High School Student Spotlight: Jazzmyn Mullins, MCHCody

Jazzmyn MullinsDetroit senior Jazzmyn Mullins is saying goodbye to homework and classes at Medicine and Community Health Academy at Cody forever, a semester sooner than expected. Mullins began working with her school counselor and college advisor last year to prepare for her college career in January. She completed her application for federal financial aid at the start of the school year and selected an orientation date for her future alma mater.

Mullins is graduating early after taking on additional classes to accumulate required credits faster. She will enroll at Wayne County Community College District to study nursing before pursuing a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Wayne State University. Having gained experience as a caregiver for family members, Mullins is knowledgeable of hospitals in the Detroit area and dreams of working at Beaumont Hospital.

She said that she is excited to begin her college career and can’t wait to graduate. The Detroit Scholarship Fund team congratulates Mullins on her road to a successful nursing career and serving as an example for future Cody alumni.

Do you know an extraordinary student who should be featured in a future edition of the DSF newsletter? Email submissions to sboone@detroitchamber.com.

Education Key to Detroit Region’s Economic Future

Prosperity in the 21st century is tied directly to how well people and entire regions are integrated into the knowledge economy. While it is well known that education is the key, it is becoming easier to quantify the relationship between education and regional economic prosperity.

Numerous studies make it clear that education and talent equates to economic development. This is true for individuals as well as entire regions. According to a Georgetown University study, between 1989 and 2012 job growth by education attainment showed 42 percent growth for people with an associate’s degree or some college and 82 percent for those with a bachelor’s degree or higher. However, the number of jobs for people with a high school diploma or less have declined by 14 percent over that same period. Clearly, the path to sustaining jobs involves a post-secondary education.

The organization CEOs for Cities has quantified the economic benefit of education in metropolitan regions. Their analysis notes that for every one percentage point increase in the adult population of a given region with a college degree, median per capita income increases $856. For the Detroit region, a one percent increase would equate to a $3.8 billion increase to annual regional income.

Business Attraction Promotes Regional Opportunities at U.S. Army Association Expo

n an effort to draw more military and defense-related investment to Southeast Michigan, the Chamber’s Business Attraction team participated in the Association of the United States Army’s (AUSA) annual meeting and expo in Washington, D.C. in October. The team collaborated with Macomb County, the Michigan Defense Center and Oakland County to market the region’s assets located in Macomb County’s defense corridor to more than 500 key military leaders.
As part of the expo, the delegation and Butzel Long hosted the Michigan Arsenal of Innovation Reception, which highlighted the state’s workforce and defense cluster. Speakers included Maj. Gen. Gwen Bingham, commanding general of U.S. Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command, as well as representatives from General Dynamics Land Systems and the Michigan Army National Guard.
This annual event allows the Business Attraction team to affirm its support for Michigan’s military infrastructure, sustain relationships with current defense firms and seek out new companies that could benefit by locating to the region.

InnoState Companies Win New Business in Public Transit Sector

The Detroit Chamber’s InnoState program led a delegation of 12 member organizations to market their services to OEM and tier one suppliers at the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) expo on Oct. 15 in Houston, Texas. The expo is the world’s largest trade show for large manufacturers of trains, buses and related products.
Representatives demonstrated their skills to nine buyers including Motor Coach Industries, Nova Bus and Proterra at the expo’s “Buy America” forum. InnoState was the largest group in attendance at the expo, and Michigan had more representation than any other state. The Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s Pure Michigan Business Connect program sponsored travel to the event.

InnoState serves a nine-county Detroit region by providing expertise in manufacturing supply base, company matchmaking, technology and talent connections to innovation-driven manufacturers. Click here for more information.

Investor Spotlight: Wolverine Solutions Group

Wolverine Solutions Group is a Detroit-based business founded in 1978 initially as a targeted direct mail services provider. It has grown to occupy two locations with 200 employees providing an array of critical direct communication services encompassing hard copy and electronic platforms.

Wolverine’s core business is to provide solutions that support strategic growth. Its clients utilize the company’s deep knowledge and experience in business-critical communications to connect with their target market – whether business-to-business or business-to-consumer. Wolverine advises clients on the most effective ways to inform their audience – so they will act. This is called conversion. Conversion is the process of target identification, conversation and retention.

Wolverine simplifies processes to create efficient exchanges between its clients and their target. It does this by supporting clients’ communications strategy to create, maintain, or expand the consumer relationship. Staff collaborate and architect quality solutions that deliver results. The company’s expertise includes targeting and conversion, creating desired outcomes that drive growth, confidence and profitability.

Wolverine leverages vast knowledge and experience in cross media communications to satisfy, inform and educate its clients. It provides on-time, flawless execution that yields compelling value. Wolverine’s integrity, commitment and personal service set the benchmark for target market expansion and retention across a range of industries. For more information on how the company can support your success, please visit www.wolverinemail.com.

Butzel Long attorney Thomas A. Kabel admitted as a Fellow of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. – Butzel Long attorney and shareholder Thomas A. Kabel has been admitted as a Fellow of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys (ACMA), which represents more than 400 lawyers in North America who are experts in the mortgage law industry.

ACMA Fellows have distinguished themselves as practitioners in the field of real estate mortgages by engaging in bar association activities, lecturing, authoring articles and program materials, participating in the legislative process, and writing briefs and/or arguing cases that are significant to mortgage transactions.

Based in Butzel Long’s Bloomfield Hills office, Kabel is currently the chair for the corporate and real estate departments. He concentrates his practice in the area of commercial real estate and real estate related finance. He has been involved in all facets of acquisition, disposition, leasing, financing and development of real property throughout his career.

He has extensive experience representing commercial lenders in conventional financing and also has served as bank and bond counsel on numerous industrial revenue and other tax-exempt financings. He has also represented Michigan colleges and community colleges in various financing transactions, including tax-exempt bonds, tax anticipation notes, financing under Michigan’s New Jobs Training Program and financing with the Michigan State Building Authority.

Kabel is certified by the National Association of Development Companies (a trade association of companies that have been certified by the Small Business Administration to provide funding for small businesses) to close SBA loans under the SBA’s 504 Loan program, and for the past eight years has devoted a portion of his practice to representing Oakland County Business Finance Corporation in connection with their SBA 504 Loan program.

During his career, Kabel has been an integral part of several major development projects in Michigan, including serving as part of the bond team representing Oakland County, Michigan in connection with the financing of the Michigan Motion Picture Studio in Pontiac, Michigan; serving as part of the team representing the developer in its $190,000,000 renovation of the Book Cadillac Hotel in Detroit, Mich.; and representing the City of Detroit Housing Commission in its major renovation of the Jeffries Housing project in Detroit, Michigan.

Kabel is a member of the Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, current Chair of the Section’s Continuing Legal Education Standing Committee and Co-Chair of the Section’s Special Committee on Commercial Leasing. Kabel also was named to Oakland County Executive L. Brooks’ Patterson’s Elite 40 Under 40 Class of 2014.

He is the author of Equitable Subrogation: Why the Refinance Lender’s Security Interest May Not be as Secure as it Thinks (Michigan Real Property Review) and has participated as a speaker and/or author in numerous seminars and other continuing legal education programs throughout the past several years. He is a member of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the American Bar Association.

Kabel is a graduate of Wayne State University Law School (J.D., cum laude, 1999), where he was Senior Articles Editor of the Wayne Law Review, and Grand Valley State University (B.S. 1995).

About Butzel Long

Butzel Long is one of the leading law firms in the United States. It was founded in 1854, making this year its 160th anniversary of providing trusted client service. Butzel’s full-service 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 www.butzel.com.

DSF Scholar Spotlight: Asila Taalib

asila taalibAsila Taalib, a second-year Detroit Scholarship Fund scholar at Henry Ford College (HFC), has carved at out a space for herself amid the bustling Dearborn campus, both as an Inside Track peer mentor and as a first-generation college student chasing her dream.

Taalib started at HFC in fall 2013, after graduating from University Preparatory Academy. Reflecting on the challenges of her first year, she cites a college success course that helped prepare her for the rigorous workload.

“Instructors don’t hold your hand. You have to learn how to prioritize. You have to learn how to be independent. It’s all on you,” she said.

As a peer mentor, Taalib works on campus helping first-year students through those same hurdles of transitioning to college life. She said she enjoys her leadership role and has future plans to transfer to Berkeley College of Music in Baltimore, Md. to pursue a career in the music industry.

Henry Ford College’s Inside Track Program Supports First-Year Students

henry ford collegeInside Track is a special program designed by counselors at Henry Ford College that gives first-time students an opportunity to meet faculty and staff and learn how to improve their grades, how to utilize their financial aid and scholarships, and resolve any academic concerns.

The program hires upperclassmen who serve as role models and mentors for success and leadership. Each mentor is matched with a maximum of 10 students. This ratio allows mentors to focus on providing more time and attention to assist students in navigating their educational journey.

Since its inception, the program has had continuous success, with 85 percent of the mentees retaining a solid GPA and a clear educational plan to complete their degree. For more information, call 313-845-6347 or 313-845-9772, or email insidetrack@hfcc.edu.

Counselor’s Corner: Registration Open for Detroit Scholarship Fund

Registration for the 2015 Detroit Scholarship Fund is now open. Students who live in Detroit and attend a school within the city’s boundaries may visit www.DetroitScholarshipFund.com to register by June 30, 2015. All students should register regardless of their post-secondary education plans.

  • Things to keep in mind:
  • Students must live in Detroit and graduate from a high school located in Detroit.
  • Students must have a functional email address that is not provided by their high school.
  • When you register, students must remember their account password.
  • Students must click the verification link in their email after registering. Registration is not complete until you complete this step.
  • Schools can log into the DSF database to monitor the registration progress.
  • The DSF is a last dollar scholarship. Students must be eligible to complete the FAFSA and must do so by June 30, 2015.

It is our goal to help every student register before January so that we may begin helping students through the application and college transition process in 2015. For more information, call 313-596-0324, text 313-757-1467, or email students@detroitscholarshipfund.com. Tweet us @info_dsf.