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  • Mayra Martinez: An entrepreneur success story

    September 26, 2014 | Diane Smith | Mayra Martinez and her family built a successful restaurant and full service catering business. Upcoming plans include branching into food processing. The lessons Mayra learned in the process and her words of advice for other packaged food entrepreneurs.

  • Business working capital requires long-term financing.

    September 26, 2014 | Mark Thomas | Lenders expect their customers to not only understand the necessity of having good, producible records, but also to conduct regular analysis of their financial conditions.

  • Extension for the future

    September 24, 2014 | Thomas Long | Michigan State University Extension is leading the way with education, support and research on the hot topics of today.

  • Filling the job openings: Employer–employee communication is vital for vibrant organization

    September 18, 2014 | Mark Thomas | Employers cannot always get what they want, but if they try providing the proper leadership, they might just get what they need.

  • Not for Hire? Perhaps.

    September 17, 2014 | Mark Thomas | Some folks prefer to go it alone by starting their own company and some workers unfortunately disqualify themselves with falsehoods on job applications. However an opportunity exists with many recent “retirees” being willing to return to the workplace.

  • Recordkeeping system for crop production

    September 11, 2014 | Hal Hudson | Production recordkeeping is an important task for any vegetable or crop farm, whether small, medium or large in size.

  • HOT TOPICGrand Traverse region’s wine grape production significantly down in 2014

    September 11, 2014 | Duke Elsner | The 2014 wine grape crop is short, but wineries will still have a good inventory on hand for the coming sales year.

  • HOT TOPICCold hardy grape wines: They tried it, and liked it!

    September 11, 2014 | Joanne Davidhizar | Research surveys of Michigan tasting room visitors and Midwestern wine drinkers indicate low awareness and positive acceptance of cold hardy grape varietals.

  • Paddle & Pour in Port Huron

    September 10, 2014 | Andy Northrop | Third annual paddling event draws out record numbers to Michigan’s national water trail in St. Clair County.

  • Local hops harvesting

    September 8, 2014 | Andy Northrop | Connecting local hops with a local brewery allows participants to have a deeper connection to their local food systems.

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