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Planning and Economic Development

Featured Events



Starting Up: An Introduction to Michigan's Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Tuesday, Feb. 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Do you have a high-tech startup? How about an early-stage, growth-based business? Are you looking to bring your innovative idea to market? If so, the Macomb-OU Incubator invites you to attend Starting Up, a workshop exploring Michigan’s “entrepreneurial ecosystem,” designed to help you start and/or grow your tech-based business. John Eaton, Mac-OU Inc’s client strategist, will help you navigate the wide range of resources the State of Michigan offers – including business incubators, SmartZones, various support services, university technology acceleration and commercialization, and funding programs – to identify what’s right for you and your business.
Location: Macomb-OU Incubator at Velocity Center, 6633 18 Mile Road, Sterling Heights



Export Controls: An Introduction to ITAR and EAR 

Thursday, Feb. 22 from 9 a.m. to Noon
The export of most goods and services to foreign customers is controlled in some way by the U.S. government. The consequences for non-compliance can be significant. The two primary systems are the International Traffic in Arms Regulation and the Export Administration Regulations. This program, presented by Warner Norcross & Judd LLP, will help you identify when compliance with these programs is necessary and how to ensure your company is conforming to the appropriate standards. During the program we will provide an introduction to the law and regulations, demonstrate examples of how to classify intended products and services for export, and discuss the basic framework of an in-house compliance program.
Location: Macomb Community College, MTEC Bldg. Room 138, 7900 Tank Avenue, Warren


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Transatlantic Cluster Conference on Industry 4.0

Tuesday, Feb. 27 from 8 a.m. to Noon
You're invited to Automation Alley for a discussion on the continually-growing digitization of the manufacturing sector and how new and advanced technologies are making production more profitable. Connect with industry stakeholders from both German and American Industry 4.0 organizations for an in-depth look into augmented reality, automation and international collaboration opportunities.
Location: Automation Alley, 2675 Bellingham Drive, Troy


2018 Detroit Policy Conference

Thursday, Mar. 1 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Detroit Policy Conference will focus on creating a culture of civility in Detroit, exploring what it means to be “civil” and the role that communities play in influencing individual behavior. Programming will also examine role models of civility, Detroiters that have put their differences aside and are working together to put Detroit first to solve issues and create opportunities for all.
Location: MotorCity Casino Hotel, 2901 Grand River Ave, Detroit


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8(a) Certification

Thursday, March 1 from 9:30 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: City of Richmond, 68225 Main St, Richmond




Breakfast & Business

Friday, Mar. 2 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Speed networking for business.
Location: Play-Place for Autistic Children, 41105 Technology Park Drive, Sterling Heights



Introduction to Federal Government Contracting - 101

Thursday, March 15 from 9 a.m. to Noon
What does it take to become a successful government contractor? What services and resources are available to a small business pursuing the government market? If your company has been considering the field of government contracting, this seminar will give you the insight you need.
Location: Macomb Community College, MTEC Bldg. Room 138, 7900 Tank Avenue, Warren


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Starting a Business

Thursday, March 15 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: Center Line Recreation Center, 25355 Lawrence St., Center Line


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Tech Takeover: Automation  Simulation with Collaborative Robots

Wednesday, March 21 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.
How much automation is right for you? What type of robot is best for your application? These are the types of questions that companies ask before embarking on the automation journey. Join Comau and Kundinger for a presentation on the standards of intelligent collaborative robots and how advanced CAD/CAM simulation tools are used to help companies define how robots and automation can make a process more efficient and improve a companies’ output. Learn about collaborative robots and simulation software that can help you make the right automation decision for your company. This event is intended for robotic integrators and end users.
Location: Automation Alley, 2675 Bellingham Drive, Troy




Digital Marketing Secrets Revealed

Thursday, Mar. 22 at 7:30 a.m.
Focusing on advanced digital marketing strategy, this event will provide a glimpse into the industry’s future as well as tips on hiring and managing digital marketing talent. Speakers will focus on cutting-edge topics such as online reputation management and influencer marketing. Digital Marketing Secrets Revealed targets marketers with intermediate or advanced digital marketing knowledge.
Location: Greektown Casino-Hotel, 1200 St. Antoine Street, Detroit



Prospecting for Federal Opportunities - 301

Thursday, March 22 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.
Location: Macomb Community College, MTEC Bldg. Room 123, 7900 Tank Avenue, Warren




Chemical Bank Sales & Marketing Conference - Second Annual

Friday, March 23 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Join the Macomb County Chamber and the Sterling Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce at our second annual conference; Including Title Sponsor Chemical Bank. This conference is designed to help small and medium-sized business owners, operators and managers take their business to the next level! Jumpstart your business growth: amplify your brand in the marketplace; elevate your digital marketing and increase your income through improved skills. Networking, Exhibitor Tables and short, powerful sessions (think TED talks) full of ideas you can use immediately!
Location: Vintage House, ​31816 Utica Rd., Fraser



U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) “Getting Back 2 Business”

Wednesday, March 28 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The purpose of this event is to inform and educate small business representatives and interested business and medical student entrepreneurs about the federal procurement process so they can more effectively pursue contracting opportunities with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (the largest funded federal government department) as well as all other government departments. This is a one (1) day event in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and supporting resource partners.
Location: Macomb Community College, South Campus, K Building, Room 301, 14500 E. 12 Mile Road, Warren