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Sunday, August 14, 2011 at 11:30am

This week on Street Beat Host Syma Chowdhry and the community correspondents look at organizations trying to energize Michigan’s economy and improve the employment picture. 

First Syma finds out about NAACP Job Fair on Aug 19 as well as the other economic workshops for the tenth annual NAACP Freedom Weekend from Donnell R. White — Interim Executive Director of the Detroit Branch NAACP and the Rev. Wendell Anthony of Freedom Institute.

Then Community Correspondent Ann Marie LaFlamme gets information on the HATCH Detroit program that will present a financial award to companies with the best plan to revitalize Detroit from the program’s creators: Nick Gorda and Tom Balowski.

Next, Community Correspondent Cindy Kainz learns about Automation Alley and what they are doing to aid technology-based companies in Southeast Michigan from Tom Anderson, Director of Entrepreneurism for Automation Alley.

Finally, Syma talks with Ken Agacinski about the MORE Program (Matching Opportunities and Resources for Entrepreneurs Program), a U.S. Department of Labor funded 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and a special web-based tool called InsYght that matches Michigan entrepreneurs with the business-building resources that they urgently need.  or

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  • Janet French

    I would like to inform you of a Michigan made company that is helping disabled persons to get back to work. The Standing Company, in Saginaw, makes a wheel chair that virtually allows the user to stand anywhere/anytime. Since over 60% of disabled people are unemployed this feature can be vital to returning to work. Standing also provides many health, independence, and self-esteem benefits. The web site provides a video and patient stories at Please feel free to call at 989 295 5463 for more information. If you are interested I can bring a wheel chair to you so that you can experience the WOW factor that so many verbalize the first time they see how easy and safe this chair is. Thank you for your time and consideration. Janet French RN

  • Charla

    Grade A stuff. I’m unquesitnaolby in your debt.

  • Rayane

    What if anhyting can be done to pull Michigan out of the gloom? It is a little similar here in Western NY, though not as bad. Are the any other industries that can possible make up for some of the auto industry losses?

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