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November 20, 2012: Chamber, Harvard Partner on U.S. Competitiveness Event; Survey to Help Strengthen Local Economy

Chamber Partners with Harvard Business School for U.S. Competitiveness Project Event

The Harvard Business School U.S. Competitiveness Project visited the Detroit area last week as part of a national tour of road shows looking to improve the ability of firms operating in the U.S. to compete successfully in the global economy while supporting high and rising living standards for Americans. The Competitiveness Project is led by Chamber friend, 2011 Mackinac Policy Conference keynote speaker and Harvard Professor Michael Porter, the father of the international competitiveness movement.

Professor Jan Rivkin generously spoke to Leadership Detroit class XXXIV at the Henry Ford Innovation Institute last Thursday prior to the scheduled road show event that evening. Professor Rivkin shared the results of his competitiveness survey, created in collaboration with Professor Porter, and discussed his findings during a thought-provoking and engaging discussion with class members. The Chamber promoted the evening road show event, featuring Professors Rivkin, Willy C. Shih, Chester Huber and Michigan native Bill George, to MICHauto leaders and Leadership Detroit alumni. The Chamber also participated in a private dinner for the project later that evening. More information on the U.S. Competitiveness Project can be found here.

Help Michigan Build a Stronger, Healthier and More Business Friendly Economy with Short Survey

The Detroit Regional Chamber is participating in the first annual Michigan 2013 Economic Outlook Survey along with more than 70 organizations who have joined together from around the state to gain a better understanding of how to accelerate business and job growth in Michigan. This venture will help the participating groups in the Michigan business community to better understand your business priorities and determine what services will be valuable to your business in 2013.

Please take a few quick minutes to fill out a short survey, here, and share your business insight. By providing your feedback in this survey, you are part of a statewide collaborative effort to help Michigan become a stronger, healthier and more business-friendly economy in 2013.

Support Local Business, Shop Small This Saturday

Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday is a day dedicated to supporting small businesses nationwide. Join the Detroit Regional Chamber in supporting local business by shopping small this Saturday, November 24 as part of Small Business Saturday. Last year, more than one million people participated and shopped small in their communities. By supporting local, independently owned businesses, you’re helping create jobs, boost the economy and preserve neighborhoods around the country. For more information, download this flyer or click here.

Join the Chamber for Lessons Over Lunch Featuring Matt Stephens of Weinberg & Associates, November 28

Join the Detroit Regional Chamber on Wednesday, November 28 at the Weinberg & Associates offices in Southfield from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for Lessons Over Lunch with Matt Stephens. Stephens, sales development trainer for Weinberg & Associates, will share his insight on how to get in front of decision-makers and discuss the internal psychology that leads to maximum effectiveness and stronger business relationships. To learn more about this Small Business: Unlocked program or to register, click here.

Registration for Opportunity Detroit, Chamber’s Annual Membership Meeting and Holiday Reception Now Open

Registration is now open for Opportunity Detroit, the Detroit Regional Chamber’s annual membership meeting and holiday reception, on December 18 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Gem Theater. As the landscape of the Detroit region continues to transform, companies of all types and sizes – large and global, entrepreneurial and growing – are investing and creating jobs in Southeast Michigan. Confidence is increasing among business decision-makers and global site selectors believe business opportunities are made in Detroit.

During this event, you will have a chance to hear from the people making decisions to invest in Detroit and what they are finding when they do. From talent, resources and quality of life, to one of the best business tax structures in the nation, the Chamber is bringing business insiders together to share Detroit’s story and define the role you can play in encouraging its continued transformation. Click here to reserve your spot.

Affirmative Action Ban Ruled Unconstitutional

The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals declared a 2006 ballot initiative banning affirmative action in university admissions unconstitutional. The state ban was declared in violation of the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution, and last week’s decision strikes down what’s being called the most significant portion of the ballot initiative which deals with university admissions. The Detroit Regional Chamber joined with other business and academic institutions in opposing the ban of affirmative action, with a shared interest in creating strong, diverse workplaces and academic environments. To read more, click here.