2017 WEMU Blues Barbecue With Laith Al-Saadi

For a gift of $200, you and a guest can join the whole WEMU crew for the Blues Barbecue Thursday, June 1st, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m . featuring Laith Al-Saadi The concert will be held outside of the EMU Convocation Center patio (in the atrium in case of rain).

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We hear a lot about U.S. companies laying off workers and shipping jobs overseas.

So, amid the global pressures to downsize, how do you hang onto your workforce?

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