Become a Change Leader with this 1-day Course at Davenport University’s Livonia Campus!

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In today’s work environment, change is the norm, not the exception. Discover practical steps to help you and your team transition through change and accept and adapt to it productively. Explore the stages of change and how people react to or sometimes resist them. Learn to guide your team and yourself through any transition, and develop your own personal action plan to take back with you when you return to your workplace.

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March 23, 2017 | 9 am – 5 pm
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Are Reports of Detroit’s Rebirth Greatly Exaggerated?

WDET 101.9 FM

By Stephen Henderson

February 21, 2017 

Mayor Mike Duggan gives his State of the City speech on Tuesday evening. He’ll undoubtedly talk about positive things happening in the city since his first term as mayor began. Downtown and Midtown are booming, the M-1 Rail is scheduled to begin service in the spring, and the streetlights are back on throughout the city.

But has the narrative of a city on the rebound been exaggerated? Is life really getting better for Detroiters outside of the seven square miles that make up the city’s core? What about the other 136 square miles?

In a recent article in CityLab — titled “Is Detroit Really Making a Comeback?” — Michigan State University political science professor Laura A. Reese and Wayne State University professor emeritus of urban studies and planning Gary Sands write:

“Two major conclusions emerged from our data. First, by a number of measures Detroit continues to decline, and even when positive change has occurred, growth has been much less robust than many narratives would suggest. Second, within the city recovery has been highly uneven, resulting in increasing inequality.”

Detroit Today host Stephen Henderson speaks with Prof. Sands, as well as Detroit Regional Chamber President & CEO Sandy Baruah, about the reality of Detroit’s supposed comeback.

Sands says one major problem that remains in Detroit is getting people back to work.

“It’s not bringing suburban jobs to Downtown Detroit,” he says. “Detroit needs to employ 100,000 more Detroiters… Get the people who live in the city working again.”

Baruah says there’s no question that great swaths of the city have not yet participated in Detroit’s economic renaissance. But he says he disagrees with Sands about the tone and overall outlook of his report.

“You look at what Mayor Duggan has been able to do with streetlights, with garbage collection, with public safety… all of these basic fundamentals of city life have been invested in,” he says. “And that’s in all neighborhoods, not just Downtown.”

Visit the link below to hear the full conversation.

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Thirty health care innovators discuss entrepreneurial opportunities during Butzel Long conference on March 23 in Detroit

Innovation is driving the business of health care in southeast Michigan. As a result, health care entrepreneurs with a competitive edge need to keep up with the latest developments.

Butzel Long is hosting a half-day program titled, “The Autonomous Patient: Entrepreneurs Driving Health Care,” featuring many of the areas top health care experts from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday. March 23, 2017 at the MGM Grand Detroit, located at 1777 Third Avenue. The cost is $50, which includes breakfast and lunch. The Road to Innovation Medical Main Street, Powered by Oakland County, is a promotional partner of the event.

“The objective of the Butzel Long conference is to provide attendees with key information to help them get their business ventures to the next level,” said Robert H. Schwartz, Co-Chair, Butzel Long’s Health Care Industry Group.

Butzel Long attorneys from the firm’s Health Care Practice Group will be featured along with the following:

*Tom Kelly — Automation Alley
*Marvin Al-Khafaji — Beaumont Health
*Raj Kothari — Cascade Partners
*Yusuf Hai — CIG Capital Partners
*Dottie Deremo — Deremo Consulting Group
*Catherine Bruder — Doeren Mayhew
*Andrea Dickson — ENT Biotech Solutions
*Lisa Prasad — Henry Ford Health Innovation Institute
*Gretchen Perkins — Huron Capital Partners
*Irene Spanos –Oakland County Economic Development
*Kevin Lasser — JEMS Telehealth
*Fred Molnar and Jennifer Tisdale — Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC)
*Kathy Jo Uecker — NetSource One
*George Miller — Oakland County Health and Human Services
*Amy Butler — Oakland University
*Michael Weber — Quipzor
* Walter Borda — Safety in Motion, Inc.
*Polina Hanin — StartUP Health Academy
*Parag Patil –The Taubman Medical Research Institute at the University of Michigan
*Dean Lance Gable — Wayne State University Law School
*Joan Dunbar — Wayne State University Mike Ilitch School of Business

The seminar will include three breakout sessions featuring panelists discussing the following topics:

· Look Before You Leap – The Legal and Regulatory Pitfalls of the Health Care Industry

· Getting Started and Beyond – Entrepreneurs need to ensure they have agreements in place to protect ideas and trade secrets

· What Works – What Doesn’t – How to Make a business stand out, attract investment and become successful in a crowded industry

· This is My Problem – How Can You Help Me? – How Can Technology and Entrepreneurship address delivering accessible, affordable high-quality services to patients and customers

· Telemedicine is a broad subject covering many aspects of health care delivery. What is the future? Are patients well served through the use of telemedicine?

· Industrial Transformation — Patient expectations for care and delivery are changing. How will health applications and other technology impact delivery, outcomes and operational risks?

For more information or to register online, visit For inquiries, contact Jocelyn Pomaranski at (313) 225-7075 or email at

About Butzel Long

Butzel Long is one of the leading law firms in Michigan and the United States. It was founded in Detroit in 1854 and has provided trusted client service for more than 160 years. Butzel’s full-service law offices are located in Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Lansing and Ann Arbor, Mich.; New York, NY; and, Washington, D.C., as well as alliance offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Mexico City and Monterrey. It is an active member of Lex Mundi, a global association of 160 independent law firms. Learn more by visiting or follow Butzel Long on Twitter:

Businesses caught in uncertainty of immigration travel ban to learn valuable insights at Butzel Long program on Tuesday, February 21

Businesses need a playbook to keep up with the daily changes on immigration since President Trump’s executive order was first announced.

Butzel Long’s Immigration Practice Group will discuss the latest information to help southeast Michigan businesses plan and prepare for next steps. The firm is hosting a free program titled, “Immigration Under The Trump Administration: The First 30 Days,” from 8 to 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at its office located at 41000 Woodward, Stoneridge West Building in Bloomfield Hills.

“Our goal is to provide businesses with the latest information to empower them to create a plan to best meet their needs,” said Clara DeMatteis Mager, Immigration Practice Department Leader, Butzel Long.

Attorneys will discuss the following:

Executive Orders — The Travel Ban

· The latest updates

· How we came to this point

· U.S. Entry Issues – Risks of international travel

· Impact on non-immigrant visas already issued

· Impact on non-immigrant and immigrant visas in process

· Impact on Permanent Residents

· Dual Citizenship

· Visa Interview Requirement

· Impact on USCIS Petitions

· Increased Site Visits and Raids

· Enhanced Screening

Impact on Business Immigration

· Executive Orders and future impact on H-1B, L-1A, L-1B, etc. nonimmigrant classifications

· Proposed legislation

· Future of NAFTA — TN and TN-2

For more information or to register online, visit For inquiries, contact Jocelyn Pomaranski at (313) 225-7075 or email at

About Butzel Long

Butzel Long is one of the leading law firms in Michigan and the United States. It was founded in Detroit in 1854 and has provided trusted client service for more than 160 years. Butzel’s full-service law offices are located in Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Lansing and Ann Arbor, Mich.; New York, NY; and, Washington, D.C., as well as alliance offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Mexico City and Monterrey. It is an active member of Lex Mundi, a global association of 160 independent law firms. Learn more by visiting or follow Butzel Long on Twitter:

Vision Computer Solutions To Participate in National Entrepreneurship Week

Vision Computer Solutions today announced its participation in National Entrepreneurship Week, a weeklong series of activities that celebrates the efforts and impact of entrepreneurs and small-to-midsized businesses. Led by Microsoft and supported by more than 100 companies including Vision Computer Solutions, National Entrepreneurship Week will kick off on Monday, Feb. 20 and conclude on Friday, Feb. 24.

Throughout the week, there will be a variety of opportunities for entrepreneurs to get involved, including a live broadcast of the National Entrepreneurship Week kick-off in New York City, informative webcasts and a Twitter chat.

The official National Entrepreneurship Week website,, houses details on each of the week’s daily events and offers. In addition, the site features free articles and downloadable resources on topics like business technology, branding and best practices – all designed to help eager entrepreneurs launch a business and to enable established small businesses to grow and thrive.

“National Entrepreneurship Week is about celebrating existing entrepreneurs and the positive impact they have on our economy, while showing aspiring entrepreneurs that they can make their dream a reality,” said Cindy Bates, vice president of small-to-midsized business at Microsoft. “Entrepreneurs who are bringing knowledge and support to help make this week a success will play a vital role during this initiative.”

To learn more about National Entrepreneurship Week, how to get involved and to register for events visit You can also find out more information on Vision Computer Solutions by visiting their website at

Detroit Regional Chamber’s Political Action Committee Unanimously Endorses Mayor Mike Duggan For Re-Election

Today, the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Political Action Committee (PAC) Board of Directors announced its unanimous endorsement of Mayor Mike Duggan in Detroit’s municipal election in November.

“Four years ago, the Detroit Regional Chamber felt Mike Duggan was the right leader at the right time for the city of Detroit,” said Sandy Baruah, president and CEO, Detroit Regional Chamber. “Since then, Mayor Duggan has demonstrated bold leadership and a track record of results coming out of bankruptcy. The economic impact, under his guidance has been felt throughout the city, positively impacting the entire Detroit region. The Mayor has earned the opportunity to lead the city for four more years. The continued progress for all Detroiters has much to do with Mike Duggan’s continued leadership. The Chamber is proud to stand by his re-election effort.”

Walsh Receives ACBSP Accreditation for MSMKT and MSM Degrees

Walsh College has announced that all 15 of its undergraduate and graduate degree programs have now earned accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

The final two programs to receive accreditation are the Master of Science in Management (MSM) and Master of Science in Marketing (MSMKT). Both graduate degrees were introduced in 2014 and have recently fulfilled ACBSP requirements of being in effect for at least two years and having graduates of the programs. Walsh is the only college in Michigan where students can earn a Master of Science in Marketing.

In 2010, the ACBSP accredited Walsh’s three undergraduate degree programs: the Bachelor of Accountancy (BAC), the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BSIT), and the
Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), including the five majors within the BBA – accounting processes, finance, general business, management, and marketing.

The College’s graduate degree programs: the Master of Business Administration (MBA), the Master of Science in Finance (MSF), the Master of Science in Accountancy (MAC), Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT), the Master of Science in Information Technology Leadership (MSITL), and the Master of Science in Taxation (MST) were also accredited by the ACBSP in 2010.

“Accreditation by the ACBSP is very important to Walsh College,” said Dr. Michael Rinkus, interim executive vice president and chief academic officer, Walsh College. “It reinforces to the business community that our graduates have the knowledge and the core business skills to contribute in a professional environment, and it is further proof to our students that we are providing the type of business education that will make them more valued in the job market.”

According to the ACBSP’s website, “The accreditation focuses on recognizing teaching excellence, determining student learning outcomes, and a continuous improvement model. ACBSP’s student-centered teaching and learning approach, which is measured and analyzed for quality, ensures that students gain the right skills from their educational investment. Institutions with programs accredited by ACBSP are committed to continuous improvement that ensures their business program will give students the skills employers want.”

Walsh is also regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (

For more on Walsh’s recent accreditation, contact Renee Kreun, assistant dean, accreditation and institutional research, Walsh College, at
For more information on Walsh College, visit

Walsh College to Hold Eighth Annual Human Resources Summit on March 3

Walsh College will host its eighth annual Human Resources Summit from 8:15 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Friday, March 3, 2017 at the Troy campus.

The HR Summit offers continuing education and training for human resources professionals.

The cost of the summit is $95 to attend and includes a continental breakfast and lunch.

Exhibitor tables are also available for $400 and include two conference tickets and the attendee name list.

The conference is approved for Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) continuing education (CE) credit of 4.5 CE hours, based on registration check-in and evaluation completion.

“The HR Summit program features practical tools that can be used immediately, legal changes under a new administration, and strategic roles of the HR function,” said Beth Barnes, vice president, chief human resources and administrative officer, Walsh College.

Featured topics for the eighth annual HR Summit include:

> The Business of HR – Enhancing the HR Value Proposition Within Your Organization
> Understanding Wellness Programs: Strategies & Compliance
> Changes with the Trump Administration – An Immigration Perspective
> Legal Updates: New Horizons for Labor and Employment Law

For a full list of the speakers and topics, to register for the summit, or to purchase an exhibitor table, visit

Walsh College offers a Master of Science in Management degree with a Human Resources concentration.

Walsh also hosts SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP®) or SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP®) certification prep classes at its Troy campus in the fall and in the winter. The classes are designed to provide preparation for professionals who seek Society for Human Resource Management certification.

For questions about the HR summit or the SHRM exam prep class, email Cindy Rush:

TechTown named Detroit host for Erie Hack water innovation competition

TechTown Detroit has been named the Detroit host for Erie Hack, an international, tech-driven water innovation competition and accelerator program. TechTown will launch the months-long series of events with an Erie Hack Challenge Kickoff on February 23 from 5-8 p.m. at TechTown, 440 Burroughs, Detroit.

Erie Hack will bring together coders, developers, engineers and water experts to generate creative solutions to challenges facing the Lake Erie watershed. The competition focuses on creating publicly accessible mobile apps, open data and new technology to elevate the value of clean water and leverage its potential to drive the economic vitality of the Great Lakes region. Other participating cities are Buffalo, Cleveland, Erie, Toledo and Windsor.

The Challenge Kickoff will provide details on the competition and acceleration process. The Kickoff and additional meetups will provide opportunities to form teams of up to five, who will then work to create innovative hardware or software technology through a series of day-long Hacking Events in each city.

On April 13, teams will convene at TechTown for the Erie Hack Semifinals, where a panel of judges will select the top eight teams from all participating cities to advance to the finals in Cleveland. After two weeks of intensive iteration, the finalists will compete for $100,000 in prize money as they present their solutions at the Erie Hack Water Innovation Summit on May 2 and 3, 2017.

“There is a meaningful role for tech entrepreneurs to play in the blue economy,” says Paul Riser, TechTown’s managing director for technology-based entrepreneurship. “Erie Hack will enable TechTown and our partners in New York, Ohio and Ontario to support some of the best and brightest ideas out there, both during the event and after, as we support teams in moving promising solutions forward.”

Each team will address one of six challenge statements or water-related problems, which were developed during regional ideation sessions and are described in detail on the Erie Hack web site:

1. Mitigate Nutrient Loading and Its Environmental Impacts
2. Reduce and Remediate Urban Pollution
3. Cultivate Resilience in Water Infrastructure Systems
4. Manage Aging Water Infrastructure Systems
5. Connect Communities to the Value of Water
6. Drive the Creation of Meaningful Data

“We’re looking forward to officially launching this competition, which we believe will spark brilliant ideas around water innovation that can be implemented throughout the Lake Erie basin,’’ says Bryan Stubbs, executive director of the Cleveland Water Alliance, which is managing the event in collaboration with DigitalC. The Detroit events are presented in partnership with Wayne State University and supported by a grant from the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation.

For more information, to register and to view the full schedule of events, visit

To register for the Detroit Kickoff Challenge event, visit