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Planning and Economic Development

Featured Events


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Tech Takeover: The Emerging Role of Artificial Intelligence in Future Vehicles

Wednesday, May 30 from 7:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
The rise of artificial intelligence (AI) in the future of connected and autonomous vehicles is transformational, but often complicated and misunderstood. Join the experts at Aras Corporation for a Tech Takeover presentation at Automation Alley on the ins and outs of AI and this powerful technology's emerging role in future vehicles. Since the integration of AI into existing product design and validation platforms is new, it presents challenges in several key areas: safety, cyber security, vehicle software development, integration with existing platforms, standards and tools, verification/validation systems and service management. This event is intended for engineers, software engineers, software developers and IT and cyber security professionals.
Location: Automation Alley, 2675 Bellingham Dr., Troy



Breakfast & Business

Friday, June 1 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Speed networking for business.
Location: One Eyed Jacks Bar & Grill, 48762 Van Dyke, Shelby Township


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Tech Takeover: How To Engineer a Collaborative Robotic Application

Wednesday, June 6 from 7:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Join Behco-MRM at Automation Alley for a Tech Takeover presentation on the issues, technologies and options for engineering collaborative robotic applications. Attendees are welcome to bring their own parts and issues as Behco's robotic experts give technical demonstrations to show the configuration of different tools and solutions they provide. What's considered "collaborative"? What are the benefits to these types of applications? And how can it be safe on the shop floor? These questions and more will be answered.
Location: Automation Alley, 2675 Bellingham Dr., Troy



Network & Learn

Wednesday, June 6 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
7 1/2 techniques to guide leads into sales using social media...and pie presented by Brenda Meller, president, Meller Marketing.
Location: Dave & Buster's, 45511 Park Ave., Utica



DLA Internet Bid Board System (DIBBS) - 101

Thursday, June 7 from 9 a.m. to noon
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. 
Location: Macomb Community College, MTEC, Room 138, 7900 Tank Ave. Warren


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Team SBA Financing Roundtable

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



#YoPros June Mixer at O'Halloran's

Tuesday, June 12 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
This mixer will benefit Helping Hands Gifts, so please bring face wipes, baby wipes, chapstick/lip balm, sunscreen or other make-up products to donate at the door!
Location: O'Halloran's Public House, 112 Macomb Place, Mount Clemens



DLA Internet Bid Board System (DIBBS) - 201

Thursday, June 14 from 9 a.m. to noon
Doing business with the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) can be a great way to grow your business and gain entry into the federal marketplace to build your past performance. During this training we will take a look at other DLA Internet Bid Board System (DIBBS) applications such as how to submit a quote on line, find awards, submit post award request, and discuss packaging and shipping. Prior to attending this training, if you determined your business will need to access technically controlled data packages (drawings), we recommend that you apply for the Joint Certification Program (JCP).
Location: Macomb Community College, MTEC, Room 138, 7900 Tank Ave. Warren



Grub Crawl on Hall

Wednesday, June 20 from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Check-in is open from 4:30 to 6 p.m. The last shuttle will leave for crawl destinations promptly at 6 p.m.
Pick up your crawler guidebook and participant info at Lakeside Mall Parking Lot (specific location TBD). Participating locations: Applebee's; bd's Mongolian Grill; 
Sahara Mediterranean Grill; MOD Pizza; Qdoba; Wellington Pub; DiBella's Subs and more! New this year...Crawler Identification and Crawler Guide Books will be available for pick-up on the day of the event when you check-in at Lakeside Mall.
Location: Lakeside Mall Management, 14000 Lakeside Circle, Sterling Heights


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Starting a Business

Thursday, June 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 County Planning & Economic Development, 1 S. Main St., 7th Floor, Mt. Clemens


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Know Your Numbers: Using Your Financial Statements to Better Manage Your Business

Wednesday, June 27 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Know Your Numbers: Five Keys to Using Financial Statements to Maximize Cash Flow and Increase Access to Capital Who Should Attend: Business owners and key staff who want to have a better understanding of how to use their financial statements. The ideal participant in Know Your Numbers will have 2-3 years of financial history and be pursuing financing or having challenges with cash flow. Topics include how to: • Use your Balance Sheet and Income Statement in managing your business • Use break even analysis to improve your decision-making • Find the source of your cash flow problems • Increase your company’s cash flow • Get the banker on your side
Location: Macomb County Planning & Economic Development, 1 S. Main St., 7th Floor, Mt. Clemens



Federal Market Research - 201

Thursday, June 28 from 9 a.m. to noon
Market research is the continuous process of collecting data, and analyzing the information so you have a better understanding of the marketplace. This training will help you identify who your customer and competitors are, as well as the current and future outlook for your Industry.  This training will be conducted in a computer lab, and provide you with useful Market Research tools for:

  • Researching the Consumer: Identify federal agencies who are buying what you're selling.
  • Researching the Competition: Identify who wants to, or who is already selling your service or product to the federal government and for how much.
  • Researching your Industry: Identify what the federal government has purchased in the past, plans on procuring in the future, and Industry trends.

To run a successful business, you need to learn about your customers, competition and industry. Market research will provide you with valuable insight to spot current and upcoming problems in your industry, reduce your business risks and help you identify opportunities.
Location: Macomb Community College, MTEC, Room 123, 7900 Tank Ave. Warren




Bass, Brews & BBQ Festival

Friday, June 29 from noon to 6 p.m., Saturday, June 30 from noon to 7 p.m. and Sunday, July 01 from noon to 6 p.m.

The Bass, Brews & BBQ Festival is a complement to the 2018 FLW Tour at Lake St. Clair presented by Mercury which takes place June 28 - July 1. FLW is the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money in 2018 across five tournament circuits. The festival portion runs June 29 - July 1 and allows guests to enjoy the fishing tournament as well as:

  • Craft beer (including our custom Lake St. Clair Lager!)
  • Live music
  • BBQ and other delicious food
  • Tours aboard the “Pride of Michigan,” an 81-foot former US Navy training vessel
  • Tours of the DIA Away (a fully furnished, vibrantly designed 53' double-expandable trailer that provides a rich educational program beyond the museum's walls)
  • Metroparks Interpretive Exhibit
  • Vendors displaying their offerings
  • Family fun and more!

Location: Lake St. Clair Metropark, 31300 Metro Parkway, Harrison Township