small business http://michiganradio.org en Carhartt got its start in Michigan, and stayed in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/carhartt-got-its-start-michigan-and-stayed-michigan <p>Carhartt got its start in southern Michigan when the company's founder, Hamilton Carhartt, set out to make the best pair of overalls he could for railroad workers.</p><p>The company is still family owned and remains in Michigan.</p><p>We spoke with the company's current CEO, Mark Valade. He's Hamilton Carhartt's great-grandson.</p><p><em>Listen to our interview with him above.</em></p><p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 12:45:42 +0000 Stateside Staff 17172 at http://michiganradio.org Carhartt got its start in Michigan, and stayed in Michigan The Arab American News examines small business ownership http://michiganradio.org/post/arab-american-news-examines-small-business-ownership <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As the city of Detroit seeks pathways back to economic health, small businesses are seen as a key. And there can be no conversation about small business owners in Detroit without involving the Arab-American community.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Most of the grocery stores, convenience stores and gas stations in Detroit are owned by Arab-Americans.</p><p>And, historically, the relationship between these store owners and their largely African-American customers has been not without its tensions.&nbsp;</p><p>Which is why a recent editorial in&nbsp;The Arab American News&nbsp;caught our eye, and we wanted to share its message with you.&nbsp;</p><p>We're joined now by Osama Siblani, the publisher of The Arab American News.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 21:41:59 +0000 Stateside Staff 17128 at http://michiganradio.org The Arab American News examines small business ownership The end of 'net neutrality' and what it might mean for you http://michiganradio.org/post/end-net-neutrality-and-what-it-might-mean-you <p>State of Opportunity's Kimberly Springer tells us how "t<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">he specter of an exclusive, our boutique, access internet looms" after the recent U.S. Court of Appeals decision striking down many of the FCC's "net neutrality" rules.</span></p><blockquote><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">For the privileged, the demise of net neutrality might mean paying even more for broadband access to Netflix or YouTube---no more buffering...buffering...buffering? But for the less privileged, losing net neutrality puts all of the world's information further out of reach and condemning some to "pay to play" deals.&nbsp;</span></p></blockquote><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Go <a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/heres-what-decision-ending-net-neutrality-means-tech-opportunity">here </a>to read more.</span></p><p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 18:29:37 +0000 Mark Brush 16071 at http://michiganradio.org The end of 'net neutrality' and what it might mean for you Michigan fast-food workers demand $15 dollars an hour http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-fast-food-workers-demand-15-dollars-hour <p><a href="http://detroit15.org/">Fast-food workers </a>in Flint, Detroit, Pontiac, Lansing and other Michigan cities hit the picket lines today.</p><p>They are demanding a big increase in the minimum wage.</p><p>In Lansing, a small group of protesters chanted and waved signs outside a Pizza Hut. &nbsp;</p><p>Tina Ervin has worked at the pizza joint for the past year. She says she’s having a hard time supporting herself and her three children on $7.40 an hour. Ervin is hopeful the national campaign to increase the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour will succeed.</p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 17:56:10 +0000 Steve Carmody 15553 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan fast-food workers demand $15 dollars an hour MEDC, Huntington Bank announce microlending program for small businesses http://michiganradio.org/post/medc-huntington-bank-announce-microlending-program-small-businesses <p>The Pure Michigan Micro Lending Initiative will begin with $5 million from Huntington Bank to small local businesses in Detroit. The bank has also pledged $25 million to expand the program across the state in the next five years.</p><p>The program is a partnership between the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Huntington Bank,&nbsp; the Detroit Development Fund and the Snyder administration. It will provide loans to small businesses anywhere from $500 to $50,000 dollars.</p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 13:48:36 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15138 at http://michiganradio.org MEDC, Huntington Bank announce microlending program for small businesses Grand Rapids organization shows the benefits of shopping local http://michiganradio.org/post/grand-rapids-organization-shows-benefits-shopping-local <p>When it's time to buy something, what's your pattern? Do you head to the big chain store thinking you might save a little bit? Or do you try to take your business and your money to a local business?</p><p>Elissa Hillary hopes you think "local first."</p><p>"When you are supporting a locally owned business, 73% more money stays in the community and recirculates, and that money goes to create jobs to fund our tax base, to support our infrastructure, and schools and roads and things like that," said Hillary.</p><p>She heads up <a href="http://www.localfirst.com/">Local First</a>. It’s a Grand Rapids-based group with a mission to get us all to keep our local businesses and merchants top of mind when we go shopping.</p><p>She joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 21:10:28 +0000 Stateside Staff 14267 at http://michiganradio.org Grand Rapids organization shows the benefits of shopping local Michigan is number one in the country for small business loans http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-number-one-country-small-business-loans <p>Michigan is number one in the nation for loans being issued to small businesses.</p><p>Turns out the Small Business Administration's Michigan district backed 1,221 loans to the tune of nearly $344 million in the first eight months of this fiscal year, which puts the SBA's Michigan district office at the top of the heap in terms of 7A lending.</p><p>David Sowerby is an economist with Loomis Sayles in Bloomfield Hills, and he joined us today to discuss what this means for the state.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 21:23:59 +0000 Stateside Staff 13323 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan is number one in the country for small business loans Stateside for Monday, July 1st, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-monday-july-1st-2013 <p>Michigan is leading the nation in small business loans. It seems like good news on the surface, but are there economic consequences for so many new start-ups?</p><p>And author Keith Taylor stopped by to give us his picks for summer-time reads. His choices might just surprise you.</p><p>Also we began a week-long series of stories here on Stateside where we'll hear from immigrants about what America means to them. Today's story came from a young woman who lives at the Salvation Army's Teen Parent Center in Grand Rapids.&nbsp;</p><p>And, we found out how one couple is trying to bring goodness to communities by baking pies.</p><p>Also, we welcomed Interlochen Public Radio listeners to Stateside!&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Listeners from Traverse City to </span>Manistee<span style="line-height: 1.5;">; Harbor Springs to </span>Ludington<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, joining in on the conversations and issues that matter to all of us as </span>Michiganders<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Together, we'll explore breaking news and better understand policy issues, and we'll discover stories and meet people from every corner of our state.</span></p><p>First on the show, Governor Snyder continues his travels around the state today in southeast Michigan to push for an expansion of Medicaid. Governor Snyder wants to expand the program – using federal funds – to hundreds of thousands of low-income adults.</p><p>Snyder has criticized fellow Republicans in the Senate for leaving Lansing for their summer recess without voting on the measure. The state House had already approved the legislation.</p><p>Governor Snyder joined us today to discuss the issue.</p><p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 21:19:23 +0000 Stateside Staff 13329 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Monday, July 1st, 2013 Grand Rapids celebrates a decade of “Local First” with massive street party Saturday http://michiganradio.org/post/grand-rapids-celebrates-decade-local-first-massive-street-party-saturday <p>More than 10,000 people are expected at <a href="http://www.localfirst.com/events/street_party">a street party in Grand Rapids Saturday </a>to celebrate all things local.</p><p>Locals bands, local food, and of course local beer; brewed special for the party with locally produced honey. It’s the biggest fundraiser of the year for Local First, a non-profit that supports locally owned businesses throughout West Michigan. It's their 10<sup>th</sup> anniversary.</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&amp;v=yiAzTzhY1AU</p><p>Executive Director Elissa Hillary says if everyone in Kent County shifted 10% of their purchases to locally owned businesses,<a href="http://bealocalist.org/sites/default/files/file/GR%20Local%20Works%20Summary.pdf"> it would create 1,600 jobs.</a></p><p>“It’s important for us to just be aware that our daily choices have an impact and that they can have an incredibly positive impact,” Hillary said, “So if we’re making choices to support businesses in our community we’re essentially choosing to support people who live in our community.” Fri, 31 May 2013 14:38:54 +0000 Lindsey Smith 12822 at http://michiganradio.org 'Mobile canning' comes to Michigan breweries http://michiganradio.org/post/mobile-canning-comes-michigan-breweries <p></p><p>Michigan was recently ranked fifth on USA Today's list of craft brew states in the country.</p><p>Over the past three to four years Michigan has seen a large growth in microbrewies.</p><p>There has been recent&nbsp; buzz within the microbrewery scene in Michigan with news that the state's first 'Mobile Canning' line is being launched.</p><p>Microbreweries around the state will be able to get cans of their brew onto store shelves without having to invest in costly canning equipment.<br> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 20:54:57 +0000 Stateside Staff 12257 at http://michiganradio.org 'Mobile canning' comes to Michigan breweries Survey: Michigan small businesses want changes to graduation standards http://michiganradio.org/post/survey-michigan-small-businesses-want-changes-graduation-standards <p>Small business owners want Michigan to make its curriculum standards for high school students more flexible.</p><p>The state passed broad standards in 2006 for all students. They are supposed to ensure all students are ready for college.</p><p>The Michigan Merit Curriculum requires four years of math and English language arts; three years of science and social studies; and two years of a foreign language. Complete <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/FAQ_-_Entire_Document_12.07_217841_7.pdf">standards are outlined here</a>.</p> Wed, 03 Apr 2013 21:00:55 +0000 Lindsey Smith 11997 at http://michiganradio.org Survey: Michigan small businesses want changes to graduation standards Michigan lawmakers to consider blocking local 'paid sick leave' ordinances http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-lawmakers-consider-blocking-local-paid-sick-leave-ordinances <p>A state House committee this week will discuss whether to prevent local cities and towns in Michigan from passing laws requiring businesses to offer paid sick leave to their employees.</p><p></p><p>San Francisco, Seattle and several other major cities have passed ‘paid sick leave’ ordinances in recent years. &nbsp;The intent is to protect people in low paying jobs, who stand to lose their job, if they try to take a sick day.</p><p></p> Mon, 04 Mar 2013 20:57:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 11508 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan lawmakers to consider blocking local 'paid sick leave' ordinances New export finance center opens in Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/new-export-finance-center-opens-detroit <p>Earlier this week, Gov. Rick Snyder, Senator Debbie Stabenow and nearly 100 small business owners were in Detroit for the opening of a new regional office for the Export-Import Bank of the United States.</p><p>The new office is expected to help Michigan businesses export products overseas by providing access to various types of insurance, loans, and financial resources.</p><p>According to <a href="http://www.exim.gov/about/">their website</a>, the agency has helped generate $456 billion in export revenue since its creation by Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1934.</p> Wed, 30 Jan 2013 20:01:04 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10996 at http://michiganradio.org New export finance center opens in Detroit Harbor Master in Leland "praying for snow and ice-cold temperatures" http://michiganradio.org/post/harbor-master-leland-praying-snow-and-ice-cold-temperatures <p>Lakes Huron and Michigan are reaching record low water levels, and businesses along the Third Coast are feeling the effects.</p><p>Yesterday, Russell Dzuba, the harbormaster in Leland, Michigan (think Michigan's pinkie right on Lake Michigan), spoke with NPR's Melissa Block about what he's seeing out his window.</p><p>The low water levels have revealed a sand bar inside the Leland Harbor.</p><p>"...that ordinarily is not a good thing in a harbor," said Dzuba.</p><p>From the interview:</p><blockquote><p>"We had an incredibly warm season - warm winter season last year, and we lost a lot of water to evaporation, and that takes place during the whole winter, as well as the summer.... Traditionally, we don't freeze as we did in the old days. It used to freeze all the way across the channel, 11 miles out to North Manitou Island. That hasn't happened here in a number of years."</p></blockquote><p>You can listen to the interview here:</p><p><embed allowfullscreen="true" base="http://www.npr.org" src="http://www.npr.org/v2/?i=166186772&amp;m=166190168&amp;t=audio" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="opaque" height="386" width="400"></p><p>Last month, <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/lake-michigan-approaching-record-low-water-level">I posted on the low lake levels</a>. If they continue to drop, which is expected, the low lake level record from March 1964 will be beat. Fri, 30 Nov 2012 17:06:21 +0000 Mark Brush 10158 at http://michiganradio.org Harbor Master in Leland "praying for snow and ice-cold temperatures" Bar owners won’t let liquor control commission spoil employee appreciation day http://michiganradio.org/post/bar-owners-won-t-let-liquor-control-commission-spoil-employee-appreciation-day <P>Co-owners of Barfly Ventures Mark and Michele Sellers wanted to thank their employees for working their tails off during <A href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/artprize">ArtPrize</A>. So they designated Tuesday as employee appreciation day; whatever alcohol they sold would be split among the employees.</P> <P>But before they opened, Mark Sellers got a call from the liquor control commission. Turns out, the state doesn’t like servers having an incentive to sell lots of alcohol, and it’s against the law.</P> <P>“I can’t really be too mad at them because they gave us a courtesy call in advance and told us ‘hey don’t’ do this or you’re going to get in trouble’. It’d be like if a police officer called you and told you to slow down or he’s going to give you a ticket,” Mark Sellers said.</P> <P>So instead of alcohol sales the Sellers’ will give their employees the food sales, not for just one day but three. They’ll pool the money from food sales at all three Grand Rapids establishments (<A href="http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&amp;rct=j&amp;q=hopcat&amp;source=web&amp;cd=1&amp;cad=rja&amp;ved=0CBwQFjAA&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.hopcatgr.com%2F&amp;ei=AmWHUOXtD6nQyAGIwYHABw&amp;usg=AFQjCNHpfYnFW-7F3Kqve-20ypkOGr7M1Q">HopCat</A>, <A href="http://mcfaddensgrandrapids.com/">McFadden’s</A>, and <A href="http://stellasgr.com/">Stella’s Lounge</A>) and split the total among all employees; cooks, servers, busboys, managers, and even HopCat’s official <A href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/cheers-beer-grand-rapids-offers-toast-celebrates-beercity-usa-title">“chief beer geek” I met a couple weeks ago.</A> Wed, 24 Oct 2012 03:53:04 +0000 Lindsey Smith 9590 at http://michiganradio.org Bar owners won’t let liquor control commission spoil employee appreciation day Plan to relax alcohol sales in Michigan meets resistance http://michiganradio.org/post/plan-relax-alcohol-sales-michigan-meets-resistance <p>A plan to relax the state's alcohol rules is meeting resistance from some public health groups, law enforcement, and businesses.&nbsp;</p><p>Governor Rick Snyder’s administration wants to make it easier for businesses like gas stations and farmers markets to sell alcohol. But a coalition opposing the plan says that could lead to more crime and violence.</p><p>Bob Stevenson directs the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police. He says police are overburdened enough without expanding the availability of alcohol.</p><p>"When all these additional locations are selling alcohol to the motorists that are out there, potentially under-age drivers, we just don’t have the manpower out on the street to adequately police that and make sure they’re following the laws," says Stevenson.</p><p>Stevenson’s group also worries about a plan to eliminate fingerprinting for liquor license applicants.</p><p>Officials with the Office of Regulatory Reinvention say access to alcohol would not significantly increase under the plan. Tue, 18 Sep 2012 21:55:45 +0000 Jake Neher 9138 at http://michiganradio.org Plan to relax alcohol sales in Michigan meets resistance Small business owners in Michigan voice support for Romney's middle class plan http://michiganradio.org/post/small-business-owners-michigan-voice-support-romneys-middle-class-plan <p>Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney is refocusing his tax plan to strengthen the middle class. Romney was in Colorado Thursday to outline his plan, which included points that have been previously released.</p><p>In Michigan and other states the campaign lined up several small business owners to share their support for Romney.</p><p>Tyce Holst owns <a href="http://taylorrentalholland.com/about">Taylor Rental and Party Plus</a>, a rental store in Holland that employs 10 full time workers. Holst says the recession forced him to lay off two employees.</p> Thu, 02 Aug 2012 20:39:41 +0000 Lindsey Smith 8524 at http://michiganradio.org Small business owners in Michigan voice support for Romney's middle class plan White House hosts forum for urban entrepreneurs in Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/white-house-hosts-forum-urban-entrepreneurs-detroit <p>Small business owners and hopeful entrepreneurs are in Detroit today to get advice on&nbsp; starting or improving a business.</p><p>The Urban Economic Forum, held by The White House Administration, hopes to help entrepreneurs in Detroit connect to resources and network with other business leaders.</p><p>The White House Administration said it is committed to supporting the Detroit area&rsquo;s small businesses.</p><p>CBS Detroit <a href="http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2012/05/17/urban-economic-forum-addresses-needs-of-detroit-entrepreneurs/">reports</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Among the topics of discussion were the resources available to minority and urban entrepreneurs who are trying to access capital for their businesses. Mentors were also available to provide advice to business owners.</p></blockquote><p>In a press, release the White House Administration wrote that other Urban Economic Forums will be held in Chicago, Illinois, and Columbus, Ohio. Thu, 17 May 2012 18:10:14 +0000 Mercedes Mejia 7516 at http://michiganradio.org White House hosts forum for urban entrepreneurs in Detroit Supporting small business in the alternative energy sectors http://michiganradio.org/post/supporting-small-business-alternative-energy-sectors <p>Legislation is being introduced in the state house aimed at supporting small businesses and startup companies in the alternative energy sectors.</p><p>The legislation is co-sponsored by Democratic State Representative Marcia Hovey-Wright. She spoke with Jennifer White.</p><p>Hovey-Wright says, &quot;Basically it&rsquo;s a revolving loan fund for alternative energy, green manufacturing which includes, wind, solar, advanced battery and biomass. The intention is to create good paying jobs with good benefits.&quot;</p> Tue, 08 May 2012 21:53:49 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 7386 at http://michiganradio.org Supporting small business in the alternative energy sectors Forget Silicon Valley: Can college students make Michigan a startup hub? http://michiganradio.org/post/forget-silicon-valley-can-college-students-make-michigan-startup-hub <p><span id="internal-source-marker_0.3272897713261792" style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">What do you get when you put dozens of college students in the basement of a parking garage with some office furniture, a WiFi connection and free coffee?</span><br /> Thu, 26 Apr 2012 19:37:09 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 7204 at http://michiganradio.org Forget Silicon Valley: Can college students make Michigan a startup hub?