President and CEO of Junior Achievement Michigan Great Lakes, discusses the basic mission of Junior Achievement (financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship for school-aged kids) and their new Free Enterprise Center. Housing 3 experiential learning labs, this newly built center lets kids learn real-world experiences as citizens, consumers, and associates. Watch the video below to learn more

In this episode, Eric Hultgren talks with Deidre Weller about her store Thistle in Charlevoix, MI about how the Michigan Retailers Association has helped her grow especially in this past 18 months. 

Today we talk Electric Vehicles with Consumers Energy’s Lauren Youngdahl Snyder, VP of Customer Experience. There is an obvious link between electric vehicles and an energy company like Consumers Energy, especially with their ‘Power My’ programs, but it’s more than a simple link for Lauren, it’s personal for her family and her impact on the environment. Power My Drive and Power My Fleet are programs Consumers Energy rolled out offering rebates on EV chargers that need to be installed in customer homes or businesses, as well as helping to navigate new energy needs. Additionally, Consumers Energy plans to shift their fleet composition to 30% electric, with all new light duty purchases being EV by 2030.

In this episode we talk to Xavier Verna, executive director of the Ramsdell Theatre in Manistee. His passion and mission to bring performing arts and culture to as many people as possible is infectious. As you explore Michigan’s gorgeous fall colors, take the time to check out an exciting show in the Ramsdell Theatre’s fall lineup.

In this episode of At Home with Eastbrook Homes we talk with Kurt Suidinski about the algebra of selling your home while you’re building a new home…spoiler alert, don’t worry, Eastbrook Homes has you covered and will work with you to make this happen easily

Thanks to our friends at Southwest Michigan Tourist Council (, we got to talk with Kenny Stover of Stover's Farm Market – our conversation roamed from the benefits of Lake Michigan on fruit to pandemic-driven farm-fresh fruit appreciation to 150 years of farming.

Today, we talk with Bill Hallan, CEO and president of the Michigan Retailers Association. We get into this year's spending trends and forecasts, whether or not that predicted 'revenge' spending happened, and what is having the most impact on local retailers right now.

On this episode of At Home with Eastbrook Homes, we talk with Josh McGraw about current housing market conditions, how lowering lumber prices impact the housing economy, and more.

As they started seriously collecting art, Steven Alan Bennett and Dr.Elain Melotti Schmidt found that art pieces by female artists were underrepresented in the art world. So they decided to do something about that, they created The Bennett Prize with the goal of propelling the careers of women painters, empowering artists and showcasing talented female artists. Find works from the Bennett Prize artists at the Muskegon Museum of Art in their exhibit Rising Voices 2: The Bennett Prize for Women Figurative Realist Painters.

In our continuing series with the Michigan Retailers Association, we highlight local business owner Rachel Lutz of The Peacock Room, Yama, and Frida. Talking to her about marketing and small business operations during and post-pandemic.

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