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New year, new faces

Meet the new editorial faces at Capital Gains, as we say adieu to two awesome members of our team. 

Lansing, a launching pad for franchise business

Franchisors have long recognized the combination of a supportive business culture, unique demographics and strong work ethic that makes Greater Lansing an ideal city to launch a franchise or find a home for an established concept.

We need more women in Michigan's halls of power

Gender equality in Michigan's halls of power may be a statewide issue, but as those halls are here in Lansing, the shrinking number of women in state government is particularly visible locally. We're sending off 2013 with a look at why Michigan has its lowest number of fewer female state representatives in 20 years, and what women in the Capital region are doing to change it. 

The change behind Williamston's growing downtown

If there's one thing we keep a good tabs on here at Capital Gains, it's where small businesses are growing in the Capital region. With an overabundance of new retail, dining and investment coming out of Downtown Williamston for a few years running, we decided to find out what has been spurring such big growth in one of the region's favorite small towns.

Old Town retailers use curation, personal touch to thrive against web competitors

In a world of dizzying consumer choice on the Web, a growing corps of small retailers in Lansing’s Old Town is helping patrons find just the right item for their homes or friends. Love Betti, Lambs’ Gate Antiques and Leopold Bloom & Co. are turning the small touches into big business – and burnishing Old Town’s reputation as a destination shopping experience in mid-Michigan.

Early birds and night owls rejoice: Michigan Flyer is spreading its wings

Ever wished you didn't have to beg a friend to drive you to the airport at midnight, or even worse, at four am? Let's not forget the cost of long-term parking, the stress of navigating highway traffic and the inconvenience of late night driving. As it turns out, there is a solution at hand.  And just in time for the holidays.

Thanksgiving Break

Yep, it's Turkey (or Tofurky) time again. We'll be taking Thanksgiving week off. See you all again Dec. 4.

Urban riverfront living beckons as lofts get underway

As more people put 'downtown" on the top of their wish list of places to live, a Lansing developer unveils the first phase of an urban village on the city's riverfront.

CG Slideshow: Secret Life of Lansing Area Bees

This week, we reveal an urban trend on the rise: beekeeping - accompanied by some great images from inside the hives, to the process of extraction of honey, and more. 

A sweet deal: Urban beekeeping on the rise

While the current tale of the honeybee is a tragic one, not all hope is lost. As more people seek out sustainable alternatives amidst the bustle of city life, there has been a growing interest in beekeeping, right here in the Capital region. 

Choosing Lansing: Aaron and Emily Matthews

They may not always agree, but Aaron and Emily Matthews concur that Lansing is the place to be for networked, young professionals. With dual careers and a passion for small business, the Matthews have carved out their niche in what they call the biggest small town in the Midwest. 

Beyond Incubation: NEO Center Graduates

When small businesses are just starting out, their list of needs can be a mile long. The NEO Center in Lansing is an incubator space giving these businesses and entrepreneurs a fighting chance by providing them with resources and meeting their unique and specific needs. Meet some of the folks who have since moved on and flourished.

On the bright side, where things are happening

Ever wonder about the people, businesses and organizations working to make your community/city/state more vibrant? In the Community Economic Development Association of Michigan's "The Bright Side" TV show, you get to discover what makes Michigan such an amazing place to be.

Lugnuts, stepping up to the plate off-season

After the boys of summer are gone, the organizers behind one of Lansing's favorite pastimes are still hard at work hitting home runs for the community. Special events and charitable giving are part of the central business philosophy for the Lansing Lugnuts—the city's Class A minor league baseball team for 18 years strong.

Lansing becomes a pioneer in Michigan, launching bike share program

Bike sharing is finally a reality here in Lansing ... and it looks like we’re the first city to offer it in the state of Michigan.
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