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Planning and Economic Development

Featured Events

 

 

Macomb County FIRST Robotics Showcase

Wednesday, December 11 from 3:45 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Please join us for a FIRST Robotics Showcase hosted by local students from the International Academy of Macomb and the I.AM.ROBOT FIRST Robotics team. Macomb County is well represented in the FIRST Robotics community. There are over 20 high school teams from the area and the majority will have a presence at this open house event. We welcome you to come and meet these impressive students, experience their innovations and hear from mentors and coaches on why FIRST Robotics is an integral part of fueling our talent pipeline.

The goal of this event is to promote STEM growth in Macomb County by fostering mutually beneficial relationships between FIRST Robotics teams and businesses. These relationships will help students learn about the workforce and develop STEM skills, as well as collaboration, communication and critical thinking abilities. For businesses, involvement with FIRST Robotics teams presents an opportunity to educate bright and innovative students while gaining significant exposure to the community. *Please note: Doors open at 3:45 p.m. The program will start promptly at 4 p.m.
Location: Macomb Intermediate School District, 44001 Garfield Road, #1100, Clinton Township


 

Financing Your Business ENTR - 8045A

Monday, December 9 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. (3 Contact Hours)
Location: Macomb Community College Center Campus, 44575 Garfield Rd., Clinton Township

 

December 2019 Coffee Hour – Anton Art Center

Tuesday, December 10 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Please join us for our last Coffee Hour of the year! Informal Networking plus special Holiday Shopping Opportunity this month. Coffee and donuts served.
Location: Anton Art Center, 125 Macomb Place, Mt. Clemens *Note:  Parking on Street at $0.50 per hour or download Park Mobile App on your phone.

 

Get to Know your Chamber- December 2019

Wednesday, December 11 from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Please join us for our quarterly Get to Know Your Chamber, a special event that helps newer Macomb County Chamber Members connect with the staff of the chamber. We explain all the working parts of your Chamber and help you navigate your membership. ​You will also have the opportunity to introduce yourself and your business! 
​*This is a quarterly event for NEW MEMBERS ONLY in the past 90 days or PROSPECTIVE MEMBERS*
Location: First State Bank - Clinton Township, 41240 Hayes Rd., ​Clinton Township

 

Taking the Next Steps - Getting Started ENTR - 8046

Wednesday, December 11 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. (3 Contact Hours)
Location: Macomb Community College Center Campus, 44575 Garfield Rd., Clinton Township

 

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How to Market Your Business to the Federal Government - 401

Thursday, December 12 from 9 a.m. to 12:30
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

 

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Michigan Resources for Defense Exporting

Thursday, January 9 from 9 a.m. to noon
This event is for Michigan businesses who wish to learn about available resources for defense exporting. MEDC will be on hand to share information about their, no fee, Statewide export resources which are designed to help Michigan companies grow their international sales. Resources are available for all industries and range from matching funding for travel and international customer searches. The U.S. Department of Commerce will share insight into international defense opportunities and how to proactively leverage the U.S. Department of Commerce and other federal agencies to pursue and win defense contracts abroad. Foster Swift Collins & Smith P.C. will share best practices and real-life examples of how US Export Controls impact defense exporting and how to tread a safe path through landmines. And ALBEX LAW, P.C. will dive deeper and present on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: The "B" word in Defense Industry's International Transactions.
Location: Macomb Community College, MTEC, 7900 Tank Ave., Room 138, Warren

 

Doing Business in South Africa

Tuesday, January 14 from Noon to 2 p.m.
Is your business looking to expand to new high growth markets overseas? Join Automation Alley for an event focused on trade and investment opportunities in South Africa. A country of 58 million people, South Africa enjoys relative macroeconomic stability, has a largely pro-business environment and is a logical and attractive option for U.S. companies seeking to enter the Sub-Saharan Africa marketplace. The nation is the most advanced, diversified and productive economy in Africa. This event will include information on Automation Alley's trade mission to the annual Africa Health Exhibition in May 2020 in partnership with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. This is the Sub-Saharan region’s largest health care event and will attract more than 10,000 health and trade professionals from 67 countries around the world.
Locations: Automation Alley, 2675 Bellingham, Troy

 

Global Economic Outlook for 2020 and Beyond

Thursday, January 16 from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
This annual economic outlook will feature international business experts discussing the shifting dynamics of the global economy and how companies can best position themselves to take advantage of the opportunities and challenges of doing business around the world in 2020. How will the seemingly endless U.S.-China trade dispute continue to impact the international economy? Will Brexit finally see closure? What about the current and future state of our nation’s trade agreements with major trading partners? Or the upcoming U.S. presidential election? Closer to home, how will these and other factors affect Michigan’s business climate, especially our automotive, defense and other advanced manufacturing and high-tech industries? Speakers will focus on industries, countries and regions around the world where growth opportunities are particularly strong. They will also examine projected trends in two-way trade and investment flows and identify industries that will either benefit or be challenged by globalization in the short, medium and long terms.
Locations: Automation Alley, 2675 Bellingham, Troy

 

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Introduction to Federal Government Contracting - 101

Thursday, January 16 from 9 a.m. to 12:30
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.
Location: Macomb Community College, MTEC, 7900 Tank Ave., Room 138, Warren

 

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Great Lakes Water Authority Small Business Initiative Advisory Meeting 

Thursday, January 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Join the Macomb Regional PTAC and the Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) for their Small Business Advisory Meeting. This meeting will highlight how to do business with GLWA; resource information from the Macomb PTAC and the U.S. Small Business Administration; and sub-contractor opportunities from GLWA’s primes.
Location: Macomb Community College, Center Campus, University Center 1, 44575 Garfield Road Clinton Township

 

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Federal Market Research 201

Thursday, February 6 from 9 a.m. to 12:30
The second core class in Macomb Regional PTAC s Core Series of Federal Government Contracting is Federal Market Research 201. This training will help you identify who your customer and competitors are, as well as the current and future outlook for your Industry. You will learn how to research the consumer by identifying federal agencies who are buying what you re selling. You will also learn how to research the competition by identifying who is already selling your service or product to the federal government and for how much. And finally, you will learn how to research your industry by identifying what are the federal government s past, present and future procurement and Industry trends. This class will be conducted in a computer lab and seats are limited. Class time may run over due to the hands-on nature of training. Prerequisite: Introduction to Federal Government Contracting - 101 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.
Location: Macomb Community College, MTEC, 7900 Tank Ave., Room 123, Warren

 

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State Contracting Overview

Thursday, February 13 from 9 a.m. to 12:30
The Department of Technology, Management and Budget (DTMB) Procurement Office serves as the state s Central Purchasing Office and has a portfolio of approximately 800 multiple-year contracts worth billions of Dollars. Topics to be covered: Doing Business with the State of Michigan Navigating the State Contracting Process Doing Business with MDOT How to research Competitors - Michigan Transparency Website. 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.
Location: Macomb Community College, MTEC, 7900 Tank Ave., Room 138, Warren

 

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Army Contracting Command - Warren: Other Transaction Authority (OTA) 101

Thursday, February 27 from 9 a.m. to noon
The Other Transaction Authorities (OTAs), have proven an effective tool to streamline acquisition, diversify the defense industrial base, and gain access to state-of-the-art technology within a collaborative government/industry environment. Join Army Contracting Command Warren, Michigan, acquisition innovation leaders, as we walk through the new guidance, lessons learned, transition to production and the 10 USC 2371(b) statue for better understanding of these streamlined acquisition capabilities. In addition to hearing about how OTAs work, you will also hear about OTAs in action, multiple solicitation processes such as pitch day (similar to the television show Shark Tank), Panel Pitches, why we use White Papers and the Annual Plan process. PREREQUISITE: Introduction to Federal Government Contracting 101 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.
Location: Macomb Community College, MTEC, 7900 Tank Ave., Room 138, Warren

 

Save the Date: Macomb County ACES Job Fair

Wednesday, April 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
A Job Fair Connecting Employers with Differently-Abled Professionals. Why should you hire someone with a disability? According to the Centers for Disease Control 25.6% Americans live with a disability 28.2% of Michigan Residents have a disability.

  • Employees with disABILITIES have lower turnover low absenteeism, dedication, and longer tenure. Enabling employers to reduce recruitment costs.
  • A study completed by Accenture, in partnership with Disability:IN and the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), concluded that companies employing individuals with disabilities saw, on average, 28 percent higher revenue, double the net income and 30 percent higher economic profit margins over the four-year period we analyzed.
  • A survey conducted by the Job Accommodation Network found, 59% of job accommodations cost employers nothing to make ($0), while the remaining accommodations typically cost only $500.
  • Access to On-the-Job Training through Michigan Works! This program allows up to 50% reimbursement of the new employees wages for a designated period of time.
  • Employers have potential for federal tax incentives when hiring individuals with disabilities A diverse workforce better reflects your customers and the community in which you provide your services.

Location: 44001 Garfield Rd. Clinton Township