Lake Trust Foundation Offers Nine Scholarships for Skilled Trades and Aspiring Entrepreneurs Wanting to Make a Community Impact

The Lake Trust Foundation announced today that scholarship applications will begin being accepted on Monday, January 7, 2019, for Michigan residents who wish to pursue skilled trade technical education programs or realize their dream of being an entrepreneur who makes a community impact. Prospective students may submit applications on the Foundation’s website at https://www.laketrust.org/Foundation/Scholarships for either one of four New Beginnings Scholarships worth up to $2,500 or one of five full-tuition Community Impact Scholarships.

The New Beginnings Scholarship addresses the need for skilled trade workers, and recipients will use funds for tuition costs and related items like professional fees or dues in attending a career technical education program or trade school in the next 12 months.

The Lake Trust Foundation’s Community Impact Scholarships support community-oriented entrepreneurial talent through Lake Trust Credit Union’s relationship with Cleary University. Five full-tuition Cleary scholarships are available for undergraduate or postgraduate tuition at Cleary, either online or at its locations in Howell, Detroit or Ann Arbor.

“As the Lake Trust Foundation enters our eighth year of offering scholarships, we have been impressed by the goals and drive of our recipients,” said David Snodgrass, President and CEO of Lake Trust Credit Union. “Lake Trust acts where we see a need in our communities, not only through the Foundation but as the state’s largest Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) for 2018 we seek to serve disadvantaged businesses and low-income communities in Michigan.”

Through partnerships, outreach programs, grants, financial assistance and support for underserved people, the Foundation helps to build and sustain stronger communities.

Since 2012, it has awarded scholarships, contributed tens of thousands of meals to local food banks and provided funds in community grants and donations.

“We’re proud to offer these opportunities, especially working with a valued partner like Cleary,” added Mr. Snodgrass. “We see education as a seed that will provide long-lasting benefits beyond an individual to our neighbors and communities.”

The Lake Trust Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to make a difference in all the Michigan counties Lake Trust Credit Union serves across the state. Contributors to the Foundation are people who help fund support for local causes focusing on education, basic needs, health and wellness, the environment and more. Through partnerships, outreach programs, grants, financial assistance and support for a community’s underserved people, the Foundation helps to build and sustain stronger communities. For more information, visit https://www.laketrust.org/foundation/. For information on Lake Trust’s Moved By Good initiative, see https://laketrust.org/moved-by-good/. Follow @movedbygood on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn.

Lake Trust Credit Union has more than $1.8 billion in assets and ranks fourth-largest in Michigan in number of member accounts. With federally NCUA-insured branches located in counties across the state of Michigan, Lake Trust is committed to creating stronger Michigan communities. Membership is open to anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in the state of Michigan. For more information, visit laketrust.org and follow @LakeTrustCreditUnion on Facebook and @laketrust on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

Heather Zara, Founder + CEO of Zara Creative, recognized by DBusiness; 30 in Their Thirties

Founder and CEO | Zara Creative, Troy | Employees: 9 | Revenue: NA | Michigan State University

Heather Zara’s friends thought she was crazy to quit her 10-year sports broadcasting career to open a video company that specializes in TV commercials, branding videos, philanthropic films, and weddings.

“It’s funny because I never thought I’d be an entrepreneur, but I was always fascinated with why people became successful,” Zara says.

She started with zero funding but, in just over three years, Zara Creative has grown to serve more than 500 clients ranging from nonprofits to Fortune 500 companies. It has nearly doubled its sales every year.

Zara estimates that weddings make up about 35 percent of her business. They’ve taken her and her crew to far-flung destinations like Cancun and Miami, and in Michigan to Petoskey and Glen Arbor. Because her business has grown so much, Zara recently turned over supervision of the wedding portion of her firm to one of her employees.

Zara, meanwhile, maintains direct responsibility for the rest of the business. “It’s really cool because it almost ties back to my days as a reporter,” she says. “Every time I work with a client I get to learn about their business.”

The video storyteller prides herself on always trying to push the creative envelope for clients. One client, a lawyer, wanted a commercial shot in his library, with him standing in front of shelves of law journals.

“After he told us what he was looking for, I asked him if he was married to that idea,” Zara says. “I just thought we could do something more creative.”

Instead, she made a commercial intended to make the attorney’s target audience laugh. “The lawyer wasn’t even in it,” she recalls. “He ended up getting a ton of new business and we won a national award.”

Zara says her philanthropic efforts are a driving force in her life: She works with more than 30 Detroit-area nonprofits, serves on committees for the Boy Scouts of America, and is one of the sponsors of the newly-relocated Ronald McDonald House at the Detroit Medical Center.

BROOKS KUSHMAN & CLARK HILL ATTORNEYS TO HOST ENTREPRENEUR LAW SEMINAR ON OCTOBER 29, 2015

Brooks Kushman and Clark Hill attorneys will partner to present at an Automation Alley Entrepreneur Law Seminar on October 29, 2015. The seminar will provide an overview of common legal issues entrepreneurs typically face as they start and grow their business. The seminar will focus on the legal “Dos” and “Don’ts” to help small businesses and start-ups protect their investments and innovations, including discussions on legal entity formation and governance, contracts, trademarks, patents, licensing agreements, and employment law compliance.

Brooks Kushman attorneys Timothy B. Clise, Thomas Lewry, and Hope Shovein along with Clark Hill attorneys Ellen E. Hoeppner and James R. Waggoner from Clark Hill will be discussing entity formation, patent and trademark strategies, as well as employment and trade secret matters.

Automation Alley is a technology business association and business accelerator dedicated to growing the economy of Southeast Michigan and enhancing the region’s reputation around the world. Automation Alley offers talent and business development programs and matchmaking services to tech-focused businesses of all sizes — from startups to large corporations — to help them grow and prosper.

To register for the event please contact kcarlsen@brookskushman.com or ssalvadero@clarkhill.com

Brooks Kushman & Clark Hill Attorneys to Host

Troy, MI – Brooks Kushman attorneys Timothy B. Clise, Thomas Lewry, and Hope Shovein along with Clark Hill attorneys Ellen E. Hoeppner and James R. Waggoner, will present at an Automation Alley Entrepreneur Law Seminar on October 29, 2015. The seminar will provide an overview of common legal issues entrepreneurs typically face as they start and grow their business. The seminar will focus on the legal “Dos” and “Don’ts” to help small businesses and start-ups protect their investments and innovations, including discussions on legal entity formation and governance, contracts, trademarks, patents, licensing agreements, and employment law compliance.

Automation Alley is a technology business association and business accelerator dedicated to growing the economy of Southeast Michigan and enhancing the region’s reputation around the world. Automation Alley offers talent and business development programs and matchmaking services to tech-focused businesses of all sizes — from startups to large corporations — to help them grow and prosper.

Clise’s practice at Brooks Kushman focuses on domestic and international patent prosecution in the electrical, mechanical and electromechanical arts. He also advises his clients on design, trademarks and trade secrets for developing meaningful, worldwide intellectual property portfolios.

Lewry has more than 30 years of intellectual property (IP) litigation experience, focusing on a variety of IP matters including patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. He has been the driving force behind the firm’s adoption of innovative technology in the courtroom and for delivery of client information. In addition to his practice, Lewry is an adjunct professor at Wayne State University’s Law School and a visiting scholar at the University of Michigan.

Shovein focuses her practice on the procurement and enforcement of trademark rights, including proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Shovein specializes in helping clients enforce their rights in any medium, such as the unauthorized use of trademarks in website content, and she represents clients in domain name disputes.

To register for the event please contact kcarlsen@brookskushman.com or ssalvadero@clarkhill.com

About Brooks Kushman P.C.
Brooks Kushman is a leading intellectual property (IP) and technology law firm with offices in Michigan and California, and represents clients nationally and internationally with respect to protection, enforcement and monetization of IP, including patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. The firm has more than 90 intellectual property professionals specializing in various technical disciplines, and has a reputation for providing leading IP counseling with a focus on the business objectives of their clients.

Brooks Kushman counts a number of Fortune 100 companies across a variety of industries among its clients. The firm is also recognized by leading legal publications and rankings, including Corporate Counsel magazine, U.S. News & World Report, Law360, Intellectual Asset Management, Managing Intellectual Property, and Intellectual Property Today. For more information, please visitwww.BrooksKushman.com.

Walsh College Will Confer Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree on Keynote Commencement Speaker Jack Aronson

Walsh College will confer an honorary Doctor of Laws degree on Jack Aronson, founder and president, Garden Fresh Gourmet, Ferndale, Mich., during its 105th commencement ceremonies on Saturday, June 20, at Zion Christian Church, Troy. Aronson will also deliver the keynote address at the event.

Garden Fresh Gourmet is a nationwide retailer of gourmet salsas, hummus, chips, and dips. With more than 420 full-time employees, Garden Fresh has annual sales in excess of $100 million.

Garden Fresh is now the number-one ranked manufacturer of salsa in the country. It began when Aronson and his wife, Annette, decided to try making salsa for their restaurant by using a household blender. A local grocery retailer asked Aronson to produce it for his markets. The salsa varieties became an immediate hit.

Aronson is known for creating his own special recipes and also for developing a unique production process. The process exceeds industry standards and extends the shelf-life of the company’s products.

“Jack is an entrepreneur with a remarkable story. His business acumen and attention to product quality and the marketplace provide an exceptional business model for our graduates,” said Stephanie Bergeron, president and CEO, Walsh College. “We especially admire his contributions to the local economy and business community as an employer and as a corporate citizen.”

Garden Fresh recently signed a lease for a 10,000 square-foot commercial kitchen which will serve as a start-up incubator for aspiring food entrepreneurs. Aronson plans to help food entrepreneurs create their own businesses in southeast Michigan. Aronson and his wife also support the Salvation Army and the Boys & Girls Club.

For more information on Walsh College, visit www.walshcollege.edu.

Walsh College Celebrates Global Entrepreneurship Week

Walsh College President and CEO Stephanie Bergeron and members of Walsh College’s Blackstone LaunchPad team will highlight steps for starting a successful business from the ground up during Walsh College’s Walshpreneur Fair celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week.

The public is invited to the business college’s Troy campus to attend the free event from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, November 17.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the college’s Blackstone LaunchPad program which celebrates entrepreneurship as a career path, and gain insight on starting and maintaining a viable business. Products and services from Blackstone LaunchPad entrepreneurs will also be showcased. The evening will include networking opportunities, refreshments and prizes.

“The journey to entrepreneurism is both difficult and rewarding,” said Carol Glynn, a seasoned entrepreneur and Walsh College director of Blackstone LaunchPad. “This celebration is an evening of discovery, learning and networking. We’ll take you from the glamorous excitement of deciding to start a new business to the realities business owners face.”

Joining Bergeron as special guest speaker will be Paul Glantz, founder and chairman of Emagine Entertainment, Inc. and CEO of Proctor Financial Inc.

Glantz successfully raised more than $45 million to build Detroit’s Emagine theatres which now operate in Novi, Canton, Rochester Hills and Royal Oak. He has been at the forefront of technological change in the theatre industry, particularly in the transition to high-definition digital presentation. In January of 2006 his theatres became the first chain in the nation to convert all of its 46 screens to high-definition digital imagery.

Committed to numerous philanthropic endeavors, Glantz serves as a venture coach to participants in the Walsh College and Wayne State University Blackstone LaunchPad entrepreneurship initiatives. His volunteer efforts also include serving on the boards of the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce, Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan and as treasurer of the Detroit Chapter of Variety International.

A recipient of the 2011 Walsh College Distinguished Alumnus Award, Glantz holds a master’s in taxation from the business college.

Those interested in attending Walshpreneur Fair should contact:
Diane Fisher at 248-823-1670, or Launchpad@walshcollege.edu.
Online registration is available at: www.walshcollege.edu/blackstonelaunchpad.

About Walsh College Blackstone LaunchPad
Funded by the Blackstone Charitable Foundation, and in partnership with New Economy Initiative, a program of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan; Automation Alley, University of Miami, Walsh College and Wayne State University – this program helps aspiring entrepreneurs develop and launch their businesses. As the first of its kind in Michigan, it offers fully enrolled Walsh students and degreed Walsh alumni; and Wayne State University students the opportunity to assess the feasibility of their ideas for starting and growing for-profit and non-profit ventures.

About Walsh College

Founded in 1922, Walsh College is a private, not for profit institution offering upper-division undergraduate and graduate business and technology degrees and certificate programs.

One of Southeast Michigan’s largest business schools, Walsh has locations in Troy, Novi, Clinton Township, and Port Huron, as well as online. Walsh’s business services division offers the Walsh Institute, which provides solutions for businesses through training, continuing education, and consulting.

Walsh is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (www.ncahlc.org; phone: 312-263-0456). The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP, www.acbsp.org) accredits specific degree programs.

Walsh College, Michigan Women’s Foundation Present Third Annual Entrepreneur-YOU Women’s Business Plan and Pitch Competition

The third annual Entrepreneur-YOU Women’s Business Plan and Pitch Competition will be held Friday, Oct.10 at the Walsh College Troy campus.

Ten finalists, selected from 95 entries, will pitch their businesses to a panel of judges for a prize pool valued at more than $75,000.

“We encourage all women in business to attend the competition to cheer on our finalists and see how entrepreneurship in Detroit is not just about technology and industry but also about home-based businesses started by women with unique ideas,” said Stephanie Bergeron, president and CEO, Walsh College.

The pitch presentations are open to the public, but preregistration is requested. Visit http://www.walshcollege.edu/EYOU for more information and a complete list of finalists.

Funding for the competition comes from Fifth Third Bank, the Ford Motor Company Fund, and the DTE Energy Foundation. In addition, the winners will receive in-kind support from local companies donating time for marketing, legal and accounting services.

Entrepreneur-YOU is a cooperative initiative among Michigan Women’s Foundation, Inforum Michigan, and Walsh College with support from Fifth Third Bank. The purpose of the initiative is to assist women in the pursuit of successful businesses.

In addition to the business plan competition, Entrepreneur-YOU also includes an annual conference.

WALSH COLLEGE

Founded in 1922, Walsh College is a private, not for profit institution offering upper-division undergraduate and graduate business and technology degrees and certificate programs.

One of Southeast Michigan’s largest business schools, Walsh has locations in Troy, Novi, Clinton Township, and Port Huron, as well as online. Walsh’s business services division offers the Walsh Institute, which provides solutions for businesses through training, continuing education, and consulting.

Walsh is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (www.ncahlc.org; phone: 312-263-0456). The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP, www.acbsp.org) accredits specific degree programs.

MICHIGAN WOMEN’S FOUNDATION

Michigan Women’s Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization that is committed to creating positive change for Michigan’s women and girls. As a statewide foundation, MWF seeks to transform Michigan to achieve equality and empowerment for its women and girls. It raises funds to support and collaborate with individuals and organizations to address and eliminate barriers to economic and social equality for Michigan women and girls. In over 25 years, it has awarded more than $3.2 million to more than 500 programs and organizations, working to advance equality, remove barriers and improve lives. It values community, results, accountability, and above all – equity.