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Stateside: A seismic shift for small businesses; MSU’s 143-year-old biology experiment lives on

May 5, 2021

More than one year into the COVID-19 crisis, Michigan small businesses continue to face enormous challenges — and continue to need help. “We need to get people back to work so that our communities can be healthy and thrive again,” said David Lin, the founder of the Covid Rescue Fund, a new crowdfunding project aimed at supporting small business owners.
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Today on Stateside, businesses across Michigan have succumbed to the pressures of the COVID-19 crisis, with devastating consequences for workers and our economy. A business owner and a behavioral scientist weigh in on why those who were sidelined still need help — and how the pandemic is shaping the state’s business ecosystem in the long term. Also, we meet a biologist whose team is collaborating with a colleague across 143 years.

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For businesses, the pandemic has been a natural disaster like no other

  • David Lin is the founder of the Covid Rescue Fund. He's also the former CEO of the regional coffee chain Espresso Royale and former owner of Bubble Island, a bubble tea shop in Ann Arbor.
  • Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks is a behavioral scientist and professor of business administration at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. He’s also the faculty director for the +Impact Studio, which uses design thinking in the service of social impact.

143-year-old experiment on seed germination lives on at MSU

  • Frank Telewski is a plant biology professor at Michigan State University and curator of the W. J. Beal Botanical Garden and Campus Arboretum.