Ford Prices Escape Hybrid Vehicle Under $27,000

DEARBORN - The first hybrid SUV to reach the market will cost just less than $27,000 in base front-drive form. Ford says the Escape Hybrid vehicle will reach showrooms later this summer wearing a base price of $26,970 including destination; a four-wheel-drive version will retail for $28,595. The full-hybrid system in the new ute blends

By |2004-06-14T00:00:00-04:00June 14th, 2004|Archive, Government/Politics|

OnStar Best Positioned For Fleet Telematics

TROY General Motors commercial vehicle business, when combined with OnStar's expertise in hardware integration and services delivery at the consumer level, will make OnStar among the best positioned to address the sweet spot in the commercial telematics market: the sub-Class 8 trucks and vans that make up the bulk of commercial fleets, a new study

By |2004-06-11T00:00:00-04:00June 11th, 2004|Archive, Government/Politics|

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By |2004-06-07T00:00:00-04:00June 7th, 2004|Archive, Government/Politics|

Governor Names 20 Projects For Cool Cities Grants

LANSING - Twenty projects in 17 cities will participate in the pilot phase of Gov. Jennifer Granholm's "Cool Cities" grant program, eligible for up to $100,000 in grants aimed at making inner cities more attractive to young workers and the companies that would employ them. The grants not only allow the target communities to complete

By |2004-06-03T00:00:00-04:00June 3rd, 2004|Archive, Government/Politics|

Kalamazoo Hosts Second Entrepreneur’s Boot Camp

KALAMAZOO Kalamazoo Valley Community College had such success with its first Entrepreneurs Boot Camp that it has planned another this fall and opened the competition to entrepreneurs with business plans outside the IT community. The tentative dates for Boot Camp II at the Michigan Technical Education Center (M-Tec) will be four consecutive Fridays in late

By |2004-05-10T00:00:00-04:00May 10th, 2004|Archive, Government/Politics|

GM To Use Covisint Connect To Link 6,000 Auto Suppliers

DETROIT Auto exchange Covisint, now a subsidiary of Compuware, announced Thursday an agreement with General Motors to use Covisint Connect data messaging service, which will connect more than 6,000 GM suppliers. Covisint Connect supports both traditional EDI as well as future ebXML-based communications through an advanced technology platform. GM will continue to provide suppliers no-cost

By |2004-04-22T00:00:00-04:00April 22nd, 2004|Archive, Government/Politics|

Survey Shows Gloomy Michigan Small Business Outlook

LANSING - The latest Small Business Barometer survey shows Michigan entrepreneurs, after a tough first quarter, remain downbeat about potential sales, employment and profitability in the second quarter. "The results are a real shock compared to the optimistic economic indicators we're seeing on the national level," Michael Rogers, Vice President for Communications for the Small

By |2004-04-14T00:00:00-04:00April 14th, 2004|Archive, Government/Politics|

GLEQ Business Plan Contest Deadline Friday

ANN ARBOR -The deadline for the Spring Cycle competition at Great Lakes Entrepreneur's Quest business-plan writing contest is Friday at noon. Both the New Business Idea and Emerging Com pany teams must submit their entries prior to that time to be considered in this year's GLEQ Spring Cycle competition. The awards ceremony for the GLEQ

By |2004-04-14T00:00:00-04:00April 14th, 2004|Archive, Government/Politics|

Bush To Attend Detroit Chamber Mackinac Conference?

DETROIT - Speculation that President Bush may attend the annual Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce meeting on Mackinac Island surfaced Tuesday. But the best that can be said at this point is that the president has not declined the invitation to speak at the conference that brings together the state's top politicians and business leaders.

By |2004-04-14T00:00:00-04:00April 14th, 2004|Archive, Government/Politics|