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  Breaking News
 

Michigan Angel Fund Closes $2 million MAF II
ANN ARBOR - The Michigan Angel Fund closed its second fund (MAF II) with $2.05 million. MAF II will make its first investment this spring, and plans to invest money in eight to 10 total investments within the next two years.

 

MI Earth Day Fest Set For April 2015 In Rochester
ROCHESTER - The Rochester City Council has approved the application for the 10th annual MI Earth Day Fest to be held April 24-26, 2015, at a great new location in the City Center on the banks of the Paint Creek.

 

MiSpringboard Pro-Bono Legal Advice Gives Varnum Impact On Michigan Economy
DETROIT – For Travis Johnson, co-founder and CEO of FoodJunky.Com, the MiSpringboard program was a God-send. He was just starting his on-line business catering company in 2011 and, like most boot-strap entrepreneurs, money was tight.

 

Verizon Says FiOS To Offer TV Packages For Certain Groups Of Channels
WASHINGTON DC - Verizon Communications Inc. said its FiOS service will offer new TV packages aimed at giving customers flexibility to purchase only certain groups of channels they want to watch, the latest sign of how pay-TV providers are adapting to stepped-up competition, the Washington Post reported Friday.

 

Michigan Senate Revises, Passes Auto Insurance Reform
LANSING - After adopting amendments making significant changes, rejecting 16 Democratic amendments, hearing an emotional personal story for one legislator and seeing heated debate between opponents and proponents of a bill drastically changing the state's auto insurance laws, the Senate voted 21-17 to send a largely revised bill to the House.

 

Michigan Senate Passes STEM Bills
LANSING - The Michigan Senate on Thursday passed legislation allowing Michigan diplomas to be the nation's first to potentially include a science, technology, engineering and mathematics certification.

  Webcasts
 

Internet Advisor Splits Into Two Shows For Spring, Summer - Live, Podcast Only
DETROIT - For the summer, Internet Advisor has split into two segments; the first hour is taped and offered as a podcast; the second hour is live. The first hour is also heard on Michigan Talk Network in Grand Rapids, Lansing, Kalamazoo and Muskegon. The second hour still provides live computer tips and help from the show’s tech experts.

 

ITInTheD.Com Episode 87: Quantum Storage, Motor City Geek, Weekend Recap and More
DETROIT - Another weekly live broadcast has come and gone, and another great time was had by all. For our 87th episode, we were joined by one of our core sponsors, Quantum Storage, as well as our friends from Motor City Geek.

  Entrepreneur's Corner
 

GreenLancer Closes Series B round, $5 Million Capital Raise
DETROIT - Detroit-based solar design and permitting company GreenLancer just completed a capital raise of $5 Million to close their Series B Financing on April 1. The investment came from a syndicate of new and existing investors, and will help fuel accelerated growth for the company.

 

12 Global Automotive Innovation Challenge Finalists To Pitch Technology Solutions For Shot At $200,000 In Prizes
DETROIT - SAE International, in partnership with MIT Alliance of Michigan and NextEnergy will host the 7th Annual Global Automotive Innovation Challenge Finalist presentations at Cobo Center in Detroit, April 21.

  New Products/Contracts
 

U-M Builds $160 Million Home For Clinical Pathologists At Old Pfizer Labs
ANN ARBOR - Millions of times a year, teams at the University of Michigan Health System test samples of tissue, blood and other bodily fluids for patients of all ages. The results can reveal risks or signs of disease - or response to treatment - and help make a major difference in doctors' decisions.

 

ACG Detroit May 12 Program: Foreign Companies Doing Biz In SE Michigan
FARMINGTON HILLS - Foreign companies doing business in Southeastern Michigan will be the focus of a panel discussion on May 12 hosted by the Association for Corporate Growth Detroit Chapter.

  Cyber Defense
 

Gen. Stone: Nation Lacking In Cyber Warriors To Defend Against Attack
TROY – Despite what is said publicly, the United States does not have the capabilities to defend the nation from a cyberattack launched by a foreign government, or organized crime, Brigadier General Michael A. Stone, the assistant adjutant general, Army National Guard, told a large audience at Walsh College Wednesday night.

 

One Week Left to Register For 2015 Great Lakes Homeland Security Training Conference
GRAND RAPIDS - There is one week left for emergency management and homeland security officials to join more than 1,200 attendees for the 2015 Great Lakes Homeland Security Training Conference and Expo at the DeVos Place in Grand Rapids from May 5-7. Registration closes at 5 p.m. April 24.

  CleanUpdate
 

Toyota Wins ENERGY STAR Award For 11th Straight Year
ERLANGER, Ky. – Toyota has earned its 11th consecutive ENERGY STAR Part of the Year award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for continued leadership in protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency.

 

NRDC Action Fund Debuts Dirty Air Villians Website
WASHINGTON - There’s a new way for Michigan residents to find out who in Congress is standing up for clean air and their health: The NRDC Action Fund Wednesday unveiled a website that lets users track dirty votes by members of Congress and campaign contributions from polluting industries.

  Biotechnology
 

MichBio Posts 6 New Life Sciences Jobs To Career Center
ANN ARBOR – MichBio, the state’s Life Sciences trade organization, has posted six new jobs at its Career Center. Three are in Michigan and three in Iraq.

 

U-M Health System Named Among America's Best Employers By Forbes
ANN ARBOR - The University of Michigan Health System has been named the 26th best employer in the country, out of 500 companies ranked by Forbes on its new America's Best Employers List for 2015.

  Politics
 

Michigan House Dems Introduce Bills To Rein In Mega Credits
LANSING – Michigan House Democrats have introduced a package of bills designed to curb the budget problems spurred by the Michigan Economic Growth Authority credits issued toward the end of the previous decade.

 

ePrize Lawsuit Defines Limited Liability Member Oppression As Statute Of Limitation
LANSING - Claims under the law prohibiting oppression of members in a limited liability company expire three years after the claims arise, not after the membership was entered, the Court of Appeals said in a case this week.

  Guest Columns
 

Ohio Governor Kasich: Nation Can Learn From Detroit, Cleveland Recoveries
DETROIT - Ohio Governor John Kasich is not a presidential candidate, yet, but he told the Detroit Economic Club at a luncheon Monday that lessons learned in the recoveries of Detroit and Cleveland can carry to improving the economy nationally.

 

Gov. Rick Snyder: Michigan Hosting FIRST Robotics Championship Showcases Collaborations, Detroit
LANSING - Michigan, already a national leader in FIRST Robotics teams, has been named as one of two hosts for FIRST championship events from 2018 to 2020, bringing teams from around the world to Detroit.


 
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