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Save the Date: 7th Annual Macomb Business Awards

Nominations are being accepted through March 15.

Tuesday, April 23 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Please plan to join Macomb County Executive Mark A. Hackel and the Macomb County Department of Planning & Economic Development to honor outstanding businesses at the annual Macomb Business Awards.

New categories! A single recipient in each category will be named at the breakfast:​

  • Trailblazer of Future Talent – creating partnerships that provide opportunities for the next generation of our workforce to explore and experience career possibilities.
  • Corporate Citizen – providing meaningful support to our community through service and/or philanthropy.
  • Champion of Work/Life Integration – offering innovative benefits that enable employees to balance work responsibilities with personal passions (Sponsored by Metro Parent magazine).
  • Model of OneMacomb - cultivating an environment where diversity is valued as evidenced by inclusive practices.
  • Hidden Gem – uncovering a unique Made-in-Macomb product or place that more people should know about!
  • Manufacturer of the Year – in recognition of a manufacturer of any size that is achieving success through its efforts to diversify its customer base, retain employees and/or implement new technologies or efficiencies.

Location: To be determined.



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Supervisory Survival Skills

Thursday, March 28 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Purpose: The purpose of this training is to help participants understand the role of a supervisor and identify skills needed to be successful.

Objectives: This course will define the role and responsibilities of a supervisor.  Participants will practice techniques to develop relationships, deliver feedback, delegate, make decisions and conduct effective meetings.

Who should attendIndividuals who are new to the field of supervision.

Location: Macomb County Planning & Economic Development, 1 S. Main St., 7th Floor, Mt. Clemens



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Succession Planning for Leadership Positions

Thursday, May 2 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Purpose: The purpose of this training is to discuss how to create an organized program for identifying and developing future leaders to fill senior and executive positions within an organization.

Objectives: Participants will learn the important steps and receive tools that can be adapted to their workplace to create a documented approach for creating the leaders of tomorrow.

Who should attend: HR managers

Location: Macomb County Planning & Economic Development, 1 S. Main St., 7th Floor, Mt. Clemens



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2019 Pure Michigan Agriculture Summit

Supplier Application is now open!

Tuesday, March 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Calling all agriculture & food suppliers! Pure Michigan Business Connect and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) are excited to once again host the Pure Michigan Agriculture Summit, bringing you together with buyers in a one-day matchmaking event. Now is your chance to apply for opportunities to meet one-on-one with buyers like Bronson Hospital, Cherry Republic, Harding’s Market, Kellogg, Mitten Crate, Western Michigan University and more!

Suppliers will be notified if selected for meetings, and scheduled in advance of the event. Please note that not all suppliers will be selected for the meetings but are encouraged to attend for additional walk-up meeting opportunities and networking.
Location:  Radisson Hotel, 100 West Michigan Avenue, Kalamazoo


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Tech Takeover: Industry 4.0 - A Practical Start

Wednesday, March 20 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) bring up visions of AI, millions of sensors and thousands of robots working in concert. In reality, there are practical, cost-effective efforts that can be made leveraging existing equipment, staff and systems. With nearly 20 years of IoT experience in manufacturing plants across the globe, Kors Engineering joins the Tech Takeover at Automation Alley to clear the fog on what you can do now to make you competitive today – and tomorrow.

  • Hear how industry leaders are utilizing machine integration for a competitive advantage.
  • Build on your existing equipment, team members and practices to migrate to world class practices and metrics.
  • Identify the value of machine automation, the return and the integrated data that is critical to capture.
  • Learn how to get started with machine automation on your plant floor with a roadmap to success.
  • Explore how to move forward without eating the elephant, or breaking the bank.

This session is intended for manufacturing COOs, GMs and CEOs, directors of plant digitization, maintenance managers and organization members that own the integration of the shop floor, industrial and manufacturing engineers and operations responsible for overall efficiency of the plant.
Location: Automation Alley, 2675 Bellingham, Troy



Prospecting for Federal Opportunities - 301

Thursday, March 21 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Selling to the federal government can provide significant revenues for to small businesses, but it can be very time consuming trying to figure out where to find them, and how to identify the ones that are a good match for your business. This training will teach you how to find and identify those opportunities that match your businesses capabilities in a resourceful manner. This training session will take place in a computer lab and provide you with tools on how to search for, and recognize opportunities in a more efficient manner. In this training, you will be able to access various federal government e-procurement websites such as FBO, and experience searching for opportunities, as well as how to utilize FBO s advanced features to your benefit. We will also discuss and view other federal agencies e-procurement websites as well as PTACS BidMatch Service, and SBA s SUB Net Database. Furthermore, we will discuss various contracts, methods and competition types. Finally, we will end the training session with reviewing a solicitation and how to make that bid no bid decision. Prerequisite: Government Contracting 101 and 201. WHO SHOULD ATTEND? Management and key players who will support and facilitate government contracting within your company.
Location: Macomb Community College, MTEC, 7900 Tank Ave., Room 123, Warren


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Starting a Business

Thursday, March 21 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: Macomb Community College-Center Campus, 44575 Garfield Road Clinton Twp.



DLA Internet Bid Board System 101 Training

Thursday, March 28 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Doing business with the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) can be a great way to grow your business and gain entry into the federal marketplace. DLA is the Department of Defense' largest combat support agency providing worldwide logistics support to America's Military Services, civilian agencies and foreign countries in both peacetime and wartime. DLA is responsible for nearly every consumable item used by our military forces worldwide to include medical supplies, aviation requirements, land and maritime weapon systems spare parts, critical troop-support items involving food, clothing and textiles, construction equipment, material, fuel and depot level re-parables. DLA has a web-based application called DIBBS that provides you with the ability to conduct market research by viewing award data, procurement histories and forecasts; filter your opportunity searches; access technical data packages (drawings) in the CFolders and submit secure quotes on line. Topics to be covered: Basic Pre-requisites Market Research DLA Overview DIBBS Overview Access to Technical Data Packages with Export Controls and Joint Certification Program (JCP) How to Find Opportunities in DIBBS How to submit a Quote in DIBBS
Location: Macomb Community College, MTEC, 7900 Tank Ave., Room 138, Warren




Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Sales & Marketing Conference

Friday, March 29 from 8 a.m. to Noon
This conference is designed to help small and medium-sized business owners, operators and managers take their business to the next level.
Location: Wyndham Garden Sterling Heights, 34911 Van Dyke, Sterling Heights


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10th Annual Michigan Defense Exposition (MDEX)

Wednesday April 3 - Thursday April 4, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Mission: To provide opportunities for government and industry to come together to deliver the best tools and services to the war fighter.
Location: Macomb Community College, South Campus, Sports & Expo Center, 14500 E Twelve Mile Rd., Warren


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Tech Takeover: The Pulse of Automation: Solutions to Unlocking Your Automation Potential

Wednesday, April 3 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
You're invited to Automation Alley for a Tech Takeover presentation on key automation trends and innovative solutions that are helping automate traditionally hard-to-solve applications with disruptive technology. Hear from the experts at Soft Robotics, with special guest and distributor Shaltz Automation, as they discuss automation approaches and best practices.
Location: Automation Alley, 2675 Bellingham, Troy


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Understanding Michigan Cottage Food Law

Thursday, April 4 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Checklist for Starting a Cottage Food Business:

  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Cottage Foods Product List: What Qualifies and What Doesn't
  • Cottage Foods Sample Label and Labeling Guidelines
  • Ready to Move Beyond Cottage Foods: How to Become a Licensed Food Processor

Location: Macomb-OU Incubator, Velocity Collaboration Center, 6633 18 Mile Road Sterling Heights


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Tech Takeover: Data Science's Transformative Impact on Manufacturing

Wednesday, April 10 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
With the exponential growth of data being collected from production, process, supply chain, IoT and business systems, modern manufacturers are sitting atop a wealth of untapped opportunity. Despite this, many are still grappling with how best to use their new data assets and what tools are at their disposal. Artificial Intelligence provides a mechanism to leapfrog traditional heuristics and simple statistics by learning automatically from data and identifying hidden connections that were previously impossible to detect. During this Tech Takeover, Soothsayer will share their approach to framing data science problems and insight from first-hand experience building solutions that improve processes, increase efficiency and reduce defects on the plant floor.
Location: Automation Alley, 2675 Bellingham, Troy



How to Market Your Business to the Federal Government - 401

Thursday, April 11 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The U.S. Government is the largest buyer of goods and services. Selling to government agencies can be a rewarding experience. But how do you market your goods and services to the Government? Learn how to market your business to government agencies. Topics to be covered include the following: Situation Analysis Developing effective marketing materials Networking wand people to know. We will also discuss the following marketing strategies: Capabilities statement Flyer ontent Additional value add Graphics A better business card Company website/social media platforms The elevator speech. WHO SHOULD ATTEND? Management and key players who will support and facilitate government contracting within your company.
Location: Macomb Community College, MTEC, 7900 Tank Ave., Room 124, Warren


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Team SBA Financing Roundtable

Thursday, April 11 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Before you apply for a business loan, first attend a free financing roundtable. We will debunk the myths and demystify the process of small business financing. The "team" is a banker, an SBA representative, an SBA business counselor, and business owners like you. You will get first hand information on what credit criteria your banker has. The team will answer all of your financing questions and give you advice on what steps to take to achieve your goal of starting or expanding a business. We will explain how the SBA loan guarantee can work for you. The roundtables are best suited for those who have good credit, a solid business idea, and some money to invest in the business.
Location: Eastpointe City Hall, Council Chambers, 23200 Gratiot, Eastpointe


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Tech Takeover: 3D Printing Metals: An Industry Game-changer

Wednesday, April 17 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Join SLM Solutions for a Tech Takeover presentation at Automation Alley focused on selective laser melting technology and the impact it's having on the manufacturing industry. Did you know 3D printed metals are quickly moving into production applications? Ford made history recently when it created the largest metal 3D printed automotive part. When used for prototyping, the quality of the metal parts produced is of lesser importance, and material defects or inconsistencies can be largely tolerated or ignored. When used for manufacturing end-use metal components, it is the consistency, repeatability, reproducibility and reliability of the components that are of significant importance. SLM Solutions will highlight some of the challenges overcome by OEMs and suppliers across many industries as they successfully work to qualify and certify laser technology to manufacture critical end-use parts.
Location: Automation Alley, 2675 Bellingham, Troy


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Starting a Business

Thursday, April 25 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
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: Mt. Clemens Public Library, 150 Cass Ave., Mt. Clemens