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Watch our Bridge Lunch Break event about inflation’s impact in Michigan

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Bridge Michigan’s monthly Lunch Break series returned Wednesday with a discussion about inflation’s toll on Michigan businesses, employees and consumers.

If you missed this live Zoom event, you can watch it on-demand below.

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Guest panelists included Scott Ellis, executive director, Michigan Licensed Beverage Association; Joanne Hsu, director of the surveys of consumers and a research associate professor at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan; Andy Johnston, senior vice president at the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce, and Sandi Smith, associate broker and president, Trillium Real Estate. 

Bridge Business Editor Paula Gardner moderated.

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Topics included consumer sentiment around inflation and generational differences in this sentiment, difficulty in planning for business owners as a result of inflation, trends and uncertainty in the real estate and hospitality industries, housing interest rates, the ability (or lack thereof) for policy makers to help businesses and individuals cope with inflation’s effects, supply chain challenges and the interconnectedness across industries and communities, inflation-related innovations and much more.

Bridge’s Lunch Break monthly series focuses on timely topics facing our state. Previous discussions have included examinations of teacher staffing challenges in K-12 schools, August’s primary election results, youth mental health in Michigan, Bridge’s 10th anniversary, Michigan’s elder caregiving crisis, and Michigan’s new redistricting maps.

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Our final Lunch Break event of 2022 will be held Wednesday, November 9 at noon, the day following Election Day, when we will have our capitol team discuss the results. We will share information about how to register for this session in the coming days.

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