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Brian G. Long, director of Supply Management Research in the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University
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West Michigan’s economy continued its steady growth into June. WGVU breaks down the data points highlighted in the most recent Supply Management Research survey.

What continues to be the strength of the Supply Management Research survey is the regions low unemployment.

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Ford, General Motors and Hyundai say U.S. sales drops last month, apparently dragging the industry to its sixth straight month of declining numbers as auto sales slow from last year's record pace.

Ford says its sales declined 5.1 percent, while GM was off 4.7 percent. Korean automaker Hyundai says its sales dropped 19.2 percent.

Analysts are predicting an overall June drop of more than 2 percent when all the numbers come in today, even though Toyota, Nissan and Honda each report small sales gains.

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A look at a Michigan health & Hospital Association report on how Medicaid expansion has helped reduce bad debt.  

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Monthly we speak to guests from the Seidman College of  Business.  Today's conversation is all about the Great Lakes Lenders Conference.

Behaving Badly (Part II with Eden Collinsworth)

Jun 26, 2017

Eden Collinsworth returns to Common Threads to continue the conversation about her book, Behaving Badly: The New Morality in Politics, Sex and Business.

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People who trade in their car to buy a new one would see a sales tax cut phased in more quickly under bills sent to Gov. Rick Snyder.

Buyers can subtract the value of their trade-in from the purchase price of a new vehicle for tax purposes under a 2013 law.

The legislation finalized by the Republican-led Senate Thursday would accelerate the phase-in of the tax break to 2029 - 10 years sooner.

The bills' supporters say the law helped boost auto sales and buyers deserve a fully phased-in tax reduction earlier.

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Grand Valley State University is purchasing Ferris Coffee and Nut’s downtown Grand Rapids facility. GVSU says this is where it plans to grow its engineering curriculum.

Grand Valley State University is paying Ferris Coffee and Nut $6.5 million for its Winter Avenue facility. This will be the home of the Padnos College of Engineering and Computing’s Design and Innovation Center. The university says the current structure is move-in ready. With more than 63,000 square feet of space.

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The Economic Club of Grand Rapids has been naming a Business Person of the Year for nearly three decades. The first recipient of the award honoring leaders contributing to, and supportive of, the West Michigan business community dates back to Richard DeVos in 1988.

This week, for the first time, a women has been bestowed the honor. Since 1987, Birgit Klohs has guided regional nonprofit economic development organization,The Right Place.

Eden Collinsworth

Jun 19, 2017
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Eden Collinsworth joins us to talk about her latest book, Behaving Badly: The New Morality in Politics, Sex and Business.

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We talk about a manufacturing slowdown and forecast the West Michigan economy for the remainder of 2017. Also, an analysis of drug costs and GVSU's new Design Thinking Academy.

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