Today on Stateside, businesses across Michigan have succumbed to the pressures of the COVID-19 crisis, with devastating consequences for workers and our economy. A business owner and a behavioral scientist weigh in on why those who were sidelined still need help — and how the pandemic is shaping the state’s business ecosystem in the long term. Also, we meet a biologist whose team is collaborating with a colleague across 143 years.
The Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) is launching a new initiative to increase recycling in Michigan. It’s called NextCycle Michigan.
EGLE, the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, cities, and individual companies have agreed to collaborate on the effort.
Today on Stateside, the U.S. Senate has begun setting parameters for proceedings in the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump. Senator Gary Peters talked to us about the upcoming trial and the likelihood of a conviction. Also, an update on Michigan's sobering job loss numbers during 2020. Plus, how a business owner, elected official, and mother of four balances the challenges the pandemic poses for women—particularly women of color.
More than $58 million in state money will soon be available to small businesses and entertainment venues that have suffered economically because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Small businesses can apply for the one-time grants from the Michigan Small Business Relief Program.
Today on Stateside, we take a look back at this year in business. For those invested in the stock market, it’s been the best of times. For those waiting in food lines, it’s been the worst. We’ll talk with some experts about what’s been going on with the economy and looking ahead to a new year.
Today on Stateside, four Michigan congressmen have signed on to a legal brief in support of a Texas lawsuit asking the Supreme Court to nullify Michigan’s election results based on widely debunked claims of voter fraud. A reporter talks us through the significance of the lawmakers’ support of the suit. Also, a Lenawee County winemaker discusses how he’s trying to keep his business afloat. Plus, a Holocaust survivor and peace activist on the lessons history holds for today.
Today on Stateside, Michigan’s political world got baked into an upside down cake on Thursday as former Republican Governor Rick Snyder endorsed Joe Biden, and Democrat Mark Hackel threw his support behind a push to limit Governor Whitmer’s emergency powers. We'll talk to a reporter covering the party-flipping endorsements. Plus, we hear from a Detroit child care provider who is feeling the financial pressure as the pandemic continues and parents remain at home.?
Some Michigan businesses have been able to retool and reopen this summer under Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s COVID-19 “Safe Start” plan. But for businesses that usually rely on close physical contact with clients, adapting to life under the pandemic is uniquely complicated. One example? Dance studios.
Starting Monday, Michigan’s restaurants and bars can reopen to dine-in customers at half capacity. Business districts have welcomed the news, but as customers return, there are also concerns about spreading COVID-19.
Traverse City recently voted to close two blocks downtown to vehicle traffic to allow for more outdoor seating. And last week, the Ann Arbor City Council passed its own plan for some downtown streets.
A survey by the Small Business Association of Michigan suggests one in seven of their members will go out of business because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The primary concern is the mandated closure of many businesses. It means zero income for many retailers and non-essential businesses.
While Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has indicated that her administration is working on guidelines for a partial restart of the state’s economy as soon as May 1, Michigan’s Republican leaders have presented their own set of suggestions for what reopening sectors of the state’s economy could look like.
Michigan House speaker Lee Chatfield, a Republican representing District 107, weighed in on the Republican leadership’s proposal and how it would approach reopening the economy on a county-by-county basis.
Today on Stateside, Great Lakes water levels are at record or near-record highs, leading to dramatic shoreline erosion and threatening lakeshore properties. Plus, the Detroit origins of the spiral cut ham, a holiday dinner staple.?
In 2010, there were 247 Dollar General stores in Michigan. Now there are more than 500.?
And many of the new stores are located in rural areas and small towns in Northern Michigan.?
We often hear politicians use buzzwords: things like “media elite,” “fake news,” and “welfare state.”
Some of those seem straightforward enough. Others, not so much.
One Michigan Radio listener, Ellen Rusten, had a question about a phrase you’ve probably heard come out of a politician's mouth: "business-friendly." Rusten wanted to know, just what does that popular buzzword actually mean?
By Stateside Staff
Feb 18, 2019
Today on Stateside, Michigan's new cyberbullying law goes into effect next month, but will it actually make kids safer from online harassment? Plus, a recent study from the University of Michigan finds that tens of thousands of Michigan kids and teens aren't getting the mental health treatment they need.?
Now that Michigan has joined the ranks of states where it's legal for adults to use marijuana recreationally, employers are facing new challenges trying to manage their workplace's drug-free policies.
Legalizing recreational marijuana would net half a billion dollars in new state tax revenue over its first five years, that's according to a new study.
The study was commissioned by the group behind the November ballot question to legalize recreational marijuana in Michigan.
In most workplaces, people are expected to do what their boss asks of them. But some worker's cooperatives are challenging the traditional office hierarchy.
The Sassafras Tech Collective, based in Ann Arbor, is the only registered tech co-op in the state.?
"Everything old is new again."
That adage comes to mind when you hear about a new business in West Michigan called Lakeshore Game Night, a door-to-door delivery for board games.
Jared Leatzow is the business’ founder and owner. He joined Stateside’s Cynthia Canty to discuss how he came up with the idea for Lakeshore Game Night and how the service works.?
Most entrepreneurs start small and dream big.?
And for?Nailah Ellis-Brown?of Detroit, those dreams came true.?
She started selling her family's sweet tea out of her car, and ended up with a national deal with Sam's Club to sell her Ellis Island Tea.
Amidst the public uproar over the separation of families at the U.S.-Mexico border, there was a notable push-back from leading airlines.
United, American, Southwest, and Frontier all announced they did not want the government using their planes to transport separated children, saying it defied their corporate values?
These airlines are just some of the corporations to openly resist the President, pointing to a trend of increased corporate activism.?
One hot topic at the Mackinac Policy Conference this week is the future of regional transportation in Southeast Michigan — particularly a proposed millage to fund the expansion of the Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan.
Daniel Howes is a Detroit News business columnist. He speaks with Stateside about regional divide and larger issues at the core of the RTA debate.?
Think of it as a sort of Nobel Prize for businesses: the Oslo Business for Peace Award.?
The Business for Peace Foundation each year honors business leaders who use their business skills to do good:?to help the economy, to help society,?and to do it in a way that is ethical and responsible.?
Growing your own business means persisting past uncertainty and rejection: having a clear idea of what your product is about, and where you want to take your business.
Detroiter Melissa Butler is proof of that idea. She’s the founder and CEO of The Lip Bar. It is a non-toxic, cruelty-free and vegan line of lipsticks and lip-glosses.
A West Michigan company has come up with a remarkable way to address the skills shortage problem we hear about so much in our state.
Micron Manufacturing of Walker is a precision machining supplier, and Micron lets workers create their own schedules.
Grant funding is being extended for a program in Detroit that supports a business startup accelerator for students.
TechTown's Detroit Technology Exchange Business Incubator will receive a $250,000 extension. The funding is part of more than $1.7 million in extensions approved by the Michigan Strategic Fund.
Heard about America’s new parlor game? Global corporations are playing regions and taxpayers off one another to land the richest deal. And Michigan is in the game. So far, anyway.
Earlier this week, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed legislation obligating his state’s taxpayers to pay Taiwan’s Foxconn Technology a cool $2.85 billion in cash. That’s billion with a “B.”
What for? To offset its payroll and capital costs to set up shop in the southeast corner of that state.
Forget the notion that the Chinese are coming to the auto industry near you. They’re already here.
Geely has controlled Sweden’s Volvo for seven years now. Tencent Holdings owns a five percent stake in Elon Musk’s Tesla. Pacific Century Motors acquired Delphi’s Saginaw-based steering division to create Nexteer Automotive Corp. And Chinese companies spent $140 billion last year on mergers and acquisitions, second only to the United States.
The businessman president is losing big business.
Donald Trump's promise to turn to America's business leaders for advice and counsel has collapsed.
His refusal to lay complete blame for the weekend violence in Charlottesville led to a revolt by CEOs in his business advisory groups.
The fallout from the sexual harassment scandal at Fox News continues as co-president Bill Shine is the latest to leave the network.
Although Shine has not himself been accused of harassment, a growing number of women at Fox News claim he was quite aware of the inappropriate behavior against them and did nothing to address their concerns.
This dismissive attitude by a top executive doesn't surprise?Lilia Cortina.?She's a professor of psychology and women's studies at the University of Michigan. She has found that even though more and more workplaces have ways to report sexual harassment, women don't use them.
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