General Membership Hears Presentation About Port Lansing

Brent Case, Director of Foreign Trade Zone and Global Logistics Development for the Capital Region Airport Authority presented an informative program about Port Lansing’s role in international trade. As an inland port, Port Lansing is able to receive goods shipped by foreign manufacturers without their first having been processed through one of the seaports on the coasts. This represents a significant savings in time and money for companies involved in international business enterprises.

Port Lansing’s benefits extend beyond merely the receipt of goods shipped from abroad to include a wide range of opportunities for businesses in the region with international operations. Many of these are summarized in the slide presentation that Mr. Case provided and in this video. Additional information is available on the Port Lansing website.

Network Like A Pro

Can Do!’s primary tool for making Charlotte a more vital community is building relationships through networking. During this morning’s General Membership meeting, Laurie Lonsdorf, Senior Business Consultant with the Michigan Small Business and Technology Center–Capital Region presented a program entitled Top Ten Tips to Network Like a Pro. She provided a set of simple and useful techniques to develop and expand one’s network, whether one is new to the world of business or a seasoned professional.

Laurie has graciously made her Power Point presentation available to us so that we can readily refer to her tips before that next networking opportunity. You will find a pdf document with her slides here.

Our thanks go out to Laurie for sharing this informative presentation and to panel members Jeannette Sommer representing the Rotary Club, Rodger Carr from the Optimist Club and Connie Sweet of Women Connect for sharing information about the networking opportunities afforded by their organizations.

LEAP CEO Speaks To General Membership Meeting

LEAP, Inc., President, Bob Trezise, visited Can Do! on April 25 and shared with us his vision for Lansing’s lead economic development organization, and his determination to maintain a comprehensive and collaborative strategy for regional growth. Mr. Trezise spoke about his efforts to build a top-notch staff at LEAP, and to tightly re-focus its energies on entrepreneurship and business development. He said that he expects LEAP to earn respect throughout the region by providing real and specific value to the local economic development community, and by fiercely representing the interests of Clinton, Eaton and Ingham Counties.

He detailed a list of important economic development assets the Lansing region has to work with, and a number of new strengths the region can capitalize on. These include Lansing becoming a major location for insurance company headquarters, and taking advantage of its growing expertise in worldwide logistics management. He also spoke about several important new initiatives, including a Michigan Avenue Corridor improvement plan, and a new BRT, or Bus Rapid Transit, system that he believes will finally solve issues related to mass transit in Michigan’s capital city.

Trezise also presented a list of ‘audacious outcomes’ that he believes are possible for the region to achieve by the year 2020. These goals can help provide the region with a vision of what Lansing can look like in the near future, as local economic development agencies work together to create a world class city.

Can Do! Meeting Focuses on At-Risk Youth

Those who attended this morning’s Can Do! meeting spent an informative hour and one-half learning what is meant by the term “at-risk youth,” the challenge of meeting the unique needs of this population and the programs that have been established to address that challenge. Can Do! board member B. J. Behnke, assisted by fellow board member John Bailey, facilitated an interesting discussion among the six panel participants who provided us with insights drawn from their years of working with these young people. The panel members were:

Panel MemberOrganization/Position
Panel MemberOrganization/Position
Bill BarnesCharlotte High School Principal
Bill CallahanCharlotte Chief of Police
Eric EmeryRelevant Academy
Becky CarsonBarry/Eaton CASA Executive Director
Bill LuxmoreRelevant Academy
Rosemary AndersonEaton County Youth Facility

Panel members offered the following suggestions for how community members could assist at-risk youth on their journey to becoming productive adult citizens:

  • Provide support for at-risk youth within programs that are already in place
  • Look for opportunities to mentor at-risk youth
  • Support law enforcement programs that work pro-actively to address the needs of these young people
  • Teach at-risk youth “real life 101”
  • Volunteer to work with youth; give them attention within one’s circle of influence
  • Provide financial support for programs that address their needs
  • Don’t miss the chance to do the little things, including showing signs of appreciation
  • Hire at-risk youth to work in one’s business
  • Involve them in community service.

Information About Aquatic Center and Recreation Millage

Charlotte area residents will have an opportunity on May 8, 2012 to vote on a millage proposal to provide funding for operation of the Charlotte Aquatic Center and for certain other recreation programs. In an effort to further educate area residents about this important issue, Can Do! is making available the following documents:

Disclaimer: The availability of this information on this website does not represent an endorsement by Can Do! or its board of directors of the proposal.