Grand Rapids Chamber discusses upcoming Mackinac Policy Conference

May 10, 2019


Nina DeSarro

The Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce welcomed several state leaders to discuss the upcoming Mackinac Policy Conference.

This year’s conference centers around education, economic development.. and sustainability. The event runs for four days, from May 28-31 at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.

“This is a statewide conference very much by design where we are focused on statewide issues and bring in national speakers to input into what’s happening here in Michigan, so it is a thorough leadership conference and we could not do it without our friends and leaders here in west Michigan,” Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Sandy Baruah said.

Stacey Abrams, the former gubernatorial candidate from Georgia, will be there along with former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Dan DeVos, John Kasich and Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

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Plante Moran Announces 2013 Fall Webinar Series

Healthcare consolidation, innovation, talent development and home building sustainability among top topics

Southfield, Mich., September 13, 2013 — Plante Moran, one of the nation’s largest public accounting and business advisory firms, today announced its fall webinar series that will focus on a variety of actionable general business topics and several targeting specific industries.

The series of 18 webinars will begin on Sept. 19 with “Best-in-class approaches to ERP strategy and performance” and end on Dec. 12 with “Buying innovation is an option.” Eight of the webinars will be presented via video.

A few of the noteworthy general webinars include:

  • Choosing the Right Partner for Global Expansion, Oct. 3
  • Bringing the Cloud Back to Earth, Oct. 29
  • Succession Planning: It’s Not Just About the CEO Anymore, Oct. 30
  • Aligning the Stars: When Is the Right Time to Consider Selling a Business?, Nov.8
  • Fraud: The Unexpected Purchase, Nov. 13
  • 2013 Year-end Tax Planning: What Businesses and Business Owners Should Know to Manage their Income Tax Exposures, Nov. 20

On Thursday, Oct. 17, a one-on-one conversation with Dr. Michael Barber, chief medical officer with National Church Residences – the nation’s largest not-for-profit developer and manager of affordable senior housing and services – will be led by Plante Moran’s National Healthcare Practice Leader Matt Weekley. The two will discuss the current status of consolidation in the senior care and services industry as well as the affiliation models in the changing landscape of senior care.

Additional highlights of the webinar series will include:

Succession Planning: It’s Not Just About the CEO Anymore
Wednesday, Oct. 30
A succession plan historically has been seen as a requirement to maintain stability in the C-suite. Today, it has a broader meaning and a different name – talent development plan. At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to create a business case for a succession/talent development plan; understand the importance of looking at multiple people for their succession/talent development plan; and learn and implement best practices for creating a succession/talent development plan.

Leading Home Builders Share Their Strategies for Sustainability
Wednesday, Nov. 6
Across the country there are signs of new life in the home building industry. However, even with the upturn, many businesses have guarded optimism. Plante Moran’s construction practice assembled a panel of leading home builders to share their thoughts on the next steps for the industry. They will look back for lessons learned and discuss current strategies they have developed for long-term sustainability.

Aligning the Stars: When is the Right Time to Consider Selling a Business?
Friday, Nov. 8
Plante Moran experts will help owners assess the sale-readiness of a business relative to personal objectives, understand how to evaluate exit strategies and the implications for all stakeholders and become familiar with available tools to mitigate problems.

Buying Innovation is an Option
Thursday, Dec. 12
The results of Plante Moran’s 2013 Innovation Quotient survey indicate that seven out of 10 organizations are convinced that they will be more successful with innovation if they collaborated. The majority of survey participants had a history of collaborating with suppliers and customers, but some were branching out and looking at small entrepreneurial companies and universities to collaborate with on innovation. This webinar will explore research available from universities, how new business incubators work, and what an ecosystem for innovation is and how it works.

For a complete listing of webinars, registration, and CPE information, please
All webinars will be archived and available for replay at a few days after they occur.

About Plante Moran
Plante Moran is among the nation’s largest certified public accounting and business advisory firms, providing clients with tax, audit, risk management, financial, technology, business consulting, and wealth management services. Plante Moran has a staff of more than 2,000 professionals in 21 offices throughout Michigan, Ohio, and Illinois, with international offices in Shanghai, China; Monterrey, Mexico; and Mumbai, India. Plante Moran has been recognized by a number of organizations, including FORTUNE magazine, as one of the country’s best places to work. For more information, visit