July-August 2010

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Michigan Women's Foundation Board Votes to Create New Fund to Invest in Women-Owned Businesses

Women's Angel Fund will provide access to capital to start or expand transformative businesses

Wayne State University's E2 Detroit conference Oct. 13 to inspire attendees on creating a business in a down economy

Focus on "How to Market and Advertise in a Lean Launch," and "How to Launch Your Business On a Dime Without Sacrificing Image, Quality, or Opportunities."

Beringea Invests in Cleantech Company ReCellular

Dexter, Mich.-based ReCellular is an e-waste company specializing in the collection, reuse, and recycling of used personal electronics, particularly mobile phones

Detroit Red Wings Sign Coach Mike Babcock to Four-Year Extension

New Deal To Keep Head Coach Behind Detroit’s Bench Through 2014-15 Season

Ford Posts Record Year-To-Date Sales in Asia Pacific and Africa Region

Ford's Asia Pacific and Africa region posted record sales in September of 78,700 units, a 27 percent increase, and sales of 651,856 so far this year, an increase of 40 percent

Downtown Detroit Partnership Changes Leadership Team

Cindy Pasky, president and CEO of Strategic Staffing Solutions in Detroit is new board chair. She succeeds Roger Penske, CEO of Penske Corp. in Bloomfield Hills.

World's Largest Business Competition Deadline Extended and Criteria Expanded

Businesses now have until 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, October 13 to submit their executive summaries for a chance to win up to $500,000

GM Invests $145 Million for Small Cars at Orion Assembly

Manufacturing site of future Buick compact sedan, Investment will help retain 1,550 jobs

2010 Business of Plugging InSM Conference Addresses the PEV Business Model, Oct. 12-14

Conference to be Held at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center

Automotive Hall of Fame in Dearborn Announces 2010 Inductees

Individuals representing automotive company founders, product development, marketing, design, and racing have been selected

Mercedes-Benz Financial Will Equip All U.S. Mercedes-Benz Dealers With Apple iPad

Company in Farmington Hills develops signature functionality for the iPad

U-M Medical School creates joint institute with Peking University

Leaders will gather Oct. 12 at U-M campus to celebrate the unique partnership and $14 million commitment to advance medical research

DFCU Financial and MidWest Financial Merger Complete

Merger to Benefit to Members, Employees, Communities

Fifth Annual Automotive Authors Book Fair in downtown Detroit

The Fair will take place on November 20 at the Skillman Branch, Detroit Public Library, 121 Gratiot Avenue between 2:00 and 5:00 p.m.

Wayne State Researchers Showcase Detroit's Hometown Advantage at the 2010 World Stem Cell Summit in Detroit

Novel scientific research and a niche business accelerator offer stem cell researchers and companies worldwide a fast track to commercialization

The Camaro Convertible will arrive in Chevrolet showrooms in February 2011

Starting price will be $30,000, including $850 destination

“The Great Debate” to kick off Brother Rice High School “Golden Jubilee Weekend”

NBC Dateline’s Chris Hansen to moderate inaugural event of 50th Anniversary Celebration

Midland's Dow Kokam Champions Flexible Battery Solutions at Paris Motor Show

Battery Systems Producer Demonstrates Design Flexibility, Integration Solutions for Plug-in Hybrid and Electric Vehicles

Wayne State University’s E2 Detroit conference to feature Michigan Winemaker and keynoter John Burtka

Burtka created winery on a dime; now million dollar business with plans to expand to Detroit

GM to Complete Acquisition of AmeriCredit, with GM Financial Beginning Operations Oct. 1

Acquisition will allow GM to offer consumers more financing and leasing options; leasing to start by the end of first quarter 2011

Chevrolet Unplugs Volt and Hits the Road

Cross-country drive brings the Chevrolet Volt directly to consumers

Northwood University’s 47th Annual International Auto Show Focuses on Consumer Demands in Electric Vehicles

The Auto Show will be held the weekend of October 15, 16, and 17 on the Michigan Campus of Northwood University located at 4000 Whiting Drive in Midland

ITC Holdings in Novi Unveils $3.9B Five-Year Capital Plan

Initiates 2011 Earnings Per Share and Capital Expenditure Guidance and Reaffirms 2010 Guidance

Great Lakes Crossing in Auburn Hills Celebrates a Transformation to Great Lakes Crossing Outlets

Michigan's largest outlet center launches new name, new stores and Celebration Weekend Oct. 9 - 11

APACC Honors Asian Business Leaders at Award Dinner on Oct. 7 at MotorCity Casino Hotel

Keynote Address by Wallace K. Tsuha, Chairman & CEO of Saturn Electronics & Engineering, Inc.

Detroit Mayor and Business Leaders Discuss Transportation and a More Sustainable Detroit

University of Detroit Mercy's College of Engineering and Science & School of Architecture present the 2010 Designing Sustainable Detroit Symposium

The Great Lakes Are Ready, Will They Lead?

New Brookings report offers a strategy for a better economic future

Polk Launches Aftermarket Industry's First Monthly New Vehicle Report

Market Entrance Report is Industry's Fastest Identification of Vehicles Hitting the Road

Mopar Introduces Electronic Vehicle Tracking System

If Vehicle is Driven Too Fast or Too Far, System Sends a Text

2011 North American Car of the Year Candidates

General Motors and Nissan dominate the list of 14 cars being considered for the 2011 North American Car of the Year

Walsh College Recruiting Local Business Owners to Host Middle East Delegation for October 8 Visit

Local business owners will be asked to provide tours of their companies and take the visitors to lunch

Oakland County Executive's budget recommendations approved by Board of Commissioners

Oakland County Board of Commissioners approved 23-0 his three-year, balanced budget recommendations for Fiscal Years 2010-2011, 2011-2012 and 2012-2013

CREW Detroit Announces 2010 IMPACT Award Winners

Prestigious Awards Celebrate SE Michigan’s Commercial Real Estate Successes

Henry Ford Hospital Performs First Intestine Transplant in Michigan

Only a few centers in the United States offer intestine transplants and Henry Ford is the only one in Michigan with a program

Chevrolet Volt Batteries Could Enable Renewable Energy Solutions

Partnership with Troy-based ABB Group to identify post-vehicle applications for Volt batteries

Accelerate Michigan Launches

A partnership between Business Leaders for Michigan and the University Research Corridor

WordCamp Detroit Conference offers web software boot camp for entrepreneurs and enthusiasts

Two day workshop Oct. 9-10 at Rock Financial Showplace reveals how to maintain websites and blogs with little cost

Outstanding Marketing and Sales Professionals Sought for the MSED Platinum Award Nominations

Winners will be Honored at Marketing and Sales Executives of Detroit Dinner in November

Vine & Dine at Cranbrook Institute of Science on Sept. 22

Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber’s 7th annual fundraiser to benefit Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan

Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber program celebrates local business success stories

Investepreneur™ Roundtable is set for 4-6 p.m. Thursday, September 28 at the Townsend Hotel in downtown Birmingham

Heavy Commercial Vehicle Demand Strong Outside of United States and Canada

India and China Experience Significant Growth

Ann Arbor SPARK Accepting Applications for Fall Entrepreneur Boot Camp

November 4-5, 2010 in Ann Arbor, Entrepreneur Boot Camp participants will receive intensive business coaching from experienced entrepreneurs and experts

General Dynamics Awarded $68 Million for Abrams Tank System Technical Support

Fund engineering studies on Abrams main battle tanks to identify improvements and replace obsolete parts

President of ALBANIA to Visit Detroit on Sept. 22

His Excellency, Mr. Bamir Topi, will be giving four Presidential decorations to outstanding individuals who have served the Albanian people and humanity

Planterra New, State of the Art Conservatory Opening its Doors on October 5th

New 23,000 Square Foot Retail Center offers Customers a Unique Botanical Gardens Experience

St. John Providence Health System announces interim president of Brighton Hospital

The previous president of Brighton Hospital, Denise Bertin-Epp has taken a position with Guest House, of Lake Orion, MI

Wayne State University announces sixth annual E2 Detroit conference

Keynote speaker is Josh Linkner, founder and chairman of ePrize

TEDxDetroit to Showcase Entrepreneurs, Artists, Inventors, and Creators

September 29 event will attract more than 800 attendees to the Detroit Institute of Art

Making Michigan History

M. Jacob & Sons celebrates 125 years of innovation and success

TechTeam Global Adds Latin American Support for Ford Motor Company

Currently provides IT services for Ford in the United States and Canada, Western Europe, and the Asia-Pacific region

CRUSH SOMERSET COLLECTION Wine & Food Classic Promises an Extraordinary Wine and Dining Experience

Proceeds to Benefit Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan

McIntosh Poris Sheds New Light on Historic Downtown Detroit

Plan Illuminates Landmark Building Facades Using Solar Power

Chrysler Brand Replacing Entire Model Lineup in '11 MY

Replacing full lineup with either all-new or significantly improved vehicles in the next few months

Redefining Compact: 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Sound of Silence

To meet their objectives for the U.S. market, engineers developed more than 30 acoustic treatments that mute unwanted engine, road, and wind noise

PulteGroup Selects Whirlpool Corporation as New National Appliance Supplier

Under this multi-year contract, Whirlpool Corporation will provide appliances to PulteGroup's Pulte Homes, Del Webb and Centex communities in 29 states and the District of Columbia

JAC Products Awarded MEGA Tax Credits to Expand in Ann Arbor Region

JAC Products is in the process of designing and developing 11 new roof rack/ trim systems for Toyota, Ford, Chrysler, Nissan, Subaru, Honda and Hyundai

The Fiat Brand Arrives into the U.S. with the Iconic Fiat 500

For the last three years, Fiat was the lowest CO2 producer among Europe's best-selling automotive brands

Whirlpool Corporation Selects The Pizzuti Companies to Develop New Corporate Campus in Benton Harbor

The proposed design will also target LEED Gold certification

University of Michigan's Zell Lurie Institute Unveils Lineup for Annual Entrepreneurship Symposium

Entrepalooza 2010 to Feature Keynote Presentations and Panel Discussions that Explore the Impact of Entrepreneurship

Detroit's Bayview Yacht Club shares lead in The New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup U.S. Qualifying Series

“Team Bayview Pride” is among 12 teams that will advance to the championship series

Warren-Based Hesco Sustainable Energy Receives Patent For Waste To Energy Conversion System

Promises to lower energy costs for municipal-based waste water treatment facilities and food processing plants that produce organic waste

Atlas Oil Continues to Expand its Operational Footprint

Metro Detroit Oil Company Expands into Central Illinois

2011 Ford Explorer: Torture-Testing in the White-Hot Sands of Dubai

Midday temperatures push 125 degrees Fahrenheit in Dubai - aggravated by high humidity near the sea coast

Innovation, Global Markets Focus of Speakers at SAE International Convergence 2010

Two-day automotive electronics conference held Oct. 19-20 at Cobo Center in Detroit

AT&T Invests More Than $80 Million in Michigan in Its Wireless Network

Overall capital investment of more than $225 million in AT&T's wireless and wireline networks across the state in the first half of 2010

Visteon Opens Manufacturing Facility in Kaluga, Russia

Visteon Opens Manufacturing Facility in Kaluga, Russia more info... VISTEON CORPORATION LOGOVisteon Corporation Logo. (PRNewsFoto/Visteon Corporation) Sep 8, 2010 08:00 ET Click this link to view linked Blogging Services Blog About This News Release Blog with WordPress Blog with Twitter Blog with LinkedIn RSS WordpressURL Visteon Opens Manufacturing Facility in Kaluga, Russia New plant supplies door panels and other interior components to Volkswagen; prepares for future growth

Ann Arbor SPARK's New Business Law & Order Helps Start-Ups

Business Law & Order will help new business owners understand their options and make better decisions relating to the structure, organization and management of their business

Azure Dynamics and Ford Motor Company Tap Xcel Energy for Elite Lead Customer Program

Utility and customers will showcase new Ford Transit Connect Electric Vans


Birmingham’s ultimate address available for private tours this month

Plante & Moran Elects Six New Partners and One Affiliated Entity Member In Southeast Michigan

One of the nation’s largest certified public accounting and business advisory firms

Wayne State University and TechTown to host the sixth annual E2 Detroit conference on Wednesday, Oct. 13

CEOs/experts give entrepreneurs advice for launching a business in a down economy

Detroit Chapter of TiE Inviting Submissions for Business Plan Competition

$50,000 in cash and services will be awarded

TRW's Dynamic Locking Tongue Helps to Enhance Seat Belt System Performance

TRW testing has shown that the DLT is very effective in preventing the webbing from slipping through the tongue when in the locked mode

APACC Salute to Excellence Award Dinner

Title Sponsor: DTE Energy Event sponsor: The PNC Financial Services Group

Michigan Association of CPAs Elects New Board for 2010-2011

Association serves close to 18,000 CPAs and affiliated professionals in Michigan

'Thinking' Car Key Predicts Driver Actions

Micro Computer Knows When to Lock, Unlock Buick LaCrosse Doors

EV-Focused Business of Plugging In Conference Returns to Detroit, Announces Key Speakers

The three-day conference, Oct. 12-14 at the RenCen Marriott, will feature programming covering all aspects of the PEV industry

Dancing With Local Stars in Troy for Habitat for Humanity

Local Celebrities, Strolling Food Stations, Silent Auction on Oct. 15 at San Marino Club

Caucus Club & Detroit Seafood Market Join Fall Detroit Restaurant Week

Friday, September 24 through Sunday, October 4 enjoy $28 Three-Course Dinners

Ford Uses Innovative Liquid-Cooled Battery System to Help Focus Electric Owners Maximize Range

The all-new Ford Focus Electric, which debuts in the U.S. late next year and in Europe in 2012, will be powered by an advanced lithium-ion battery

Renowned Golf Architect Tom Doak and Marygrove College to Build Facility for inner city’s Midnight Golf

Midnight Golf, a wildly successful mentoring program for inner city youths, uses the game of golf to inspire achievement

CommerceConnect moves out of pilot phase to help more Michigan companies

The new office, located in Pontiac, will work in collaboration with state and local partners

University of Michigan Frankel Fund Invests in Ambiq Micro

Two young entrepreneurs from the University of Michigan recently led the firm to win $250,000 in funding from Cisco Systems and Draper Fisher Jurvetson

LPGA Superstar Natalie Gulbis Returns to The Loon Golf Resort This Fall

The two-day 36-hole event will be played in a four-person team format with Amateurs competing in both gross and net divisions

American Cancer Society Launches New Cattle Baron's Shoot Out

Cattle Baron’s Shoot Out, presented by PVS Chemicals, Inc. slated for Sept. 24

Palace Sports & Enetertainment Enjoys Best August Ever For Concert Sellouts

Second Best Month Of All Time With 17 Sellouts At PS&E Venues

Historic Greenstone's Fine Jewelry Opens New Birmingham Location

Opened in Detroit in 1925, Celebrate 40 years in Birmingham in 2011

Court Confirms Visteon's Plan of Reorganization

Confirmation paves way for company's emergence from Chapter 11

Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan Receives Grant to Address Regional Nursing Workforce Issues

Community Foundation will collaborate with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Northwest Health Foundation to build the nursing workforce in Southeast Michigan

The Old Newsboy's Goodfellow Fund Of Detroit Honors Ford CEO Alan Mulally

21st Annual Tribute Breakfast On October 8

World's Largest Prize for Art, Set to Take Over Grand Rapids

Public vote makes everyone an art critic

Duo-Gard Introduces Line of Custom and Standard Bike Shelters to Enhance Sustainability and Design

Support for alternative commuting transportation also assists in LEED certification for commercial buildings, educational institutions and governmental organizations

BorgWarner Supplies Timing Systems and Transmission Components

Chrysler Group LLC's all-new 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine on 2011 Jeep® Grand Cherokee


Join hundreds of Michigan business leaders, entrepreneurs, organizations and top growth companies from the state's emerging sectors


Special $20 entree feature will be offered through Thursday, September 16, 2010

Used Commercial Vehicle Registrations Hit Record Levels, According to Polk

New record for used commercial vehicle registrations in a six-month time frame represents nearly 68 percent of the commercial vehicle market

New Interface Between Altair RADIOSS and RomaxDesigner

RADIOSS-RomaxDesigner interface enables a flexible, integrated approach to product design process, saving manufacturers time and money

Frost & Sullivan: Electric Vehicles Fueling Demand for Battery Technology and Supply

The EV industry has developed quickly, after decades of slow development, causing a potential bottleneck in battery technology supply.

CREW Detroit Announces IMPACT Awards Luncheon September 23rd

Prestigious Awards Celebrate SE Michigan’s Commercial Real Estate Successes
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Business Features

Wood Works

At Environmental Wood Solutions in Lake Orion, owner Larry Mullins is living proof that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

Java or Caramel?

Maxine Lauer prowls the floor of major consumer and trade shows like a big-game hunter. Armed with a camera, a notepad, and a near-encyclopedic knowledge of colors, fashions, and trends, she spots her most recent prey: Cadillac’s XTS Platinum Concept Hybrid.

Metro Detroit's Most Powerful Women in Business

More and more women are breaking through the glass ceiling in metro Detroit. In an effort to recognize their achievements, we asked readers to nominate female business leaders who they felt were moving their respective companies, industries, and communities forward. The only criteria was that the nominees be employed in the executive ranks of private businesses, corporations, hospitals, and universities in the five-county metro region (Oakland, Wayne, Macomb, Livingston, and Washtenaw counties).

Made in Michigan: The Movie

When state legislatures upped the ante two years ago to provide the nations largest incentive package for film production, Hollywood and independent producers came calling.

Bang the Drum

Stephen Badalament says his drums are world-beaters. “I can confidently say my drums will do 200 percent more work than you could ever ask them to,” says the founder and CEO of Bloomfield Hills-based Innovation Drum Co., makers of elite, custom-built, handcrafted drum kits.

Polyester Palace

One summer day in Troy in the early 1980s, a tall, thin man with a syrupy Southern drawl ambled into Kmart International Headquarters (KIH) at Big Beaver and Coolidge and signed in at the security desk.


Multitasking comes easy for Mark Kuban. After a 10-year run as a home goods sales representative, Kuban jumped into kiteboarding — a sport that’s actually been around for more than a century — full time in 2008. Kiteboarders use a large, inflatable kite to reach speeds approaching 30 mph, whether they’re on water or snow.
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Prepare for Takeoff

A solid bellwether of an economic recovery is a rise in corporate air travel. If executives, managers, and entrepreneurs are increasingly using private aircraft amid an economic recession, it’s a good sign a recovery is around the corner.
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