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Planning and Economic Development

Featured Events


Family and Medical Leave Act

Thursday, October 31 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The purpose of this training is to provide human resource professionals, managers and supervisors with the knowledge and resources to recognize and administer FMLA in an effective and easy manner.

This course will provide guidance on how to recognize FMLA notice and administer the law. Participants will discuss how to update company policy and answer employee questions relating to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

Who should attend HR personnel, manager, and supervisors

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

  • State the “fundamentals of FMLA”
  • Recognize FMLA notice
  • Teach supervisors and managers their legal rights and obligations under FMLA
  • Administer FMLA for every employee situation
  • Explain FMLA to employees, including employee rights and responsibilities
  • Identify and avoid administrative and employee pitfalls
  • Identify and address possible FMLA abuse

Location: Macomb County Planning & Economic Development, 1 S. Main St., 7th Floor, Mt. Clemens




DLA Packaging Requirements & 1st Destination Transportation

Tuesday, October 22 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Macomb Regional PTAC is hosting a Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) webinar featuring Packaging and First Destination Transportation. This will be a live webinar to learn the ins and outs of DLA s packaging and First Destination Transportation. Please bring your questions to ask the experts as we will have a live Q&A. This webinar will address: Packaging Requirements (MIL-STD-2073) Military Marking (MIL-STD-129) RFID Tags Wood Packaging Material (WPM) Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) Lead Free Requirements (E-code) Commercial Packaging (ASTM D3951) Reports of Discrepancies First Destination Transportation: FDT NIIN Profile FDT Overview Benefits of FDT Vendor Shipping Module Recognizing FDT in Award Text Key Information/Vendor Success
Location: Macomb Community College, MTEC, 7900 Tank Ave., Room 138, Warren


Marketing Strategies That Work ENTR-8023

Wednesday, October 23, Monday, October 28 and Wednesday, October 30 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 Rd., Clinton Township



DLA Internet Bid Board System (DIBBS) - 201

Thursday, October 24 from 9 a.m. to 12:30
Building on what was discussed in DIBBS 101 training, we will take a look at other DLA Internet Bid Board System (DIBBS) applications such as how to submit a quote on line, find awards, submit post award request, and discuss packaging and shipping. Prior to attending this training, if you determined your business will need to access technically controlled data packages (drawings), we recommend that you apply for the Joint Certification Program (JCP). If you need assistance with this please contact our office. Topics to be covered: How to submit a Quote in DIBBS How to find Awards How to submit a Post Awards Request (PAR) Unique Procurement Identifiers update Past Performance Informational Retrieval System (PPIRS) DLA Packaging and Shipping Prerequisites: Introduction to Federal Government Contracting 101 Federal Market Research - 201 DLA Internet Bid Board System (DIBBS) - 101 WHO SHOULD ATTEND? Businesses that have identified DLA as a potential customer during their Market Research, or are already selling to DLA.
Location: Macomb Community College, MTEC, 7900 Tank Ave., Room 138, Warren


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Starting a Business

Thursday, October 24 from 9:30 a.m. to noon
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: Macomb County SBDC Office, 7th floor, 1 South Main, Mt. Clemens


How to Recruit, Hire, and Retain an Individual with a Disability

Wednesday, October 30 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Macomb 4 Inclusion and Michigan Rehabilitation Services invites Macomb County business owners to a luncheon panel discussion on successfully recruiting, hiring, and retaining individuals with disabilities. The event is free to attend.
Location: Macomb Intermediate School Building
Michigan Superior Room (north end of the building), 44001 Garfield, Clinton Township



FAR kenstein - Don't let the FAR Scare You

Thursday, October 31 from 9 a.m. to 12:30
FEDERAL ACQUISITION REGULATIONS (FAR) ORIENTATION AND OVERVIEW 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, the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) Orientation and 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. This event will cover the following: FAR Overview FAR Sub-chapters (A through H) FAR Clause Flow Downs PREREQUISITE: Government Contracting 101. 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 138, Warren


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Small Business, Big Threat - Mobile Device Safety and Security - Webinar

Tuesday, October 29 from 11 a.m. to noon
Do you know the risks associated using mobile devices for business? Join us as we discuss the importance of mobile device security and how it can protect your business. We’ll walk you through a quick-paced webinar, ask a few poll questions of the audience, and give you time for question and answer with the Michigan SBDC’s Cyber Security Awareness Program Specialist, Scott Taber. You'll leave the webinar with: 1. Easy to understand examples of these tips and tricks 2. Explanations of why these topics matter for your small business 3. Key steps you can easily implement in your small business
Location: Webinar


Accounting for Small Business ENTR - 8049

Mondays & Wednesdays, November 4 - 20 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. (18 Contact Hours)
Location: Macomb Community College Center Campus, 44575 Garfield Rd., Clinton Township


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Hiring Your First Employees - Webinar

Wednesday, November 6 from 11 a.m. to noon
Do you need help planning to hire your first employees? This webinar will cover areas such as: defining employees and independent contractors, financial planning and projections for hiring, interview strategies, and employee reporting requirements. If you are new to the hiring process and interested in learning some best practices, please join us for this fast-paced 60-minute introduction to hiring your first employees. We will finish up the webinar with time for Q&A with an SBDC small business consultant.
Location: Webinar


Diversity Annual Luncheon 2019

Wednesday, November 6 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The Macomb County Chamber and ONE MACOMB will partner to bring you an informative luncheon you won't want to miss. Please join us for our Annual Diversity Luncheon as we discuss diversity and inclusion in the work place. 
Location: Italian American Cultural Society Banquet & Conference Center, 43843 Romeo Plank Rd., Clinton Township



Introduction to Federal Government Contracting - 101

Thursday, November 7 from 9 a.m. to 12:30
The federal government purchased in FY 2017 approximately $501 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. You will learn about the services and continuous support the Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) has available to help your company with the contracting process. Additional Topics to be covered are: Overview of PTAC Initial Considerations Getting Registered Small Business Administration (SBA) Small Business Programs Certifications Doing Business with the Federal Government Finding Opportunities Contract Administration Where do I go from here? 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, 7900 Tank Ave., Room 138, Warren


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Cyber Security & International Trade for Small Business - Webinar

Thursday, November 7 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Learn how to expand your business internationally, and learn ways to protect yourself from cyber attacks along the way in this 2-hour educational session.
Location: Webinar


Coffee Connection- English Gardens

Friday, November 8 from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Join us for a Coffee Connection at English Gardens! Come get a tour of the beautiful nursery as they are preparing for the Holiday season! This is also a wonderful opportunity to network with your fellow Macomb Chamber Members.
Location: English Gardens, 44850 Garfield, Clinton Township


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Starting A Business - Webinar

Wednesday, November 13 from 11 a.m. to noon
Are you considering self-employment, or at the beginning stages of starting a business? Join us for a one-hour long accelerated walkthrough of our “Starting A Business” course. This introductory webinar covers the process of evaluating market potential for your products or services, startup costs and financing options, plus initial steps for writing a business plan.
Location: Webinar



Prospecting for Federal Opportunities - 301

Thursday, November 21 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


Protect Your Small Business ENTR - 8003A

Wednesday, December 4 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. (3 Contact Hours)

Location: Macomb Community College Center Campus, 44575 Garfield Rd., 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


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



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