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Nearly 15K Michigan workers to receive training through $17M in grants


As part of the Michigan-based Skilled Trades Training Fund program’s plan to administer grants totaling $17 million during the 2017 fiscal year, nearly 15,000 workers in the state will receive training for in-demand technical jobs, the state-based Talent Investment Agency announced.?

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Beaumont Hospital unveils renovated cardiac lab in Farmington Hills


As part of an ongoing $160 million expansion plan, Beaumont Hospital in Farmington Hills has opened its updated Cardiac Catheterization Lab, which was taken out of service in mid-October to install an advanced imaging system.  ?

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Mayor Barnett attended Mayors Conference on Entrepreneurship


Mayor Bryan K. Barnett joined mayors from around the nation at the fourth annual Mayors Conference on Entrepreneurship, Nov. 30-Dec. 2, 2016, in St. Petersburg, Florida. Barnett was among hundreds of mayors across the county that came together to explore how cities can make entrepreneurial opportunities available to all.

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2016 Women's Leadership Conference, "Leading with Purpose"

Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce (APACC) hosted its second Women’s Leadership Conference, “Leading with Purpose”. The event was held Wednesday, November 9, 2016, 11:00 AM to 3:30PM at Greektown Casino Hotel located in Detroit, MI.

APACC’S Women’s Leadership Conference was a half-day event of inspiration and empowerment designed with ALL women in mind. The event was Chaired by Linglong He, CIO of Quicken Loans and the keynote speaker was Mina Sooch, President and CEO, Gemphire Therapeutics and CoFounder and Managing Director, Apjohn Ventures.

This was the second time APACC hosted a women’s conference with the premiere event being held in 2014. This year, the event offered attendees a choice of two of four breakout sessions designed to help them grow both personally and professionally.

Breakout session titled, “You’re THE One”, sponsored by Kyyba, Inc. with presentation by Julie Booksh, Licensed Professional Counselor helped attendees learn to be the biggest cheerleader of themselves and assisted in ways to articulate your strength at work.

Breakout session titled, “Grow Your Value”, sponsored by Quicken Loans with presentation by Kristina Kolbas, Senior Vice President, IT Client Platforms, Quicken Loans discussed with attendees ideas on how to elevate their career to next level.

Breakout session titled, “Steps to Financial Security”, sponsored by Comerica Bank consisted of a panel of Comerica Bank experts including Barton Burns, V.P. Wealth Planning Manager, Mary Nichols, V.P. Senior Wealth Advisor, Lee Lien, V.P. Senior Investment Strategist which guided attendees on taking the right steps in planning their financial future.

Breakout session titled, “Reprogram Yourself for Work Life Balance”, sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan with presentation by Cindy Bjorkquist, Director of Health and Wellness, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan encouraged attendees with suggestions on how to handle work, home life and personal goals.

The Crystal Sponsor for this event was Quicken Loans, Wisdom Sponsor - Comerica Bank, Energizing Sponsor - Federal-Mogul Corporation, Enlightening Sponsor - Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Inspiring Sponsor - Kyyba Inc., Event Sponsors - Acro Service CorporationDTE EnergyFord Motor Company & General Motors, Keepsake Sponsor - Gardner-White Furniture, Media Sponsor - Corp! Magazine and the Magazine Sponsor – Dbusiness.

For more information about APACC, please visit www.apacc.net or call 248-430-5855.

APACC's mission is to facilitate business relationships among Asian and U.S. based companies and to promote the economic advancement of Asian Pacific Americans.

December Business Workshops


Give your business the gift of an Oakland County One Stop Shop Business Center workshop this holiday season. Whether you’re a start-up entrepreneur or a seasoned professional, the One Stop Shop can help you with your business needs. Take advantage of offered tools, experts, and workshops to get your business off the ground, or keep it running smoothly during the holiday rush. Tis the season to perfect your business plan!

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Troy's Altair partners with the University of the Philippines on future urban design


Altair, a Troy-based company that focuses on the development and application of simulation technology, is partnering with the University of the Philippines. As part of the collaboration, Altair will provide licenses at no cost for its computer-aided engineering and design solutions software to the architecture faculty at the university’s new Design Lab.  

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Lawrence Tech, St. John Providence to launch new bachelor's degree in nursing

St. John Providence and Lawrence Technological University have received state approval to establish a nursing education program.
The program, which will open in the Fall 2017 semester in August, will have classroom instruction at Lawrence Tech’s Southfield campus, with clinical and laboratory instruction at six St. John Providence hospital locations around metro Detroit. St. John Providence is part of Ascension, the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system.
The new program will fall under Lawrence Tech’s College of Arts and Sciences as a major in the LTU Department of Natural Sciences, granting a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
“Michigan and the nation as a whole are in the midst of a continuing shortage of qualified, well-trained nurses,” Lawrence Tech President Virinder Moudgil said. “We aim to help solve that problem with a nursing education program that will take full advantage of our 85-year history as a technologically advanced university. Our founding motto, ‘Theory and Practice,’ is a perfect description of the kind of nursing education we will deliver with our partners at Providence.”
“This partnership is part of our ongoing commitment to providing the training our future nurses need so they can deliver the high quality and compassionate care that patients expect and deserve,” said St. John Providence President & CEO, Jean Meyer.
The Michigan Board of Nursing approved the application for the new nursing program Thursday.
Lawrence Tech has hired Therese Jamison, DNP, ACNP-BC, as professor of nursing and director of the program. Jamison earned her Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Vanderbilt University. Earlier, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master’s Degree in Nursing from Wayne State University, as well as a post-master’s certificate as an acute care nurse practitioner from the University of Michigan.
A veteran nursing specialist, Jamison continues to work one day a week as a nurse practitioner in cardiovascular services at St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Warren Campus.
The six St. John Providence hospital locations are: St. John Hospital & Medical Center, Detroit; St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Warren Campus; St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Madison Heights Campus; Providence-Providence Park Hospital, Southfield; Providence-Providence Park Hospital, Novi; and St. John River District Hospital, East China Township.
The new nursing program will admit an initial cohort of 32 students for the Fall 2017 academic semester, and 32 new students per year thereafter.
Jamison said the LTU-St. John Providence nursing program will be unique in that it will admit qualified students directly into the nursing program, and nursing classes will start in the curriculum’s first term. Most nursing programs admit students to a “pre-nursing” program for two years of prerequisite courses, then admit a smaller number of those students to the formal nursing program.
Also unique is the close academic-practice partnership between LTU and St. John Providence, Jamison said. Most nursing programs offer their clinical programs through a wide variety of hospital groups, creating barriers for students in navigating the healthcare system.
The LTU-St. John Providence program will conduct its courses year-around over 11 semesters, requiring 126 credit hours of study.
St. John Providence is one the largest providers of inpatient care in southeast Michigan. St. John Providence provides comprehensive prevention, primary care and advanced treatment programs with more than 125 medical centers and six hospital locations spanning five counties. 
Lawrence Technological University, www.ltu.edu, is a private university founded in 1932 that offers more than 100 programs through the doctoral level in its Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering, and Management. PayScale lists Lawrence Tech among the nation’s top 100 universities for the salaries of its graduates, and U.S. News and World Report lists it in the top tier of best Midwestern universities. Students benefit from small class sizes and a real-world, hands-on, “theory and practice” education with an emphasis on leadership. Activities on Lawrence Tech’s 107-acre campus include more than 60 student organizations and NAIA varsity sports.

LTU prof gets two grants for robotics and entrepreneurial education

A Lawrence Technological University assistant professor of biomedical engineering has been awarded two new grants – one to explore touch-sensitive feedback in robots, and another to expand entrepreneurial education in biotech.

?Mansoor Nasir is principal investigator on a $50,000 grant from the DENSO North America Foundation and a $25,000 grant from the Kern Family Foundation.

The DENSO grant will be used to acquire laboratory instrumentation to help LTU students design, develop and evaluate haptics, the science of touch-based human-computer interfaces, for applications like auto interiors, medicine, and virtual reality.
“We want to introduce a sense of touch into robots to give them the ability to interact with objects,” Nasir said.

Working with Nasir on the DENSO grant are Eric Meyer, associate professor of biomedical engineering; James Kern, robotics lab instructor; Franco Delogu, assistant professor of psychology; and Nabih Jaber, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering.

Meyer is also co-principal investigator on the Kern Family Foundation grant.

The focus of the Kern grant is broadening the scope of entrepreneurial education in engineering classes, making it more widely available through such digital media as web videos.

Earlier, in 2014, Nasir and Meyer received a grant through a Kern Family Foundation program, the Kern Entrepreneurship Education Network (KEEN), to develop course modules on entrepreneurship for engineering classes. In 2015, they received funds through KEEN to organize three half-day workshops on entrepreneurship for engineering professors.

The Kern Family Foundation, based in Waukesha, Wis., has as one of its goals building entrepreneurship into engineering education. More at http://www.kffdn.org/ or http://engineeringunleashed.com/keen/.

About the DENSO North America Foundation
A registered 501(c)3 corporate foundation, the DENSO North America Foundation is dedicated to helping Students advance their education in engineering, technology and other related programs. Founded in 2001, the Foundation provides grants to colleges and universities throughout North America, helping our communities prosper through the development of a skilled and knowledgeable workforce. The Foundation also provides disaster relief grants through the American Red Cross to aid persons and communities in which DENSO Corporation operates. For more, visit http://densofoundation.org.

About DENSO in North America
In North America, DENSO employs more than 23,000 people at 30 consolidated companies and affiliates. Of these, 25 are manufacturing facilities located in the United States, Canada and Mexico. In the United States alone, DENSO employs more than 15,000 people in California, Michigan, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, Iowa, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Arkansas. DENSO’s North American consolidated sales totaled US$9.9 billion for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2016. For more, go to www.densocorp-na.com or connect with DENSO on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DENSOinNorthAmerica.

Detroit Grooming Company CEO keeps hands-on approach to business growth

In just three years time, Michael Haddad has gone from complaining about the itchy beginnings of a new beard to selling hundreds of handmade grooming products per week.

Haddad is CEO of Detroit Grooming Company and, along with co-founders Shaun Walford and Chad Buchanan, has grown the company from one handmade product to approximately 200 products. The company started in from a 300 sq. ft. self-characterized closet and has now grown into a 7,000 sq. ft. light industrial building on Wolcott Street in Ferndale. Detroit Grooming Company also has its own barber shop on Woodward Avenue in Ferndale and is building a second one in Detroit's Corktown neighborhood.

Detroit Grooming Company didn't start with a grand vision but instead a genuine curiosity. In 2013, Haddad and Walford, both employees of Buchanan at a local jewelry shop, decided that they were going to grow their beards out for No Shave November, aka Movember, a grassroots movement to raise awareness and funds for cancer research. 
With the duo scratching their faces as their beards grew in, they purchased a beard oil to share, hoping it would alleviate the itchiness.

Displeased with the product, Haddad and Walford wondered if they couldn't make one themselves. Fast-forward three years later, and Detroit Grooming Company has launched the Black Label Collection, a limited line of grooming products that include beard oils, butters, and cleansers. Fifteen percent of sales from the Black Label Collection will go to No-Shave.org, which benefits a number of non-profit cancer organizations.

"It's crazy what a little bit of time and a little bit of research actually does," says Haddad. "Because you can be a complete novice at something and the Internet, although it's used for cat pictures and pictures of people's dinner, can also be used to actually make change in your life and affect the outcome of other people's lives, too, in a positive way."

After a period of research and trial-and-error, Haddad and Walford showed what would become their first product, Corktown Beard Oil, to Buchanan. Immediately taken by the tobacco and vanilla scent, Buchanan wanted in, and the three became business partners, launching what would become the Detroit Grooming Company.

Expanding from one product to 200 didn't just happen overnight. Much of what Detroit Grooming Company sells comes from either instances of personal need, customer suggestion, or wondering if they can do something better than their competitors. And it's the co-founders that test the products on themselves. Get an idea, see if it works, and adjust accordingly.

"It's accidental how some things happen, but you have to have deliberate actions afterwards," says Haddad. "Each one of us have contributed to the creation of these products."

Starting in that 300 sq. ft. closet, Detroit Grooming moved to a space on Fort Street in Detroit before outgrowing that and moving to a bigger space in Ferndale. They've since moved to the even bigger 7,000 sq. ft. space in Ferndale. 
A barber chair from the 1920s sits near the front, awaiting restoration and an eventual installation in the Corktown barber shop. One row of shelves has hundreds of finished products, awaiting shipment. Another row contains hundreds of ingredients. An enormous vat sits atop two table-top heaters (the vat too big for one heater to handle on its own).

The co-founders are heavily involved, making their products by hand, preparing packages to ship, the majority of which they do themselves. All this despite the fact that they've gone from selling 10 orders per week to selling over 100 orders per day. 
Haddad says that for all their success, the same desire to create back in 2013 is the same that drives them today. They're just creating a whole lot more.

"We're able to handle it," Haddad says of the company's growth. "You just scale. You move along with the trends. You don't fight anything. You go with what's flowing. That's how you find the best."

Walsh College MST and MAC programs receive national rankings in TaxTalent survey

Two of Walsh College’s graduate programs received prestigious recognition in the TaxTalent.com 2017 Top in Tax Educational Survey, which ranked the Master of  Science in Taxation (MST) program fifth and the Master of Science in Accountancy (MAC) program tied for sixth nationally.

The survey asked 321 tax employers to vote for the best U.S. undergraduate, graduate and legal programs from their perspective for the 2016-17 school year.

According to the survey, the respondents were U.S. tax hiring authorities from corporate in-house departments and professional service firms. They ranged from middle market to Fortune 10™ companies with tax functions and professional service firms based in the U.S.

In the Methodology section, the survey states, “One of TaxTalent’s long-term missions is to help bridge the gap between academia and the professional world of tax.”

“It is gratifying for those of us at Walsh College to know that the employer community recognizes that we are providing our students with a rigorous and relevant tax education that they find desirable when evaluating potential new hires,” said Richard Davidson, vice chair, Tax and Business Law Department, Walsh College.

Walsh is the only college in Michigan to appear in the top 10 on the Master of Science in Taxation (MST) list, joining the likes of Golden Gate University, Villanova University and DePaul University (Kellstadt Graduate School of Business), among others.

Joining Walsh in the top 10 of Master of Science in Accounting (MAC) programs are Brigham Young, University of Michigan (Ross School of Business) and University of Notre Dame (Mendoza College of Business), among others.

Walsh College will hold an MST Open House for students interested in pursuing a Master of Science in Taxation (MST) from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at the Troy campus.

The Walsh MST degree program is designed for professionals seeking to gain comprehensive, practical knowledge of tax accounting, tax law, and tax research, while also achieving a deeper understanding of the broader concepts of tax methodology and tax procedure.

Graduates of the highly regarded Walsh MAC program benefit from a reputation for strong accounting skills earned over 90 years of placing accounting professionals with firms in Michigan.

 About TaxTalent.com: TaxTalent is the online career and leadership development portal for tax professionals. Membership includes free access to expert coaches, mentors, resources, content and valuable tools for both career and leadership growth.

ESG Automotive in Troy expands testing labs, will add engineers


In an effort to increase the amount of onsite projects at its facility, ESG automotive Inc., an engineering consulting company for automobile manufacturers and suppliers, has doubled the size of its Troy offices.?

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Holly man starts up recruiting firm for skilled trades workers


Travis Neville of Holly started a business by request. As a recruiter at a construction company, he often received phone calls from outside contractors looking for skilled trades workers. Realizing the high demand, he started a recruiting firm, Contractor Placement. 

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Toys 'R' Us to carry Walled Lake-based Zollipops


Toys ‘R’ Us has announced that it will begin carrying Zollipops, a dental health-friendly lollipop manufactured by Walled Lake-based LOL, in its stores nationwide.

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Nonprofit leadership series has begun at Lawrence Tech

Lawrence Technological University’s Center for Nonprofit Management, in cooperation with Plante Moran, announced the start of this year’s “Executive to Executive” speaker series for leaders in the nonprofit sector.
On Tuesday, Nov. 1, Nina Holden, vice president for institutional advancement at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, spoke on “Fundraising 101 to $101 million: proven approaches to successful development” at Lawrence Tech’s Southfield campus.
The Center for Nonprofit Management is part of LTU’s College of Management.
Executive to Executive is a series of presentations featuring prominent leaders who are making a difference in the social sector. Other partners in sponsoring the series include the United Way for Southeastern Michigan, the Michigan Nonprofit Association, Blender Consulting Group, and the McGregor Fund.
Other presentations in the series are:
  • “Crisis communications: How to prevent and recover from bad news about your organization,” presented by Matt Friedman, co-founder, Tanner Friedman, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017
  • “Be the best board member you can be,” presented by Tom Wilson, president and CEO, Olympia Entertainment, Tuesday, March 14, 2017
  • “The community engagement imperative,” presented by Beth Chappell, president and CEO, Detroit Economic Club, Tuesday, April 11, 2017
All sessions in the series are held in the Mary E. Marburger Science and Engineering Auditorium, Room S100, in Lawrence Tech’s Science Building. For directions and location, visit www.ltu.edu/map. Lawrence Tech’s campus is at 21000 W. 10 Mile Road in Southfield. Admission is $30 per session per person. Online registration is available at www.ltu.edu/management/executivetoexecutive.asp.

Lawrence Technological University, www.ltu.edu, is a private university founded in 1932 that offers more than 100 programs through the doctoral level in its Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering, and Management. PayScale lists Lawrence Tech among the nation’s top 100 universities for the salaries of its graduates, and U.S. News and World Report lists it in the top tier of best Midwestern universities. Students benefit from small class sizes and a real-world, hands-on, “theory and practice” education with an emphasis on leadership. Activities on Lawrence Tech’s 107-acre campus include more than 60 student organizations and NAIA varsity sports.

Clawson's Junk King spins trash into gold

As the adage goes, one person's junk is another person's treasure. It’s a lesson that the co-owners and employees of Junk King are taking to the bank.

Consider the recent case of a senior woman who had lived in the same house for decades. When she was ready to move out, she called Junk King of Detroit to help her remove some items from her home. Challenged with mobility issues, the woman hadn't even set foot in her basement for about fifteen years. When Joi McQueen, one of the co-owners of Junk King, went to the basement to see what sort of job they had ahead of them, she felt like she was stepping into a time capsule.

"It was like time had stopped in her basement. Cobwebs everywhere. Literally, no one had been down there," says McQueen. "There was stuff down there where I was like, I don't even know what this is."

"Some people get emotional sometimes when you're pulling stuff out of their basements, and they see things they haven't seen in a number of years," adds co-owner David Rzepecki.

McQueen, Rzepecki, and fellow Junk King of Detroit co-owner Kent Garibaldi have found themselves in a lot of interesting situations since first opening the Clawson-based junk removal business in January of 2016. There are the time capsule basements. There was the ghost arcade, a former business with over one hundred water-damaged arcade machines in the back. And then, of course, there are the hoarders. If there's one thing about modern America, it's that there's no shortage of stuff. That’s why McQueen, Rzepecki, a and Garibaldi figured a junk removal service seems like a pretty good bet for business.

It's hard work, removing a house full of stuff. Junk King's employees work three days on and get two days off; a standard five day work week is too physically grueling, says Rzepecki. And it's not like many of the houses are neatly packed up in boxes. Workers are often carrying out loads to the dumpster, a five-gallon bucket or two at a time. Bed bugs, too, are often the reason someone might call Junk King.

N job is too big or small; Junk King moves everything from a single television set to an entire house full of stuff. They recycle 60 to 65 percent of the items they haul away. Other items may go to the dump. Some items, say a nice couch still in good condition or a working piano, get donated to various organizations. Employees are allowed to take certain items that are otherwise destined for the trash heap, a perk of the job. One working hot tub stayed in the Clawson facility for months as the college-aged employees eyed it for the school year.

"I'm utterly amazed at the number of hot tubs we take out. It seems like we take one out close to one a day or every other day. It's amazing," says Rzepecki. "And half of them are in decent shape."

Co-owners McQueen, Garibaldi, and Rzepecki are old friends, having all worked in the medical equipment and pharmaceutical sales fields at various points over the years. Garibaldi, whose idea it was to buy into the Junk King franchise, still owns a medical equipment and pharmaceutical sales company today. Rzepecki works with him there. McQueen left the field to run Junk King full-time.

The transition from sales to entrepreneur was an easy one, says McQueen. Having to work on your own, manage a territory, and deal with customers prepared her for running Junk King. She says it's even more rewarding. She and her partners delight in seeing the joy on customers' faces after all the items have been removed.

Ten months into the business and the Junk King of Detroit crew is enjoying what they started.

"You get to meet so many people and hear their stories. I love it. I think it beats sales," says McQueen. "People are so happy; they're just ecstatic when you're done getting all of their stuff out. It's really enjoyable to see."
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