business http://wkar.org en From farm to cocktail: New Lansing distillery to source locally http://wkar.org/post/farm-cocktail-new-lansing-distillery-source-locally <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>As Michigan-made brews are flowing from taps all over the state this summer, a game-changer in the micro-brewing business is underway right here in Lansing. <a href="http://americanfifthspirits.com/" target="_blank">American Fifth Spirits</a> aims to offer a variety of micro-distilled liquor to the Lansing community, as well as a historical milestone: it’s Lansing’s first distillery ever. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 16:51:46 +0000 Mark Bashore & Nicole Strobel 56663 at http://wkar.org From farm to cocktail: New Lansing distillery to source locally Bigger fireworks, bigger safety concerns http://wkar.org/post/bigger-fireworks-bigger-safety-concerns <p></p><p></p><p>We’re celebrating Independence Day as a nation tomorrow, and that means fireworks. Michigan relaxed its fireworks sales law in 2012, so there are now more roadside stands and large retailers hawking their wares. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 17:14:31 +0000 Kevin Lavery & Mark Bashore 56167 at http://wkar.org Bigger fireworks, bigger safety concerns Hats off to Michigan-made Stormy Kromers http://wkar.org/post/hats-michigan-made-stormy-kromers <p></p><p></p><p>While many of us are enjoying summer after this year’s long and harsh winter, others are using the season to prepare for the coming cold. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 18:21:50 +0000 Emanuele Berry 55758 at http://wkar.org Hats off to Michigan-made Stormy Kromers BWL Commissioner supports extension for GM Lark http://wkar.org/post/bwl-commissioner-supports-extension-gm-lark <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The discussion over reforms to the <a href="http://lbwl.com/About-the-BWL/News/BWL-Will-Adopt-All-CRT-and-MPSC-Recommendations/" target="_blank">Lansing Board of Water and Light</a> has continued in recent days. One topic up for debate is whether or not to extend the contract of embattled <a href="http://www.lbwl.com/company.pb.aspx?pageid=197&amp;id=265" target="_blank">General Manager J. Peter Lark</a>. A BWL committee has recommended another year for Lark. However, some critics have repeated their view that Lark should leave after the utility’s botched response to last December’s widespread, storm-related power outages.</p><p></p><p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 17:10:47 +0000 Mark Bashore 55334 at http://wkar.org BWL Commissioner supports extension for GM Lark Social media helps Michigan entrepreneur land beer with Branson http://wkar.org/post/social-media-helps-michigan-entrepreneur-land-beer-branson <p></p><p></p><p>We’ve all heard of 6 degrees of separation, the idea that everyone in the world is connected through links of acquaintances. Bugsy Sailor&nbsp; believes that with social media, the degrees separating people are even smaller. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 17:06:11 +0000 Emanuele Berry 55089 at http://wkar.org Social media helps Michigan entrepreneur land beer with Branson Michigan brewer part of mead "renaissance" http://wkar.org/post/michigan-brewer-part-mead-renaissance <p></p><p></p><p>Michigan is quietly carving out a place in the world of mead. Mead is an alcoholic beverage brewed from honey. Just like wine, it can be sweet or dry. It can be carbonated or still. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 16:42:47 +0000 Mark Bashore 55087 at http://wkar.org Michigan brewer part of mead "renaissance" Picking apart the Silverdome http://wkar.org/post/picking-apart-silverdome <p></p><p></p><p><a href="http://www.rjmauctions.com/online_silverdome/assets.html" target="_blank">The Pontiac Silverdome</a> hosted the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, the Who, the Pope, Wrestlemania, a Super Bowl, and of course, the Detroit Pistons and the Detroit Lions. Largely unused since the Lions moved back to downtown Detroit, the Silverdome was sold in 2009 to the Triple Investment Group for about a half-million dollars. Now its assets are going up for auction. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 17:03:55 +0000 Scott Pohl 55032 at http://wkar.org Picking apart the Silverdome Neighbors in Action: Hometown Housing Partnership http://wkar.org/post/neighbors-action-hometown-housing-partnership <p></p><p></p><p>It’s Wednesday and time for our <i>Neighbors in Action</i> segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. Today we feature the <a href="http://www.hometownhousing.org/" target="_blank">Hometown Housing Partnership</a>, an East Lansing based organization that promotes homeownership and offers financial assistance to homebuyers. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 16:50:25 +0000 Emanuele Berry & Mark Bashore 55030 at http://wkar.org Neighbors in Action: Hometown Housing Partnership Volunteers enlisted to protect state from cybercrime http://wkar.org/post/volunteers-enlisted-protect-state-cybercrime <p></p><p></p><p>Anyone who ever uses a computer gets hit now and then with e-mail spam or the occasional computer virus. Many are just minor hassles that try to derail our plans, but some do cause significant damage. Now imagine how often large companies and government agencies get hacked by those seeking to inflict harm. To address this, the state of Michigan is creating an all volunteer defense team, the <a href="http://www.micybercorps.org/" target="_blank">Cyber Civilian Corps</a>. Wed, 28 May 2014 16:19:58 +0000 Kevin Lavery & Mark Bashore 54356 at http://wkar.org Volunteers enlisted to protect state from cybercrime Fading down the back stretch: Michigan horse racing industry struggles to keep up http://wkar.org/post/fading-down-back-stretch-michigan-horse-racing-industry-struggles-keep <p>Horse racing fans around the country are gearing up for the <a href="http://www.kentuckyderby.com/">Kentucky Derby</a> next Saturday. The storied run that kicks off the quest for the Triple Crown will bring thousands of people to Michigan’s three horse tracks. Many will place their bets as they watch the Derby via simulcast. They’ll also come to cheer on local horses and riders who come to the tracks to test their mettle. Mon, 28 Apr 2014 18:10:06 +0000 Kevin Lavery 52862 at http://wkar.org Fading down the back stretch: Michigan horse racing industry struggles to keep up BWL ice storm report delayed again http://wkar.org/post/bwl-ice-storm-report-delayed-again <p>There will been another delay in the release of the report reviewing the response of the <a href="http://www.lbwl.com/">Lansing Board of Water and Light</a> to last December’s huge ice storm.</p><p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 16:40:19 +0000 Mark Bashore & Joe Linstroth 52498 at http://wkar.org BWL ice storm report delayed again Entrepreneur rolls out green, three-wheeled delivery service http://wkar.org/post/entrepreneur-rolls-out-green-three-wheeled-delivery-service <p>A new eco-friendly business will hit the ground peddling tomorrow. <a href="http://gogreentrikes.com/wordpress/">Go Green Trikes</a> will employ electric-assisted bikes &nbsp;to make deliveries in the greater Lansing area.</p><p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 16:23:05 +0000 Mark Bashore & Emanuele Berry 52500 at http://wkar.org Entrepreneur rolls out green, three-wheeled delivery service Saranac syrup-maker sticks to tradition http://wkar.org/post/saranac-syrup-maker-sticks-tradition <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-abb90942-7573-e7bc-ae31-cd5be70881f1" style="font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">As you drive west from Ionia, Michigan, you’ll come to the little town of Saranac. Its streets are lined with a bountiful number of large old maple trees. And this time of year, it’s not uncommon to see many of them with pails and spouts attached to collect sap for maple syrup. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:58:17 +0000 Melissa Benmark 52383 at http://wkar.org Saranac syrup-maker sticks to tradition New MSU project expected to help create thousands of Michigan jobs http://wkar.org/post/new-msu-project-expected-help-create-thousands-michigan-jobs <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-e64ba568-4bdb-c45f-46ec-f48a8a294abc" style="line-height:2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:'Times New Roman';color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">There are plans to build a new center here at MSU that, if realized, proponents say could have a substantial economic impact on the state of Michigan, including the creation of potentially thousands of new jobs. <em>Current State's</em> Joe Linstroth talked with Chris Peterson, an agricultural economist and the head of MSU’s <a href="http://productcenter.msu.edu/">Product Center</a>, who says there are more than 600 mid-sized food processors in the state of Michigan. Many of these companies’ facilities are maxed out, meaning that if they want to create a new product, they don’t have the capacity to test the product or its manufacturing and packaging techniques to see if it’s economically viable.</span> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 17:14:39 +0000 Joe Linstroth & Mark Bashore 51980 at http://wkar.org New MSU project expected to help create thousands of Michigan jobs Michigan peaches, wine grapes take hit in brutal winter http://wkar.org/post/michigan-peaches-wine-grapes-take-hit-brutal-winter <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-9c33dc30-418c-4150-abb1-62d3e54690b0" style="font-size:16px;font-family:Georgia;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">The sun may be shining and the snow may be melting, but the effects of this year’s harsh winter are still lingering. The ice and cold of the season damaged some of Michigan’s fruit trees. </span> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 17:00:10 +0000 Emanuele Berry 51849 at http://wkar.org Michigan peaches, wine grapes take hit in brutal winter Business leaders update "Michigan Turnaround Plan" http://wkar.org/post/business-leaders-update-michigan-turnaround-plan <div><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>An organization that includes many of Michigan’s top corporate leaders&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">is making new recommendations on the way ahead for the state.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.businessleadersformichigan.com/">“Business Leaders for Michigan”</a> is a non-profit whose 90 or so members are among the top executives of the state’s most established businesses including General Motors, Dominos Pizza and Meijer. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 15:39:10 +0000 Mark Bashore 51798 at http://wkar.org Business leaders update "Michigan Turnaround Plan" Michigan social entrepreneurs seek profits and change http://wkar.org/post/michigan-social-entrepreneurs-seek-profits-and-change <p></p><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-a9876ca7-1dc7-9061-fd8e-af4685ecabef" style="font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Social entrepreneurship, where for-profit businesses seek to offer creative solutions to our society’s biggest needs, has become a rising trend across the country. Last year, Detroit was home to the nation’s first social entrepreneurship competition, which attracted more than $1-million in new investment for a diverse group of new businesses that focus on such issues as energy efficiency, affordable medical devices, and coffee roasting. </span> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 17:51:56 +0000 Current State 51509 at http://wkar.org Michigan social entrepreneurs seek profits and change Michigan Legislature considers state stock exchange http://wkar.org/post/michigan-legislature-considers-state-stock-exchange <p><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Mention the phrase 'stock exchange' to most people and they’ll likely visualize Wall Street, the home of the New York stock exchange, the world’s biggest. However</span><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">,</span><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"> smaller, regional stock exchanges are nothing new. A proposal to allow local stock exchanges in Michigan was recently filed in the state legislature. The aim is to allow citizens to invest in small, promising Michigan companies that may not qualify for a larger exchange.</span></p><p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 17:25:24 +0000 Mark Bashore 50828 at http://wkar.org Michigan Legislature considers state stock exchange City finance expert: Lansing ballpark plan a step forward http://wkar.org/post/city-finance-expert-lansing-ballpark-plan-step-forward <p></p><p></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Arial;color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">It’s hard to tell with all the new snow, but we’re three weeks away from &nbsp;the “Crosstown Showdown” home opener between the <a href="http://www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t499">Lansing Lugnuts</a> and the MSU Spartans. Yesterday, Lugnuts owner Tom Dickson and city leaders announced plans for a $22-million development at <a href="http://www.milb.com/content/page.jsp?ymd=20130228&amp;content_id=42085626&amp;sid=t499&amp;vkey=team1">Cooley Law School Stadium</a>.</span> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 19:37:43 +0000 Kevin Lavery 50596 at http://wkar.org City finance expert: Lansing ballpark plan a step forward Proposal would restore tax revenue for Michigan communities http://wkar.org/post/proposal-would-restore-tax-revenue-michigan-communities <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-68c1edc3-6e94-7b11-53fe-2037f8403312" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Arial;color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Fourteen months ago, <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/snyder">Gov. Rick Snyder</a> signed legislation eliminating the state personal property tax levied on business equipment. The move was heralded as welcome change by business owners who said the tax put them at a competitive disadvantage and inhibited job growth. However, local governments are worried about how they will replace the revenue that kept their vital services running. Now, a series of bills introduced this week in the Michigan Senate seeks to preserve that funding. </span> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 17:42:30 +0000 Current State 49913 at http://wkar.org Proposal would restore tax revenue for Michigan communities Coney Dogs in The D... in Vegas http://wkar.org/post/coney-dogs-d-vegas <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p>Along with gambling and big production stage shows, Las Vegas is known for fine dining. Everywhere you look, you’ll find a restaurant with a different theme, many of them run by celebrity chefs. Travelers from Michigan, though, might want to consider a more humble spot to grab a bite in Vegas.</p><p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 17:25:30 +0000 Current State 49812 at http://wkar.org Coney Dogs in The D... in Vegas Red Cedar project to feature market rate and student housing http://wkar.org/post/red-cedar-project-feature-market-rate-and-student-housing <p></p><p>After months of silence, one of the Lansing area’s biggest development projects is back in the news. Officials say they are hoping for groundbreaking by late Spring for the $125-million ‘Red Cedar Renaissance,' formerly the ‘Capital Gateway.' Mon, 16 Dec 2013 16:28:07 +0000 Current State 46748 at http://wkar.org Red Cedar project to feature market rate and student housing GM’s first female CEO could face a call for employee raises http://wkar.org/post/gm-s-first-female-ceo-could-face-call-employee-raises <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Yesterday, <a href="http://www.gm.com/">General Motors</a> announced Mary Barra would become the company's next CEO. Barra is the first female CEO of a major U.S. auto company. Wed, 11 Dec 2013 16:20:51 +0000 Current State 46519 at http://wkar.org GM’s first female CEO could face a call for employee raises Some Chinese MSU students mix business with learning http://wkar.org/post/some-chinese-msu-students-mix-business-learning <p>Imagine you were an 18-year-old American student, and you went off to study at a university in China that taught economics, biology and all the other subjects in Chinese. Then imagine on top of that navigating the legal and cultural differences to start your own business. For most of us, it would be a daunting challenge to say the least, and more likely too difficult to even attempt. At Michigan State University, some Chinese international students are up to the challenge. Mon, 09 Dec 2013 16:54:03 +0000 Current State 46400 at http://wkar.org Some Chinese MSU students mix business with learning Shiawassee County gets its first business incubator http://wkar.org/post/shiawassee-county-gets-its-first-business-incubator <p></p><p></p><p>Start up companies between the Lansing and Flint metro areas have a new resource to help them get off the ground.&nbsp; <a href="https://www.baker.edu/current-students/owosso/">Baker College in Owosso</a> is the site of a new business incubator known as the “REV” Center. Mon, 18 Nov 2013 15:40:20 +0000 Current State 45466 at http://wkar.org Shiawassee County gets its first business incubator MI business advocate: biz health exchanges a 'solution without a problem' http://wkar.org/post/mi-business-advocate-biz-health-exchanges-solution-without-problem <p>Many Michigan businesses have voiced concern and disapproval of the federal <a href="http://www.hhs.gov/opa/affordable-care-act/index.html">Affordable Care Act</a>.&nbsp; Twice before on Current State, we’ve explored the issue with one of the state’s key advocates for small business.</p><p>Rob Fowler is CEO of the <a href="https://www.sbam.org/">Small Business Association of Michigan</a>, based in Lansing.&nbsp; He returns with his thoughts on the health insurance exchanges that will soon to be unveiled. Fowler isn't sure that businesses will benefit from them.</p> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 19:25:53 +0000 Current State 42735 at http://wkar.org MI business advocate: biz health exchanges a 'solution without a problem' Michigan small business reactions to Medicaid expansion http://wkar.org/post/michigan-small-business-reactions-medicaid-expansion <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Beginning in 2014, much of the federal Affordable Care Act (</span>ACA<span style="line-height: 1.5;">) takes effect. The landmark law aims to ensure that U.S. citizens have access to quality and affordable health insurance. &nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 18:29:22 +0000 Current State 40879 at http://wkar.org Michigan small business reactions to Medicaid expansion Lansing business news with MLive's Angela Wittrock http://wkar.org/post/lansing-business-news-mlives-angela-wittrock-13 <p></p><p></p><p><a href="http://www.mlive.com/"><em>Mlive’s</em></a>&nbsp;Lansing beat reporter<a href="http://connect.mlive.com/user/AVGW/posts.html"> Angela Wittrock</a> joins us every Monday for a rundown of the latest news about the local economy, business and development. Today, she discusses the Michigan Flyer-AirRide motorcoach service, Detroit’s finical issues and the loss of current Bank of America customer perks.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 28 May 2013 17:22:33 +0000 Current State 36560 at http://wkar.org Lansing business news with MLive's Angela Wittrock Retailers push internet sales tax http://wkar.org/post/retailers-push-internet-sales-tax <p>There’s movement in both Lansing and Washington D.C. toward what many call a “leveling of the playing field” regarding sales taxes.&nbsp; A pair of measures dubbed “The Main Street Fairness” bill is currently being debated in the Michigan House.&nbsp; The proposal would collect a 6% Michigan sales tax on purchases from out of state internet retailers at the point of sale. And on Monday, the U.S. Senate widely approved a measure that would empower states to do just that. Wed, 08 May 2013 17:19:29 +0000 Current State 35514 at http://wkar.org Jackson County Oil Boom Pits Economics, Environment http://wkar.org/post/jackson-county-oil-boom-pits-economics-environment <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Michigan has made huge investments to develop alternative energy sources such as wind, solar and biomass. &nbsp;But like the rest of the country, Michigan is still a primarily fossil fuel-driven economy. &nbsp;Crude oil is big business in Michigan, especially in Jackson County. &nbsp;In 2012, more than 1.2 million barrels were produced there, which is three times more than any other county.</span></p> Mon, 29 Apr 2013 17:02:15 +0000 Current State 35020 at http://wkar.org Jackson County Oil Boom Pits Economics, Environment