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Michigan Future Business Index
Sponsored by, underwritten by the Accident Fund Insurance Co. of America, and conducted by Phoenix Innovate, the Michigan Future Business Index for November 2014 is the second index survey for the year. 

Please click below for the executive summary.
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In the very near future, the Michigan Business will be announcing the start up of its affiliate international network “Michigan China” The purpose of this network will be to enhance relationships between the world’s two largest economies. [Read More]
The Right Place 2015 Economic Outlook for Western Michigan / Stop #6 on Michigan Economic Forecast Series
The 18th annual regional economic and employment forecast was held December 16, 2014 at the JW Marriott of Grand Rapids. Birgit Klohs, President and CEO , The Right Place, delivered a 2014 in Review report, while George Erickcek, Senior Regional Analyst, W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research provided a 2015 Economic Forecast.

Here Erickcek, left, and Klohs, right, share the podium with Michael A. Dunlap, (center), Michael A. Dunlap & Associates, LLC, after the event for a press conference.

Below are the Power Point presentations which Birgit Klohs, and George Erickcek delivered to the gathering of over 450.
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Lansing Economic Forecast / Stop #5 on Michigan Economic Forecast Series
2014's Lansing Economic Forecast was held Thursday December 11, 2014, at Eagle Eye Golf Course, Bath, Michigan. It brought together the Mid-Michigan business community to hear a review of 2014, and a forecast for 2015, from LEAP, the Lansing Economic Area Partnership, Bob Trezise, Michigan State University Economics Department's Charles Ballard, The Greater Lansing Chamber of Commerce, Tim Daman, Greater Lansing Visitors & Convention Bureau Jack Schripsema, CTA. Michael Britt, Accident Fund Insurance Company of America underwriter of the Michigan Future Business Index discussed the findings of that newly released index.

Here Bob Trezise was making his presentation for that morning.

Below are Dr. Charles Ballard's economic forecast, and a copy of the newest Michigan Future Business Index.
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Detroit Regional Chamber State of the Region 2014 / Stop #4 Michigan Economic Forecast Series
Over 400 gathered for the annual briefing on the Detroit Regional Chamber's work in economic development. This Wednesday December 10th event also focused on regional collaboration, education reform and membership value. The State of the Region offered an analysis of the economic indicators related to business growth, talent, innovation and international commerce for Southeast Michigan. It highlighted assets, rankings and opportunities for the automotive, aerospace and defense, healthcare, transportation, distribution and logistics industries.

Here Michigan Business Network CEO Chris Holman interviews Roderick T. Miller. , President & CEO DEGC Detroit Economic Growth Corporation

The Detroit Regional Chamber's "State of the Region" Report is included below.
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2015 Economic Outlook Breakfast / Stop #3 on Michigan Economic Forecast Series
Each fall, the Traverse City Area Chamber presents the Economic Outlook Breakfast to highlight trends, speak to issues affecting the economy, and garner wisdom from economic experts to look ahead at the emerging business climate. In addition to this premier event in northern Michigan, research and reports from the breakfast are available through the Chamber’s website for further review or for sharing with your business partners and employees.
This year, featuring Daniel J. Loepp, President and CEO Blue Cross Blue Shield Michigan and Mitchell Stapley, CFA, Chief Investment Officer Clear- ARC Capital.

Below is the economic forecast present that morning.
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Lake Superior Community Partnership Quarterly Luncheon / Stop #2 on Michigan Economic Forecast Series
Chris Holman, CEO, Michigan Business Network presented the Michigan Future Business Index from this past June and details on the release of Decembers report. Holman, along with Amy Clickner, LSCP CEO, Pat Black, Marquette County Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director and Tawni Ferrarini, Professor, NMU Department of Economics, will also discuss economic outlook for 2015.

Here Mr. Holman addresses the gathering Wednesday November 5, in Marquette, Michigan.
Great Lakes Bay Regional Chamber Summit - Partners in Growth / Stop #1 on Michigan Economic Forecast Series
The 3rd Annual Great Lakes Bay Regional Chamber Summit took place in Saginaw Township, MI, October 27th. The event was a regional collaboration of the Bay Area, Midland Area, Mt. Pleasant Area and Saginaw County Chambers of Commerce. It also served as stop #1 for Michigan Business Network's statewide Michigan Economic Forecast Series. Award recipients on the day included; Individual - Eric Gilbertson Small Business - SSP Associates, Inc. Corporate - CMU College of Medicine Arts & Entertainment - Great Lakes Loons

Here Michigan Business Network Operations Director Jeffrey Mosher interviews Keynote Speaker Former Michigan Governor John Engler.  Engler, is President of the Business Roundtable, an association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. Corporations. A former three-term governor of Michigan, Engler has also served as President and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers.
CATALYST: Capital Region Prosperity Project
Capital Region Prosperity Project cames to the Lansing Center October 21, 2014. At the full-day regional prosperity summit, leaders in Ingham, Eaton, and Clinton counties explored innovative strategies for sparking lasting regional growth. High impact speakers, facilitated discussions, networking, and action planning culminated in a community based agenda for strengthening the entire Capital region.
Featured speakers included Governor Rick Snyder and others collaborated with participants to answer key questions impacting Michigan's Capital Region.
Here Michigan Business Network CEO Chris Holman interviews Skyin Yin, (Xiaoyu "Skying" Yin) originally from China, who has graduated from Michigan State University with a Masters in Advertising, worked with Message Makers of Lansing, and now works as a International Student Advisor/Communications and Experiential Learning Coordinator at MSU's International Studies and Programs - Office for International Students and Scholars in East Lansing, MI.
Business Leaders for Michigan (BLM) and MEDC’s Pure Michigan Business Connect office partnered on an invitation-only supplier summit October 8, 2014, at the Lansing Center which brought together over 1500. The goal of the event was to help businesses and universities identify Michigan-based suppliers to meet their procurement needs.
The summit featured purchasing representatives and subject matter experts from some of the largest and most influential businesses and universities in Michigan, all of which are interested in keeping their supply chains local.
Here Michigan Business Network CEO Chris Holman interviews Michael A. Finney, President and CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC).
Port Lansing’s 2014 Global Logistics Conference
This biennial event offered businesses expert advice on international commerce. With exports by Michigan companies at an all-time high, Capital Region International Airport’s Port Lansing is preparing to offer expert advice on how area companies can capitalize on the trend at its 2014 World Trade Global Logistics Conference.
Here Michigan Business Network CEO Chris Holman interviews Brent Case, Global Development Executive at TOC Logistics International.
Meeting of the Minds Detroit
Detroit is now at a tipping point. At one time this boomtown saw nothing but prosperity in its economic future. Now, the city’s government has declared bankruptcy and city residents are being forced by their circumstances to redefine the city. It’s not an easy thing to reimagine a city’s identity, business models, and urban future. But hope still prevails and new innovations are quickly emerging in Detroit. Meeting of the Minds chose Detroit as the site for its 2014 annual convening; bringing together 350 invited leaders, from more than a dozen countries, representing the public, private, and non-profit sectors.

Here one of the breakout tours is being conducted at the A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education, part of Detroit's College for Creative Studies. They are learning about technical advancements being put forth by Toyota, North America.

Interviews from that afternoon, can be found as "Michigan Business Beat" PodCasts of October 7, 2014.
MichBio Expo and Conference
This event is Michigan's premier bioscience event, which draws that the largest gathering of bioscience professionals in the state, held at Motor City Casino Hotel, Detroit, MI.
Here Michigan Business Network CEO Chris Holman interviews Gene Parunak, Managing Director of in2being, of Saline, MI.

That PodCast may be accessed 

Business Beat S3 Gene Parunak
MICHauto Summit
The Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce gathered a Summit at the Cobo Center to look under the hood of the new era of Michigan innovation and the blueprint it provides for the rest of the global automotive industry. This year’s Summit included programming steering discussion on the outlook on design, engineering, manufacturing and all things automotive. It was also the event unveiling the latest Michigan is AUTO report, released jointly with MEDC's Pure Michigan. 

Here Ralph Gilles, President and CEO, Motorsports, Chrysler Group, LLC; Senior Vice President, Product Design, Chrysler Group delivers the morning address, "In Demand: Delivering State-of-the-Art Design" from the stage in Ballroom B of the Cobo Center.
Michigan Israeli Business Bridge Ambassador Awards Dinner
The Michigan Israel Business Bridge held their first Ambassador Awards Dinner, Thursday September 18, 2014. MIBB is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote business, investment, and research opportunities. The organization is a resource for economic development between Michigan and Israel. MIBB will bestow two awards during the dinner.

The Bridge Builder Award to General Dynamics Land Systems was accepted by Donald Schenk, vice president, International Tank Programs. General Dynamics Land Systems is a global designer, development, production, support and enhancement of tracked and wheeled military vehicles for the United States and international markets.

Here CEO Chris Holman interviews Chuck Newman, the MIBB Impact Awardee who is the organization’s co-founder and past-president. The companies Chuck founded included cell phone reuse, word processing equipment, and computer retailing industries.
Michigan Future Business Index
Sponsored by, underwritten by the Accident Fund Insurance Co. of America, and conducted by Phoenix Innovate, the Michigan Future Business Index for June 2014 is the first index survey for the year. 

Please click below for the aggregate survey and an executive summary.  Accident Fund Insurance Co. of America's press release is also included as a courtesy.
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Michigan Business Network is committed to covering the large business events across the state. A couple of upcoming events that we are currently scheduled to appear are:
December Economic Club
Thursday, December 18, 2014
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center
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Energy Loan Fund Notice of Available Funding
The Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF) through the Energy Office (MEO) is offering small businesses, currently located in Michigan, financial assistance for energy efficiency upgrades and renewable energy project implementation. More on this
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Nearly One Third of Workers’ Comp Claims in the Midwest Caused by Slips and Falls on Ice and Snow
Accident Fund and United Heartland Offer Tips and Safety Campaign to Avoid Injury This Winter
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2015 Small Business Award Nominations are Open! Please head to the link listed below for more details.
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