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UPCOMING EVENTS
 

Due to COVID-19, events may be offered as a webinar, cancelled or postponed to a future date.
Please check back often for updates before attending an event.

 

Detroit Regional Chamber

COVID-19 Tele-Town Hall Series

As key decisions are being made about business operations in preparation for any effects of the COVID-19, it’s important to hear from state leaders at the front lines and subject matter experts who can help navigate the risks. The Chamber will be hosting a COVID-19 Tele-Town Hall Series, with regular guest speakers, to help businesses prepare for the impact of the virus.

Listen To Previous Tele-Town Halls:

April 2: COVID-19 Tele-Town Hall with Josh Hundt and Brenna Roos

As the Arsenal of Health continues to grow in Michigan, effort is underway to ensure businesses able to support the fight against COVID-19 with critical supplies are connected directly with the health and human services providers and municipal governments who need them most. Josh Hundt, Chief Business Officer and Executive Vice President at the Michigan Economic Development Corp. will discuss resources available for these vital matchmaking efforts. Hundt will engage in a one-on-one discussion with Tammy Carnrike, COO of the Detroit Regional Chamber. Participants will have the option to submit questions to Carnrike during the discussion.


March 31: COVID-19 Tele-Town Hall with U.S. Rep. Haley Stevens

U.S. Rep. Haley Stevens will discuss the federal response to the COVID-19 crisis and the resources available for businesses. Rep. Stevens will engage in a one-on-one discussion with Sandy K. Baruah, president and CEO of the Detroit Regional Chamber. Participants will have the option to submit questions to Baruah during the discussion.


March 31: COVID-19 Tele-Town Hall with Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist II

Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist II will discuss the state of Michigan’s response to the COVID-19 crisis and the resources available for businesses. Lt. Gov. Gilchrist II will engage in a one-on-one discussion with Sandy K. Baruah, president and CEO of the Detroit Regional Chamber. Participants will have the option to submit questions to Baruah during the discussion.


March 30: COVID-19 Tele-Town Hall with Ned Staebler

President and CEO of TechTown Ned Staebler shares information on the Detroit’s Small Business Stabilization Fund to mitigate barriers to capital for the most vulnerable businesses with Sandy K. Baruah, president and CEO of the Chamber.


March 30: COVID-19 Tele-Town Hall with Chad Livengood

Chad Livengood, senior editor of Crain’s Detroit Business shared trends and insight he is seeing from covering the coronavirus outbreak through the rapid changes since the start with Brad Williams, vice president of Government Relations for the Chamber. 


March 27: COVId-19 Tele-Town Hall with Michael Robinet

Michael Robinet, executive director of Automotive Advisory Services at IHS Markit, will share his insight and advice on the automotive and mobility industry through this crisis. Robinet will engage in a one-on-one discussion with Glenn Stevens Jr., executive director of MICHauto. Participants will have the option to submit questions to Stevens during the discussion.


March 27: U.S. Small Business Administration of Michigan

U.S. SBA Michigan district office leaders Laketa Henderson, deputy district director, and Romualdo Ancog, district manager discuss the Federal Disaster Loan Assistance available to businesses. Henderson and Ancog engaged in a discussion with the Chamber’s Brad Williams.


Small Business Development Center - Supporting Your Small Business During COVID-19:

The Michigan SBDC is here to support you as you navigate your business’ response to COVID-19. Join us for discussions on human resources, eCommerce and cash flow. Our team is ready to provide you with relevant information and to answer your questions!

COVID-19 Conversations: Resources for Sole Proprietors and Freelancers - Tuesday, April 7 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Freelancers, consultants and other sole proprietors, this Q & A session will address the challenges unique to you and help you find some of the answers you need. We’ll discuss ways to manage your cash flow, how the Federal & State relief programs may apply to you, serving your clients remotely, and strategies to take care of yourself and keep your head in the game.

COVID-19 Conversations: Paycheck Protection Program - Wed, Apr 8 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Join us for a conversation about the Paycheck Protection Program.

COVID-19 Conversations: Open Forum - Fri, Apr 10 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Join us for Group Therapy! If you still have questions after attending or watching this week’s on-demand webinars, this one’s for you. We’ll take your questions about cash flow, employee concerns, the SBA Disaster Loan program, remote work, online sales, and other pressing matters affecting you during the crisis. We’ll bring our tissues if you just need a hand to hold.

The Michigan Small Business Development Center is excited to make these webinar recordings available to you at no cost.

Navigating the Cash Flow Crunch 03/18/20 - Watch on demand

Join us for a discussion about the most pressing action items you should be considering to proactively manage your cash flow during COVID-19. We will cover a basic understanding of cash reserves, what accounting information you need to analyze right now, payment priorities, and how you may want to begin communicating with vendors, lenders and other stakeholders. We will end the webinar with audience Q&A time with an SBDC consultant.

eCommerce During COVID-19 03/20/20 - Watch on demand

During COVID-19 your customers are moving online in mass. Your business needs to be positioned to meet them where they are going. That’s why we’re holding a conversation with an eCommerce and digital marketing expert about how you can reposition your business to this new digital marketplace.

Navigating the Cash Flow Crunch 03/23/20 - Watch on demand

Join us for a discussion about the most pressing action items you should be considering to proactively manage your cash flow during COVID-19. We will cover a basic understanding of cash reserves, what accounting information you need to analyze right now, payment priorities, and how you may want to begin communicating with vendors, lenders and other stakeholders. We will end the webinar with audience Q&A time with an SBDC consultant.

Human Resource Management During COVID-19 03/24/20 - Watch on demand

Managing Your Freelance Business in the COVID-19 Crisis 03/25/20 - Watch on demand

Freelancers, consultants and other sole proprietors, this Q & A session will address the challenges unique to you and help you find some of the answers you need. We’ll discuss ways to manage your cash flow, how the Federal & State relief programs may apply to you, serving your clients remotely, and strategies to take care of yourself and keep your head in the game.

Sustaining Your Restaurant Business During COVID-19 03/26/20 - Watch on demand

COVID-19 Conversations - Friday Forum 03/27/20- Watch on demand

Join us for Group Therapy! If you still have questions after attending or watching this week’s on-demand webinars, this one’s for you. We’ll take your questions about cash flow, employee concerns, the SBA Disaster Loan program, remote work, online sales, and other pressing matters affecting you during the crisis. We’ll bring our tissues if you just need a hand to hold.

COVID-19 Conversations - MEDC Services 03/30/20 - Watch on demand

Join us for a discussion about the most pressing action items you should be considering to proactively manage your business during COVID-19. We will end the webinar with audience Q&A time with an SBDC consultant.

COVID-19 Conversations - Open Forum - 4/3/20 -Watch on demand

Join us for Group Therapy! If you still have questions after attending or watching this week’s on-demand webinars, this one’s for you. We’ll take your questions about cash flow, employee concerns, the SBA Disaster Loan program, remote work, online sales, and other pressing matters affecting you during the crisis. We’ll bring our tissues if you just need a hand to hold.


 

Featured Events

 

 

Succession Planning for Leadership Positions

 

POSTPONED

Participants will learn the important steps and receive tools that can be adapted to their workplace to create a documented approach for creating the leaders of tomorrow.

Who should attend: HR managers 

Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:

  • Build a Succession Planning Framework
  • Discuss the importance of a Succession Planning timeline
  • Identify critical positions, competencies and high-potential employees
  • Assess high-potential employees
  • Develop and implement succession plans
  • Evaluate program effectiveness
  • Define the critical roles in the Succession Planning process and who plays them

Location: Macomb County Planning & Economic Development, 1 S. Main St., 7th Floor, Mt. Clemens


 

Standard Work
 

POSTPONED

This class is designed to provide information on a set of procedures for each operational process that documents the most effective, balanced combination of people, machines, materials, and space to meet customer demand.

A key ingredient in the creation of a LEAN enterprise, Standard Work is a set of procedures for each operational process that documents the most effective, balanced combination of people, machines, materials, and space to meet customer demand. Standard Work begins as an improvement baseline. As it is used to improve, it further evolves into a reliable method. Without Standard Work, processes will change for operational convenience, which are often not in the best interest of the organization or customer.

Location: Macomb County Planning & Economic Development, 1 S. Main St., 7th Floor, Mt. Clemens


 

Building Better Teams
 

POSTPONED

Team building is an activity-based training that will provide participants an understanding of the importance of teamwork. It creates a climate that encourages and values team member contributions towards problem solving and continuous improvement. Through a variety of activities, participants experience challenges teams face. Team members will also learn how to analyze and discuss behavioral characteristics of people. These individual attributes contribute to mutual trust, allowing teams to learn from each other by sharing information, skills and experiences.

Location: Macomb County Planning & Economic Development, 1 S. Main St., 7th Floor, Mt. Clemens


Family and Medical Leave Act

 

POSTPONED

This course will provide guidance on how to recognize FMLA notice and administer the law. Participants will discuss how to update company policy and answer employee questions relating to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

Who should attend: HR personnel, manager, and supervisors

Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:

  • State the “fundamentals of FMLA”
  • Recognize FMLA notice
  • Teach supervisors and managers their legal rights and obligations under FMLA
  • Administer FMLA for every employee situation
  • Explain FMLA to employees, including employee rights and responsibilities
  • Identify and avoid administrative and employee pitfalls
  • Identify and address possible FMLA abuse

Location: Macomb County Planning & Economic Development, 1 S. Main St., 7th Floor, Mt. Clemens


Employment Law: Danger Zones

 

POSTPONED

This course will provide a solid understanding of various employment laws that affect every workplace every day and help prevent litigation to promote a positive and harmonious work environment.

Who should attend: HR personnel, Managers and Supervisors

Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:

  • Recognize the “red flags” of potential employment law liability
  • Explain how to address such situations in an efficient and effective manner
  • Summarize easy guidelines to help you and your organization prevent employment litigation
  • Outline the laws governing equal employment opportunity and discrimination
  • Define illegal employment discrimination

Location: Macomb County Planning & Economic Development, 1 S. Main St., 7th Floor, Mt. Clemens


 

Improving Information Security Through Risk Management

 

POSTPONED

In the current age of cyber crime, the information that is important to our business is continually at risk, and a cybersecurity/information security incident can be devastating. It is vitally important that each business understand and manage the risks to their information, systems and network that support their business.

This class provides participants with the means to identify and mitigate information security risks using the NIST Cybersecurity Framework. By utilizing the five primary framework categories (Identify, Protect, Detect, Respond, Recover) participants will learn how to identify information that needs to be protected, improve processes to reduce risk, identify if the information has been compromised and learn how to recover from these compromises.

Location: Macomb County Planning & Economic Development, 1 S. Main St., 7th Floor, Mt. Clemens


 

Sprint and Splash

Saturday, June 20

Registration is now open!

The 9th Annual Sprint & Splash will be held at Lake St. Clair Metropark in Harrison Township.  ​

Sprint and Splash Events include:

  • 5K Run / Walk
  • Duathlon: which combines a 5K run and a 2-mile paddle using a kayak or stand-up paddle board
  • 2-mile Kayak race
  • 2-mile recreational Stand-Up Paddleboard race
  • 6-mile sanctioned Stand-Up Paddleboard race

In addition to a variety of competitive events, there will be music, food, craft beer and vendors. The Sprint and Splash Beach Village is open throughout the day, giving participants and spectators the option to visit local vendors before or after their race. 

Location: Lake St. Clair Metropark - 31300 Metropolitan Parkway, Harrison Twp.


 

8D Problem Solving (CEU Credits: .7)

Monday, June 22 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Many things can go wrong in a manufacturing facility. Common problems are errors in specifications, overrun/underrun of quantities, missing production and shipping deadlines, and much more! Sometimes the solutions are not obvious to the untrained eye and mind. 

But, what is the root cause of the problem?  And, what can be done to solve the problem? Our 8D Problem Solving course presents the necessary tools and teaches how to utilize them. Yield issues, which are internal, and warranty issues, field failure and customer complaints, which are external, are introduced and worked through by teams that identify, analyze and determine root causes so that they can ultimately solve the issues.

You will learn that practical, hands-on exercises utilize standard measurement tools. The final product of this class is a student who understands how to report findings, determine and apply remedies, and solve the problems so they don’t happen again.

Location: Macomb County Planning & Economic Development, 1 S. Main St., 7th Floor, Mt. Clemens

Partner Events

 

 

COVID-19 Conversations: Resources for Sole Proprietors and Freelancers

Tuesday, April 7 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Freelancers, consultants and other sole proprietors, this Q & A session will address the challenges unique to you and help you find some of the answers you need. We’ll discuss ways to manage your cash flow, how the Federal & State relief programs may apply to you, serving your clients remotely, and strategies to take care of yourself and keep your head in the game.


 

COVID-19 Conversations: Paycheck Protection Program

Wed, Apr 8 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Join us for a conversation about the Paycheck Protection Program.


 

COVID-19 Conversations: Open Forum

Fri, Apr 10 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Join us for Group Therapy! If you still have questions after attending or watching this week’s on-demand webinars, this one’s for you. We’ll take your questions about cash flow, employee concerns, the SBA Disaster Loan program, remote work, online sales, and other pressing matters affecting you during the crisis. We’ll bring our tissues if you just need a hand to hold.


DLA Internet Bid Board System (DIBBS) - 201 - Webinar

Thursday, April 16 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Building on what was discussed in DIBBS 101 training, we will look at other DLA Internet Bid Board System (DIBBS) applications such as how to submit a quote online, find awards, submit post award request, and discuss packaging and shipping. Prior to attending this training, if you determined your business will need to access technically controlled data packages (drawings), we recommend that you apply for the Joint Certification Program (JCP). If you need assistance with this, please contact our office. Additional topics to be covered in this training include Buy American & Trade Agreement Act, cyber compliance, Vendor Performance Evaluations CPARS and DLA packing and shipping Prerequisites: Introduction to Federal Government Contracting 101 Federal Market Research - 201 DLA Internet Bid Board System (DIBBS) - 101 WHO SHOULD ATTEND? Businesses that have identified DLA as a potential customer during their Market Research or are already selling to DLA. No fee to attend, but registration is required.
Location: THIS TRAINING WILL BE HELD IN A LIVE WEBINAR FORMAT. YOU WILL BE SENT LOG IN INFO VIA EMAIL AFTER YOU COMPLETE YOUR REGISTRATION.


How to Market Your Business to the Federal Government - 401

Tuesday, May 5 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The last training in Macomb Regional PTAC s Core Series of Federal Government Contracting concludes with How to Market Your Business to the Federal Government - 401 How can you maximize your company s potential to obtain Government customers? By using marketing techniques customized for the federal government. In this training, you will learn how to market your business to the federal government as well as prime contractors. Also, you will learn about effective marketing materials, networking and people to know. Prerequisites: Introduction to Federal Government Contracting 101 Federal Market Research - 201 Prospecting for Federal Opportunities - 301 WHO SHOULD ATTEND? Management and key players who will support and facilitate government contracting within your company. No fee to attend, but registration is required.
Location: Macomb Community College, MTEC, 7900 Tank Ave., Room 138, Warren


 

 

Save the Date: 2020 CAAT Conference!  Preparing Technicians for Autonomous Technologies

Friday, May 8
The theme of this year’s conference is Preparing Technicians for Autonomous Technologies. Opening remarks will be made by Macomb Community College president, Jim Sawyer. Our tentative speaker lineup includes:

  • Keynote Speaker: Amit Kapoor, Vice President, Business Unit - Advance Driver Assistance Systems, North America, Continental Automotive Systems, on the State of Autonomy
  • Michele R. Mueller, Senior Project Manager, Connected and Automated Vehicles, Michigan Department of Transportation
  • Jessica Robinson, Executive Director, Michigan Mobility Institute, on the State of Mobility
  • Michele Economou Ureste, Executive Director, Workforce Intelligence Network, on the Technician/Technologist Labor Market
  • National Center for Autonomous Technologies (NCAT)
  • Jonathan Beck, Director, NCAT (Autonomous Air Technologies)
  • Chris Hadfield, Director, Minnesota State Transportation Center of Excellence (Autonomous Land Technologies)
  • Jill Zande, President and Executive Director, Marine Advanced Technology Education Center (Autonomous Sea Technologies)

CAAT is also planning to provide an opportunity for attendees to visit with various local STEM-based organizations.

Location: Macomb Community College, Center Campus, University Center, Assembly Hall


State of Chesterfield Township 2020

Thursday, May 14 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Join Supervisor, Daniel J. Acciavatti as he discusses the State of Chesterfield Township, the continued growth and the successes of his community.
Locations: Zuccaro Banquets & Catering, ​46601 Gratiot Avenue, Chesterfield Township


Introduction to Federal Government Contracting - 101

Thursday, May 14 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Is your business looking to diversity in the government sector? Is your business overwhelmed by the rules, regulations and registrations that are required to get started in Federal Government Contracting? Introduction to Federal Government Contracting -101 is the fundamental course in Macomb Regional PTAC s Core Series of Federal Government Contracting. This training offers an overview of what federal government contracting is, what it takes to be a government contractor, the steps your business needs to do to get started, and what no-cost services and continuous support Macomb Regional PTAC offers to small businesses in all aspects of government contracting. WHO SHOULD ATTEND? Management and key players who will support and facilitate government contracting within your company. Please Note: To register for this training your company must be located in Macomb County.
Location: Macomb Community College, MTEC, 7900 Tank Ave., Room 138, Warren


Starting a Business

Thursday, May 14 from 9:30 a.m. to noon
Do you know what it takes to turn your idea into a successful business? WHO SHOULD ATTEND? Attend this seminar if you want to turn your idea into a successful business. TOPICS INCLUDE: • Assessing your readiness for entrepreneurship • Evaluating market potential for your products or services • Sources of financing • Legal structure options • Taxes, licensing and insurance • Marketing and sales • Determining start-up costs and operating expenses • Introduction to writing a business plan
Location: Sterling Heights Public Library, 40255 Dodge Park, Sterling Heights


 

Michigan Defense Exposition (MDEX) and Detroit Arsenal Opportunities Conference

Exhibitor registration is now open!

Wednesday, May 20 - 22 
For the first time, the entire Detroit Arsenal Team joins Industry Exhibitors under one roof, to share future needs and opportunities. 

  • There will be 2 ½ days of program briefings by ACC, DLA, Small Business Office, PEOs, CFT, GVSC and the Primes.
  • One-on-One meetings with all of the Arsenal offices.
  • Air Force Research Labs will brief their opportunities and needs (schedule to be announced).
  • We anticipate more than 3,000 attendees in 2020 as well as full teams of Army engineers and buyers to support their presentations.

Location: Macomb Community College Expo Center​, 14500 12 Mile Rd., Warren


Coffee Connection

Thursday, May 21 from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Join us at Villa Bella of Clinton Township for a Macomb Chamber Coffee Connection. This is a wonderful opportunity to network with your fellow Macomb Chamber Members and find all of the exciting things happening at Villa Bella of Clinton Township.
Locations: Villa Bella of Clinton Township, 15894 19 Mile Road, Clinton Township


Macomb County ACES Job Fair

Tuesday, June 2 from 8:30 a.m. to noon
A Job Fair Connecting Employers with Differently-Abled Professionals. Why should you hire someone with a disability? According to the Centers for Disease Control 25.6% Americans live with a disability 28.2% of Michigan Residents have a disability.

  • Employees with disABILITIES have lower turnover low absenteeism, dedication, and longer tenure. Enabling employers to reduce recruitment costs.
  • A study completed by Accenture, in partnership with Disability:IN and the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), concluded that companies employing individuals with disabilities saw, on average, 28 percent higher revenue, double the net income and 30 percent higher economic profit margins over the four-year period we analyzed.
  • A survey conducted by the Job Accommodation Network found, 59% of job accommodations cost employers nothing to make ($0), while the remaining accommodations typically cost only $500.
  • Access to On-the-Job Training through Michigan Works! This program allows up to 50% reimbursement of the new employees wages for a designated period of time.
  • Employers have potential for federal tax incentives when hiring individuals with disabilities A diverse workforce better reflects your customers and the community in which you provide your services.

Location: Macomb Intermediate School District, 44001 Garfield Rd. Clinton Township


Technology in Industry Reveal 2020

Monday, July 13 from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Automation Alley's Technology in Industry Report is back for 2020, exploring new trends within Industry 4.0 to keep you and your supply chain in the know when it comes to all things digital. Be among the first to receive a copy of the 2020 report as you explore smart technology demos and network with hundreds of industry influencers over strolling breakfast at Birmingham's Townsend Hotel. Hear from a number of industry leaders as they tell their digital transformation stories and share best practices for Industry 4.0 implementation success.

The 2020 report, titled "Seeing Industry 4.0 Through a 2020 Lens," will feature a series of case studies and white papers written in collaboration with top academic and industry leaders, on the trending topics impacting companies today, including:

  • 5G: An Industry 4.0 game-changer
  • Building a strong supply chain with Big Data
  • The impact of digital twins
  • Industry 4.0 & the global workforce

Content will focus on how these trends are impacting people, processes and technology in the now, near and far; and will conclude with action items for industry to consider when developing their own digital transformations. Don't miss this important industry event as we usher in 2020 with a focus on future technology trends!
Location: Townsend Hotel, 100 Townsend Street, Birmingham