IPS Technology Services Wins Full Scale Enterprise Portal and Mobile App Development Project for Education Industry

TROY– March 26, 2013 –IPS Technology Services recently secured a win to develop an enterprise-wide portal for the Education Industry. This is a result of a successful over delivery of a prototype system within a very short three month period. Throughout the prototype development, IPS Technology Services facilitated sessions to define detailed requirements and the business logic, designed a scalable architecture, coded, tested and launched the system to gain confidence of the client—ultimately winning the full scale implementation.

“This 18 month project is a ‘huge’ opportunity for a company like ours,” says Pradip Sengupta, IPS Technology Services founder, “It defines us as a solid web and mobile application development company and puts us on the map”. The application being developed by IPS will connect all consumers of the Education industry who will have the opportunity to get connected with one another. Besides the web portal, the project will deliver all aspects of digital marketing, mobile apps and an end-to-end back office systems.

About IPS Technology Services

IPS Technology Services provides end-to-end IT services to the Small and Medium Businesses (SMB) marketplace. IPS develops custom applications using state of the art tools such as .Net, C#, VB, SaaS, SOA, Oracle, SQL Server, and/or by using third party software. IPS provides IT services in the following five areas:
1. IT Staffing (SharePoint, Oracle, Java, Dot Net, SQL Server, SAP, PM)
2. CIO Services and Technology Consulting
3. Web based and Mobile Application Development and Integration
4. Healthcare IT with EHR and Practice Management implementation
5. Engineering IT services
6. Website development and Digital Marketing

For more information on IPS Technology Services, please call 248-835-9895 or, click www.ipsts.com.

Attorney specializing in business disputes joins Butzel Long

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. – Sean M. Walsh, an attorney specializing in business disputes, has joined Butzel Long as a senior attorney.

Mr. Walsh concentrates his practice in the area of business disputes, including automotive supply chain disputes, client, customer and vendor insolvency and bankruptcy, shareholder disputes, intellectual property disputes, medical billing and insurance fraud disputes and the enforcement and/or defense of actions for the violation of restrictive covenants.

He regularly represents creditors, potential purchasers of assets and debtors in connection with the prosecution and defense of actions filed in the United States Bankruptcy Courts, including actions filed to set aside and/or recover avoidable preferences and other avoidance actions under Chapter 5 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, together with general bankruptcy matters on behalf of creditors, purchasers of assets and business debtors.

Mr. Walsh has been admitted to practice law in the State of Michigan, the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern District of Michigan, Western District of Michigan and Northern District of Illinois (including the Trial Bar), as well as a variety of Federal District Courts and Bankruptcy Courts on a pro hac vice basis, including the Southern District of New York and the Northern District of Texas. He is fluent in Spanish, a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute and was named as a “Top Lawyer” for 2011 & 2012 by dBusiness magazine.

Mr. Walsh is a graduate of Southern Methodist University, B.A. (Biology & Spanish – 1989), and he received his J.D. from the University of Toledo, College of Law, in 1993. Mr. Walsh graduated in the top 20 percent of his University of Toledo, College of Law, class and was named to the Dean’s List.

About Butzel Long

Established in 1854, Butzel Long is a leading law firm with offices in Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Lansing and Ann Arbor, Michigan, New York City, and Washington, D.C., as well as Alliance offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Mexico City and Monterrey. The firm is also a member of the Washington D.C. law firm, Butzel Long Tighe Patton. Butzel Long represents clients from diverse industries on regional, national, and multi-national levels and is a member of Lex Mundi, a global association of 160 independent law firms. Visit the Butzel Long website at www.butzel.com.

Doeren Mayhew Named Among Accounting Today’s Top 100 Firms

TROY, MICH. – Doeren Mayhew, a certified public accounting and advisory firm with locations in Michigan, Texas and Florida, has ranked 67th among the top 100 accounting, tax and business consulting firms in the United States by Accounting Today.

Rankings for the publication’s 2013 “Top 100 Firms” report were based on annual revenue size. Following the completion of the 2013 survey, Doeren Mayhew continued to grow in revenue through a December 2012 merger with Houston-based MFR, P.C., increasing the firm’s annual revenue by 14 percent.

According to the Accounting Today’s report, overall revenue growth is the “new new normal” in the industry. The survey revealed growth just over 8 percent amongst the industry’s leading firms. Growth drivers include an integrated strategic approach to marketing, new offerings, technology, management strength and merger activity, according to the report.

The trends reflect Doeren Mayhew’s growth initiatives, which have included its recent brand refresh, increased marketing efforts and enhanced service offerings through the merger with MFR, P.C., said Mark Crawford, managing shareholder.

“We are honored to be ranked among the nation’s top-performing firms once again,” Crawford said. “It has been an exciting year for Doeren Mayhew, with many ‘news’ for the firm – from the launch of a new brand, to relocating offices, to doubling the size of our Houston practice. We are looking forward to what this next year has in store as we continue to grow and maintain our position at the forefront of the industry for our clients.”

About Doeren Mayhew
Founded in 1932, Doeren Mayhew is a leading group of CPAs and trusted advisors who go beyond traditional accounting to help mid-sized businesses grow and prosper. The firm’s Troy CPAs and Houston CPAs serve industries such as manufacturing, construction, energy, financial institutions, service, retail/restaurant, wholesalers/distribution with a full range of accounting, audit, tax, merger and acquisition, and business advisory services. Combining a deeply rooted history with a progressive mindset, the firm offers insight into the business, oversight to ensure best practices and foresight for what’s ahead. Doeren Mayhew is an independent firm associated with Moore Stephens International Limited. Please visit www.doeren.com for more information.

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Detroit Regional Chamber’s Leadership Detroit Receives Inclusion Award During Game Changers Ceremony at Ford Field Hall of Legends

DETROIT, March 27, 2013 – Today, the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Leadership Detroit program received Playworks Detroit’s Inclusion Award for its work in raising awareness to needs in the Detroit community. The award was presented at the 2013 Get in the Game Luncheon and Game Changer Awards at the Ford Field Hall of Legends in Detroit.

“This year Leadership Detroit will kick off its 35th class and we are honored to receive the Inclusion Award,” said Dan Piepszowski, senior director of community leadership development at the Chamber. “Events like the Get in the Game Luncheon speak to the wealth of individuals and organizations committed to building a brighter future for Detroit. We look forward to continuing to work with our region’s emerging leaders to create lasting positive change in our community.”

Leadership Detroit was selected for the Inclusion Award due to its longstanding history of bringing awareness to the needs of the Detroit community. The program has been recognized as an important stimulus for change and awareness with a proven track record of engaging dynamic participation from the leaders of the community.

The Playworks Detroit 2013 Get in the Game Luncheon and Game Changer Awards is a signature event recognizing individuals, companies and organizations that are making a positive impact on the well-being of Detroit. Award recipients were selected by community nomination, Playworks staff, and board based on Playworks’ core values: respect, inclusion, healthy play and healthy community.  In addition, a Game Changer Award is presented for community service.

About Leadership Detroit
Leadership Detroit is a community leadership program for executives in Southeast Michigan led by the Detroit Regional Chamber with over 1,800 alumni. Launched in 1979, the program aims to create awareness of key issues that affect the Detroit region and to challenge emerging and existing community leaders to bring about positive change in the community through informed leadership. Learn more about Leadership Detroit, which is taking nominations for Class XXXV, at detroitchamber.com/ld

About the Detroit Regional Chamber
With over 20,000 members and affiliates, that employ over three-quarters of a million workers, the Detroit Regional Chamber is one of the largest chambers of commerce in the country. The Chamber’s mission is carried out through business attraction efforts, advocacy, strategic partnerships and providing valuable benefits to members. For more information, please visit detroitchamber.com.

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O’Keefe Named M&A Advisor 2013 Accounting/Due Diligence Firm of the Year

Bloomfield Hills, MI – The M&A Advisor announced the winners of the 7th Annual Turnaround Awards on Wednesday, March 6 at the 2013 M&A Advisor Awards Gala to a sold-out crowd at The Colony Hotel, Palm Beach, FL. O’Keefe was named a winner for the 2013 Accounting/Due Diligence Firm of the Year.

“Since 2002, we have been honoring the leading turnaround transac¬tions, companies and dealmakers. O’Keefe was chosen from over 120 nominations and over 300 participating companies to receive the award. It gives us great pleasure to recognize O’Keefe and bestow upon our highest honor for distressed investing and reorganization firms and professionals,” said David Fergusson, Senior Managing Director, The M&A Advisor.

“The firm continues to be recognized for successful outcomes in preserving stakeholder equity and preserving jobs in tough transactions. I am proud of the O’Keefe professionals who deliver these outstanding results,” said Pat O’Keefe, CEO of O’Keefe.

“O’Keefe represents the best of the turnaround industry in 2012 and earned these honors by standing out in a group of very impressive finalists,” said Roger Aguinaldo, CEO and Founder of The M&A Advisor.

The gala is the premier celebration of the year for the industry’s leading Dealmakers and is held in conjunction with the 2013 Distressed Investing Symposium. Hosted by Bloomberg Chief National Correspondent Carol Massar, the ceremony also honored the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award winner – William C. Repko, Senior Advisor and Co-Founder of Restructuring and Debt Advisory Group, Evercore Partners and the winner of the 2013 Leadership Award – Corinne Ball, Partner and Co-Head of the New York Office’s Business Restructuring & Reorganization Practice, Jones Day for their outstanding achievements and accomplishments in the industry.

Since 1998, The M&A Advisor has been presenting, recognizing the achievement of and facilitating connections between the world’s leading mergers and acquisitions, financing and turnaround professionals with a comprehensive range of services including M&A SUMMITS; M&A AWARDS; M&A CONNECTS™; M&A ALERTS™, M&A LINKS™ MandA.TV and M&A MARKET INTEL™. Visit www.maadvisor.com to learn more.

O’Keefe is a strategic and financial advisory firm specializing in strategic advisory services, performance improvement, turnaround/restructuring, and litigation support. Established in 2001, O’Keefe is headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan with offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Grand Rapids, and New Jersey. For more information, visit www.okeefellc.com or call (248)593-4810.

Annual iLabs survey finds improving Technology Business Climate in Michigan

Fifth annual survey conducted by UM-Dearborn’s Center for Innovation Research

DEARBORN, March 26, 2013–Technology business leaders have a more consistent and positive perspective of Michigan as a place to do business, according to the fifth annual Michigan Technology Climate survey conducted by iLabs, UM-Dearborn’s Center for Innovation Research. The survey, which assesses opinions of executives regarding the current business climate facing high growth and tech firms, found the majority of leaders indicating that they plan to expand their workforce this year to meet expected increases in sales.

“We are seeing a consistent and positive outlook among technology leaders,” said Tim Davis, director of iLabs. “There is a sustained momentum rooted in the confidence and optimism of last year combined with the current growth rate of technology companies. This momentum is reinforced by positive views of Michigan, both at the state level and regionally, as a place that is increasingly friendly to business, supports technology interests and cultivates an environment where industry can grow.”

157 technology business leaders, up from 55 in 2012, participated in the survey, with half indicating that a majority of their revenue comes from Michigan. The Technology Business Climate Survey was conducted statewide in collaboration with Automation Alley, the Detroit Regional Chamber, the Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP), the MIT Enterprise Forum – Great Lakes Chapter, The Right Place, and the Workforce Intelligence Network (WIN).

Significant findings include:

  • 96 percent of respondents indicated that their firm is planning to keep employment levels the same, or expand their workforce in 2013
  • 75 percent of respondents indicated that their firm expects to see an increase in revenue this year, which is a significant improvement over previous years
  • 89 percent of respondents indicated that the current conditions for the technology industry in Michigan versus six months ago is holding steady or improving
  • 90 percent of respondents indicated that the conditions for the technology industry are holding steady or improving into the next year
  • 75 percent of respondents indicated that Michigan’s technology climate, as compared to other states, is the same or better
  • 67 percent of firm’s that plan to hire new employees will do so locally
  • In 2012 there is a markedly higher percentage of respondents, than in the past, who indicated that Michigan’s government/policies promote economic growth and entrepreneurial development

Visit www.umdilabs.com/climate for more information about the Tech Climate Survey or iLabs.

About University of Michigan-Dearborn


Founded in 1959 with a gift of just over 200 acres of land and $6.5 million from the Ford Motor Company, University of Michigan-Dearborn is a metropolitan university serving southeastern Michigan, committed to excellence rooted in strong academics, innovative research and programming and civic engagement. The University has nearly 9,100 students pursuing more than 100 bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral and professional degrees in liberal arts and sciences, engineering, business and education.  A top-ranked university with a faculty devoted to teaching, and students committed to achievement, UM-Dearborn has been shaped by its history of partnering with local leaders and communities, and is committed to finding solutions for the challenges that face the region.

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Butzel Long elects shareholders to the firm’s Board of Directors

DETROIT, Mich. – Butzel Long has elected the following shareholders to serve a two-year term on the firm’s Board of Directors: Richard B. Brosnick, W. Patrick Dreisig, Cynthia J. Haffey and James E. Wynne. Other Butzel Long Board members include: Justin G. Klimko, Mark T. Nelson and Louis Theros.

Richard B. Brosnick
Mr. Brosnick is a shareholder, vice president and director of Butzel Long’s New York office. He concentrates his practice in the areas of financial services and securities litigation, antitrust litigation and counseling, commercial contract litigation, white collar crime, intellectual property and employment law.
He has successfully represented a broad range of U.S. and international clients in a wide variety of commercial litigations involving a wide variety of industries, including financial services, high tech, medical equipment, industrials, pharmaceuticals, software, electronics, telecommunications, and retail.
Mr. Brosnick attended New York University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, 1996 and Columbia University, B.A., 1992.

W. Patrick Dreisig
Mr. Dreisig is a shareholder and vice president practicing in Butzel Long’s Bloomfield Hills office. He is co-chair of the firm’s Finance Committee and Global Automotive Industry Group and a member of the firm’s Business Law Practice.

He focuses his practice in general business law and transactional matters, including mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, recapitalizations, debt and equity finance transactions, venture capital transactions, supply agreements, intellectual property development and licensing transactions, customer and supplier workouts, entity selection and formation, corporate governance and business succession.

Mr. Dreisig practices extensively within the automotive supplier industry. He is highly experienced in representing automotive suppliers in structuring and negotiating long term supply and other commercial arrangements with automotive manufacturers and other suppliers. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America.

Mr. Dreisig received his B.A. degree, with distinction, from the University of Michigan in 1974 and his J.D. degree from Wayne State University in 1977, where he served as an editor of the Wayne Law Review in 1976-77.

Cynthia J. Haffey
Ms. Haffey is a shareholder and vice president practicing in Butzel Long’s Detroit office. She represents corporations, limited liability companies and partnerships in complex disputes involving a wide range of corporate and commercial matters. She regularly appears before the federal and state courts, as well as arbitration tribunals.

She represents clients in cases involving commercial disputes and business litigation, including automotive supply chain disputes, shareholder, partner and owner disputes, corporate mergers, acquisitions and other transaction disputes, fraud and other business torts, sales commission disputes, non-compete agreements and trade secrets, real estate disputes, construction contract disputes, anti-trust, bankruptcy and securities litigation. In addition, Ms. Haffey also has significant experience in advising and defending clients at trial and in arbitration in age, sex, and racial discrimination actions and other wrongful discharge claims.

Ms. Haffey currently serves as the co-chair of the firm’s Automotive Practice Group, chair of the firm’s Women’s Initiative Committee and a co-chair of the Federal Bar Association, Eastern District of Michigan Chapter’s Social Justice Committee.

Ms. Haffey is a graduate of Wayne State University Law School (J.D., cum laude, 1997) and Western Michigan University (B.S., magna cum laude, 1980).

James E. Wynne
Mr. Wynne is a shareholder and vice president practicing in Butzel Long’s Detroit office. He has handled commercial and product liability trials and litigation since 1975. He serves as the national trial counsel for several major automotive suppliers, handling cases in a variety of states.

He has specific experience with specialized personal-injury asbestos litigation in thousands of such cases throughout the United States. He has been involved in several landmark decisions in this area, and serves as a key strategic advisor to several global manufacturing concerns regarding asbestos and toxic tort matters. Mr. Wynne also has substantial experience in computer support for mass tort litigation.

Mr. Wynne graduated from Michigan State University in 1972 and from the Chicago-Kent College of Law in 1975. He is admitted to practice law in both Michigan and Illinois and in numerous federal courts across the country. Mr. Wynne is listed in The Best Lawyers in America.

Justin G. Klimko
Mr. Klimko is President of Butzel Long and based in the firm’s Detroit office. He has extensive experience in securities regulation, corporate financing, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and general corporate matters, fields in which he has practiced since 1980.

Mr. Klimko was recently named a winner of the 2013 Client Choice Awards, presented by the International Law Office (ILO) and Lexology. Mr. Klimko was honored for mergers & acquisitions.

He is a past chair of the Business Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan. He serves as Chair of the Section’s Corporate Laws Committee, which prepares amendments to Michigan corporate statutes for legislative approval to keep Michigan corporate law current with modern trends and developments.

Mr. Klimko also is a member of the Legal Opinions Committee, the Negotiated Acquisitions Committee and the Federal Regulation of Securities Committee of the American Bar Association.

He is included in the publication The Best Lawyers in America and enjoys an “AV” rating from the Martindale-Hubbell rating system. He is rated one of Michigan’s top Corporate/M&A attorneys by Chambers USA Guide of America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and is listed in Michigan Super Lawyers (Mergers and Acquisitions). He was the recipient of the 2009 Stephen H. Schulman Outstanding Business Lawyer Award from the Business Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan and Best Lawyers’ 2012 Detroit Governance Law Lawyer of the Year.

Mr. Klimko graduated from Duke University Law School (J.D., with distinction, 1980) and Ohio University (B.A., summa cum laude, 1977).

Mark T. Nelson
Mr. Nelson is a shareholder and vice president practicing in Butzel Long’s Ann Arbor office. He is a seasoned litigator specializing in employment litigation, particularly ERISA litigation as well as trust and estate litigation. Since joining Butzel Long in 1979, Mr. Nelson has represented a multitude of clients in both the public and private sector. He has extensive trial experience in both Federal and State of Michigan courts.

In the employment area, Mr. Nelson has successfully tried contract and discrimination claims to jury verdict; he has also defended employers in cases involving ADA, FMLA, COBRA, ERISA (retiree healthcare class actions) and severance pay plans. He is a member of the Litigation and Probate Sections of the American Bar Association and State Bar of Michigan.

Mr. Nelson is an honors graduate of Detroit College of Law (J.D. 1976) and The University of Michigan (B.A. 1973). He has been listed in Best Lawyers, Michigan Super Lawyers and DBusiness Top Lawyers.

Louis Theros
Mr. Theros is a shareholder and vice president with Butzel Long, located in the firm’s Detroit office. He concentrates his legal practice in the areas of employment litigation, labor, advising and counseling clients on statutory employment compliance and gaming law.

Mr. Theros has more than 20 years experience, including first chair trial and appellate responsibilities, in employment discrimination and harassment matters and large class action lawsuits, throughout Michigan and the Midwest.

He has extensive experience in handling arbitrations arising from collective bargaining disputes and unfair labor practice complaints, and in alternate dispute resolution. Mr. Theros has served as counsel on various traditional labor issues, including organizational campaigns and collective bargaining agreement negotiations and implementation.

He is listed in Best Lawyers in America and is named in Michigan Super Lawyers, both since 2007. He has received an “AV Preeminent” peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell.

Mr. Theros is a graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Law (J.D., 1989), and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan (B.A., 1985).

About Butzel Long

Established in 1854, Butzel Long is a leading law firm with offices in Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Lansing and Ann Arbor, Michigan, New York City, and Washington, D.C., as well as Alliance offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Mexico City and Monterrey. The firm is also a member of the Washington D.C. law firm, Butzel Long Tighe Patton. Butzel Long represents clients from diverse industries on regional, national, and multi-national levels and is a member of Lex Mundi, a global association of 160 independent law firms. Visit the Butzel Long website at www.butzel.com.

Nemeth Burwell Announces Partner Promotion

Detroit, Mich. —March 26, 2013 — Attorneys Patricia Nemeth and Linda Burwell, founding partners of Detroit-based employment law firm Nemeth Burwell, P.C., are pleased to announce Terry Bonnette has been named a partner in the firm. He had been a senior attorney.

Bonnette joined Nemeth Burwell in 2004 after working as a law clerk at the firm. He focuses his practice on labor and employment counseling and litigation, counseling clients on a wide range of contract compliance and regulatory compliance issues, including the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Wage and Hour laws and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Additionally, Bonnette has represented clients in litigation before state and federal courts, administrative agencies and arbitrators.

A prodigious writer and speaker, Bonnette has presented, written, and co-authored articles on a number of employment law topics and workplace trends, including overtime, social media, disabilities, managing contingent and virtual employees, identity theft and wrongful discharge and retaliation.

Bonnette is a Member, State Bar of Michigan, Labor and Employment Law Section and Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, and the American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section and Litigation Section. He is admitted to practice in Michigan and the United States District Courts in the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan.

Prior to joining Nemeth Burwell, Bonnette was an instructor in argumentation, persuasion and speech writing at Bradley University and Eastern Michigan University. He also coached the nationally ranked speech teams at both schools.

Bonnette holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Bradley University, a Master of Science degree from Illinois State University, and a Juris Doctor degree from Wayne State University. While in law school, he was a member of the WSU National Moot Court Team.
About Nemeth Burwell, P.C.: Nemeth Burwell specializes in employment litigation, traditional labor law and management consultation for private and public sector employers. It is the largest women-owned law firm in Michigan to exclusively represent management in the prevention, resolution and litigation of labor and employment disputes.
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March 26, 2013: Gov. Snyder, Chamber CEO Join Education Nation Kickoff; Chamber Hosts 2013 Health Care Leaders Forum

Gov. Snyder, Chamber CEO Participate in Education Nation Detroit Summit KickoffNBC News Education Nation On-the-Road tour kicked off in Detroit last week, bringing together local leaders for a solutions-focused conversation about improving education and preparing Americans for the jobs of the future. NBC News’ Special Correspondent Chelsea Clinton and Chief Education Correspondent Rehema Ellis joined Local 4 Anchor Rhonda Walker in hosting some of the region’s top thought-leaders, including Governor Rick Snyder and a panel led by WDIV’s Devin Scillian which included Chamber President and CEO Sandy K. Baruah; Senior Vice President of Global Product Development at General Motors Mary Barra; Chairman and CEO of GalaxE. Solutions Tim Bryan; and Macomb County Community College President James Jacobs. The panel discussed Michigan’s workforce, the skills gap and the future of our economy. For more information on Education Nation, click here.

Top Health Leaders Attend Chamber’s 2013 Health Care Leaders Forum Last week, more than 200 business owners, executives, health care professionals and change-makers from around the state and nation attended the Detroit Regional Chamber’s 2013 Health Care Leaders Forum. The event focused on controlling the region’s health care costs, improving care quality and using the health care sector and healthy workers to drive economic development. Attendees also heard keynote addresses from Henry Ford Health System CEO and Chamber Board Chair Nancy Schlichting on the current state of the health care industry and Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson on Medical Main Street and efforts to make Southeast Michigan a health care destination.

The Chamber also announced a new website, MI Health Answers, for small to medium-sized employers and their employees looking for answers regarding health care reform and purchasing health insurance in Michigan. Through the website, the Chamber is working to connect businesses to ACA experts in the business community to participate and provide answers in the community. Click to read coverage of the event in Crain’s Detroit Business or the Detroit News.

Detroit Regional Chamber Supportive of Proposed Medicaid ExpansionGovernor Rick Snyder’s budget message this year included his proposal to accept federal funds to expand Medicaid to 133 percent of the federal poverty level, a key aspect of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Detroit Regional Chamber is supportive of the Governor’s proposal, specifically to redirect savings realized from expansion to offset future liabilities as the federal government begins to require a 10 percent state match after 3 years.

Estimates indicate that this expansion would provide care to 450,000 out of 1.2 million uninsured Michigan residents. The Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation at the University of Michigan estimates that the combination of increased provider tax revenue along with savings realized by eliminating general fund subsidies to other programs will result in a net savings to the state of $983 million over 10 years. Click here for additional coverage of the Chamber’s position in the Detroit News. For more information on current Chamber-backed public policy priorities, click here.

MICHauto, Chamber, MEDC Participate in Successful Ford Matchmaking Summit   The Detroit Regional Chamber’s MICHauto program partnered with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s (MEDC) Pure Michigan Business Connect (PMBC) program who hosted a matchmaking summit last week to join Michigan companies with Ford Motor Company and 30 of its Tier 1 suppliers. The summit was a huge success, hosting more than 700 attendees from companies including Autoliv, BASF, Bosch, Continental, Cooper Standard, Dakkota, Detroit Manufacturing Systems, Dana, Delphi, Denso, Detroit Thermal, Dura, Faurecia, Flex-n-Gate, Ford, Lear, Piston Group, Takata and many more. The Detroit Regional Chamber is a strategic partner of PMBC programming in Southeast Michigan. For more information on PMBC, click here.

Hear from MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon during Inside the CEO Mind, April 19       Don’t miss the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Inside the CEO Mind event, featuring Michigan State University (MSU) President Lou Anna K. Simon on Friday, April 19 from 8 to 10 a.m. at MSU’s Detroit Center. Attendees will once again be invited to tap into the mind of one of the region’s most influential business leaders and gain exclusive insight into Simon’s unique perspective on leadership as well as the state of higher education and innovation in Michigan. Click here to read more on Simon’s accomplishments and role at MSU in the latest addition of the Chamber’s Detroiter magazine. Click here to register for the exclusive opportunity to hear the inspirational story of one of the state’s key leaders.

Carl Camden of Kelly Services to Discuss Talent Attraction for Small Employers, April 16

Join the Detroit Regional Chamber for “Keys to Talent Attraction: Helping Your Small Business Find Top Employees” featuring Carl Camden, president and CEO, Kelly Services, Inc., on Tuesday, April 16 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Kelly Services World Headquarters in Troy. Camden is a recognized thought-leader on talent management and how companies of all sizes, including small employers, succeed in the changing economic landscape. Prior to Camden’s remarks, Murray Feldman of FOX 2 News Detroit will lead an expert panel discussion. Following Camden’s presentation, audience members are invited to participate in a question-and-answer session moderated by Chamber President and CEO Sandy K. Baruah. For more information or to register, click here.

There’s Still Time to Nominate a Leader for Leadership Detroit Class XXXVLeadership Detroit provides the foundation for a lifelong commitment to leadership by creating awareness of key issues that affect the region. This once in a lifetime experience also provides the opportunity to network with more than 1,500 Leadership Detroit alumni and gain the leadership foundation needed to impact change in our communities. If you know someone who would be an ideal candidate for Leadership Detroit, please nominate them as a potential leader and participant in Class XXXV. Applications are due Friday, May 24. Start the process today by clicking here.