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Planning and Economic Development

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NAFTA 2.0 is Coming... What Does it Mean for Your Business?

Thursday, October 25 - Registration & Breakfast: 7:30 a.m - 8:00 a.m. Program: 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
You're invited to join a symposium on rapid changes in international trade and the impact on Macomb County businesses. What are the risks, opportunities and what can your business do to respond?

Find out from Top Experts in International Trade Law about:

  • What the US Canada Mexico Agreement - USMCA (NAFTA 2.0) will mean on the ground for companies doing business with Canada and Mexico?
  • Since the beginning of 2018, we’ve seen an unprecedented flood of new tariffs either threatened or enacted – tariffs on solar panels and washing machines, steel and aluminum tariffs, tariffs on Chinese imports, tariffs on automobiles and automotive components. How to seize opportunities and minimize threats to your business and the specific strategies you can use to protect your company from shifting trade rules.

Network with international trade experts and other business leaders and share ideas on how to navigate these uncertain items.

RSVP to Nairi Bagdasarian at

Location: Velocity Collaboration Center - Macomb/ OU Business Incubator, 6633 Eighteen Mile Road, Sterling Heights


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Tech Takeover: Using Industry 4.0 to Improve Accounting Performance

Wednesday, October 17 from 7:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
As automation continues to revolutionize the economy, there has never been a greater opportunity to understand, and take advantage of, various cash saving strategies. Many thriving companies are leaving money on the table by not utilizing federal and state tax credits and incentives which support Industry 4.0 growth. Real-time data, combined with an understanding of impacts of tax credits and incentives can often make your business more nimble and competitive. Join leaders from Clayton & McKervey for a Tech Takeover presentation aimed at helping companies understand how they can uncover savings within their own organizations to fund future research and development activity and growth. This event is intended for business owners, CFOs and controllers.
Location: Automation Alley, 2675 Bellingham, Troy




The Impact of Financial Stress on Productivity and Employee Retention

Thursday, October 18 from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Human resources, management and corporate leadership will all benefit from this brief presentation detailing the positive impact of financial literacy on profitability.
Location: UHY Innovation Lab, 12900 Hall Road, First Floor, Sterling Heights



State Contracting - 101

Thursday, October 18 from 9 a.m. to noon
The Department of Technology, Management and Budget (DTMB) Procurement Office serves as the state’s Central Purchasing Office and has a portfolio of approximately 950 multiple-year contracts worth billions of dollars. The Department consists of: Information and Technology, Commodities and Infrastructure Services, Real Estate, Construction and Services.WHO SHOULD ATTEND?  Management and key players who will support and facilitate government contracting within your company.

Topics to be covered: 
• Doing Business with the State of Michigan 
• Where to find Opportunities 
• Doing Business with MDOT

Location: Macomb Community College, MTEC, 7900 Tank Ave., Warren


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Starting a Business - Richmond

Thursday, October 18 from 9:30 a.m. to noon
This workshop is designed for individuals who are at the beginning stages of starting a business. It will help aspiring entrepreneurs assess their abilities to lead and manage a company, as well as evaluate market and sales potential for their products/services. Start-up costs, financing options, and business planning are introduced, along with necessary steps to getting started.
Location: City of Richmond, 36725 Division Road, Richmond


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Tech Takeover: Reducing Unplanned Downtime with Big Data & Analytics

Wednesday, October 24 from 7:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Are you a manufacturer looking to reduce unplanned downtime and improve maintenance practices and operational efficiencies? The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) may be the answer you've been looking for. Around the world, customers with industrial processes are increasingly looking to their IIoT data to better monitor, diagnose and analyze operational issues on the factory floor. Join the experts at Splunk Inc. for an Automation Alley Tech Takeover designed to help plant managers, process engineers, reliability engineers and more visualize their assets, configure real-time alerts and perform predictive failure analytics. Splunk, a partner to several large automotive OEMs, helps companies address unplanned downtime and solve the challenges of disparate systems and applications.
Location: Automation Alley, 2675 Bellingham, Troy


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Quarterly Manufacturing Network Meeting

Wednesday, October 24 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Discussion about 2019 health care changes. What it means to employers and their employees. Guest speakers: Mr. Ray Farley, III CECD Executive Director, Alliance Pickens, South Carolina and Mr. Jon Pope, MSF, LIC, Partner, Cambridge Consulting Group. Free event.
Location: Greystone Golf & Banquet, 67500 Mound Road Washington



State of Mount Clemens 2018

Friday, October 26 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Join us as we welcome Mayor Barb Dempsey, who will provide a forecast of the exciting and wonderful things happening in Mount Clemens.
Location: Oakland University Anton/Frankel Center, 20 South Main, Mount Clemens

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Accounting for Small Business ENTR-8049

Mondays and Wednesdays, November 5 - November 21 from 6 p.m. to 8:55 p.m.
Explore bookkeeping through an overview of accounting principles, processes, and the rules all small business bookkeepers need to know. Understand basic financial statements and how to report income and expenses.
Location: Macomb Community College Center Campus, 44575 Garfield, Clinton Township



Overview of Defense Cybersecurity Assurance Program

Wednesday, November 7 from 9 a.m. to noon
Find out about DCAP an how it support defense contractors by offering expert cybersecurity consulting services and matching funds to qualifying companions  that need assistance in become compliant with NIST SP 800-171.
Location: Macomb Community College, MTEC, Rm 138, 7900 Tank Ave., Warren



Introduction to Government Contracting - 101

Thursday, November 8 from 9 a.m. to noon
Did you know the federal government purchased in FY 2017 approximately $446 billion dollars of goods and services? If you're interested in diversifying your business into the federal government marketplace, find out what you need to do to get started. In addition, learn about the services and continuous support the Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) has available to help your company with the contracting process. WHO SHOULD ATTEND? Management and key players who will support and facilitate government contracting within your company. Please Note: To register for this training your company must be located in Macomb County.
Location: Macomb Community College, MTEC, Rm 138, 7900 Tank Ave., Warren


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Placemaking and Public Engagement: The Crossroads for a Successful Community

Monday, November 12 - Clinton Township
Thursday, November 15 - Detroit

All events are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with lunch provided.
The National Charrette Institute and Michigan State University Extension are hosting a statewide training series on Placemaking and using the NCI charrette process to achieve quality places. These interactive one-day workshops will teach community and economic development professionals, planners, zoning administrators, elected officials, planning commissioners, students and involved citizens the essentials of quality places and how to create them using the National Charrette Institutes process for design-based collaboration. Participants will practice identifying areas ripe for placemaking and develop a placemaking project.

  • MSU Extension Assembly Room 21885 Dunham Rd, Verkuilen Building #12, Clinton Township
  • MSU Detroit Center Rooms 230 A&B, 3408 Woodward Ave., Detroit



Prospecting for Federal Opportunities - 301

Thursday, November 15 from 9 a.m. to noon
Selling to the federal government can provide significant revenues for small businesses, but it can be very time consuming trying to figure out where to find opportunities that match your capabilities. This training will provide you with useful tools on how to search for and identify opportunities that match your capabilities in a more efficient manner. This training will be conducted in a computer lab where you will access various federal government e-procurement websites such as FBO and experience searching for opportunities by learning how to utilize FBO's advanced features to your benefit. In this training, you will also learn about other federal agencies e-procurement websites, PTACS BidMatch Services and various contracts, methods and competition types. Finally, the training session will end with reviewing a solicitation and how to make that bid, no-bid decision. Prerequisites: Introduction to Federal Government Contracting - 101 Federal Market Research - 201.
Location: Macomb Community College, MTEC, Rm 123, 7900 Tank Ave., Warren

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Marketing Strategies That Work ENTR-8023

Mondays and Wednesdays, November 26 - December 3 from 6 p.m. to 8:55 p.m.
Investigate competitive strategies that attract customers. Explore niche marketing, research the best marketing opportunities, and learn how to enter new markets.
Location: Macomb Community College Center Campus, 44575 Garfield, Clinton Township