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Rehmann to Relocate to New Cheboygan Office
Rehmann, an integrated financial services and advisory firm with offices throughout Michigan, Ohio, and Florida, is enhancing its presence in Cheboygan (southeast of Mackinaw City) by relocating to a new office space downtown.
Rehmann associates will formally move into the new building at 218 N Main St., Suite 102, after the first of the year.
Rehmann, which is celebrating its 80th year in business this year, will use its new office space to expand its services throughout the city. The new location will provide associates with an improved workspace to facilitate delivery of business solutions and support the company’s overall growth. Rehmann says it is invested in broadening its presence in the area and maintaining a welcoming environment for both clients and associates.
“We value the Cheboygan community tremendously,” says Annette Eustice, principal. “This transition is exciting for us. We’re eager to be a part of the city of Cheboygan’s regeneration and look forward to greeting our clients at the new location.”
Pandora Jewelry Opens at Village of Rochester Hills
Pandora Jewelry, best known for its customizable charm bracelets, has opened a store at The Village of Rochester Hills.
The contemporary jeweler features a design and crafting that is high-quality, sustainable, affordable, and inclusive. Its product offering includes earrings, rings, watches, necklaces, and pendants. Pandora’s mission is to inspire individuality and style and reflect life’s milestones and moments.
“Pandora is a woman’s daily partner in self-creation as they express their own unique individual style,” says Jackie Spencer, vice president of retail sales for Pandora’s North America cluster. “We are thrilled to now offer an opportunity for women to curate their own look and share their personal stories through their jewelry every day at The Village at Rochester Hills.”
The Village’s development team says it believes that Pandora is a perfect fit for the 375,000-square-foot property and is “thrilled” to add a timeless jewelry boutique to the center.
“Pandora is a distinctive, loved brand, and we are delighted to include them as part of The Village’s ambitious growth strategy,” says Margaux Keusch, senior leasing director for The Village of Rochester Hills. “With the opening of Shake Shack just a few weeks away, Von Maur’s debut in early spring, and a number of exciting, new tenants yet to be announced, we continue our focus on providing our guests additional reasons to visit and enjoy the center.”
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USDA Grants to Assist Small Agriculture Businesses in Michigan
Seven Michigan meat and poultry processing companies have been awarded U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Meat and Poultry Inspection Readiness Grant (MPIRG) program grants totaling $1.4 million to help them recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and expand their processing capacity.
The companies include:
- Cozat Packaging in Coleman: $199,618.74
- Creswick Farms in Ravenna: $200,000
- Sommers Sausage Shop in Crystal Falls: $197,000
- Wilson’s Meats in St. Johns: $200,000
- Bosserd Brothers Meats in Marshall: $199,887
- Love Meats Inc. in Rudyard: $200,000
- Sarah Miles Cleveland J&S Meats in Newaygo: $186,670
“Strengthening our food supply chain and expanding homegrown processing can help reduce food costs while creating new jobs,” says Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. “Our state is home to diverse and robust food and agriculture businesses that are a fundamental part of the MI New Economy plan to keep Michigan first. I appreciate USDA’s commitment to grow Michigan.”
MPIRG, a new program authorized by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, is jointly administered by USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service and Food Safety and Inspection Service. The program was part of USDA’s comprehensive funding package to help small and very small processing facilities weather the pandemic, compete in the marketplace, and get the support they need to reach more customers.
With this funding, meat and poultry processing businesses can cover the costs for improvements such as expanding existing facilities, modernizing processing equipment and meeting packaging, labeling, and food safety requirements needed to achieve a Federal Grant of Inspection under the Federal Meat Inspection Act or the Poultry Products Inspection Act, or to operate under a state’s Cooperative Interstate Shipment program. These changes will allow these facilities to serve more customers in more markets.
“Michigan’s food and ag sector is an economic powerhouse generating billions for the economy and supporting jobs across the state,” said MDARD Director Gary McDowell. “Our farmers and food-based businesses have been challenged on a number of fronts throughout the pandemic and these funds provide so much needed support.”
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Ann Arbor’s ENDRA Life Sciences Partners with Australian Company
ENDRA Life Sciences Inc. in Ann Arbor and Australia’s VGI Health Technology Ltd. are collaborating to incorporate ENDRA’s proprietary TAEUS technology to support patient screening and biomarker measurement during VGI’s upcoming Phase 2 study of IVB001 in Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) and Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH).
“We are delighted to partner with VGI to help advance the clinical development of IVB001,” says Francois Michelon, CEO of ENDRA. “It’s clear that pharmaceutical companies and contract research organizations driving the NAFLD-NASH therapy pipeline face the same hepatic steatosis measurement challenges using MRI and liver biopsy as end-user clinicians face.
“By adding ENDRA’s cost-effective, non-invasive TAEUS technology to VGI’s clinical trial protocol, we expect to deliver time and cost savings through simpler, faster, and non-invasive biomarker measurements of liver fat. In addition, we are excited to expand and strengthen our global presence into Australia, which provides further opportunity to educate care providers and patients alike regarding the importance of detection and treatment of this condition.”
Glenn Tong, CEO of VGI, says, “We are excited to incorporate ENDRA’s technology in our Phase 2 study of IVB001 in NAFLD-NASH. There is enormous potential value in capturing data on the degree of hepatic steatosis and other biomarkers at the front-end, and throughout the study, to refine our understanding of systemic variables associated with NAFLD-NASH.”