Bradley Company Announces Women’s Business Enterprise Certification

“Second Generation CEO Focuses on Growing the Business”

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., July 22, 2015 – Bradley Company announced that it has received national certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).

The Great Lakes Women’s Business Council is proud to have The Bradley Company, Inc.  as one of our newly certified women owned businesses.  They are already a highly accomplished and successful woman owned business.  “We are excited to see them soar even higher”, according to Michelle Richards, President, Great Lakes WBC.

The WBENC certification, for women-owned businesses, certifies that a company is at least 51% woman/women owned. It is the most rigorous and sought after certification of its kind. Working with WBENC certified companies can help corporations fulfill contract obligations. Companies and government agencies that include women-owned businesses as their vendors show their commitment to fostering diversity.

Marci Schwartz Taran, second generation owner, majority partner and CEO, said “We are delighted to be officially certified as a Women’s Business Enterprise. I look forward to expanding our client base and providing greater opportunities to new and existing clients through this certification.”

Bradley Company believes that strategy drives success and Bradley partners with companies and organizations to develop strategic recommendations to creative create engagement, promote awareness, build brand loyalty and reward successes.

About Bradley Company

Bradley Company is a certified woman-owned, Michigan based, promotional marketing company specializing in promotional merchandise, awards, corporate apparel, webstores, packaging and other branding solutions. Bradley Company has more than 32 years of experience in promotional marketing and represents thousands of brands.

Learn more at www.thebradco.com

About WBENC

The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council is the nation’s largest third party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women in the United States. WBENC is a resource for the thousands of US companies and government agencies that rely on WBENC’s certification as an integral part of their supplier diversity programs. www.wbenc.org

Walsh College Hosts “The MBA Experience” Event at its Troy Campus on August 4

Walsh College will present “The MBA Experience,” an engaging, insightful presentation detailing the courses and learning approaches contained in its high-quality, highly regarded Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree program, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, August 4, 2015, in the Finance Lab at its Troy Campus, 3838 Livernois. Refreshments will be served.

The event is free but registration is required at www.walshcollege.edu/MBAexperience, no later than Monday, August 3.

More than 3,000 graduates have received their MBA from Walsh since the program’s inception in 1998. A Walsh MBA prepares graduates for positions in mid- to upper-level management by providing interdisciplinary business studies and an enterprise-wide approach.

The Walsh MBA degree also emphasizes business communication skills now demanded by employers, helping graduates explain concepts and share knowledge more concisely.

“A Walsh MBA will enhance your ability to incorporate strategic decision-making and systematic approaches in solving complex problems,” said Scott Wyckoff, admissions and academic advisor, Walsh College. “Students will develop a framework for thinking and decision-making in today’s fast-paced, business environment.”

Wyckoff noted that proven business leaders who are experienced practitioners in their fields teach courses in the Walsh MBA Program. “This approach bridges the gap between real-world practices and the classroom experience,” he said.

“The MBA Experience employs interactive discussion topics to stimulate critical thinking and creative solutions,” Wyckoff added. “For example: Imagine a scenario where you are in a meeting with upper-management of the company where you are employed. They just shared that the engineers have patented a multiple-application battery technology. It can hold its charge up to six months under heavy usage. It is durable, biodegradable, and friendly to the environment. Upper-management asks the question, ‘What should they do with it?’” The Walsh MBA Experience demonstrates how an MBA graduate will be able to answer that question.

The Walsh MBA program consists of 15 courses for 42 credits, with courses offered in a hybrid format, combining in-person classroom instruction with online learning. Select courses require on-campus attendance while others are available entirely online.

Registration for the Fall 2015 semester begins Monday, August 10, and continues through Tuesday, September 29. Classes begin on Wednesday, September 23.

For more information, visit www.walshcollege.edu.

Detroit Regional Chamber’s Response to Petition Drive to Increase Michigan’s Corporate Income Tax to Fund Roads

DETROIT, July 23, 2015: Today, Detroit Regional Chamber Vice President of Government Relations Brad Williams released the following statement in response to a ballot question committee signature petition drive that would increase Michigan’s Corporate Income Tax (CIT) from 6 to 11 percent in order to address the state’s crumbling infrastructure.

“Michigan’s landmark tax reform of 2011 put our state on a trajectory for increased jobs, investment and tax revenue. To undo this progress, puts at risk the jobs created and further risks the tax revenue from jobs that goes to roads and other vital services. The Chamber recognizes businesses and citizens will both have to be part of the solution but the proposal to raise the Corporate Income Tax will halt Michigan’s comeback in its tracks.”

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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Mark Davidoff

Michigan Managing Partner, Deloitte LLP; Chair, Detroit Regional Chamber Board of Directors

Davidoff Mark PhotoBWMark Davidoff is the managing partner of the Michigan practice of Deloitte LLP. He is the organization’s top leader in the state, overseeing more than 1,200 professionals based in Detroit, Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids and Midland. In addition to serving clients in the marketplace, he is responsible for the strategy, operations, talent and business development of the statewide practice. Davidoff collaborates with the Deloitte U.S. firms and global organization, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited, to bring the best Deloitte resources and talent to help Michigan companies respond to today’s business challenges.

Davidoff is a certified public accountant and earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Wayne State University and a master’s degree from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Richard Garrity

Vice President and General Manager, Vertical Solutions Business Unit, Stratasys

Garrity-Richard-editRichard Garrity is vice president and general manager of the Vertical Solutions Business Unit for Stratasys. In that role, he is responsible for defining additive manufacturing solutions that complement or displace traditional manufacturing processes, addressing the growing demand across key vertical markets of aerospace, automotive, medical, dental and education.

Garrity previously served as vice president and general manager for Stratasys’ RedEye subsidiary (now part of Stratasys Direct Manufacturing), where he led aggressive growth and expansion for the advanced digital manufacturing service provider. Garrity earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management.

July 21: MCity Opening Advances State’s Role as Epicenter for Next-Generation Vehicle Research and Development

MCity Opening Advances State’s Role as Epicenter for Next-Generation Vehicle Research and Development

Michigan’s commitment to becoming the global leader in next-generation mobility research and development received a big boost this week with the opening of the University of Michigan’s MCity test track in Ann Arbor. The track’s 32 acres include urban and suburban simulations for connected and autonomous vehicles, complete with streets, intersections, traffic lights, sidewalks and construction obstacles. The opening of MCity aligns with the recently announced Michigan Mobility Initiative, led by the Detroit Regional Chamber’s MICHauto program, and is a positive step forward to ensuring the state and region are well positioned to compete in the area of smart and connected mobility.

The state’s connected culture will be a key focus at this year’s MICHauto Summit, held in conjunction with the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI), on Sept. 30 at Cobo Center. Announced speakers include: Kevin Kerrigan, senior vice president of the State of Michigan’s Automotive Office; Andreas Mai, director of smart connected vehicles for Cisco Systems Inc.; and Kirk Steudle, director of the Michigan Department of Transportation. For more information and a complete list of speakers, click here.

Chamber Partners Sign Collaborative Agreement to Promote Trade, Business Along I-69 Corridor

Echoing the efforts of the Detroit Regional Chamber to promote Southeast Michigan’s assets among the national and international business community, members of the I-69 International Trade Corridor Next Michigan Development Corporation recently signed a regional marketing agreement to expand promotion of the region’s road, rail air and water assets along the I-69 Corridor. The agreement extends previous brand messaging among Shiawassee, Genesee, Lapeer and St. Clair counties to the cities of Charlotte, Coldwater and Marshall in order to create one cohesive message that promotes the Corridor’s benefits to both existing companies considering an expansion, as well as new companies.

Earlier this year, members of the I-69 Trade Corridor, including the Shiawassee Economic Development Partnership, Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce, Lapeer Development Corporation and Economic Development Alliance of St. Clair, along with seven additional key Chamber economic development organizations representing Southeast Michigan, signed a protocol agreement to continue to collaborate on business attraction efforts designed to bring increased national and foreign investment to the region. In signing the protocol, the partners acknowledged that regional messaging and coordinated outreach adds value and impact to business attraction efforts and strategies – ultimately creating more awareness, deal flow and investment.

Leadership Detroit’s East Meets West Program to Explore Innovative Solutions for Michigan’s Comeback

Leadership Detroit, an initiative of the Detroit Regional Chamber, is partnering with Leadership Grand Rapids to provide graduates of both programs a holistic view of challenges critical to Michigan’s ongoing resurgence.

“East Meets West” will focus on the question, “What are the keys to leading in the Detroit and Grand Rapids regions?” The program will foster a robust dialogue of best practices among seasoned leaders, increase understanding of the challenges, opportunities and inner-workings of each region, and collaborate to build an alignment on statewide issues to support the state as a whole.

The program will take place Oct. 8-9 in Detroit and Nov. 5-6 in Grand Rapids. For more information or to register, click here. Attendees must be either a graduate of Leadership Detroit or Leadership Grand Rapids.

Hiring Our Heroes Seeks Employers for Aug. 20 Job Fair

The Detroit Regional Chamber and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation are seeking employers to participate in the upcoming “Hiring Our Heroes” job fair from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 20 at Comerica Park benefiting active and retired military veterans and their spouses.

The job fair is a positive example of Michigan’s willingness, echoed during the 2014 Mackinac Policy Conference, to put military veterans back to work in order to capitalize on their job-ready skills that can help the state succeed in the global economy. The Chamber remains committed to helping veterans succeed in Michigan’s workforce. For more information or to sign up for the event, visit hiringourheroes.org.

Niel Golightly

Vice President, External Relations, Shell

Niel Golightly

Niel Golightly is vice president of external relations for Shell. His responsibilities include oversight of Shell’s reputation, brand, stakeholder engagement and issues management in North and South America. He previously served as Shell’s vice president of Downstream Sustainable Development and communications, based in London.

Golightly joined Shell in 2006, after a 12-year career at Ford Motor Co., where he served as director of Sustainable Business Strategies; vice president of Public Affairs for Ford of Europe; and director of the Chairman’s Office. Prior to that, he served 13 years on active duty with the U.S. Navy, as a fighter pilot and senior Pentagon speechwriter.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from Cornell University and studied at the University of Konstanz in Germany.

Richard Haas

President and Chief Operating Officer, Mahindra North American Technical Center

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Richard Haas is president and chief operating officer of the Mahindra North American Technical Center and has over 30 years of automotive new product development experience in North America, South America and Asia.

Prior to joining Mahindra, Haas held numerous positions with Ford Motor Co., Mazda Motor Corp., and Tesla Motors, where he served as engineering director for the Tesla Model S sedan. In 2011, Haas joined Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. in India as senior vice president of product development before returning to Detroit in 2013 to start the Mahindra North American Technical Center in Troy. The North American Technical Center is part of Mahindra’s Automotive and Farm Sector business, which generates nearly $7 billion in revenue annually.

Bradley Hoos

Executive Director, Hacker Fellows

Bradley Hoos-cropBradley Hoos is executive director of Hacker Fellows, a cohort-based program that places recent computer science college graduates with Michigan-based startup companies. Hacker Fellows increases the awareness of the Michigan startup community across college campuses and encourages the best technical talent to work in Michigan by boosting fellow salaries by $20,000.

Hoos previously co-founded Grand Circus and has been recognized as a part of the Detroit Techweek100 representing leaders who have a significant impact on business and technology. He has extensive experience working with leading technology organizations including Accenture, Caterpillar, Red Hat and USAA.

Detroit Regional Chamber’s China Mission Bolsters Automotive Industry, Infrastructure in Michigan

Capitalizing on the growing interest of Chinese manufacturing companies to invest in Michigan, the Detroit Regional Chamber participated in a weeklong outreach mission to China in April to promote economic development opportunities in the region.

The Chamber’s Business Attraction team, along with partners Clayton & McKervey P.C., Dickinson Wright PLLC and Oakland County, met with top executives from numerous Chinese automotive companies in one-on-one meetings in Ningbo and Shanghai, while also attending the Shanghai Auto Show. Justin Robinson, director of business attraction for the Chamber, also highlighted opportunities for international business expansion in Michigan and Detroit at the Global Forum on Auto Tech Corporation and Industry Infusion.

Robinson said many of the companies he spoke with already have some sales in the U.S. market but are looking to establish physical operations. Questions centered on the strength of the automotive industry in Detroit and the region, how to find available real estate and talent, and how to apply for tax incentives, as well as where opportunities exist in North America for new suppliers, he said.

“Lightweight and advanced materials were of big interest among those we spoke with,” Robinson said. “Some of these companies have solutions to the lightweighting challenge in order to reduce vehicle weight for the mass market, and they want to bring those ideas to the United States.”

Since the trip, Robinson said three companies have already visited the region, with a delegation of Chinese industry executives also expected to tour the area in the coming months.

“Timing the trip with the auto show allows us to develop a lot of new contacts in a short amount of time and understand what’s happening in the Chinese market from a product and brand perspective. We want to identify which companies are making progress and may have an opportunity to move into the U.S. market in the future,” Robinson said.