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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/

Local artist is transforming lives through creative entrepreneurship training

Artists are the original entrepreneurs but even after decades of bringing beauty and innovation to life they still struggle to prosper from their skillset. Seeing too many of her peers flounder, fine artist and small business expert, Andrea Rosenfeld set down her studio tools and committed herself to a greater good. Combining her professional art experience with her extensive background as the former Director of Merchandising and Operations for the iconic fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi, Rosenfeld crafted an entrepreneurial course specific to the creative mind through her Detroit Art & Business Institute (DABI).
 
After six successful sessions in Detroit and Ann Arbor, Rosenfeld is expanding her transformational Mind Your Art Business Growth Course to Pontiac on July 12th.  Classes will run for 8 weeks, every Wednesday night from 5:30 - 7:30pm at the Alley Cat Cafe/Local Hop.
 
Unlike other basic, business training courses this unique opportunity speaks directly to the specific goals, needs and frustrations of the art, craft and design sectors and offers an opportunity to practice and develop the skills they need to speak successfully to their clients, galleries, art and sales reps and retailers. 
 
“My graduates are grateful that the easy-to-understand content is geared to their creative mindset.  As important, they use their class time to build strong relationships and collaborations that expand their sales opportunities.” said Rosenfeld. “I guide my students to higher confidence and sales by supplying the tools and knowledge necessary to build a strong core business, profitably price their products or services, market themselves and find their ideal clients.” Legalities of business practices are also discussed during the course, as well as solutions for achieving healthy financials leading to sustained growth.
 
Those wishing to enroll should visit www.thedabi.com, email connect@theDABI.com or call 732-705-1567. The price of the eight-week, 16-hour course is $475.
 
About Detroit Art & Business Institute
Detroit Art & Business Institute is a committed and passionate coaching firm dedicated to empowering emerging and established creative business practitioners. DABI offers powerful guidance to soulful, creative entrepreneurs.
 

Gestamp to open new R&D center, adding jobs in Auburn Hills

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Troy-based Gestamp North America is opening a new state-of-the-art R&D facility in Auburn Hills with plans to add 64 new jobs. The company specializes in the design, development and manufacturing of metal components for the automotive industry. 

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Over $40 million in business investment coming to Oakland County, creation of 349 jobs

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Business investment this year in Oakland County is on pace to surpass that of 2016.

This according to Irene Spanos, Oakland County’s community affairs and economic development director.

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New business analytics certificate expands big data education programs at OU

Every day more and more companies are leveraging the benefits of business analytics to improve customer service, enhance operational performance, identify new business markets and drive revenue growth. The industry is flourishing, and Forbes reports the market is expected to nearly double by 2020.
 
To address that demand, the Oakland University School of Business Administration now offers a full complement of business analytics programs to meet a variety of educational and career needs.
 
The newest addition is Oakland’s Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics. This five-course program is ideal for working professionals from any discipline to gain knowledge in this growing field. The program is available beginning in the fall of 2017 and students can apply online now at oakland.edu/applynow.
 
“Business analytics is moving beyond the scope of IT professionals,” said Vijayan Sugumaran, professor of Management Information Systems and chair of the Decision and Information Sciences Department at Oakland University. “Employers are increasingly seeking professionals across disciplines who can harness data to solve business problems.”
 
Employers agree that finding people who have the requisite blend of quantitative computing and business domain knowledge and skills for business analytics is a challenge. From automotive and financial services to marketing, human resources and education, career opportunities abound for those who understand how to leverage the power of data to improve business processes.
 
“Oakland’s Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics is perfect for someone seeking specific knowledge in analytics to enhance their performance or career prospects without committing to a full master’s degree program,” Sugumaran said.
 
The need for business analytics education includes, but also goes beyond, the IT profession. Recognizing this, the Oakland School of Business Administration offers a suite of programs to meet the varied interests of those seeking to expand their skills and knowledge in this area.
 
OU’s complete suite of business analytics programs includes:
  • Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics
  • MBA with a business analytics concentration
  • Master of Science in IT Management with a business analytics concentration
  • Business analytics minor for Oakland undergraduate students in any major
  • Business analytics specialization for Oakland MIS students.
 
For more information about the Business Analytics Graduate Certificate, visit oakland.edu/business/graduate-executive-programs/business-analytics-graduate-certificate.

To learn more about OU’s Business Analytics programs, visit oakland.edu/business/undergraduate-majors-minors/business-analytics.

OU INC clients Munetrix and Skypersonic awarded $125,000 via Macomb Innovation Fund

Munetrix and Skypersonic have been awarded $125,000 in funding from the Innovation Fund Macomb Community College, powered by JPMorgan Chase & Co. These two Oakland County-based companies were the sole awardees of this seventh round of funding, chosen from a pool of 17 qualified applicants. Both companies are startup clients at Oakland University’s business incubator, OU INC.

Munetrix will receive a $100,000 award to advance the company toward larger-scale funding. Munetrix is a data science and advisory firm that provides analytics, planning, transparency and compliance tools for school districts and state and local governments. For public administrators, this cloud-based technology is designed to simplify data analysis and use predictive analytics to improve the communication of financials with policymakers and other community stakeholders.

Skypersonic will receive a $25,000 award to support taking initial steps to the market. Skypersonic develops drones for indoor applications within the commercial, industrial, agricultural, and civil industries. The drone’s propeller apparatus is enclosed and protected by an external casing, and it has multiple operating modes including flying, rolling, and traveling on ground.

"We are very excited for our companies, Munetrix and Skypersonic. The support from the Macomb Innovation Fund will catalyze their growth in the market. As each of these companies are building their business, their solutions also provide valuable resources to the community. Skypersonic is providing drone educational kits to K-12 institutions, and Munetrix is providing meaningful data and scorecard resources to local governments and schools,” said Amy Butler, OU INC Executive Director.

The Innovation Fund is a $2.7 million effort to stimulate economic development and job growth among promising Detroit-area entrepreneurs and next-stage companies with high-growth potential. Funding is provided by Macomb Community College’s Strategic Fund and JPMorgan Chase, as part of the company’s $150 million commitment to Detroit’s economic recovery. Information about the application process is available at macomb.edu/cie.

For more information, contact Joan Carleton at (586) 884-9324 or jfcarlet@oakland.edu.

Oakland County unemployment rate at lowest level since 2000

Oakland County’s unemployment rate in April was 3.0 percent – more than a point under the national unemployment rate of 4.1 percent and the lowest it has been in the county since December 2000.

The one-month decline in the number of unemployed county residents from March to April was 25,055 to 19,650 – a reduction of 21.6 percent, according to the most recent figures issued by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Oakland County had a civilian workforce of more than 652,000 in April and of that number, 632,448 people were employed – the highest number since 2001.

“This impressive decline in the unemployment rate is a clear indication that Oakland County’s economy continues to improve and that domestic and global companies remain committed to investing in the county,” Economic Development Director Irene Spanos said Friday. “Since January, the county has realized domestic and international investment of more than $274 million, which translates to 6,200 new and retained jobs. From 2014-16, the county saw investment totaling $2.4 billion – with $872 million of that coming from international companies.”

Bureau figures list Michigan’s unemployment rate for April at 3.7 percent and the Detroit-Warren-Livonia metropolitan statistical area at 4.0 percent. The state unemployment rate in March was 4.8 percent; the U.S. rate was 4.6 percent and Oakland County’s was 3.8 percent.

Spanos said the county’s improving economy was due in part to its Emerging Sectors® business attraction and retention strategy begun in 2004 by County Executive L. Brooks Patterson to offset the loss of manufacturing jobs. Since inception, the program is responsible for 442 successes resulting in more than $3.9 billion of investment, 43,297 new jobs and 27,947 retained jobs.

Emerging Sectors industry categories include Advanced Electronics & Power Generation, Advanced Materials, Aerospace; Communications & Information Technology, Homeland Security, Medical Main Street® and Robotics & Automation. A project is considered a success when a company either expanded an existing Oakland County facility when it had offers for competing sites in another state or opened new operations in the county.
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