Joanne Bland: Views from the Edmund Pettus Bridge

By Jan Jenkins “Voting is not a right, it’s a responsibility,” Joanne Bland told more than 700 people at two events hosted by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commission of Mid-Michigan Feb. 11. Motivated by her grandmother who would urge her to “Go get your freedom,” Bland and her two sisters participated in the three 1965 […]

The 5 Cs That Can Help Businesses Ride Out Tough Times

By Ronnie Blair   With corporate chief financial officers expressing worries that 2020 could bring a recession, businesses small and large know they need to hope for the best and brace for the worst. As important as business savvy and financial expertise can be in riding out difficult times, other traits also come into play and […]

Notable News for March 2020

Grannemann Wins ATHENA Leadership Award Karen Grannemann, CEO and general manager for the University Club of Michigan State University, will be recognized March 24 as the recipient of the 2019 ATHENA Leadership Award. The ATHENA Leadership Award is presented annually in over 500 communities internationally. It recognizes individuals for professional excellence, providing valuable service to […]


It’s happened to a lot of us. We graduate from high school or college, we head out into the world and we find ourselves drowning in financial debt. Times have changed though, and young adults are learning to be financially responsible at a much younger age than many of us were years ago. We’ve also […]

5 tips from Maner Costerisan for new businesses doing taxes

Ah, tax time. For a new business filing for the first time, this time of year can be especially daunting. Maner Costerisan certified public accountants and business and technology advisors offers advice for startups and new businesses. Here are five tips to help you through the process. Maintaining accurate and up-to-date records are essential to […]

Residents Selected for the First Environmental Justice Advisory Council

Twenty-one Michiganders have been selected to the state’s first Michigan Advisory Council for Environmental Justice under the direction of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. “Since taking office, I’ve been deliberate and focused on protecting our Great Lakes, cleaning up our drinking water and combating the real-life impacts of climate change,” Whitmer said in a news release. “To address ongoing […]

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