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Planning and Economic Development

Featured Events


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The Dubai Advantage

Thursday, September 20 from 8:30 a.m. to noon
Is your company looking to do business in the innovation-driven economy of Dubai? Meet with a delegation of senior executives from Dubai and learn about enhancing export activity, free trade zones, trade licensing, Dubai's plans to host World Expo 2020 and more. Registration required.
Location: Detroit Regional Chamber, 1 Woodward Avenue, 19th Floor, Detroit


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Doing business with the government's Bid Targeting System (BTS) Workshop

Tuesday, September 25 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Companies interested in learning how to use the BTS can attend a free workshop offered by Macomb County Planning and Economic Development. The Michigan Defense Center recently launched the Bid Targeting System (BTS), a web-based tool application designed by a former Department of Defense contracting officer that supports companies with government contracting experience and companies which have not done business with the government in the past. Through business intelligence and predictive analytics, the BTS helps organizations quickly identify and prioritize federal contract opportunities and save time and money in the pursuit of that work. The resource also scores companies the way a federal contracting officer would, giving small and medium-sized contractors the same advantages that large primes derive from their in-house experts. Training session focused on small and mid-size companies looking to bid on government contracts.
Location: Velocity Center, 6633 18 Mile Road, Sterling Heights




Emagine Macomb - Chamber Discount Movie Night

Wednesday, September 19
Let's All Go To The Movies!!! The Macomb County Chamber and Emagine Macomb have partnered to bring you "Chamber Discount Movie Night". ​No pre-registration required! BUT, you must print & bring with you the "Macomb Chamber Pass". One pass is required per person. ​Includes: Movie (Your time & choice) and a small popcorn. Only valid 3rd Wednesday of every month.
Location: Emagine Macomb, ​15251 23 Mile Rd., Macomb



DLA Internet Bid Board System Training -101

Thursday, September 20 from 9 a.m. to 3 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.
Location: Macomb Community College, MTEC, Rm 138, 7900 Tank Ave., Warren


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Starting a Business - Eastpointe

Thursday, September 20 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: Eastpointe City Hall, Council Chambers, 23200 Gratiot, Eastpointe


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It's Not Political Correctness: Implicit Bias and Cultural Competence in Today's Marketplace

Tuesday, September 25 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
In our ever changing society, with rapidly evolving legal requirements, cultural competence, inclusion, and implicit bias awareness are more important than ever before. Understanding how to best interact with myriad of cultures and languages can mean the difference between closing a contract and losing a customer, having positive outcomes or dissatisfied patients and customers. Today, this is even more significant because of court decisions that impact organizations' bottom lines and liability. Our interactive 2-hour workshop will help you to question and bring to life your implicit biases, consider your way of thinking. and to look at cultural competency in a different way.
Location: Macomb County Family Resource Center, 196 N. Rose St., Mount Clemens


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Small Business, Big Threat Protect Your Non-Tech Business From Data Breach Disasters - Webinar

Tuesday, September 25 from 11 a.m. to noon
Do you have a technology plan to prepare for the worst? Join us as we discuss how to be prepared for a data breach and what to do after you experience one. We’ll walk you through a quick-paced webinar, ask a few poll questions of the audience, and give you time for question and answer with the Michigan SBDC’s Cyber Security Awareness Program Specialist, Scott Taber.
Location: Webinar



Super Prepared Business Conference 2018

Wednesday, September 26 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Presented by: Macomb County Emergency Team and Macomb County Chamber the Super Prepared Business Conference invites you to come and sharpen your emergency expertise. This one day conference offers the opportunity to learn the newest information about how to appropriately handle potential emergency or catastrophic events. ​Protect your business from the disaster or crisis you never expected. Small business owners and operators of all types will learn from industry experts how to prepare to minimize loss and increase business survivability when affected by a crisis. Includes: Breakfast and Lunch
Location: Macomb Community College - Lorenzo Cultural Center, 44575 Garfield Rd., Clinton Township


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Financial Management - Webinar

Wednesday, September 26 from 11 a.m. to noon
Does your business have a strong foundation for its finances? During this webinar we’ll guide you through the basics of financial management. You’ll learn how to start an accounting system as we review real small business examples of Cash Flow Statements, Profit & Loss, and Balance Sheets. 20 minutes is reserved for a live question and answer session, in which one of our certified small business consultants will answer questions from the audience on a first come, first served basis.
Location: Webinar



National PTAC Day

Wednesday, September 26 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) nationwide on September 26, 2018, are celebrating the contracting success of our small business clients. Macomb Regional PTAC, is hosting an open house and you are invited to come celebrate with us that day from 1 pm - 4 pm. Come meet the Macomb Regional PTAC team, our stakeholders, resource partners, legislative representatives and network with other small businesses who have succeeded.  And attend the live streaming webinar - Top Tips for Finding and Winning Government Contracts.  No fee to attend, but seating is limited.
Location: Macomb Community College, MTEC, 7900 Tank Ave., Warren



DLA Internet Bid Board System (DIBBS) Training - 201

Thursday, September 27 from 9 a.m. to 3 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 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). If you need assistance with this please contact our office.
Location: Macomb Community College, MTEC, Rm 138, 7900 Tank Ave., Warren


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8(a) Certification Government Contracting

Thursday, September 27 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
This seminar explains the benefits and process for engaging in the Federal Government 8(a) program that is administered by the US SBA. Targeted at socially and economically disadvantaged (typically minority owned) businesses, the 8(a) Business Development program helps those small businesses gain a foothold in government contracting. Upon enrollment in this program, firms receive help with finding contracts, proposal preparation, and contract administration. The applicant must be a small business, unconditionally owned and controlled by one or more socially and economically disadvantaged individuals who are U.S. citizens, been in business for at least two years, and demonstrate potential for success.
Location: Macomb County Planning and Economic Development, 1 S. Main St. 7th Floor, Mt. Clemens




Attracting and Retaining Top Talent Lunch

Thursday, September 27 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
A panel of regional business leaders will discuss innovative strategies for attracting the nation’s top talent while also retaining Southeast Michigan’s existing talent pool. Learn what your company can do to create an environment conducive to attracting and retaining the best and brightest minds Michigan has to offer.
Location: Greektown Casino-Hotel, 555 E. Lafayette Blvd., Detroit


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Tech Takeover: Making the Business Case for Cobots

Wednesday, October 3 from 7:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Join Behco, Inc. at Automation Alley for a Tech Takeover presentation dedicated to helping businesses understand how new robotic technologies and accessories are enabling small, medium and large companies to address their production challenges. Drilling into the costs and benefits, Behco, Inc. will help guide decision makers with planning options by demonstrating robotic ease of use and high-level functionality.
This event is intended for manufacturing owners, executives and integrators, process engineers and continuous improvement professionals.
Location: Automation Alley, 2675 Bellingham, Troy



Davenport University Coffee Connection

Wednesday, October 3 from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Join us at the Macomb Community College - University Center, where Davenport University will host a Coffee Connection. This is a great opportunity to network with fellow chamber members, hear what Davenport University has to offer and build relationships. ​Bring your business cards! Refreshments and light snacks will be served.
Location: Macomb Community College University Center, ​Davenport University, ​44575 Garfield Rd., ​Clinton Township



Joint Member Mixer With Bluewater area Chamber of Commerce

Wednesday, October 10 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Joint member mixer with Macomb County Chamber, and Bluewater area Chamber of Commerce. Join us for networking, appetizers, refreshments in a relaxed, and fun setting.
Location: Twisted Rooster, 45225 Marketplace Blvd., Chesterfield



Federal Market Research - 201

Thursday, October 11 from 9 a.m. to noon
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.
Location: Macomb Community College, MTEC, Rm 123, 7900 Tank Ave., Warren


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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


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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



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