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Mickey Hirten

Mickey Hirten

Mickey Hirten is an award winning writer and editor. He has been executive editor of the Lansing State Journal, the Burlington Free Press in Vermont, and was the financial editor and a columnist for the Baltimore Evening Sun. He is the current president of the Michigan Press Association. His wife, Maureen Hirten, is director of the Capital Area District Library.

Behind the Scenes: Chris Holman

Chris Holman, 68, is the founder and CEO of the Michigan Business Network, which hosts conferences, seminars and broadcasts designed to help grow and develop the state’s economy. His entrepreneurial endeavors include a rug manufacturing factory in China and publishing. Thirty years ago, he founded Greater Lansing Business Monthly magazine, now owned by M3 Group. […]

Homegrown giving Community foundations help your gifts go further

It is difficult, maybe even impossible, to live or work in Ingham, Clinton or Eaton counties and not be affected by the Capital Region Community Foundation. Often operating services in the background, while leveraging $90 million in assets, the foundation’s grants and those of the foundations it serves provide funds for education, charities, arts and […]

Keeping Up With the Times A look into Lansing’s constantly evolving manufacturing industry

Ensuring the strength and viability of Lansing’s manufacturing economy means adapting to rapid changes in consumer demand, means of production, distribution, technology and more.  For manufacturers, large and small, it means looking strategically at their operations and often rethinking their business models. Helping them with these challenges and opportunities are organizations like the Lansing Economic […]

BEHIND THE SCENES: John Grettenberger President and CEO, LorAnn Oils

John Grettenberger, 53, is president and CEO of LorAnn Oils, a manufacturer/distributor of premium flavorings and essential oils.  The company was founded 55 years ago by his grandfather, a pharmacist, who sold peppermint, clove and similar oils to pharmacies. Today, from its headquarters in Lansing, the company supplies retail and wholesale customers throughout the U.S. […]

Manufacturing Essential to Region’s Diversified Economy

Hosting two of the world’s most modern auto assembly plants and a sprawling network of industry suppliers, Lansing’s reputation as a manufacturing center is often overstated. Manufacturing directly accounts for just 21,000 of the region’s 235,000 jobs, although it supports other job sectors like trade and transportation, information technology and even leisure and hospitality. Ultimately, […]

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