June 24: Candidate Spotlight Kicks Off with Rep. Rudy Hobbs, New BLM Video Stresses Importance of Voting ‘Yes’ on Prop 1

Candidate Spotlight – Rep. Rudy Hobbs for the 14th Congressional District

Leadership positions in the Michigan Legislature are hard to win, and are not often given up. But that’s just what former House Minority Floor Leader Rudy Hobbs (D-Southfield) did when he decided to run for the open 14th Congressional District, which spans parts of Oakland County, the Grosse Pointes and portions of Detroit.

Building on its efforts to identify and support pro-economic development candidates from both sides of the aisle, the Chamber Political Action Committee (PAC) Board endorsed Hobbs last week. In making the endorsement, Chamber PAC Board Chair, Terence Thomas said: “Rudy Hobbs will bring the kind of fresh leadership and new ideas that the most diverse congressional district in Michigan requires. Representative Hobbs has proven over his career his ability to work across the aisle, lead his colleagues and make a meaningful impact.”

The Chamber will continue to highlight endorsed candidates each week until the election. For a full list of Chamber-endorsed candidates, click here.

Business Leaders for Michigan Video Shows Importance of Voting ‘Yes’ on Proposal 1 in August

Business Leaders for Michigan recently released a brief video to reinforce the importance of Michigan residents voting ‘yes’ on Proposal 1 on the August 5 ballot, which would repeal the personal property tax (PPT) throughout Michigan. As a member of Michigan Citizens for Strong and Safe Communities, the Detroit Regional Chamber, along with other business organizations around the state support Proposal 1 because the PPT penalizes Michigan businesses every time they make an investment in the state, whether it pertains to purchasing physical assets or expanding the workforce.

Repeal of the PPT will bolster business attraction efforts, as site selectors have long cited the tax as one of the deterrents for investing in the state. It will phase out the tax on small businesses and manufacturers, and create a stable source of state funding for local government and services. Please share this video with your networks.

Chamber CEO Joins Michigan Leaders as Gov. Snyder Signs Detroit Bankruptcy Legislation

Governor Rick Snyder signed legislation on Friday, June 20 that adds $195 million in state aid to a pool of $466 million in private funds to help Detroit emerge from bankruptcy. The Chamber advocated heavily in favor of the legislation as it will help limit cuts to city pensions and protect art at the Detroit Institute of Arts as part of the Grand Bargain.

Chamber President and CEO Sandy Baruah joined business, community, foundation and philanthropic leaders as well as U.S. District Chief Judge Gerald Rosen, Mayor Mike Duggan and Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr, as the Governor signed the legislation. Following the signing, Governor Snyder emphasized that work still needs to be done to turn around Detroit after decades of decline, as voting among creditors and retirees lasts until July 11 and the city’s confirmation hearings begin Aug. 14. To read more, click here.

Washington Post Visits Mackinac Policy Conference to  Highlight Gov. Snyder as ‘Country’s Most Unusual Republican’

A recent Washington Post article, by a reporter who attended the 2014 Mackinac Policy Conference, bills Governor Rick Snyder as the “country’s most unusual Republican,” stemming from his bipartisan actions to move Michigan forward. The article highlighted specific actions taken by the Governor that stem from either side of the political aisle: increasing Michigan’s minimum wage, rallying the Legislature to pass Detroit bankruptcy settlement legislation, signing right-to-work legislation, expanding Medicaid and encouraging immigration of high-skill workers.

The article echoes the sentiment delivered by S.E. Cupp, host of CNN’s “Crossfire,” at the Conference, as she noted an admiration for Governor Snyder’s ability to keep a low profile and focus on the issues of his state without chasing national attention. Originally the first major organization to endorse Governor Snyder’s initial candidacy in the gubernatorial election in 2010, the Chamber’s Political Action Committee announced its endorsement of his re-election bid in February. To read the Washington Post article, click here.

Detroit Featured as Model City for Economy Regeneration in UK’s The Independent

Detroit’s turnaround should be a model for British cities aiming to adapt to the new global economy. That was the message in a recent article from United Kingdom’s The Independent. The article showcased Detroit as a part of the metro revolution that is transforming the lives of millions of citizens and rebuilding the shattered U.S. economy. It specifically noted the clustering of education and health sectors in Midtown as a driving force behind the city’s resurgence. To read more, click here.      

Leadership Detroit Hosts Commencement for Class XXXV, Kresge’s Rip Rapson Delivers Remarks

The Chamber’s Leadership Detroit program hosted the commencement for its 35th class on Thursday, June 19, which featured 70 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.

Rip Rapson, president and CEO of The Kresge Foundation, spoke at the commencement ceremony, discussing the unique role that business and community leaders play in moving the Detroit region forward. The Leadership Detroit experience emphasized the commonality of issues and challenges that face today’s leaders, across industries and communities. To view the full roster of Leadership Detroit Class XXXV graduates, click here.

 

Accounting MOVE Project highlights Plante Moran as a 2014 Best Public Accounting Firm for Women

Southfield, Mich. – June 26, 2014 – Plante Moran, one of the nation’s largest certified public accounting and business advisory firms, was recently named by the Accounting MOVE Project as a 2014 Best Public Accounting Firm for Women.

The MOVE project, now in its fifth year, surveyed 50 firms using benchmarks to evaluate the retention of women leaders in public accounting and their advancement to partnership.
Firms participating in the Accounting MOVE Project were ranked on the range, depth and success of programs and a workplace culture proven to remove barriers to women’s success, especially at midlevel and above.

The Accounting MOVE Project highlights Plante Moran for the firm’s nationally known work-life programs, strengthening the tracking of leadership-bound women and building out the firm’s network of champions for women in the firm’s 19 domestic offices. Specifically, the report applauds Plante Moran for its Women in Leadership program, or WIL, which is designed to accelerate the firm’s ability to both attract and retain women leaders. Introduced in 2013, the program’s long-term goal is to have equal presence, impact and influence from men and women at all levels of the firm, including partnership.

According to Plante Moran Managing Partner Gordon Krater, the firm has seen great success in the first year of the program.

“For more than 25 years, Plante Moran has been a leader in work-life programs and a pioneer in women’s career advancement issues,” Krater said. “The Women in Leadership initiative came into play because we needed to reassert our leadership position in attracting, retaining and advancing women to partnership and other positions of increasing responsibility.

“Since implementing the program last year, we have seen an increase in development opportunities for our staff, creating avenues for women to become partner and further advance their career during partnership. For example, Dianne Wells, who leads the firm’s retail dealer industry, one of the largest practices in the nation focused specifically on auto dealers, was appointed as office managing partner for the firm’s new Detroit office in November 2013. Recently, Dianne was named one of the winners of the Michigan Association of CPAs Women to Watch awards.”

The 2014 Accounting MOVE Project focused on a firm’s return on investment in women through internships, initiatives and influence. According to the report, internship experiences are the single most important factor in a student’s acceptance of a job offer. Eighty-one percent of MOVE firms offer paid internships and successful programs set high expectations and follow-through when those interns are hired as associates, increasing the chance of retention. As an example, the report introduces Michelle Goss, who started with Plante Moran as a winter intern in 1996 and is now a partner and mother of three.

To gain a return on initiatives, the report reveals that weaving succession planning with programs that equip women with key business development, leadership and confidence-building skills, such as Plante Moran does, are the most successful. When tracking a return on initiatives, key metrics are identified and tailored to the firm’s retention, growth and succession goals, as well as new business resulting from the initiative by individual, practice area, office and specific program.

In gaining a return on influence, the report notes that with male partners and principals outnumbering women four-to-one, these senior women have a higher profile with younger professionals, especially women. This increased exposure has resulted in many surveyed firms winning new business, developing brand ambassadors, increasing the firms’ credibility, and giving women the authority to advocate for diverse rising talent.

In responding to the report’s reminder that, “Business skills can be taught. Influence is caught,” Plante Moran partner Sue Perlin, who leads the firm’s WIL program, said her experience bears this out.

“Plante Moran recently elected 18 new partners, 11 of them were women,” Perlin said. “Our ability to have more women in senior leadership positions in the firm depends upon our ability to build a strong bench of women partners. It’s good to see the firm making strides in that direction.”

To read the full report, visit the Accounting MOVE Project website here.

About the 2014 Accounting MOVE Project
The Best Firms were among the 50 that participated in the 2014 Accounting MOVE Project. Through the project and its sponsoring associations, the Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance and the American Woman’s Society of Certified Public Accountants, the profession can consistently measure the status of women and collaborate on proven and promising practices that advance and retain women. The Accounting MOVE Project research partner is Wilson-Taylor Associates, Inc., which has been measuring and supporting the advancement of women since 1998.

About Plante Moran
Celebrating its 90th anniversary in 2014, Plante Moran (www.plantemoran.com) is one of the country’s largest certified public accounting and business advisory firms, providing clients with tax, audit, risk management, financial, technology, business consulting and wealth management services. Plante Moran has 22 offices and a staff of more than 2,000 professionals throughout Michigan, Ohio and Illinois, with international offices in Shanghai; Monterrey, Mexico; and Mumbai, India. Plante Moran has been recognized by a number of organizations, including FORTUNE magazine, as one of the country’s best places to work.

McGraw Wentworth Promotes Ryan Bowers to Director of Marketing

Troy, Michigan – June 24, 2014… McGraw Wentworth, a Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC company, recently promoted Ryan (McCarthy) Bowers to Director of Marketing for the Troy, Mich., firm. Bowers joined McGraw Wentworth in 2006 as Marketing Manager. In her new role, Bowers oversees the growing firm’s branding and strategic communications initiatives.

Bowers has worked in marketing for over twenty-five years, developing an expertise in business-to-business communications with a focus on the Michigan marketplace. Prior to joining McGraw Wentworth, Bowers held strategic marketing management positions with Talk America, DTE Energy-MichCon, and Brogan & Partners Convergence Marketing.

As the Director of Marketing at McGraw Wentworth, Bowers is responsible for brand management, social media, public relations, database marketing, satisfaction research, and special projects as well as coordinates communications initiatives with the company’s corporate parent, Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC.

“Ryan brings energy, creativity and thoughtfulness to our marketing efforts that we truly value. She is an integral part of our team, overseeing initiatives that are key to both client retention and client growth,” said Thomas P. McGraw, president, McGraw Wentworth, a Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC company.

A resident of Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich., Bowers received her BA in Economics and an MBA with a concentration in Marketing from The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Bowers’ work earned a 2010 Renaissance Award for Media Relations from the Detroit Chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators. She is also a member of Inforum, a Cornerstone Schools Partner, and an active volunteer in the Metro Detroit community.
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McGraw Wentworth, a Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC company, is an award-winning group benefits consulting and brokerage firm based in Troy, Michigan. The company counsels clients on how to structure their group benefit programs and provides strategic planning, utilization review, benefit design, employee communications, compliance assistance and related services. The firm is supported by Marsh & McLennan, the premier global provider of advice and solutions in risk, strategy and human capital. Follow McGraw Wentworth on twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Business Attraction Hosts CAAM Delegation, Continues to Link Chinese and Michigan Auto Industries

The Chamber’s Business Attraction team recently hosted delegates from the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM) for the first time. The delegation was led by CAAM’s Secretary General Dong Yang and consisted of more than 20 Chinese automotive suppliers exploring investment and partnership opportunities in the Detroit region.

The three-day visit by CAAM stemmed from the Business Attraction team’s outreach efforts during an April trade mission to the Beijing Auto Show. It supported the Chamber’s long-term goal of building a relationship with CAAM and to facilitate communications and partnerships between the Chinese and Michigan automotive industries.

As a next step, the Business Attraction team plans to participate in the 2015 China Auto Forum and attend Automechanika Shanghai this December, which will be good opportunities to engage the larger Chinese auto supplier community. For more information about the Chamber’s business attraction efforts, click here.

Chamber Signs Binational Agreement for Economic Cooperation

The Detroit Regional Chamber has signed a binational Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with U.S. and Canadian economic development entities, pledging specific steps to develop the regional economy along both sides of the U.S.-Canada border.

The MOU, signed by the Southwest Economic Alliance (SWEA), the I-69 International Trade Corridor Next Michigan Development Corporation and the Chamber, was a highlight of the inaugural Blue Water Corridor Conference held on Wednesday, June 11 in Sarnia, Ontario – the second in a series of Blue Water Collaborative conferences. The Honorable Doug George, the newly appointed Canadian Consul General based in Detroit, also attended the signing.

“The I-69 Corridor and southwest Ontario have multiple assets that can be leveraged by working together,” said Dan Casey, CEO of the Economic Development Alliance of St. Clair County. “Our binational partnership will have a real impact in the global marketplace.”

“The Chamber could not be more pleased to participate in this MOU,” said Benjamin Erulkar, vice president of economic development-new development strategies, who signed on behalf of the Chamber. “There are so many binational opportunities to grow our regional economy in Southeast Michigan and Southwest Ontario, and the Chamber looks forward to making these opportunities economic realities.”

Partner Spotlight: Wayne County Airport Authority

DTW Poised for Growth with New Service from Multiple Airlines

The Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) has bolstered an already impressive roster of international and domestic air service with the addition of numerous new airlines and service routes over the past six months. Leading the way is Alaska Airlines, which will begin daily non-stop service on September 4, between DTW and its Seattle hub. Featuring 737-900ER aircrafts, which seat 181 passengers, the daily flight from Seattle is scheduled to arrive at DTW’s North Terminal at 4:14 p.m., and depart from Detroit at 5:20 pm for the return to SEA-TAC.

“Alaska’s decision to initiate new non-stop service between Seattle and Detroit shows the strength of our local business and leisure travel market,” said Thomas Naughton, CEO of the Wayne County Airport Authority (WCAA). “Many may not realize it, but Alaska Airlines served nearly 6,000 travelers through Detroit last year in conjunction with its alliance partnerships with Delta and American Airlines.”

Last March, JetBlue added three daily direct flights to Boston from DTW, while Frontier Airlines added service to Wilmington (Philadelphia), Delaware in April. “We’ve been on quite a streak lately with all these new low-cost carrier services and this year also brings our first ever second daily flight to London Heathrow starting in June on Delta,” said Marcus Kemper, WCAA senior vice president of facilities and development. “We hope to keep up all the momentum going forward.”

DTW welcomed more than 32 million passengers in 2013 and is one of the world’s leading air transportation hubs. With service from 13 scheduled passenger airlines, Michigan’s largest airport offers more than 1,100 daily flights to and from nearly 150 non-stop destinations on four continents.

MICHauto Announces GM’s Mark Reuss as Keynote Speaker for 2014 Summit on September 23 at COBO Center

DETROIT, June 25, 2014 –Today, the Detroit Regional Chamber’s MICHauto program announced that GM’s Executive Vice President of Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain, Mark Reuss, will deliver a keynote address at the 2014 MICHauto Summit on September 23 at COBO Center in Detroit. The second annual statewide Summit will explore the new era of Michigan innovation and the blueprint it sets for the rest of the global automotive industry.

“With his engineering and global industry background, leadership during GM’s turnaround, and his passion for this community, Mark Reuss is a perfect fit for the MICHauto Summit and its focus on the entire industry from concept to consumer,” said Glenn Stevens, vice president of MICHauto and strategic development for the Detroit Regional Chamber. “We are honored to have him help lead this conversation on what needs to be done to keep Detroit and Michigan the epicenter of the global automotive industry.”

Drawing on his leadership at GM, Reuss will address the importance of maintaining, promoting and retaining Michigan’s automotive industry. Currently, Reuss is responsible for the design, engineering, program management and quality of GM vehicles around the world. He also oversees GM’s Global Purchasing and Supply Chain organization and is a member of the GM Executive Operations Committee.

“GM’s commitment and leadership is second to none. They are a critical voice in how Michigan can build on its heritage to grow its future and maintain its position in the rapidly evolving automotive and mobility landscape,” Stevens said.

In addition to remarks from Reuss, programming for the daylong event will focus on the outlook on design, engineering, skilled trades, manufacturing and all things automotive. To view an up-to-date agenda, click here. To register, visit the Chamber’s website.

Last year’s inaugural Summit, brought together nearly 500 leaders from industry, academia and government at the then-newly renovated COBO Center on September 25, 2013. The first-of-its-kind event focused solely on the entire industry supply chain showcasing Michigan as the global epicenter of the automotive industry.

About MICHauto
MICHauto is dedicated to promoting, retaining and growing the automotive industry in Michigan and is a key economic development initiative of the Detroit Regional Chamber. MICHauto embodies a public-private strategy, championing Michigan as the global epicenter of the automotive industry and providing a platform for collaboration on advocacy, business attraction and retention, and talent attraction and development. Serving as the unified voice of Michigan’s automotive cluster, MICHauto works closely with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Original Equipment Suppliers Association, Center for Automotive Research and other Michigan and national organizations. To learn more visit MICHauto.org.

About the Detroit Regional Chamber
Serving the business community for more than 100 years, the Detroit Regional Chamber is one of the oldest, largest and most respected chambers of commerce in the country. The Chamber’s mission of powering the economy for Southeast Michigan is carried out through economic development, education reform, regional collaboration and providing valuable benefits to members. For more information, please visit detroitchamber.com.

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Does culture hurt or help innovation? Plante Moran asks Midwest businesses to examine another side of innovation in fifth annual survey

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., June 23, 2014 – Building on the findings from last year’s survey, Plante Moran is back for a fifth year asking businesses throughout the Midwest to identify the link between culture and innovation.

The fifth annual innovation survey from the public accounting, tax and business advisory firm again asks Midwest businesses and organizations to share how they use innovation to increase revenue, improve quality and cut costs. New to this year’s survey, businesses and organizations will be asked to share their cultural values and practices and explore how culture affect activities and initiatives that drive innovation.

The five-minute online survey, which is available here, asks C-suite executives and innovation team leaders to answer questions designed to measure innovation and activity, the business value of innovation, and drivers and constraints on innovation. Last year, executives from more than 225 businesses, nonprofits and governmental entities from Michigan, Illinois, Ohio and Indiana took the survey, which found that:

• An increasing number of organizations tied innovation to sustainability and growth
• Three out of four respondents thought collaboration, rather than going it alone, speeds innovation
• Organizations were taking the necessary steps to provide a richer environment to spur innovation

All survey participants will receive a report outlining the findings from this year’s survey. Plante Moran will publish their findings in a white paper and hold a webinar to review overall results. The study wraps up in mid-July.

“Last year’s Plante Moran innovation survey uncovered some intriguing insights into the role of collaboration in the innovation process,” said Gordon Krater, Plante Moran managing partner. “On the global stage, we are seeing an increasing need for collaboration – even among traditional rivals – in order to be successful. We hope this year’s survey will shed additional light on how businesses and organizations can collaborate effectively with their customers, vendors, colleges and universities, entrepreneurs and others to drive innovation.”

For each survey submission, Plante Moran will donate $5 to Camp Invention. Created by the National Inventors Hall of Fame, Camp Invention is the only nationally recognized summer program focused on creativity, innovation, real-world problem solving and the spirit of invention. The fun, hands-on activities revolve around science, technology, engineering, math and other evolving topics. Camp Invention is a program of the nonprofit organization Invent Now and has partnered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to give as many children as possible the opportunity to learn key concepts from quality educators.

ABOUT PLANTE MORAN
Celebrating its 90th anniversary in 2014, Plante Moran (www.plantemoran.com) is one of the country’s largest certified public accounting and business advisory firms, providing clients with tax, audit, risk management, financial, technology, business consulting and wealth management services. Plante Moran has 22 offices and a staff of more than 2,000 professionals, throughout Michigan, Ohio and Illinois, with international offices in Shanghai; Monterrey, Mexico; and Mumbai, India. Plante Moran has been recognized by a number of organizations, including FORTUNE magazine, as one of the country’s best places to work.

 

Hitachi Business Finance Sees Increased Need for Accounts Receivable Financing

Rochester, MI, June 24, 2014 – Hitachi Business Finance, a division of Hitachi Capital America Corp., today announced that the company completed $3.2 million in accounts receivable financing in the past two months.

Of the deals, Hitachi Business Finance provided a staffing firm in Virginia with a $1 million A/R financing solution. The company provides IT, process, productivity, and software consulting to federal, state, and corporate customers. Due to federal spending cuts and the 2013 sequestration, the company witnessed consecutive years of financial hardships and their bank was not interested in renewing their loan. Hitachi Business Finance stepped in, and was able to provide a factoring facility that will allow the owners to pay off their bank line and provide additional working capital to support ongoing growth and operations.

Cash flow and working capital needs are often elevated when new opportunities arise, states Mike Semanco, president and COO of Hitachi Business Finance. “We are seeing a significant swing in company growth both here in Michigan and across the country. As our recent successes indicate, the need to fund high-growth, entrepreneurial companies remains very strong. Clients are using our funding to finance new orders, pursue additional business opportunities, and purchase new equipment.”

Other recently completed transactions from Hitachi Business Finance include:

•$650,000 factoring facility to an LED light fixture distributor in Ohio
•$500,000 factoring facility to a utility technician staffing company in California
•$250,000 factoring facility to a technical and non-technical staffing firm in Michigan
•$250,000 factoring facility to a creator of educational content in Michigan
•$250,000 factoring facility to a security guard staffing firm in Michigan
•$200,000 factoring facility to a graphic design firm in Michigan
•$100,000 factoring facility to an automotive supplier in Michigan

About Hitachi Business Finance
Hitachi Business Finance (formerly Hennessey Capital) is a division of Hitachi Capital America Corp. and provides customized, flexible financing solutions for companies looking for creative options to grow and sustain their businesses. Our solutions include factoring and revolving lines of credit secured by accounts receivable, inventory, and equipment. Based in Rochester, Michigan with offices in Cleveland and Atlanta, we provide financing solutions for small to mid-market companies across the United States. Learn more by visiting www.hitachibusinessfinance.com or calling (248) 658-1100.

About Hitachi Capital America Corp.
Hitachi Capital America Corp. is an independent, diversified leasing and financial services company providing financing to Hitachi group companies and the commercial business sector in the United States and Canada. Hitachi Capital America offers a variety of asset-based financing solutions with a business focus on truck, vendor, trade, and medical equipment finance, as well as lease discounting and software financing. Learn more at www.hitachicapitalamerica.com

Does culture hurt or help innovation? Plante Moran asks Midwest businesses to examine another side of innovation in fourth annual survey

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., June 23, 2014 – Building on the findings from last year’s survey, Plante Moran is back for a fourth year asking businesses throughout the Midwest to identify the link between culture and innovation.

The fourth annual innovation survey from the public accounting, tax and business advisory firm again asks Midwest businesses and organizations to share how they use innovation to increase revenue, improve quality and cut costs. New to this year’s survey, businesses and organizations will be asked to share their cultural values and practices and explore how culture affect activities and initiatives that drive innovation.

The five-minute online survey, which is available here, asks C-suite executives and innovation team leaders to answer questions designed to measure innovation and activity, the business value of innovation, and drivers and constraints on innovation. Last year, executives from more than 225 businesses, nonprofits and governmental entities from Michigan, Illinois, Ohio and Indiana took the survey, which found that:

  • An increasing number of organizations tied innovation to sustainability and growth
  • Three out of four respondents thought collaboration, rather than going it alone, speeds innovation
  • Organizations were taking the necessary steps to provide a richer environment to spur innovation

All survey participants will receive a report outlining the findings from this year’s survey. Plante Moran will publish their findings in a white paper and hold a webinar to review overall results. The study wraps up in mid-July.

“Last year’s Plante Moran innovation survey uncovered some intriguing insights into the role of collaboration in the innovation process,” said Gordon Krater, Plante Moran managing partner. “On the global stage, we are seeing an increasing need for collaboration – even among traditional rivals – in order to be successful. We hope this year’s survey will shed additional light on how businesses and organizations can collaborate effectively with their customers, vendors, colleges and universities, entrepreneurs and others to drive innovation.”

For each survey submission, Plante Moran will donate $5 to Camp Invention. Created by the National Inventors Hall of Fame, Camp Invention is the only nationally recognized summer program focused on creativity, innovation, real-world problem solving and the spirit of invention. The fun, hands-on activities revolve around science, technology, engineering, math and other evolving topics. Camp Invention is a program of the nonprofit organization Invent Now and has partnered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to give as many children as possible the opportunity to learn key concepts from quality educators.

ABOUT PLANTE MORAN

Celebrating its 90th anniversary in 2014, Plante Moran (www.plantemoran.com) is one of the country’s largest certified public accounting and business advisory firms, providing clients with tax, audit, risk management, financial, technology, business consulting and wealth management services. Plante Moran has 22 offices and a staff of more than 2,000 professionals, throughout Michigan, Ohio and Illinois, with international offices in Shanghai; Monterrey, Mexico; and Mumbai, India. Plante Moran has been recognized by a number of organizations, including FORTUNE magazine, as one of the country’s best places to work.

 

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