There is More to the Detroit Region than Manufacturing

industries_graphicThe first thought associated with the Detroit region is often that it is a manufacturing region. This is in fact “a region where things get done;” however, there is much more to the region than building products and/or services. Contrary to popular belief, manufacturing is not the Detroit region’s largest industry. After government, that honor is held by the health care and social assistance industry, which accounts for nearly 315,000 jobs and employs nearly 63,000 more individuals than the manufacturing sector. The health care and social assistance industry is forecasted for an 11 percent (33,000 jobs) growth over the next 5 years as well.

Five industries within the Detroit region employ more than 100,000 individuals. Following manufacturing is retail trade, which employs only 15,000 individuals less than the manufacturing industry. The next three largest industries are accommodation and food services (187,500), professional, scientific and technical services (187,000) and administrative and support, and waste management and remediation (154,000).

Detroit Regional Chamber Hosts Partners, Prospects During Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix

The Detroit Regional Chamber, DTE Energy and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation hosted more than 100 clients, partners and prospects at the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix earlier this month. Among those in attendance were Asian and North American management representatives from a Chinese-owned automotive company that recently expanded to the area. This event provided recently located companies, Jingyi North America, Wyle, American Dream Company, Navitas Advanced Solutions Group and Cover Car an opportunity to network with local partners.

Regional Transit Authority Accepting Applications for Citizens Advisory Committee

The Regional Transit Authority (RTA) is accepting applications for its Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) to provide input as it works to create a public transit system that addresses the transportation challenges and opportunities facing our region. The purpose of the CAC is to advise the RTA on transit issues, make suggestions for improvements in transit service, and advocate for greater funding for public transportation.

Applications are due by July 18, 2013. For more information, click here. Applications can be emailed to JacksonS3@Michigan.gov. The Detroit Regional Chamber has been a long-standing supporter of creating a regional transit system that helps moves goods and people safely and efficiently and positions the region to compete in the 21st century.

Butzel Long opens office in Macomb-OU INCubator in Sterling Heights to meet record growth of industry startups and emerging businesses

DETROIT, Mich. – Butzel Long is onsite in Macomb County with the opening of an office in the Macomb-OU INCubator at the Velocity Collaborative Center in Sterling Heights to meet the escalating demands of emerging businesses in key growth sectors. Butzel Long is part of the new Executives-in-Residence program offered through the Macomb-OU INCubator. Butzel Long is supporting incubator clients with certain free services and consultation.

“Our Executives-in-Residence program evolved based on our clients growing needs,” said Julie Gustafson, Executive Director, Macomb-OU INCubator. “They asked for onsite guidance in core areas including legal, financial and accounting, general business consulting and defense. This is our pilot year and the feedback so far has been fantastic. A key goal is for the Macomb-OU INCubator to help startups grow by providing them with important business resources.

“I’m excited about the depth of legal resources that Butzel Long brings onsite to our Executives-in-Residence program,” added Gustafson. “Startups have varying needs at different stages. One client may require professional guidance from a patent attorney while another may need insight from a labor and employment attorney.”

“We have worked extensively with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), Macomb County and Automation Alley in the defense arena,” said Beth S. Gotthelf, Attorney, Executive-in-Residence and Director of Innovation and External Relations, Butzel Long. “For us, it is critical to be onsite and accessible to incubator clients. We’ve provided counsel to several incubator clients. In one instance, a client needed counsel on compliance. Another sought our expertise on intellectual property funding.

“Butzel Long has a long and strong history in this region for more than 150 years. From what drove this region in the 1900s to what drives it in the 21st century, we believe in growing the region and being a partner as it grows and diversifies,” added Gotthelf. “When people come together as a team and collaborate there is great synergy.”

“Our role is to provide advisory and consulting services including the review of contracts for early stage businesses that need assistance, but don’t have the budget or funds yet to pay for these services, “said Butzel Long Senior Attorney Jeremy Cnudde, who is one of the Butzel Long Executives-in-Residence. “The Macomb-OU INCubator is similar to TechTown Detroit and Ann Arbor SPARK, but with a greater focus on the thriving defense industry in Macomb County. This program has a lot of potential to help small and second stage businesses become viable during their critical first few years.”

About the Macomb-OU INCubator

The Macomb-OU INCUubator provides comprehensive development and support to startup and emerging businesses with a focus on the defense, homeland security, advanced manufacturing and technology sectors. For more information, visit www.oakland.edu/macombouinc.

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.

GraphiColor Exhibits adds to it Marketing Department

LIVONIA, Mich., June 26, 2013 — GraphiColor Exhibits, a leading Michigan trade show display and corporate event signage production company, has a new hire! Samantha Williams joins the team as GraphiColor’s new Sales & Marketing Coordinator.

Williams holds a degree from Eastern Michigan University in public relations and marketing and is close to completing a Master in Management, specialization in marketing, degree from Walsh College. Her resume illuminates a broad array of experience in marketing, brand development, sponsorship, marketing communications, community relations and outreach, and sales.

“We are excited to add Samantha to our team,” said GraphiColor Exhibits President Anita Mitzel. “Her background in marketing and sales, as well as her excellence in customer service and her contagious enthusiasm, make her a valuable addition to the GraphiColor team.”

Prior to being hired at GraphiColor Exhibits, Williams was director of group sales for Compuware Arena, home to the Plymouth Whalers; an OHL league member. Immersed in game night promotions and group sales, Williams has developed a strong affinity for relationship-building and hopes to apply her knack for being a people-person to the great clients of GraphiColor Exhibits, both current and new. Williams can be reached at (248) 347-0271 or via email at Samantha@graphicolor.com.

About GraphiColor Exhibits GraphiColor Exhibits offers a turnkey solution for companies exhibiting at trade shows, conferences and corporate events. Providing everything from the design and production of an attention-getting display booth to arranging for labor, shipping and other show services, GraphiColor’s knowledge and experience in the industry helps them provide expert advice and top notch service. In addition to their trade show exhibiting services, GraphiColor has been providing custom lobby displays, event signage and large format printing since 1984. Please visit www.graphicolor.com for additional information.

Android Industries Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Auburn Hills, MI, June 24, 2013 –  Automotive supplier Android Industries is pleased to announce the celebration of its 25th anniversary.  Android is a global supplier of complex modules, with a focus on assembling chassis / suspension related systems, interior modules and tires and wheels.  The company is renowned for its global supply chain management and retains a unique expertise in the design and build of tooling and equipment dating back to 1974.

Android’s innovative manufacturing system is flexible and scalable, uniquely suited for the dynamic needs of today’s marketplace.  Its proprietary tire and wheel technology is establishing new benchmark standards for quality with dramatic improvements in its customers’ ride and handling field warranty data.

Android’s team has come a long way since its first door module plant in Whitmore Lake, Michigan, launching more than 30 global programs in the past decade and managing operations on three continents.  Along with its global presence, Android remains committed to its Detroit roots by supporting and employing a large team of Michigan employees, including team members from Detroit’s community outreach group, Focus: HOPE.

Congratulations to Android on its Silver Jubilee!

For more information on Android Industries, please contact Kathy Nichols at android25@android-ind.com.

The (Trademarked) Sounds, Sights and Smells of Summer

Knowledge-based economy giving rise to new trademark opportunities

Ann Arbor, MICH— A famous sound of summer, the neighborhood ice cream truck blaring the distinctive musical trio of Turkey in the Straw, Camptown Races and The Entertainer, are now registered trademarks – for ice cream making machines. But it’s not the only sound of the season that is seeking trademark protection, according to Michael Spink, an intellectual property attorney who blogs (http://funkymarks.wordpress.com/) and tweets (@funkymarksblog) about unusual trademarks for motion, sound, color, scent, texture, and shape.

The new Budweiser bowtie can, designed to pay homage to the label’s red bowtie, is another sign of summer that has a recent trademark application pending, along with a “two-toned sound” that is reminiscent of a beer can opening, also pending trademark approval on behalf of Anheuser-Busch.

“The shift to a digital, knowledge-based economy is expanding the universe of what has traditionally been trademarked, such as words, slogans and designs,” said Spink, who is a shareholder in the Ann Arbor office of Chicago-based Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione, one of the nation’s largest intellectual property law firms. “These funky trademarks are the wild west of the marketplace, and companies that recognize such unusual creations as ‘trademarkable’ are ahead of the game in developing brand recognition and protecting their intellectual property assets.”

Spink advises that the strongest trademarks are those that are highly distinctive, such as coined terms (e.g. KODAK or EXXON) and arbitrary designations (APPLE for computers). Exploiting all of the human senses only furthers the ability to create new trademarks that grab and retain consumer’s attention. While some non-traditional marks have been around for many years (think the NBC chime, the shape of the Coca-Cola bottle, or the color brown for delivery services) non-traditional marks are increasingly being adopted in the marketplace. For example, in May, the Barclays Center reportedly circulated a distinct scent through its building during a Brooklyn Nets playoff game.

“While fans had both positive and negative responses, it seems clear the scent left a notable impression. If used consistently, Barclays could claim a scent trademark for arena services or sporting events,” explained Spink.

Even sitting around the campfire this summer has trademark implications. That’s because the square pattern of the famous Hershey chocolate bar is now subject to federal trademark protection, as is the slogan, THE OFFICIAL CHOCOLATE OF S’MORES® (registered trademark of Hershey Chocolate & Confectionery Corporation). Limited only by our senses, the new wave of trademarks may just be anything under the sun.

Brinks Hofer Gilson & LioneBrinks has more than 160 attorneys, scientific advisors and patent agents who specialize in intellectual property, making it one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S. Clients around the world use Brinks to help them identify, protect, manage and enforce their intellectual property. Brinks lawyers provide expertise in all aspects of patent, trademark, unfair competition, trade secret and copyright law. The Brinks team includes lawyers with advanced degrees in all fields of technology and science. Brinks has offices in Ann Arbor, Detroit, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Research Triangle Park, N.C., Salt Lake City and Indianapolis. More information is available at www.usebrinks.com.
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June 25, 2013: Detroit Regional Chamber President and CEO Sandy K. Baruah on MOU for Downtown Detroit Events Center District

The Downtown Development Authority board of directors voted in favor of a Memorandum of Understanding for the new $650 million downtown Detroit Events Center District last week. Detroit Regional Chamber President and CEO Sandy K. Baurah released the following statement following the announcement:

“The Detroit Regional Chamber is excited to hear this great news. It’s an important step in the process that will help unify downtown Detroit and Midtown. This is a prime example of the transformative power of the public-private partnerships that are driving the renaissance under way in this great city and region. This is more tangible proof of the very real business and employment opportunities in Detroit’s future, which is important to highlight as the city works through its financial challenges.”

This Thursday: Hungry for Chamber Success? Don’t Miss Membership Maximizer at Buffalo Wild Wings

Whether you are new to the Detroit Regional Chamber or you are a standing member looking for new ways to get the most out of your membership, the Chamber encourages you to attend the Membership Maximizer this Thursday, June 27 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Buffalo Wild Wings in Detroit. You’ll hear from a panel of veteran members on how the Chamber’s resources have helped take their business and career to new heights. For more information or to register,click here.

Four Michigan Innostate Companies Interviewed by Slate during Roadshow for Growth with GE Capital

The GE Capital and Slate Roadshow for Growth visited Detroit last week during its six-month, 20-city tour addressing the issues of middle market businesses. Four Michigan InnoState companies were interviewed by Slate during the roadshow, including Grand Blanc’s MacArthur CorporationClick here to read that interview or stay tuned to the Slate website for similar interviews with Complete Prototype Services, Omega Plastics and Roush Industries.

The InnoState program seeks to supplement the region’s traditional parts-making economy with a fast-growing community of firms pursuing a different business model and is comprised of regional organizations well-positioned to support the cluster’s development and growth, including the Workforce Intelligence Network, Detroit Regional Chamber, the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center and the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences.

InnoState is federally funded by the Small Business Administration and the Departments of Commerce, Energy and Labor through the Jobs & Innovation Accelerator Challenge for Advanced Manufacturing. According to research released by the National Center for the Middle Market, mid-sized companies in the Detroit region comprise only 1 percent of total businesses, yet generate 30 percent of total revenue and account for 39 percent of Detroit’s employment. For more information on the roadshow, click here.

GalaxE.Solution’s Ryan Hoyle graduates from Detroit Regional Chamber’s Leadership Detroit Class XXXIV

From TroyPatch.com

By  Tanner Friedman

June 25, 2013

Ryan Hoyle, Director of Global Recruiting for GalaxE.Solutions,has graduated from the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Leadership Detroit program, a 10-month transformational leadership program designed to challenge emerging and existing community leaders from Southeast Michigan to bring about positive change.

“Joining the ranks of the incredible professionals who can call themselves graduates of Leadership Detroit, past and present, is a great honor,” said Hoyle. “Leadership Detroit is about identifying key issues in Detroit and collaboratively working with other community leaders to encourage positive change. It’s a sentiment shared by GalaxE.Solutions as we also work toward building Detroit’s profile in the marketplace.”

As part of Leadership Detroit’s Class XXXIV, Hoyle joined 67 executives from across the region, representing a cross-section of the community, including business, organized labor, government, education, media, civic groups, health services and community organizations.

“We are thrilled to work with another great class of dynamic individuals who are committed to building a better tomorrow for the Detroit region,” said Dan Piepszowski, senior director of community leadership development at the Chamber. “As the region and state continue to bounce back economically, it’s heartening to see the enthusiasm among key emerging leaders across this diverse set of organizations. The Chamber is proud to help connect and build partnerships that will be important to tackling key issues facing the region.”

The commencement ceremony took place at the Detroit Yacht Club and featured remarks from Leadership Detroit Class XXV graduate Deidre Bounds, chief operating officer, Ignite Social Media, who provided perspective and shared ideas on the importance of leveraging leadership skills when navigating change. The complete Leadership Detroit Class XXXIV roster is available at detroitchamber.com/ld.

About GalaxE.Solutions

GalaxE.Solutions, Inc., is a leading provider of software services and IT business support systems. With over 20 years of experience in the healthcare, retail, and financial industries, the company facilitates the secure sharing of critical information across internal networks and over the Internet to improve client competitiveness, efficiency, and business results. In addition to its corporate headquarters and primary delivery center in Somerset, New Jersey, GalaxE.Solutions has additional offices and delivery centers in Detroit, New York, NY, Toronto, Canada, United Kingdom, Hong Kong and Bangalore and Hyderabad, India. For more information about

GalaxE.Solutions and its portfolio of services, including its proprietary Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V) process, visit www.galaxesolutions.com, or call +1-732-868-0400.

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. For more information, please visit detroitchamber.com/ld. 

Michigan Legislature Sends Wetlands Reform Bill to Governor’s Desk

After over two years of stakeholder and DEQ collaboration and work, the Michigan Legislature recently approved and sent SB 163 to the Governor’s desk. This legislation reforms Michigan’s wetlands program and provides greater clarity and certainty on what is regulated in the state, while providing more flexibility and options for applicants when they do need a permit.

A previous Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) audit found Michigan’s current wetlands program to be in violation of the Clean Water Act and could have resulted in the revocation of Michigan’s wetlands program. The legislation creates a better program, aligns more with the Clean Water Act, streamlines the permitting process, provides the regulated community with additional permit exemptions and most importantly– it will keep the wetlands program here in Michigan under state control rather than send it back to EPA.

The Detroit Regional Chamber supported this legislation and is pleased to see that the wetlands program will stay here in Michigan.