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MSU gets 'radioactive' pharmacy

A new pharmacy on MSU's campus will soon open, but not operate like a typical pharmacy.

According to excerpts from the article:

Dublin, Ohio-based Cardinal Health Inc. opened a "radio-pharmacy" at MSU, where it will distribute radioactive materials used in PET scans. It will start dispensing doses in early August.

The company, one of the nation's largest pharmaceutical and medical equipment suppliers, has worked with the university for seven years. Cardinal pays MSU a lease and royalties fees to use its medical cylotron to produce radioactive materials that are injected into the body for PET scans.

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Michigan Flyer could expand bus routes

Michigan Flyer, which is associated with Owosso-based Indian Trails, is looking to add twice as many travel opportunities to and from East Lansing.

According to excerpts from the article:

Michigan Flyer, an airport shuttle service providing shuttle trips between East Lansing and the Detroit Metropolitan Airport, plans to add a new route to its schedule this fall.

The additional route would utilize I-96 to make stops in Howell, Mich., Brighton, Mich., Ann Arbor and Detroit.

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MSU plans workshops to boost businesses

Michigan State University has announced plans to help Michigan companies find new markets with a series of workshops over the next 18 months.

According to excerpts from the article:

The university said it's using an $180,000 grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration to work with regional agencies on boosting exports in two of the state's most chronically struggling regions.

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East Lansing businesses selected for grants

East Lansing was selected as one of two cities sharing a total of $26,000 in grants from the software company Intuit to benefit local businesses.

According to excerpts from the story:

After East Lansing was selected as a winning city, three local businesses in the city were selected in a raffle to receive a $5,000 cash grant. East Lansing's Chamber of Commerce also was awarded an $11,000 grant.

"The three that were chosen all have potential for expansion and so that's exciting that they were chosen," Mullins said.

How the money is used is up to the recipients to decide.

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Local restaurant looks to expand

Reno's Sports Bar in East Lansing plans to expand their current building including the patio and bathroom areas.

According to excerpts from the article:

Restaurant owner Jessie Stipcak said she hopes the changes made will give the restaurant a modern, polished look, while creating more space and increasing sales.

Stipcak said construction is scheduled to begin in late August and be completed in October.

The exact cost of the project is unknown but is expected to be more than $100,000.

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Hotel back on for City Center II

After previously changing plans, developers of the City Center II project in East Lansing have announced that the Hotel Indigo will be a part of the development.

According to excerpts from the article:

Strathmore Development Co. recently finalized architectural plans for the 115-room, 85,000-square-foot hotel. Hotel Indigo is operated by InterContinental Hotels Group PLC, whose chains also include Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express Staybridge Suites and Candlewood Suites.

Hotel Indigo spokeswoman Mary Dogan said the hotel should open in spring or summer 2013.

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Cancer center sought for East Lansing

Compass Health Care is a group of 19 area physicians and health care businesses who have applied for state approval to open a cancer treatment center in East Lansing.

According to excerpts from the article:

The $9 million Compass Cancer Center, which could open in late 2012 or early 2013, would be paid for by the local physicians. They plan to construct a two-story, 22,000-square-foot office in East Lansing. Wald would not say where the center will be located because the group is still working on details with a developer.

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Downtown housing perfect for students

The East Lansing City Council approved ground-breaking on the St. Anne Lofts, an eight-story mixed used building in downtown East Lansing last week.

According to excerpts from the article:

The project — brainchild of A&G Partnership developers David Krause and Doug Cron — will have a little bit of everything: retail space, housing and parking. The developers also have plans to construct the St. Anne Lofts, a four-story, mixed-use building that will be mainly dedicated to retail space and housing, while also featuring an open-air restaurant.

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Spartan Tech Center to open downtown

A new computer repair shop opens on Abbott in Downtown East Lansing.

According to excerpts from the article:

Spartan Tech Center will be filling the vacancy left by Swirlberry and is owned by Adna Technologies, a Lansing-based company that offers information technology services. The store will open for business sometime next week, with a more formal store opening happening in mid- to late July.

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Entrepreneurs learn how to turn a dream into success at MSU

Existing and hopeful business owners met for networking and sharing advice and ideas at the Entrepreneur Connect 2011 event.

According to excerpts to the article:

The two-day event, which wraps up today at the James B. Henry Center for Executive Development at Michigan State University, drew nearly 160 people Thursday afternoon. About 275 people were expected to attend evening events.

It's hosted by MSU's Entrepreneurship Network, the city of East Lansing, Lansing Economic Area Partnership Inc. (LEAP) and Great Lakes Entrepreneur's Quest (GLEQ).

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MCDC efforts bring expansion financing to small businesses

The Michigan Certified Development Corp in East Lansing has recently earned the he U.S. Small Business Administration's Michigan financial services champion award for their work support local companies.

According to excerpts from the article:

The East Lansing-based nonprofit, led by President Jane Sherzer, has helped hundreds of small businesses statewide secure financing for their expansion projects.

Among the more recent projects, the MCDC in February financed $148,000 for a $360,000 expansion of Bluegrass Lawn & Landscape Services in Mason.

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Couple plans to open restaurant on wheels

A couple plans to bring the national food truck trend to the Greater Lansing area, beginning in East Lansing.

According to excepts from the article:

Maiale and girlfriend Nina Santucci, who co-own a truck they plan on turning into a mobile restaurant called The Purple Carrot, said the truck likely will be in different locations throughout the city once it’s up and running and will serve a variety of breakfast, lunch and dinner items.

The truck is scheduled to open May 6 in the parking lot of 4360 S. Hagadorn Road.

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MSU Gets $4.1 Million for Plant Study

Michigan State University researchers have been awarded a $4.1 million grant from the National Science Foundation to uncover secrets of plants.

According to excerpts from the article:

The East Lansing school says Thursday that researcher Robert Last will lead a team of plant scientists to uncover how plants evolve to make compounds necessary for their survival.

They'll use cultivated and wild tomato species from the Andes Mountains in their research.
Last is the MSU Barnett Rosenberg Chair of Biochemistry. He and others will work to determine the specific genes that control chemical evolution and plant metabolism.

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Volunteers to focus on city parks

The City of East Lansing reaches out to volunteers to help protect local native plants from a growing invasive plant population.

According to excerpts from the article:

In an attempt to remove invasive plant species from local parks, East Lansing officials are asking community members to roll up their sleeves and help root out the problem.

A series of volunteer workdays are planned for April in some of the city’s larger parks, the first of which will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at White Memorial Park, north of Saginaw Highway.

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MSU alumni-run Thai food restaurant to open in E.L.

Ann Arbor business owners bring their contemporary No Thai! restaurant to East Lansing in the former Senior Georgio's location on Grand River.

According to excerpts from the article:

No Thai!, a quick-serve Thai food restaurant serving dishes such as pad thai, drunken noodles and curry, began in 2005 in Ann Arbor by co-owners Jeff Cho, Brian Kim, Victor Kim and Noerung Hang — most of whom attended MSU as undergraduates. They recently made the decision to open a No Thai! location in East Lansing.

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