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Tax Considerations for Michigan Businesses 2010

Corporations have their hands full with tax changes this year, given all of the recent legislation and the significant corporate tax implications of Obama’s budget proposal.

Dow Kokam Receives Michigan Tax Credits for Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Battery Pack Production

Tax Credits Enable Battery Pack Assembly Equipment and Production in Phase II Development of Dow Kokam’s Midland Battery Manufacturing Facility

Detroit Restaurant Week Returns For Spring

Historic Eastern Market Eatery Joins Lineup. Detroit Restaurant Week will be April 16-25 at 17 Downtown Detroit Fine Dining Establishments.

Rush to Judge Toyota in Washington Won't Necessarily Lead to Adverse Courtroom Verdicts, Plunkett Cooney Says

The U.S. House and Senate committee hearings scheduled for this week may help jump-start the discovery process for plaintiffs' attorneys suing Toyota over alleged safety defects.

FEV, Inc. Completes EPA-Funded Project

FEV, Inc. Completes EPA-Funded Project to Understand Long-term Cost of Green Engines Project Brings FEV into the Front End of Product Development

Giffels–Webster Engineers Signs 5-Year Lease at Grand Park Centre

MayfieldGentry Realty Advisors, LLC has announced that Giffels–Webster Engineers has signed a five-year lease for 3,513 square feet at Grand Park Centre.

Structural Change Is the Defining Element of the 2010 Landscape for Automotive Suppliers

"The 2010 landscape for automotive suppliers will bear the scars of a chaotic 2009, but will be defined by stronger suppliers, new suppliers and new commodities moving from OEMs to the supply base."

Bagger Dave's Grand Opening Celebration

Southfield-based Diversified Restaurant Holdings Inc. held a grand opening event on Feb. 19 for its latest eatery, Bagger Dave's in Novi.

Business Leaders for Michigan Urges Legislature to Reject Pay Adjustment for State Workers

Business Leaders for Michigan today called on the Legislature to reject the 3 percent pay raise for state workers scheduled for October 1, 2010.

Business Leaders For Michigan Announces New Officers

Business Leaders for Michigan announced today the election of David Joos, president & CEO of CMS Energy, as chair of its Board of Directors.

GM to Invest $494 Million in U.S. Manufacturing for Next-Generation Ecotec Engines

General Motors will invest more than $494 million and create nearly 550 jobs in three U.S. plants to produce the next generation fuel efficient Ecotec engine.

Rising Consumer Confidence, Employment Lead to Improved Vehicle Sales in 2010, Says NADA Economist

NADA Used Car Guide Analyst Says Economic Fundamentals Point to Strong Used-Car Market

Compuware Gomez Introduces Free Web Performance Benchmarking Tool

New Online Tool Allows Organizations to Compare Site Performance to Competitors'

Compuware President and COO Bob Paul on the 2010 Metro Detroit Heart Ball

Survivors of heart disease and strokes depend on us to get a message out, and critical research dollars are at stake.

Herman Miller at The Henry Ford

The Henry Ford in Dearborn held a reception on Feb. 4 for nearly 300 people to celebrate the opening of its latest exhibit — Good Design: Stories From Herman Miller.

Technology CFOs Optimistic on Sector Growth for 2010, According to BDO Survey Of CFOs

Tech M&A Activity Expected to Increase Significantly as CFOs Look to Boost Revenue, Profitability

Chevy Approaches 100 Percent Reliability in Engines and Transmissions, According to January OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics Reports

In the month of January, 99.3 percent of the 1.8 million Chevrolet vehicles enrolled in OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics reported that there were no issues with the key components of their engine and transmission systems.

Federal-Mogul Launching Year-Long Multi-Brand Campaign to Drive Demand for Premium Repair Solutions

Innovative 'Smart Choice(TM)' Trade and Consumer Campaign to Emphasize Value Of Longer Lasting, Better Performing Replacement Parts

Zehnder's of Frankenmuth Ranks as a Top Restaurant Icon in the US

Only Michigan restaurant to achieve honor

Leelanau Peninsula Wine and Chocolate Tasting

The Leelanau Peninsula Vinter's Assocation held its annual Taste the Passion event on Feb. 6-7.

Otsego Club Winter Wine Tasting

More than 200 people attended Otsego Club & Resort's Winter Wine Tasting in Gaylord, Mich. on Feb. 6.

Wayne State and the Detroit Medical Center agree to long-term contracts governing education and care

The Wayne State University School of Medicine and the Detroit Medical Center today signed new contracts that provide stability to clinical and educational programs.

Top National Charter School Brings Unique, Proven Program to Detroit

University Yes Academy Aims to Graduate 100% of its Students

Jackson Lewis Snares Nationally Recognized Diversity And Corporate Compliance Lawyer

Rod Gillum, Diversity Champion and Prominent Labor and Employment Attorney, Joins Expanding Detroit Office

Chrysler Group LLC to Showcase Live, Mobile TV at Chicago Auto Show

Company is First Automaker in the United States to Offer Live, Mobile TV

52nd Annual Detroit Boat Show Brings Blast of Summer to Cobo Center

Boat show offers everything boating plus entertainment and fun for all, Feb 13 - 21

Fixing Michigan's Unemployment Problem

With the nation's unemployment rate at 9.7 percent, and Michigan at 14.7 percent, steady economic growth along with top-tier retraining programs will lead to a turnaround, says Joe Bastian, president of Human Performance Network, a workforce development company in Royal Oak.

Grant Thornton LLP Says Global Platforms Will Dominate Vehicle Production in North America and Spur Supplier Dealmaking

Grant Thornton's analysis suggests that the next five years will see some of the most profound changes in the North American auto industry since the post-World War II shakeout that established GM, Ford and Chrysler as dominant players.

United Solar To Provide Up to 25MW of UNI-SOLAR Laminates for Rooftop Installation in Italy

United Solar Ovonic (United Solar), a wholly owned subsidiary of Energy Conversion Devices, Inc. (ECD) (NASDAQ:ENER) , today confirmed that it will supply up to 25 MW of UNI-SOLAR® brand photovoltaic laminates to Enel Green Power for installation on a number of buildings owned by CIS-Interporto di Nola in Italy.

Patterson’s Positive Message About a Tough Budget Year

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson outlined new initiatives and successes in his 2010 State of the County Address that will continue to make Oakland County one of the best places to live, work and raise a family.

Annabelle & Bear: The true spirit of indie filmmaking Michigan Sneak Preview Screening Gala

The producers of Radish Creative Group, Inc.’s feature film, Annabelle & Bear, is pleased to announce a sneak preview screening gala at Saturday, February 20th, 2010 at 8:00pm, at Detroit’s Music Hall Center for Performing Arts, benefiting Starfish Family Services.

Hantz Farms, LLC, Participating in an International Workshop on Metropolitan Agriculture

Topics Addressed Explore Innovation And Integration In Food And Agricultural Systems That Can Contribute To Sustainable Development In Urban Settings

North American International Auto Show Announces 2011 Dates

After a successful and impressive 2010 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), show organizers are focused on taking the show to new heights in 2011.

Strategic Staffing Solutions Marks its 20th Year of Revenue Growth

2009 revenue reaches more than $168 Million

Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit names Gerold Bepler, M.D., Ph.D., as CEO

After a 10-month nationwide search, Gerold Bepler, M.D., Ph.D., has been named the new president and chief executive officer of the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute.

Ground Vehicle Engineering and Technology Symposium Sets the Stage for Collaboration, Military Technology Development

Lights out: A protein may switch off cancer cells

A protein acting as a switch to activate the cell death process may prove to be an effective targeted treatment for killing cancer cells.

Largest global survey finds majority of private U.S. companies are optimistic about economy in 2010

Largest global survey finds majority of private U.S. companies are optimistic about economy in 2010; nearly a third plan to increase hiring private companies in U.S. account for more than 70% of U.S. work force.

Bbk, International Business Advisory Firm, Announces Creation of Performance Improvement, LLC

BBK, an international business advisory firm providing services across a wide range of industries, today announced the creation of Performance Improvement, LLC.

Birmingham Architect Alan Cobb Elected 2010 President of American Institute of Architects Michigan

The American Institute of Architects Michigan (AIA Michigan) announced the election of Birmingham architect Alan Cobb, FAIA, LEED® AP as its 2010 president.

Ford, United Space Alliance Share Virtual Reality Expertise to Build Better Cars, Space Missions

Engineers at United Space Alliance (USA) and Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) are sharing their animation software experiences to create virtual reality simulations that benefit both astronauts and drivers.

St. John Health System to Assist Saudi Arabia in Developing New Addiction Treatment Hospital in Riyadh

Pioneering Michigan Substance Abuse Treatment Center Chosen Over Other Addiction Hospitals in Europe, Asia and U.S.

Affordable Green-Built Homes in Detroit

Mark Lewis, partner of Community 1st Development in Farmington Hills, which specializes in urban residential development, rehabilitation, and affordable, green-built homes, has sold several energy efficient homes on Detroit far east side, and soon, near Eastern Market and in Hamtramck, near the Poletown plant.

Business Leaders for Michigan Names Matthew Clayson Director of Detroit Creative Corridor Center

Business Leaders for Michigan today announced it has hired Matthew Clayson, formerly of ePrize, as Director of its Detroit Creative Corridor Center.

Northwood to Honor Seven with Dealer Education Awards

Northwood University will honor seven automobile dealers from across the United States, The Netherlands and Germany with its annual Dealer Education Awards.

65 Year-Old Sets World Record: Flying, Landing, Riding a Motorcycle From 5000 Feet

Setting a new world record, 65-year-old Lexington, Michigan parachutist Bernie Williams, completed the first successful flight and landing of a motorcycle in Chesaning Michigan on November 28, 2009.

The Dearborn Inn, A Marriott Hotel Unveils Meeting & Event Space Renovation

The Dearborn Inn, A Marriott Hotel has just revealed their newly completed Dearborn meeting and event space renovations.

Survey Uncovers What Consumers Really Think About Being Green

According to a recent online survey by Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE:WHR) , the majority of consumers (68 percent) want to live "green" but only if it is convenient to their lifestyle.

Sundance Film Festval Expands to Include Michigan Theater as Part of This Year’s Festival

Ann Arbor one of only eight cities selected.

Eagle ottawa introduces ansolé, soil and stain resistant leather

Eagle Ottawa, the world’s largest supplier of leather to the automotive industry, today introduced Ansolé, a soil and stain resistant leather finish system.

Detroit Creative Corridor Center Receives Federal Appropriation Toward 2010 Launch

Business Leaders for Michigan today announced it received a federal grant of $200,000 to help launch the Detroit Creative Corridor Center.

Department of Energy Selects Bosch to Lead $24 MillionProject to Increase Fuel Efficiency 30 Percent

Bosch announced it has been selected by theU.S. Department of Energy to lead a project that will be partially funded by a$12 million grant.

Amherst Partners Announces 2009 Results & Achievements

Amherst Partners, LLC, a regional financial advisory firm specializing in investment banking and turnaround and restructuring, today announced it achieved record revenue in 2009, and is positioned for continued growth in 2010.

PALACE SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT ENJOYS DECADE OF EXCELLENCE

Palace Sports & Entertainment (PS&E) venues The Palace of Auburn Hills and DTE Energy Music Theatre and its sports franchises earned numerous honors, championships and top-rankings in both the sports and entertainment worlds, while providing countless memories and hosting scores of unforgettable events during the 10 year span from 2000 to 2009.

GMC Granite and Audi A8 Take Home EyesOn Design Awards at the North American International Auto Show

The GMC Granite Concept and the Audi A8 were awarded top honors at the 2010 EyesOn Design Awards at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS).

Bosch Supplies Key Powertrain Technologies for Ward’s 10 Best Engines for 2010

– Bosch supplies powertrain technologies to multiple vehicles named to Ward’s 10 Best Engines of 2010 list, including four applications featuring its diesel common rail and gasoline direct injection systems.

New Zipline Adventure Now Open at Boyne Highlands and Boyne Mountain

Standing at the mountain’s top, strapped in and ready for action. It’s a common scenario at Boyne Highlands Resort andBoyne Mountain in northern Michigan but now, in addition to swooshing down the slopes on skis and snowboards, visitors to the resorts can experience a new attraction, Zipline Adventure.

Opsera and The Linux Box Partner to Expand U.S. Market for Opsview Open Source System Management Suite

The Linux Box is partnering with Opsera Limited to become an official Opsview reseller in the United States, with the goal of expanding the national presence of this award-winning network and infrastructure monitoring software suite.

Tullymore Clubhouse Wins Top Honors as Nations Best Public Course Facility

The national awards continue to pile up for the Resorts of Tullymore & St. Ives. The resort’s $6 million clubhouse is the 2009 winner in Golf Inc. magazines annual competition for the best facility among daily fee clubs in America.

Michigan SBTDC establishes Growth Group to assist companies

The Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) has formed an advanced team of specialists called the Growth Group (G2) to prepare Michigan companies for their next stage of growth.

Shiro Nakamura of Nissan to Receive Major Design Award

The Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology announced that Shiro Nakamura, Senior Vice President, and Chief Creative Officer, Nissan Motor Company Ltd, has been elected as the Lifetime Design Achievement Award winner for the EyesOn Design Automotive Exhibit, 2010.

2010 North American International Auto Show

The Big Three automakers, along with their suppliers and foreign rivals, have been witness to seismic shifts in consumer demand due to the global economic meltdown.

Christmas at Selfridge Air National Guard Base

On Jan. 9, more than 450 Marine, Naval, and military personnel, along with their families, were treated to a post holiday celebration at Selfridge Air National Guard Base near Mt. Clemens. The third annual event, which included a raffle, a gourmet lunch courtesy of Pamela's Catering in Washington Township, and live music from the Simone Group, was hosted and staffed by Atlas Oil Co., a fuel distribution and supply management company in Taylor.

Ford Launches Unprecedented Nine New Engines, Six New Transmissions in North America in 2010

Ford Motor Company will introduce nine new or upgraded engines and six new transmissions in North America in 2010 as part of a five-year effort to overhaul its entire global powertrain portfolio.

MEDC EcoXperience to Host New Participants for the 2010 North American International Auto Show

After a rousingly successful inaugural run in 2009, the Michigan Economic Development Company (MEDC) is once again returning to the 2010 North American International Auto Show with the EcoXperience.

Strong December Puts Emerging Sector Program Over $191 Million of Investment for 2009

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson today announced the Emerging Sectors business attraction and retention program brought more than $191 million of new investment into Oakland County

Litigator, Judge, and Immigration Attorney Announce the Formation of Detroit Law Firm

Three of Detroit’s most well respected lawyers have joined forces as nationally renowned trial attorney Lawrence Charfoos announced the formation of a boutique law firm with former Wayne County Circuit Court Chief Judge William Giovan and prominent immigration lawyer Robert Birach.

My Night Out with John DeLorean and Roger Penske

Chip Brethen III gets "schooled" by two automotive giants.

New Floor Plan, Dynamic Vehicles Highlight Lexus Exhibit at 2010 North American International Auto Show

The Lexus exhibit at this year's North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) will be starkly different from one year ago, featuring a single-level layout and some of the brand's most exciting new vehicles.

Rick Snyder Releases Plan To Eliminate The MBT

Today, Rick Snyder released the third in a series of reform measures from his Top 10 Guiding Principles to Reinventing Michigan that addresses his plan to Reform Michigan’s Tax System.

Art and Science: Cadillac Premieres 2011 CTS-V Coupe

Cadillac today announced the 2011 CTS-V Coupe, which debuts at the 2010 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Ford Caps 2009 With 33 Percent Sales Increase, First Full-Year Market Share Gain Since 1995

Higher sales in every product category and for every brand propelled Ford to a 33 percent sales increase in December versus a year ago.

Blocking inflammation receptor kills breast cancer stem cells, U-M study finds

Scientists at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center have uncovered an important link between inflammation and breast cancer stem cells that suggests a new way to target cells that are resistant to current treatments.

A Business Primer

With ever growing government regulation, companies like DEM Group, a full service administration and human resources outsourcing firm in Sterling Heights, have been growing as businesses seek assistance with health care, workers' compensation, or their 401(k) plan.

EyesOn Design Celebrates 23 Years with the Launch of its 2010 Season

EyesOn Design celebrates 23 years recognizing major design achievement in the automotive industry and raising money for The Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology.

Acrylic Furniture Collection

Gorgeous acrylic tables, chairs and furniture available for rental exclusively through Gerych’s. This high end product was custom designed and created for a modern look to compliment your next event.

Made in Detroit

Peter Karmanos Jr. has tapped his blue-collar work ethic and a knack for discovering the next big thing to build Compuware Corp. into a global information-technology power- house — but his latest move could be an industry game-changer.

In Sickness and in Health

Confronted with substantial market losses and uneven public policy — and having identified more than $125 million in savings to date — Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan isn’t sitting idly by awaiting Lansing’s prescription for health-care reform.

Masters of Arts

It’s no easy task to host a patron dinner, and without a solid game plan that melds memorable wines, exquisite food, and a well-organized charitable organization, the pressure can really boil over.

Hard-Pressed

Gone are the lavish vehicle launches at idyllic resorts. Today, the media must wade through the halls of Congress, hold their own with an auto czar, or read the White House tea leaves to gauge the direction of the domestic auto industry.

On a Clear Day …

Susan Docherty may be the most powerful woman in the automotive industry, but if she can’t win over skeptical consumers, General Motors won’t last another century.

Arsenal of Democracy, 2.0

As the Pentagon shifts from planning for big land wars to combatting small insurgencies, it’s been busy eliminating weapons programs and facilities across the country.

Get Your Motor Running

Can a new cable TV show stoke the fortunes of a Ferndale custom-motorcycle shop that’s relying on parts-and-service orders to stay alive?

Andrew Hoffman

Holcim (U.S.) Professor of Sustainable Enterprise, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

And the Band Played On

With fewer commercials on tap, music man Dan Yessian hit a high note by branching out into the entertainment world.

Webmaster

Borrowing a page from Economics: 101, an Ann Arbor design firm is drawing plenty of attention on the World Wide Web.

A ‘Ghost’ of a Chance

When 19-year-old Sam Valenti launched a niche record label in 1999, not even he could’ve envisioned the success he’d find.

Wheels of Prosperity

With all that’s affecting the automotive industry, it’s easy to forget the depth and reach of what is actually the largest business sector in Michigan.

Atlas Oil Opens New Operations Office for Michigan & Indiana

Atlas Oil Company continues to expand its operational footprint with another new regional office – this one in Niles, MI. Just north of South Bend, IN, the Niles office will be staffed by 12 Atlas team members in support of new and existing business operations throughout Southwest Michigan and Northern Indiana.
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Made in Detroit

Peter Karmanos Jr. has tapped his blue-collar work ethic and a knack for discovering the next big thing to build Compuware Corp. into a global information-technology power- house — but his latest move could be an industry game-changer.

In Sickness and in Health

Confronted with substantial market losses and uneven public policy — and having identified more than $125 million in savings to date — Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan isn’t sitting idly by awaiting Lansing’s prescription for health-care reform.

Hard-Pressed

Gone are the lavish vehicle launches at idyllic resorts. Today, the media must wade through the halls of Congress, hold their own with an auto czar, or read the White House tea leaves to gauge the direction of the domestic auto industry.

Get Your Motor Running

Can a new cable TV show stoke the fortunes of a Ferndale custom-motorcycle shop that’s relying on parts-and-service orders to stay alive?

And the Band Played On

With fewer commercials on tap, music man Dan Yessian hit a high note by branching out into the entertainment world.

Webmaster

Borrowing a page from Economics: 101, an Ann Arbor design firm is drawing plenty of attention on the World Wide Web.

A ‘Ghost’ of a Chance

When 19-year-old Sam Valenti launched a niche record label in 1999, not even he could’ve envisioned the success he’d find.
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Wheels of Prosperity

With all that’s affecting the automotive industry, it’s easy to forget the depth and reach of what is actually the largest business sector in Michigan.
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