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January 21: Chamber Applauds Gov. Snyder’s State of the State Address; Entrepreneurs to Help ‘Break the Mold’ at Detroit Policy Conference

Chamber Applauds Gov. Snyder’s State of the State, Leadership in Michigan’s Comeback

Governor Rick Snyder delivered his fourth State of the State Address on Thursday, January 16, focusing on Michigan’s continued comeback, pledging to continue reinventing the state through innovations, global talent attraction and developing new ways of providing services to residents in need. Governor Snyder addressed some key Chamber priorities as part of his plans to continue taking strides to make Michigan globally competitive. The Governor continued his call for making Michigan more welcoming through investment in road and bridge repairs, as well as the through the creation of the Michigan Office for New Americans to attract well-educated immigrants to the state to create jobs. Governor Snyder also highlighted the state’s nearly $1 billion surplus, and stated his desire for implementing some type of tax relief for workers and continued investment in early childhood education to eliminate the waiting list of poor students seeking a spot in a preschool in the state. Chamber CEO Sandy Baruah released a statement, applauding Snyder’s address. To read more coverage on Governor Snyder’s address, click here.

Entrepreneurial Leaders to Help ‘Break the Mold’ at Detroit Policy Conference, Feb. 27

An emphasis will be placed on entrepreneurship and innovation at the Detroit Policy Conference on Thursday, February 27, as a panel of leading local entrepreneurs will take center stage for the break-out session, “Breaking the Mold: The Entrepreneur’s Business Plan.” The Conference runs from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Detroit’s MotorCity Casino Hotel. Spencer Olinek, the business development manager of the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, will moderate the panel that includes: Dave Anderson, co-founder of Bamboo Detroit; Jeff Aronoff, executive director of D:hive; Phil Cooley, co-owner of Slows Bar BQ; and Maria LaLonde, recruiting and development leader at Bizdom. Panel discussion will focus on the value of non-traditional methods for the continued growth of small business, as well as the importance of utilizing innovative resources to combat barriers and overcome obstacles to success. For more information about the Conference and to register, click here.

Join the Chamber and Gov. Snyder for State of Michigan Business Address, Feb. 7

The Chamber is hosting Governor Snyder for “The State of Michigan Business: A Conversation over Lunch with Governor Snyder,” – a lunchtime conversation presented by Munder Capital Management – on Friday, February 7 at MGM Grand Hotel in Detroit. Governor Snyder will discuss the business community in Michigan and the ongoing strides being made to maintain and improve the state’s status as a globally competitive marketplace. Immediately following his address, the Chamber will moderate a question-and-answer session with the audience as part of the event. For more information and to register, click here.

PMBC Matchmaking Summit Produces More Than $11 Million in Supply Contracts

More than $11 million in supply contracts were distributed to Michigan-based companies as a result of the matchmaking summit hosted in March 2013 by Ford and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s Pure Michigan Business Connect program (PMBC), in partnership with the Detroit Regional Chamber. Ford and its Tier 1 suppliers accounted for contracts worth $10.4 million. The event connected more than 300 qualified Michigan suppliers with 12 of Ford’s purchasing teams and 30 of the company’s Tier 1 suppliers. Through its Supplier Diversity Program, Ford aims to source at least 10 percent of U.S. purchases from business owned by minorities, women and veterans. The Chamber remains a strategic partner of PMBC, supporting its efforts throughout Southeast Michigan. To read more about the efforts of PMBC to bolster growth opportunities for Michigan companies, click here.

Business Attraction Hosts CITCA During NAIAS

The Chamber’s Business Attraction team once again hosted a delegation from the Chicago International Trade Commissioners’ Association (CITCA) from January 15-16 during the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) Industry Preview Days. The Chamber hosted CITCA, a volunteer organization comprised of trade representatives from more than 40 foreign governments, for a lunch program and a private reception at the Delta Sky Lounge, at COBO Center. During the lunch presentation, CITCA representatives were provided auto industry and program updates from industry experts, including: Mark Kinsler, vice president of business attraction and international business development at the Michigan Economic Development Corporation; Bernard Swiecki, assistant director of the Automotive Communities Partnership at the Center for Automotive Research; Rob Luce, program manager of MICHauto, and Maureen Krauss, vice president of economic development at the Detroit Regional Chamber. On Thursday, January 16, the group took a tour of Advanced Integration Technology (AIT) in Chesterfield Township to look at advanced manufacturing methods. Holger Ekanger, the director of engineering and advanced technology at Macomb Community College, gave a lunch presentation on workforce development. The Macomb County Department of Economic Development hosted the activities. Check out last week’s special eDetroiter for a recap of other key Chamber initiatives at NAIAS, such as welcoming Vice President Joe Biden and hosting the joint legislative hearing. For more information on the Chamber’s Business Attraction program, click here.

WJR’s Paul W. Smith Hosting Show in Lansing on Jan. 28, Chamber Members Welcome

Chamber members are welcome to join WJR’s Paul W. Smith on Tuesday, January 28 from 5:30-9 a.m. for a special broadcast of the “Paul W. Smith Show” live from Lansing. He will sit down with members of Michigan state government and other guests to talk about what’s going on inside the halls of the State Capitol and what can be expected moving forward. A light breakfast will be provided. To register, please RSVP by January 24 by clicking here.