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7 things every business startup must know

From Bridge Magazine By Mike Wilkinson So you’ve got this great business idea, one that will liberate you from your current job or offer a lifeline after losing one. With Michigan hurt by a marked decline in the number of new businesses created in the last decade, you think your idea is a sure-fire winner. Your husband thinks it’s a great idea, too, as does your Aunt Irene. Can’t fail, right? Hold on a minute. Business leaders contacted by Bridge Magazine for our recent article on the dearth of entrepreneurs in Michigan say they see new business owners make the… Read More »

Michigan and the death of entrepreneurship

 (Bridge photo by Mike Wilkinson) Article by Mike Wilkinson | Bridge Magazine – MLive.com In a tiny brick building on the west side of Jackson, Jeff Drushal is living his dream, stepping out onto a ledge that is both frightening and exhilarating. Married and with a daughter, Drushal, 34, just left a steady job as a supervisor in a machine shop and surrounded himself with decades-old – but still working – metal cutters, lathes and welding guns. He is betting on his own skills and business acumen to make the transition from employee to employer. In five years, he hopes… Read More »

Steel important to Ontario economy

From the Sault Star: Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne said the province needs a strong steel industry – especially one that can help build infrastructure for all Ontarians. “We are building so much in Ontario right now – $160 billion over 12 years – and there is a lot of steel in that build,” she said in an exclusive interview with The Sault Star. She was in Sault Ste. Marie Monday as part of an 18-stop, week-long tour of Northern Ontario communities. Monday’s formal announcement dedicated an additional $120 million to modernize Northern Ontario schools, bringing a total commitment to $300… Read More »