China’s Social Commerce Sales To Soar 36 Percent To $363 Billion in 2021, Ten Times US

BEIJING, China - Though the US social commerce market is growing at a rapid pace, China is not likely to lose its position of dominance in the near future. According to the research data analyzed and published by Finaria, the total social commerce sales in China was worth $242.41 billion in 2020, accounting for 11.7

By |2021-03-01T10:14:02-05:00March 1st, 2021|Business|

Lakeshore Advantage Provides Educational Series For Diverse Businesses

ZEELAND – Lakeshore Advantage has released the Certify Your Business video series to offer education on the benefits of certification for diverse businesses. The series features the lead certification support provider for woman, veteran, minority, and LGBT- owned businesses, and provides an overview of the process, cost and timeline. “Each certification process, depending on your

By |2021-02-13T17:22:36-05:00February 13th, 2021|Business|

Small Business Development Center Expands Services to Aid COVID-19 Recovery

LANSING — The Michigan Small Business Development Center has expanded its no-cost services to reflect the needs of small businesses continuing to be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Small businesses in all 83 counties in Michigan will benefit from new support services including accounting, e-commerce website development, human resource support and more. “The pandemic hit

By |2021-02-05T16:20:45-05:00February 5th, 2021|Business, Coronavirus, Science|

Xfinity Data Caps Rebuffed, Business Plans Outlined

ANN ARBOR - Michelle Gilbert, vice president of communications at Comcast's Heartland Region (Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky) rebuffs story in the technology press that claims Comcast data caps will cost people money. She also outlines various plans businesses can purchase to bundle Internet and telephone services. Her job is to develop and manage all proactive and

By |2021-01-14T21:16:34-05:00January 14th, 2021|Business, mitechtv|

Grand Rapids Right Place Economic Development Names Thelen New CEO

GRAND RAPIDS — Former Lakeshore Advantage CEO Randy Thelen is returning to West Michigan to lead regional economic development firm The Right Place Inc. Thelen will replace long-time President and CEO Birgit Klohs, who is planning to retire at the end of January after 33 years with the organization. Thelen starts March 1. The Right Place board

By |2020-12-21T06:54:33-05:00December 21st, 2020|Business|

Businesses See Transformed Landscape Even After Vaccines

WASHINGTON DC - The coronavirus pandemic and its aftermath could transform the landscape for U.S. businesses.  With a larger remote workforce, expanded delivery options and lingering health fears likely to last long after the pandemic is under control, business owners and entrepreneurs are asking tough questions and bracing for an uncertain future. Businesses that pay

By |2020-12-20T15:58:16-05:00December 20th, 2020|Business|

Consumers Energy Supports Local Small Business With $500,000

JACKSON—Consumers Energy is helping Michigan’s local businesses this holiday season, providing $500,000 to support shopping in 55 local communities through a new gift card matching effort called “Our Town.” Consumers Energy is providing holiday shoppers with a dollar-for-dollar match for gift cards they buy through local Chambers of Commerce and downtown organizations, doubling the amount they can spend in downtowns across the

By |2020-12-11T19:15:58-05:00December 11th, 2020|Business, Featured|

Pure Michigan Small Business Relief Initiative To Provide $10 Million Grants For COVID Recovery

LANSING—The Michigan Strategic Fund board has approved a $10 million grant program to help meet the urgent needs of small businesses disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 virus. The Pure Michigan Small Business Relief Initiative will utilize federal CARES Act funding to award grants of up to $15,000 to more than 650 small businesses across Michigan.

By |2020-12-04T18:24:32-05:00December 4th, 2020|Business, Politics, Politics/Government|

Detroit’s Own Rachel Konrad Now PR Boss At Impossible Foods

ANN ARBOR - Former Free Press Auto Writer Rachel Konrad reflects on a 25-year communications career that has led her to run worldwide communications for Impossible Foods, the vegetable meat sustitute that Burger King sells as the Impossible Whopper nationwide. The Impossible Foods Mission Statement: We’ve been eating meat since we lived in caves. And

By |2020-11-19T19:23:31-05:00November 19th, 2020|Business, mitechtv|

AirBnB Class Action Lawsuit Update With Attorney Enrico Schaefer

ANN ARBOR - Traverse Legal Principal Enrico Schaefer updates the latest news on the class action lawsuit he has filed against AirBnb on behalf of hosts who allege they have been cheated out of deposit refunds triggered largely by reservation cancellations from the COVID-19 pandemic.   The Players: Airbnb, Inc., Airbnb Payments, Inc, and Airbnb Payments

By |2020-11-13T17:34:11-05:00November 13th, 2020|Business, mitechtv, News|