Increasing insurance premiums are hitting small businesses and no immediate relief is in sight, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan officials said. This year, premiums for Blue Cross Blue Shield Traditional, PPO and Point of Service products have grown by an average of 11.4 percent for all Michigan groups and 15.8 percent for Michigan businesses with under 100 employees.
Business owner Young Oh connects with his customers by providing free Internet access at his local coffee shops. Oh recently added the amenity as a way to accommodate his customers at Caffe Latte, 130 Charles St., and attract new ones to Café Mania, 547 E.
What happens if you take Munn Ice Arena, the IM Sports-East fitness center and Residence Halls Association campus movies and place them in the middle of fully furnished apartments in a gated community with more amenities than you can count on your hands?
Some city officials say they arent alarmed by the unusual amount of for-rent signs posted in yards of East Lansing rental properties around town. The fact that thousands of students are opting to migrate to the Northern Tier might be one reason that rental signs arent going away, said Howard Asch, East Lansings director of code enforcement and neighborhood conservation. But, he said, most landlords maintain that they are doing OK as competition stiffens. There has been speculation that the competition from the new apartment complexes may actually cause an improvement in the quality of living downtown, he said, adding that some property owners have been doing more than what is required to improve their rental properties.