Michigan Receives $2 million in Export Assistance Funds for State’s Small Businesses

LANSING - Michigan received the top award in the nation from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) State Trade Expansion Program for the upcoming fiscal year. Michigan received $2 million in federal grant funds – the maximum amount awarded by the SBA and a $650,000 increase from 2021 – to help Michigan small businesses grow

By |2021-09-14T08:57:01-04:00September 14th, 2021|Politics, Politics/Government|

Google, Amazon, Microsoft Unveil Massive Cybersecurity Initiatives After White House Meeting

WASHINGTON DC - The heads of Apple, Google, Amazon, Microsoft and IBM are among the business leaders that met with President Joe Biden at the White House on Wednesday to discuss how the government and private sector can work together to improve the nation's cybersecurity, according to a senior administration official. "Most of our critical

By |2021-08-28T17:28:10-04:00August 28th, 2021|Cyber Defense, Politics, Politics/Government|

MPSC Launches Inquest Into Power Outages, Review Conference Oct. 22  

LANSING - The Michigan Public Service Commission this week directed the electric utilities it regulates to answer questions about the companies’ responses to storms that left more than 1 million Michiganders without power, some for more than a week, in addition to addressing how to best prepare for extreme storms that have grown increasingly severe and frequent amid the state’s

By |2021-08-27T11:49:25-04:00August 27th, 2021|Featured, Politics, Politics/Government|

MIOSHA Encourages Employers To Follow Updated CDC Guidance To Contain Spread of COVID-19

LANSING - MIOSHA is strongly encouraging Michigan employers to follow recently updated Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines due to the Delta variant of COVID-19. According to the CDC, the Delta variant is much more contagious, may infect those that have been vaccinated and may also allow vaccinated individuals to spread the virus. Prior to Delta, the probability for vaccinated

By |2021-08-22T13:02:59-04:00August 22nd, 2021|Coronavirus, Politics, Politics/Government, Science|

Michigan Works! Southeast Offers Virtual Update On Grants For Going PRO Talent Fund

DETROIT - Michigan Works! Southeast is offering virtual information sessions next week to help businesses access grant opportunities through the Going PRO Talent Fund. On the morning of August 27th and again on August 31st in the afternoon, employers will learn about the requirements and best practices for the 2022 Going PRO Talent Funds, increasing

By |2021-08-17T08:42:26-04:00August 17th, 2021|Politics, Politics/Government|

Southwest Michigan First Issues Report Card On First Half 2021 Business Support

KALAMAZOO – Southwest Michigan First announced the cumulative impact of its economic development and community efforts thus far in 2021 to support job creation in its seven-county Southwest Michigan region and provide support to businesses as they rally in the face of the ongoing COVID pandemic. Most recently announced on July 26 by Governor Gretchen

By |2021-08-10T11:23:46-04:00August 10th, 2021|Politics, Politics/Government|

Detroit Smart Parking Lab Opening In September

DETROIT – The State of Michigan is teaming up with Ford, Bedrock and Bosch to launch the nation’s first-of-its-kind, real-world test site for emerging parking technology – called the Detroit Smart Parking Lab. The lab opens in September, allowing mobility and smart infrastructure pioneers and real-estate innovators and startups to test parking-related mobility, logistics and

By |2021-08-10T11:23:46-04:00August 9th, 2021|Auto Tech, Politics, Politics/Government|

EOTech Gets $650,000 MEDC Grant To Expand Operations To Traverse City

LANSING – EOTech, a manufacturer of optics for small weapon sights, is establishing new operations in Traverse City with support from the Michigan Strategic Fund. The company will also retain 145 jobs at its headquarters facility in Plymouth. The project is expected to generate a total capital investment of $9.6 million in addition to the

By |2021-08-03T17:38:28-04:00August 3rd, 2021|Featured, Politics, Politics/Government|

Rowe Appointed CEO of MTEC Houghton-Hancock Smart Zone

HOUGHTON – David Rowe has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of the MTEC Smart Zone in Houghton-Hancock area. Rowe is a multi-disciplinary professional with an extensive background in business and product development, management, finance and market research. He has a long and successful track record of developing community relationships and strategic partnerships. “The MTEC SmartZone

By |2021-08-03T16:12:37-04:00August 3rd, 2021|Politics, Politics/Government|

LEO Registered Apprenticeship Grants to Support Career Opportunities 

LANSING - Governor Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity announced the recipients of grants totaling $3.1 million to help support the development of 1,417 Registered Apprenticeship opportunities throughout the state. The State Apprenticeship Expansion grants have been awarded to three Regional Implementation Consortia to expand the development of new registered apprenticeship opportunities.  "As we put Michigan back to work, expanding Registered Apprenticeship programs help Michiganders enter high-demand, high-skill careers and get a good-paying job," said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. "Increasing access to

By |2021-07-25T13:27:25-04:00July 25th, 2021|Politics, Politics/Government|