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Jean Meyer, the new president and CEO of St. John Providence Health System, heads up one of the state’s largest health and wellness providers. But she is still that nurse who held patients’ hands and that employee in the trenches, hoping her words and actions boost morale.
The Spare the Air Employer Program helps Bay Area businesses get their employees to work through carpooling, transit and biking. Save by reducing payroll taxes for each participating employee. Commuter benefits improve employee morale and productivity. Employees save up to 40% on transit and vanpool expenses using pre-tax dollars. Biking or walking to work is healthier, reducing insurance claims and sick leave.
East Lansing based Biggby is focusing on being the dominant gourmet coffee brand in Michigan as it puts an emphasis on culture and quality. The coffee retailer, which was founded in 1995, is already in nine states and has about 200 stores in operation.
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Florine Mark is running a remarkable business. Last year, her Weight Watchers franchise helped its 55,000 members lose a collective 5.27 million pounds. And now with the spotlight on health and wellness in the workplace, her longtime At Work program is enjoying a new surge, helping businesses and the economy.
October 2013 – Detroit’s widely publicized bankruptcy filing has statewide impact — and sets a precedent for cities across the nation. While the impact is not yet fully known, state business owners and industry groups agree that Michigan took a hit with the filing. But looking ahead, what will be the message coming from the Motor City? Business leaders say if they could have one goal coming out of the restructuring it would be that Detroit is ready for investment and that it’s viewed as highly attractive to Michigan business and those out of state.
August 2013 – Vivian Pickard is not only president of the GM Foundation, but also the director of Corporate Relations for General Motors Corp. That is a powerful role by any measure. Pickard is a standout role model to business leaders everywhere. Her workday might mean helping to muster emergency aid and volunteers for tornado victims, speaking to community groups or presenting a check to Habitat for Humanity. She can handle it all – her passion for giving back has deep roots, where from age 10 her family made a commitment to making a difference in their community.
July 2013 – Garden Fresh Gourmet is adding bold ingredients to its recipe for success. President Jack Aronson is experimenting with protein-packed superfoods at company headquarters in Ferndale, Mich. With the help of high-pressure processing machines, which dramatically extend the shelf life of his dips, salsas and hummus products, Garden Fresh has grown from a guy making salsa with a bucket in the back of his restaurant to a $100 million food giant.
April 2013 – Not many offices keep a shiny Ford Mustang on site for employees to drive and show off to their families. But that red convertible is one of the perks at Detroit Manufacturing Systems, where the vehicle’s instrument panel is assembled – and where Andra Rush is president and CEO. Empowering her employees – to drive, to make something, to have a job that will become a career – is among the reasons Rush considers Detroit Manufacturing Systems a game changer. And that’s just one of companies she heads up in the Rush Group.
February 2013 – Josh Linkner, CEO and managing partner of Detroit Venture Partners, an investment firm focused on turning Detroit into a high-tech hub, believes the city is in the midst of an historic urban turnaround. But Linkner and partners don’t want a Chicago. They don’t want New York. They don’t even want Silicon Valley. They want Detroit. They want the city to evolve into the best version of itself.
Nov./Dec. 2012 – To say the coffee-roasting process is exacting is a bit of an understatement. To bring out a coffee bean’s rich flavors, it must be handled carefully, watched constantly and never taken for granted.
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