January-February 2012

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Inside Business

All Politics Aside

The run-up to the presidential election will likely be the nastiest race in history, both in the battle for the White House and for Michigan's Congressional seats.

Overdrive

Operating a performance engineering company and a rare car collection has its challenges, but the toughest - and most rewarding - job is raising funds for charity.

Cross-Trainer

Micro-Size Me

Company cafeterias are giving way to hybrid micro-markets.

SmithGroupJJR’s Paul Urbanek Elevated to Fellow of the American Institute of Architects

Study Reveals Nearly Half of CIOs Not Confident Their Organizations Are Able to Meet Increased User Expectations in 2012

Independent Survey Shows 80 Percent of CIOs Expect Their Business Customers and Users to Demand Better Performance From Their Websites and Applications in 2012

Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix Partners with MotorCity Casino Hotel

MotorCity will provide entertainment and hospitality services for the event.

SI Detroit - The Premier Networking Event for Metro Detroit's Software and Internet Entrepreneurs

Representatives from venture capital firms will tell metro Detroit’s software and Internet entrepreneurs how to become tech giants.

Detroit Small Businesses Urge the Repeal of Health Insurance Tax

Small business owners fear the impact of the tax on employment and job creation abilities.

The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan recognizing Kidney Month

The organization recognizes March as Kidney Month and March 8 as World Kidney Day.

Protean Electric Receives Multiple Patents

The company has received more than 60 additional patent applications made for innovative design and electric motor intellectual property.

Engineering Society of Detroit to hold job fair

The Engineering Society of Detroit (ESD) hold an Engineering and Technology Job Fair on Monday, March 12, 2012 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.

Christine Quinn to lead MI Workforce Development Agency

Quinn will oversee the WDA staff and programs, including the state's workforce initiatives, adult education, the Veterans' Services Division, and programs related to migrant and seasonal workers.

HealthPlus of Michigan Adds to Marketing Team to Support Growth Plans

Online marketing and public relations managers, new marketing strategists, integrating activities for continued expansion in Southeast Michigan.

Domino's Pizza Announces 2011 Financial Results

Global momentum drives 30 percent adjusted EPS growth for the quarter, 25 percent for 2011.

Lincoln: The Road Less Traveled

The car company plans to court buyers with personalized service and sleek design.

Stevie Awards for Sales and Customer Service Announce Winners in Sixth Annual Competition

Boeing, FedEx, Groupon, OnStar, and Ford Motor Co. are among winners.

FranNet of Michigan: Franchise Businesses Poised For Growth In 2012

IFA Economic Outlook report forecasts signs of recovery for franchise industry -even in recession.

Oakland County Mental Health Authority announces Oakland Integrated Healthcare Network

The OIHN is a non-profit organization that will provide affordable healthcare services for the community.

Concours d’Elegance of America Announces Official Charities

College for Creative Studies (CCS), Leader Dogs for the Blind and Hospice of Michigan will be the charitable beneficiaries at the 2012 Concours d'Elegance of America at St. John's

The Butler Did It

Estate management was a cottage industry before a Grosse Pointe entity created a global association to serve domestic professionals.

Size Does Matter

A new website serving Michigan takes the hassle out of finding and leasing professional office space.

Southeast Michigan Beacon Community Establishes BeaconLink2Health, a Health Information Exchange

BeaconLink2Health will deliver exchange capabilities for healthcare providers to trusted, secure access to comprehensive patient electronic Protected Health Information.

Magic Time

Can Magic Johnson and Dozens of other venture capitalists seed and mentor enough entrepreneurs to fill downtown Detroit?

TriMas Corporation Announces Acquisition of 70% of Arminak & Associates

TriMas has acquired 70 percent of Arminak & Associates, LLC for $64 million.

Visteon Announces 2011 Financial Results

Visteon is reporting full-year product sales of $8.05 billion and a net income of $80 million.

Talmer Bancorp Secures Investor Funding of $174 Million

This capital will be used for general corporate purposes and to support growth in Talmer Bancorp's targeted Midwest markets.

Business Leaders for Michigan: State Should Focus on Urban and Metro Areas

The group outlines a way to grow the state economy, focusing on strengthening the link between innovation and manufacturing.

Molecular Imaging Closes Series A Financing Round

The company's Series A financing round was over-subscribed at $9.9 million.

Beaumont Hospital, Troy is First in Michigan to Perform Single-Incision Robotic Surgery to Remove Gallbladder

Scarless, belly button gallbladder surgery is new type of laparoscopic cholecystectomy.

Survey: 80 Percent of Michigan Residents Support Upgrading State's Power Lines To Create Thousands of New Jobs

Four out of five state residents support the upgraded electric transmission infrastructure as a means to create high-paying jobs

Ford Opens New Plant in Chongqing; Home of the New Focus

The Chinese city is now the largest global manufacturing location for Ford outside southeast Michigan.

Panasonic to Supply Lithium-ion Battery Cells for Ford Motor Company's Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles

The supply agreement reflects growing demands for eco-friendly vehicles.

Honigman’s David Foltyn Appointed to United Way for Southeastern Michigan’s Board of Directors

Treetops Resort Instructors to Form Golf Academy

Jason Guss returns to the resort to partner with Rick Smith, will utilize technology to improve golfer's games.

Bizdom U and the Mobile Technology Association of Michigan to Host “Mobile Matchup”

The event will focus on networking between entrepreneurs and/or developers of mobile technology.

Sherrie Farrell Named Dykema's Detroit Office Managing Member

Amway Parent Alticor Surpasses $10.9 Billion in Sales

2011 marks the sixth consecutive year of growth for the company, who also launched a non-profit effort addressing childhood malnutrition that year.

Rubicon Genomics Announces Clinical Supply Agreement with Agendia

The agreement marks the company's first large-scale commercial partnership with clinical diagnostic test providers.

Dearborn Sausage Partners with Srodek's

Dearborn Sausage Co. has partnered with Srodek's of Hamtramck to provide a variety of fresh pierogi under the Dearborn label.

Habitat for Humanity Receives Gift to Launch $25 Million Detroit Revitalization Initiative

GM Chairman and CEO Dan Akerson donates $1 million to "Leaders to ReBuild Detroit"

As Close As It Gets

Do these two numbers mean anything to you — 1257.60 and 1257.64? Are they a source of panic, stress, reassurance, or maybe comfort? For me, it was a source of amazement … and somewhat comical.

Small and Fuel-Efficient Cars Make Big Gains as Gas Prices Increase

Shoppers turned their attention toward compact and hybrid cars amid rising gas prices in January, according to the New Car Insights Report from AutoTrader.com.

Chrysler Brand Introduces New 'Imported from Detroit™' Merchandise

The Chrysler brand has introduced a new line of "Imported from Detroit™" (IFD) merchandise that is available for sale now.

Michigan Chamber of Commerce Praises State's Efforts to Eliminate Red Tape

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today praised the actions of the Office of Regulatory Reinvention and the Environmental Advisory Rules Committee for developing a list of 77 recommendations for regulatory reform in Michigan.

Plante Moran's 2012 U.S. Hospitals and Health Systems Outlook Calls for Strong Leadership in an Industry "In Flux"

"Quality of Care, Finances and Operations are Under a Microscope"

TRW Develops Second Generation Scalable Airbag Electronic Control Units for Global Markets

TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. (NYSE: TRW) is developing its second generation scalable airbag control unit (ACU) designed for the growing low-cost vehicle and emerging markets.

Providence Hospital Expansion adds to Healthcare Corridor Impact

Providence Hospital unveils the first phase of a $5 million Emergency Department expansion.

Snyder Signs Bills Allowing Dissolution of Road Commissions

Road commissions to be dissolved by county boards of commissioners or by public vote.

Henry Ford Physician Appointed to Presidential Advisory Group

Dr. Kimberlydawn Wisdom to serve as a Member of the Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health.

Ann Arbor SPARK and CVBs Team Up with MEDC for National Marketing

New $1 million Pure Michigan advertising campaign promotes Washtenaw County region.

Key Plastics Announces Sale of Its Non-Core European Operations

Key retains operations, tied to its core businesses, at 12 locations in seven countries.

U.S. Consumers Hold On to New Vehicles Nearly Six Years, An All-time High

Weak economy, increased vehicle durability both factors, says Polk

Ross School's Zell Lurie Institute gives $90,000 to student startups

The Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies at the Michigan Ross School of Business has awarded nearly $90,000 to promising student startups at the University of Michigan.

Women Told Networking Key to Business Success

Relume Technologies Launches Plus Seven Family of LED Outdoor Lighting

The Plus Seven product line is backed by the company’s seven year product warranty.

Evans Distribution Offers Successful Model for Recruiting & Retaining Logistics Employees

Evans attracts and retains talent, even with industry-wide staffing shortages.

Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital to Add Operating Rooms

Construction on three new operating rooms has begun at the hospital.

Start Up Weekend at Detroit's Madison Building

More than 100 attendees participated in Start Up Weekend on Feb. 17-19 at the Madison Building in downtown Detroit.

The Engineering Society of Detroit Launches Initiative to Curb Engineering Shortage in Michigan

The Engineering Society of Detroit (ESD) and its Institute along with numerous Michigan leaders and stakeholders will unveil a new initiative entitled, "Made in Michigan Pipeline" on Thursday.

Beal Group launches CityFARM

CityFARM offers design, installation, and maintenance of urban farms.

Bagel Business to Make Detroit Debut

A young entrepreneur focuses on community development as he makes moves to open up shop in a popular Detroit neighborhood.

PDA Q&A

An Interview with Viet Le, CEO, HEYVIET Interactive, Royal Oak

Ford Upgrades Virtual Reality Simulator to Help Develop Future Safety Technologies, Driver Aids

Driver aid technologies are being developed to alert drivers of potentially dangerous scenarios.

Urban Science Annual Franchise Activity Report: U.S. Dealership Network Stabilized, Healthier

Sales influx results in competition, forcing auto dealers to up their game.

Nine Companies Receive Michigan Microloan Fund Program Support

Microloan funding boosts Michigan small business and helps bring products to market.

Kellogg Company Announces Agreement to Acquire Procter & Gamble's Pringles Business

The Battle Creek cereal maker plans to build a global snacks platform.

$15 Million Gift Gives Major Boost to Fellowships at Michigan Engineering

U-M alumnus J. Robert Beyster provides funding for fellowships and renovations to University of Michigan College of Engineering.

Import Export

Michigan could significantly raise its trade capacity, generate millions of dollars in economic activity, and create thousands of jobs by positioning itself as a global freight hub to the Midwest and the rest of the world.

Oakland Job Hub 2012 Has More Jobs Than Applicants

Industry expansion results in a rise in demand for new employees.

Building Industry Association Announces 2012 Executive Committee

New members took oath Wednesday, Feb. 15 at the Economic Forecast Luncheon and Industry Awards Program.

Obama Administration Hosts Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Members

Business Leaders For Michigan Supports Increased University Funding Based on Performance and Accountability

The group also calls for changes to the administration's plan.

Statewide Auto Thefts Decline for Fourth Consecutive Year

H.E.A.T. Cautions Drivers as Related Crimes Continue to Rise

Barely Out of His Teens, EMU Student Shows Entrepreneurs How It's Done

Kentaro Roy is a final year business student at Eastern Michigan University, but in addition he is also the founder of Kentaro Web Consulting in Ann Arbor.

Former Garland Executive Appointed GM at Forest Dunes

After a four-year hiatus in Wisconsin, Todd Campbell is coming home as general manager of Forest Dunes Golf Club.

Detroit Electronic Movement Festival Lineup Announced

Paxahau Promotions Group today announces the three headliners—Public Enemy, Lil’ Louis, and The Wizard aka Jeff Mills—and a partial lineup of 50 other performances including Juan Atkins, Kevin Saunderson, and Mr. Oizo.

Just Baked to Open its First Shop in Detroit

Suburban Cupcake business moves into Dime Building.

Ford Earns Nearly 500 Hybrid Patents with 47-mpg Fusion Hybrid

Ford inventors are helping make the Fusion Hybrid America’s most fuel-efficient sedan.

Roger Penske and Jim Rohr Join the 2012 Mackinac Policy Conference Lineup

The Conference, held Tuesday, May 29 through Thursday, May 31, is focused on innovation, collaboration and positioning Michigan to succeed in the 21st century global market.

London Chop House Grand Opening

On Feb. 11, the London Chop House in downtown Detroit held a grand opening celebration. The redesigned restaurant includes a brand new kitchen, refurbished oak bar, and the original dining room. The menu includes Dover sole, Veal Oscar, and the Pancho Burger.

Rubber Match

Detroit's Uniroyal plant helped put the world on wheels before succumbing to technology and age. But the gunk and crud remained - until now.

Detroit Independent Grocers Launch Mydetroitgrocers.com

New website helps Detroiters find fresh foods and grocers.

Stephen McKenney Joins Neuman Anderson, P.C.

Stephen McKenney has joined Neuman Anderson, P.C., a Birmingham, Mich.-based business law firm specializing in complex commercial litigation.

Buffalo Wild Wings to Debut in Detroit This Fall

Buffalo Wild Wings will make its first-ever debut in Detroit this November.

Credit Unions Provide Solutions for Local Businesses

While banks historically have played a significant role in lending, credit unions are proving that they are an alternative to provide dependable financial solutions.

Going Mobile

Credit card transactions are no longer confined to bricks-and-mortar businesses.

Michigan’s Corporate Tax Rating Upgraded to 7th in Nation

Michigan’s reinvention continues to gain momentum with an update from the Tax Foundation that improves the state’s corporate tax ranking in the State Business Tax Climate Index from 49th to 7th in the nation.

Detroit River Days Festival Announces 2012 Dates

Thousands of Detroiters and visitors are invited to kick off summer on the Detroit International Riverfront with the return of the 2012 Detroit River Days Festival, happening June 22-24, 2012.

Chrysler Group Executive Begins Term as Chair of the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council

Chrysler Group announced today that Dan Knott, Senior Vice President, Purchasing & Supplier Quality will serve as Chair of the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council (MMSDC) through 2013.

Behr America Names John Tepas Vice President of Engineering

John Tepas has been named vice president of engineering for Behr America, a leading supplier of automotive air-conditioning and engine-cooling systems.

Solanus Casey Center Wine and Food Event

The Solanus Casey Center in Detroit held its annual Wine and Food Event fundraiser on 2/10 at St. John Armenian Church in Southfield. The evening included a silent and live auction, a buffet dinner, and wine.

Cobo Center Operating Revenue More Than Doubles in 2011

Architect Matt Rossetti is Elevated to AIA College of Fellows

Rossetti will be honored at a D.C. ceremony in May for his achievements in Sports Anchored Developments.

Ford Names Jon Huntsman to Board of Directors

The former Presidential candidate brings extensive global knowledge and experience, says executive chairman Bill Ford.

Ford CFO Lewis Booth and Global Product Chief Derrick Kuzak to Retire; Veteran Executives Named as Successors

Booth and Kuzak retire after over 30 years of service to Ford.

Governor’s Proposed 2013 Budget Strategically Invests in State’s Future

"Key priorities funded while fiscal discipline maintained," Snyder says of the budget.

Taubman Centers Announces Strong 2011 Results and Introduces 2012 Guidance

Taubman Centers benefits from tenant sales, increased rents, and expense control.

Patterson: Oakland County is Michigan’s Leader

Oakland County executive L. Brooks Patterson highlights the county's strong points during his 2012 State of the County address.
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Business Features

All Politics Aside

The run-up to the presidential election will likely be the nastiest race in history, both in the battle for the White House and for Michigan's Congressional seats.

Cross-Trainer

Micro-Size Me

Company cafeterias are giving way to hybrid micro-markets.

The Butler Did It

Estate management was a cottage industry before a Grosse Pointe entity created a global association to serve domestic professionals.

Size Does Matter

A new website serving Michigan takes the hassle out of finding and leasing professional office space.

Magic Time

Can Magic Johnson and Dozens of other venture capitalists seed and mentor enough entrepreneurs to fill downtown Detroit?

Import Export

Michigan could significantly raise its trade capacity, generate millions of dollars in economic activity, and create thousands of jobs by positioning itself as a global freight hub to the Midwest and the rest of the world.

Going Mobile

Credit card transactions are no longer confined to bricks-and-mortar businesses.

Push-Pull

Song of Wyoming

Former GM plant near Grand Rapids undergoes major transformation.

Innovation Station

A new ‘invention’ shop in Dearborn offers an on-ramp to the global marketplace.
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From the Magazine

Rubber Match

Detroit's Uniroyal plant helped put the world on wheels before succumbing to technology and age. But the gunk and crud remained - until now.

The Scorecard

While there’s plenty of nostalgia for bringing competitive baseball back to the historic Tiger Stadium site, the numbers don’t add up.

Road Blocks

Can Detroit's Big Three survive and thrive in a climate of rising regulations, runaway litigation, and high taxation?
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