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Focus.December.

2012

Stella Cash, 2012 AthenA Recipient


A Builder of Programs and People
By her own admission, the only thing that Stella Cash has failed at during her remarkable career is retirement. In fact, Cash has had four careers in which she has been widely acclaimed including developing projects and programs at Michigan State University and Sparrow Health System, and helping them achieve national or international recognition. Each time she retires from one career, Stella has been persuaded by the likes of Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Sparrow CEO Dennis Swan to take an important program to new heights. It is because of Stella Cashs vast professional achievements, her passion for helping people particularly as a role model and mentor to women and her deep commitment to the community that she was selected as the 2012 recipient of the ATHENA Award. Its an honor that those who know Stella say could not be bestowed on a more deserving individual. Stella Cash is well-known, respected, and admired throughout our region, state and nation, said MaryLee Davis, Ph.D. and 1982 ATHENA Award recipient in nominating Cash for this years award. In fact, few individuals have achieved the level of distinction, leadership, and meritorious accomplishments in as many different professional fields as this multi-talented individual. After being informed of her award, Stella looked up the list of past recipients and said she felt honored to be considered alongside the outstanding individuals who have received the award over the past 30 years. They are all people who have made a difference in the community, said Cash. Each one of them has impacted the region in a unique way. A native of Arkansas and still possessing a charming southern accent, Cash moved to Michigan in 1975, when her husband was heavily recruited to work in the Food Science program at MSU. Stella also landed a university job. By the time I found out what a spousal hire was, I was director of Dietetics, jokes Cash. Stella led a team that grew the MSU Dietetic Program to become the largest in the nation. She also developed her own consulting business Food Creations, Inc. - in which she has served as a major consultant to over 30 food industries, including more than 20 years working with Kellogg. In addition, she became a major consultant for the USDA and the Department of Educations School Meals Program for the State of Michigan. It was obvious to people who worked with Stella through the years that her approach to work and strong connection with the people around her were responsible for her impressive successes. Stella is a builder of programs and people, said Bill Beekman, who serves as Secretary to the Board of Trustees and Executive Assistant to MSU President Simon. She brings to each task keen vision, thoughtful wisdom, grit and determination, a passion for people and an unrelenting ethic to simply do the right thing to the best of her ability. Following her first retirement, MSU President Simon convinced Stella to spearhead a major special project, the development of a Sports and Cardiovascular Program in the Department of Radiology. Later, President Simon again convinced Stella to unretire and become Vice President of Alumni Engagement, a six-month assignment that lasted 25 months! A month after her third retirement from MSU, Stella was given an opportunity to start another new career. She became part of the Sparrow leadership team as Director of Development and Strategic Partnerships. Sparrow CEO Dennis Swan readily admits he was happy to help Stella again become a failure at retirement. After four months, Stella was given the added responsibility of the Sparrow Foundation, and was appointed Vice President of Development and Strategic Partnerships. Stella has a gift for connecting the right people with worthwhile causes, said Swan. She is a role model for professionalism. Simply put, it is practically impossible to withhold support for the goals she strives to achieve for the benefit of others.

2012 AthenA Recipient Stella Cash is a popular figure in the hallways at Sparrow where she serves as Vice President of Development and Strategic Partnerships.

Though she never loses sight of her southern upbringing, Stella is a full-time Spartan for life (I have my roots home and my real home). She is passionate about the Lansing community as reflected in the numerous boards and organizations she has served through the years. Her love for people from all walks of life is a great source of joy for Stella - especially her family, including husband Dr. Jerry Cash, two daughters and their husbands and five grandchildren. While Stella is deservedly renowned as a builder of programs, it may her unique ability as a builder of people where she has enjoyed the greatest satisfaction. I will always treasure the people Ive met along the journey, says Stella. Those who have helped me and those I have helped. I am very blessed.

Stella is a builder of programs and people. She brings to each task keen vision, thoughtful wisdom, grit and determination, a passion for people and an unrelenting ethic to simply do the right thing to the best of her ability.

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A Message From The President


2012: Business Competiveness Beyond our Borders
If there is a theme that I have heard from businesses in the Greater Lansing region during the past year, it is this: Business leaders understand that in order to succeed in a rapidly changing, technology-driven global economy, they must think differently and look beyond what have been their traditional markets for new sources of business and revenue. In many respects, 2012 has been a continuation of an effort by the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce (LRCC) to help our members identify new business opportunities, and to provide them with the tools to support their growth in the region, throughout Michigan and the U.S., and much further beyond. One of the tools that is already making an impact for area businesses has been the State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP), a program developed by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) which offers grants to help businesses identify and connect to new and expanded international markets. Bekum America Corporation of Williamston and Baker Drivetrain of Haslett were among the first in the region to utilize STEP grants to identify potential new international markets. LRCC is the administrator for STEP grants in an 18-county central Michigan region. We are looking forward to partnering with LEAP, Inc. and the MEDC in 2013, continuing efforts to generate more corporate involvement in the STEP program. The LRCC-led trip to China in October was an eye-opener for all of us who were privileged to be involved. Our group of 24 business, economic development and educational leaders from the region found the opportunity to learn more about Chinas culture, rich history and business opportunities very educational and inspiring. We are considering a future trip, which I would encourage anyone considering doing business in China to join us. 2012 was also a year of considerable growth for Port Lansing, particularly with the October opening of the new Global Logistics Centre, a 48,000-square foot cargo warehouse that will serve the upper Midwest as a logistics hub for international commerce. The Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce is committed to helping our members make important business connections, whether they are international in nature or right here in your back yard. When you think about it, no matter how large or small your business, or where your next customer is located, you need to be equipped to execute your strategy in an ever-changing global economy. We are committed to your success and pledge to serve you to the best of our ability in the coming year. All of us at the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce wish you the very best over the holiday season and look forward to helping you achieve your business goals in 2013.

2012 Board of Directors


Officers
CHAIR OF THE BOARD
Nancy McKeague
Michigan Hospital Association

PAST CHAIR
Ron Simon
Auto-Owners Insurance

Paula Cunningham
Capitol National Bank

CHAIR ELECT

LEGAL COUNSEL
Jeff Hicks
Hicks & Mullett, PLLC

Tim Daman
President and CEO Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce

TREASURER
Jeff Fineis
Andrews Hooper and Pavlik

PRESIDENT
Tim Daman
Lansing Regional Chamber

Division Directors
INTL BUSINESS SERvICES
Jean Schtokal
Foster, Swift, Collins and Smith, P.C.

GOvERNmENT RELATIONS
Kevin McKinney
McKinney & Associates

the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce is committed to helping our members make important business connections, whether they are international in nature or right here in your back yard.

mARKETING & COmmUNICATION


Joe Ford
Netvantage Marketing

mEmBERSHIP SERvICES
Deb Muchmore
Marketing Resource Group

At-Large
Farm Bureau Insurance

David Baker

Lansing Board of Water and Light

J. Peter Lark

Melanie Bergeron
Two Men & A Truck

Dave Mulder
Meijer, Inc.

Lon Bohannon
Neogen

Accident Fund Holdings

Steve Reynolds Tim Salisbury


PNC Bank

Leslie Brogan
Comcast

Jackson National Life Insurance

John Brown

Jason Sanders
Fifth Third Bank

Michigan State University

Mark Burnham Patrick Dean Pat Gillespie


Gillespie Group

Heather Shawa-DeCook
Demmer Corporation

Dean Transportation

Sparrow Health Systems

Dennis Swan Bob Trezise


LEAP, Inc.

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Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce 101st Annual Dinner


Thursday, February 28, 2013 5:00 p.m. 8:30 p.m. Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center Sponsorship Information: Jennifer Wagemann jwagemann@lansingchamber.org 517.853.6456
Wednesday, december 5 DeLtA GoVeRnment ReLAtionS Committee, 8 9 a.m. Lexington Lansing Hotel, 925 S. Creyts Rd., Lansing, MI 48917. The Delta Government Relations Committee meets the first Wednesday of each month to provide a forum for business leaders to discuss important issues affecting Delta Township. To ensure adequate seating, please RSVP to Jason Green at jgreen@lansingchamber.org. Thursday, december 6 ChAmbeR 360, 8 10:00 a.m., Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce Insurance Capital Board Room, 500 E. Michigan Ave., Ste. 200, Lansing, MI 48912. New, veteran and prospective members are encouraged to attend Chamber 360, sponsored by ASK, to learn about the full range of Chamber benefits and how to maximize your investment. Meet our staff and find out how we are working for you through business growth and advocacy initiatives, exclusive member benefit programs, member exposure, networking and educational event opportunities. This is a FREE event, but space is limited. To register for this event, please visit www.lansingchamber.org. Thursday, december 6 2012 AthenA AwARD PReSentAtion,11:30 a.m. 1:30 p.m. Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center. We honor our 2012 recipient Stella Cash, vice president of development and strategic partnerships at Sparrow Health System, and take a look back at the history of ATHENA at this celebratory event. $55 member, $75 non-member, $440 table of eight. To register for this event, please visit www.lansingchamber.org. Tuesday, december 11 hoLiDAy mixeR, 5 - 7 p.m., MSUFCU Headquarters, 3777 West Rd., East Lansing, MI 48823. Our second annual Holiday Mixer is sponsored by Michigan State University Federal Credit Union. $10 member, $30 nonmember. Includes hors doeuvres. Thursday, december 13 2013 eConomiC FoReCASt LunCheon, 11:30 a.m. 1:30 p.m., Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, East Lansing. Speaker: Mitch Stapley, chief fixed income officer,

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Fifth Third Asset Management. Sponsored by Fifth Third Bank. This event is part of the 2012 Economic Club Speaker Series. Program begins at noon; please arrive early for registration & networking. Single tickets $40, or tables of 8 $300 (includes lunch). Pre-registration is required. To register for this event, please visit www.lansingchamber.org.
East Lansing/Meridian Government Relations Committee Meetings have been postponed for the rest of the 2012 season. They will resume in 2013.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013 membeR mixeR, 5 - 7 p.m. Doctors Approach. 2685 West Jolly Road, Okemos, MI 48864. $10 member, $30 non-member. Includes hors doeuvres. Tuesday, January 22, 2013 eConomiC CLub, 11:30 a.m. 1:30 p.m., Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, East Lansing. Speaker: John E. Sztykiel, chief executive officer and director for Spartan Motors, Inc. Sponsored by Michigan State University International Business College. Program begins at noon; please arrive early for registration & networking. Single tickets $40, or tables of 8 $300 (includes lunch). Pre-registration is required. To register for this event, please visit www.lansingchamber.org.

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AppleTree Christian Learning Center 465 S. Perkey Rd. Charlotte, MI 48813 (517) 580-4616 www.appletreekids.cc Bud Kouts Chevrolet Co., Inc. 2801 E. Michigan Ave. Lansing, MI 48912 (517) 374-0900 www.budkoutschevy.com Caring & Compassionate Health Care Agency, LLC 1200 E. Grand River Lansing, MI 48906 (517) 580-7619 Fairfield Inn West 810 Delta Commerce Dr. Lansing, MI 48917 (517) 886-1066 www.fairfield.com/lanfw Glenn Buege Buick GMC, Inc. 3625 S. Pennsylvania Ave. Lansing, MI 48910 (517) 393-7880 www.glennbuege.com Grand Cafe - Sir Pizza 201 E. Grand River Lansing, MI 48910 (517) 484-4825 www.sirpizzagrandcafe.com Hibachi House 4021 W. Saginaw Hwy. Lansing, MI 48917 (517) 323-8299 Home Exteriors By Collins Builders 1712 West Saginaw Hwy. Lansing, MI 48915 (517) 372-2222 www.ProofIsInYourRoof.com Marcos Pizza 4320 S. Cedar St. Lansing, MI 48910 (517) 394-4444 www.marcos.com Marcos Pizza of Lansing 2918 N. East St. Lansing, MI 48906 (517) 374-4444 Marcos Pizza of Lansing 4801 W. Saginaw Hwy. Lansing, MI 48917 (517) 323-3311 Mary Kay, Wava Hofmann 702 State St. Eaton Rapids, MI 48827 (517) 663-8256 www.marykay.com/mhofmann My Sistas Boutique 113 S. Washington Sq. Lansing, MI 48933 (517) 367-7088 www.mysistas.com Okemos Auto Collection BMW Mercedes Benz Porsche 2186 Jolly Rd. Okemos, MI 48864 (517) 853-2600 www.okemosautocollection.com On Demand Dumpsters 506 S. Charles Lansing, MI 48912 (517) 507-5468 www.ondemanddumpsters.com Prestige Advisors 3699 David Lane Lansing, MI 48911 (517) 643-3327 www.prestigeadvisors.net Residence Inn by Marriott 922 Delta Commerce Dr. Lansing, MI 48917 (517) 886-5030 www.residenceinn.com Shared Demands, LLC P.O. Box 1352 East Lansing, MI 48826 (517) 303-4971 www.shareddemands.com Sir Pizza 1500 W. Lake Lansing Lansing, MI 48823 (517) 332-2727 Sir Pizza (Corner of St. Joe & Creyts) 6818 W. St. Joe Lansing, MI 48917 (517) 323-2833 Sir Pizza of Michigan 1818 S. Cedar Lansing, MI 48910 (517) 487-3733 Snyders Landscape Design, Inc. P.O. Box 267 Dimondale, MI 48821 (517) 646-5952 www.snyderslandscape.com Tendercare West 731 Starkweather Dr. Lansing, MI 48917 (517) 323-9133 www.tendercarewestnursing.com The Ticket Machine 4480 S. Hagadorn Rd., Ste. 105 Okemos, MI 48864 (517) 655-3201 www.theticketmachine.com The UPS Store 0811 2843 East Grand River Ave. East Lansing, MI 48823 (517) 351-8188 www.theupsstorelocal.com/0811 The UPS Store 1362 5859 W. Saginaw St. Lansing, MI 48917 (517) 321-1188 www.theupsstorelocal.com/1362 TopGear Media, LLC 3754 Calypso Rd. Holt, MI 48842 (517) 896-2398 Uniquely Mee Apparel by Aronda 2014 N. Waverly Rd. Lansing, MI 48906 (517) 528-9463 www.uniquelymeeapparel.com Welcome Wagon, Joyce Grinczel 1163 Buckingham Rd. Haslett, MI 48840 (517) 290-8221 www.welcomewagon.com

Please remember to use the member login portion of the Chamber website to keep your contact information up-to-date. This will ensure that you receive all Chamber communications in a timely manner. Contact us at 517.487.6340 if you have any questions or are not receiving our communications.

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thank You Renewing Members


Advance Employment of Lansing Plant Professionals, Inc. Playmakers Potter Park Zoological Society Printwell Acquisitions, Inc. Seelye Group Ltd. Sewer Specialists First, Inc. Shaklee Shiner Enterprises Spartan Water & Coffee Service Spring Arbor University SpringHill Suites by Marriott Stillwater Grill Summer Place Townhouses Sycamore Equities, Inc. T.L. Hart, Inc. Telamon Corporation The Exchange of Lansing The Gallagher Law Firm, P.L.C. The Paula Blanchard Companies, LLC The University Club At The Henry Center Complex Toshiba Business Solutions U.S. Signal University Quality Inn Wal-Mart Woodhull Construction Co., Inc. Yellow Book USA YMCA of Metropolitan Lansing Zeeb Animal Hospital

Chamber Milestones
Wed like to offer a special salute to these great organizations that reached milestone anniversaries as Chamber members this month. Thank you for your continued support through the years!

Agate Software, Inc. Beggars Banquet Biggby Coffee #206 Champion Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ciesa Design Clark Foundation Co. Core Technology Corp. Cornerstone University, Professional & Graduate Studies, Lansing Campus Dart, Papesh & Co., Inc. Doty Mechanical, Inc. Douglas J Salon FinCor Solutions (Coverys) Fox Brothers Co. Gillespie Group Granger Construction Company Great Lakes Christian Homes Hedlund Plumbing Hicks & Mullett, PLLC Hope Network Horizen Hydroponics Hospice Advantage Image Builders Unlimited International Consulting & Contracting Services, Inc. Jones Vision Center Kentwood Office Furniture Management Resources Development MBI International Michigan Events Michigan Legislative Consultants Mid-Michigan Building Owners & Managers Assoc. Inc. Motion Marketing & Media Murawskis Tax Service, Inc. Neuropathy Relief Centers of Mid-Michigan NorthStar Cooperative, Inc. Northwood University University College

Potter Park Zoological Society


25 years

T.L. Hart, Inc.


25 years

Beggars Banquet
20 years

Douglas J Salon
20 years

Great Lakes Christian Homes


20 years

Ross Woodstock Executive and Professional Coaching


Kolt Communications

Mid-Michigan Building Owners & Managers Assoc. Inc.


20 years

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Sycamore Equities, Inc.


20 years

Agate Software, Inc.


15 years

Hicks & Mullett, PLLC


10 years

The Paula Blanchard Companies, LLC


10 years

Champion Chrysler Jeep Dodge


5 years

Hospice Advantage
5 years

International Consulting & Contracting Services, Inc.


5 years

Printwell Acquisitions, Inc.


5 years

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Government Relations
Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce Lauds Michigan Voters for Defeating Special InterestBacked Ballot Proposals

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LRCCs Kristin beltzer (second from right), stands with members of the business Coalition, Steve London executive Vice President/Ceo of bekum America Corporation (williamston) and Governor Snyder during a press conference to talk about the importance of building the bridge (nitC) and the defeat of ballot Proposal 6. LRCC joined Governor Snyder in opposing Proposal 6.

The Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce (LRCC) credited Michigan voters for their wisdom in defeating several of the special interest-backed ballot proposals on the November general election ballot. Five of the six proposals that were soundly defeated were placed on the ballot by petition drives funded by special interest groups. Michigan citizens demonstrated their desire to protect their Constitution from special interest groups that tried to make an end-run around the democratic process by financing a ballot initiative supporting their self-serving policies, said Kristin Beltzer, LRCC senior vice president for government relations & public affairs. LRCC publically opposed proposals two through six on Novembers ballot. LRCC officials were particularly pleased in the overwhelming defeat of proposal six, a proposal that was financially backed by the owners of the Ambassador Bridge, and would have required Michigan voters to approve construction of the proposed New International Trade Crossing. Michigan voters saw through the false advertising produced by the owners of the Ambassador Bridge for what it was an attempt to protect one familys monopoly and prevent a much-needed new bridge that will increase the flow of goods between Michigan and Canada, said Beltzer. LRCC also supported proposal one, the state law that allows for emergency managers to oversee financially distressed municipalities and school districts. Though proposal one was also defeated, LRCC officials expressed optimism that new legislation allowing for emergency managers will be passed in the post-election legislative session.

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Celebration of Regional Growth Honors Five Organizations

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thursday, December 13 11:30 a.m. 1:30 p.m. Kellogg Center, mSu mitch Stapley, Chief Fixed income officer, Fifth third Asset management

the honorees at the 2012 Celebration of Regional Growth Awards included: Adam henige (netvantage marketing), Joe Ford (netvantage marketing), Steven London (bekum America Products), michael Rush (broad Art museum), J. Peter Lark (Lansing board of water and Light) and Dustin Preston (Capital Steel & wire, inc.)

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Five organizations were honored for their significant economic investments at the seventh annual Celebration of Regional Growth Awards (CORG) luncheon hosted by the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce (LRCC). For the second consecutive year, the CORG awards were presented during the November meeting of the Lansing Regional Chamber Economic Club. The organizations honored this year are: bekum america corporation, capital steel & Wire, Inc., eli and edythe broad art museum, Lansing board of Water and Light and netvantage marketing.

In the past seven years, the Celebration of Regional Growth Awards has recognized 41 organizations that have demonstrated their commitment to our region by making a combined investment of more than $1.5 billion dollars, said Tim Daman. The organizations honored this year showcase the economic future of Greater Lansing in areas including energy and environmental leadership, a world-class arts museum, advanced manufacturing, growth in global markets and high technology.

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Membership Services
Jane Mitchell Named 2013 ATHENAPowerlink Recipient
Jane Mitchell of Jungle Jane Promotions has been named the recipient of the 2013 ATHENAPowerlink award. ATHENAPowerlink is a business mentoring program designed to increase the growth and profitability of women-owned businesses. As the 2013 recipient, Mitchell will receive ongoing mentoring from a panel of volunteers that will advise her on important issues specific to her business goals. Mitchell was a hairstylist for 20 years, but when her kids went off to school she wanted to work during the day and not so many nights and weekends. She started Cards 4 You, a follow-up card sending service in 1994. In 1998, she began consulting with her clients to add promotional products to their marketing and opened Tarzan Promotions. In 2011, she changed the company name to Jungle Jane Promotions and has continued to grow her business. Jane is president of the Delta Waverly Rotary, as well as a board member for ATHENA WIN and the Meridian Area Business Association. She is a member of the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce, Okemos Networkers BNI, Capital Area Local First, National Federation of Republican Women, National Association of Career Women and the Lansing Convention & Visitors Bureau. Jane is a life long resident of the Lansing area. She has been married to Ken for 31 years. They have 2 grown children and 1 granddaughter.

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MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU), celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, will host the second annual Holiday Mixer for the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce. Lansing regional chamber holiday mixer Thursday, December 11 5:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. MSU Federal Credit Union 377 West Road, East Lansing $10 members/$30 non-members The beautiful MSUFCU headquarters, often referred to as the Emerald Palace, is guaranteed to provide a festive atmosphere for the Holiday Mixer. The Chamber Mixers are always filled with a lot of fun, food, beverages and business networking opportunities. What better way to celebrate the end of 2012 than to connect with your favorite business associates? Register today at www.lansingchamber.org.

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Membership Services
Chamber Forum Places Spotlight on Technology Growth in the Greater Lansing Region

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Technology is one of the most rapidly developing sectors in the Greater Lansing region with more than 350 IT companies in the region and total IT employment in all industries exceeding 9,000 jobs. Lansing is becoming the second major IT market in Michigan, behind Ann Arbor, said Kevin Schoen, CEO of ACD.net Schoens company is one of the growing IT success stories in the region. ACD.net is the areas largest independent phone and Internet provider, now employing 65 people at its North Lansing headquarters. ACD.net recently hosted a Technology Spotlight in conjunction with the Lansing Regional Chambers November Member Mixer. The event included a showcase of many of ACD.nets local IT partners, which presented area business people and IT professionals an opportunity to explore new IT products and services in the market place. ACD.net highlighted their new hosted phone services, which is a cloud-based phone service for business. The company also presented its in-house Fiber Construction Team, which is promoting the growth of a fiber optic Internet touted to be 50 to 100 times faster than traditional cable, DSL or T-1 lines. Lansing is one of the first regions in Michigan to aggressively develop the fiber optic Internet, said Schoen. We are on the early edge.

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International
Regional Leaders Call China Trip an Exceptional Experience
members of the Lansing delegation with Chinese officials, including l-r; tim Daman (LRCC second from left), brent Case (Port Lansing), Ren Zhang (beijing eontech Company), and Chris holman (Greater Lansing business monthly). Lansing area fashion designer and former mSu basketball star Lauren Aitch with Chinese officials who met with the Lansing delegation.

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Phenomenal. Valuable. Exceptional. Eye-opening. Those were just a few of the terms used to describe a recent trip to China sponsored by the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce. Twenty-four business, education and economic development leaders from Greater Lansing participated in the trip from October 16-25. The opportunity to learn and gain insight into this important economy and culture, make connections with business development officials there, and grow relationships with terrific people from here in Lansing and abroad made the trip very worthwhile, said Deb Muchmore, vice president of Marketing Resource Group. The trip included historical tours to many famous sites including the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. The Lansing contingent found the business networking opportunities to be particularly beneficial. The group attended business receptions, including one sponsored by the Beijing Business Association. There were a couple of meetings with business and government leaders from China and a trip to a large industrial park in which 400-500 American companies are involved. Getting to know the inside of businesses and how they operate was the value proposition on this trip, said Paula Cunningham, CEO of Capitol National Bank. Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce CEO Tim Daman said the feedback from participants on the China trip was so overwhelmingly positive that the Chamber is considering another trip in 2013. That idea was embraced by those who were involved in the China adventure. I hope the outcomes of this trip will be that others from our area will take advantage of future opportunities our business organizations are providing, said Muchmore. As a result of this trip, I have a renewed and greater appreciation of the resources we all have in our business development organizations Port Lansing, the Lansing Regional Chamber and LEAP have tremendous expertise and connections for helping companies here grow and succeed.

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International
Port Lansing Celebrates Opening of Global Logistics Centre
The Capital Region Airport Authority (CRAA) recently celebrated the grand opening of the Port Lansing Global Logistics Centre, which includes a new shovel-ready commerce park and the 48,000-square-foot cargo warehouse that will serve Michigan and the upper Midwest as a logistics hub for international commerce. The launch of the Logistics Centre project is the first phase in the CRAAs plan to spur more than $20 million in private development at the 110-acre site over the next decade. The Port Lansing Global Logistics Centre facility will soon become known around the U.S. as a modern alternative to the historic gateway in Chicago, said Chris Holman, chair of the CRAA Board of Directors. The Logistics Centre offers an economic development opportunity to the Greater Lansing region. The opening of this impressive new facility and its state-of-the-art services will bring new business to our region. The new Logistics Centre will function as a freight consolidation center, a general purpose foreign trade zone, and an import/export incubator, including warehouse operations for companies involved in international trade. The grand opening of the Port Lansing Global Logistics Centre is the culmination of more than $27 million of investments in infrastructure upgrades at Capital Region International Airport since 2005, including a runway extension, a new U.S. Customs & Border Protection Federal Inspection Station, and infrastructure improvements for the commerce park.

Cutting the ribbon at the new Port Lansing Global Logistics Centre, l-r: Chris holman (Capital Region Airport Authority), bob Selig (Capital Region Airport Authority), u.S.Senator Debbie Stabenow, tim Daman (Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce) and bob trezise (LeAP, inc.).

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PeoPLe neWs Patrick spyke, senior vice president of marketing at LAFCU, was the keynote speaker at the recent Lansing Community College Foundation Scholarship breakfast. He spoke to more than 300 attendees about Patrick Spyke the value of education and LAFCUs dedication to partnership with LCC. stephen L. hicks, Jd, ms, cPa and roger L. millbrook, Jd, cPa/PFs are principals of Siena Wealth Advisors. mark Quimby of the financial services firm edward Jones in Delta Township has been authorized by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards (CFP Board) to use the certification mark CFP. daniel Gough, a research assistant at Public Policy associates, Inc. has been named to the Ingham County Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors.
Daniel Gough

mark Quimby

Amy weston and eric Dawdy

olivet college insurance and risk management majors amy Weston, a senior from Eaton Rapids, and eric dawdy, a freshman from Holt, recently earned the industrys Associate in General Insurance (AINS) designation, awarded through The Institutes, located in Malvern, Pa. Wendy G. mackey, a coldwell banker hubbell REALTOR, briarWood has been awarded the Performance Management Network Designation by the Womens Council of REALTORS.

Dr. Kevin Lavery at the Solohealth Station kiosk.

Renowned physician, Kevin Lavery, can now add inventor to his repertoire. As an ophthalmologist for TLc eyecare & Laser centers, he has created of The SoloHealth Station kiosk, an interactive, comprehensive health and wellness screening kiosk for consumers.

Public Policy associates, Inc. is one of just 23 Michigan firms to win the 2012 Alfred P. Sloan Award for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility, and only one of 11 to win it each of the past four years. blohm creative Partners, an integrated marketing, advertising and communications firm in East Lansing, Michigan, is pleased to announce the addition of Wayne Glassbrook as a full-time web developer/designer. The Greater Lansing convention and Visitors bureau (GLcVb) is pleased to announce it has hired Katie atkins as manager of multi-media and graphic design.

wendy G. mackey

margaret Freel

Reuben Levinsohn

Stephen J. hicks

Roger L. millbrook

siena Wealth advisors was included on the exclusive list of the nations top CPA investment advisory firms, in the August 2012 edition of Accounting Today. In 2010, 2011, and again in 2012, only Siena and three other investment advisory firms from Michigan made the exclusive list as the nations top CPA investment advisory firms. Siena is the only investment advisory firm headquartered in Greater Lansing to be listed.

Katie Atkins

michelyn e. Pasteur

bernick, radner & ouellette, P.c., is pleased to announce that attorney michelyn e. Pasteur has been named by The Best Lawyers in America as the Medicaid and Elder Law Attorney of the Year for the Greater Lansing area.

David norris

mike Anderson

The centennial Group recognized the outstanding achievements of the individuals who give so much to their clients and community during the past year. The most notable awards were given to heide dean and margaret Freel in their roles as both support and marketing. reuben Levinsohn, david

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norris, and mike anderson were recognized for their outstanding sales success, and qualifying for the firms Centennial Club. clark construction has awarded Paula cadwell with the 2012 Charles J. Clark Safety award. The award is presented annually to the Clark Construction employee who demonstrates Paula Cadwell exceptional dedication and commitment to safety in the construction industry. The Greater Lansing convention and Visitors bureau is pleased to announce that sales manager amanda Toy, recently earned the highlyregarded Certified Meeting Professional designation Amanda toy (CMP) from the National Convention Industry Council. exceptional results and met the highest standards to qualify for this prestigious event. Jack davis have been awarded the Philanthropist of the Year Award by Association of Fundraising Professionals Capital Area of Michigan Chapter. A new award was established in honor of one of the first advisors of The centennial Group, The Royce E. Mossholder Award. This award is given to the firms overall sales leader for the year. For 42 years, royce mossholder was known for his sales achievements but more importantly, for his utmost integrity and dedicated service to his many clients. Tri-star Trust bank, with offices in Saginaw, Frankenmuth and East Lansing, is proud to announce that Teresa a. Gerhardt, trust administrative assistant, has earned the prestigious teresa A. Gerhardt Certified Trust and Financial Advisor (CTFA) certification through the American Bankers Association. comPany neWs Construction is underway on Mersen USAs $21.3 million manufacturing facility to be located in Bay County, Michigan. clark construction is serving as Construction Manager for the Mersen facility. mcLaren Greater Lansing is now offering scarless surgery for gallbladder removal, making McLaren the first capital-area hospital to offer this single-site robotic procedure. The Greater Lansing convention and Visitors bureau is pleased to announce it was recognized with a Diamond Award by the Michigan Society of Association Executives (MSAE) at the 11th Annual Awards Banquet. The Diamond Award was presented for Best Website for an organization with $1 million or greater annual operating budget. The Prima civitas Foundation, through its C.S. Mott Foundation-supported entrepreneurship initiative Moving Ideas to Market, has launched its 4th annual Young Innovators Competition. The competition encourages Michigan youth to submit ideas, concepts, or business plans to improve their communities. Applicants are eligible to win cash prizes totaling $10,000, including a grand prize amount of $2,500.

Charles barbieri

eric Doster

Liza moore

John nicolucci

Dr. elizabeth thomas megan newton

Foster swift is proud to announce that five attorneys from the Lansing office were admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court on October 17. The attorneys were sworn in at the Joshua Richardson admission ceremony held in conjunction with the Federal Bar Associations annual meeting in Grand Rapids. Attorneys from the Lansing office include: charles barbieri, eric doster, Liza moore, John nicolucci, and Joshua richardson.

dr. elizabeth Thomas joined the Alliance Obstetrics and Gynecology team in July of 2012 and is accepting new patients. In addition, Dr. Gianina Cazan-London has partnered with Alliance as a maternal fetal medicine specialist to offer high risk OB services. Alliance is also pleased to welcome megan newton, a public relations and digital media specialist. conrad beeler of The centennial Group in Lansing recently attended Securian Financial Groups Foundation School in St. Paul, Minnesota. This event is specifically designed for those advisors who, in their first year, have shown

Pictured are Courtney millbrook (Lansing Symphony orchestra), Jack Davis, Susan Davis and manuela Kress (Association of Fundraising Professionals).

Conrad beeler

The Loomis, ewert, Parsley, davis & Gotting P.c. law firm is pleased to announce that susan and

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olivet colleges Alpha Alpha chapter of Gamma Iota Sigma, the international risk management, insurance and actuarial science professional society, was recently named Superior Chapter at the Gamma Iota Sigma International Conference, co-hosted by the Gamma Iota Sigma Grand Chapter and Alpha Kappa chapter of Illinois State University. LaFcu has received a Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service Award for its Great Credit Union Can-Do! Food Drive, which generated more than 1,620 pounds of food producing an astounding 2,160 meals for desperately hungry people. More than 100 physicians, nurses, hospital leaders and guests from the former Lansing General Hospital reunited on the front lawn of the Pennsylvania Avenue campus to peek into the past and share memories, as they opened a time capsule that was sealed 54 years ago. The time capsule had been encased in the walls of what is now known as mcLaren orthopedic hospital. It held artifacts from the hospital that highlighted its history and provided a glimpse of hospital life from more than a half century ago. Fraser Trebilcock has received a Tier 1 ranking in the 2013 Edition of U.S. News - Best Lawyers Best Law Firms, in the areas of Administrative/ Regulatory Law, Arbitration, Corporate Law and Mediation. Aerospace manufacturer aPeX Precision solutions, Inc. moved into their first location in Ingham County on Legion Drive in Mason, within Vevay Township. APEX will potentially create 25-35 jobs in the area over the next 24 months. The law firm of Warner norcross & Judd LLP has been recognized as one of the top Cool Places to Work by Crains Detroit Business. The centennial Group recently partnered with the Capital Area Down Syndrome Association to sponsor the Jungle Party event at Potter Park Zoo. This event is held annually as an opportunity to help raise money for local families with children who have Down syndrome. The Ann Arbor Municipal Center was recently award Gold LEED status by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). clark construction served as Construction Manager for the project.
thomas m Cooley President Don LeDuc cuts the ribbon at ceremonies opening Cooleys newest campus in tampa Florida.

the Alliance obstetrics and Gynecology team provided over 110 free cervical cancer screenings at the Pap-o-Rama.

On October 20th, alliance obstetrics and Gynecology hosted the first annual Pap-O-Rama Saturday. Alliance staff and volunteers provided over 110 free cervical cancer screenings to uninsured women in Ingham and Clinton County. It is with great pleasure that michigan events announces its fifth year of business. Michigan Events, formerly known as Showtime Events, changed its name to promote the companys vision to create spectacular events for an array of customers within the state of Michigan. Lansing-based case credit union received the CUNA Technology Council Excellence in Technology award which recognizes outstanding approaches to technology challenges with potential for universal application across the credit union movement. case credit union received the Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Award for the CASE Cares Miracle Baseball Field, which gives children and adults with disabilities a safe, inclusive space to play baseball. The dwarf athletic association has announced the 2013 World Dwarf Games will be held August 3-10 at Michigan State University.

Warner norcross & Judd LLP has been ranked one of the Best Law Firms by Best Lawyers and U.S. News & World Report. Greenstone Farm credit services, the sixth largest association in the Farm Credit System, continues to experience success in 2012. The associations quarterly stockholder report shows strong third quarter earnings of $24.5 million.

Thomas m. cooley Law school formally marked the opening of its new Tampa Bay campus with a dedication ceremony. The new campus, located at 9445 Camden Field Parkway, is Cooleys fifth campus and the first outside of Michigan. eles Place, a healing center for grieving children, has received a grant from the capital region community Foundations unrestricted fund. The $6,500 grant will provide critical support for children and families at Eles Place participating in the Preschool/Kindergarten and Early Elementary support groups on Wednesday nights. The Greater Lansing convention and Visitors bureau announced the opening of a second visitor information center in the region. Now, in addition to the Visitor Center located in downtown Lansing, a site is opening in East Lansing, directly across from the new Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum on Grand River Avenue.

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Chamber In Action

Ambassadors from the mason Area Chamber of Commerce, Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce, williamston Area Chamber of Commerce, and the meridian Area business Association provided a grand opening ribbon cutting on october 24, 2012 for the Sign-A-Rama at 2189 w. Grand River in okemos. Assisting owner Dale Kohlsmith are Scott Ferrigan, nicky hale, mark Papsidero, melissa nay, barb burke, Pete holz, Jo Zeller, Chris Revera, Glen Lewis, Karla macelli, Sarah wells Speigel, Kim Carman, bonnie Root, melissa opitz, Dereck wells Speigel, teresa wood with Lucy Lou, and others. mACC Courtesy Photo.

Ambassadors and staff from the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce provided a grand opening ribbon cutting on november 5, 2012 for the max & ermas restaurant at 2515 Lake Lansing Rd., Lansing, 48912. Assisting max & ermas President Steve weiss is John Daher, Supervisor of Charter township of Lansing, along with General manager brandon Schultz and Chamber Ambassadors John Creighton, terri beard, Cynthia eiseler, mark Papsidero, Dena Vatalaro, & melissa nay. the staff of the new west side buffalo wild wings, located on Delta Commerce Drive, was joined by buffy, the buffalo wild wings mascot, and representatives of the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce as they celebrated their grand opening ribbon cutting.

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