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June 4, 2013: 2013 Mackinac Policy Conference To-Do List Released; Register for Rockin’ at the Reserve, June 13

2013 Mackinac Policy Conference To-Do List Released

For the fourth consecutive year, the Detroit Regional Chamber released a To-Do List of concrete action items resulting from the Mackinac Policy Conference discussions in order to hold Conference leadership accountable for the upcoming year. Chamber President and CEO Sandy K. Baruah and ITC Holdings Corp. Chairman, President and CEO and 2013 Conference Chair Joseph Welch shared the list with Conference attendees as the Conference concluded during a live broadcast hosted by DPTV’s Christy McDonald. The action items outlined are as follows:

  1. Convene businesses and community colleges to better link the talent needs of employers with community college program offerings.
  2.  Expand the successful “lessons learned” trips to U.S. cities (e.g. Pittsburgh, Washington, D.C.) that can help inform the ongoing renaissance in Michigan’s major urban centers.
  3.  Expand upon the cyber security lessons learned at MPC by developing and executing efforts that help inform the business community of 21st century cyber threats.
  4.  Coalesce the regional business community to support comprehensive immigration reform that helps drive economic growth and a pilot program in Michigan.
  5.  Promote the Detroit region as a growing and vibrant IT and entrepreneurial hub.
  6.  Commit to celebrating the entrepreneurial spirit – its successes and its failures – at the 2014 Mackinac Policy Conference.

Collect highlights, sessions of 2013 Mackinac Policy Conference

The 2013 Mackinac Policy Conference featured a powerhouse lineup including Governor Jeb Bush, StudentsFirst CEO Michelle Rhee and Governor Rick Snyder. If you missed the 2013 Mackinac Policy Conference, or simply want to revisit a session you found valuable on stage at Grand Hotel theatre – there are video highlights, photo gallery and synopses at You can also find nearly every main-stage session on demand at Detroit Public Television’s

Double your Networking Power by Registering for Rockin’ at the Reserve Today, June 13

Don’t miss the Detroit Regional Chamber’s summer membership reception, Rockin’ at the Reserve taking place next Thursday, June 13 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s Detroit Branch. Register today and receive two registrations for the price of one. After you have confirmed your registration, you will be prompted to choose if you would like to add a complimentary guest to the registration.

Attendees have the opportunity to yield a strong return on their networking investment and generate sales leads with more than 300 of the region’s top professionals in a fun, after-work environment. Click here to learn more and register today for this exclusive Chamber member event.

Learn the ABCs of SBA Loans During Online @ Your Desk, June 11

Hear from Flagstar Bank financial experts on the ABCs of Small Business Administration (SBA) loans during Detroit Regional Chamber’s Online @ Your Desk series on June 11 from 10 to 11 a.m. Hear about different ways SBA loans can be used, what they require and the steps you need to take before meeting with a banker. This event is free to attend and open exclusively to Chamber members. For more information or to register, click here.