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Planning and Economic Development

Featured Events

 

PPE Resilience Grant Program for Macomb Manufacturers: Virtual Info Session

Wednesday, August 26 from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Macomb County manufacturers are invited to attend a virtual info session Aug. 26 at 11 a.m. to learn about Automation Alley's Personal Protective Equipment Resilience Grant Program to see if your company qualifies for a financial investment to purchase Industry 4.0 and state-of-the art digital technologies. Funded by Oakland and Macomb Counties, the grant program was created to address the urgent need to move companies into digital manufacturing as fast as possible to help position our region as an agile, digital-ready essential source of manufactured goods like PPE in times of national crisis while improving our response to future disruptions.

Speakers:

Tom KellyCEOAutomation Alley

Tom Kelly is a globally recognized expert on Industry 4.0 and its impact on business. As executive director and CEO of Automation Alley, Michigan’s Industry 4.0 knowledge center, Kelly oversees strategic planning and all ongoing activities for the organization, including programs and services designed to help businesses increase revenue, reduce costs and make strategic decisions during a time of rapid technological change.

Vicky RadDirector, Department of Planning and Economic Development, Macomb County

Rad has a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems from Baker College, a Master of Science in administration with a concentration in leadership from Central Michigan University and a master’s certificate in government contracting administration from George Washington University. She currently serves as vice president of the Michigan Chapter of Women in Defense and chair for the Michigan Automotive and Defense Cyber Awareness Team (MADCAT). Rad is also involved in the program council for Leadership Macomb, the membership committee for Michigan Economic Developers Association and is a board member for Advance Michigan.


 

Partner Events 

 

Automation Alley's Virtual Trade Mission to Mexico - Trade Mission Dates: Sept. 21-25, 2020

Registration Deadline: August 7, 2020   

Not the Time for International Travel? Perfect Time for Business!

Expand your business into the world's second-largest market for U.S. exports with help from Automation Alley. Join our virtual* trade mission to Mexico, a nation with a strong demand for the following Michigan-made products, services and technologies:

  • Aerospace
  • Automotive components and supplies
  • Design, engineering and manufacturing services
  • Environmental technologies 
  • Healthcare and medical
  • IT and information communication technologies

Participation is limited to 10 companies and the deadline to register is August 7, 2020. The cost to participate is $1,000 for Automation Alley members and $1,500 for non-members. The price includes business briefings by the U.S. Embassy and Mexican trade organizations, matchmaking meetings and translators.

 

Forming Your LLC or DBA, Do It Now - ONLINE

Monday, August 10 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Ready to launch your business as a sole proprietor or LLC? Been putting off the paperwork? Then you need this hands-on walk through. Business Consultants from the SBDC will discuss business entities and explain the documents needed to form and register a business, including Articles of Organization and Employer Identification Number (EIN). They will also cover basic bookkeeping procedures and the tax implications of your new business, as well as good business practices. Please be prepared with one or more names for your business. Please click here or visit https://cofs.lara.state.mi.us/SearchApi/Search/Search to search for existing business names registered with the State of Michigan.

 

 

 

2020 Macomb Virtual Meet the Buyer

Registration closes: August 12 at noon

Event date: Thursday, August 20 from 8 a.m. to noon

This event will be Virtual. Macomb Meet the Buyer is an event that connects businesses with government agencies and prime contractors. This event will give small businesses access to buyers from across the federal, state and local government sector. These agencies will meet with the aspiring vendors. Major prime contractors will be in attendance seeking capable subcontractors to help them meet their requirements. Also, you will have an opportunity to meet with Michigan resource partners. Seller s benefits include opportunity to diversify your sales, pitch your product and services to decision makers, network with other small or large businesses and help keep business local to the Michigan economy. This event is not for startups. Macomb Regional PTAC recommends that businesses have 2 years of commercial business sales before entering into the government contracting realm.

 

New Normal Episode 13: Why You Need a Return-to-Work Playbook

Thursday, August 13 from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. 

On this episode of New Normal, Cynthia Hutchison, Automation Alley vice president, is joined by the CEO of MedNetOne, Ewa Matuszewski, for a discussion about the health care management organization's comprehensive back-to-work playbook and how it is being used to guide small businesses through the return-to-work process. Why does your organization need a return-to-work playbook? What are the most critical reopening procedures that need to take place? And what can we do locally to help fight the spread of COVID-19 together? These questions and more will be addressed.

 

 

 

How to Market Your Business to the Federal Government - 401 WEBINAR

Thursday, August 13 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

THIS TRAINING WILL BE HELD IN A LIVE WEBINAR FORMAT. YOU WILL BE SENT LOG IN INFO VIA EMAIL THE DAY BEFORE THE EVENT. The last training in Macomb Regional PTAC s Core Series of Federal Government Contracting concludes with How to Market Your Business to the Federal Government - 401 How can you maximize your company s potential to obtain Government customers? By using marketing techniques customized for the federal government. In this training, you will learn how to market your business to the federal government as well as prime contractors. Also, you will learn about effective marketing materials, networking and people to know. Prerequisites: Introduction to Federal Government Contracting 101 Federal Market Research - 201 Prospecting for Federal Opportunities - 301 WHO SHOULD ATTEND? Management and key players who will support and facilitate government contracting within your company. No fee to attend, but registration is required.

 

Becoming Good For Michigan

Tuesday, August 18 from 11 a.m. to noon

It’s no secret that companies and small businesses are facing many challenges and unknowns. Studies show that businesses with positive, measurable impacts on their communities are more resilient in times of economic hardship. Between social, environmental and economic urgency, it’s hard to know where to start.

Communities that are friendly to businesses with sustainable practices have a competitive advantage. When business owners are equipped with the tools to benchmark and set goals, they’re able to take the guesswork out of what to do next. Good For Michigan provides a robust network of resources and tools available to help along the way.

In this webinar, Good For Michigan Program Director, Alice Jasper will discuss how businesses and communities can take charge of their future by assessing their present social and environmental impacts and creating a roadmap to a sustainable and financially secure future.

Who Should Attend:
Downtown development authority executive directors, main street directors and other downtown management organization or municipal staff who desire to support small businesses

 

Tech Takeover: A New Paradigm - People and Robots working Safely Together in Manufacturing

Wednesday, August 19 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

COVID-19 has forced manufacturers to take shop floor safety measures to new heights. But keeping employees socially distanced and productive is no easy feat. Join Automation Alley as we welcome BEHCO and Universal Robots for a Tech Takeover presentation dedicated to safe and practical technology solutions for manufacturers addressing a new demand for safety.

Learn about technologies designed to enable safe production with people and robots interfacing, flexible vision for quality control, 3D bin picking, and more.

This event is intended for manufacturing owner/operators, C-Suite leaders, plant managers, engineering managers, advanced manufacturing integrators, and machine builders.

Speakers:

  • Roberta Nelson Shea, Safety Compliance Officer, Universal Robots
  • Roman Reiner, Application Engineer, Behco
  • Kaleb Rodes, Application Engineer, Behco
  • Alex Vogt, Product Specialist, Cognex

 

 

Business Resource Breakfast

Wednesday, August 26 from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Are you a local business owner? Are you an aspiring entrepreneur? Are you in need of new employees? Are you in need of more training for your current employees? Are you interested in starting a registered apprenticeship program? If the answer is yes to any of these questions then we encourage you to join us. Business resources will be available all at a one stop location. Please join us to meet with representatives from various local, state, and federal business resource organizations. BREAKFAST WILL BE PROVIDED. Representatives will also be on hand to assist with all post COVID-19 business questions.

Location: Center Line Parks and Recreation building, 25355 Lawrence Ave, Center Line

 

 

 

From NIST 800-171 Compliance to CMMC

Thursday, August 27 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

THIS TRAINING WILL BE HELD IN A LIVE WEBINAR FORMAT. YOU WILL BE SENT LOGIN INFO VIA EMAIL THE DAY BEFORE THE EVENT Do you want to gain a better understanding of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) 800-171 cybersecurity compliance and Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) ? Please join Macomb Regional PTAC as we discuss the similarities, point out the differences and cover available business resources in regards to NIST SP 800-171 and CMMC. After attending this event, you should have a better understanding of both NIST and CMMC and what your business may need to do to become NIST 800-171 Cybersecurity Compliant as well as prepare for your selected CMMC level of certification.

 

Tech Takeover: Commercial and Fleet Charging for Electric Vehicles

Wednesday, September 2 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

The transportation industry is evolving quickly to electrified and connected vehicles, making electric vehicle charging for businesses and municipalities a high-demand service and amenity.

Join Automation Alley and Powerlink Systems for a Tech Takeover presentation to help your organization learn about available options and solution offerings for adding electric charging stations to your property. Learn about government incentives and utility rebates currently available and the benefits this service offering can bring to your city or your commercial property.

This event is intended for municipalities, commercial property owners, hospitality, and fleet vehicle operators.

 

 

 

Introduction to Federal Government Contracting - 101 WEBINAR

Thursday, September 10 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

THIS TRAINING WILL BE HELD IN A LIVE WEBINAR FORMAT. YOU WILL BE SENT LOG IN INFO VIA EMAIL THE DAY BEFORE THE EVENT. Is your business looking to diversity in the government sector? Is your business overwhelmed by the rules, regulations and registrations that are required to get started in Federal Government Contracting? Introduction to Federal Government Contracting -101 is the fundamental course in Macomb Regional PTAC s Core Series of Federal Government Contracting. This training offers an overview of what federal government contracting is, what it takes to be a government contractor, the steps your business needs to do to get started, and what no-cost services and continuous support Macomb Regional PTAC offers to small businesses in all aspects of government contracting. WHO SHOULD ATTEND? Management and key players who will support and facilitate government contracting within your company. Please Note: To register for this training your company must be located in Macomb County. No fee to attend, but registration is required.

 

How to Get a Business Loan - SBA Financing Roundtable

Thursday, September 10 from 9:30 a.m. to noon

It takes money to make money, as the saying goes. If you plan to borrow money to start a business or expand your current operation, this workshop is for you. Learn why some businesses get approved for a loan and others are denied. Get insight into the criteria used by lenders to evaluate a loan request. A commercial lender and SBA representative will explain the lending process, introduce SBA loan programs, and share real life examples of successful loan applicants. You will learn: What are the 3 things you absolutely must do before you apply for a business loan? What are the 5 criteria banks use to evaluate your loan application? Best suited for those who have good credit, a solid business idea, and some money to invest in the business.

 

Forming Your LLC or DBA, Do It Now - ONLINE

Monday, September 14 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Ready to launch your business as a sole proprietor or LLC? Been putting off the paperwork? Then you need this hands-on walk through. Business Consultants from the SBDC will discuss business entities and explain the documents needed to form and register a business, including Articles of Organization and Employer Identification Number (EIN). They will also cover basic bookkeeping procedures and the tax implications of your new business, as well as good business practices. Please be prepared with one or more names for your business. Please click here or visit https://cofs.lara.state.mi.us/SearchApi/Search/Search to search for existing business names registered with the State of Michigan. You can also search for Trademarks at http://tmsearch.uspto.gov/bin/gate.exe?f=tess&state=4810:zlg4yk.1.1

 

 

 

How to Evaluate and Prepare to Write a Federal Proposal - 501 WEBINAR

Tuesday, September 15 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

THIS TRAINING WILL BE HELD IN A LIVE WEBINAR FORMAT. YOU WILL BE SENT LOG IN INFO VIA EMAIL THE DAY BEFORE THE EVENT. If you start when the RFP is released, then you are starting too late," Charles Dickson To effectively create a bid response the reader must understanding what the contracting officer is communicating without the benefit of conversation. Per the FAR being responsive and responsible are the Rosetta Stones of proposal writing. They are the gateway that every submission must pass before having a remote chance of winning a Federal contract. This course is not designed to provide attendees with templates or SOPs. It is structured to provide you with a charcuterie of options, that can be used to successfully identify projects, read solicitations and create plans of implementation and action. Attendees will be exposed to capture planning, preparation, penning and the exhilaration or deflation of the award process. Class requirement: Pre-class work will be required. Estimated time to complete 90 minutes. Don t be the weak link for your team. Prerequisites: Introduction to Federal Government Contracting 101 Federal Market Research - 201 Prospecting for Federal Opportunities 301 OR you experience with submitting at least two responses at a Federal, State or Local level. WHO SHOULD ATTEND? Management and key players who will support and facilitate government contracting within your company. No fee to attend, but registration is required.

 

 

 

DLA Internet Bid Board System (DIBBS) - 101 WEBINAR

Thursday, September 17 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

THIS TRAINING WILL BE HELD IN A LIVE WEBINAR FORMAT. YOU WILL BE SENT LOG IN INFO VIA EMAIL THE DAY BEFORE THE EVENT. Doing business with the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) can be a great way to grow your business and enter 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. Topics to be covered in this training include DLA Internet Bid Board System (DIBBS) website overview, access to technical data packages, joint certification program, getting registered in DIBBS, how to find opportunities in DIBBS and cfolders overview. Prerequisites: Introduction to Federal Government Contracting 101 Federal Market Research - 201 WHO SHOULD ATTEND? Businesses that have identified DLA as a potential customer during their Market Research or are already selling to DLA. No fee to attend, but registration is required.

 

 

 

VIRTUAL SBIR/STTR Technology Transfer Pitch Day

Tuesday, September 22 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED AS A VIRTUAL EVENT. DETAILS AVAILABLE SOON. The Macomb Regional PTAC is excited to host the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (CCDC) Ground Vehicles Systems Center (GVSC) SBIR/STTR Technology Pitch Day. This event is a unique method for small businesses to showcase the technology they have developed through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program and the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program in response to an Army Technology Gap or Requirement. The goal of the Pitch Day is to showcase these SBIR/STTR technologies and match them with the technology needs for both government and industry, as well as assist the small businesses with their commercialization efforts. Technology areas will include autonomy, Power & Directed Energy, Advanced Propulsion and Advanced Materials & Manufacturing.