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Before Flint made international news for its water crisis, the city and its surrounding area was experiencing somewhat of a comeback as unemployment fell and the region worked to diversify its economy. Now that the area is in the throes of one of the worst public health crises in American history, many Flint area businesses have been affected economically as well, according to Janice Karcher, vice president of economic development for the Flint and Genesee County Chamber of Commerce. Karcher spoke with MiBiz about her organization’s goals and how she hopes broader economic development strategies will result from the crisis. 

Q&A: Pashon Murray Founder, Detroit Dirt LLC

Written by | Sunday, 06 March 2016 15:16 |

Like many successful entrepreneurs, Pashon Murray keeps herself incredibly busy. Murray splits her time between managing her three companies — Detroit Dirt LLC, International Dirt L3C and personal brand Pashon Murray Inc. — while at the same time serving as a fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab. 

Q&:A: Laura Reese Professor, Michigan State University

Written by | Sunday, 21 February 2016 21:01 |

Dr. Laura Reese, a professor of political science and director of the Global Urban Studies Program at Michigan State University, has spent the last several years studying how cities use economic development tools. Her findings show that traditional economic development practices lead to little to no growth in the well-being of residents.

Michelle Van Dyke transitioned from a career in banking to become president and CEO of the Heart of West Michigan United Way in Grand Rapids at a time when nonprofit organizations need to adjust to how a younger generation contributes to causes.

On July 1, Jorge Gonzalez, Ph.D. will officially become president of Kalamazoo College, succeeding the retiring Eileen Wilson-Oyelaran, Ph.D. The Kalamazoo-based liberal arts school is on strong footing, Gonzalez said, noting that the college just completed a successful capital campaign.

The Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce remains focused on advocating for policies beneficial to the country’s growing number of female entrepreneurs and small business owners. According to CEO Margot Dorfman, there’s still a great disparity in terms of access to capital and ability to procure federal government contracts for female entrepreneurs.

In a year-end interview with MiBiz, Gov. Snyder said he likes the idea behind the bills accommodating Switch Communications Group LLC’s development of a $5 billion cloud data center in Gaines Township, but wants to give them a good review before deciding whether to sign them into law.

Not just a strategy for manufacturers or consumer-facing companies, design thinking can also help nonprofit organizations grow and better meet the needs of their constituents. That’s the message championed by Kathy Crosby, the president and CEO of Grand Rapids-based nonprofit Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids.

Prior to working as an economic developer in California, Arizona and Ohio, Barry Broome was the founding CEO of Southwest Michigan First in Kalamazoo. Broome started the economic development group in 1999 and stayed until 2005, and during his tenure, helped launch the Southwest Michigan Innovation Center.

Q&A: Scott Monty, Principal, Scott Monty Strategies LLC

Written by | Sunday, 08 November 2015 21:57 |

For six years, Scott Monty oversaw Ford Motor Company’s global social media strategy, but don’t call him a social media expert. “I can’t stand that term,” he said. After leaving the automaker a year ago, Monty has applied his expertise in strategic communications as a consultant. He focuses on a human-centered approach to strategic communication that is based on basic human interactions.

Q&A: Greg Metz, Lott3Metz Architecture LLC

Written by | Sunday, 11 October 2015 20:59 |

Aside from his work as a principal at Lott3Metz Architecture LLC in Grand Rapids, Greg Metz has dedicated considerable time over the years working to promote the architecture industry on a regional and statewide basis. His peers appear to have taken notice: The American Institute of Architects Grand Rapids will present Metz with its highest honor, the President’s Award, at a special gala on Oct. 15

As automotive suppliers look to meet production figures that are projected to grow through 2020, Charles "Chip" McClure sees more opportunity for M&A among companies in West Michigan. McClure, a veteran of the auto industry, recently presented at the Association for Corporate Growth Western Michigan chapter’s breakfast program meeting on Sept. 23.

After an initial career in health care and as an executive manager and leadership coach at Steelcase Inc., Barbara Rapaport decided to start an organization of her own. A decade ago, Rapaport founded Real-Time Perspectives Inc. as a business leadership consultancy in West Michigan. Since then, she’s grown the business to include 85 clients in 16 different countries.

Perrigo Co. plc’s move in late 2013 to execute a corporate tax inversion and redomicile in Dublin, Ireland after a major European acquisition plays into the hostile takeover effort the corporation now faces from Mylan N.V. The corporate tax inversion essentially made Perrigo an easier target because of Irish takeover laws that offer corporations domiciled there fewer protections, said Sridhar Sundaram, an associate dean of Grand Valley State University’s Seidman College of Business.

Q&A: Mary Bauman, Miller, Johnson, Snell & Cummisky PLC

Written by | Sunday, 13 September 2015 20:05 |

Mary Bauman, an employee benefits attorney at the Grand Rapids office of Miller, Johnson, Snell & Cummisky PLC, spoke with MiBiz about what employers should expect next year with new reporting requirements, which are the latest provision of the federal Affordable Care Act

Q&A: David Lorenz, Travel Michigan

Written by | Wednesday, 12 August 2015 17:23 |

David Lorenz has stepped into the role as chief promoter of Michigan’s $22.8 billion tourism industry during the height of the busy summer travel season. Lorenz was named vice president of Travel Michigan, a unit of the Michigan Economic Development Corp., in mid-July after 13 years with the agency, most recently as industry relations and international marketing manager.

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