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Businesses big and small flock to SVSU for sustainability conference

Saginaw Valley State University is partnering with Shri Ram College of Commerce from India to host a conference on sustainability.

The event is bringing together corporate representatives and small business owners alike, in order to discuss the many aspects of sustainability on several levels.

J.J. Boehm (Baem), Director of Media Relations for SVSU, says the barriers between local and international business are getting smaller every day.

“It used to be that you could be a successful local or regional business, but in today’s marketplace you need to be able to compete globally in order to succeed even as that local or regional business. And by the same token, a local or regional business may have opportunities in an emerging economy such as India.”

Speakers will take a look at sustainability in regards to energy, family business, agribusiness, and economic development.

The conference began Wednesday, September 24 and runs through Friday the 26.
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Agency helps low income families with winter heat

Summer is just starting to wind down and as it gets cooler you might start thinking more about heating bills.

Michigan Community Action has received nine million dollars in state and federal funding to help low income families with their energy bills.

Kate White is the executive director of Michigan Community Action, “We’re hearing predictions that it’s going to be another cold and difficult winter and the key thing is to remember you are so much better off if you try to ask for help before you fall behind on your energy bills.”

White says people should start thinking about their heating now, before the snow starts to fly.

“We know that many families really want to get back to work,” White said. “They want to have enough money to take care of their children and to keep a nice home as so we’re here to help with that.”

Anyone who needs energy assistance or would like to know more about the program can contact their local Community Action agency.

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Squabble over power plant operating costs increases electric rates in the U.P.

Residents and businesses in the Upper Peninsula are paying more this year for electricity, and their bills could increase even further as organizations in Michigan and Wisconsin argue over who should pay to operate a power plant in Marquette.
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Biomass energy being made easier in Michigan due to USDA program

Solar and wind power often get attention, but another alternative power source has officials looking in the woods.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is funding a program to improve diversity in biomass crops. The feds want to encourage things like poplar trees or certain types of grasses; Crops other than corn or soybeans which are already commonly used by power plants to create clean energy. Read more