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Baker College adds Master's in Nursing to fall roster

Baker College will offer a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) online beginning fall quarter. Registration is now open for classes that begin Thursday, Sept. 24.

The Baker College MSN is an advanced-level, postgraduate degree that provides education for registered nurses who wish to be employed as nurse educators, nurse administrators, nurse managers and health policy experts. The program includes practice hours performed in the student's community.

“Graduates of Baker College’s new MSN degree will be prepared for positions in nursing administration and nursing education,” said Lesley Morgan, Ph.D., ARNP, dean of Baker College’s School of Nursing. “This program will help meet the needs of administrators at our partner hospitals who are telling us that they would like more registered nurses to be academically qualified for leadership roles.

“The flexibility of this online master’s program is ideal for working nurses. No matter where they are located, students can log in online, when convenient for them, to pursue the next step in their education.”

In 2014, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated the average annual salary for registered nurses was $69,790; for health care administrators it was $103,680. Nationally, employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 19 percent from 2012 to 2022, while employment of health care administrators is expected to grow 23 percent, much faster than the average for all occupations.

At the undergraduate level, Baker College offers a post-licensure BSN through its online campus. Other undergraduate nursing programs – pre-licensure BSN, Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) and Practical Nurse (PN) certificate – are available at select Baker College campuses across Michigan.

For more information about the new Baker College MSN and the post-licensure BSN, contact Chuck Gurden in the admissions office at 800.469.3165 or adm-ol@baker.edu, or visit www.baker.edu.

For information about the Baker College nursing program at the Auburn Hills campus, contact Nicole Chirco in the admissions office at nicole.chirco@baker.edu or 248.340.0600, or visit www.baker.edu.

The largest private college in Michigan, Baker College is a not-for-profit higher education institution accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. It serves more than 28,000 students on multiple campuses and online. Baker grants certificates and associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in more than 150 programs across diverse academic fields, including business, health sciences, engineering, information technology, education and human services. An impressive 97 percent of available graduates are employed. Every Baker graduate receives Lifetime Employment Assistance—free and forever. Baker is a pioneer in online education and offers students the option of completing a degree 100 percent online, without ever visiting a campus. For information, visit www.baker.edu or follow Baker College on Twitter, @bakercollege, or on Facebook, www.facebook.com/bakercollege.

Unitask Software partners for global expansion with Blue Turtle

Building upon the success of its Partner Advantage Program, Unitask Software has announced an International Partnership with Blue Turtle Technologies, a South African Solutions Provider for the delivery of Automation Solutions for the Oracle EBS marketplace.

Partnering with Blue Turtle, a leading integration deployment solutions provider for Oracle EBS application market will allow Unitask Software solutions to be readily available for deployment via the Blue Turtle team in the South African geography. Understanding and designing solutions to meet the automation demands and modernization needs as customers move to the newest versions of Oracle’s EBS R12 Application. This partnership will allow further allow for full transparent integration of Migration and Promotion processes in Enterprise Implementations.

“The Global EBS marketplace has directed us to search out and partner with Best of Breed Partners who are like minded in their determination for timely completion and success. Tom and the Blue Turtle Team fit those criteria as we bring fully implemented, automation solutions to the Oracle EBS world,” said Dale D. Royal, Chairman & CEO of Unitask.

“Unitask’s software solutions add tremendous value to our clients in Southern Africa. The ability to natively manage the development and release processes in an Oracle EBS landscape saves a lot of time and effort compared to what we are seeing customer teams do today with scripts and/or manual work. Unitask automates the movement of code, keeping change packages in sync and ensuring the application and infrastructure teams know exactly what is coming down the line and when. If you have Oracle EBS, you need Unitask.” shared Tom Erlank, Head of Application and Data Management at Blue Turtle.

About Unitask Software
Unitask Software develops and deploys solutions that accelerate the realized value of Oracle E-­- Business Suite Implementations. Based upon over a decade of experience in the Oracle E-­-Business Suite enterprise, Unitask products eliminate implementation and operational risk of the installation, while improving the application quality and usability. For more information, please visit: http://www.unitask.com.

About Blue Turtle
Blue Turtle, one of South Africa’s leading enterprise technology companies is a solutions provider, specializing in Oracle E-­-Business Suite (EBS) automation solutions. Blue Turtle is committed to providing innovative, flexible and professional IT solutions in the areas of Technology Business Management, Information Management and Application Management. With a host of globally renowned technology at their fingertips, Blue Turtle can bring solid expertise and results driven solutions across a broad range of platforms, environments and applications. For more information, please visit: http://blueturtle.co.za/ 

Governor reappoints VanderVeen to Aeronautics Commission

Gov. Rick Snyder has reappointed Oakland County Central Services Director J. David VanderVeen to a second four-year term on the Michigan Aeronautics Commission. He has served on the committee since 2011.

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said VanderVeen has played a vital role in promoting the aviation industry in Michigan.

“Dave is leaving his mark on Michigan’s aviation industry by bringing his thorough knowledge and experience in aviation and managing airports to the Aeronautics Commission,“ Patterson said. “It’s a compliment to Oakland County when the governor selects a member of my staff for a leadership role in Michigan.”

VanderVeen, who will continue his duties at Oakland County while serving on the Aeronautics Commission, said he is looking forward to another four years. “I’m honored and delighted the governor continues to have confidence in me to promote the aeronautics industry in Michigan,” VanderVeen said.

VanderVeen oversees Oakland County’s three airports including Oakland County International Airport (OCIA) in Waterford, Michigan’s second busiest airport. He oversaw the construction of the first LEED Gold certified general aviation airport terminal in the United States at OCIA. The terminal features wind, solar and geothermal energy; advanced insulation; LED lighting; a living wall; and other energy efficiencies.

VanderVeen holds a private pilot license and is a member of the board of directors for the Michigan Business Aircraft Association. He lives in Clarkston with his wife, Shelagh. The Michigan Aeronautics Commission encourages, fosters and participates in the development of aeronautics within the State of Michigan. It also makes rules and regulations for airports, flight schools, and other aeronautics activities.

C&G Solutions PLC triples staff in Southfield

Jehan Crump-Gibson worked for many years as an attorney in both government and corporate settings. Those experiences inspired her to launch her own firm, C&G Solutions PLC.

"These were great experiences, but I didn't feel I had the autonomy to really help my clients," Crump-Gibson says.

She launched the legal practice five years ago. Today the Southfield-based firm serves the metro Detroit area and specializes in a broad variety of subjects, including civil litigation, probate, government affairs, and business law. Over the last year, the firm has grown its revenue by 35 percent, allowing it to make its first hires (an attorney and a clerk), expanding its team to three people.

"I have been able to grow personally and give some people some great work experiences," Crump-Gibson says.

That growth has come from word-of-mouth recommendations by C&G Solutions PLC's clients.

"My clients are pleased with my work and are helping me," Crump-Gibson says.

Source: Jehan Crump-Gibson, managing member of C&G Solutions PLC
Writer: Jon Zemke

Read more about Metro Detroit's growing entrepreneurial ecosystem at SEMichiganStartup.com.

Vectorform partners with DTE to launch Powerley

A downtown Royal Oak tech firm and the biggest utility in Michigan are partnering to launch a new startup aimed at helping mobile users be more energy efficient.

Powerley is the product of a joint venture between DTE Energy and Vectorform, a digital experience company. The 1-month-old venture is launching a platform for utility customers to link their smartphones to smart meters, enabling them to take a comprehensive look at their energy use.

"Powerley can bring the technology and the expertise in energy efficiency to world," says Kevin Foreman, CTO of Powerley.

The Powerley home-energy-monitoring platform can help track energy usage down to the consumption of individual electrical devices. It also provides personalized tips on how to best save energy. Check out a video describing it here.

"A lot of our early adopters are either retirees or not as technology savvy as you would think," Foreman says.

The Powerley platform has been three years in the making. The joint venture currently employs six people and is looking to add a few more. Vectorform has also worked with DTE Energy to produce the DTE Insight mobile app, which allows utility customers to monitor and personalize their energy consumption patterns.

Source: Kevin Foreman, CTO of Powerley
Writer: Jon Zemke

Read more about Metro Detroit's growing entrepreneurial ecosystem at SEMichiganStartup.com.

Troy-based Berylline debuts hybrid scooter at Oakland University


Troy-based Berylline Co. will introduce a 100-mile-per-gallon hybrid scooter today on the campus of Oakland University, giving riders more transportation options in the resort and leisure vehicle market.

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Furniture executive touts 'bed of the future'


How's this for a chief executive qualification? Putting people to sleep.

Martin Rawls-Meehan has spent the last decade convincing people he can do just that — perhaps even better than his competitors.

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Private cloud service provider launches in Southfield


CloudSAFE, a company offering private cloud service that will include 24/7 live technical support for businesses, launched today in Southfield.

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Tech248 branding Oakland County as a technology hub while connecting hundreds of companies

Tech248 meetups attracted more than 400 technology industry professionals and students, including the founder of an Oakland County-based company who was among 50 people nationwide recently invited to the White House to talk tech.

The meetups are vital to Tech248’s mission of connecting the county’s 2,000 tech companies to collaborate and network while marketing Oakland County as a global technology hub. Thanh Tran, founder of Wixom-based of Kidpreneur: Kids + Entrepreneurship + Technology, met with technology leaders from across the United States earlier this month at the White House. The event was designed to create project collaboration and foster technology interconnections.

“The tech industry is prospering here,” Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said. “We have a wealth of IT innovators who are shaping the future of this dynamic global industry and it’s happening right here in Oakland County.”

Tran, who is also founder of D-NewTech – a group of nearly 1,200 members which foster and encourage startups – was understandably excited by his recent visit to Washington D.C.

“Among the fifty or so invited to the White House, I was the only representative from Michigan,” Tran said. “Detroit is one of the fastest growing tech areas in the country. Opportunities to network with others, finds jobs and learn to code is so important. Groups like D-NewTech and Tech248 help meet that need.”

Tech248 meetups are scheduled monthly and have included locations in Auburn Hills, Southfield, Waterford and Wixom. Each event features a tech update, a series of speakers and an opportunity to network. Speakers have included Jason Raznick of Benzinga Networking, Brian Hudson of Templar Games, Brian Wassom of Honigman, and Kidpreneur’s Tran.

The participant list is a virtual who’s who of the IT industry, with representatives from nearly 200 companies, including ASG Renaissance, DASI Solutions, Eaton, General Motors, iDashboards, Lawrence Technological University, Media Genesis, SunTel Services and ThyssenKrupp.

The next meetup is May 21 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at 365 Retail Markets in Troy. Speakers include Reed Bingaman, CFO of 365 Retail Markets; Lauren Bigelow, CEO of Growth Capital Network; Antoine Dubeauclard, president of Media Genesis; and Mark St. Peter, managing director and CEO of Computing Source. Most events are free of charge. To register for this or any other Tech248 meetup, go to AdvantageOakland.EventBrite.com.

Oakland County tech professionals are encouraged to join the Tech248 network at MITech248.com. Automation Alley, southeast Michigan’s 1,000-member business technology association, is offering a 10 percent membership discount for companies that join the Alley by May 31. Joining the Tech248 network also allows Oakland County companies to have their company’s Twitter feed featured on the Tech248 feed.

Oakland County has 42,000 jobs in the tech field – more than twice the number of any other county in Michigan. About 100 tech companies have located in Oakland County in the past 10 years, investing over $586 million and creating more than 10,500 jobs. The focus includes software development, network/data, mHealth, game development, connected cars, digital media, mobile technology, cyber security and other evolving technologies.

For more information about Tech248, visit MITech248.com.

G2 Consulting Group hires 10, looks to hire 10 more

When the Great Recession hit, G2 Consulting Group adapted by integrating more technology into its business model. It was a successful strategy and the firm grew significantly in the years that followed. Today it’s using that same philosophy to keep growing.

The Troy-based construction firm specializes in environmental and geotechnical engineering services. (Think of it as doing the construction work that takes place below the ground, such as soil testing.) The addition of technology, such as remote monitoring of solar panels or sensors at the I-94/I-69 interchange that track vibration, has become an integral part of the company's work.

"We're just using more technology to get the data," says Noel Hargrave-Thomas, principal of G2 Consulting Group.

The firm opened a satellite office in Ann Arbor last year and now has a staff of 46 employees and five interns. It has hired 10 people over the last year.

"We're looking to hire 10 more," Hargrave-Thomas says.

The driving force behind those new hires is revenue growth. G2 Consulting Group's revenue spiked 43 percent in 2014, which is up from 31 percent growth in 2013 and 20 percent growth the year before.

"We're on pace to continue that growth," Hargrave-Thomas says.

Source: Noel Hargrave-Thomas, principal of G2 Consulting Group
Writer: Jon Zemke

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CAM Logic caps off banner year with more hires

Last year, CAM Logic, a product lifecycle management sales company, grew organically and through acquisition, but its leadership has a different way of describing that success.

"It was a banner year," says Angelo Biondo, GM & vice president of CAM Logic.

The Oxford-based company specializes in selling product lifecycle management solutions like 3-D scanning and rapid prototyping technologies used to design, build, and improve products. It experienced 38 percent revenue growth last year selling those products and support services.

Part of that growth came through acquisition. CAM Logic bought the Midwest book of business from a competitor (Acuity) last year. That acquisition aside, CAM Logic still experienced 22 percent revenue growth, which is par for the course for the company these days. It has also hired four people, expanding its staff to 20 employees.

"We have seen steady growth," Biondo says.

Leading that growth is CAM Logic’s team expanding its workload with its current customers, or "increasing walletshare" as Biondo says. A lot of that expanded business has come from increased sales in printing and scanning equipment.

"That business has really ramped up in the last year," Biondo says.

Source: Angelo Biondo, GM & vice president of CAM Logic
Writer: Jon Zemke

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Southfield-based federal-mogul launches 'Garage Gurus' training centers


Federal-Mogul Motorparts, a division of Federal-Mogul Holdings Corp. in Southfield, is launching a national technical education platform called “Garage Gurus” that will offer training for auto technicians, service writers, and repair shop owners. Up to 15 training centers are planned, including one in Livonia.

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Valeo earns 2015 'Top Employer' certification in the U.S. and Mexico

Valeo has been certified as a Top Employer in the United States and Mexico by the Top Employers Institute for the second year in a row. Valeo also is one of only five companies to earn Global Top Employer certification, awarded for the first time this year.

To qualify for the Global Top Employer label, 20 countries must be certified individually on five continents. Valeo met this goal with 22 countries certified: China, India, Japan, Korea and Thailand in Asia; Egypt and Tunisia in Africa; Brazil, Mexico and the United States in the Americas; and France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Russia, Spain, Turkey and the United Kingdom in Europe.
Top Employer certification is based on a variety of criteria, including talent management and career management, where Valeo earned the highest scores.

With an ambitious strategic vision based on reducing carbon emissions, delivering innovation and expanding in fast-growing regions, Valeo has driven a 70% increase in revenue since 2009.

Around the world, 96 different nationalities are working together in Valeo's 29 host countries. Human Resources support growth by hiring and training the finest talent, in a commitment to enhancing team skills and competences.

Top Employer certification, awarded by the Top Employers Institute, recognizes organizations that demonstrate the best human resources management practices, particularly in the areas of attracting and developing talent, compensation and benefits, training and leadership development.
About the Top Employers Institute: Present in 12 countries, the Top Employers Institute has been identifying and certifying employers of choice for the past 20 years through its Top Employers label. More than 2,500 organizations have been certified by the Top Employers Institute as part of 135 international projects.

About Valeo: Valeo is an automotive supplier, partner to all automakers worldwide. As a technology company, Valeo proposes innovative products and systems contributing to the reduction of CO2 emissions and to the development of intuitive driving.  In 2014, the Group generated sales of €12.7 billion ($16.7 billion*) and invested over 10 percent of its original equipment sales in research and development.  Valeo has 133 production sites, 50 research and development centers and 15 distribution platforms and employs 78,500 people in 29 countries throughout the world.  Valeo is listed on the Paris Stock Exchange and is a member of the CAC 40 index.
In North America, Valeo’s regional headquarters are located in Troy, Mich., and the company has 16 production sites and five research and development centers.  The company employs 11,779** people across the United States and Mexico and was responsible for 20 percent of the Group’s 2014 global annual original equipment sales, contributing €2.267 billion ($3 billion*).
More information about the Valeo Group and its activities can be found on the Internet at www.valeo.com.
*Currency conversion based on the average of the 2014 month-end FX Euro to USD of 1.3177.
**Total number of employees as of end of December 31, 2014.

Clinics help golfers improve their game

Oakland County Parks and Recreation (OCP) is offering golfers the opportunity to improve their game with putting, chipping and pitching clinics.
The clinics will be offered at OCP’s five golf courses throughout April and May and will be conducted by OCP Golf Instructor Al Urpsis. Instruction includes:
  • Putting clinic – Covers grip, proper technique, alignment and reading the greens. Participants need to bring their putter.
  • Chipping Clinic- Covers grip, proper technique, stroke and alignment. Participants need to bring their pitching wedge.
  • Pitching Clinic – Covers grip, proper technique, stroke and alignment. Participants need to bring their pitching or sand wedge. 
The clinics are $15 each; $25 for two; or $36 for three. Check DestinationOakland.com for times, dates and location.
The OCP golf courses are located throughout the county:
Glen Oaks: 30500 Thirteen Mile Road, Farmington Hills, 248.851.8356
Lyon Oaks: 52251 Pontiac Trail, Wixom, 248.437.1488
Red Oaks: 29600 John R. Road Madison Heights, 248.541.5030
Springfield Oaks: 12450 Andersonville Road, Davisburg, 248.634.2261
White Lake Oaks: 991 Williams Lake Road White Lake, 248.698.2700
Visit DestinationOakland.com for more information. Join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @DestinationOak.

Detroit Materials joins Automation Alley's 7Cs program

Steel startup Detroit Materials is looking to leverage one of the regions new up-and-coming business support programs to help it commercialize its high-performance steel.

The Wixom-based firm has joined Automation Alley's new 7Cs program, which helps fledgling businesses leverage advanced manufacturing.

"You try to build your business as much as you can, but it's difficult," says Pedro Guillen, CEO of Detroit Materials.

The advanced materials startup spun out of Wayne State University a little more than a year ago. Its technology is commercializing ultra-high performance structural cast steels. Its steel is both lighter and stronger and has applications in a broad range of industries, including defense, infrastructure, and automotive.

"Our basic technology is developed," Guillen says. "It's being validated right now."

The two-person team is currently working to raise a $500,000 seed round this year. It is also working to get its first orders under its belt later this year, which it hopes the 7Cs program will help make possible.

Source: Pedro Guillen, CEO of Detroit Materials
Writer: Jon Zemke

Read more about Metro Detroit's growing entrepreneurial ecosystem at SEMichiganStartup.com.
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