• Ep. 50: Judicial Hellholes

    5 GIU 2024 · Our Capital City landed on the "Judicial Hellholes" list this year for the first time ever.  Wendy Block, Senior VP of Business Advocacy for the Michigan Chamber, is joined by Lauren Sheets Jarrell, VP and General Counsel for The American Tort Reform Association to discuss why Lansing was put on the list and what we need to do to make sure it never happens again. She’s the lead analysist and author of the group’s annual Judicial Hellholes report and where our state’s ranking came from.
    14 min. 12 sec.
  • Ep. 49: The Business Case for Civics

    22 MAG 2024 · Jim Holcomb, President & CEO of the Michigan Chamber, is joined by Hilary Crow, the VP for Civics at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, to discuss civic engagement and the business case for supporting it - a very important issue as our country struggles with fundamental civics knowledge and we enter a fast and furious election year.
    19 min. 43 sec.
  • Ep. 48: Small Business Spotlight - Top Marketing Tips to Grow and Thrive

    8 MAG 2024 · Bob Thomas, Chief Operating Officer of the Michigan Chamber, leads the discussion of a special time of year and segment of industry that may be small in how they’re described, but one that truly makes a BIG impact every day: our state’s 900,000+ small businesses and National Small Business Month that kicked off May 1.  We’re going to celebrate these diverse entrepreneurs and dive into the changing landscape and core growth strategies and activities that can help. Joining him in the discussion are Kristi Tabor, Advertising Account Executive for Scripps Local Media/Broadcasting Co. and Fox 47, and Krista Moon, the President and owner of Ascend Business Growth!
    16 min. 52 sec.
  • Ep. 47: Ozone Attainment and National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) - What’s Happening and Why it Matters

    3 APR 2024 · Jim Holcomb, President and CEO of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, leads the discussion of an issue that may not be on your radar right now but one that can have far reaching impacts - and that's Ozone Attainment and National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS)! Joining him in this discussion are: - Mike Alaimo, Director of Environmental and Energy Affairs for the Michigan Chamber - Kelly Karll, Manager of Environment & Infrastructure for SEMCOG, Southeast Michigan Council of Governments - Caroline Liethen, Director of Environmental & Regulatory Policy for Michigan Manufacturers Association
    20 min. 58 sec.
  • Ep. 46: Permitting Landscape in Michigan

    13 MAR 2024 · As our state focuses on growing our population and enhancing our homegrown manufacturing and supply chain, how and how fast we can permit projects of all kinds makes a difference. Joining Jim Holcomb, President and CEO of the Michigan Chamber, for a roundtable discussion on this key topic are three very knowledgeable guests: - Troy Cumings,Partner at Warner, Norcorss + Judd and the chair of the Michigan Chamber’s Environmental & Energy Policy Committee - Ben Tirrell, Legislative Counsel for the Michigan Farm Bureau - Mike Alaimo, Director of Environmental and Energy Affairs at the Michigan Chamber
    25 min. 12 sec.
  • Ep. 45: A Cornucopia – Michigan’s Food and Agriculture Industry

    28 FEB 2024 · Did you know that Michigan is home to one of the country’s most diverse agricultural states in the nation or that our food and agriculture industry is a huge economic driver too? Jim Holcomb, President & CEO of the Michigan Chamber, is joined by Carl Bednarski, President of Michigan Farm Bureau and Chuck Lippstreu, President of the MI Agri-Business Association to take a deeper dive into the industry that helps feed and protect our state … and the world!
    27 min. 2 sec.
  • Ep. 44: Winter Tourism Update and Outlook - Part II

    14 FEB 2024 · Amanda Toy, VP of membership and partnerships for the Michigan Chamber, hosts part 2 of the Michigan winter tourism industry and outlook discussion. Joining her in the conversation is Brad Keen, COO of Boyne Resorts, as they get you ready for the snow sports season!
    19 min. 10 sec.
  • Ep. 43: MI Biz 360 - Talent & HR Summit + Hottest, Evolving Employment Law Issues

    31 GEN 2024 · Becky Burtka, the Michigan Chamber’s VP of Member Engagement, hosts a conversation about the fast-evolving talent and HR landscape, the biggest developments and trends affecting the workplace and the future of work, and an upcoming summit designed to help navigate it all. Joining her in this discussion are: - Aaron Graves, Attorney, and Member & Chair of the Workplace Law Practice Group at Bodman - Ashley Higginson, Attorney, and a Principal at Miller Canfield - specializes in employment and labor law issues - Wendy Block, Senior VP of Business Advocacy for the Michigan Chamber
    24 min. 34 sec.
  • Ep. 42: State of the State 2024 - Reaction

    24 GEN 2024 · 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?
    20 min. 37 sec.
  • Ep. 41: The Latest in the Motor City

    17 GEN 2024 · Jim Holcomb, President & CEO of the Michigan Chamber, 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!
    6 min. 6 sec.

Each episode, a Michigan Chamber team member will sit down with a special guest (or guests) who are influential employers, policymakers and leaders in the community. We’ll discuss relevant and...

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Each episode, a Michigan Chamber team member will sit down with a special guest (or guests) 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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