 million due to scams. The online purchase scams we mentioned account for nearly $1 million alone ($855,236.90). It is important to remember that both business and consumers can fall victim to online scammers. Here are the points of a 2024 Outlook: BBB is well-known as being the organization consumers think of after they have been scammed. In 2024 and beyond, we want to also remind both individuals and companies that BBB offers educational tools and resources to help protect yourself and your business from becoming a victim in the first place. We are looking forward to holding business card exchanges, community speaking engagements and other types of events to keep both business and consumers informed about safe, smart ways to operate in the marketplace. With online purchase scams remaining so prevalent, we will be putting effort into educating consumers on red flags related to the online marketplace. We want to see this number go down in 2024! This interview is taking place during Identity Theft Awareness Week (Jan. 29 - Feb. 2) so it would make sense for us to mention this and share some cybersecurity tips. We will also closely watch AI this year to help be sure consumers of all ages understand the importance of not trusting everything you see or hear without double-checking. The voice you hear on the end of the phone asking for emergency funds might not really be your friend who somehow got stuck oversees! It's an election year, so we will work to keep consumers informed about ways to protect themselves from political scams. Emotions run high during the election season and scammers will try to get "donations" to support the causes they believe people are most passionate about. Employment scams are on the rise, especially with the young adult population. These job seekers believe they've landed a job, but instead they've just handed over all their personal information to a scammer. » Visit MBN website: www.michiganbusinessnetwork.com/ » Subscribe to MBN’s YouTube: www.youtube.com/channel/UCqNX… » Like MBN: www.facebook.com/mibiznetwork » Follow MBN: twitter.com/MIBizNetwork/ » MBN Instagram: www.instagram.com/mibiznetwork/

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Feb 12
Michigan Business Beat | Meegan Winters AbleVu Accessibility & Able Eyes Businesses Assisting MI!

Chris Holman welcomes Meegan Winters - Co-Founder - AbleVu Accessibility - Able Eyes , Mason, MI. Welcome Meegan, tell us about your companies? You were recently a presenter at the Choose Lansing First ever Accessibility Summit, what should folks know about that or what were your take-aways from the experience? Is enough being done for the accessibility issue by businesses? What advancements in accessibility have you seen in recent years? » Visit MBN website: www.michiganbusinessnetwork.com/ » Subscribe to MBN’s YouTube: www.youtube.com/channel/UCqNX… » Like MBN: www.facebook.com/mibiznetwork » Follow MBN: twitter.com/MIBizNetwork/ » MBN Instagram: www.instagram.com/mibiznetwork/

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Feb 12
Michigan Business Beat | Jason Cords Shaheen Chevy/Cadillac Where Things are Headed in 2024

Originally processed January 26th. Chris Holman welcomes back Jason Cords, Executive Manager, Shaheen Chevrolet, Shaheen Cadillac, Lansing, MI. Welcome back Jason and thank you for sponsoring the recent 2024 Mid-Michigan Economic Forecast Breakfast. Now that we're in the new year, tell us how was 2023 overall? What's top of mind for you and the dealership at this time? Any trends or big things expected for 2024? Does talent acquisition and retention impact Shaheen Chevrolet Cadillac? » Visit MBN website: www.michiganbusinessnetwork.com/ » Subscribe to MBN’s YouTube: www.youtube.com/channel/UCqNX… » Like MBN: www.facebook.com/mibiznetwork » Follow MBN: twitter.com/MIBizNetwork/ » MBN Instagram: www.instagram.com/mibiznetwork/

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Feb 12
Michigan Business Beat | Sarah Kile - Michigan 2-1-1 Reviewing Social Determinants of Health Month

Jeffrey Mosher welcomes Sarah Kile, a director with Michigan 2-1-1, a free service that connects residents across the state with help from thousands of health and human resource agencies right in their communities. January is Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) Month and this conversation with Sarah is on Healthy Communities and these Social Determinants of Health. 1. What are social determinants of health and how do they impact businesses, and why should the business community be concerned about these factors? 2. Can you explain the connection between a healthy community and a thriving business environment, and how addressing social determinants of health contributes to this synergy? 3. How does 211 play a role in addressing social determinants of health, and what services does it offer to the community? 4. In what ways can businesses collaborate with organizations like 211 to address social determinants of health and contribute to the overall well-being of the community? 5. Are there specific examples of businesses that have successfully integrated initiatives to address social determinants of health, and what positive outcomes have they experienced? 6. How can businesses play a role in supporting 211's efforts to connect individuals with essential services and resources related to social determinants of health? 7. What benefits can businesses derive from investing in community health initiatives and addressing social determinants, both in terms of employee well-being and overall business performance? 8. Are there any innovative strategies or best practices that businesses can adopt to make a meaningful impact on social determinants of health within their communities? » Visit MBN website: www.michiganbusinessnetwork.com/ » Subscribe to MBN’s YouTube: www.youtube.com/channel/UCqNX… » Like MBN: www.facebook.com/mibiznetwork » Follow MBN: twitter.com/MIBizNetwork/ » MBN Instagram: www.instagram.com/mibiznetwork/

12m
Feb 12
Michigan Business Beat | Teri Sand CAMW! Challenges of Employee Retention and Realities of Hiring

Chris Holman welcomes back Teri Sand, SHRM-CP, PHR, CBSP, CRP, Business Services Manager, Capital Area Michigan Works!, Lansing, MI, but serving Ingham Eaton, and Clinton Counties. THEME: Teri discusses the challenges of employee retention and the realities of hiring. Question: Given the current job market, what challenges are employers facing in hiring new employees? According to LinkedIn, the following are the top hiring challenges: “63% of recruiters say talent shortage is their biggest problem.” “76% of hiring managers admit attracting the right job candidate is their greatest challenge.” “75% of people would not take a job with a company that had a bad reputation - even if they were unemployed.” “70% of the global workforce is made up of passive talent who aren’t actively job searching, and the remaining 30% are active job seekers.” Given the best candidates are off the market in 10 days, nearly 60% of job seekers quit online job applications midway due to their length and complexity. Question: What is the best way for employers to recruit the right candidates for open positions? According to LinkedIn, the recruitment process can directly impact your hiring and people management. Email is currently the most used and most effective channel to reach candidates, with 51% of candidates ranking email as their most-used channel for hiring and 39% saying it was the most effective way to communicate with them. Many talent teams rank employee referrals as the most important source of hire, and research shows employers can expand their talent pool by 10x by recruiting through their employee networks. Employers should also research ways to shorten the hiring process. On average, 55% of the candidates believe it should take less than two weeks from the first interview to a job offer. Question: What are some of the challenges employers are facing in regards to employee retention? According to Forbes, the United States is currently facing a Great Resignation, “spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic, this has turned employment into a worker’s market.” According to the Corporate Finance Institute, a worker’s market is defined as, “the place where the supply and the demand for jobs meet, with the workers or labor providing the services that employers demand.” As employees are deciding what’s right for them, employers are having to reconsider what actually makes their company worth working for. Effective strategies to boost employee job satisfaction: Offer competitive base salaries or hourly wages. Let your employees work from home. Provide flexible scheduling and reduced workdays. Encourage and promote a work-life balance. Create a culture that employees want to be part of. Reduce employee burnout. Question: How can CAMW! assist employers with these ongoing issues? The Business Services Team at CAMW! can assist employers with hiring. For more information and hiring resources, visit: https://www.camw.org/ » Visit MBN website: www.michiganbusinessnetwork.com/ » Subscribe to MBN’s YouTube: www.youtube.com/channel/UCqNX… » Like MBN: www.facebook.com/mibiznetwork » Follow MBN: twitter.com/MIBizNetwork/ » MBN Instagram: www.instagram.com/mibiznetwork/

6m
Feb 08
Michigan Business Beat | Ara Topouzian, Michigan Venture Capital Association Ready for a Busy 2024!

Chris Holman welcomes back Ara Topouzian, Executive Director, MVCA, the Michigan Venture Capital Association, operating virtually, across all of Michigan. Am I catching you in Ann Arbor or somewhere else today? Remind the statewide business audience about MVCA? What were your highlights for 2023? I recall a Venture Fellows Program being relaunched how has that gone? What's in store for 2024? » Visit MBN website: www.michiganbusinessnetwork.com/ » Subscribe to MBN’s YouTube: www.youtube.com/channel/UCqNX… » Like MBN: www.facebook.com/mibiznetwork » Follow MBN: twitter.com/MIBizNetwork/ » MBN Instagram: www.instagram.com/mibiznetwork/

6m
Feb 08
Michigan Business Beat | Carrie Rosingana CAMW! with Early Childhood Investment Corporation (ECIC)

Chris Holman welcomes back Carrie Rosingana Carrie Rosingana, CEO, CAMW! Capital Area Michigan Works!, Lansing, MI, but serving Ingham, Eaton and Clinton Counties for their January 2024 conversation. THEME: Carrie discusses CAMW!’s involvement with the Early Childhood Investment Corporation (ECIC). Question: Tell me more about the Early Childhood Investment Corporation? The mission of the Early Childhood Investment Corporation is “to increase public and private investment in the earliest years, to elevate issues affecting young children and their families, and continuously improve Michigan’s comprehensive early childhood system.” Currently, Michigan’s childcare sector is in crisis. Lack of providers. An underpaid workforce. Growing demand. ECIC provides multiple funds and grants to create a roadmap of proven child care solutions for Michigan. Funds and grants include: Child Care Innovation Fund. Invests in innovative regional and community pilot projects, like improving wages for childcare professionals and getting providers licensed. ECIC apprenticeship grant. Funding to support communities to launch, replicate or sustain apprenticeship models. ECIC regional planning grant. Brings economic development and early childhood leaders together to increase access to affordable child care. Question: What challenges are currently affecting childhood education and the workforce in Michigan? “Over two-thirds of Michigan’s early care and education workforce earns less than $15 per hour, despite over 67% possessing a postsecondary credential.” Because women comprise over 91% of Michigan’s ECE (or early childhood education) workforce, and many are women of color, this low pay perpetuates racial and gender-based wealth disparities.” “Even though the nation has seen modest growth in the ECE workforce since 2001, Michigan saw a decline of nearly 27%, which equates to a loss of 29,000 educators and the reduction of an estimated 116,000 to 348,000 child care job openings.” Question: What is CAMW!’s involvement with the Early Childhood Investment Corporation? Capital Area Michigan Works! (CAMW!) is currently involved in two grants with the ECIC. Carrie, please provide information regarding how CAMW! is specifically involved with the following: ECIC Apprenticeship grant. ECIC Regional Planning grant, co-leading with LEAP and United Way of South Central. Question: Carrie, given your educational degree focuses on early childhood education, what do these projects mean to you? Carrie, please provide your thoughts here. For more information, visit: https://www.ecic4kids.org/ » Visit MBN website: www.michiganbusinessnetwork.com/ » Subscribe to MBN’s YouTube: www.youtube.com/channel/UCqNX… » Like MBN: www.facebook.com/mibiznetwork » Follow MBN: twitter.com/MIBizNetwork/ » MBN Instagram: www.instagram.com/mibiznetwork/

6m
Feb 08
Michigan Business Beat | Kim Hafley, Foster Swift Attorneys - Reviewing 2023 Previewing 2024

Originally uploaded January 23rd. Chris Holman welcomes back Kimberly P. Hafley, Director of Marketing and Recruitment, Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC Attorneys, Lansing, but Foster Swift covers, six locations; Lansing, Detroit, Southfield, Grand Rapids, Holland and St. Joseph. Welcome back Kim, remind the Michigan business community about the scope of services by Foster Swift Attorneys? How was 2023? What were the highlights? What are you looking forward to in 2024? Has this latest addition of attorneys in late 2023 set Foster Swift up well for covering legal specialties? » Visit MBN website: www.michiganbusinessnetwork.com/ » Subscribe to MBN’s YouTube: www.youtube.com/channel/UCqNX… » Like MBN: www.facebook.com/mibiznetwork » Follow MBN: twitter.com/MIBizNetwork/ » MBN Instagram: www.instagram.com/mibiznetwork/

6m
Feb 08
Michigan Business Beat | Matt Elliott, Bank of America Taking 2023 Success into 2024

Chris Holman welcomes back Matt Elliott, Michigan State President and Region Executive, Bank of America Michigan, Detroit, MI. What are the biggest takeaways that you and Bank of America have when looking back at the 2023 economy, particularly in Michigan? As we look ahead to 2024, does the bank expect inflation to continue, and what impact do you expect it to have on interest rates? Could 2024 be a strong year for investors, or is it too soon to tell? Pundits and economists continue to suggest that there’s still a possibility of a recession, but Bank of America’s analysts and CEO have suggested we may avoid it or have only a slight recession. Do you think we’ll be able to avoid a recession in 2024? How does the bank plan to leverage technology and innovation in the upcoming year to stay competitive and meet the evolving needs of customers? What impact do you think the election cycles in the U.S. and abroad, and other geopolitical instability will have on the economy in Michigan in the year ahead? Part of your role at the Bank is as a sustainability leader. How do you see efforts in the U.S. and globally to improve sustainability and battle climate change intersecting with overall economic goals? » Visit MBN website: www.michiganbusinessnetwork.com/ » Subscribe to MBN’s YouTube: www.youtube.com/channel/UCqNX… » Like MBN: www.facebook.com/mibiznetwork » Follow MBN: twitter.com/MIBizNetwork/ » MBN Instagram: www.instagram.com/mibiznetwork/

6m
Feb 08
Michigan Business Beat | Steve Klaver DBI - We Do Office - Highlighting 2023

Chris Holman welcomes back Steve Klaver, Co-Owner, DBI, Lansing, MI. Welcome back Steve, remind our audience about DBI? What were the highlights of 2023? Does office design keep evolving? What's in store for 2024? innovations in products, or ways to service your clients with new and used furniture, supplies, and space design? » Visit MBN website: www.michiganbusinessnetwork.com/ » Subscribe to MBN’s YouTube: www.youtube.com/channel/UCqNX… » Like MBN: www.facebook.com/mibiznetwork » Follow MBN: twitter.com/MIBizNetwork/ » MBN Instagram: www.instagram.com/mibiznetwork/

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Feb 03
Michigan Business Beat | Chris Rizik, Renaissance Venture Capital Fund, From 2023 to 2024 Good News!

Originally uploaded Jan. 11th, reedited Feb. 1st. Chris Holman welcomes back Chris Rizik, founder, managing partner, and Chief Executive Officer Renaissance Venture Capital Fund, Ann Arbor, MI. The pair had a conversation covering: Remind the Michigan business community about Renaissance? what were 2023's highlights? Do you work closely with the Michigan Venture Capital Association? What's in store for 2024? » Visit MBN website: www.michiganbusinessnetwork.com/ » Subscribe to MBN’s YouTube: www.youtube.com/channel/UCqNX… » Like MBN: www.facebook.com/mibiznetwork » Follow MBN: twitter.com/MIBizNetwork/ » MBN Instagram: www.instagram.com/mibiznetwork/

6m
Feb 03
Michigan Corners | Right Under Your Nose!

Vic Verchereau welcomes Erin Brains, who is the Co-Creator & Event Coordinator of Lansing Foodies. Erin and James Brains created Lansing Foodies in 2017 because they wanted to find the best food in the area, and there were no good resources at the time. Since creating the community, they've become the number one resource for all things food in Mid-Michigan. They are celebrating successfully creating Michigan’s first Olive Burger Festival and working on the exciting follow up coming in the summer of 2024. Vic Verchereau sits down with Erin to get her thoughts on the greater Lansing food scene! Bring your appetite, and hear about all that is going on right under your nose on this edition of the Michigan Corners show! » Visit MBN website: www.michiganbusinessnetwork.com/ » Subscribe to MBN’s YouTube: www.youtube.com/channel/UCqNX… » Like MBN: www.facebook.com/mibiznetwork » Follow MBN: twitter.com/MIBizNetwork/ » MBN Instagram: www.instagram.com/mibiznetwork/

41m
Feb 02
Faces of Manufacturing | Episode 12 - LaFontaine - The Family Deal

Faces of Manufacturing is a new show to Michigan Business Network. Cindy Kangas, Executive Director, CAMC, Capital Area Manufacturing Council, Lansing, Michigan, co-hosts with Joy Wagner, HR Manager of Granger Waste Services, also Lansing. Cindy and Joy strive to share the corporate culture, personal stories, and unique personalities of those making a living in manufacturing today, in Michigan. With that in mind, this month they connected with several members of the LaFontaine family of dealerships. The Family Deal: It’s Not Just What You Get, It’s How You Feel. At LaFontaine our mission is to build lifelong relationships that connect families, strengthen communities and personalize the automotive experience. Our mission reflects the manifestation of six core values: Accountability, Respect, Team Work, Passion, Communication, and Responsibility. The combination of both the mission and core values provides the basic foundation of our promise to you… To treat every customer like they are members of our family. To respect their unique needs, to be accountable for our actions as it relates to your experience, to assemble the best individuals in the industry to be part of your team, communicate with transparency, be responsible to the communities you live in and we do business in, and to approach each day with passion. Simply put… The Family Deal. It’s not what you get, it’s how you feel. – Ryan LaFontaine Founded in 1980 by Michael Sr. and Maureen LaFontaine, the nationally-recognized LaFontaine Automotive Group now includes 54 retail franchises, 9 collision centers and 34 Michigan retail locations. The Group employs nearly 2,600 individuals. It’s the ongoing mission of the LaFontaine family and passionate team members to personalize the automotive experience by building lifelong relationships that connect families and strengthen communities. The LaFontaine Family Deal; it’s not just what you get, it’s how you feel. “We are extremely passionate and pour into our customers, local communities and employees,” said Ryan LaFontaine, CEO, LaFontaine Automotive Group. “Our entire LaFontaine team takes great pride in delivering a best-in-class personalized customer experience, and that commitment has fueled our growth and the life-long relationships we’ve cultivated over the decades of doing business.” “We encourage our employees to become involved in their community, volunteering and working with organizations striving to make a positive impact,” said Kelley LaFontaine, Vice President, LaFontaine Automotive Group. “Being a strong community supporter and partner has been a cornerstone of LaFontaine Automotive Group and something my mom, Maureen LaFontaine instilled in us all.” The combination of both the mission and core values provides the basic foundation of our promise … to treat every customer like they are members of our family. From sales, to service, body shop, to parts, LaFontaine Automotive Group is able to meet any customer’s specific needs. » Visit MBN website: www.michiganbusinessnetwork.com/ » Subscribe to MBN’s YouTube: www.youtube.com/channel/UCqNX… » Like MBN: www.facebook.com/mibiznetwork » Follow MBN: twitter.com/MIBizNetwork/ » MBN Instagram: www.instagram.com/mibiznetwork/

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Feb 01