Discover Leadership Macomb

It isn’t difficult to find them – at local charity events, on school and nonprofit boards, serving in elected positions, in board rooms and classrooms, leading teams and organizations, and collaborating on projects and common goals. With over 700 graduates from Leadership Macomb scattered throughout the region, their impact can’t be missed.

leadership macomb pic 1.jpgFor 20 years, the organization has been instrumental in helping both emerging and accomplished leaders expand their network and enhance their knowledge of local systems, assets and issues as well as their individual commitment to work toward the common goal of strengthening Macomb County. Leadership Macomb graduates are invaluable resources and key contributors to the entire region.

Leadership Macomb is the ultimate platform for bringing private, public and nonprofit sectors together to experience the county, connect and collaborate with each other, and become engaged locally and beyond.

Discover how graduates are transformed both personally and professionally by enrolling in the Leadership Macomb XXI 2017-2018 program which runs Sept. 20, 2017 through June 6, 2018. The application deadline is July 1. Visit leadershipmacomb.org for more information.

If you are already a graduate of Leadership Macomb – we hope to see you Wednesday, June 7 at MacRay Harbor to celebrate our 20-year anniversary! This class reunion will be a chance to visit with alumni and see the impact Leadership Macomb has made over the past two decades. Find out more and purchase tickets at www.leadershipmacomb.org/20-20event.

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Diane Banks is the program director for Leadership Macomb.

Newly revived business association seeks to unite and empower businesses in Center Line

Center Line picture.pngThe Center Line Business Association (CLBA) is a group of dedicated local business leaders whose primary purpose is to build a better community through local small business networking. At the heart of this effort is the ideology that by coordinating a group effort in the community, an attraction to commerce is relative to all. After all, smart business owners know that good business requires a healthy economy, and a healthy economy requires a healthy community.

Center Line picture 3Center Line is fortunate to have many loyal businesses that contribute time and money to make it such a great place to live and work. These individual efforts have gone a long way in a short period of time. The improved look and feel of the city is gaining momentum with a promising future on the rise. The results can be seen in the facades, the K-9 unit patrolling the areas and the increased number in daytime traffic. This is what the CLBA is all about. Our city is a gem in the heart of metropolitan Detroit, and we are surrounded by the most densely populated areas in the state.

Please consider becoming a part of this effort to gain new opportunities and growth for current and future businesses in the city. The CLBA offers local business owners the opportunity to meet once a month to discuss issues pertinent to their businesses and the continued growth of the CLBA.

CHRYSLER GROUP LLC HOME OF MOPARThe CLBA is currently polling businesses in the community about their vision for the future of the city. To participate, visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CLBA_Survey.

To learn more about getting involved with the CLBA, call the city at (586) 757-6800.

John Motyka is the president of the Center Line Business Association and owner of Elite Ink Tattoo Company in Center Line.

New business portal gives entrepreneurs resources to succeed

The Library of Michigan is pleased to announce that MeL Business, http://mel.org/business, the newly redesigned business portal of the Michigan eLibrary, has debuted. The portal is designed to better assist business services consultants and librarians who work with business owners and entrepreneurs as well as those who want to start a business and work with the resources on their own and on their own time.

MeL Business incorporates a series of four videos in which librarians, business services consultants and actual entrepreneurs talk about how using MeL’s business eResources helps them to Start. Grow. Support. Succeed. Those interested can watch these videos on the portal page to find out how MeL Business can work for you or go to MeL’s YouTube channel. MeL’s subscription eResources—available at no cost to all Michigan residents—are showcased on the MeL Business homepage along with targeted websites, selected business support partner organizations, and a Twitter feed from business support organizations.  This makes for an excellent launch pad for contributing to economic development in your area.

On Sept. 13, MeL hosted a Twitter Chat on MeL Business which was a huge success.  Business services partners and participants chatted about entrepreneurship and how doing research and finding data using MeL resources is critical in both starting and developing a business in Michigan. Reach MeL using Twitter and use the hashtag #MeLBizChat.

Deb Renee Biggs, Michigan eLibrary Coordinator & Library Consultant

The Macomb-Oakland University INCubator launches a comprehensive cybersecurity initiative

As the state of Michigan strategically executes its Michigan Cyber Initiative, a new, unclassified hub of the Michigan Cyber Range (MCR), powered by Merit Network, has been developed at the Velocity Center, home of the Macomb-Oakland University INCubator (Mac-OU INC).

Mac-OU INC is managing this publicly-accessible MCR extension hub, the first of its kind connected to an incubator program targeted toward startup and emerging companies in the state of Michigan. This effort is in collaboration with the Merit Network, the Michigan Defense Center of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Macomb County Department of Planning & Economic Development, the city of Sterling Heights and Oakland University.

Via Gov. Snyder’s Michigan Cyber Initiative, Mac-OU INC’s goal is to educate the public and raise awareness on the ever-increasing importance of cybersecurity. Over the years, technology has become deeply ingrained in everyday life, resulting in a world that is more interconnected than ever. This has dramatically increased the number of cyberattacks and system intrusions, which resulted in sensitive personal and business information being released, financial losses, and disruptions of business operations. These attacks and intrusions have created a twofold problem, in that organizations need a way to test the security on products and services before launching them, and a workforce is needed to help protect against cyberattacks and intrusions. A cyber range is a facility with a unique internet connection that can be used for this testing and training.

Are you interested in learning more about how this new Macomb County asset will provide a vital service to area businesses, help attract new business and fortify our workforce?  Plan to attend the official launch of the Velocity Hub on Friday, March 18 from 9 a.m. to noonClick here for more information and to register to attend.

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How Can You Utilize the Velocity Hub of the Michigan Cyber Range?

Education: We hold certification courses for over 20 different cybersecurity disciplines.

Mac-OU INC will host certificate education through the Merit Network. Each certification can be obtained through an approximate four- to five-day course including an exam. These programs will run through Oakland University’s Professional & Continuing Education and will earn participants continuing education units. As stated on the Merit website, “Each course prepares you for real-life situations and for the related certification test. When you successfully complete a course, you will be able to confidently take a certification exam on the final day of the course.”

Validation: We conduct security “best practice” checklist reviews and in-depth product validation penetration tests.

In this Velocity Hub, small and large businesses alike will have the opportunity to conduct assessments and exercises on early-stage connected products. Similar to a shooting range for gun use and training, this secure sandbox environment is stocked with tools and targets to complete safety, performance and efficiency tests.

Preparation: We lease virtual space within our secure sandbox environment stocked with hardware and software.

Companies of all sizes need access to this isolated sandbox environment, which mimics a real-world setting, in order to test products or hold demonstrations. Our business model allows companies to rent virtual space within our sandbox environment.

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About the Michigan Cyber Range
The state of Michigan chose the Merit Network to begin operating this cybersecurity range and program. The project is a public-private collaboration that includes government, the National Guard, universities, community colleges, K-12 schools and private industry.

The MCR is a program that leverages the physical range to develop world-class cybersecurity professionals. There is a full program of meetings and workshops as well as tools to develop and promulgate best practices in cybersecurity training and cybersecurity itself. The range is used for individual as well as collective training. The staff are experts in the best and most current practices of cybersecurity training and are focused on meeting the specific needs of the people and organizations that use the range.

The MCR provides students and IT professionals with a solid foundation in cybersecurity through challenging hands-on coursework, exercises and labs. Courses are aligned with the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE). The NICE framework organizes the skills that America’s cybersecurity workforce needs to meet the national preparedness goals of detecting, mitigating and defeating malicious actors.

Contact Us
The Macomb-OU INCubator is located in the Velocity Center of Sterling Heights at 6633 18 Mile Road. More information on the Velocity Hub can be found at macouinc.org/cyber or by contacting Larry Herriman at (586) 884-9332 or via email at herriman@oakland.edu.

Joan Carleton is the marketing and communications manager for the Macomb-Oakland University INCubator.

 

Macomb-OU INCubator’s Capital Raise Meetups: Let Mac-OU INC show you the money!

The Macomb-Oakland University INCubator (Mac-OU INC) recognizes that one of the largest needs of entrepreneurs is capital, so we created Capital Raise Meetup seminars to steer these small-business owners in the right direction. After three consecutive years, Mac-OU INC’s Capital Raise Meetups are still in high demand.

Mike Brennan, Mac-OU INC’s capital strategist, covers the various capital sources in Michigan and discusses how to properly position a company to be qualified for private funding, including private equity, the angel network and venture capital, and/or public funding, including grants, pre-seed, micro-loans and venture match.

Brennan is an accomplished executive and entrepreneur with 26 years of experience in both growth and startup organizations. He has founded five companies, raised $12 million privately for one and cumulatively employed more than 200 people in Michigan.

An example of these funding sources includes the Business Accelerator Fund (BAF), which is available solely through the state of Michigan’s SmartZones. Mac-OU INC is the top SmartZone, out of 18 total, for garnering the most BAF dollars to assist client companies.

In total, $579,004 in BAF dollars has been awarded to client companies through Mac-OU INC. These BAF awards are distributed by the Michigan Small Business Development Center through Mac-OU INC to the various accelerator service providers.

Free Capital Raise Meetup sessions are set from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Tuesdays, March 1, April 5, May 3, June 7, Sept. 6, Oct. 4 and Nov. 1. After his group presentations, Brennan is available to further assist participating companies in determining individual needs.

Mac-OU INC supports economic development in Southeast Michigan by accelerating high-tech businesses, cultivating academic innovation and encouraging research and development. To help small businesses grow, the incubator creates customized success strategies for startup and emerging companies in the niche industries of defense, homeland security, advanced manufacturing and technology.

The incubator is located in the Velocity building at 6633 Eighteen Mile Road in Sterling Heights. Those interested in attending the lectures are asked to register in advance by contacting me, Joan Carleton, at (586) 884-9324 or macINC@oakland.edu. For more information, visit the incubator website at oakland.edu/macombouinc.

Joan Carleton is the marketing and communications manager for the Macomb-Oakland University INCubator.

 

How to use your local chamber of commerce to your advantage

Have you ever wondered what exactly a chamber of commerce does? Many believe a chamber of commerce is meant to only serve local businesses, but that’s not true. Chamber of commerce’s are also beneficial to the community residents and workers it serves! For example, a chamber of commerce is not government related. Sure, it’s important for us to maintain a great partnership with our local government, but, believe it or not, we’re actually a non-profit organization! In Macomb County, the Sterling Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry works hard to bring many opportunities to residents:

Business Directory
Similar to an address book, the Business Directory lists local businesses in our surrounding communities. A directory can be found on our website. You can search a keyword or by category if you’re looking for something specific.

Community Calendar
Looking for something to do locally? Our community calendar is open to the public to search for an event, or to post one of your own! Search now for a fun-filled occassion right in your hometown! Do you have an upcoming event that needs promotion? Submit it here!

Coupons
Want to save money? Who doesn’t! Our members like to offer exclusive deals to the community via member-to-public coupons. View the coupons here and don’t forget to mention the chamber website to get your discount today!

Job Bank
Due to high demand from our members, the Job Bank is a brand new feature on our website. Seeking employment? View available jobs here, or upload your resume. Chamber members are able to post available positions or view resumes of job seekers.

Events + Expos
We plan and host a plethora of events that are great for developing your network and learning more about community businesses. Keep your eyes open for Macomb’s Business Showcase, Bass Brew & BBQ Festival, the Healthy Living Expo, and our Ladies Evening Out. Also, mark your calendars for our Fall Grub Crawl community event on Wednesday, September 23. More details are coming soon!

Social
Not only do we host social events in person, we’re also pretty social online! Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Pinterest and keep up with our weeklyblog!

If you have a question for us, wish to attend an event or want to learn more about joining the Sterling Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry, give us a call at (586) 731-5400 ext. 11 or visit http://www.shrcci.com/.

About the author: Briana Koehn works for the Sterling Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry.