Featured Sponsor: Tech Elevator


By Jeff Jeung, Campus Director at Tech Elevator Detroit

Tech Elevator is an intensive educational provider helping individuals and companies acquire in-demand technology skills for the modern workforce.

Through our 14-week, full-time and in-person coding bootcamps, we teach students with a variety of backgrounds to become software developers while helping them build necessary career readiness skills and career connections through our Pathway Program™ to land a meaningful job. Our Detroit campus is housed at TechTown and works with companies like GE Aviation, Accenture, Duo and Cengage to help connect them to qualified students to join their technical teams. 

Founded in 2015, we’re proud of our outcomes which have earned us a leading national bootcamp position based on our 91% job placement rate and nearly $60,000 average salary of our grads through CIRR, the Council on Integrity Results in Reporting (cirr.org).

We’re proud to partner with Michigan Radio to share information about our programs knowing that we’re reaching an audience that is committed to life-long-learning.

Learn more about Tech Elevator

Featured Sponsor: National Heritage Academies

Leah Nixon

By Leah Nixon, Director of Communications, National Heritage Academies

National Heritage Academies (NHA) was founded in 1995 when J.C. Huizenga opened Excel Charter Academy, the first of many NHA schools to come. He believed that every child should have the opportunity to receive a great education and schools should be held accountable to produce results. His belief continues to drive the NHA mission forward today.

National Heritage Academies now partners with 88 K-8 schools in nine states serving more than 60,000 students. Our schools are designed to eliminate the achievement gap and provide school choice to families so their children are prepared for success in high school, college, and beyond.

We believe children can reach their full potential with a great college-prep education and a strong moral focus program. Our goal is to see every child build the knowledge, skills, and character they need to excel in school and in life. We make expectations clear, we teach to the needs of each child, and we work hard to make sure our students succeed.

National Heritage Academies has been a proud underwriting sponsor of Michigan Radio since 2004!

Learn more about National Heritage Academies.

 

 

Featured Sponsor: Varnum Law

Matt Bower

by Matt Bower, Varnum Law

MiSpringboard, the Varnum program that provides free legal services to Michigan startup and second-stage businesses, reached a milestone recently when it surpassed the 500th client mark. The firm also recently committed a third tranche of $1 million to the program.

In the seven years since MiSpringboard was launched, Michigan entrepreneurs involved in industries ranging from biomedicine to beekeeping have used the program to get their businesses off to a solid start and ready for growth.

When we started MiSpringboard in 2011, in the midst of the recession, the idea was to support and grow Michigan’s economy in the way we are best equipped to do: by providing free legal services to new businesses, helping them start with a solid foundation and prepare them for growth.

Today, with over 500 clients served through the program, we are still amazed at the talent and technology being developed all across our state, and very proud to have a role in one of Michigan’s great success stories – the development of the entrepreneurial community.

Michigan Radio has been a great way for us to reach others who are committed to our state’s continued growth as a leader in innovation.

More at www.mispringboard.com

Featured Sponsor: Greenleaf Trust

By Nicholas A. Juhle, Vice President, Director of Research

Michigan Radio listeners, like clients of Greenleaf Trust, are well-read and socially engaged. With a mind on the present and an eye toward the future, our overlapping interests encompass cultural, political, economic, and social issues both close to home and far afield. We understand that actions have consequences, and we strive to be informed about the choices we make and the resulting impact on future generations.

Naturally, Greenleaf Trust supports Michigan Radio as we are both long-term investors in the future.

Founded in Michigan over 20 years ago, Greenleaf Trust is a privately-held financial services firm with offices in Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, Birmingham, Traverse City and Bay Harbor. We specialize in holistic wealth management, trust and estate administration, and retirement plan administration. Our independence frees us from conflicts of interest and ensures that our clients’ well-being is at the center of everything we do.

Greenleaf Trust adheres to the highest standard of fiduciary excellence, while providing distinctly personalized service. We are recognized for differentiating ourselves as a wealth management firm that not only does things well now, but will do them in perpetuity.

Financial security from generation to generation. Learn more at Greenleaf Trust.

Featured Sponsor: Purple Rose Theatre

By Guy Sanville, Artistic Director

Purple Rose Theatre

Due to the dedication, skills, and commitment of the best Board of Directors, staff, and artists working in the region, The Purple Rose Theatre is busier than ever, planning and executing the most amazing handcrafted artisanal work we can create for you.

In many ways, this past season of plays was our most successful to date. A record numbers of patrons made the effort to find their way to Chelsea to share an afternoon/evening with us in the purple seats. We laughed, choked back tears, and perhaps shared an insight or two about what it means to be human.

The Purple Rose 28th season is an exciting mix of comedy and tragedy, new plays and an American classic.

“Diva Royale” a world premiere by Jeff Daniels, Sept. 20 – Dec. 29, 2018

“Never Not Once” a world premiere by Carey Crim, Jan. 17 – March 16, 2019

“All My Sons” by Arthur Miller, April 4 – June 1, 2019

“Welcome to Paradise” a world premiere by Julie Marino, June 20 – Aug. 31, 2019

 Each play is a passionate effort to get to the heart of the matter. Each play will hope to move you, thrill you, tickle you, and remind you that we are not alone. We’re excited for you to join us.

The Purple Rose Theatre has been a proud partner of Michigan Radio for over a decade. Michigan Radio’s audience and mission harmonize well with The Purple Rose making this a wonderful fit and truly successful partnership.

Learn more about Purple Rose Theatre

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Featured Sponsor: Plante Moran

By Jim Proppe, Managing Partner

Plante Moran

As CPAs and business advisors, we’re fortunate to work with some of the most successful organizations around and we have been pleased that our sponsorship of Michigan Radio has helped us to connect with these leaders and share information that is useful to them.

We’ve have also found that the leaders of these organizations have built powerful careers and are willing to share their advice in our “Learn from leaders” blog.  Here are some of their best tips for success:

1. An idea doesn’t have to be perfect. Don’t let perfection paralyze decision-making.   Linda Hubbard, President and COO, Carhartt

2. You can’t provide quality service to your customers unless you first provide quality service to your staff. Randy Bufford, CEO, Trilogy Health Service

3. Embrace endurance: nothing significant is easy or immediate. Ron Kagan, CEO, Detroit Zoo

4. Embrace innovation: look at things differently, be responsive to what people want, and imagine what that means for the future. Roger Myers, CEO, Presbyterian Villages

5. When you lead, lead with passion. Others will follow — and when they do, they’ll become part of the journey.  Scott Becker, CEO, Chromaflo

Whether you want to succeed in business or in life, we think their inspiring insights are worth hearing and sharing.

Learn more about Plante Moran

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Featured Sponsor: University Musical Society

By Mallory Shea, Marketing & Media Relations

University Musical Society (UMS)

Housed at the University of Michigan, UMS has been presenting world-class performances by professional orchestras, dance and theater companies, jazz artists, and music ensembles from across the globe on campus for over 140 years.

At UMS, we believe that the arts are vital to the human experience because they expand the ways in which we think about the world and how we approach the complicated issues and challenges of our time. Through the stories presented on the stage, we are able shift our perspective and identify the many ways in which we are all more alike rather than different. The stories heard on Michigan Radio offer similar opportunities for empathic approaches to understanding the world around us.

We hear, time and time again, from the artists we present about how gracious, curious, and well-informed UMS audiences are.  And we’re thrilled to have a community partner like Michigan Radio connecting us with those remarkable individuals who delight in the uncommon and engaging experiences that we bring to the stage.

Learn more about University Musical Society

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Featured Sponsor: Bank of Ann Arbor

By Tim Marshall, President & CEO

Bank of Ann Arbor

As a locally owned and operated bank, we truly appreciate Michigan Radio. From morning traffic reports to local news and programs, Michigan Radio keeps its listeners informed, educated and entertained 24 hours a day/7 days a week. Bank of Ann Arbor is proud to continue its support of Michigan Radio. We share one very important value—we both help our communities.

While we’ve expanded beyond Ann Arbor to Ypsilanti, Saline, Plymouth and Birmingham, our mission remains the same—helping local people and businesses thrive through our time, effort and financial resources, and by making customers our top priority.

Since 1996, Bank of Ann Arbor has been steadfast in our local support. We’ve contributed over $5.4 million to help support area nonprofit organizations, schools, faith-based institutions, the arts and others. Each year Bank of Ann Arbor supports more than 200 nonprofit organizations and charities throughout Southeast Michigan.

From our recent Birminghelps campaign that donated $75,000 to Oakland County nonprofits to our free Sonic Lunch concert series, which fills downtown Ann Arbor every summer, we love to help.

So does Michigan Radio. Its listeners can count on our support in the years ahead.

Learn more about Bank of Ann Arbor

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Featured Sponsor: Consumers Energy Foundation

By Carolyn Bloodworth, Secretary and Treasurer, Consumers Energy Foundation

Every hour of every day, Michigan Radio links communities across Michigan by sharing information and stories about our state and the people who make it a great place to live. The Consumers Energy Foundation is proud to continue our support of Michigan Radio because it shares our mission of building and bringing our state’s communities together.

The Consumers Energy Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Consumers Energy, Michigan’s largest energy provider. We fulfill our company’s mission to deliver hometown service by investing in and supporting good, thoughtful work that goes on across the state.

That takes many forms, whether it’s dollars to help Flint high school students attend college, to preserve environmental habitats, or to build recreational trails that get people outdoors. We’ve put our support behind initiatives that enhance the culture of the places we live, from expanding children’s museums to renovating historic theaters. Our impact touches all of our state’s residents, even the penguins and polar bears at the Detroit Zoo!

We value Michigan Radio’s efforts to inform people, to give a voice to everyone in our communities and to shape public policy. Michigan Radio and its listeners can count on us to continue our support for their important mission.

Learn more about Consumers Energy Foundation

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Featured Sponsor: WMU Cooley Law School

By Terry Carella, Director of Communications, Western Michigan University Cooley Law School

Western Michigan University Cooley Law School was established in 1972 to provide an opportunity to those who share the dream of becoming a lawyer. We excel in teaching not only the law but how to practice it competently and ethically so students can succeed in today’s – and tomorrow’s – world.

 We are proud to be a part of Western Michigan University, one of the nation’s top 100 public universities. WMU is rated by the Carnegie Research Foundation as a “high research” institution, by U.S. News as a top-tier university, and by Washington Monthly as a “best buy” and top-100 university.

 In WMU we have a partner that enthusiastically shares our access, teaching, service, and professionalism philosophies. With three shared-degree programs already in place, we are now building many new opportunities for learning, research, and job placement.

Cooley has always been a leader in innovative legal education by providing students with knowledge of the law, the skills they need to practice it competently, and the ethics they must observe while doing so. WMU-Cooley’s philosophy of knowledge, skills, and ethics prepares students well to practice law.

WMU-Cooley Law School has been a proud partner with Michigan Radio for more than a decade. We collaborate with Michigan Radio to connect with prospective students and alumni across the state. Sponsoring Michigan Radio allows us to reach an educated, affluent audience.

Learn more about Western Michigan University Cooley Law School

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