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November 12: Governor’s Summit on Veterans Talent to be Live Streamed; Report Shows Knowledge-Based Economy Key for Michigan Prosperity

Governor’s Summit on Veterans Talent to be Live Streamed, Nov. 13

Be sure to tune in to the Detroit Regional Chamber website tomorrow for a live streaming of the Governor’s Summit on Veterans Talent, as the event kicks off at 8:30 a.m. The Summit will feature 13 distinguished speakers, led by keynote speakers Governor Rick Snyder and Salvatore “Sal” Augustine Giunta, a former U.S. Army staff sergeant, who is the first living Medal of Honor recipient since the Vietnam War. Conversation will also take place online, using the hashtag #mivettalent on Twitter. To access the Summit online, click here.

Report Shows Knowledge-Based Economy the Key for Michigan Prosperity

Michigan Future, Inc. recently released a report providing evidence that a knowledge-based economy is the key driver of Michigan’s job growth and prosperity into the future, as opposed to factory jobs. The report is based on two decades of economic information and reviews of the changing patterns of employment and private sector income in the state from 1990 to 2011.

The report chronicles the changes in the American economy and details how Michigan compares to national trends. To read the full report, click here.

Chamber Members Selected for Capital-Ready Program in Detroit

Five Detroit Regional Chamber members are part of a group of 33 Michigan-based companies selected by the Initiative for the Competitive Inner City for the Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC) program. The program helps small businesses in economically distressed areas access capital, achieve sustainable growth and connect with debt and equity providers.

The ICCC identifies urban entrepreneurs in need of growth capital, providing training and support, in addition to matching them with capital providers to stimulate business and job growth. Participating Chamber members companies include: Alan C. Young & Associates; DornerWorks, Ltd; Public Lumber Company; VMX International, LLC and Walker-Miller Energy Services. After completing an initial training session on October 17, these companies are eligible to pitch their business to debt and equity providers at a national conference on November 20-21 at FORTUNE in New York. To read more about the ICCC program, click here.

MI Health Answers Continues Health Care Reform Educational Series, Dec. 10

The Detroit Regional Chamber’s MI Health Answers program is presenting an interactive educational event from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, December 10 at Atwater Brewery in Detroit. Small business owners and decision-makers are invited as attendees will have the opportunity to engage in small group discussions on key health care reform issues.

A collection of experts from different fields – such as attorneys, accountants and agents – will be present to answer questions and discuss health insurance marketplaces, subsidies, tax credits, compliance issues and more. For more information, and to register for the event, please click here.

WJR’s Paul W. Smith Inducted into National Radio Hall of Fame

Congratulations to Paul W. Smith of WJR-AM (760), who was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame on Saturday, November 9 in Chicago. Dubbed by the Wall Street Journal as “the king of talk radio in Detroit,” Smith was inducted by U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Brighton) at a program hosted by Larry King. For more on Smith, click here.

Support Local Business on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 30

Continuing its efforts to support the efforts of small businesses throughout Southeast Michigan, the Detroit Regional Chamber encourages you to “shop small” on Saturday, November 30. Dubbed as “Small Business Saturday,” the day brings attention to local, independently owned businesses and, through community support, participation will help create jobs, boost local economies and preserve neighborhoods around the country. For more information, click here.