Michigan Business, Economy & Tourism


7:08 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Michigan's chestnut industry is booming

During this holiday season, we hear Nat King Cole crooning about those chestnuts again. Did you know that Michigan leads the nation in chestnut production?

Yet most of us have never eaten a chestnut. That is something Dennis Fulbright wants to change. He's a plant pathologist and professor with Michigan State University.

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Meningitis Outbreak
4:02 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Murder charges for distributors of tainted steroid shots

Criminal charges have been filed in federal court in Massachusetts, following an outbreak of fungal meningitis that hit Michigan in 2012.

Most people charged worked at New England Compounding Center, a shuttered pharmacy in Boston that sold steroid shots that infected people nationwide.

The tainted shots were sent to a few clinics in Michigan, including one in Traverse City.

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5:02 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

The Next Idea: What does Michigan have to do to encourage entrepreneurship?

Originally published on Mon December 15, 2014 8:06 pm

Is Michigan just too modest, too Midwestern in the way it treats its prominent entrepreneurs? Jeff DeGraff thinks the answer might be yes.

DeGraff is a clinical professor of management and organizations at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and our partner for the Next Idea. Jeff DeGraff has two questions for listeners:

How would you identify the best and the brightest? And what kinds of help would you give them?

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8:04 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Tom Nardone shares his humorously unsucessful business launch

From Failure Lab in Grand Rapids, Tom Nardone, Internet entrepreneur and creator of the Mower Gang in Detroit, describes unsuccessfully launching an online company to prevent head lice. He talks about what prevented his success, and shares advice of what to keep in mind when launching a business. 

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Leelanau County
10:33 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Sugar Loaf scheduled for the auction block, again

Credit Jacob Wheeler

Sugar Loaf resort is scheduled for a sheriff’s auction Friday. The ski resort in Leelanau County is once again owned by Remo Polselli, who was the owner back in 2004.

Jacob Wheeler publishes the Glen Arbor Sun and says nobody expects the auction to take place. Polselli's intentions are unknown.

Wheeler says a few months ago someone paid off the back taxes on the property, suggesting the resort might sell on the real estate market.

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