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MARCH 2013

Gov. Rick Snyder to Keynote 2013 Legislative Dinner Meet our Annual Dinner Award Winners PTAC: Generating Government Contracts and Jobs

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer MSU Federal Credit Union


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MSU Federal credit union



A Message From The President

March Madness Chamber Style
Those of us who follow Michigan State University and college basketball look forward to the month of March and what is known as March Madness. It’s that exciting time of year when the NCAA tournament brings hope that our Spartans will provide more great memories during the chase to bring another national championship to our region. The team at the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce is launching its own version of March Madness as we will provide our members with a wealth of business education and networking opportunities featuring no fewer than eight outstanding events this month. By the time this edition of FOCUS magazine arrives on your desk, our Chamber team will have just caught its breath following the 101st Annual Dinner, at which hundreds of our members will have enjoyed great networking opportunities, drinking, dining and presentations of the Community Service, Outstanding Small Business and Legacy Awards. There won’t be much time for rest as we move into an action packed month topped by Governor Snyder’s keynote address at the 2013 Legislative Dinner on March 19 (details on all our events can be found in the Calendar of Events on page 3). The Economic Club luncheon on March 26 features former Congressman and national mental health advocate Patrick Kennedy. The youngest child of the late U.S. Sen. Edward “Ted” Kennedy will be speaking on the need to increase support and awareness for mental health issues. The Chamber offers two new educational opportunities in March. The team at CBRE | Martin will present their Lansing ViewPoint, which examines trends in the office, retail and commercial real estate markets at a lunch briefing on March 7. We are also proud to launch the first of our new Business Education Series on March 12. This series should be of particular interest to small businesses in the region who have a need for real-life training and educational opportunities. Our first program explores the value of internships, how to develop and maximize interns, and how they can benefit your business. We anticipate future programs in the coming months on topics such as wellness/healthcare, media and marketing, taxes and financials. We invite the small business community to provide the Chamber with topics and ideas for future programs. I’d also like to extend special invitation to those of you who would like to learn more about the Chamber, our team and the services we offer at our latest Chamber 360 meeting on March 7. Finally, we have our popular Member Mixer, not once, but twice in March! We’ll have our first ever morning mixer at Grand Traverse Pie Company on March 13, followed by our after-work mixer sponsored by the Lansing Board of Water & Light and Franklin Energy on March 14. I’d like to think there is something for everybody on our Chamber schedule in March. Let the Madness begin!

2013 Board of Directors
Paula Cunningham
Capitol National Bank


Nancy McKeague
Michigan Health and Hospital Association

Bill Kimble

Jeff Hicks
Hicks & Mullett, PLLC

Tim Daman
FOCUS President and CEO Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce

Jeff Fineis
Andrews Hooper and Pavlik

Tim Daman
Lansing Regional Chamber

Division Directors
Int’l Business Services
Jean Schtokal
Foster, Swift, Collins and Smith, P.C.

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I’d like to think there is something for everybody on our Chamber schedule in March. Let the Madness begin!”

Government Relations
Kevin McKinney
McKinney & Associates

Joe Ford
Netvantage Marketing

Deb Muchmore
Marketing Resource Group

Farm Bureau Insurance

2013 Addy Awards..................................9 Blue Cross Blue Shield............................4 C2AE.......................................................6 Flagstar Bank.........................................19 LSJ Media................................................8 M3 Group..............................................12 McLaren...................................................5 Mercantile Bank.................................... BC MSUFCU..................................................7 WKAR....................................................11  

Dave Baker

Accident Fund Holdings McLaren Greater Lansing

Steve Reynolds Patrick Salow
Fifth Third Bank PNC Bank

Melanie Bergeron
Two Men & A Truck Michigan State University

Mark Burnham Leslie Brogan
Comcast Jackson National Life Insurance

Jason Sanders Tim Salisbury Heather Shawa-DeCook
Demmer Corporation Common Wealth Enterprises

John Brown Stella Cash
M3 Group

Sparrow Health System

Tom Stewart Bob Trezise
LEAP, Inc.

Shelly Davis-Mielock
Dean Transportation Conquest Fitness and Health

Patrick Dean

Spartan Internet Consulting Auto-Owners Insurance

Ryan Vartoogian Bill Woodbury

Andre Hutson Dave Mulder
Meijer, Inc.

Ross Woodstock Michelle Rahl


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Additional Photography
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News & Events
2013 Legislative Dinner
Keynote Speaker: Governor Rick Snyder Tuesday, March 19 Lexington Lansing Hotel 5:30-8:00 p.m. Tickets: $85 individual/$630 table of eight Registration: Michelle Rahl mrahl@lansingchamber.org 517-853-6457
Wednesday, March 13 Morning Member Mixer, 7:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m. Grand Traverse Pie Company, 200 S. Washington Square, Lansing, MI 48933. The Lansing Regional Chamber is proud to offer their first-ever Morning Mixer, hosted in conjunction with the Michael Patrick Shiels-led Michigan Big Show airing right next door. Grand Traverse Pie Company will offer their breakfast menu items, in addition to great networking opportunities. $10 member, $30 non-member. Thursday, March 14 Member Mixer, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Lansing Board of Water and Light, with Franklin Energy as the Drink Sponsor. Includes hors d’oeuvres. 410 S. Cedar, Lansing, MI 48912 (The Riverfront Offices). Overflow parking is available at Wendy’s and the city parking lot on the corner of Kalamazoo and Cedar streets. $10 member, $30 non-member. Tuesday, March 19 2013 Legislative Dinner, 5:30 – 8 p.m.,
Lexington Lansing Hotel, 925 S. Creyts Rd., Lansing MI, 48917. The Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce is proud to partner with local and regional Chambers across Michigan to present the 2013 Chambers of Commerce of Michigan Legislative Dinner. Michigan Governor Rick Snyder will provide the keynote address “The State of Michigan Business”. The Lansing Regional Chamber, in conjunction with Chambers across Michigan, will present Gov. Snyder with the first-ever “Moving Michigan Forward” award. Immediately following the Governor’s remarks, the Chamber will moderate a question-and-answer session with the audience. Tickets: $85/single ticket or $630 for a table of 8. To register, visit www.lansingchamber.org. For any questions or to discuss sponsorship opportunities, please contact Michelle Rahl at (517) 853-6457 or mrahl@lansingchamber.org.

Wednesday, March 6 Delta Government Relations Committee, 8 – 9 a.m. Lexington Lansing Hotel, 925 S. Creyts Rd., Lansing,
MI 48917. The Delta Government Relations Committee meets the first Wednesday of each month to provide a forum for business leaders to discuss important issues affecting Delta Township. To ensure adequate seating, please RSVP to Jason Green at jgreen@lansingchamber.org.

Wednesday, March 6 LRC-PAC Leadership Fundraiser, 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Troppo, 111 E. Michigan Ave, Lansing, MI 48933. Hosted by the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee (LRCPAC), this event is designed to gather business leaders and residents and encourage them to get active in their community’s political landscape. The more engaged we are as citizines, the more power we all have to enact change. The cost to attend is $100 (personal checks only). To RSVP, please contact Kristin Beltzer at (517) 8536453 or kbeltzer@lansingchamber.org. Thursday, March 7 Chamber 360, 8 – 9:30 a.m., Lansing Regional
Chamber of Commerce Insurance Capital Board Room, 500 E. Michigan Ave., Ste. 200, Lansing, MI 48912. New, veteran and prospective members are encouraged to attend Chamber 360 to learn about the full range of Chamber benefits and how to maximize your investment. Meet our staff and find out how we are working for you through business growth and advocacy initiatives, exclusive member benefit programs, member exposure, networking and educational event opportunities. This is a FREE event, but space is limited. To register for this event, please contact Jennifer Wagemann at 517-853-6456 or jwagemann@lansingchamber.org.

Tuesday, March 26 Economic Club, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.,
Lexington Lansing Hotel, 925 S. Creyts Rd., Lansing MI, 48917 (LOCATION CHANGE). Speaker: Patrick J. Kennedy, former U.S. Representative and mental health activist. Sponsored by Capitol National Bank. Program begins at noon; please arrive early for registration & networking. Single tickets $40, or tables of eight $300 (includes lunch). Pre-registration is required. To register for this event, please visit www.lansingchamber.org.

Tuesday, April 9 Member Mixer, 5 - 7 p.m., Foreign Carpet Studio, 2865 Jolly Road, Okemos, MI 48864. $10 member, $30 non-member. Includes hors d’oeuvres. Wednesday, April 10 Delta Government Relations Committee, 8 – 9 a.m. Location: TBD. The Delta Government Relations
Committee meets the first Wednesday of each month to provide a forum for business leaders to discuss important issues affecting Delta Township. To ensure adequate seating, please RSVP to Jason Green at jgreen@lansingchamber.org.

Thursday, March 7 CBRE Real Estate Update, 11:30
a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, 219 S. Harrison Road, East Lansing, MI 48824. Join representatives from CBRE, the global leader in commercial real estate services, as they present “Lansing ViewPoint: Trends in Commercial Real Estate”. The luncheon presentation will examine how the local and national commercial real estate markets are performing today and discuss what landlords, tenants and investors can anticipate in the Greater Lansing area’s future. $35/members and $45/non-members. Registration can be completed at www.lansingchamber.org.

April Economic Club, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Kellogg Hotel &
Conference Center, East Lansing. Speaker: TBD. Program begins at noon; please arrive early for registration & networking. Single tickets $40, or tables of 8 $300 (includes lunch). This event is sponsored by The Eyde Company. Pre-registration is required. To register for this event, please visit www.lansingchamber.org.

Tuesday, March 12 Business Education Series, 7:30 a.m.
- 9:00 a.m. Lansing Regional Chamber Insurance Capital Board Room, 500 E. Michigan Ave. Ste. 200, Lansing, MI 48912. Join the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce as we launch the 2013 Business Education Series. The first program of the series is entitled How to Maximize the Internship Investment. This program features a panel discussion and includes an engaging Q&A session. $10/members, $15/non-members. To register for this event or for any questions, please contact Jennifer Wagemann, at (517) 853-6456 or jwagemann@lansingchamber.org

Event cost is complimentary for these enhanced membership levels:





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Welcome New Members
Applied Awesome LLC
2241 Cumberland Rd. Lansing, MI 48906 (517) 214-5853 appliedawesome.com

Marianne Samper
4022 Canyon Cove Holt, MI 48842 (517) 331-3475

Polymer Composite Technologies, Inc.
3130 Sovereign Drive Lansing, MI 48911 (517) 913-0245 floorheatcompany.com

David P. Winterstein Translations
626 W. Ionia St. Lansing, MI 48933 (971) 266-9845 globaltextstudio.com

Marshall’s Installation L.L.C.
216 W. Euclid St. Jackson, MI 49203 (517) 812-6806

The Huntington National Bank
50 Monroe, NW, Ste. 100 Grand Rapids, MI 49503 (616) 771-8636 huntington.com

Frangie Brothers, LLC & Makhoul Investment, LLC
2169 Woodfield Okemos, MI 48864 (517) 881-7444

Nexus Academy of Lansing
2175 University Park Dr. Okemos, MI 48864 (517) 347-7793 nexusacademyschool.com

Wild Bills Tobacco/ Smokey Joe’s
4213 S. Cedar St Lansing, MI 48910 (517) 272-0155 wildbillstobacco.com

Sustainable health care solutions for your small business

Fraza Forklifts
39550 Schoolcraft Plymouth, MI 48170 (734) 455-5150 frazaforklifts.com

Pavement Consultants Inc.
840 S. Smith Rd. Eaton Rapids, MI 48827 (517) 881-5499


Learn more today.
Lansing Regional Chamber 1-517-487-6340 or visit
www.MyChamberAdvantage.com/ lansingchamber

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Please remember to use the member login portion of the Chamber website to keep your contact information up-to-date. This will ensure that you receive all Chamber communications in a timely manner. Contact us at 517.487.6340 if you have any questions or are not receiving our communications.

Chamber Milestones
We’d like to offer a special salute to these great organizations that reached milestone anniversaries as Chamber members this month. Thank you for your continued support through the years!

Lyle D. Hepfer & Co., PC
70 years

Trumpie Photography
10 years

Lumber Town Holt
60 years

Summit Community Bank
10 years

Voss Insurance Services, Inc.
30 years

Lansing Electrical JATC
5 years


a healthy work force.

Larry T. Schafer, Inc.
20 years

American Red Cross Great Lakes Region – Blood Services
5 years

Genova News Co. Inc.
20 years

Romanow Building Services
10 years

Williamston Compassionate Care
5 years

Your Chamber Exclusively Endorses

Grand Traverse Pie Co.
10 years

Kapnick Insurance Group
5 years

Thank You Renewing Members
7-Eleven #104 A C Electric AAA Michigan Acme Roofing & Siding LLC American Red Cross Great Lakes Region - Blood Services Bobenal Investments, Inc. BS & A Software CBRE Center for Business Innovation, Inc. Christman Company, (The) Comerica Bank Community Mental Health of Clinton, Eaton & Ingham Counties Cutco Retail Store Davis Auto Mart, Inc. Demmer Corporation Educational Tours, Inc. Estes-Leadley Funeral Homes Family Life Financial Services of Michigan Farm Bureau Insurance Company Financial Services Center, Inc. Fraser, Trebilcock, Davis & Dunlap, P.C. Genova News Co., Inc. Grand Traverse Pie Co. Greater Lansing Association of REALTORS GreenStone Farm Credit Services Hager Fox Heating & Air Conditioning Hammond Farms Landscape Supply Highfields, Inc. Horizon Investments, LLC Hospitality Selling Solutions International Tours / GalaxSea Cruises J W Auto Sales J.M.E. Consultants Kapnick Insurance Group Lansing Charter Township Lansing Electrical JATC Lansing Ice & Fuel Company Larry T. Schaefer, Inc. Lehman, Wesley & Associates, Inc. Len’s Carpet Care Leon’s Transmission Repair, Inc.
401 W. Greenlawn Ave., Lansing, MI 48910 | (517) 975-6000 mclaren.org/lansing

Maner Costerisan, CPA, PC MAXCO, INC. Message Makers Metzger Realty Co., Inc. Michigan Gastroenterology Institute Michigan Health Council Michigan Millers Mutual Insurance Co. Michigan Office Solutions Michigan Psychotherapy Michigan State University College of Law Musselman Realty Co. Passageways Travel an American Express Representative Payne-Rosso Company PNC Romanow Building Services Sohn Linen Service Student Book Store, Inc. Summit Community Bank The ASU Group Tim Horton’s Cafe & Bake Shop Trumpie Photography Voss Insurance Services, Inc. Whipple, Harlan L. Williamston Compassionate Care WILX-TV Yeo & Yeo, PC, CPAs TLC-Eyecare & Laser Center, Inc. Professional Metal Works

Caring for our community
At McLaren Greater Lansing, we are honored to provide our community exceptional health care across many areas:
State-of-the-art cardiovascular care featuring a Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Cardiac Center of Excellence, as well as expert care from the physicians of McLaren Cardiovascular Group and McLaren Cardiothoracic & Vascular Surgeons Minimally invasive and robotic surgeries offering patients shorter hospital stays, less pain and scarring, quicker recoveries, and overall better outcomes World-class cancer care through McLaren Cancer Institute the largest cancer care network in the state, including McLaren Medical Oncology Associates, an outpatient facility where oncologists, nurses and the cancer treatment team take pride in being part of each patient’s “family” support system McLaren Orthopedic Hospital the state’s largest dedicated orthopedic hospital and third busiest joint replacement facility, as well as a Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Blue Distinction Center for knee and hip replacement Comprehensive women’s health services for all stages of life provided in a comfortable and inviting atmosphere, as well as a birthing center that combines a compassionate labor and delivery team with a warm, soothing setting

To find a physician, visit mclaren.org/lansingdoctors.

Lumber Town Holt Lyle D. Hepfer & Co., PC

MARCH 2013



Economic Club

Lansing Regional Chamber Economic Club Welcomes Patrick Kennedy to Discuss Michigan’s Priority on Mental Health
The Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce Economic Club is pleased to announce that Patrick J. Kennedy, former U.S. Representative turned national mental health advocate, will keynote the March luncheon held Tuesday, March 26. Kennedy, 45, is the youngest child of former U.S. Senator Edward “Ted” Kennedy. to be done in the way of integrating mental healthcare and access,” said Phil Weaver, Hope Network president and CEO. “Hope Network pledges to lead the statewide, bi-partisan effort to integrate mental and physical healthcare in a way that is accessible to those in need.”

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“Recent national tragedies have shone light on the underfunded mental health system here in Michigan and beyond, Kennedy is being brought to Michigan Patrick J. Kennedy and have raised the need for real, open by the Hope Network to advance discussions on mental illness,” said the statewide conversation about the Tim Daman, president and CEO of the Lansing importance of integrating mental and physical health. Regional Chamber of Commerce. “Untreated mental The announcement of Kennedy, who openly discusses illness costs the U.S. more than $100 billion a year in his personal struggles with mental illness, coincides lost productivity, making a strong business case for with Hope Network’s intention in 2013 to advocate for continued awareness and improved funding for mental increased public access to mental health care. health issues in the United States.” Kennedy, co-founder of One Mind for Research, served Kennedy will keynote the March Economic Club 16 years in the U.S. House of Representatives and is luncheon on Tuesday, March 26 at the Lexington predominantly known as the author and lead sponsor Lansing Hotel (LOCATION CHANGE). The event of the Mental Health Parity & Addiction Equity Act runs from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Tickets are available of 2008. This dramatic piece of legislation provides for $40/Member ticket and $300/table of 8. To purchase access to mental health treatment to tens of millions of tickets, tables or for any questions, please contact Jennifer Americans who previously went untreated. Wagemann, manager of events and programming, at 517-853-6456 or jwagemann@lansingchamber.org. The “As Hope Network approaches 50 years of providing March luncheon of the Lansing Regional Chamber specialty and community health services to the people Economic Club is sponsored by Capitol National Bank. of Michigan, we also acknowledge that there is much

keeping things on the up-and-up. (and the down-low)


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The Value of a Chamber Membership
Here is one member’s perspective of the value of his membership in the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce: “I joined the Lansing Regional Chambers of Commerce (LRCC) almost a year ago and it was a great decision for me and my business, Health Numeric. I made a conscious decision to not stand on the sidelines with a LRCC membership as my victory trophy. I attended my first Chamber 360 meeting and met PTAC’s Kim Langenberg. I’ve gained invaluable knowledge from Kim. She has helped me navigate the treacherous CCR and ORCA process and now Health Numeric is eligible to compete for government contracts. I’ve attended LRCC Mixers, luncheons and forums and met business leaders, members and staff willing to help me grow my business. Thanks Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce for a great 2012. Let’s continue the momentum throughout 2013!” Nevin L. Brittain, Director, Business Development Health Numeric LLC

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Economic Club
MSUFCU Is There When I Need Them

Pure Michigan: The Gold Standard for Tourism Promotion

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The growth for the Pure Michigan campaign is astounding. The year before the campaign started, Zimmermann’s Travel Michigan office was investing $5 million in advertising. For years, the focus was on attracting tourists from other Midwest communities including Chicago, Milwaukee and Indianapolis. Zimmermann told the Economic Club crowd that in 2009, the decision was made to take Pure Michigan to a national audience, and a corresponding increase in spending has pushed the campaign’s annual budget to $25 million, making Pure Michigan the sixth largest tourism campaign in the nation. The economic results have been incredible according to Zimmermann. Research has shown that as of 2011, more than 100 million people were aware of the Pure Michigan brand, after just three years of promotion. Just last year, the campaign had motivated 3.2 million trips to Michigan that resulted in $1 billion in spending at Michigan businesses. The return on investment for the state was $4.90 for each dollar spent on Pure Michigan advertising. Zimmermann says the next phase for Pure Michigan is to reach out to an international audience. Governor Snyder has proposed a $4 million increase in the campaign budget specifically for that purpose, with Toronto as the first target, followed by Europe, especially Germany, and Asia. “Toronto is Chicago number two for us,” said Zimmermann. “It is a huge, affluent market and the potential is tremendous.” Pure Michigan will continue to emphasize bringing in out-of-state visitors. Zimmermann noted there are 320 million people in the country, most of whom have never considered a vacation in Michigan. “We are just at the beginning of our journey in many ways,” said Zimmermann.

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“Pure Michigan is recognized for its highly unique, beautiful, artistic and well-crafted expression of what Michigan is all about,” said Zimmermann. “We are recognized as the poster child for tourism campaigns.”


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In just seven years since Pure Michigan made its debut as the state’s marketing brand, the campaign has grown into one of the most nationally recognized and successful tourism campaigns of all time. The man who helped launch Pure Michigan, George Zimmermann of Travel Michigan, told the crowd at the February Economic Club luncheon that other state tourism officials from around the country have labeled Pure Michigan as the gold standard for tourism promotion.


Government Relations


Governor Rick Snyder to Deliver Keynote Address at Annual Chambers of Commerce Legislative Dinner on March 19

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Governor Rick Snyder speaking last year at Lansing-based Demmer Corporation.
The state of Michigan’s roads and infrastructure, funding for K-12 education, and Medicaid expansion are sure to be among the list of hot topics Governor Rick Snyder will discuss at the Annual Chambers of Commerce Legislative Dinner on Tuesday, March 19. The Chambers of Commerce Legislative Dinner is hosted by the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce (LRCC) and includes chamber officials and business leaders from across the state. “The Legislative Dinner has always featured spirited discussions about the leading issues in state government,” said Kristin Beltzer, LRCC senior vice president, government relations and public affairs. “With Governor Snyder discussing how he intends to build on his accomplishments during his first two years in office, this year should be no exception.” Governor Snyder has received acclaim from much of the business community in his first two years of office for eliminating the Michigan Business Tax and replacing it with a corporate income tax, as well as for the elimination of the personal property tax. The Governor’s agenda for this year is highlighted by his plan to rebuild Michigan’s infrastructure, including a proposal to increase fuel taxes and registration fees to fund that rebuild. The 2013 Legislative Dinner will be held at the Lansing Lexington Hotel on Tuesday, March 19. The event begins with a reception at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner and the Governor Snyder’s speech. Tickets are $85 or $630 for a table of eight. Reservations can be made by contacting Michelle Rahl at mrahl@lansingchamber.org or 517-853-6457.




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Government Relations

Congressman Walberg Says Washington Budget Stalemate Having Great Impact on Small Businesses
U.S. Representative Tim Walberg says he is disappointed over leadership issues in Washington during recent negotiations over the federal budget. Congressman Walberg made his remarks before Greater Lansing business leaders during a recent meeting hosted by the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce. Walberg, a Republican whose 7th Congressional district includes Eaton County, was particularly harsh on what he called a “lack of leadership” from the White House and Senate Democrats who he accuses of refusing to come to grips with the magnitude of the nation’s fiscal crisis. “The longer we kick the can down the road, the worse it is going to be for our grandkids,” said Congressman Walberg. Walberg told business leaders that small businesses are getting hit particularly hard because of uncertainty he says is being caused by a failure to

U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg, middle, discussed with local business leaders the state of budget talks in Washington, D.C. The meeting was hosted by the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce.

reach needed budget agreements in Washington. He says Republicans and Democrats must come together and agree on budget cuts, tax and regulatory reform, setting aside partisan differences for the good of the country. “I will accept anything that promotes growth, opportunity and prosperity in our country,” said Walberg. “Even if it comes from a Democrat.”



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The MSUFCU headquarters in East Lansing received the prestigious Gold LEED certification.

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MSU Federal Credit Union Growth from the Inside Out
The philosophy for growth that MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) has adhered to throughout the years is pretty straight forward: take care of its members with superior service and products; build a great internal culture that emphasizes hiring, developing and supporting outstanding staff; and embracing its role as a corporate steward committed to a vibrant community. It’s hard to argue with results. “Our members love coming to the credit union,” said April Clobes, MSUFCU executive vice president and chief operating officer. “They know we care about them and take care of them.” If members are asset number one at MSUFCU, staff members might be considered as 1-A. “We treat people well,” said Clobes. “Employees who are treated well, in turn treat members well.” From its opening in 1937, operating out of a desk drawer in the Michigan State University Administration building, to the recent construction of a LEED® Goldcertified headquarters on West Road in East Lansing, MSUFCU has grown to become the largest university-based credit union in the world. With more than 170,000 members and $2.3 billion in assets, MSUFCU is now the 53rd largest out of 7,011 credit unions in the United States. When it comes to assets, MSUFCU has always viewed its members as number one. Whether it’s providing the best rates on loans and deposits or ensuring a branch visit is a pleasant experience, the aim is to make a trip to the credit union more than just an errand.

One can also be certain that the core MSUFCU philosophy - taking care of people from the inside out - will continue at the heart of its day-to-day operations.”

MSUFCU has a rigorous screening process for new hires, who must go through several interviews and then are required to attend a series of training classes before being placed on a job. Employees interested in advancing are encouraged to take part in job shadowing to learn about other internal positions, and also have opportunities to test their abilities by taking on a project to help “learn the ropes” about other aspects of the operation. “Every day is a job interview for our team members,” said Clobes.

Technology is playing an increasingly significant role in the continued growth of MSUFCU. To help meet the needs of the 20 percent of credit union members who don’t live in Michigan and the 30-40,000 members in the state who don’t live in close proximity to a branch, the MSUFCU team developed its own home banking program. Recent technology initiatives include development of mobile apps for Android and Apple devices and e-depositing of checks. Online chats and e-mail question services were utilized by members more than 100,000 times in the past year. “All those questions are answered by people,” said Clobes. “We do not script the answers.” As for the future, MSUFCU expects to expand its emphasis on business products and services, as supported by its fairly new business services department. Technology initiatives will include integrating bill payment features A student art exhibit in the MSUFCU lobby featured an impressive display of art work into mobile applications and text messaging alerts desired from students at 15 area schools. by customers. A merger with Eaton County Educational Credit Union is expected to be finalized on April 1, which The results of the “growing from within” philosophy can be seen in all will give MSUFCU members access to its first Eaton County branch outside departments at MSUFCU, starting at the top of the organization. President and Delta Township. CEO Patrick McPharlin joined the team in 1973, and held several positions before assuming the top job in 2000. Clobes started in the marketing department Growth will continue at MSUFCU, but it will be managed smartly. 16 years ago and worked her way up through the chain before assuming her present position as chief operating officer. “We could grow faster, but we want to make sure we protect our brand, culture and service,” said Clobes. Staff retention is bolstered by the generous compensation packages at MSUFCU. In addition to a strong salary structure, MSUFCU is one of few One can also be certain that the core MSUFCU philosophy - taking care of people organizations that continues to pay 100 percent of employee health coverage. from the inside out - will continue at the heart of its day-to-day operations. The Employees also receive a two-to-one match on 401K contributions up to the growth will most certainly take care of itself. first five percent, tuition reimbursement and the opportunity to participate in corporate wellness initiatives. MSUFCU has been widely recognized as a great place to work. The organization was named as one of the Top 100 Workplaces in Michigan by the Detroit Free Press, for the second consecutive year. The Michigan Business and Professional Association also recognized MSUFCU as one of West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For. The MSUFCU commitment to community is immediately evident when entering the elegant headquarters in East Lansing. An impressive student art exhibit in the lobby features brilliant art work from students at 15 area schools. Visitors are encouraged to vote for their favorite in what’s called the People’s Choice Awards. “It’s great to see how many talented young people we have in the area,” said one obviously impressed visitor. Clobes says MSUFCU operates under a corporate philosophy that a business in the community has a responsibility to enrich the surrounding community. “People who consider locating here want arts and culture, which is an important part of building a great community,” said Clobes. “If we have a more vibrant community, we create more jobs, which ultimately makes us all stronger.” Employees at MSUFCU take an active role in community endeavors. Each department is represented on a charity committee that selects an organization to support for the first six months of the year. In addition to volunteering with that organization, staff-only fundraisers usually generate $30-40,000 for the chosen non-profit. In the second half of the year, staff work centers around supporting the United Way. In 2012, MSUFCU staff members contributed $55,000 to the United Way campaign.

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Community Service, Outstanding Small Business and Legacy Award Winners Highlight 101st Annual Dinner Celebration
The 101st Annual Dinner of the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce (LRCC) provided a festive setting as some of the region’s outstanding businesses and business leaders were recognized for their contributions to the community. The Chamber’s prestigious Community Service Award was presented to Dr. Joseph Hess. CBRE | Martin was honored with the Outstanding Small Business Award, and Consumers Energy was presented with the Chamber Legacy Award. “Dr. Hess, CBRE | Martin and Consumers Energy are perfect representatives for our Annual Dinner awards, showcasing a dedication to community in addition to innovation, stability and longevity in the region,” said Tim Daman, President & CEO of the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce. “We are proud to have these three companies and individuals represent the 101st class of Annual Dinner award recipients.” The Community Service Award honors outstanding individuals who give their time and expertise to the community, above and beyond their own field of endeavor, and demonstrate excellence, creativity and initiative in all they do. This individual is an inspiration to the community, both in their profession and in their efforts to make the Lansing region a better place to live, work and play. Dr. Joseph Hess is the current President of the Greater Lansing United Nations Association, a volunteer position he has held since 2006. After serving the community for 40 years as a private physician, Dr. Hess became a leading advocate in this Dr. Joseph Hess region for developing business trade ties between Michigan and the world. Dr. Hess was instrumental in the development of the LRCC’s day-long International Trade Symposium and the creation of the International Trade Center in Mid-Michigan. He has also served as a mentor to international business professionals and is active in MSU’s Community Volunteers for International Programs (CVIP), a program which places MSU international students with host families in the Greater Lansing region. The Outstanding Small Business Award honors a local small business that meets the criteria of stability, innovation, a commitment to community, perseverance and a commitment to diversity. CBRE | Martin today has 46 employees dedicated to providing professional guidance to clients in acquisitions, dispositions, valuations, lease administration, property management, facilities management and real estate consulting. The company Van Martin, President has remained innovative, CBRE | Martin aligning with CB Richard Ellis in 1998 to provide them with a wealth of resources to which they did not have previous access. Recently, the company faced an economic crunch when many of their clients’ needs changed from expansion to contraction. They were able to navigate that storm by helping their clients negotiate mutually beneficial lease agreements and right-sizing their physical footprints. While the commercial real estate industry is predominantly male, CBRE | Martin has made it a priority to actively recruit and appropriately mentor women to succeed in the organization. Nanette Martin, the mother of CBRE President Van Martin, was the first women president of the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce in 1978. Philanthropy comes to life with CBRE Cares, which supports several causes in the Greater Lansing region including American Cancer Society, Celebration in a Box, Midwest Bowling Benefit, Soles4Souls and more. Consumers Energy has been selected as the third annual Chamber Legacy Award recipient. Consumers Energy has been in business since 1886 – celebrating


their 125th year in 2012 – and a Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce member since 1939. The company serves nearly 200,000 customers in the greater Lansing area and has almost 500 employees in its Lansing operations. Consumers Energy, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy, provides electricity and/or natural gas to 6.8 million Michigan residents and has operations in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties. Consumers Energy joins with Kositchek’s and Maner Costerisan in this prestigious category.

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2013 Chamber Ambassador Team

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Front row (L-R): Nick Foster (ASK), Susan Hengesbach (Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce), Heather Conway (Conway CPA & Associates PLLC), Sherry Campbell (Two Men and a Truck), Dena Vatalaro (Habitat for Humanity), Mary Stucko (Mary Stucko Agency), Melissa Nay (MSU WKAR-TV/Radio) Back Row (L-R): Michael Nordmann (Northwestern Mutual), Joe Chahine (Black Box), Tony Willis (MSUFCU), Mark Papsidero (The Centennial Group), Keith Rouse (LSJ Media), Jason Green (Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce), Mike DeMartelaere (Comerica Bank). Not pictured: Terri Beard (Community Mental Health Authority), John Creighton (Fifth Third Bank), Barb Schram (Shaklee Independent Distributor). The Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce is proud to welcome four new members to our 2013 lineup of Chamber Ambassadors. Our 16-member crew of Ambassadors support the Chamber in a variety of different ways including acting as our goodwill arm and volunteering at all Chamber events. They are also a vital connection to our membership, encouraging participation in Chamber events and forums while working with staff regarding the retention and cultivation of members. “Our 2013 Ambassador crew is a very dynamic group and we are proud to have our newest Ambassadors - Heather Conway, Nick Foster, Michael Nordmann, Keith Rouse and Tony Willis - join us for another successful year of Chamber happenings,” said Tim Daman, president and CEO of the Lansing Regional Chamber. “Our Ambassadors are an important connection to our membership by assisting at all of our events and helping member businesses with their Chamber needs.” Melissa Nay has been selected as the 2013 Ambassador chair. The Ambassador team is comprised of the following members: • Terri Beard, Community Mental Health Authority • Sherry Campbell, Two Men and a Truck • Joe Chahine, Black Box • Heather Conway*, Conway CPA & Associates PLLC • John Creighton, Fifth Third Bank • Mike DeMartelaere, Comerica Bank • Nick Foster*, ASK • Jason Green, Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce • Susan Hengesbach, Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce • Melissa Nay, Chair, MSU WKAR-TV/Radio • Michael Nordmann*, Northwestern Mutual • Mark Papsidero, The Centennial Group • Keith Rouse*, LSJ Media • Barb Schram, Shaklee Independent Distributor • Mary Stucko, Mary Stucko Agency • Dena Vatalaro, Habitat for Humanity Lansing • Jennifer Wagemann, Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce • Tony Willis*, MSUFCU * denotes new Ambassador


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LRCC Government Contracting Division Helps Local Businesses Land $50+ Million in State, Local & Federal Contracts
Elliott Food Equipment in Lansing is an example of a local business that has received government contracts as a result of the work by the PTAC office housed at the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce. FOCUS

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The Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), housed at the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce (LRCC), is pleased to report that they have helped tri-county (Ingham, Eaton and Clinton) businesses land over $54 million in government contracts for 2012, creating or retaining 1,096 jobs. The total of $54,832,919 is almost double the 2011 total of $28,891,854. Statewide PTAC offices reported a total of $1.357 billion in awards was given to Michigan businesses in 2012. This total includes all local, state and federal contracts received by any size business in Michigan. The Procurement Technical Assistance Centers of Michigan provide local businesses with the resources and know-how to successfully obtain government contracts. Through seminars, events, training and consultations, PTACs assist Michigan businesses with obtaining and performing on federal, state and local government contracts. “The PTAC service continues to gain visibility in the business community as a viable option for economic growth in a challenging, but profitable, sector of business – government contracts,” said Kim Langenberg, Lansing Satellite PTAC Office of South Central Michigan. “We are so pleased to partner with the Lansing Regional Chamber to help any tri-county business – at no charge - navigate the cumbersome and confusing world of obtaining and performing on government contracts.” Broken down by quarter, the South Central PTAC office, housed at the Lansing Regional Chamber, assisted with Government awards to local businesses totaling: • 2012 Quarter 1: 262 awards totaling $5,696,683, which retained or created 114 jobs. • 2012 Quarter 2: 478 awards totaling $14,349,254, which retained or created 287 jobs. • 2012 Quarter 3: 639 awards totaling $22,604,865, which retained or created 452 jobs. • 2012 Quarter 4: 353 awards totaling $12,182,117, which retained or created 244 jobs. - 2012 Totals: 1,725 awards totaling $54,832,919, which retained or created 1,096 jobs The PTAC of South Central Michigan covers Jackson, Branch, Hillsdale, Lenawee, Ingham, Eaton and Clinton counties. The Enterprise Group of Jackson serves as the PTAC host organization and covers Jackson, Branch, Hillsdale and Lenawee counties. LRCC operates the PTAC satellite office covering the tri-county region. To discuss the variety of ways that PTAC can help your business, contact Kim Langenberg at 517-853-6445 or klangenberg@lansingchamber.org.

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People News
The Waverly Community School Board of Education re-elected Angela Witwer as vice president. Witwer is owner and president of Edge Partnerships. The principals of Yeo & Yeo CPAs & Business Consultants have elected Thomas E. Hollerback, CPA, CFF, CFE, president & CEO of Yeo & Yeo. Jay H. Smith, LEED AP, the executive responsible for construction operations for The Christman Company, was recently promoted to the position of executive vice president. Jay H. Smith The local CPA and business advisory firm of Maner Costerisan is pleased to announce that David J. Nielsen, CPA, Zachary A. Skrzyniarz, CPA and Matthew D. Szubinski, CPA, have been promoted to manager. Coldwell Banker Hubbell BriarWood would like to congratulate Pete Holoway as the 2013 Greater Lansing Association of Realtors® president. installer Chris Hess, receptionist Jordynn Sellers, accounting manager Marc Matson and delivery team members Paul Kebler and Frank Cannarile. Cynthia Eiseler has joined Cooper & Partners as director of client services. Justin F. Klamerus TLC Eyecare & Laser Centers is pleased to announce that Dr. Raphael Addiego is celebrating his 5 year anniversary with the company. McLaren Health Care has selected Justin F. Klamerus, M.D., to guide McLaren Cancer Institute as its interim president and medical director.

Cynthia Eiseler Attorney Kevin M. Blair has joined Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP’s Litigation Department. He is located in the firm’s Lansing office.

Raphael Addiego Michigan State University College of Human Medicine has appointed Barbara Ball-McClure coordinator of community engagement and outreach for the Greater Lansing area. McCartney & Company, P.C., Okemos, MI is pleased to announce that Cody D. Ermler and Aurelia J. Pupel, both staff accountants, have received their Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license from the State of Michigan. Associated Builders and Contracts – Greater Michigan Chapter is pleased to announce the promotion of Michelle Revette to vice-president.

Kevin M. Blair The Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau is proud to announce it’s newly elected Board Officers for 2013: Barry Freed, chair, Art Craft Display, Inc.; Dorothy E, Maxwell, vice-chair, Max Weingar Group; Mike Rice, secretarytreasurer, Lansing Quality Suites Hotel; Mark Alley, Emergent BioSolutions; Cindy Bowen, Lexington Lansing Hotel; Thomas M. Collins, Traverse City Leasing, Inc.; Kellie Dean, Dean Transportation/ Dean Trailways; Debbie De Leon, Ingham County Commissioner; Dale F. Feldpausch, Capital Region International Airport; Eric Sudol, East Lansing Marriott at University Place; and Joel Heberlein, Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center. Benjamin Eichler has founded Whippletree Financial PC located in Williamston, MI. He is a financial advisor registered with Principal Financial Group. Benjamin Eichler Cooper & Partners has appointed Jane Lucas to the position of director of program development. The Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau is pleased to announce its senior vice president, Julie Pingston, CMP, CTA, recently received the Executive Excellence Award from the Event Service Professionals Association.

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Michelle Revette Foster Swift Collins & Smith attorney, Michael Harrison, of the Lansing office, has been included in the 2013 Edition of Marquis’ Who’s Who in America.

Thomas E. Brennan On Sunday, Jan. 20, Thomas M. Cooley Law School presented 456 individuals with the degrees of juris doctor or master of law during the school’s 112th commencement ceremony at the Breslin Center in East Lansing, Mich. In honor of the school’s 40th anniversary, Thomas E. Brennan, founder of Cooley Law School and former Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice, addressed the graduates. DBI… We Do Office recently added several staff members to accommodate for company growth. Additions include: customer support specialist Andrea Pena, interior designer Char Stevens, design intern Angela Bretz, sales associate Jill Murphy, furniture

Michael Harrison Lauren Aitch, president and founder of the Aitch Foundation, will receive the Young Professional Leadership Award at the Links’ third annual White Rose Gala on March 6 in celebration of Women’s History Month.


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Edward J. Castellani as treasurer, and Brian P. Morley as secretary.

Company News
Clark Construction Company has been nominated as a finalist for Associated General Contractors of America’s 14th Annual Construction Safety Excellence Award. William Hufnagel Bryan Clark Elaine Johnson Karli Nutter Publicom, Inc., a full-service marketing communications firm, has hired three interns, Michigan State University students Elaine Johnson, Karli Nutter and Michael Zalewski to work in the areas of creative, public relations and media, respectively. Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that Attorney Kester K. So has been named a “2013 Leader in the Law” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. Rhonda Curtis Todd Sambaer A team of MSU students has been chosen for the finals of the Student Startup Madness (SSM) tournament, a national event of South by Southwest Interactive. SSM is a fun and exciting tournament providing college student startups the opportunity to “live the entrepreneurial dream,” compete against fellow student entrepreneurs and grab the attention of potential investors and leaders in the startup community. The MSU team, TempoRun LLC., has developed an app that will allow uses to always run at a consistent and enjoyable pace, using music tempo as a guide. Students on the team include: Josh Leider, Benny Ebert-Zavos, Phil Getzen and Adam Proschek. Nominations are now being accepted for induction into the Michigan Insurance Hall of Fame for 2013. The Hall of Fame recognizes significant contributions to the insurance and risk management industry. CASE Credit Union is pleased to announce the availability of five $1,000 scholarships for all area high school seniors and two $2,500 scholarships for Lansing Community College (LCC) students for the 2013-2014 academic year. To be eligible for these awards, applicants must be college-bound high school seniors, eligible to be a member of CASE Credit Union, and meet other requirements as listed on the eligibility application. CBRE | Martin is pleased to announce that Habitat for Humanity Lansing has signed a long-term lease for 9,600-square feet within Haslett Shoptown at the southeast corner of Marsh and Haslett Roads.

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Summit Community Bank recently announced the following promotions: William Hufnagel has been named president of mortgage banking operations. Bryan Clark is named senior vice president of mortgage banking operations. Joe Joseph is named senior vice president mortgage banker. Ken Nealey has been named vice president information technology manager. Rhonda Curtis is named assistant vice president office manager. Todd Sambaer is named assistant vice president human resources manager. Anna Shipman is named assistant vice president operations manager. M3 Group, a full-service branding agency, recently hired Tom Crawford as a public relations specialist. Pete Lemmer is a man of many hats. By day, he serves as GreenStone Farm Credit Services’ senior vice president and chief legal counsel, a position he has held since 2008. In his spare time, Lemmer can be found in the Greater Lansing community Pete Lemmer helping area youths. It is his volunteer work in the community that earned him the distinct honor of being named a 2013 Phelps-Martin Award for Community Service winner by the Farm Credit Council.

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The shareholders of Fraser Trebilcock, one of Michigan’s oldest law firms, have re-elected Thaddeus E. Morgan as president of the law firm. The other officers re-elected to the Board of Directors for 2013 Brian P. Morley are Michael E. Cavanaugh and Michael P. Donnelly as vice presidents,

John R. Brick, Ph.D., Chair of MSUFCU’s Board of Directors, presenting MSUFCU’s donation to MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon.

MSU Federal Credit Union recently announced a $1,000,000 donation to the MSU College of Music for the MSU Federal Credit Union Jazz Studies Guest Artist Residency Endowment. This gift will bring

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world-renowned jazz artists to Michigan to provide students and the Greater Lansing, Detroit, and Traverse City communities with exciting musical and cultural experiences. To better serve the needs of clients in the Great Lakes Bay Region, the law firm Warner Norcross & Judd LLP will open a new office in Midland in the first quarter of 2013. Through coordination efforts of the i6 Green Proof of Concept Center, the Michigan State University College of Law is leading an initiative to help West Michigan and mid-Michigan entrepreneurs and small businesses with their intellectual property (IP) questions. The new program, called the Intellectual Property Start-Up Project, will offer assistance with patents, copyrights, and trade secrets. MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) recently added its eleventh location with a full-service branch within the Sparrow Professional Building. MSUFCU’s new branch, located at 1200 E. Michigan Avenue in Lansing, MI, opened for business on January 16, 2013. Norplas Industries, Inc., a manufacturing division of Magna Exteriors and Interiors, announced they have selected a site in Delta Township for its new 350,000 square foot, state-of-the-art robotic paint line and injection molding, tier one, manufacturing facility. The company plans to invest $75 million and create 400 jobs in the Lansing region. Last year, Summit Community Bank employees contributed $11,500, a 20 percent increase over 2011 donations, to the United Way, and the bank contributed $2,000 to the United Way fund. The Michigan Chapter of Associated General Contractors (AGC) awarded Tooles Contracting and Clark Construction a 2013 Build Michigan Award for the construction of New East English Village Preparatory Academy in Detroit, Mich. In an effort to foster a safe, healthy environment for patients, caregivers and the community, McLaren Greater Lansing announced it will no longer hire individuals who use nicotine effective February 1, 2013. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, one of the industry’s leading moving services franchises with more than 230 locations throughout the world, continued its impressive 2012 campaign by eclipsing 36 consecutive months of same-store-sales increases, 19 straight months of double-digit growth, the addition of 15 new locations, all while breaking the $250m mark in system-wide sales. Young Brothers & Daley is proud to celebrate its 120th year in business, all of which have been at the same location, 720 W. Michigan Avenue in Lansing. The Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau is proud to announce it has been recognized with three awards (one gold and two bronze) from the North American Travel Journalists Association. Ele’s Place is partnering with six new schools during the 2012-2013 school year. Bath Middle School, DeWitt Junior High, Haslett Middle School, Holt Junior High, Potterville Middle School, and Leslie Middle School are now working with Ele’s Place to offer its school-based grief support program services. CBRE | Martin is pleased to announce that Public Sector Consultants has leased just over 10,000 square feet within the 230 North building in downtown Lansing. The Greater Lansing Housing Coalition’s Tuesday Toolmen service was awarded an $80,000 grant for its positive impact on housing for older adults living in the Greater Lansing area. The Coalition was the only locally based agency to receive part of the $3.7 million in grant funds from the AARP Foundation. Edge Partnerships will receive an Organizational Leadership Award at the Links’ third annual White Rose Gala on March 6 in celebration of Women’s History Month. Twenty local charities are gearing up to compete in the University Club of MSU’s Big Bang-quet Community Charity Challenge. All 20 organizations are posted on the University Club’s website and the public is invited to “vote” for their favorite charities. A “vote” is a $5 tax-deductible donation to the Capital Region Community Foundation. Online voting will close on Friday, March 15. On Tuesday, March 19 at 5:30 p.m., the public is invited to a reception at the University Club, to place final votes and then witness the outcome.

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The Capitol National Bank Team presents the City Rescue Mission with its $3,000 contribution. Pictured l-r: Paula D. Cunningham, Ann Lynch, Heather Stowe-Fox, Joel Conn. Maggie Doolittle, Michelle Peters, Jamie Davis, Pam Crossley, Mark Criss (Executive Director, Lansing City Rescue Mission) Linnea Snodgrass, Dave Feldpausch

Employees of Capitol National Bank presented the City Rescue Mission of Lansing with a $3,000 check as the result of fundraisers that have been taken place over the last several months. LAFCU has expanded its mid-Michigan service territory from three to 11 counties with the approval to replace its federal charter with a state charter. People living, working or attending school in the newly added counties are now able to immediately access LAFCU financial services. The new counties are Barry, Calhoun, Gratiot, Ionia, Jackson, Livingston, Montcalm and Shiawassee.


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The staff at NBO Medical celebrates the opening of their facility at 3410 Belle Chase Way St. 200, Lansing, MI 48911. Pictured l-r: Cathryn Smith, Dr. Bruce Davenport, Shannon Herrick, Ashleigh Johnson, Dr. Paul DeWeese, Sherin Weicht, Samantha Stoddard, Eva Michals, Ellen Lander, and Lydia Lira.

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Liberty Coin Service has changed locations within the Frandor Shopping Center. Their new address is 400 Frandor Ave., Lansing, MI 48912. Pictured (L-R): Tony Willis (MSUFCU); Melissa Nay (MSU WKAR TV/Radio); Terri Beard (Community Mental Health Authority); Michael Nordmann (Northwestern Mutual); Thomas Coulson (Liberty Coin Service; John Creighton (Fifth Third Bank); Patrick Heller (Liberty Coin Service); Keith Rouse (LSJ Media); Nick Foster (ASK)


It was time to cut the ribbon at Old Town Marquee, formerly Perspective 2, is located at 319 E. Grand River, Lansing. Pictured (L-R) include: Tony Willis (MSUFCU), Joe Chahine (Black Box), Nick Foster (ASK), Sherry Campbell (Two Men and a Truck), Rebecca Eldridge (Rizzi Designs/ Old Town Marquee), Rochelle Rizzi (Rizzi Designs/ Old Ton Marquee), Tim Daman, John Creighton (Fifth Third Bank), Melissa Nay (MSU WKARTV/Radio).

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