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5Qs with founder and executive director of Fleece and Thank You

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DBusiness Daily News interviewed Nicholas Kristock, founder and executive director of Fleece and Thank You of Novi, about the nonprofit’s mission to create a more hopeful hospital environment by providing fleece blankets tagged with video messages to children battling an illness. Kristock played semi-professional soccer in Australia while working for four charities and considers the sport the “vehicle” that brought him to the nonprofit world. 

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Free or low-cost business classes offered in August/September at the Oakland County One Stop Shop

Business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs who are looking for assistance are encouraged to attend high-value, low-or no-cost business workshops offered by the experts at the Oakland County One Stop Shop Business Center.

Unless otherwise noted, all programs are held at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, west of Telegraph, in Waterford. For pre-registration and a location map, visit www.AdvantageOakland.com/businessworkshops or call 248- 858-0783.

August/September Workshops:
Five Steps to LinkedIn Mastery
Aug. 3 | 9-11:30 a.m.

Have you ever ‘Googled’ yourself? Chances are that your LinkedIn profile was the very first result.
If Google is putting your LinkedIn profile at the top of the search results, make sure that you are putting your best foot forward. When you use LinkedIn correctly, it’s much easier to:
  • Be found by prospective clients and/or employers
  • Locate and learn about the decision makers that you need to meet
  • Stay current in your industry
  • Evaluate future employees and partners
  • Understand valuable and lesser known features on LinkedIn
LinkedIn can be a powerful tool – part SEO, part contact manager, part resume, part research and all business.
The better we all get at networking, the better all of our networking will be.
Speaker Terry Bean, Founder of Networked Inc. and Motor City Connect
Cost: $40 per person | Registration Required

Starting a Business
Aug. 3 | 9-11:30 a.m.
Sept. 7 | 9-11:30 a.m.

Thinking about starting a business? This workshop is designed for individuals who are at the beginning stages of starting a business. This workshop will help aspiring entrepreneurs assess their abilities to lead and manage a company as well as evaluate market and sales potential for their products and services. Topics like startup costs, financing options and business planning are introduced, along with the necessary steps to getting started. If you are ready to start your business this workshop is for you.
Cost: No charge | Registration Required

CEED Lending Small Business Loan Orientation
Aug. 9 | 9-11 a.m.
Sept. 13 | 9-11 a.m.
Have a need for alternative financing for your business? Is your business located in Oakland County? Consider learning more about the CEED Lending Small Business Loan Program. Discover the requirements and processes necessary to apply for and obtain a small business loan. If you are interested in alternative financing for your Oakland County small business, then the CEED Lending Small Business Orientation is for you. CEED Lending is an initiative of the Great Lakes Women’s Business Council.
Cost: No charge | Registration Required

Team SBA Financing Roundtable
Aug. 29 | 9 a.m.-noon
Need the inside scoop on how to obtain a business loan? Attend the Team SBA Financing Roundtable to find out how banks evaluate your application. Learn how to improve your chances for a business loan and how SBA loan guarantee programs can help you get financing. This workshop is best suited to those with good credit, a solid business idea and funds of their own to invest in the business. If you want to improve your chances of obtaining a business loan, then this workshop is for you.
Note: Because the SBA does not provide loan guarantees to real estate investment firms, including purchasing and rehabbing houses for resale, this type of financing is not discussed at the roundtable.
Cost: Free | Registration Required

Market Research Basics
Aug. 31 | 9-11:30 a.m.
Ready to grow your business? Our Market Research Basics workshop helps you discover ways to find your ideal customers, identify your competitors, perform competitive analysis, identify new site locations, target direct mail campaigns, reveal untapped markets and expand to new and appropriate markets. If you are ready to grow your business, the Market Research Basics workshop is for you.
Cost: No charge | Registration Required

September Workshops
Women’s Business Enterprise Certification Orientation (WBE)
Sept. 21 | 9-11 a.m.
Attention Women Entrepreneurs: Consider becoming a Certified Women Owned Business. Learn about the process and benefits of joining the Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE). WBE certification benefits include access to procurement opportunities with major national companies who are looking to do business with women- and minority-owned companies. If you are ready to take your women-owned business to the next level, this workshop is for you.
Cost: $25 per person | Registration Required

Avoiding Costly Real Estate Mistakes
Sept. 21 | 9-10:30 a.m.
Did you know your lease for commercial space could be time bomb waiting to explode? When looking for commercial space most people focus on the base rent not realizing terms in the lease could cost them even more. Office, industrial and retail leases have different ways of charging for expenses. Are you signing a pure gross lease or not? Do you have a relocation clause in your lease? What does that mean and why should you care?
Lynn Drake, president and founder of Compass Commercial, LLC discusses “Avoiding Costly Real Estate Mistakes”
Cost: $20 per person | Registration Required

Walk-in Start Up Thursdays in Waterford and Novi
WalkIn-StartUp Small Business Counseling
Aug. 3 | 9:30 a.m. – Noon | 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 7 | 9:30 a.m. – Noon | 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

In Waterford: One Stop Shop Business Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford
In Novi: Novi Civic Center - Community Development Center Room, 45175 Ten Mile Road, Novi
Whether you opened a business or you’re thinking about it, the Oakland County One Stop Shop Business Center has resources to help you. We can provide you with confidential small business counseling. You receive one-on-one advice from an experienced business consultant – with no appointment necessary. Consultants offer direct answers to your questions about startups, suggest next steps and provide guidance on business planning tools. These high value services are offered at no charge to you. Walk-in sessions are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Each session is limited to 15 minutes.

Walsh College webinar on August 17 to help professionals and career changers develop their brand

No matter if you are an experienced professional or just starting your first job, having a clear personal brand will set you up for a successful career.

Your background, skills, education, and personal qualities all play a critical role in developing a personal brand in the workplace. A personal brand is an essential part of defining individual value at work for professionals in virtually all fields, from business to graphic design and healthcare.

Walsh College will host a complimentary webinar titled, Your Career, Your Brand, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 17. The webinar is part of a series designed for professionals in any field who are looking to improve their business acumen. It will be hosted by Lee Meadows, Ph.D., professor, Management Department, at Walsh. Dr. Meadows brings more than 30 years of expertise in leadership development, management consulting and development, career change, and more.
“Defining your personal brand is an important but often overlooked aspect of building a strong career,” Dr. Meadows said.

“Understanding your role and the value that you bring to the table is crucial to advance your career in any field. This webinar is designed for professionals looking to make a change, improve their career, or build the foundation for advancement.”

Topics will focus on building a portfolio for your career and brand for success, how to position yourself for advancement and strategically align your skill set to your career, and provide information about Walsh’s new Master of Arts in Business Degree.

This webinar topic is part of Walsh’s effort to deliver practical business tips, skills, and acumen to a non-business audience — through the new Master of Arts in Business degree program. Launching this fall, the program is designed specifically for non-business professionals who need to build business knowledge and skills to advance in their careers.

The MA in Business degree will provide students with a well-rounded business education and enable them to advance their career trajectory, gain a position of added responsibility, better comprehend and contribute in a business environment, and/or start a business.

Find out if you are a match for the Master of Arts in Business or another advanced degree program by taking the “Is the MA in Business Degree Program Right for You?” quiz.

For more on Walsh webinars or to register, visit www.walshcollege.edu/webseries.

Registration for fall classes begins on Aug. 7. Fall classes begin Sept. 27.

OU INC client Wave Water Works teams with engineering students for product validation

OU INC client Wave Water Works, LLC has a patented Oscillo Drive that converts the up and down movement of wave water into reusable energy and electricity. The company recently leveraged the strong relationship between OU INC and Oakland University’s School of Engineering and Computer Science (SECS) to successfully test their Oscillo Drive technology, verifying the device’s production and output of energy and electricity.  

Wave Water Works utilized talented students through the school’s senior design course. This requirement for OU senior-level engineering students brings together mechanical, electrical, and computer engineering students to work on real-world projects that demand the skills and knowledge of each of their disciplines. A State of Michigan Business Accelerator Fund award allowed for OU INC to partially fund the effort.
 
Based on the results obtained by the students, Wave Water Works approved an undisclosed operational testing site for the Oscillo Drive in Port Huron, Michigan. This extension of the OU SECS testing will allow for further measurement and monitoring of the power input and electrical output from the wave-water oscillating movements. Wave Water Works is additionally locating multiple working sites, including locations in Macomb County, Israel, and Lebanon.
 
“It is estimated that OU INC, through the professional efforts of SECS students and faculty, provided Wave Water Works with more than $1.5M worth of professional engineering services,” said Chuck Keys, project director and business manager of Wave Water Works.

Completing hardware and software research and development (R&D) for this startup green-energy company includes the following faculty and students:

·         Michael Latcha, Ph.D., ME, director, SECS Senior Design Laboratory, Department of Mechanical Engineering
·         Daniel Aloi, Ph.D., Department of Mechanical Engineering
·         Oakland University Senior Engineering Students: 
                 -Tia Sherrard, Electrical Engineering, Team Manager
                 -Carla Gerst, Electrical Engineering
                 -Makayla Eckardt, Computer Engineering
                 -Mark Tarnicki, Electrical Engineering
                 -Brent Stelzer, Electrical Engineering
                 -William Carter, Mechanical Engineering
                 -Edwin McBride, Mechanical Engineering
                 -Paul Smyrski, Mechanical Engineering
 
For more information, contact Joan Carleton at (586) 884-9324 or jfcarlet@oakland.edu.

OU INC is a Smartzone Business Incubator and Innovation Center, in collaboration with the City of Rochester Hills, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, and strategic industry partners. With a focus on the energy, medical device, and information technology sectors, OU INC provides entrepreneurial resources and strategic business solutions for developing business ventures and accelerating ideas to market. OU INC is a designated Soft Landing Facility through the International Business Association for international companies. For more information, visit oakland.edu/ouinc.

The Business Accelerator Fund is an initiative of the State of Michigan’s 21st Century Jobs Fund Program and is distributed by the Michigan Small Business Development Center (MI­-SBDC) through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and Michigan’s network of business accelerators. Through this program, OU INC is successfully delivering specialized business acceleration services to companies commercializing advanced technology.

Beaumont Health named 'Most Wired' by American Hospital Association

Beaumont Health has been named among the nation’s Most Wired Advanced hospitals according to results of the 19th Annual Health Care’s Most Wired survey, released today by the American Hospital Association’s Health Forum.

“The Most Wired hospitals are using every available technology option to create more ways to reach their patients in order to provide access to care,” said AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack. “They are transforming care delivery, investing in new delivery models in order to improve quality, provide access and control costs.”

According to the survey, Most Wired hospitals use smartphones, telehealth and remote monitoring to create more ways for patients to access health care services and capture health information. This year’s results show:
  • 76 percent offer secure messaging with clinicians on mobile devices.
  • When patients need ongoing monitoring at home, 74 percent use secure emails for patients and families to keep in touch with the care team.
  • 68 percent simplify prescription renewals by letting patients make requests on mobile devices.
  • 62 percent add data reported by patients to the electronic health record to get a better picture of what is going on with the patient.
  • Nearly half of the hospitals are using telehealth to provide behavioral health services to more patients.
  • 40 percent offer virtual physician visits.
  • More than 40 percent provide real-time care management services to patients at home for diabetes and congestive heart failure.
“At Beaumont Health, information technology helps our clinicians and patients make informed decisions about health care,” said Subra Sripada, executive vice president, chief transformation officer and chief information officer. “We use technology to engage the communities we serve and improve their experience. Receiving this award again reaffirms our team’s accomplishments and demonstrates Beaumont’s commitment to leveraging technology to advance the delivery of care in order to produce better outcomes for our patients.”

Innovation in patient care embraces emerging technologies and underscores the need for secure patient information exchange. Hospitals have increased their use of sophisticated IT monitoring systems to detect patient privacy breaches, monitor for malicious activities or policy violations and produce real-time analysis of security alerts.
  • 97 percent use intrusion detection systems.
  • 96 percent perform data access audits.
  • Nearly 90 percent run targeted phishing exercises to teach employees to question suspicious emails.
Most Wired hospitals are transforming care delivery with knowledge gained from data and analytics. They are investing in analytics to support new delivery models and effective decision-making and training clinicians on how to use analytics to improve quality, provide access and control costs.
  • 82 percent analyze retrospective clinical and administrative data to identify areas for improving quality and reducing the cost of care.
  • Three-quarters use sophisticated analytics such as predictive modeling and data to improve decision-making.
  • Nearly 70 percent interface electronic health record data with population health tools for care management.
  • More than 70 percent are providing data analytic tools training to physicians and nurses.
  • 45 percent initiate a patient pathway using health IT to follow a care plan.
  • Nearly 40 percent deliver quality metrics to physicians at the point-of-care.
  • 32 percent have tools for real-time patient identification and tracking for value-based care conditions, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
HealthCare’s Most Wired survey, conducted between Jan. 15 and March 15, 2017, is published annually by Health & Hospitals Networks. The 2017 Most Wired survey and benchmarking study is a leading industry barometer measuring information technology use and adoption among hospitals nationwide.

The survey of 698 participants, representing an estimated 2,158 hospitals — more than 39 percent of all hospitals in the U.S. — examines how organizations are leveraging IT to improve performance for value-based health care in the areas of infrastructure, business and administrative management; quality and safety; and clinical integration.

Detailed results of the survey and study can be found in the July issue of H&HN. For a full list of winners, visit www.hhnmag.com.

About Beaumont Health
Beaumont Health is Michigan’s largest health care system, based on inpatient admissions and net patient revenue. A not-for-profit organization, it was formed in 2014 by Beaumont Health System, Botsford Health Care and Oakwood Healthcare to provide patients with the benefit of greater access to extraordinary, compassionate care, no matter where they live in Southeast Michigan. Beaumont Health has total net revenue of $4.4 billion and consists of eight hospitals with 3,429 beds, 174 outpatient sites, nearly 5,000 physicians and 36,000 employees and 3,500 volunteers.  In 2016, Beaumont Health had 177,508 inpatient discharges, 17,536 births and 567,658 emergency visits. For more information, visit beaumont.org.

About the American Hospital Association
The AHA is a not-for-profit association of health care provider organizations and individuals that are committed to the improvement of health in their communities. The AHA is the national advocate for its members, which include nearly 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks and other providers of care. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends. For more information, visit www.aha.org.
 

Autoliv ASP leases space for new facility in Southfield

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Autoliv ASP, Inc., announced it is leasing space to construct a 180,000-square-foot facility in Southfield. The company plans to invest $22.6 million and create 384 jobs there in the next five years, according to a release by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. The new facility will enable the consolidation of four locations of the Autoliv Electronics America division. It will be across the street from the current location at 26545 American Drive, Southfield.

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Special needs adults earn praise and a paycheck at Mi Abilities

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Bear Hall is on a mission to find meaningful work for young adults with disabilities. 

“What started this three years ago was I heard a statistic that in Huron Valley, from ages 25-54, there had been 1,200 kids on IEPs (individualized education program) and only 8 percent of them got a job. Ninety-six out of 1,200. And I said something has to change and it can’t just be jobs pushing carts and bagging.

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Local filmmaker to begin Nain Rouge production

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Sam Logan Khaleghi, an Emmy-nominated filmmaker, today announced production will begin on a film about Detroit urban legend Nain Rouge at the end of the summer. The film will be submitted to film festivals worldwide prior to a full theatrical run of engagement through Troy-based Emagine Entertainment."

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Southfield Michigan Works to move to Lawrence Tech Enterprise Center

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Southfield Michigan Works is moving to Lawrence Technological University Enterprise Center in Southfield, in mid July, according to a press release issued by the City of Southfield. The center is also home to LTU Collaboratory, which provides support and training to early-stage technology companies.

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51 students awarded the OCC Chancellor's Scholarship

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More than 50 incoming Oakland Community College (OCC) students across the county are getting a head start on their higher education following graduation. These new students will start their first-year with tuition and fees covered by the College’s Chancellor’s Scholarship award.

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Continental reinvents automotive audio technology, actuators replace speakers

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Auburn Hills-based automotive internal technology company Continental has announced a reinvention of the car audio system. The company is replacing conventional loudspeakers with actuators that create sound by vibrating certain surfaces in the vehicle.

The sound waves are generated by compact actuators, which are similar to the core of a conventional speaker. The transducers consist of a magnet and a coil that generate micro-vibrations.  

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Cheryl Bush picked as manager of Oakland County International Airport

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Cheryl Bush has been named manager of the second busiest airport in Michigan, Oakland County International Airport. 

Bush, former president of large aircraft flight operations company Aerodynamics Inc., will become the first woman to manage the airport when she steps into her new role on July 12. She will make $107,832 annually.

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Duluth Trading Company opening first store in Oakland County, second in Michigan

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Duluth Trading Company is opening its second Michigan store right here in Oakland County.

The store will be located just south of Menard’s on an outlot property along Wixom Road and immediately west of the new At Home store, a home decor company.

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OU named among top colleges in Michigan for business majors

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Payscale and Zippia recently named Oakland University among top colleges for business majors in Michigan. The organizations recognized Oakland based on career outcomes and return on educational investment for graduates of Oakland’s School of Business Administration. 

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OCC is riding the CREST of public safety

June 16 was a big day for the OCC Police Academy, which celebrated its 50th graduation since the program’s establishment in 1967. Recognized as a leading police training facility in the State of Michigan, the Police Academy consistently graduates high achievers through a combination of skilled and experienced training staff and hands-on training through CREST (Combined Regional Emergency Services Training).

The June ceremony recognized 33 new graduates – 17 from various agencies in the area and 16 pre-service or self-sponsored candidates.

"Our graduates represent courage, compassion and dedication to our community," said Interim Chancellor Peter Provenzano. "They are committed by oath and honor to protect and serve, and we are indebted to them for their service."

Graduating Police Academy class president Samuel Hannum added, "This is where we start representing every officer in the United States."

CREST is the region's unique training center, developed by local Police, Fire and EMS agencies in collaboration with Oakland Community College. It includes furnished houses, a bank, convenience store, motel and five-story live fire-training tower on Oakland Community College's Auburn Hills Campus. The CREST site offers an experience where real-life scenarios are simulated by trainees who must not only think through options and decisions, but also actively apply their public safety skills.

OCC offers advance training, degrees and certificates in public safety fields including Police, Fire, EMS and Emergency Dispatch. It is is overseen by a new interim dean, Lt. David Cece, former OCC public safety officer.

OCC is also pleased to announce two new endowed scholarships related to CREST. The first, the Rolland C. Thayer III Firefighters Memorial Endowed Scholarship. Thayer was Captain of the Pontiac Fire Department for more than 25 years and this scholarship honors his service by supporting a student in the Basic Fire Academy.

The second new scholarship is the Richard and Patricia Tillman Endowed Scholarship Fund that will benefit the top marksman in each class at the Academy. The Tillmans both worked at the Police Academy; Mr. Tillman served for nearly three decades.

For more information on training opportunities, please visit www.oaklandcc.edu/crest/
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