Lansing business

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The Snyder administration is calling on all state agencies to coordinate their efforts to improve job access for persons with disabilities. We talk about the Employment First program with two local nonprofit executives who work to build that workplace culture for persons with disabilities.

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Economic developers see an opportunity to make the Lansing area a hub for particle accelerator businesses. We talk with Steve Willobee, Chief Operating Officer of the Lansing Economic Area Partnership, and Rachel Kuntzsch, a business and economic development consultant whose company came up with the action plan.

River City MRKT holiday store pops up in REO Town

Nov 18, 2015
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April Van Buren / WKAR

The holiday shopping season is upon us. If you’re looking for something unique or hoping to avoid the long lines at the mall, a pair of local Lansing artists have just the thing. We talk to Debbie Carlos and Amalia Boukos, co-founders of River City MRKT, a pop-up arts and crafts shop in Lansing’s REO Town.

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Katie Cook / WKAR

Lansing’s oldest restaurant, Emil’s, closes its doors today. Current State talks with owner Paul Grescowle about what he’ll remember most about his time there, and what he has planned next.

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Scott Pohl / WKAR

Lansing journalist Mickey Hirten joins us to share some of his recent reporting which includes stories on the upcoming "Maker Week" and on the capital city's healthy real estate market.

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Courtesy photo / Lansing City Market

Leaders of the Lansing City Market say it's about to enter another phase, with more vendors and more attractions, and they say they hope to announce a deal soon with a new anchor tenant. Current State talks with the market's new director, Audrey Tipper, and the CEO of the Lansing Public Entertainment and Facilities Authority, Scott Keith.

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Sun Country Airlines operates flights from Lansing to Washington D.C., but the carrier is leaving town in October. Now, the biggest name in U.S. aviation is hoping to take over that market. Current State speaks with Bob Selig of the Capital Region Airport Authority.

Matthew McLeod and David Kositchek
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

Kositchek’s department store has been dressing Lansing men in high-end suits for 150 years. The store is a fourth generation family business. Current State’s Kevin Lavery talks with president David Kositchek.

Michigan chestnuts pop into new role as beer ingredient

Jul 6, 2015

There's a new beer brewing trend in Michigan: using chestnuts as an ingredient.

WKAR/Kevin Lavery

There’s a lot of buzz these days about drones. Unmanned aerial vehicles have a range of uses, from military and police surveillance to search and rescue. In private hands, drones are purely recreational toys for some people, but others are capitalizing on their economic potential.

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Few if any Lansing success stories compare with that of Two Men and a Truck. The moving company began in 1985 as an after school endeavor with an advertising budget in a ceramic dish.  Today, founder Mary Ellen Sheets leads a company whose revenue clears $300-million annually. Two Men and a Truck has locations in 39 states and four countries. It has completed roughly five million moves. It also donates about two and a half million dollars in moving services annually.

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Technological change is continually reshaping the media landscape. It’s been forcing those of us in the media to adopt new ways of communicating news and information. That evolution has been especially challenging in the newspaper world. While publishers are hopeful that modest rises in online advertising and revenue will continue, a multi-year trend of overall declining ad revenue continues. According to the Pew Research Journalism Project, it dropped another 2.6-percent in 2013 compared to the previous year.


After months of repercussions stemming from December’s ice storm and power outages that affected thousands of people, the Lansing Board of Water and Light continues to generate headlines. Some customers complain of overly aggressive tree trimming by the city-owned utility. Others question the justification for a proposed rate hike. In June, the BWL Board appeared to violate the state’s Open Meetings Act.

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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. American Fifth Spirits 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.

WKAR/Emanuele Berry

Microbreweries have been popping up all over the state, but what about micro roasters?  Current State’s Emanuele Berry recently took a trip to visit the founders of Craft & Mason Coffee, a new micro roaster in the Lansing area.