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Last week, workers at a Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee voted down a proposal to join the United Auto Workers union. The UAW had expected to win that vote, and the rejection is seen as a blow to efforts to expand membership by unionizing plants in the south.

Advertisers bet big on Olympic Games

Feb 18, 2014
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While the Super Bowl is big for advertisers, the Olympics are also a coveted time for companies. Current State’s Emanuele Berry spoke with Rajeev Batra, a professor of marketing at the University of Michigan. He is an expert in global branding and advertising and explains what it means to be an Olympic sponsor.

Lansing business news with MLive's Angela Wittrock

Feb 25, 2013

MLive's Lansing beat reporter Angela Wittrock joins us every Monday for a rundown of the latest news about the local economy, business and development. This week, she discusses the Lansing metro area's real "GDP."

Lansing business news with MLive's Angela Wittrock

Feb 18, 2013

MLive's Lansing beat reporter Angela Wittrock joins us every Monday for a rundown of the latest news about the local economy, business and development.

Courtesy of Business Leaders for Michigan

The organization Business Leaders for Michigan calls itself the state’s “business roundtable.”  It’s comprised of the top executives of Michigan’s largest corporations and universities. The organization develops strategy and advocates policy that its members believe can grow the state’s economy.  

About a year ago, Lansing voters approved a proposal to sell the 120-acre Waverly Golf Course, along with the  adjacent Michigan Avenue Park.  Last night, the Lansing City Council considered the next step -- a formal decision to sell the land.  Lansing City Councilman Brian Jeffries, who heads the council’s planning and development committee, and Lansing Township Supervisor Kathy Rodgers discuss what this means, along with the larger future involving all that park and green space on Lansing’s Westside.

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This week in 1985, the Stroh Brewery Company announced that it would close its brewery on Detroit's East Side. Chairman Peter Stroh said the facility was obsolete, and it was demolished within a year.

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File photo / WKARLansing Mayor Virg Bernero gave his annual State of the City address last night. We talk with Eric Lacy of the Lansing State Journal about the mayor’s remarks.

Niowave, the high-tech, particle acceleration company here in Lansing, has been growing. Its success has been a benefit in many ways to the community – more jobs, greater tax revenue, more clout in the tech world for the city.

But the company’s growth has also led to some friction.

Early last year, Niowave built a large pole barn at its headquarters, which is a former school in Lansing’s Walnut Neighborhood.

There was some good news last week in Michigan involving the fight against mortgage  fraud.  On Thursday, officials announced the state will receive $2.5 million dollars -- that’s the settlement in a mortgage fraud lawsuit filed last year by State Attorney General Bill Schuette.  The legal action involved about 1,000 victims of robo-signing statewide, with nearly 300 of them from Ingham County.  

Employee “Sweethearting” Costing Business Billions

Feb 14, 2012
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A surprising number of employees are giving away the store, according to new research from Michigan State University.  The study shows that nearly 70 per cent of workers admit to “sweethearting”.  That’s the practice of giving free goods and services to customers.  The cost to businesses is $80 billion a year.

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Governor Rick Snyder says Michigan’s national ranking for business climate is dramatically improved.

The Lansing Board of Water and Light will hold a public hearing tonight on rate hike proposals that would affect the utility's water and steam customers.

The Lansing Board of Water and Light public hearing begins at 5:30 p.m. in the utility's Haco Drive headquarters board room.

If approved, rates would go up 9%. Electricity rates would not be affected.

WKAR's Scott Pohl reports.

The North American International Auto Show in Detroit opens to the public on Saturday. Hundreds of thousands of people will attend the show at Cobo Hall to see prototypes and the new car and truck models.

Earlier this week, General Motors showed off the new Cadillac ATS to the media. The ATS will be built in Lansing. It's aimed squarely at the lucrative compact luxury car market.

Talking with a couple of Cadillac executives about the 2013 ATS coming out this summer, you get the feeling that they've been trained to stay on-message.

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reWorking Michigan examines our evolving economy, as citizens of the Great Lake State explore new ways to make a living and build a future for their families.

2012 is a presidential election year, and campaigns are gearing up across the state. For people who are looking to change careers, or those who've lost their jobs and are hoping to resume getting a steady paycheck, politics could be an option this year. To find out what political employers are looking for, WKAR's Scott Pohl spoke with a couple of consultants about hiring trends in politics.

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reWorking Michigan examines our evolving economy, as citizens of the Great Lakes State explore new ways to make a living and build a future for their families.

This week from reWorking Michigan, our Monday report looks at a new organization in Lansing that's trying to help African-American owned businesses.

The Lansing Black Chamber of Commerce was chartered in August. Ask president Angela Pruitt why a black chamber is needed, and she'll answer with a question of her own: why not?

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