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  Breaking News

Business Leaders More Optimistic About State Economy Than U.S.
DETROIT - A survey by Business Leaders for Michigan projects the state's and the country's economies will continue to grow during the next six to 18 months, but the state's economy will continue to outperform the national one.


Lambert Edwards Acquires Sterling To Create Largest PR Firm In State
GRAND RAPIDS - Lambert, Edwards and Associates announced its purchase of Sterling Corporation on Wednesday, a move LEA said makes it the largest public relations firm in Lansing and the largest public affairs firm in the state.


Holland To Compete For National Energy Prize
HOLLAND - In Washington, D.C. Wednesday, Holland was announced as one of the more than 50 cities that have signed a letter of intent to compete for the Georgetown University Energy Prize, a national competition that aims to dramatically improve America’s energy standing by challenging communities across the U.S. to rethink their energy use.


Automation Alley Senior Director Anderson To Retire
TROY - After 12 years with Automation Alley, Thomas Anderson announced he will retire and be replaced by Kelly Kozlowski, Director of Public Affairs.


Netflix Prices Are Going Up In The United States
NEW YORK - Streaming video company Netflix said Monday that it planned to increase subscription prices for new customers by one or two dollars a month within the next few months. Existing subscribers will be able to continue at their current rate "for a generous time period," Netflix said.


Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg To Speak To Adcraft Club May 2
DETROIT - Facebook COO and best-selling author Sheryl Sandberg will speak to the Adcraft Club of Detroit at a breakfast May 2.


Comau To Speak On Advanced Manufacturing Panel on THE BIG M Webcast
AUBURN HILLS - Comau’s Director of Advanced Materials and Process Technologies, Martin Kinsella, will be featured on a live webcast entitled “Advanced Manufacturing: Preparing for the Future” on April 30 at 9:30 a.m.


Internet Advisor: Gov. Snyder Talks Cybersecurity, STEM, Entrepreneurs
DETROIT - The Internet Advisor welcomed Michigan’s Chief Nerd in Residence, Governor Rick Snyder to WJR’s studios. Michigan’s CEO discussed: Cyber Range to help combat cyber attacks, STEM (Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics) education for our Michigan youth, and The entrepreneurial culture and how it affects growing technology businesses in Michigan. MITechNews.Com Editor Mike Brennan also provided this week’s tech headlines.

  Cyber Defense

MCRCon Cybersecurity Conference Features Industry Leaders
ANN ARBOR - The theme of this year's MCRCon cybersecurity conference in Ypsilanti - Are You Safe in the Internet of Things? - focuses on one of today's most compelling cybersecurity issues: the Internet of Things.


Hackers Steal Nearly 3 Million Credit Card Records From Michaels Stores
SAN FRANCISCO - Arts and crafts retail chain Michaels Stores said Thursday that two separate security breaches at point-of-sale terminals last year at its US stores and Aaron Brothers subsidiary may have exposed nearly 3 million credit and payment cards.


2014 Michigan Green Chemistry Governor’s Awards nominations open for innovative projects
LANSING - The Department of Environmental Quality has opened nominations for the sixth annual Michigan Green Chemistry Governor’s Awards.


HELLA Developing New Charging Systems For Electric Vehicles
PLYMOUTH - HELLA is working with Paul Vahle GmbH to develop wireless charging systems that could spark renewed consumer interest in electric and hybrid-electric vehicles.

  Entrepreneur's Corner

2014 Small Business Legislative Issues in Michigan Set For May 1 In Royal Oak
ROYAL OAK - 2014 will bring two very important issues to the forefront for small business owners, the Personal Property Tax Exemption for small businesses will be on the August 2014 Primary Ballot. And, the minimum wage debate will most likely be on the November ballot. The SBAM 1500 Business Technology Consortium will discuss both of these issues and how it affects small business in Michigan.


Michigan-Based Indie Film Tops $10,000 Kickstarter Goal in Under Two Days
DETROIT - Star-Trek-Horizon, a feature-length independent film currently in production in Southeast Michigan and produced by an Albion College graduate, launched a crowd funding campaign on Kickstarter over the Easter weekend and in just 32 hours raised $10,000. The campaign continues to run through May 19.


Molina Healthcare Of Michigan Expanding In Southeast Michigan With $2,296,000 Grant
LANSING - A health services company will be expanding and adding jobs in Southeast Michigan with support from the Michigan Strategic Fund, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced today. The expansion, aided by a a $2,296,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant, is expected to generate up to $20.3 million in new capital investment.


Scientists Clone Cells From Two Adults To Create Early-Stage Embryos
NEW YORK - Scientists for the first time have cloned cells from two adults to create early-stage embryos, and then derived tissue from those embryos that perfectly matched the DNA of the donors.


Immigration Is Major Way To Rebuild State Economy, Officials Say
LANSING - Immigrants are starting businesses in Michigan at a rate three times that of native-born residents, and are three times as likely to major in technical fields in college as are native-born students, which is just part of the reason the state is making a major push to encourage immigration to Michigan, officials said at a forum on Wednesday.


Snyder: Interest In Tax Relief Has Waned
LANSING - The severity of damage to Michigan's roads from the harsh winter has reduced the urgency to pursue tax relief this year, Governor Rick Snyder said Wednesday.

  New Products/Contracts

CEA List Institute, AutoHarvest To Co-Develop Advanced Tech In France
DETROIT - CEA LIST Institute has signed a membership agreement with the AutoHarvest Foundation to accelerate product development and innovation by providing access to advanced technologies and resources developed in France.


Canada U.S. Business Assocation Hosts Commericalization Conference
TORONTO - Canada U.S. Business Association is working with The Conference Board of Canada and the Centre for Business Innovation on the Business Innovation Summit 2014: Accelerating Corporate Innovation and Commercialization on May 28-29 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

  Guest Columns

Pre-Approved Retirement Plan Restatement Period Opens May 1
DETROIT - Those of you with pre-approved retirement plans and a memory like a steel trap will remember that your retirement plan was rewritten sometime between May 1, 2008, and April 30, 2010. At that time we told you that another restatement would not be required for at least six years. Well, guess what? It has now been six years and it is time to begin a new restatement cycle.


The EPA Wants to Expand Government Control Of U.S. Waters
DETROIT - Two federal agencies have proposed changes to the Clean Water Act that would give the government greater control over how individuals, businesses and municipalities use the “Waters of the United States.” If approved, the proposal could create regulatory headaches for property owners and businesses, hurt property values and open the door to third-party lawsuits over water-related issues.

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