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MI Business Matters

A Michigan Chamber Podcast

In each episode, a Michigan Chamber team member will sit down with a special guest(s) who are influential employers, policymakers and leaders in the community. We’ll discuss relevant and timely issues affecting our state’s job providers, economy, workforce and communities. We’ll help foster pragmatic problem-solving with civility as we explore the opportunities to protect, connect and strengthen Michigan businesses and build a stronger Michigan for all.

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Jim Holcomb, president & CEO of the Michigan Chamber, is joined by special guest and capitol insider Wendy Block, the Michigan Chamber’s senior VP of business advocacy, to take a closer look at the Governor Whitmer’s 6th State of the State address before a joint session of the Michigan Legislature. What was in it? What wasn’t? And what does it all mean for Michigan’s business community?

President and CEO, Jim Holcomb, is joined by Detroit’s Mayor Mike Duggan as they highlight the past struggles and, more importantly, the tremendous resurgence of our state’s largest city.

Amanda Toy, VP of membership and partnerships at the Michigan Chamber, is joined by Brittney Primeau, the communications director for Crystal Mountain — located in Northern Michigan’s Benzie County. Tune in as they highlight and discuss Michigan’s tourism outlook now that the snowy winter season is upon us!

Jim Holcomb, president & CEO of the Michigan Chamber, leads the conversation about an issue that may often go under the radar, but is really important to how Michigan can clean up contaminated properties and brownfields across our cities and state. Joining him in this discussion are three special guests: Jono Klooster, acting economic development director for the City of Grand Rapids; Troy Cumings, a partner at Warner, Norcorss + Judd and the chair of the Michigan Chamber’s Environmental amd Energy Policy Committee; and Mike Alaimo, director of environmental and energy affairs at the Michigan Chamber.

As we wrap up November and Veterans Month, it’s an important time to reflect and honor the service of Michigan’s veterans as well as highlight their inherent skills and abilities they bring to our workforce and the ways our businesses can be veteran-friendly employers.

Jim Holcomb, president & CEO, is joined by the newly appointed director of the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency, Brian Love. Brian is a Marine Corps veteran who began his new role Oct. 31!

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