Menlo Innovations CEO Richard Sheridan to deliver keynote at MBAs

sheridan-and-employeesRichard Sheridan, founder, CEO and chief storyteller for Menlo Innovations, will be the keynote speaker for this year’s Macomb Business Awards.

Sheridan has gone from kid programmer at Clinton Township’s Chippewa Valley High School in 1971 to Forbes cover story in 2003. Today, his Ann Arbor-based company develops High-Tech Anthropology® products for a growing list of clients that include AAA Life, Carhartt, the city of Ann Arbor, Domino’s Pizza and many others.

vikinghelmetWhile his focus has always surrounded technology, his passion is for process, teamwork and organizational design. As word spread about the innovative workplace he created, people came from around the world to see “The Menlo Way” in action.  His book Joy, Inc. provides inspiration and practical advice for cultivating an effective and highly productive strategy for building an “intentionally joyful culture” for his employees.

In addition, Digital First Media – Michigan Region Publisher Jeannie Parent will present action-based information about how to leverage media through partnerships.

The Macomb Business Awards is an annual event hosted by County Executive Mark A. Hackel and the Macomb County Department of Planning & Economic Development to celebrate business success. It will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 14 from 8-10 a.m. at Palazzo Grande in Shelby Township.  Huel Perkin, anchor for Fox 2 Detroit, will emcee as businesses from across the county are awarded in six categories.

Tickets are $30 and available for purchase online until Feb. 8:  Get Tickets.

Zardis, Maria IMG_0089Maria Zardis is the program manager of the Business Outreach and Communications Group for the Macomb County Department of Planning & Economic Development.

Top five reasons to nominate your company for a Macomb Business Award


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Only one company in each category will take home a crystal award presented by County Executive Mark Hackel, but every nominated company is a winner . . .

  1. mba2Your company has worked hard to achieve success in one of the award categories and wants to share best practice tips with others.
  2. Every nominated company will be recognized on http://www.MacombBusiness.com and featured in the event program book distributed to more than 400 guests.
  3. The breakfast offers great speakers, networking opportunities and a chance to learn more about the great companies that have made Macomb their home.
  4. Two complimentary tickets to the awards breakfast on Feb. 14, 2017 for every qualified nominated company.
  5. Self-nominations are expected and encouraged. The online process is fairly simple; submit an online nomination with a 300-word summary about how the company fits one of the award categories.

Nominations for a Macomb Business Award close on Friday, Dec. 9 – please act quickly! A link to the online nomination can be found on http://www.MacombBusiness.com/bizawards.

Sponsorship opportunities are currently available. Please contact me, Maria Zardis, for more information at 586-469-5285 or maria.zardis@macombgov.org.

Zardis, Maria IMG_0089Maria Zardis is the program manager of the Business Outreach and Communications Group for the Macomb County Department of Planning & Economic Development.

 

Boosting economic development through international student retention

onemacomb (1)Did you know that international students make up 70 percent of graduate students enrolled in a master’s or PH.D. program in electrical engineering? In fact, throughout the nation, 63 percent of computer science and 70 percent of graduate students in engineering are international students. Generally speaking, international students are much more likely to study in the STEM fields than any other.

As potential employees, international students have a lot to offer our industries.

electrical engineering (1)Now, an initiative is underway to help employers recognize the value of hiring international students in  Michigan and other Midwestern states. It is led by Welcoming Economies (WE) Global Network, a project of Welcoming America.

More than 20 organizations from throughout the Midwest are part of the WE Global Network. United, they work to welcome, retain and empower immigrant communities for the value they add to our local economy. The network also provides members access to research and tools and gives peers the chance to share best practices for creating new opportunities.

To learn more about this initiative, check out the latest WE Global Network’s blog: International Students Are U.S. Business’ Best Hope For Growth.

Michigan (1)OneMacomb is a proud member of the WE Global Network. This initiative strives to make Macomb County a welcoming community where everyone can thrive. Last month, Deputy County Executive Pam Lavers attended a special event at the White House where Macomb County, along with 50 other U.S. cities and counties, was honored for its participation in the nationwide Building Welcoming Communities Campaign.

OneMacomb was singled out for its efforts to enhance language access by incorporating video remote interpreting services, installing multi-language signage throughout county buildings, translating brochures into numerous languages and providing connections to local literacy services.

Follow OneMacomb on Twitter @WeAreOneMacomb and Facebook @OneMacomb.

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Maria Zardis is the program manager for the Business Outreach and Communications Group for the Macomb County Department of Planning & Economic Development.

Top Five Reasons to Nominate Your Business for a Macomb County Business Award

By: Maria Zardis, Program Manager Communications & Outreach

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Only one nominee in each category will take home an impressive crystal award, but every nominated company is a winner! With just two short weeks until nominations close, now seems an appropriate time to talk about the top five reasons to nominate your company (or organization) for a Macomb County Business Award:

  1. Your company has achieved success in building a strong workforce; tapping new sources of revenue; achieving efficiency; giving back to the community; getting started; or creating a diverse and welcoming workplace.
  2. Nominating your company is a great way to acknowledge and celebrate the hard work of your employees to implement a successful solution.
  3. The process is online and simple: provide background information along with a 300‐word summary about the company and why it fits the selected category.
  4. Being nominated offers exposure – all nominees are featured on our website and a description of each will appear in the event’s program book.
  5. Nearly 400 people attended last year’s program to network, hear from interesting speakers and see the awards presented. Every nominated company will receive two complimentary tickets for the Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016 breakfast event.

Nominations will be accepted until 11:50 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 12.  Please visit http://www.MacombBusiness.com/bizawards to learn more!

Maria Zardis is the program manager for outreach and communications. Contact her at maria.zardis@macombgov.org to learn more about the Macomb Business Awards and for sponsorship opportunities