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Michigan Defense Connect

Supplier Application now open!

Pure Michigan Business Connect (PMBC), Macomb County Planning & Economic Development and the Michigan Defense Center are hosting Michigan Defense Connect, an initiative connecting suppliers directly with defense company purchasing teams to discuss their immediate procurement opportunities, on Thursday, September 26 in Macomb County.

Attendance and participation will be limited to approved suppliers. An application is now available for qualified Michigan suppliers to apply for one-on-one meetings with purchasers at the event.  Please note that submitting a supplier application for one-on-one meetings does not guarantee attendance and participation.  Additional event details will be communicated upon supplier approval and selection by purchasing companies.  If you are interested in meeting with purchasing companies including those listed below, please complete your supplier application here.

In order to be considered for the one-on-one meetings and general event attendance, please complete your application as early as possible. If you have questions on the application process, please contact Katy Till at


Family and Medical Leave Act

Thursday, October 31 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The purpose of this training is to provide human resource professionals, managers and supervisors with the knowledge and resources to recognize and administer FMLA in an effective and easy manner.

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



State of Harrison Township 2019

Friday, September 13 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Join us as we welcome Harrison Township Supervisor Kenneth Verkest, who will provide a forecast of the exciting and wonderful things happening in Harrison Township.
Location: Location TBD


Business Plan: Roadmap to Success ENTR-8013

Mondays, September 16 - October 21 from 6 p.m. to 8:55 p.m.
Develop a comprehensive business plan. Define a target market, identify competitors, develop an operating budget, and ascertain financing needs. A team of experts will analyze business plans and offer recommendations. 
Location: Macomb Community College Center Campus, 44575 Garfield Rd., Clinton Township


Coffee Connection

Wednesday, September 18 from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Join us at Austin Catholic High School 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 with the students and staff at Austin Catholic High.
Location: Austin Catholic High School, 25925 23 Mile Rd., Chesterfield Twp.



DLA Internet Bid Board System (DIBBS) - 101

Thursday, September 19 from 9 a.m. to 12:30
Doing business with the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) can be a great way to grow your business and gain entry into the federal marketplace. DLA is the Department of Defense' largest combat support agency providing worldwide logistics support to America's Military Services, civilian agencies and foreign countries in both peacetime and wartime. DLA is responsible for nearly every consumable item used by our military forces worldwide to include medical supplies, aviation requirements, land and maritime weapon systems spare parts, critical troop-support items involving food, clothing and textiles, construction equipment, material, fuel and depot level re-parables. DLA has a web-based application called DIBBS that provides you with the ability to conduct market research by viewing award data, procurement histories and forecasts; filter your opportunity searches; access technical data packages (drawings) in the CFolders and submit secure quotes on line. Topics to be covered: Basic Pre-requisites Market Research DLA Overview DIBBS Overview Access to Technical Data Packages with Export Controls and Joint Certification Program (JCP) How to Find Opportunities in DIBBS How to submit a Quote in DIBBS
Location: Macomb Community College, MTEC, 7900 Tank Ave., Room 138, Warren


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Starting a Business

Thursday, September 19 from 9:30 a.m. to noon
A Half-Day No-Cost Event for entrepreneurs, new business owners and innovators WHO SHOULD ATTEND? This workshop is designed for individuals who are at the beginning stages of starting a business. TOPICS INCLUDE: • Assessing your readiness for entrepreneurship • Steps for starting a business • Introduction to writing a business plan • Tools to determine start-up costs and operating expenses • Local resources and recommendations
Location:  Eastpointe City Hall, Council Chambers, 23200 Gratiot, Eastpointe



Business by the Bay 

Thursday, September 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Guest speaker: Macomb County Clerk, Fred Miller
Location: Brandenburg Park 50050 Jefferson, Chesterfield Twp.



Survive and Thrive Business Exporting Conference

Tuesday, September 24 from 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Participants will hear from state and regional export specialists on how they can grow your business through exports. US and Canadian customs representatives will be providing insights to companies on how they can successfully navigate cross-border delivery of their products and goods. Conference participants will also be eligible for exclusive one-on-one meetings with representatives from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s (MEDC) Michigan Canada Center and the Michigan Mexico Center.
Location: St. Clair County Administration Building, 200 Grand River, Port Huron


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Get Your Business Online - Webinar

Tuesday, September 24 from 11 a.m. to noon
Learn about Google My Business, a free tool for local businesses who want to connect with customers on Google Search and Maps. Get hands-on help creating or updating your business profile or a simple website. In this session we’ll show you how to: Create or claim your Business Profile on Google Manage your business info across Google Search and Maps Use Google My Business to connect with potential customers Create a free website using the info from your Business Profile
Location: Webinar



YoPros Fall Kickoff Mixer @ Blake's

Tuesday, September 24 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
A production facility tour, a pint of hard cider/beer or glass of wine, and a souvenir pint glass! Closed toe shoes must be worn to go on the tour.
Location: Blakes Cider Mill, 17985 Armada Center Rd., Armada


Tech Takeover: Determining Your Technology Budget

Wednesday, September 25 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
This event is part two of Awecomm's Tech Takeover series for Non-Technical Executives Leading IT. In Awecomm's first Tech Takeover, they discussed a winning IT strategy for the digital transformation. In session two, they will focus on how to properly develop the right IT budget for your business.

Join Awecomm at Automation Alley for a Tech Takeover dedicated to helping companies compete in today’s changing digital landscape. Explore leading-edge IT management for organizations that are ready to become digital leaders. Learn to correctly categorize IT initiatives to better allocate the right spend percentage to each, and the methods to link these initiatives to a successful business strategy.
Location: Automation Alley, 2675 Bellingham, Troy


Super Prepared Business Conference 2019

Wednesday, September 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Presented by: Macomb County Emergency Team and Macomb County Chamber the Super Prepared Business Conference invites you to come and sharpen your emergency expertise. This one day conference offers the opportunity to learn the newest information about how to appropriately handle potential emergency or catastrophic events.

​Protect your business from the disaster or crisis you never expected. Small business owners and operators of all types will learn from industry experts how to prepare to minimize loss and increase business survivability when affected by a crisis.
Linda Davis of FAN (Families Against Narcotics) will also be in attendance to provide Narcan training. You don't want to miss it!! Includes: Breakfast and Lunch. ​Emergency Preparation Manual "Free" to every attendee.
Location: Macomb Community College - Lorenzo Cultural Center, 44575 Garfield Rd., Clinton Township


The Better Meeting: Advance Your Business Strategy Faster

Tuesday, October 1 from 8:45 a.m. to noon
March towards success with a healthier, more effective approach to meetings. Do you dread meetings? Have you ever been to a meeting to plan for another meeting? It's not surprising that many of today's leaders feel handcuffed by their calendars and the endless stream of appointments that pack them. Join PCS Insight at Automation Alley for a discussion on how to effectively facilitate tactical meetings to supercharge your business strategy, ramp up accountability and create a more positive work environment. Attendees will learn how tackling tactical issues can create a more focused and strategically-minded organization that realizes results more quickly. Hear from those that have successfully implemented this approach. This event is intended for c-level leaders.
Location: Automation Alley, 2675 Bellingham, Troy


How to Recruit, Hire, and Retain an Individual with a Disability

Tuesday, October 1 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Macomb 4 Inclusion invites Macomb County business owners to a luncheon panel discussion on successfully recruiting, hiring, and retaining individuals with disabilities. Panel members and topics include: Traci Comer-Scarsella: Disability Network Oakland Macomb School to Work Transition Linda Watson: Michigan Rehabilitation Specialist Business Support Services/Inclusion & Diversity Michele Bachler: The Arc of Macomb County Provider Agency Role Dominique Kunz: Global Enterprises Employer Success Story Jenny Weir: Taco Bell Employer Success Story Jason L: Taco Bell Employee Success Story Agenda: 11am - Check-in 11:30am - Lunch / Panel Presentation 12:30pm - Q&A 1pm - Conclusion
Location: Macomb Intermediate School District, Michigan Superior Room, 44001 Garfield, Clinton Township


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Creating Your Most Profitable Marketing Strategy - Webinar

Tuesday, October 1 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
How to build a marketing funnel for your business to grow each member of your audience to their maximum potential of revenue, referrals, or loyalty. Having a lead retention strategy is critical to a profitable business! We will examine how to drive every conversation forward with the right calls to action to make your marketing efforts more efficient and effective.
Location: Webinar


Tech Takeover: Safe Automotive Software Development: The OEM/Industrial Perspective

Wednesday, October 2 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Join Automation Alley for a Tech Takeover panel discussion led by a group of experts from the automotive software development field as they discuss safety related software applications. Participants will learn how to implement best practices, quality assurance and procedure techniques. Come learn about the challenges the automotive industry is facing and the efforts underway to ensure that on-vehicle software is as safe as possible. This event is intended for managers in charge of products that contain software, supervisors dealing with the day to day logistics of developing high integrity software and engineers needing to code and validate software they can be proud of.
Location: Automation Alley, 2675 Bellingham, Troy


2019 State of Mount Clemens Address

Friday, October 4 from 8 a.m. to 10 1.m.
Join us as we welcome Mayor Barb Dempsey, who will provide a forecast of the exciting and wonderful things happening in Mount Clemens.
Location: Oakland University Anton/Frankel Center, ​20 South Main, ​Mount Clemens


8-Hour ServSafe Manager Training

Tuesday, October 8 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
MSU Extension is offering an eight-hour ServSafe ® Training, developed by the National Restaurant Association and designed for food service managers whose certification needs to be renewed. Review and testing will cover the updated changes to the 2013 Food and Drug Administration Food Code, as well as purchasing and receiving from approved services, storage policies, preventing food borne illnesses, employee personal hygiene and the Hazard Analysis and Critical Care Point.
Location: 21885 Dunham Rd., Verkuilen Bld #12, Clinton Twp.


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Marketing Your Business from the Driver’s Seat - Webinar

Tuesday, October 8 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Learn five marketing rules you can use in business to put yourself in a position of power. Marketing is all about sharing your message, and understanding the psychology of how you present the message is critical to making the impact you want. This presentation shows you how to set yourself up for success in business using five techniques that show your strength, help you adapt to different personality types in the sales process, and put you in the driver's seat.
Location: Webinar


Networking Breakfast & Pitch Session With Industry 4.0 French Delegation

Thursday, October 10 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Automation Alley welcomes eight innovative French companies ready to expand their activities to the North American market to present their latest technologies in the fields of monitoring and control, cybersecurity, data analytics and AI for industrial applications. Enjoy breakfast, networking and a pitch session in partnership with the French American Chamber of Commerce and the North America Smart Factory Connection Tour Program powered by Business France and its sponsors PRAMEX & SHEPPARD MULLIN.
Location: Automation Alley, 2675 Bellingham, Troy



Federal Market Research - 201

Thursday, October 10 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
If you're interested in selling your goods or services to the federal government, the first thing you should do is research the federal government marketplace to learn more about it. Market research is the continuous process of collecting the data, and analyzing the information so you have a better understanding of the marketplace. This training will help you identify who your customer and competitors are, as well as the current and future outlook for your Industry. This training will be conducted in a computer lab, and provide you with useful Market Research tools for: Researching the Consumer - Identify federal agencies who are buying what you re selling. Researching the Competition - Identify who wants to, or who is already selling your service or product to the federal government and for how much. Researching your Industry - Identify what the federal government has purchased in the past, plans on procuring in the future, and Industry trends. To run a successful business, you need to learn about your customers, competition, and industry. Market research will provide you with valuable insight to spot current and upcoming issues in your industry, reduce your business risks, and help you identify opportunities. Who Should Attend? Management and key players who will support and facilitate government contracting within your company.
Location: Macomb Community College, MTEC, 7900 Tank Ave., Room 123, Warren


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Government Contracting

Thursday, October 10 from 9:30 a.m. to noon
Each year, our government spends billions of dollars purchasing goods and services from private firms. The SBA works to create an environment for maximum participation by small, disadvantaged, and woman-owned businesses in federal government contract awards and large prime subcontract awards. SBA administers several programs and services that assist small businesses in meeting the requirements to receive government contracts, either as prime contractors or subcontractors. These include the 8(a) Business Development Program, System Award Management (SAM), HUBZone Program and SUB-Net. Find out how these programs can you expand into new markets and grow your business.
Location: Chesterfield Township Municipal Hall, 47275 Sugarbush Road, Chesterfield Twp



State Contracting

Thursday, October 17 from 9 a.m. to 12:30
The Department of Technology, Management and Budget (DTMB) Procurement Office serves as the state s Central Purchasing Office and has a portfolio of approximately 950 multiple-year contracts worth billions of Dollars. The Department consists of three divisions, plus real estate and construction: Information and technology Commodities and infrastructure services Services Topics to be covered include the following: Contracting with the state of Michigan Opportunities overview Doing business with MDOT WHO SHOULD ATTEND? Management and key players who will support and facilitate government contracting within your company.
Location: Macomb Community College, MTEC, 7900 Tank Ave., Room 138, Warren



DLA Packaging Requirements & 1st Destination Transportation

Tuesday, October 22 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Macomb Regional PTAC is hosting a Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) webinar featuring Packaging and First Destination Transportation. This will be a live webinar to learn the ins and outs of DLA s packaging and First Destination Transportation. Please bring your questions to ask the experts as we will have a live Q&A. This webinar will address: Packaging Requirements (MIL-STD-2073) Military Marking (MIL-STD-129) RFID Tags Wood Packaging Material (WPM) Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) Lead Free Requirements (E-code) Commercial Packaging (ASTM D3951) Reports of Discrepancies First Destination Transportation: FDT NIIN Profile FDT Overview Benefits of FDT Vendor Shipping Module Recognizing FDT in Award Text Key Information/Vendor Success
Location: Macomb Community College, MTEC, 7900 Tank Ave., Room 138, Warren


Marketing Strategies That Work ENTR-8023

Wednesday, October 23, Monday, October 28 and Wednesday, October 30 from 6 p.m. to 8:55 p.m.
Investigate competitive strategies that attract customers. Explore niche marketing, research the best marketing opportunities, and learn how to enter new markets.
Location: Macomb Community College Center Campus, 44575 Garfield Rd., Clinton Township



DLA Internet Bid Board System (DIBBS) - 201

Thursday, October 24 from 9 a.m. to 12:30
Building on what was discussed in DIBBS 101 training, we will take a look at other DLA Internet Bid Board System (DIBBS) applications such as how to submit a quote on line, 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. Topics to be covered: How to submit a Quote in DIBBS How to find Awards How to submit a Post Awards Request (PAR) Unique Procurement Identifiers update Past Performance Informational Retrieval System (PPIRS) DLA Packaging 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.
Location: Macomb Community College, MTEC, 7900 Tank Ave., Room 138, Warren


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Starting a Business

Thursday, October 24 from 9:30 a.m. to noon
A Half-Day No-Cost Event for entrepreneurs, new business owners and innovators WHO SHOULD ATTEND? This workshop is designed for individuals who are at the beginning stages of starting a business. TOPICS INCLUDE: • Assessing your readiness for entrepreneurship • Steps for starting a business • Introduction to writing a business plan • Tools to determine start-up costs and operating expenses • Local resources and recommendations
Location: Macomb County SBDC Office, 7th floor, 1 South Main, Mt. Clemens



FAR kenstein - Don't let the FAR Scare You

Thursday, October 31 from 9 a.m. to 12:30
FEDERAL ACQUISITION REGULATIONS (FAR) ORIENTATION AND OVERVIEW Is your business selling to the government, or are you thinking of expanding your business into the federal marketplace? If so, it is important you take the time to understand the rules and regulations you must follow to avoid costly pitfalls. The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) governs all acquisitions and contracting procedures in the federal government. It is a substantial and complex set of rules governing the federal government s purchasing process, and its purpose is to ensure purchasing procedures are standard and conducted in a fair and impartial manner. If you are interested in obtaining a better understanding of the FAR, the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) Orientation and Overview is designed for you. For each FAR part, this comprehensive training will describe the basic concepts that every federal contractor should be aware of. Additionally, through the course of the training, attendees will learn how to navigate the FAR so they may more easily reference it as the need arises. This event will cover the following: FAR Overview FAR Sub-chapters (A through H) FAR Clause Flow Downs PREREQUISITE: Government Contracting 101. WHO SHOULD ATTEND? Management and key players who will support and facilitate government contracting within your company.
Location: Macomb Community College, MTEC, 7900 Tank Ave., Room 138, Warren