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

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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 of the 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

Sandra M. Cotter Elected to Michigan Chamber Foundation Board

Dykema, a leading national law firm, today announced that Sandra Cotter, Director of the Firm’s Regulated Industries Department and Leader of its Government Policy & Practice group, was elected to the Michigan Chamber Foundation Board of Directors. The charitable arm of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, the Michigan Chamber Foundation sponsors public policy studies on key business climate issues and also sponsors the Young Entrepreneurs Academy to guide middle and high school students with business start-up opportunities.

Cotter, who is based in Dykema’s Lansing office, focuses her practice on insurance regulation and legislation, campaign finance and election law, liquor licensing and regulation, public policy litigation and legislation, and general corporate work for nonprofit corporations. She has frequent contact with Michigan’s executive office, state legislators and various agencies, including the Department of Insurance and Financial Services and the Michigan Liquor Control Commission. She is also a registered lobbyist in the state.

Cotter has been an active member of the Nonprofit Council for Charitable Trusts since its inception in 2004. She has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America® each year since 2013 and named a Top Lawyer by dBusiness Magazine each year since 2010.

Cotter received a B.S. from Michigan State University and a J.D. from the University of Michigan.

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Walsh College’s LaunchPad is looking for Innovative Entrepreneurs for annual ‘Make it Better’ Competition

Walsh College’s LaunchPad program is challenging high schoolers and community college students, along with Walsh students and alumni, to either create a new product or to make an existing product better, in its annual “Make it Better” competition.

The popular entrepreneurial competition, now in its sixth year, has more than doubled its entries over the years. Registration applications are now available; entries must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 31.

Ten cash prizes will be awarded, totaling $1,700. There is an optional marketing submission, as well, with five gift cards being awarded.

Entrants will be judged on the need, impact/ innovation, and the creativity of the product.

The competition is intended to inspire students to think “outside-the-box” and to spark interest in entrepreneurial ventures. Entrants are asked to describe a new product or service, or how they would improve or redesign an existing product, to better the quality of life for individuals, and in turn make their community a better place to live.

“We strive to inspire budding entrepreneurs of all ages to explore their creativity, and they might just come up with an idea or a product that will make the world a better place,” said Carol Glynn, director, Walsh College’s LaunchPad program.

LaunchPad is a co-curricular program that encourages and guides entrepreneurs through the process of starting or growing a business. It is open to all current Walsh students and alumni free of charge.

Applications for the “Make it Better” competition are available online at or by contacting Diane Fisher at (248) 823-1670.

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.”

For poor and first-generation college students, ‘I think I can’ is half the battle

Bridge Magazine 

By Chastity Pratt Dawsey

February 16, 2017

Growing up, Abdiel Ramos of Detroit was a honor roll student. Until he failed his first semester in college.

A graduate of Western International High, the University of Detroit Mercy student was under prepared for college math and had poor study habits. He spent too much time playing video games and too little time planning his future. And as the first in his family to go to college, he had no one at home to turn to for guidance on how to handle college life.

But his trajectory changed after he earned a 1.4 grade point average that first semester. The university placed him on academic probation and sent him for help. He was assigned to meet with an “intrusive” professional mentor employed by the university. The mentor met with Ramos regularly, worked with him on time management, assigned him study group appointments and just listened to him.

“My first semester, I didn’t understand the expectations,” Ramos, now 21 and a senior at U-D, told Bridge.

It has been long known that low-income college students, for reasons financial and otherwise, are less likely to graduate. In an effort to improve graduation rates among low-income and other at-risk students, colleges and universities across Michigan are implementing new coaching services to help these students navigate and complete college.

It’s not just about financing college or academics. They work with students, many of them first-generation college students, on everything from how to buy books to finding child care.

Ramos, who is majoring in computer information systems, said he got his cumulative grade point average up to a 3.0 by the end of junior year with the help of his mentors.

“I would not have traded in this experience for anything else, even though it was a roller coaster ride,” he said. “Luckily, I ended up meeting wonderful people.”

This year, as part of its annual “Academic State Champs” public school rankings, Bridge Magazine is honoring public high schools in the state based on the post-secondary success of their graduates. A school is ranked higher if its graduates earned a certificate, associate’s or bachelor’s degree within an average time frame, or if those graduates remained enrolled and progressing towards a post-secondary degree or certificate.

Within the data, one stark finding: The poverty level of a high school’s student population can be a disturbingly accurate predictor of whether those students are likely to graduate from college or obtain a post secondary certificate.

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