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Planning and Economic Development

Featured Events





Coffee with the County

Thursday, July 25 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Come meet our elite business development team to discuss your business and learn about the many resources available through Macomb County. We can also provide details around services that deal with talent needs, capital assistance and strategic growth. 

Join us at one of the following locations and we'll provide the coffee!

*Please note: Additional beverages and food can be purchased at your own expense.

20785 E. Thirteen Mile Rd., Roseville, MI 48066 

Just Love Coffee Cafe
49453 Van Dyke Ave., Shelby Twp., MI 48317

If you’re interested in joining us for coffee and conversation, please email for the Scramblers location or for the Just Love Coffee Cafe location.

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Time and Priority Management

Thursday, July 25 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The purpose of this training is provide techniques that will help individuals regain control of their time when juggling deadlines, projects and multiple demands.

Objectives: This course will teach effective prioritization skills and methods to manage situations that impact time and productivity. Individuals will learn how to prioritize, effectively delegate, say “no”, and beat procrastination. Participants will develop a daily action plan that encourages self-discipline and sustained improvements to assure they are scheduling their time effectively.

Who should attend All individuals

Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:

  • Recognize when to prioritize tasks
  • Assess their organizational skills
  • Identify four ways to create more time
  • Explain how interruptions affect productivity
  • Identify four steps to effective delegation
  • Practice the best way to say “no”
  • Demonstrate how to handle a person who insists their priorities are more important
  • Discuss how to handle the challenge of working for multiple bosses
  • Identify reasons people procrastinate and list strategies to get moving 

Fees: $245 members; $310 nonmembers
Location: Macomb County Planning & Economic Development, 1 S. Main St., 7th Floor, Mt. Clemens




Prospecting for Federal Opportunities - 301

Thursday, July 18 from 9 a.m. to 12:30
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. In this training, you will be able to access various federal government e-procurement websites such as FBO, and experience searching for opportunities, as well as how to utilize FBO s advanced features to your benefit. We will also discuss and view other federal agencies e-procurement websites as well as PTACS BidMatch Service, and SBA s SUB Net Database. Furthermore, we will discuss various contracts, methods and competition types. Finally, we will end the training session with reviewing a solicitation and how to make that bid no bid decision. Prerequisite: Government Contracting 101 and 201. WHO SHOULD ATTEND? Management and key players who will support and facilitate government contracting within your company.
Location: Macomb Community College, MTEC, 7900 Tank Ave., Room 123, Warren


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Starting a Business

Thursday, July 18 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Attend this seminar if you want to turn your idea into a successful business. TOPICS INCLUDE: • Assessing your readiness for entrepreneurship • Evaluating market potential for your products or services • Sources of financing • Legal structure options • Taxes, licensing and insurance • Marketing and sales • Determining start-up costs and operating expenses • Introduction to writing a business plan
Location: Macomb County Planning and Economic Development, 1 South Main St., 7th Floor, Mt. Clemens


State of Shelby Township 2019

Friday, July 19 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Join us for the "State of Shelby Township" as Township Supervisor Rick Stathakis offers a comprehensive look at what wonderful things are happening in his community.
Location: Eisenhower High School- Performing Arts Center, 6500 25 Mile Rd., ​Shelby Township



A Gateway to the U.S. Market: NASSCOM Exclusive SME Program

Friday, July 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
In an effort to further promote mutually-beneficial trade, investment and technological exchange opportunities between the United States and India, the National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) will host the largest Indian trade investment delegation to the U.S. at Automation Alley on July 19.

The visit is designed specifically for NASSCOM member SMEs and will provide a one-of-a-kind opportunity to ease access into the U.S. market while charting new avenues for business growth and expansion.
Location: Automation Alley, 2675 Bellingham, Troy



Exporting Demystified: Tips for Growing Your Business Globally

Wednesday, July 24 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Join Automation Alley and a panel of international business experts as they share their firsthand insights about the opportunities and challenges of doing business worldwide. They will also demystify the export process and explain why the opportunities to sell overseas far outweigh the challenges. You will learn about the many resources designed to help small- and medium-sized companies launch their products around the world. Speakers will provide case studies on how companies can best position themselves to take advantage of business opportunities overseas while sidestepping some of the common hurdles faced by first-time exporters. They will also focus on countries around the world with the highest demand for Michigan’s goods and services.
Location: Automation Alley, 2675 Bellingham, Troy


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Introduction to Marketing Your Business - Webinar

Wednesday, July 24 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
This is a basic introduction to marketing for small businesses. Does your marketing strategy target your greatest opportunities for increases sales and achieving a competitive advantage? There is much more to marketing than having a couple of social media accounts and an email newsletter. In this webinar, we’ll discuss market analysis and research, competitive analysis and position, as well as product price, placement, and promotion, and finish up with strategy implementation. We have reserved 20 minutes 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


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Financial Management - Webinar

Wednesday, July 31 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
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 a bookkeeping 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. Please note: we do not provide tax advice or legal advice.
Location: Webinar



Tech Takeover: Avoiding Pilot Project Purgatory - Driving Fast Outcomes with Emerging Technology

Wednesday, August 7 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
With cloud, mobile, AI, augmented reality and IoT, today's technology leaders have their hands full. There are several organizations who have harnessed the power of these emerging technologies to achieve outcomes with extraordinary time to value. Manufacturers, oil and gas companies, transportation and logistics organizations are all using new technology to drive new opportunity. So, what is their secret? Join Splunk for this Automation Alley Tech Takeover. You'll hear real stories about real customer success and will learn several practices which will enable you to use emerging technologies to your advantage. This event is intended for technology leaders and strategists, software and system architects and anyone interested in real-world application of advanced and emerging technology.
Location: Automation Alley, 2675 Bellingham, Troy



How to Market Your Business to the Federal Government - 401

Thursday, August 8 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The U.S. Government is the largest buyer of goods and services. Selling to government agencies can be a rewarding experience. But how do you market your goods and services to the Government? Learn how to market your business to government agencies. Topics to be covered include the following: Situation Analysis Developing effective marketing materials Networking wand people to know. We will also discuss the following marketing strategies: Capabilities statement Flyer ontent Additional value add Graphics A better business card Company website/social media platforms The elevator speech. WHO SHOULD ATTEND? Management and key players who will support and facilitate government contracting within your company.
Location: Macomb Community College, MTEC, 7900 Tank Ave., Room 124, Warren



Automation Alley Member Appreciation Lunch

Thursday, August 8 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Calling all Automation Alley members! Lunch is on us! Join Automation Alley this summer at our Troy headquarters for free lunch as we say thank you for your continued support of, and involvement in, our organization! Our global brand has never been stronger or more powerful in driving revenue and recognition to our members than it is today. Participation from our membership base is what makes our organization tick, and Automation Alley’s success is a testament to your dedication to our cause! Don’t miss the free food and good company. Join us in our parking lot and auditorium for a backyard BBQ buffet as we say thanks for your continued support! This event is open to members only.  Please limit 3 individuals per member business.
Location: Automation Alley, 2675 Bellingham, Troy



Automation Alley August Orientation

Tuesday, August 13 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Calling all new, current or prospective Automation Alley members! You’re invited to Automation Alley Orientation, a comprehensive overview of Automation Alley’s benefits and services. Discover how Automation Alley can help your business grow. We’ll discuss our great list of benefits — like exclusive networking events, meeting space and public relations tools — and how you can take the first steps toward getting involved.
Location: Automation Alley, 2675 Bellingham, Troy


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Starting a Business

Thursday, August 15 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
A Half-Day No-Cost Event for entrepreneurs, new business owners and innovators WHO SHOULD ATTEND? This workshop is designed for individuals who are at the beginning stages of starting a business. TOPICS INCLUDE: • Assessing your readiness for entrepreneurship • Steps for starting a business • Introduction to writing a business plan • Tools to determine start-up costs and operating expenses • Local resources and recommendations
Location: Center Line Recreation Center 25355 Lawrence Center Line



2019 Meet the Buyer

Thursday, August 22 from 8 a.m. to Noon
Meet the Buyer is a program 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 in attendance resource partners Michigan Small Business Development Centers (SBDC), Macomb County Planning and Economic Development Department, Small Business Administration (SBA), VetBiz Central, and USDA Rural Development. 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 your business have 2 years of commercial business sales before entering into the government contracting realm. The benefits to Buyers include an efficient and cost-effective way to meet and identify new suppliers and keep business local to the Michigan economy.
Location: Macomb Community College, 14500 E Twelve Mile Rd, Building K, Room 301, Warren