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LTU professor puts community mapping into the hands of the people with mobile mapping cart

A Lawrence Technological University professor is leading a community mapping project in Detroit. And though he may be Principal Investigator of Mapping + Humanities, Dr. Joongsub Kim, Ph.D., has designed it in a way that makes the community members themselves the true leaders of the project.

Dr. Kim, Professor, and Director of LTU’s Master of Urban Design program, and his team have designed a mobile mapping cart to allow community members of Detroit’s West End neighborhood to map and document their neighborhood and tell their own stories.

The mapping cart is attached to a bicycle, and local high school students ride it around the neighborhood. Drawings, pictures, and infographics are then created to be incorporated into maps. Captured are things that affect people’s daily lives, vacant buildings but also historically significant buildings and other community assets.

The spectacle of a bike-pulled mapping cart is also meant to draw crowds, facilitating conversations and the sharing of stories between neighbors.

"We’d like to make sure that the community is able to design and build their own maps so that they have ownership and want to use them rather than have outside planners coming in and saying, Here’s a plan for you, here’s a map for you, now use it," says Dr. Kim.

"This is to give people a sense of voice and empowerment."

Mapping + Humanities is a multi-tier program. Following a November exhibition, the first mapping cart will be given to the community in December. In the meantime, planning sessions are being held with local high school students. A manual will then be put together, and the high school students will be helped in making their own mapping cart.

Mapping + Humanities is a collaboration between Urban Design and Humanities programs at LTU and West Grand Boulevard Collaborative in Detroit’s West End neighborhood. A Michigan Humanities Council Grant funds it.

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MiCareerQuest Southeast nearly sold out as more than 9,000 students registered for inaugural event

More than 9,000 high school students from nearly 100 southeast Michigan schools have registered for MiCareerQuest Southeast, the region’s largest-ever career exploration event, which takes place November 28.

The huge response has shattered event organizer expectations, who anticipate the 10,000-student limit will be reached much sooner than planned. Once the limit is reached, schools will be placed on a waiting list, as each school’s registration numbers and arrival schedule are confirmed in early October.

“The strong response to MiCareerQuest Southeast is very exciting,” said Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson. “I think everyone recognizes this is not your typical job fair, and they want their students to be part of it. We’re connecting working professionals eager to demonstrate what they do on the job with young people who want to learn as much as they can about the career opportunities before them. We have room for less than 1,000 more students. If your school has not registered yet, do it now. I would hate for an interested student to miss out on this singular event.”

High schools interested in registering should visit OakGov.com/MiCareerQuestSE. The school registration period will close on October 1, or when all the available student slots are filled.

Event organizers started communicating with public and private schools in February. Notices were sent to all public high schools by the Intermediate School Districts in Oakland, Macomb, Wayne, Washtenaw, Livingston and Monroe counties.

More than 90 companies, trade associations, labor organizations, universities, community colleges and vocational schools are participating in the event, with new ones committing each day. They are preparing hands-on, interactive demonstrations to showcase the skills and education needed to compete for today’s most in-demand jobs in advanced manufacturing, construction, health sciences and information technology. The event will feature a minimum of 20 occupations in each of the four career quadrants. The current list of participating exhibitors can be found at OakGov.com/MiCareerQuestSE.

“Our exhibitors are putting a lot of thought and energy into this event so they can grab the attention and imaginations of students, many of whom are considering their career options for the first time,” said Jennifer Llewellyn, Oakland County manager of workforce development and one of the lead planners of MiCareerQuest Southeast. “Our ultimate goal is to feed the long-term talent pipeline in southeast Michigan, a challenge shared by virtually all of our employers.”

MiCareerQuest Southeast is being organized by the Oakland County Department of Economic Development & Community Affairs and Michigan Works! The Michigan Talent Investment Agency is presenting sponsor. Platinum sponsors include Beaumont Health (health sciences quadrant) and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (advanced manufacturing quadrant). In addition, DTE Energy, Consumers Energy, Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council and MUST (Management and Unions Serving Together) have joined together for the platinum sponsorship in the construction quadrant.

Event organizers are still seeking a platinum sponsor for the information technology quadrant. Additional major sponsors include Oakland Community College and Automation Alley. There also are more than 20 smaller sponsors, representing their respective career quadrants. The full list of sponsors is available at the event website. Organizations interested in a sponsorship should contact Beth Tomaszewski at tomaszewskie@oakgov.com.

New coworking space aims to appeal to the Ferndale spirit

A new coworking space is opening in Ferndale, and it's been created with the city itself in mind.

Co-owners Lisa Schmidt and Ben Long want PatchWork Collective to represent the city and all its unique charm. The coworking space and short-term office facility were developed to appeal to the individual and creative community of Ferndale, says Schmidt.

There are the weekly yoga sessions. An acupuncturist is one of the tenants. There is a shower for those that bike to work.

"We have the standard tables and desks but also beanbag chairs and couches. You can find the workspace that you need so you can focus," says Schmidt.

"PatchWork is a coworking space with the heart of Ferndale, not some stuffy office from the 80s."

And Schmidt and Long should know something about Ferndale. The Ferndale residents are both board members on the Ferndale Area Chamber of Commerce.

PatchWork came from Schmidt and Long’s own needs. Both of them are attorneys, and the duo formed the Schmidt & Long law firm in 2016. PatchWork was borne from their frustrations in finding the perfect office for their new law firm.

After searching throughout Ferndale, Schmidt and Long found a 4,500 sq. ft. space at the corner of Woodward and Marshall. PatchWork has taken over two-thirds of the old InkAddict space, and that company has down-sized to the back third of the building.

The duo also decided to expand their vision from a law office to a co-working space, recognizing the trend of freelancers working remotely.

The facilities include a large open office space, a conference room, and a series of smaller private offices, the latter of which can be rented by the hour or on a more permanent basis.

PatchWork Collective is located at 22007 Woodward Ave. in Ferndale.

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Entrepreneurial competition rewards idea generation

Equipped with just three slides and four minutes, the five finalists of a school-wide business idea pitch competition, sponsored by OU’s School of Business Administration, presented their ideas to a panel of experienced entrepreneurial-minded professionals for the chance to win cash awards.  

Open to all OU students, the competition invited participants to submit a proposal detailing an idea for a product, service or social enterprise that would benefit the Oakland University community. From the 25 submitted proposals, judges selected five finalists who then took part in pitch development workshop to help them prepare for the last phase of the competition. 

“Hats off to the students because they had some pretty complex concepts they had to explain in a very short time,” says Gregory Doyle, manager at Oakland County One Stop Shop Business Center, who served as one of the judges. Ray Gunn, MGT ‘80, president, Schechter Wealth, and Jim Roberts, CEO, Jim Roberts Enterprises, also served as judges. 

Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and competition coordinator Jae Kang, Ph.D., points out that “unlike other business plan competitions, the focus of this competition was idea generation. Unfortunately, many business plans go to the trash can because they start from ill-defined ideas, or uncreative ideas. This event is designed to help the student with the initial idea.” 

Whether launching a startup or entering an established company, the problem identification and solution process is a valuable skill for any business-minded professional. 

“Developing a business idea helps you think outside of the box,” says Samantha Roberts, MKT ‘18, the $1,000 silver winner. “You have to think of potential issues and resolve them before anyone even asked. This competition helped me to be able to fully analyze a situation and come up with solutions.” Roberts’ pitch proposed PodU, a podcast-based app to connect students to lectures and class materials. 

“It was one of my best experiences at Oakland, I’ve become famous,” says Fawaz Alkhudhayr, engineering junior, who took home the $2,000 gold award. Alkhudhayr’s proposal aimed to add diverse food options on campus by introducing a middle eastern food, snack and juice truck. 

“I’m interested in taking any chance that comes my way,” says Alkhudhayr. “When you get email from your University, don’t ignore it. You should take a look, think about it. You don’t always know where your success will come from.” 

Patrick Adamus, marketing junior, captured the $500 bronze award for his idea to create an Oakland Network app, which would include sections on parking availability, professor ratings, discussion boards and petitions. 

Judges were impressed by the imagination and work that went into all the submissions and presentations by the finalists. 

“As judges, we really focused on how well thought out the idea was, the clarity of the presentation and the feasibility and approach to solve the stated problem,” says Gunn. “Alkhudhayr stood out because of his relentless passion for his idea combined with his ability to identify and address a real problem: the need for variety in food options on campus.” 

“There’s an awful lot of talent at Oakland University and I’m sure I was only seeing the tip of the iceberg,” says Doyle. “There were some brilliant students and I’m looking forward to next year’s competition. It was just a great experience for everybody who participated.”

Oakland University to recognize prestigious nurses at 30th Annual Nightingale Awards

Oakland University’s School of Nursing and its Board of Visitors are celebrating 30 years of honoring Michigan’s top nurses at its annual Nightingale Awards for Nursing Excellence.®
 
The only event of its kind in the state, this prestigious awards ceremony will be held on May 10, 2018 at the San Marino Club in Troy. The awards were created to spotlight nurses from a variety of clinical roles who go above and beyond in their care for their patients and their families. 
 
More than 700 nurses, physicians and administrators, as well as family members and nursing supporters will attend this year’s awards ceremony. This esteemed event includes an elegant sit down dinner and fish-bowl style raffle. Raffle winners have the opportunity go home with a 40” Smart TV, golf and spa certificates, a trip to Chicago and other unique packages. Fox 2 News anchors Roop Raj and Amy Andrews will once again co-emcee this year’s awards ceremony.
 
Each of ten winning recipients receives a check for $1,000, a solid bronze statue of Florence Nightingale and a special Nightingale ceremonial pin. Runners-up each receive a commemorative plaque and Nightingale ceremonial pin. Nominees were nominated by their peers, supervisors, friends and patients in recognition for their superior service and expertise.
 
The 2018 Nightingale Awards for Nursing Excellence® is presented by Beaumont Health.  Other sponsors include: Ascension Health, St. Joseph Mercy Health System, Detroit Medical Center, St. John Providence Medical Staff, Nexteer Automotive, McLaren Oakland & McLaren Macomb and PSJ Anesthesia. 
 
For more information, or for tickets to the event, please contact August Gunderson in the School of Nursing at (248) 364-8725, via email at nightingale@oakalnd.edu or visit oakland.edu/nursing/nightingale.

2018 Award Winners
 
Advanced Nurse Practice & Research
Winner: Mary Jo Smith, St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor
Runner Up: Makenzie Thimm, Ascension Michigan – St. John Providence

Distinguished Alumni
Winner: Kristen R. McGrath, Beaumont Health – Royal Oak
Runner Up: Katie Hoxie, Beaumont Health – Royal Oak

Excellence in Education
Winner: Kino Xandro Anuddin, Ascension Michigan – St. John Providence 
Runner Up: Antionette A. Trevino, Beaumont Health

Emerging Nurse Leader 
Winner: Michele Rausch, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland 
Runner Up: Faith Aven Straton, Ascension Michigan – St. John Providence

Executive Administration
Winner: Marilyn S. Begle, Beaumont Home Health Services
Runner Up: Kathy M. Brubaker, St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea
 
Nursing in the Community
Winner: Diane Zalecki Bertalan, HAVEN of Oakland County
Runner Up: Mary Ann Ryan, HOPE Recuperative Care Center
 
Post-Acute Care & Specialty Nursing
Winner: Pamela Laszewski, Karmanos Cancer Center
Runner Up: Marla Clausen, Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital
 
Staff Nurse (2)
Winner:  Sabrina M. Zott, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland 
Winner:  Deborah White, McLaren Oakland 
Runner-Up:  Maria Borri, Beaumont Health – Royal Oak 
Runner-Up:  Lisa M. Hill, Ascension Michigan – St. John Providence 
 
People’s Choice Award
Winner:  Leesa J. Jones, Ascension Michigan – St. John Providence
Runner-Up:  Krystal L. McNamee, Henry Ford Health System – Detroit

Veteran Reboot Job Project aims to find employment for military vets

All U.S. military veterans are invited to participate in the new Veteran Reboot Job Project, hosted by Oakland County Michigan Works! and the Oakland County Veterans’ Services Division.

The program launches Nov. 3 from 9 – 11 a.m. at the Veterans’ Services Division offices in Troy, 1151 Crooks Road and in Pontiac, County Service Center, building 26 East, 1200 N. Telegraph Road. The meetings will take place on the first Friday of every month.

“Our military veterans have served our country and now it’s time for us to serve them,” Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said. “A growing number of companies across the county are making it a priority to hire qualified veterans. The Veteran Reboot Job Project – the first of its kind in our region – will help veterans establish their own personal brands, launch job searches, prepare them for interviews and connect these heroes with veteran-friendly employers looking to hire people today.”

The project connects veterans to trained Michigan Works! and Veterans’ Services staff members, who act as advocates to link veterans with employers in a variety of fields.

In addition to a monthly topic and discussion, networking and support meetings feature local employers who want to hire veterans. Each employer will provide an overview of job opportunities available and the skills required. Veterans are encouraged to bring copies of their resumes.

Monthly meeting topics will include:
  • Job search strategies
  • Transferable skills from military duty to civilian life
  • Overcoming age bias (older veterans)
  • Resume development and critique
  • Interview preparation
  • Job fair tips
  • Vocational training opportunities through Oakland County and other organizations
Each Veteran Reboot Job Project meeting features an overview of the broad range of services and benefits exclusively available to U.S. military veterans at the eight Michigan Works! and two Veterans’ Services offices in Oakland County. The Michigan Works! offices can provide advance notice and access to job listings before the general public can consider them and the Veterans’ Services offices can advise applicants on educational and vocational opportunities available through the Veterans’ Administration.

“Whether you have an active job search underway or are underemployed and looking for a better opportunity, the staff at each of our Michigan Works! offices is ready to support your efforts to successfully land your next position,” said Jennifer Llewellyn, manager of Oakland County’s Workforce Development Department. “We invite veterans to come in any time and take advantage of our free services and benefits.”

Oakland County Michigan Works! offices are located in:
  • Ferndale at 713 E. 9 Mile Road
  • Highland at 2218 S. Milford Road
  • Novi at 31186 Beck Road
  • Oak Park at 22180 Parklawn St.
  • Pontiac at 1850 North Perry St.
  • Southfield at 21415 Civic Center Drive, Suite 116
  • Troy at 550 Stephenson Highway, Suite 400
  • Waterford at 4241 Steffens Road
For more information, visit www.OaklandCountyMIWorks.com.

LTU to host 'Young Women's Leadership Conference' featuring entrepreneur Andra Rush

Lawrence Technological University’s College of Management will host a “Young Women’s Leadership Conference” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Oct. 21 at the university, 21000 W. 10 Mile Road in Southfield. The event will be held in LTU’s Architecture Building Auditorium (see www.ltu.edu/map).

The event is intended for middle school, high school, and undergraduate young women interested in business, technology, and STEM fields. Around 200 attendees are expected for the event, according to Minakhi Jena, director of business programs in LTU’s College of Management.

“The conference goal is to help build a network of support to empower young women, to provide them with an opportunity to learn about business and technology careers and pathways to success,” Jena said. “It will be an excellent opportunity for young women to interact and learn from accomplished women who work in variety of fields – business, information technology and STEM.”

The event will also include panel discussions and leadership development exercises.

The conference keynote speaker is Andra Rush, CEO of the Rush Group of Companies. She will speak on building businesses in male-dominated industries. Rush launched Rush Trucking Corp. with a $5,000 loan and $3,000 in savings in 1984. Today, Rush Trucking transports goods for Fortune 50 companies across the United States and Canada. She also launched Dakkota Integrated Systems LLC in 2001, providing assembly and sequencing of automotive interiors to several automakers. And in 2012, with joint venture partner Faurecia, she launched Detroit Manufacturing Systems LLC, which now employs more than 1,000 people.

The event is free but registration is required by Monday, Oct. 16 at www.ltu.edu/ywlc or by phone at (248) 204-3050. For more information, email mhernande@ltu.edu.

5Qs with founder and executive director of Fleece and Thank You

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DBusiness Daily News interviewed Nicholas Kristock, founder and executive director of Fleece and Thank You of Novi, about the nonprofit’s mission to create a more hopeful hospital environment by providing fleece blankets tagged with video messages to children battling an illness. Kristock played semi-professional soccer in Australia while working for four charities and considers the sport the “vehicle” that brought him to the nonprofit world. 

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Special needs adults earn praise and a paycheck at Mi Abilities

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Bear Hall is on a mission to find meaningful work for young adults with disabilities. 

“What started this three years ago was I heard a statistic that in Huron Valley, from ages 25-54, there had been 1,200 kids on IEPs (individualized education program) and only 8 percent of them got a job. Ninety-six out of 1,200. And I said something has to change and it can’t just be jobs pushing carts and bagging.

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OCC is riding the CREST of public safety

June 16 was a big day for the OCC Police Academy, which celebrated its 50th graduation since the program’s establishment in 1967. Recognized as a leading police training facility in the State of Michigan, the Police Academy consistently graduates high achievers through a combination of skilled and experienced training staff and hands-on training through CREST (Combined Regional Emergency Services Training).

The June ceremony recognized 33 new graduates – 17 from various agencies in the area and 16 pre-service or self-sponsored candidates.

"Our graduates represent courage, compassion and dedication to our community," said Interim Chancellor Peter Provenzano. "They are committed by oath and honor to protect and serve, and we are indebted to them for their service."

Graduating Police Academy class president Samuel Hannum added, "This is where we start representing every officer in the United States."

CREST is the region's unique training center, developed by local Police, Fire and EMS agencies in collaboration with Oakland Community College. It includes furnished houses, a bank, convenience store, motel and five-story live fire-training tower on Oakland Community College's Auburn Hills Campus. The CREST site offers an experience where real-life scenarios are simulated by trainees who must not only think through options and decisions, but also actively apply their public safety skills.

OCC offers advance training, degrees and certificates in public safety fields including Police, Fire, EMS and Emergency Dispatch. It is is overseen by a new interim dean, Lt. David Cece, former OCC public safety officer.

OCC is also pleased to announce two new endowed scholarships related to CREST. The first, the Rolland C. Thayer III Firefighters Memorial Endowed Scholarship. Thayer was Captain of the Pontiac Fire Department for more than 25 years and this scholarship honors his service by supporting a student in the Basic Fire Academy.

The second new scholarship is the Richard and Patricia Tillman Endowed Scholarship Fund that will benefit the top marksman in each class at the Academy. The Tillmans both worked at the Police Academy; Mr. Tillman served for nearly three decades.

For more information on training opportunities, please visit www.oaklandcc.edu/crest/

Judson Center's Autism Connections has begun a movement with over 30 official partners

During the month of April, Judson Center will be honoring National Autism Awareness month as we Bring Autism to Light for World Autism Day (officially on April 2). Judson Center’s main campus in Royal Oak (13 Mile and Greenfield Road), will be lit up blue beginning on Friday, March 31, and will continue to the end of the month. 
 
A movement has begun – Judson Center is teaming up with the City of Royal Oak to help Bring Autism to Light. During the next City Commissioners meeting, this Monday, March 27, Royal Oak Mayor, Michael Fournier along with the City Commissioners, will present an autism proclamation honoring National Autism Awareness Month and the life changing programs at Judson Center’s Autism Connections. Royal Oak is also urging all employees, residents and members of the business community to join the movement.
 
Many other partners, including the Royal Oak School DistrictTroy School Districtthe Jewish Community Center of Greater Ann Arbor (where Judson Center’s second Autism Connections program is located), Signs by Tomorrow, Medical Network One Health Solutions, Shrine Catholic Schools, Epsilon, Brooks Kushman, as well as over 20 other community businesses and organizations are joining the movement. 
 
Judson Center’s Royal Oak office is offering free blue light bulbs and lawn signs to anyone interested. You may also pick up lawn signs and light bulbs from Royal Oak City Hall as well as all three Royal Oak Fire Departments.  Companies can also participate and Bring Autism to Light by shining blue for autism, designating a day to wear blue for autism awareness, and making a donation to Judson Center’s Autism Connections.
 
“It is an honor to have the support of the community we serve.  At Judson Center’s Autism Connections, we understand that a diagnoses affects the entire family, not just a child and that is why this campaign is so important. To let our community know that you are not alone, Judson Center is here to help and support our community and families”, shared Judson Center CEO & President, Lenora Hardy-Foster.
 
Autism awareness is a part of Judson Center each day, as its Autism Connections program has been a part of Metro Detroit for over ten years, and expanded into Washtenaw County soon after, both providing comprehensive services to the entire family.  Currently, one in 68 children are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and in Michigan, there are over 50,000 individuals living with ASD. 

Troy Chamber launches young professionals network

The Troy Chamber is excited to announce the launch of the Troy Young Professionals Network, which creates and implements programs to assist professional members 35 years of age or younger. Their goals are as follows:
  • To create an environment where members can connect with individuals in the same stage of their career
  • To help early career professionals transition and thrive in the work force through educational programs and mentorship opportunities
In addition to planning social & educational programming, the Troy Young Professionals Network recently launched a mentorship program that matches young professionals with more experienced professionals to exchange resources, provide insights and learn new skills. The goal of the mentorship is for participants to create a foundation of trust, to be professionally and personally rewarded by their conversations, and to establish connections.

 “It’s exciting to be part of this network,” says Moe Moua, Committee Chair of the Troy Young Professionals. She explains, “Often times our generation finds it hard to make meaningful connections with other professionals. We also seek professional development and growth that may not always be so easily accessible. The Troy YPG will strive to build these networks and make professional development more accessible.”

The group’s next event, entitled “Quarter Life Crisis,” will be held at Northwood University’s Troy campus on March 23, 2017. Beth Bryce, Northwood University’s Director of Career Advancement, will provide strategies to create a realistic quarter-life crisis action plan.

For more information on the Troy Young Professionals Network, call 248-641-8151 or e-mail theteam@troychamber.com.

The Troy Chamber exists to help create long-term economic vibrancy, vitality and stability for Troy's business community. Representing nearly 700 businesses, the Troy Chamber serves as Troy's primary business information resource. By responding to members' needs, the Chamber is able to help businesses get connected and stay connected. With hundreds of meetings and programs each year, it's easy for members to make a connection!

100 Businesses Who Care launches in Southeast Michigan

100 Businesses Who Care is a group of 100 top decision-makers from southeast Michigan who want to make an impact on the local community. By combining donations from each member, 100 Businesses Who Care fuels the critical work being done by local nonprofits to expand their services and further their support and role in making a difference.
 
The idea is simple. Each member (company or individual contributor) commits to donating $500 at a bi-annual meeting, and receives an opportunity to nominate and vote for one 501(c)(3) non-profit to support. Each meeting will begin with networking, allowing like-minded business leaders to collaborate. With 100 members, $500 individual donations will combine to create an impactful $50,000 donation to the non-profit organization voted upon by the group.  Essentially, this is a foundation for face-to-face “crowd funding.”
 
As the group grows beyond 100 members, so will its contribution to the community.  100 Businesses Who Care also provides a unique opportunity for members to connect and network with like-minded businesses in southeast Michigan.  Additionally, this is an exceptional platform for three non-profits at each meeting to get incredible exposure and educate an audience of top influencers on their missions.

“100 Businesses Who Care offers a simple, yet powerful strategy for local businesses to give back to non-profit organizations and the people they serve in Southeast Michigan,” said Amy Whipple, co-founder of Purple Squirrel Advisors, 100 Women Who Care, and founding member of 100 Businesses Who Care. “The efficient 2-hour bi-annual meetings  will give members an opportunity to make a significant impact on the community.” 
 
100 Businesses Who Care is modeled after the success of 100 Women Who Care – Greater Rochester, an organization of 250 women that has gifted over $250,000 to 14 different local organizations and have inspired the creation  of many similar groups. The founding members recognized that this unique and efficient giving model could be replicated for the business community to make a significant financial impact on a deserving non-profit.
 
100 Businesses Who Care’s current Founding Members and Advisory Board consists of influential and reputable business leaders around Southeast Michigan from a variety of industries and geographic locations including: Amy Whipple (Purple Squirrel Advisors), Carrie Schochet (Purple Squirrel Advisors), Bob Quigley (Renaissance Executive Forums), Steve Benedettini (Spalding DeDecker), Sarah Knapp (SK Consulting), Kevin Krason (BizNet Digital), Joe DiCresce (Marsh & McLennan Agency), Tim Nasso (The Nasso Group) Mayor Bryan Barnett (City of Rochester Hills), Chris Bayer (Bayloff Stamped Products), Deb Behring (JB Cutting), Paul Edwards (Plante Moran), Jason and Amy Hanley (OrangeTheory Fitness), Gina Mangold (Holiday Market), Tim O’Brien (O’Brien Construction Co.), Evans Panton (EDP Management), Gretchen Perkins (Huron Capital Partners), Brian Rolfe (Kemp Klein), and David Walker (Hartland Insurance).
 
“I am thrilled to see 100 Businesses Who Care launch in our community,” said Bryan Barnett, Mayor of Rochester Hills. “This group exemplifies the overwhelming generosity of our community and highlights the wonderful tradition our business community has created of giving back to those in need. I am supremely proud of all involved in this philanthropic effort and look forward to hearing the stories of the lives that will be changed as like-minded businesses collaborate and give back.”
 
100 Businesses Who Care’s first meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 15th from 7:30-9:30am at the Troy Community Center. Be a part of the philanthropic revolution.  Find out more and fill out the commitment form at: http://100businesseswhocare.com/join/ 
 
About 100 Businesses Who Care
100 Businesses Who Care is a group of businesses and business leaders  committed to making an impact on the local community through an efficient and effective philanthropic strategy. Modeled after the successful efforts of 100 Women Who Care-Greater Rochester, each member of 100 Businesses Who Care commits to donating $500 at a bi-annual meeting, and receives an opportunity to nominate and vote for one 501(c)(3) non-profit to support. Connecting like-minded businesses in southeast Michigan, each $500 donation multiplies into an impactful $50,000 donation to the non-profit organization voted upon by the group. For more information on 100 Businesses Who Care, visit: http://100businesseswhocare.com
 

Mayor Barnett attended Mayors Conference on Entrepreneurship

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Mayor Bryan K. Barnett joined mayors from around the nation at the fourth annual Mayors Conference on Entrepreneurship, Nov. 30-Dec. 2, 2016, in St. Petersburg, Florida. Barnett was among hundreds of mayors across the county that came together to explore how cities can make entrepreneurial opportunities available to all.

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FCA Motor Citizens recognized for stewardship efforts

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The City of Auburn Hills would like to congratulate FCA Motor Citizens, a volunteer corps assembled by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, for receiving the Clinton River Watershed Council’s 2015 Jerry Carvey Volunteer of the Year Award.

FCA Motor Citizens were presented with the Award for their longtime support and stewardship efforts in keeping our waterways clean. The great majority of their efforts were achieved through their participation in CRWC stewardship programs, such as Weekly Clean, Clinton Cleanup, and woody debris removal events.

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