30 Things Every Mackinac Policy Conference Attendee Should Know

The Mackinac Policy Conference is Michigan’s premier public policy event, held every year for four days at Mackinac Island’s prestigious Grand Hotel. The agenda is packed with sessions, receptions, networking opportunities and more. For the first-time attendee, the week can appear daunting, while veteran attendees may find themselves asking some of the same questions they had in years past. This list will (attempt to) address all of those questions and concerns in a somewhat chronological order.

Have your own item to add to the list? Use the hashtag #MPCThingsToKnow on social media.

Before you even pack your bags:

1. Confirmation packets are mailed to all attendees in mid-May and contain one ferry ticket. Each ferry ticket is roundtrip, so be sure to keep your ticket. Spouses are sent their packets the following week.

2. If for any reason you did not receive your ferry ticket in the mail, not to worry! Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry will have a list of attendees and can provide a round-trip ticket.

3. Download the MLive Conference App, the best way to stay up-to-date on all updates in real-time. It even contains the attendee list, arguably the most sought-after attendee resource on the island.

4. Once you have downloaded the app, be sure to personalize your profile and add a headshot so others can match a face to the name.

Now, on to the packing…

5. The Conference “dress code” is business casual, which means NO TIES NECESSARY.

6. Comfortable shoes are a must. You will walk a lot throughout the Conference and if you plan on participating in the Mackinac Slow Roll, gym shoes are a no-brainer.

7. The weather on Mackinac Island is similar to the rest of Michigan: unpredictable. That means dress in layers and pack warm, especially if you are staying far from Grand Hotel or in Mackinaw City.

8. While on the topic of unpredictable weather, be sure to pack an umbrella. The Conference may be mostly indoors, but chances are you will venture off the Grand Hotel property at some point, so be prepared in the event of rain.

9. Bring plenty of business cards. You don’t want to be that person who forgot cards. Of course, if you do forget, the app allows for you to exchange information.

A few quick items for your trip to the island

10. If you are driving to the Conference, use Google Maps or Waze to help plan your drive and avoid the inevitable Michigan construction.

11. Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry has added ferry trips specifically for the Conference. Check out the full ferry schedule online so you can plan ahead. Did you forget your ferry ticket? Scroll back up to tip number two…

You made it to the island, now what?

12. For those who have never visited Mackinac Island, there are no motorized vehicles. Horses and bicycles are the main modes of transportation.

13. Following up on the topic of horses, make sure to constantly watch where you step, especially at night.

14. Attendees not staying at Grand Hotel receive complimentary taxi tickets with their registration, but those tickets do not include gratuity. Make sure to tip your taxi drivers.

15. If you are staying at Mission Point, there is a specific taxi schedule just for you. The schedule will be available at Mission Point when you arrive. Download the Mission Point taxi schedule here.

16. Once you register and receive your name badge, be sure to wear it to ALL Conference programs and events. Security will be heightened this year and anybody not wearing their credentials will be escorted to registration or even off Grand Hotel property. For more information, check out the official credential policy.

17. For those attendees arriving late Tuesday, make sure to check in at the main Conference registration desk inside Grand Hotel before attending Opening Night at the Stables. Anybody without a badge will be denied entry.

18. Be sure not to lose your badge. If you do, there is a $50 fee for a badge reprint.

19. Upon arrival, all attendees receive a Conference bag full of session invites and useful items to help get through the week.

20. Check out the Conference Snapchat filter and tell all your friends how awesome the Conference is! Or, if you don’t have Snapchat, use the Conference hashtag, #MPC17, and see your tweets scroll on the buzzboards, located throughout Grand Hotel.

Get to the programming already!

21. Registration will open Tuesday, May 30 at noon. There is a full slate of receptions on Tuesday, so be sure to arrive early and take advantage of these early networking opportunities.

22. Those who cannot attend Tuesday’s programming can still get a feel for the Conference on Wednesday morning with a pair of hosted sessions, Mackinac 101 Attendee Orientation: Making the Most of the Conference, and much more.

23. Main stage sessions start Wednesday at 11:45 a.m., so be sure to arrive early to the theatre to ensure you get a seat.

24. Didn’t make it to the theatre in time to get a seat? The Brighton Pavilion provides comfortable overflow seating for attendees during almost all main stage sessions.

25. Lunch is served in the parlor on both Wednesday and Thursday, so be sure to grab yours!

26. Hosted lunch sessions will provide food for attendees in those sessions, so do not grab a lunch from the parlor if you plan on seeing one.

27. PAC to the ’80s  is one of the most popular events at the Conference and takes place at The Gate House on Wednesday night. It requires a separate ticket, but is a can’t-miss event!

28. Thursday morning programming starts very early at 7:30 a.m. with two new sessions: Bring It to the Table featuring keynote speaker Julie Winokur, and Breakfast with Michael Beschloss, who will provide a keynote address later that day.

29. Thursday night features two popular events: On the Island. Off the Record. Bourbon Night in the Tea Garden Tent followed by A Toast to Your Health in the Audubon Bar. But remember, you must wear your badge to gain entry into these fan favorite events!

30. Friday features a new program in the parlor: Morning View: Mackinac Uncensored. Hear some sizzling debates and hot takes on multiple topics in a strolling setting. Don’t ferry off the island before checking out this new, dynamic program.

Keep up with these tips and more on social media and the MLive Conference App. See you on the island!

Hitachi Business Finance Enters Syndication Market; Provides $65 Million in Financing

Hitachi Business Finance, a division of Hitachi Capital America Corp., has expanded its financing solutions to include syndicated lending and in the past quarter, provided $65 million to three U.S. companies.

Hitachi Business Finance offers hold positions that range from $5-$25 million and potentially higher depending on the transaction. Proceeds are used for working capital (A/R and inventory), equipment/capex and growth capital, acquisition, turnaround, and recapitalization financing. As a non-bank, non-traditional commercial finance company, syndication partners and clients both benefit from competitive pricing, a non-regulated environment, industry knowledge, and turnaround times. Collaboration partners include regional and national banks, specialty finance companies, and equity sponsors.

“While we may be new to the market, we have the experience and resources to be a viable partner to fellow lenders,” says President and COO Mike Semanco. “Hitachi Capital is a non-regulated financing source with a strong capital position. Expanding our senior-secured financing capabilities will allow us to gain additional market share beyond our current capabilities of factoring and direct ABL lines of credit. We are excited about the traction we are gaining in the syndicated market and expect Tom Bayer, as our origination leader for this initiative, to help us continue this momentum.”

To reach Tom directly, contact him at tbayer@hitachibusinessfinance.com or (203) 956-3249.

About Hitachi Business Finance
Hitachi Business Finance is a source of opportunity and information for entrepreneurs seeking solutions beyond traditional lending. Backed by the global power of Hitachi Ltd., and with more than a decade of proven success, we offer asset-based financing designed to help improve a company’s cash position.

Visit us at www.hitachibusinessfinance.com for more information.

About Hitachi Capital America Corp.

Hitachi Capital America Corp. is an independent, diversified leasing and financial services company providing financing to commercial businesses and other Hitachi companies in the United States and Canada. We offer a variety of asset-based financing solutions with a focus on truck, trailer, and floorplan financing; trade financing; medium/small ticket financing; structured financing; vendor financing; and asset-based lending.

Learn more at www.hitachicapitalamerica.com.

Crestmark Closes 10 Transactions Totaling More Than $9.6 Million in the First Half of May

TROY, Mich., (May 18, 2017) – Crestmark secured a total of $9,695,000 in financial solutions for 10 new clients in the first half of May.

  • A $1,000,000 new lease transaction was completed on May 1 with a media company in the northeastern U.S. The financing will be used for technology equipment.
  • On May 1, a $2,380,000 SBA 7(a) term loan facility was provided to an independent insurance agency in North Carolina. The financing will be used for acquisition purposes.
  • A $125,000 accounts receivable purchase facility was provided on May 1 to a trucking company in Georgia. The financing will be used for working capital purposes.
  • On May 3, a $750,000 traditional factoring facility was provided to a men’s apparel company in New York. The financing will be used for working capital purposes.
  • A $750,000 accounts receivable purchase facility was provided on May 4 to a trucking company in Minnesota. The financing will be used to pay off an existing lender and for working capital purposes.
  • On May 4, a $750,000 accounts receivable purchase facility was provided to a startup trucking company in Illinois. The financing will be used for working capital purposes.
  • A $1,140,000 SBA 7(a) term loan facility was provided on May 5 to an independent insurance agency in Michigan. The financing will be used to pay off an existing lender and for acquisition purposes.
  • On May 8, a $2,000,000 asset-based line of credit facility was provided to a manufacturer of plastic packaging in California. The financing will be used to pay off an existing lender and for working capital purposes.
  • A $500,000 traditional factoring facility was provided on May 9 to a distributor of men’s and women’s apparel in New York. The financing will be used for working capital purposes.

On May 12, a $300,000 accounts receivable purchase facility was provided to a trucking company in Alabama. The financing will be used to pay off an existing lender and for working capital purposes.
Crestmark is an FDIC-insured bank that provides innovative financial solutions for businesses nationwide. Financing solutions include asset-based lending, accounts receivable financing, lines of credit, term loans, factoring, machinery/equipment financing and equipment leasing. Crestmark has extensive experience in helping many industries including transportation, manufacturing, staffing, petrochemical, government contractors, apparel/footwear/furniture distribution/manufacturing, hospitality/hotels, insurance agencies, and technology hardware/software. Headquartered in Michigan, with additional offices in California, Florida, Louisiana, Tennessee, New York, and Illinois; and representatives nationwide. www.crestmark.com

Sizzling Jobs Available at Michigan Job Expo Series


Detroit, MI – May 17, 2017 – JobFairGiant.com announces the Michigan Hot Jobs! Expo 2017 series starting on Wednesday, May 31st from 9am-3pm. The first event will take place at the Holiday Inn Hotel, 17201 Northline Road., Southgate, MI.

Candidates attending the Michigan Hot Jobs! Expo series will be able to speak with Human Resources representatives and complete job applications. The goal of the event is to showcase 50 to 75 local and national employers; and provide an opportunity for candidates to apply in-person.

CJ Eason, Community Outreach Director, states, “Job Expos are great ways to interact with candidates before the hiring process begins. It allows the candidates to ask questions and get to know recruiters before an interview. The event series will also include free job workshops geared to help job seekers with resume writing, interviewing and techniques for finding employment.”

A variety of employers from both the public and private sectors will be eager to discuss immediate openings in a wide range of fields including Engineering, Information Technology, Skilled Trades, Seasonal, Manufacturing, Production, Industrial, General Labor, Customer Services, Retail, Management, Restaurant, Accounting, Banking, Office Support, Clerical, Data Entry, Call Center, Installation, Technical, Machining, Electrical, Mortgage, Financial Planning, Insurance, Education, Truck Driving, Real Estate, Nursing, Rehabilitation, Human Services, and other career fields.

Several Michigan Hot Jobs! Expo events will happen throughout Metro Detroit; mark your calendar and plan to attend these upcoming event dates from 9am to 3pm.

May 31, 2017 Holiday Inn Hotel – Southgate, MI
June 28, 2017 Best Western Hotel – Southfield, MI
July 26, 2017 Wyndham Garden Hotel – Sterling Heights

About JobFairGiant.com – For over 12 years we have held the title as the “Largest Monthly Job Expo in Michigan”; our reputation for bridging the gap between job seekers and candidates has helped over 35,000 people obtain viable employment.

Information regarding the upcoming job expo is available on the company website at JobFairGiant.com or by calling 734-956-4550. Digital Press Release Online at www.Blog.JobFairGiant.com

Last week to sign up for Spring Session: Situational Leadership® II


The Situational Leadership® II (SLII®) program is the most widely taught leadership model in the world and is available as a public offering at Davenport University’s Livonia Campus. Developed by The Ken Blanchard Companies® (author of the One Minute Manager) and delivered by IPEx expert facilitators, the Situational Leadership® II (SLII®) Workshop will equip you with the tools to apply the most effective leadership style in any given situation based on the needs of each team member.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Become a highly skilled, flexible leader who can develop and retain talent
  • Diagnose the development levels of employees and choose the appropriate leadership style
  • Effectively shift employee intentions into behaviors, and behaviors into accountability
  • Improve communication skills and become a more trusted leader
  • Increase the energy, self-reliance, and drive of the employees on your team
  • Help others develop competence, motivation, and confidence
  • Retain your most talented employees by being more responsive to their development needs

LOCATION: Davenport University

Livonia Campus
19499 Victor Parkway
Livonia, MI 48152
DATES | TIME:    May 30 – 31, 2017 | 9 am – 5 pm


Website: https://www.davenport.edu/ipex/SLII
Email or call Bethany DeVine, Professional Development Representative, IPEx
Bethany.DeVine@davenport.edu | (616) 233-2589

J.P.- The Voice of Detroit Nominated for Emmy

The JRT Agency is proud to announce its own Jamie McCarthy’s film J.P.- The Voice of Detroit is nominated for an Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Regional Emmy® Award.

The film, made in partnership with Detroit Public Television, takes viewers on a journey into the iconic career of broadcaster J.P. McCarthy, Jamie’s father. Comprised of personal interviews and anecdotes from fellow media legends, it highlights J.P.’s unmatched approach to the airwaves and the indelible mark he left on listeners.

“When we set out to make the film, I had two goals in mind. First and foremost, to create a tribute that truly captured my father’s professional spirit for both those who tuned in every morning and those who never had the opportunity to experience his magic,” said Jamie, JRT Chief Creative Officer- Innovation. “The second was to inspire fellow independent filmmakers and, of course, capture the attention of the Academy. I’m excited to say we have achieved both.”

Nominated in the Documentary- Cultural category, Jamie shares the nomination with fellow producers DPTV’s Fred Nahhat, Oliver Thornton and Matthew Stinson.

The partnership between Jamie and DPTV was a natural alliance for bringing history to life. “When Jamie came to us it was a no brainer. We knew we had to make this piece,” said Nahhat. “Taking this journey together combined with the outpouring of support and participation from the best in the business to share J.P.’s story was incredible.”

Already an accomplished filmmaker and lauded advertising executive, Jamie’s background matched with that of the renowned, talented DPTV team brought to life a documentary that is highly impactful. JRT Agency CEO Mark Bellissimo sees Jamie’s talent in action daily, “This nomination isn’t a surprise to us,” he said. “Jamie brings a powerful degree of storytelling and passion to all our work here at the agency. We are extremely proud of him and what he’s created.”

Viewers watching J.P.- The Voice of Detroit are transported back to where they woke up daily with J.P.’s, “Good Morning World,” greeting. Footage of the wall to wall St. Patrick’s Day parties packed to the gills, his philanthropic rallying cries for such charities as March of Dimes and beloved tributes from family and colleagues round out the hour.

The documentary originally aired on DPTV in 2016 and was shown again on St. Patrick’s Day 2017. The film can currently be streamed online via DPTV Passport or ordered through the website.

Dickinson Wright Attorney Dan Quick Re-Elected to the Oakland County Bar Association’s Board of Directors

Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that Attorney Dan Quick has been re-elected to a three-year term on the Board of Directors for the Oakland County Bar Association. His term begins on July 1, 2017.

Mr. Quick is a Member in the firm’s Troy office and is Practice Department Manager for Commercial Litigation, Antitrust & Trade Regulation, and Alternative Dispute Resolution. He is a commercial litigation trial attorney who specializes in business torts (including minority shareholder and “business divorce disputes”, trade secrets, and noncompetes) and all facets of intellectual property litigation. He frequently writes and lectures on business torts and is a coauthor of the national “Trade Secrets” portfolio published by BNA.

Mr. Quick is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America and is recognized as a leader in his field by Chambers USA, Best Lawyers in America, Michigan Super Lawyers, and Dbusiness. He received the Frances R. Avadenka Community Service Award and the Distinguished Service Award from the Oakland County Bar Association. Mr. Quick received his J.D. from the University of Michigan.

The Oakland County Bar Association (OCBA) was formally established in 1934 by a small group of young attorneys with the express purpose of connecting Oakland County legal professionals with their colleagues, advancing and enriching the profession, serving the public, and promoting comradery. As the largest voluntary bar association in Michigan, the OCBA is committed to public service projects, committee work, and lending a strong and influential voice on current legislative activities and court rules. To learn more, please visit www.ocba.org.

About Dickinson Wright PLLC

Dickinson Wright PLLC is a general practice business law firm with more than 450 attorneys among more than 40 practice areas and 16 industry groups. Headquartered in Detroit and founded in 1878, the firm has seventeen offices, including six in Michigan (Detroit, Troy, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Saginaw) and ten other domestic offices in Austin, Texas; Columbus, Ohio; Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Lexington, Ky.; Nashville and Music Row, Tenn.; Las Vegas and Reno, Nev.; Phoenix, Ariz.; and Washington, D.C. The firm’s Canadian office is located in Toronto.

Dickinson Wright offers our clients a distinctive combination of superb client service, exceptional quality, value for fees, industry expertise and business acumen. As one of the few law firms with ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification, Dickinson Wright has built state-of-the-art, independently-verified risk management controls and security processes for our commercial transactions. Dickinson Wright lawyers are known for delivering commercially-oriented advice on sophisticated transactions and have a remarkable record of wins in high-stakes litigation. Dickinson Wright lawyers are regularly cited for their expertise and experience by Chambers, Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers, and other leading independent law firm evaluating organizations.

Three Mackinac Moments Added to Conference Agenda

At the 2017 Conference, three inspirational thought leaders will share insights on critical topics, from connected technology to the importance of talent and education to restoring civility in politics.

Each Mackinac Moment speaker will provide brief remarks on their personal experiences and unique expertise to inform and inspire attendees to make a difference on key issues for Michigan’s future and the business community.

Mackinac Moment speakers include:

  • Anya Babbitt, Founder and CEO, SPLT
  • Harold Ford Jr., Former U.S. Representative; Political Analyst, MSNBC and CNBC
  • Mark Schlissel, President, University of Michigan

Still debating whether or not to register for the Conference? Unsure about accommodations or ferry schedules? Check out the official late registration guide.

South African Entrepreneurs Get Up-Close Immersion in Detroit’s Startup Ecosystem

The Detroit region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem was on full display last week during a delegation visit with 15 manufacturing entrepreneurs from South Africa. Representing a wide range of industries — from agribusiness to automotive — the goal of the delegation’s visit was to better gain insight from manufacturing innovation centers across the United States and bring these lessons back to South Africa. Delegates were particularly interested in how the Detroit region has maintained its position as a global hub for manufacturing following the 2009 economic recession.

As part of the tour, delegates met with representatives from the Detroit Regional Chamber to learn about Southeast Michigan’s vast network of support services for entrepreneurs and startup businesses. The delegation also met with representatives from Automation Alley, College for Creative Studies, Detroit Creative Corridor, Detroit Venture Partners, Ford Motor Co.’s Innovation Department, General Motors Co., Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (LIFT), MICHauto, the New Economy Initiative, Techstars Mobility and the University of Detroit Mercy.

Following the visit, three South African companies that are considering expansion into the U.S. market and Michigan have been in contact with the Chamber.

Chamber to Host Detroit Startup Week Session on Relationship-Building Between Businesses and Entrepreneurs

The Detroit Regional Chamber is hosting a session at Detroit Startup Week, a new type of conference held May 22 – 26 that builds momentum and opportunity around entrepreneurship, led by entrepreneurs and hosted in Detroit’s most popular entrepreneurial spaces. Startup Week is a reflection of the Detroit community’s unique entrepreneurial identity.

The stereotype of an entrepreneur is a millennial working out of their house or coffee shop. But more and more, corporations and the business community have begun to support and take interest in growing entrepreneurial spirit within their own workforce. With perspectives from corporate leaders, entrepreneurs turned CEOs, and intrapreneurs, this session will explore the growing support for intrapreneurship among corporations. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from a panel discussion and network with both leaders in the business community and fellow entrepreneurs.

Speakers include:

Jacquelyn Pogue, Talent Engineer, Disher
Melissa Price, CEO, dPOP
Jeff Ponders, Director of Innovation, Leo Burnett & Co-founder, Fido Labs LLC
Moderator: Mark Lee, Host, Small Talk Broadcast, CBS Detroit

Session Details:
Supporting the Intrapreneur: Be Your Own Boss and Have One Too
Wednesday, May 24
9 – 10 a.m.
Masonic Temple, Room #ChaseBasecamp – 6A

Startup Week is free, but pre-registration is recommended. Register here.