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Meridian Township ranked as a top place for entrepreneurs

Meridian Township was named one of eight top communities for entrepreneurial growth and economic development in Michigan by researchers at iLabs, University of Michigan-Dearborn’s Center for Innovation Research.

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"I’m thrilled by the fact that the township received an Outstanding Community Award in 2012, and that we received a five star rating for the third consecutive year," said Rick Brown, Meridian Township’s associate planner.
 
The eCities research surveyed 114 communities from 40 counties in Michigan that are home to 34 percent of Michigan residents and nearly half of its college graduates.

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Martin-Brower gets state incentive for St. Johns expansion

The Michigan Economic Development Corp. will award Martin-Brower Co. $500,000 to expand its operations in St. Johns.
 
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Martin-Brower is a food and materials supplier whose main customer is fast-food giant McDonald’s Corp. Martin-Brower will use the money as part of its $16.3 million expansion of the former M&M Restaurant Supply location it bought earlier this year.

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Leslie school district celebrates opening of nature center

A new Leslie School District nature center celebrated its grand opening on Oct. 14.

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The Russell Miller "Wild 100" was used over time for field trips and various nature-related programs, but without any facilities on site for water or restrooms, the visits were limited

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Oldham Project gets a permanent home

The Oldham Project now has a new home provided by McLaren Orthopedic Hospital.

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The space gives Shaver a home base as she works to expand her Lansing-based organization throughout mid-Michigan, she said. The portraits Shaver takes helps patients, many of whom are women diagnosed with breast cancer, feel more confident, said Marlene Johnson, of Dimondale, who had her photo taken this spring.

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Red Haven Farm to Table Grand Opening

The Purple Carrot's Red Haven Farm to Table restaurant is now open.

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Wednesday, October 17th marks the grand opening. Chef Tony Maiale and Nina Santucci bring their focus on local Michigan foods and products to the world of fine dining with their tapas-style restaurant, located at 4480 S. Hagadorn Road within The Hamptons mixed-use apartment complex near Mount Hope.

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Smart tweeting

A Michigan State University professor has found that Twitter can be used to improve student engagement in the classroom.

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Christine Greenhow, an assistant professor of education at MSU, found that college students who use Twitter as part of their classes tend to be more engaged with course material, the instructor and fellow students. In some cases, using Twitter led to higher grades.

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Financing approved for Knapp's redevelopment

A $5.9 million federal loan has been approved to renovate the Knapp's Building in Downtown Lansing

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The loan from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant program was approved this week, paving the way for Meridian Township-based Eyde Co. to soon begin construction on the $36 million Knapp’s Centre project, said Bob Trezise, president and CEO of Lansing Economic Area Partnership Inc.

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Food truck at MSU open for business

Michigan State University students have a new dining option with an on-campus. 

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The truck serves roughly 200 customers each day, he said. MSU rents a vehicle from a company in California through a yearlong lease costing about $30,000.

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Cyclists celebrate bike lane on Saginaw

Lansing bikers now have a safer way to travel in on Saginaw with a dedicated bike lane.

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The wide new bike lane along busy Saginaw Street and its deluxe link to the Lansing River Trail at the new Saginaw Street bridge over the Grand River is the most dramatic evidence yet of “complete streets” planning in Michigan.

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Lansing-area food trucks expand business with permanent restaurants

The forthcoming restaurant, Red Haven is the next venture to spring from an area food truck.

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Red Haven, The Purple Carrot’s sophisticated younger relative, will offer upscale small plates made with mostly Michigan ingredients to what is expected at first to be mainly a dinner crowd. The restaurant could open within weeks in The Hamptons of Meridian, a mixed-use development near Mt. Hope and Hagadorn roads in Meridian Township.

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Lansing's NEO Center to host Startup Weekend, event aimed at launching new businesses

This year's Startup Weekend in Lansing will be hosted by the NEO Center.

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The event begins Friday, Oct. 5 at 6 p.m. at the NEO Center, located at 934 Clark St. in Lansing.
 
Entrepreneurs pitch their ideas Friday evening. Attendees vote for the best ideas, then form teams to further develop the business ideas before pitching their plans to investors and "thought leaders" Sunday evening.

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MEO is tops in LEED

Michigan Energy Options announced their level of LEED certification at an event in September. 

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The East Lansing-based, statewide nonprofit that conducts renewable energy outreach just had its headquarters at 405 Grove St. certified at the most coveted level for energy efficiency. It’s the first building in East Lansing and the third in the state to achieve LEED Platinum status.

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MSU Professor in ArtPrize's Top 25

MSU professor Henry Brimmer‘s ArtPrize entry is among the top 25 in the contest.

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As one entry in 1,517 this year at ArtPrize, Brimmer didn’t have to work too hard to stand out. Brimmer believes his piece to be one of the most photographed and didn’t come in with a marketing plan.

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East Lansing and Lansing officials plan large development

Redevelopment plans are underway for Michigan Avenue that could include student apartments, a shopping center and an outdoor movie theater.

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A development group composed of Lansing and East Lansing entrepreneurs and public officials, as well as the Hobbs Black Architects, has created a conceptual plan to redevelop roughly 70 acres of the Michigan Avenue corridor from Clippert Street in Lansing to the abandoned Red Cedar Golf Course property near Brody Complex Neighborhood.

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Lansing-based Neogen Corp. announces 11 percent increase in first quarter net income over last year

Lansingi-based Neogen Corp. announced record first quarter revenues and net income last week.
 
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Net income for the first quarter of Fiscal Year 2013, which ended Aug. 31, increased 11.8 percent from the prior year to more than $6.7 million, or $0.28 per share.

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