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Business leaders hopeful for Michigan's economy

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SAGINAW TOWNSHIP, MI (WNEM) -

Business leaders across the state are talking ways to keep business booming.

They met Tuesday, April 29 to talk about the economy and they said the future looks bright.

There's no question Michigan's economy has been through the ringer over the past few years. Christine Greve works with small businesses and what she's seeing looks good.

"We've seen an increase in interested entrepreneurs starting businesses," Greve said.

Business, community and civic leaders all gathered at the Horizon Conference Center to listen to a plan aimed at keeping Michigan's economy growing. Organizers said the economy is showing some signs of growth, now certainly is not the time to start coasting.

"That's what Michigan's done in the past and we need to be on guard that we don't do that now. That's going to take citizens saying, look yep we've got to fix our roads. Yep, we got to get rid of this personal property tax and we've got to make college more affordable," said Doug Rothwell, president and CEO of Business Leaders of Michigan.

Rothwell said big business is needed for economic growth, but they also say it might be more about the little guy.

"We realize that to grow the economy we got to have small and medium sized companies growing. If they're not growing, Michigan's not going to grow," he said.

Greve believes Michigan can survive.

"There's always people with a drive and a passion. We want to keep the fire burning and to actually go back for more kindling when they need it," she said.

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