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Edwards Brothers

2500 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

John Edwards

What educational, entrepreneurial or business development programs, if any, have you taken advantage of?
I attended but did not finish the Evening MBA Program at the University of Michigan.

Have you promoted an intern to employee status, and if so how many times have you done it?
We don't have a formal intern program, however, printing is an apprentice business so many of our folks have learned and been promoted on the job. Our average employee has 11 years with Edwards Brothers. We have 94 with more than 25 years.

Where have you turned to find capital to grow your company and which institutions have provided it?
We have a little bank debt.

What are some of the advantages to doing business here?
Southeast Michigan has good geography for our shipping destinations, a well-educated work force and supportive local government.

It's often said that Metro Detroit and Michigan need to reinvent their economies to be competitive. Are we making those changes, and if so are we making enough of them or doing it fast enough?
The local and state government seems to be motivated to get people to move here. They should focus on helping those of us who are here. How can they help, support and encourage our survival and growth? That can be achieved through lower taxes, incentives to grow and less regulation. Granted, we have to have safe and clean workplaces. Also, blue-collar jobs are good for the economy too.

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