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Planning and Economic Development

Featured Events


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NAFTA 2.0 is Coming... What Does it Mean for Your Business?

Thursday, October 25 - Registration & Breakfast: 7:30 a.m - 8:00 a.m. Program: 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
You're invited to join a symposium on rapid changes in international trade and the impact on Macomb County businesses. What are the risks, opportunities and what can your business do to respond?

Find out from Top Experts in International Trade Law about:

  • What the US Canada Mexico Agreement - USMCA (NAFTA 2.0) will mean on the ground for companies doing business with Canada and Mexico?
  • Since the beginning of 2018, we’ve seen an unprecedented flood of new tariffs either threatened or enacted – tariffs on solar panels and washing machines, steel and aluminum tariffs, tariffs on Chinese imports, tariffs on automobiles and automotive components. How to seize opportunities and minimize threats to your business and the specific strategies you can use to protect your company from shifting trade rules.

Network with international trade experts and other business leaders and share ideas on how to navigate these uncertain items.

RSVP to Nairi Bagdasarian at

Location: Velocity Collaboration Center - Macomb/ OU Business Incubator, 6633 Eighteen Mile Road, Sterling Heights


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Tech Takeover: Reducing Unplanned Downtime with Big Data & Analytics

Wednesday, October 24 from 7:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Are you a manufacturer looking to reduce unplanned downtime and improve maintenance practices and operational efficiencies? The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) may be the answer you've been looking for. Around the world, customers with industrial processes are increasingly looking to their IIoT data to better monitor, diagnose and analyze operational issues on the factory floor. Join the experts at Splunk Inc. for an Automation Alley Tech Takeover designed to help plant managers, process engineers, reliability engineers and more visualize their assets, configure real-time alerts and perform predictive failure analytics. Splunk, a partner to several large automotive OEMs, helps companies address unplanned downtime and solve the challenges of disparate systems and applications.
Location: Automation Alley, 2675 Bellingham, Troy


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Quarterly Manufacturing Network Meeting

Wednesday, October 24 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Discussion about 2019 health care changes. What it means to employers and their employees. Guest speakers: Mr. Ray Farley, III CECD Executive Director, Alliance Pickens, South Carolina and Mr. Jon Pope, MSF, LIC, Partner, Cambridge Consulting Group. Free event.
Location: Greystone Golf & Banquet, 67500 Mound Road Washington



Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) Orientation & Overview

Thursday, October 25 from 9 a.m. to noon
Is your business selling to the government, or are you thinking of expanding your business into the federal marketplace? If so, it is important you take the time to understand the rules and regulations you must follow to avoid costly pitfalls. The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) governs all acquisitions and contracting procedures in the federal government. It is a substantial and complex set of rules governing the federal government’s purchasing process, and its purpose is to ensure purchasing procedures are standard and conducted in a fair and impartial manner. If you are interested in obtaining a better understanding of the FAR, this overview is designed for you. For each FAR part, this comprehensive training will describe the basic concepts that every federal contractor should be aware of. Additionally, through the course of the training, attendees will learn how to navigate the FAR so they may more easily reference it as the need arises. Introduction to Federal Government Contracting - 101
Location: Macomb Community College, MTEC, Rm 138, 7900 Tank Ave., Warren

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Accounting for Small Business ENTR-8049

Mondays and Wednesdays, November 5 - November 21 from 6 p.m. to 8:55 p.m.
Explore bookkeeping through an overview of accounting principles, processes, and the rules all small business bookkeepers need to know. Understand basic financial statements and how to report income and expenses.
Location: Macomb Community College Center Campus, 44575 Garfield, Clinton Township



Overview of Defense Cybersecurity Assurance Program

Wednesday, November 7 from 9 a.m. to noon
Find out about DCAP an how it support defense contractors by offering expert cybersecurity consulting services and matching funds to qualifying companions  that need assistance in become compliant with NIST SP 800-171.
Location: Macomb Community College, MTEC, Rm 138, 7900 Tank Ave., Warren


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FT Future of the Car Summit USA 

Thursday, November 8
The automotive industry faces massive disruption from advances in autonomy and connectivity as well as the shift towards electric vehicles. Emerging technologies combined with changing customer preferences could reshape the whole market. Taking place in Detroit, the seat of the US car industry, the FT Future of the Car Summit USA will throw light on new products, strategies and partnerships turning disruptive forces into engines for growth. Join us to get fresh perspectives on the future of the car from industry thought leaders.
Location: The Westin Book Cadillac, 1114 Washington Blvd., Detroit



Introduction to Government Contracting - 101

Thursday, November 8 from 9 a.m. to noon
Did you know the federal government purchased in FY 2017 approximately $446 billion dollars of goods and services? If you're interested in diversifying your business into the federal government marketplace, find out what you need to do to get started. In addition, learn about the services and continuous support the Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) has available to help your company with the contracting process. 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.
Location: Macomb Community College, MTEC, Rm 138, 7900 Tank Ave., Warren


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Placemaking and Public Engagement: The Crossroads for a Successful Community

Monday, November 12 - Clinton Township
Thursday, November 15 - Detroit

All events are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with lunch provided.
The National Charrette Institute and Michigan State University Extension are hosting a statewide training series on Placemaking and using the NCI charrette process to achieve quality places. These interactive one-day workshops will teach community and economic development professionals, planners, zoning administrators, elected officials, planning commissioners, students and involved citizens the essentials of quality places and how to create them using the National Charrette Institutes process for design-based collaboration. Participants will practice identifying areas ripe for placemaking and develop a placemaking project.

  • MSU Extension Assembly Room 21885 Dunham Rd, Verkuilen Building #12, Clinton Township
  • MSU Detroit Center Rooms 230 A&B, 3408 Woodward Ave., Detroit




"When I was a YoPro..." Story Slam

Tuesday, November 13 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Join us for an evening of compelling, inspiring storytelling to benefit #YoPros and Jr. Leadership Macomb. Featuring stories by area leaders and celebrities including: Fox 2's Roop Raj, 96.3 WDVD's Blaine Fowler, Baker College President Patty Kaufman, Clear Vision Consulting's Dawn Drozd and many more!
Location: Freddy's, 40000 Garfield Rd., Clinton Township



Prospecting for Federal Opportunities - 301

Thursday, November 15 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. This training will be conducted in a computer lab where you will access various federal government e-procurement websites such as FBO and experience searching for opportunities by learning how to utilize FBO's advanced features to your benefit. In this training, you will also learn about other federal agencies e-procurement websites, PTACS BidMatch Services and various contracts, methods and competition types. Finally, the training session will end with reviewing a solicitation and how to make that bid, no-bid decision. Prerequisites: Introduction to Federal Government Contracting - 101 Federal Market Research - 201.
Location: Macomb Community College, MTEC, Rm 123, 7900 Tank Ave., Warren

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Marketing Strategies That Work ENTR-8023

Mondays and Wednesdays, November 26 - December 3 from 6 p.m. to 8:55 p.m.
Investigate competitive strategies that attract customers. Explore niche marketing, research the best marketing opportunities, and learn how to enter new markets.
Location: Macomb Community College Center Campus, 44575 Garfield, Clinton Township


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Auto STEAM Days 2018

Wednesday, December 5 from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Join us for Auto STEAM Days 2018! Through the past decade thousands of students have engaged in hands-on, interactive learning and experiences, always on the cutting edge of technology. The FREE event is geared to grades 6-12. 

  • Check out the latest trends in automotive design and technology
  • Talk with experts in the fields of engineering & robotics
  • Experience digital sketching and automotive clay modeling
  • Realize the high tech world of production design
  • Explore the world of welding through the use of a virtual welder
  • Understand the world of automated, connected vehicles
  • Discover coding and traffic light programming
  • Experience high tech vehicles on display in our car show
  • Operate hands-on skilled trades exhibits and learn about apprenticeship

Location: Sports & Expo Center, 14500 E. 12 Mile Rd., Warren


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Protect Your Small Business ENTR-8003A

Wednesday, December 5 from 6 p.m. to 8:55 p.m.
Use the law to protect you and your small business and to choose the best legal entity to protect your business from personal liability, unnecessary taxes, and internal or external fights. Taught by an attorney.
Location: Macomb Community College Center Campus, 44575 Garfield, Clinton Township



How to Market Your Business to the Federal Government - 401

Thursday, December 6 from 9 a.m. to noon
The U.S. Government is the largest buyer of goods and services. Selling to the federal government can be a rewarding experience, but how do you market your
goods and services to them? In this training you will learn how to market your business to the federal government as well as prime contractors.
Prerequisites: Introduction to Federal Government Contracting — 101; Federal Market Research - 201; Prospecting for Federal Opportunities - 301
Location: Macomb Community College, MTEC, Rm 138, 7900 Tank Ave., Warren


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Explore Careers in Manufacturing and Technology

Thursday, December 6 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
A night to explore and engage. For students grades 6-12, parents & guardians. 

  • Learn about job skills that are in high demand
  • Hear from recent grads who found good-paying career employment
  • Meet local businesses and learn who employers are hiring
  • Discover the career pathway that’s right for you
  • Learn about apprenticeship programs including the  Michigan Apprenticeship Program Plus (MAP+)
  • Explore apprenticeship, internships and work‑based learning

Location: Sports & Expo Center, 14500 E. 12 Mile Rd., Warren


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Financing Your Business ENTR-8045A

Monday, December 10 from 6 p.m. to 8:55 p.m.
Explore financing sources for small business and their benefits/drawbacks. Learn how and what to get ready before going to the bank for a loan. Discuss the 5 Cs: Conditions, Capital, Character, Collateral, and Cash Flow.
Location: Macomb Community College Center Campus, 44575 Garfield, Clinton Township


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Taking the Next Steps--Getting Started ENTR-8046

Wednesday, December 12 from 6 p.m. to 8:55 p.m.
Completion of previous 6 classes required. Review and assess your business strategy and identify your next steps. Bring your planner to schedule an appointment with the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Macomb Community College.
Location: Macomb Community College Center Campus, 44575 Garfield, Clinton Township