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Planning and Economic Development

Featured Events


Starting Up: An Introduction to Michigan's Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Tuesday, November 28 from 9:30 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. A brief Q&A session will follow. Free to attend.
Location: Macomb-OU Incubator at Velocity Center, 6633 18 Mile Road, Sterling Heights


I-696 Construction Project in Macomb County MDOT Meeting

Wednesday, November 29 from 9 to 10 a.m.
WB I-696 will close between I-75 and I-94. Motorists will be able to travel east bound on I-696 throughout the project. Michigan Department of Transportation invites you to learn more about the I-696 construction project between I-75 and I-94, and west of I-75 to I-275, which will begin in spring 2018. Plans, closures and detour information will be discussed. Accommodations can be made for persons with disabilities and limited English-speaking ability. Large print materials, auxiliary aids or the services of interpreters, signers, or readers available upon request. Please call 586-421-3920 by Monday, Nov 27.
Location: Warren City Hall, 1 City Square, Warren




Explore Careers in Manufacturing & Technology

Wednesday, December 6 from 5:30 to 8 p.m.
This annual event - marketed to students who participated in MFG Day and beyond - provides an interactive opportunity for young people and their families to learn about careers in manufacturing.  There will be hands-on demonstrations, chances to hear from people who work in the industry, complimentary concessions and a chance to win a fabulous door prize.There is still space for area manufacturers to get involved. Plan to share information about your company and the types of jobs you typically have available. Also, provide information about anything your company does to recruit and keep people, especially apprenticeship and on-the-job training programs. There is no cost to participate. Won't you please consider spending an evening with our young people to inspire them to consider a career in manufacturing?Location: Macomb Community College Sports & Expo Center, 14500 E. 12 Mile Rd., Warren




Government Contracting 201 - Federal Market Research

Thursday, December 7 from 9 a.m. to Noon
If you're interested in selling your goods or services to the federal government, the first thing you should do is research the federal government marketplace to learn more about it.  Market research is the continuous process of collecting the 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.​​​​​
Location: MTEC, 7900 Tank Ave. Rm 123, Warren



Starting a Business

Thursday, December 7 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 and Economic Development, 1 S Main St., Mt Clemens



Team SBA Financing Roundtable

Friday, December 8 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 and Economic Development, 1 S Main St., Mt Clemens




Government Contracting 301 - How to Find & Identify Federal Opportunities

Thursday, December 14 from 9 a.m. to Noon
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.
Location: MTEC, 7900 Tank Ave. Rm 123, Warren