10,000 Small Businesses Program Discovers Detroit

The 10,000 Small Businesses program sponsored by Goldman Sachs has discovered Detroit and a major announcement was made yesterday about $20 million in capital being made available to small-business owners in the Motor City. Perhaps more important than the cash is the business training being made available, as well. You can read about the announcement…

Michigan House Republicans visit microbreweries as part of the #MIBrewingJobs tour

House Republicans have been traveling the state as part of the #MIBrewingJobs tour, promoting legislation recently passed in the House impacting Michigan microbreweries and brewpubs.  These tours gave the lawmakers a firsthand look at a growing industry in Michigan, and also allowed them to see how immediate of an effect this legislation will have on…

Share your #MIBestBuck with us!

Michigan’s hunting season is in full swing. State Rep. Lisa Lyons (R-Alto) is one of the many Michigan residents participating in this year’s deer hunt. On Opening Day, she scored a seven-point buck. A few days later, her 8-year-old son shot his first buck with his dad through Michigan’s mentored hunting program. We’d like to…

Michigan now home to 20 ‘Fortune 500’ companies

Michigan continues to show that it is “The Comeback State.” Today it was announced that Spartan Stores is merging with Nash Finch to become SpartanNash. The best news is that it has chosen to keep its headquarters in Michigan. By choosing to remain in Michigan and have its world headquarters in Byron Township, SpartanNash will…

Michigan is brewing jobs

Craft beer is a growing industry in Michigan, having rapidly expanded during the last 20 years. Breweries from Bellaire to Holland to Commerce Township have eagerly awaited the passage of House Bills 4709-11, which authorize increased craft beer output and permit establishment of new locations for existing breweries. Bill 4709 increases the barrel threshold for…

Special licenses offered to retired nurses

Under House Bill 4156 retired nurses can apply to receive a special license to volunteer to provide care to patients in under served areas.  Retired nurses can receive the license at no cost to them by applying with the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. With the license, nurses have the same legal protections that volunteer…

There is no “Maybe” button

Speaker of the House Jase Bolger welcomed a government class from Marshall High School to the House floor today during their tour of the Capitol. He shared with them one of the difficulties of holding elected office: there are only two buttons available when voting even though sometimes you wish there were three. State representatives…