INNOVATION & JOB NEWS

113 Michigan Companies Become Veteran-Friendly Employers This Year

Excerpt: Michigan added 113 companies and organizations to the state’s Veteran-Friendly Employer Program in fiscal year 2019 — a 51 percent increase from the year before. At the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency Fifth Annual Veteran-Friendly Employer Awards and Recognition Breakfast in East Lansing on Nov. 21, Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist...

Auburn Hills’ Velocilinx Partners with Detroit’s Team Renegades, Supplies Hardware for Esports

Auburn Hills’ Velocilinx is supplying gaming products to Team Renegades, an esports company in Detroit. Photo courtesy of Velocilinx Hardware developer Velocilinx in Auburn Hills has announced a partnership with Team Renegades, an esports company in Detroit. The companies have launched a line of gaming PC products, and Velocilinx will...

New Real Estate Trio Breaking Industry Traditions Inside Pontiac’s Riker Building

Excerpt: Two childhood friends from Keego Harbor have opened a new real estate company in downtown Pontiac with the goal of bringing the industry into the 21st century. Chris Hubel and Antonio Rodriguez, co-founders along with Ryan Milo, Rodriguez’ former mentor and a real estate agent for 22-years, opened Inked Michigan...

Huron Valley Teacher Surprised with $25,000 Milken Award, One of Only 40 Nationwide

Excerpt: The suspense was building Friday in the Lakeland High School gymnasium. More than 1,300 students, staff and educational VIPs from inside and outside the Huron Valley School District seemed to hang on the words of Greg Gallagher from the Milken Family Foundation, who was about to present a very large check...

Neo-Japanese Pastry Shop Opens to Raves in Clawson

Excerpt: It’s an almost other-worldly experience that greets customers at Clawson’s new White Wolf Japanese Patisserie. The sights and smells inside White Wolf bedazzle those who visit the shop on 14 Mile near Main. Read more.

This Royal Oak Company Is Creating Bicycle-to-Vehicle Communication Tech to Prevent Cyclist Deaths

Excerpt: In the near future, the bicycle or e-scooter you ride to commute, run errands, or explore will be able to communicate with nearby automobiles, helping drivers become more aware of the cyclists around them. It's a precaution that doesn't exist for riders now, but Royal Oak-based software company Tome...

Ferndale Adopts $15 Minimum Wage for Full-Time City Workers

Excerpt: Ferndale City Council members voted Oct. 28 to adopt a living wage policy that requires a minimum wage of $15 for full-time city employees. The policy has no bearing on wage requirements for private businesses. It also does not apply to part-time or seasonal hires. Read more.

OU ISE Students Use ‘Lean Thinking’ to Improve Operations, Optimize Space at Humble Design Warehouse

Excerpt: Utilizing “Lean Thinking,” Oakland University Industrial and Systems Engineering students Monisha Vasudeva and Sagar Bajaj have been helping Humble Design — a nonprofit that furnishes homes for individuals and families transitioning out of homelessness — improve their operations and optimize the space inside the organization’s warehouse in Pontiac. Read...

LTU Hosts Business Competition for Oakland County High Schools

Lawrence Technological University will host the 2019 DECA High School District Competition on Friday, Dec. 13, for nearly 900 students from Oakland County high schools. The students will compete in marketing, business, finance, leadership and entrepreneurship competency areas. Competitions and educational exercises will be held throughout the university’s Southfield campus...

Eaton Introduces Three New Products for Electric Commercial Vehicles

The eMobility business of Southfield-based power management company Eaton has introduced three new products for electric vehicles, two specifically for commercial vehicles. The Brakator offers advanced circuit protection for all EVs. The company also introduced a four-speed transmission and a Flex Power Distribution Unit (PDU) for commercial EVs. Combining the function...

Region’s Latest Co-Working Space to Celebrate Grand Opening in Troy Office Tower

Excerpt: A national brand of co-working office spaces has established its second location in the suburban Oakland County community of Troy. The location in Irvine, Calif., is its first. Sevenco was to celebrate its Michigan location with a grand opening event on Wednesday, Nov. 13. The event was to feature...

LTU Takes Second Place at 10th Annual Innovation Encounter

Lawrence Technological University finished second among seven teams in its 10th annual Innovation Encounter competition, in which students solve real-world engineering and business problems for a corporate client. This year, Eaton Corp. provided the business problem to be tackled for the competition. The University of Toledo finished first in the event,...