November-December 2009

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Rick Snyder Launches Online Contest For Supporters To Choose Next Campaign Commercial

--Today, Rick Snyder’s gubernatorial campaign launched a contest allowing supporters to choose the campaign’s next television advertisement which will air statewide for more than a week.

Northwood University Partners with Autotrader.Com to Educate the Next Generation of Automotive Professionals

New Certificate Creates Better Marketers in the Online Automotive Space

New Leadership Team Prepares Ricardo, Inc., for Growth

Ricardo, Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of Ricardo plc, the leading independent provider of technology, product innovation and engineering solutions to the world's automotive, defense, transport and new energy industries, has announced three key appointments that will strengthen the company's senior management team.

Purchasing managers index shows SE Michigan employment lagging despite indicators of statewide stabilization

Manufacturing activity remains stable in Southeast Michigan but job creation is stagnant, according to a recent survey of purchasing managers.

BDO Seidman Launches New Program to Inspire Next Generation

Partnership with Junior Achievement, Seidman College of Business Marks BDO’s 90th Anniversary in West Michigan.

Feliz Navidad

The Cavanagh family hosted a holiday celebration at Cinco De Mayo restaurant in Redford Township on Dec. 21.

Michigan Film Industry Holiday Gala

S3 Entertainment Group, along with Film Industry Training and, hosted a holiday gala at S3's headquarters in Ferndale on Dec. 17.

A Very Italian Christmas

Tom Celani, co-owner of Celani Family Vineyards, and Joe Vicari, co-owner of Andiamo Restaurant Group, hosted a Christmas party on Dec. 16 at Andiamo Bloomfield in Bloomfield Township.

Volunteers of America — Detroit Athletes

Flairs of Novi was the setting for Detroit Athletes Adopting Families for the Holidays on behalf of Volunteers of America.

A Fine Time For Fine Wine

Bacco Ristorante in Southfield hosted an exclusive Italian wine tasting event for several dozen guests on Dec. 12.

Strategic Staffing Solutions' Holiday Party

The Detroit Athletic Club was an ideal setting for Detroit-based Strategic Staffing Solutions' annual holiday party on Dec. 17.

Successful Ride & Drive Returns and Expands at the 2010 NAIS

One of the highlights of the 2009 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) is making a grand return in 2010.

Saab Sale Cannot Be Concluded

Brand to be Wound Down

Ford Vehicle Residual Values Rise $1,300 on Average

Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) vehicles, bolstered by improved quality, fuel economy and popular redesigned models, recorded the largest increase in residual values from the 2009 to the 2010 model year among full-line manufacturers.

Hagerty Announces The 2010 Hot List: A Decade in Review

New List Presents Top Ten Future Collectibles of the Past Decade

The O Park — The Greatest Show on Earth

The Otsego Club in Gaylord has seen millions of dollars of improvements in recent years, including a new 22-foot Super Pipe that was created by Planet Snow Design, the world's leading designer and builder of snowboard facilities.

Know Advertising — Holiday Party

The 4th annual Scotch and Cigars, a holiday mixer hosted by Know Advertising in Royal Oak, was held on Dec. 11 at Goodnight Gracie Jazz and Martini Bar in downtown Royal Oak.

Jaguar XJ Premiere Party

The 2010 Jaguar XJ made it debut before more than 300 guests at The Reserve in Birmingham on Dec. 2.

Ford Engineers Imitate Human Touch Through a Robot Named RUTH

Human touch is highly subjective and complex, making it difficult to replicate in a lab.

Sweeney Appointed Buick GMC General Manager; Costabile Named General Sales Manager

Susan E. Docherty, GM vice president of Sales, Service and Marketing, today named Brian K. Sweeney general manager of Buick GMC, effective immediately. Sweeney had been general sales manager of Buick GMC since June 2008.

Chrysler Group LLC to Invest $179 Million in Jobs for Michigan, Fuel Efficient Engines for North America

Chrysler Group LLC will invest $179 million to launch production of an advanced technology, fuel efficient engine for the North American market, to be built at the company's Global Engine Manufacturing Alliance (GEMA) plant in Michigan.

Borders Partners With Kobo to Deliver eBooks

Borders Partners With Kobo to Deliver eBooks

General Dynamics Awarded $14 Million for Iraqi Abrams Tank Work

The U.S. Army Tank and Automotive Command has awarded General Dynamics Land Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE:GD) , a contract worth $14 million to purchase long-lead materials for the production of 140 M1A1 SA (Situational Awareness) tanks for the Iraq program.

Lieutenant Governor John Cherry Proposes Job-Killer Bottled Water Tax, and Threatens Private Property Rights

Lieutenant Governor John Cherry proposed a Job-Killer bottled water tax that will increase the cost of water bottled by Michigan workers by 70%.

Michael Score Named President of Hantz Farms, LLC

Score Is Set to Lead Hantz Farms In Developing Underutilized Land In Detroit to Create the World's Largest Urban Farm Score Has 30 Years of Experience in Agricultural Production, Food System Economic Development and Community Development

Plans Unveiled for 2010 Michigan Growth Capital Symposium

Continuing to Foster Innovation and Investment, Midwest's Premier Equity Event to be Held May 11-12, 2010

Beringea Invests in LED Lighting and Smart Grid Specialist Relume Technologies

Beringea, Michigan’s largest venture capital firm, has invested in Oxford, Mich.-based Relume Technologies, a leading manufacturer of light-emitting diode (LED) products and smart grid control systems for outdoor lighting applications.

David T. Provost Named Chairman of First Michigan Bank

David T. Provost, Chief Executive Officer, has been named Chairman of the Board of Directors of First Michigan Bank, a subsidiary of First Michigan Bancorp, Inc.

Energy Conversion Devices Announces 3 Megawatt Rooftop Solar Project in Spain

Endesa Spain Chooses UNI-SOLAR for Two Solar Rooftop Installations

The National Summit Unveils America's 'To-Do' List

Business Leaders Call for Collaboration to Revitalize America's Economy

A Scholastic and Digital Versailles

Celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2010, Specs Howard School of Media Arts in Southfield (formerly Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts), is launching a digital media arts curriculum next May that will cover everything from graphic design, motion graphics, Wed site design, and many other disciplines. Lisa Zahodne, president and COO of the school, along with Brad Richter, digital media arts supervisor, share how the institution anticipates and stays ahead of educational trends while enhancing the organization's standing as one of the finest schools of its kind in the country.

Modernistic Cleaning Services Adds New Division and Second Location

Modernistic Rugology division provides in-plant specialty area rug washing.

Wall Street says Oakland County is Michigan’s Only County Designated AAA

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson announces that Wall Street has reaffirmed Oakland County’s AAA Bond Rating, making it one of only two counties in Michigan to garner this recognition.

RPM Ventures Successfully Closes $60 Million Second Fund

Michigan-based venture capital firm overcomes tough economic climate to reach fundraising goal.

Brother Rice Business Alliance

Ruth's Chris Steak House in Troy was the setting for the Brother Rice Business Alliance reception on Dec. 1, highlighted by an address from Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox.

Dodge Targets Road Racing Enthusiasts With 2010 Viper SRT10 ACR-X

Dodge today pulled the cover off the newest special-edition model of the 2010 Viper SRT10 lineup.

American Axle & Manufacturing Prices a Public Offering of Common Stock

American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings, Inc., which is traded as AXL on the NYSE, announced today that it has agreed to sell 14,000,000 shares of its common stock.

J.D. Power and Associates Reports: Importance of Resale Value

Mercedes-Benz Ranks Highest in Owner Retention.

DTE Energy Environmental Project Will Create 900 Jobs

$600 million Monroe Power Plant expenditure will improve air quality.

Chrysler Group LLC Announces Changes to Its Agency Roster

Appoints new agency to handle media planning and buying - Expands existing agency relationship to include CRM activities.

Nstein Technologies Named to EContent Magazine's 100 List

Company recognized for Content Management, Classification & Taxonomy.

The HoneyBaked Ham Company is a True Michigan Success Story

While serving the World's Best Ham to the entire country, HoneyBaked remains proud of its Michigan roots.

Secure-24 and ATMP Consulting Group Launch Partnership for Private Practice

Secure-24, Inc., a leading provider of managed hosting and disaster recovery services, and ATMP Consulting Group, a strategic IT specialist in electronic medical record (EMR) standards, announced their partnership to offer Private and Group Practice Physicians secure hosting and project management for their EMR applications.

North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) Primed, Expanded and Ahead of Pace

While still December on the calendar, organizers of the North American International Auto Show are ready to fast forward to 2010.

Renaissance Venture Capital Fund Invests in 5 AM Ventures

Renaissance Venture Capital Fund, the venture capital fund-of-funds created by some of Michigan’s largest organizations, announced today that it has invested in 5AM Ventures III, L.P., a nationally prominent life science venture capital fund.

Van Andel Institute Cuts Ribbon on $178 Million Expansion

Rafael Vinoly-designed building creates capacity for 550 new jobs and expanded cancer and neurodegenerative disease research, features the latest in intelligent building design, and adds to West Michigan's burgeoning life sciences sector.

EEI Global Adds Virtual Events to Marketing Solution Offerings

EEI Global’s partnership with 6Connex offers clients a new digital engagement option.

The Henry Ford Partners with MAKE Magazine for 2010 Maker Faire Detroit

Makers from all over the nation will make their way to The Henry Ford, in Dearborn, Michigan for Maker Faire, July 31-August 1, 2010. This two-day, family-friendly event celebrates creative and resourceful people in the areas of science and technology, engineering, food, and arts and crafts.

Back From The Brink — Detroit's Cadillac Ace Hardware

After seeing his hardware store destroyed in a fire last year, Sal Yono, a longtime successful small business owner, is reopening Cadillac Ace Hardware in Detroit, on Davison, west of the Lodge Freeway, with his brother, Bashar, in January.

GM Announces Leadership Changes

To improve accountability and responsibility for market performance in North America and around the world, several key leadership changes were announced today by GM Chairman and CEO, Ed Whitacre.

New Website Engages Public in Plan to Create a Better Future for Michigan

Business Leaders for Michigan is pleased to announce the launch of, a public education and advocacy website for the Michigan Turnaround Plan.

Better Health Market on the Move and Expanding In

Sterling Heights and Plymouth.

New IT Company Brings Flat-Rate Billing and “Green” Processes to Businesses in Southeastern Michigan

Small and mid-sized business owners have a new option for IT services and it isn’t your typical IT company.

Citation Corp. Announces Acquisition of Blackhawk Foundry & Machine Co.

Deals Strengthen Company’s Core Competencies and Markets

TRW Unveils New Compact Driver Airbag Module

TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. (NYSE:TRW) today announced a new compact driver airbag module which is over 50 per cent smaller than conventional driver airbag modules.

National Launch of Chevrolet Volt to Begin in California with Other Lead Markets to Follow

Chevrolet Also Announces Partnerships with California Utilities to Study Regional Electric Vehicle Use, Infrastructure

Michigan Culinary Tourism Alliance to Form

Specialty Food and Beverages in the Spotlight.

NDeX Expands Default Processing Services to Florida Through Acquisition

December 1, 2009 — Michigan-based NDeX, a leading provider of technology and processing services for law firms nationwide and subsidiary of Dolan Media Company, announced today that it has expanded into the state of Florida. Dolan Media Company Chairman, President and CEO James P. Dolan made the announcement.

North American Steel Industry Continues Aggressive Efforts to Help Reduce Vehicle Emissions

AISI's Steel Market Development Institute collaborates with WorldAutoSteel and EDAG on steel-intensive battery-electric and plug-in hybrid-electric vehicle designs to be released in 2011.

MRI of Southfield Offers No Cost MRI Program to Local Community

When Sue Ann Durso, Executive Director of MRI of Southfield, and compassionate registered nurse, realized that she was expected to turn away a young woman with a large mass in her breast who needed an MRI because the patient's insurance company deemed it "not medically necessary" she realized that she had to do something.

Detroit Institute of Arts’ Founders Junior Council and American Institute of Architects Host ArtSeen

Avedon Fashion Photographs 1944-2000. Proceeds to benefit the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Snapfinger Introduces Online Catering Solution to Detroit

Web-based Meal Ordering Service Offers Simple Ordering and Transparent Pricing

National Federation of the Blind Teams with Chevrolet and GM to Incorporate a Safe Sound Alert for Electric Vehicles and Hybrids

Chevrolet, General Motors and the National Federation of the Blind are cooperating to identify a safe level of sound to alert the blind and other pedestrians to the presence of near silent-running electric and hybrid vehicles.

Patience Pays Off for Michigan’s Winemakers

Visitors to Michigan’s 71 wineries can taste the first wines from the 2009 vintage next spring. What they may not realize is that the grapes for those wines had a tough season on the vine. It was cold. It was wet. There was extreme cold in February and unexpected frost in early October. Not ideal growing conditions for wine grapes.


TROY, MI -- In October the national unemployment rate rose to 10.2 %, the highest since April 1983. Michigan’s unemployment rate as of October was 15.1% and retailers across the country plan to do less holiday hiring this year. Daunting figures, but one Troy-based company has good news – There are jobs out there.

TRW Develops Next Generation Airbag Control Unit with Integrated Pre Crash Functions and Inertial Sensors

TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. (NYSE:TRW) today announced its next generation Airbag Control Unit designed for maximum flexibility to allow the integration of a range of pre-crash occupant safety functions as well as inertial sensors for stability control.

Ricardo Kinergy Delivers Breakthrough Technology for Effective, Ultra-Efficient and Low Cost Hybridization

Ricardo, Inc., the US subsidiary of Ricardo plc, the leading independent provider of technology, product innovation and engineering solutions to the world's automotive, defense, transport and new energy industries, has today revealed details of the company's Kinergy advanced flywheel technology.

MPowered 1000 Pitches Competition is Huge Success

In its second year, entrepreneurship competition smashes expectations by collecting 2165 innovative pitch ideas within eight categories. MPowered Entrepreneurship team is now preparing for Award Ceremony on December 5th.

Asterand Announces Extension of Agreement with Bristol-Myers Squibb

Asterand plc (LSE: ATD), a leading provider of human tissue and human tissue-based services to pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies engaged in drug discovery research, today announced that it has extended its collaboration with Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE: BMY) for access to Asterand's products and services for up to three years.

Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP and Beers + Cutler Announce Merger

Merger to Provide Foundation for East Coast Expansion of Accounting and Advisory Firm.

Mission Point Resort Announces Lowest Price Guarantee For Meeting Planners

Popular Mackinac Island resort offers 2010 meeting special for a limited time!

Business Turnarounds — Due Diligence

Meagan Hardcastle, director of the Corporate Finance practice at O'Keefe & Associates, a financial advisory firm in Bloomfield Hills, addresses Michigan's troubled economy, potential sources of future working capital in the automotive industry, and the pending downturn in the commercial real estate sector.

University of Michigan Wolverine Venture Fund Achieves Record $2 Million Return on HandyLab Acquisition

Acquired by Becton, Dickinson and Co., HandyLab Marks Third Successful Exit for Country's First Student-Led Venture Fund.

Small Business Alive and Well in Macomb County

Macomb Foundation Inducts 9 Into Hall of Fame. Launches Updates in Time for the Holiday Season

User acceptance grows, while features aim to please

Recession May Be Over, but Recovery Will Be Gradual

With the severe national recession of the past two years finally behind us, the pace of economic recovery will be slow and unemployment will remain high for quite some time, say economists at the University of Michigan.

David T. Provost and First Michigan Bancorp, Inc. Complete Private Placement of Common Stock

Investors Demonstrate Confidence in Michigan-based Bank.

Ralph E. McDowell to Succeed Larry R. Shulman as Chairman of Bodman LLP

Detroit-based law firm Bodman LLP has announced that Ralph E. McDowell will succeed Larry R. Shulman as chairman of the firm’s executive management committee on January 1, 2010.

Pentastar Aviation Now Manages Entire University of Michigan Survival Flight Fleet

The University of Michigan has signed a multi-year agreement with Pentastar Aviation to provide management and support for all emergency medical operations for the Survival Flight program.

Attorneys Title Agency and Seaver Title Company Merge to Form the Largest Title Services Network in the State

Combined entity has 18 offices and 400 employees throughout Michigan.

Asterand Announces Agreement to Acquire BioSeek

Next step in consolidating Asterand’s leadership position in the global human tissue market.

FRAS-LE Applies Hybrid Green Technology to Friction Materials

FRAS-LE, one of the largest manufacturers of brake pads and linings worldwide, will introduce FRAS-LE’s Hybrid Technology (FHT) in the North-American market in early 2010. The new Hybrid material is environmentally-friendly and meets California’s 2032 legislation today –22 years early.

Detroit Architect Fulfills Childhood Dream and Opens Model Train Shop

Detroit native Rainy Hamilton, Jr. shares his love of model trains at Ferndale-based Rainy Day Hobbies

British Car Enthusiasts Launch Heritage Spares

Genuine OE classic British car replacement parts made available in North America.

DOW(TM) POWERHOUSE(TM) Solar Shingle Named a Best Invention of 2009 by TIME Magazine

he Dow Chemical Company's (NYSE:DOW) DOW(TM) POWERHOUSE(TM) Solar Shingle, the revolutionary flexible photovoltaic solar cell packaged in the form of a roofing shingle that can be easily integrated with standard asphalt shingle materials, has been named one of "The 50 Best Inventions of 2009" by TIME magazine.

PNC Completes First Phase of National City Conversion

Bank Announces Dates of Remaining Phases, including Michigan, in 2010.

General Motors Announces the New Company's July 10-September 30 Preliminary Managerial Results

eneral Motors Company (GM) released today preliminary non-GAAP managerial results(1) for its first 83 days of operation, providing an initial look at its financial performance since it began operations as a new company on July 10, 2009.

Security Surveillance On Demand

Larry Smith, president and CEO of MIST Innovations in downtown Detroit, is introducing a smart phone/PDA complement to the company's offering of network security monitoring systems.

Dow and HPL Sign Technology Transfer Agreement

The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE:DOW) announced today the transfer to Dow of collective assets from HPL (High Power Lithium), a company focused on the development of nano-structured energy storage materials and novel electrolytes for use in all lithium ion battery applications.

Mobiata Launches TripDeck to Organize and Track Travel Itineraries on a Mobile Device

New App Offers Complete Itinerary Management with Real-Time Flight Status, Including Delays, Gate Changes and Other Alerts; Manages Car Rental, Hotel, Trains and Other Activities.

nnovative Plant-derived Resin Captures Industry Honors

DENSO and DuPont Automotive Co-Develop Award Winning Eco Resin.

North American International Auto Show Announces 37,000 Square Foot Electric Avenue Display at 2010 Show

All-new feature presented by The Dow Chemical Company.

Arthritis Foundation, Michigan Chapter Raises $240,000 at Tribute to Excellence

The Arthritis Foundation, Michigan Chapter hosted its annual fundraising Tribute event on Thursday, November 5, 2009 at The Ritz Carlton Hotel in Dearborn, Michigan.

Olympians Are Coming to Otsego Ski Club

Olympic Snowboard Athletes will train this winter at Otsego’s 22-foot Super Pipe.

New Economy Initiative for Southeast Michigan Announces More Than $3 Million in Grants

For continued support of southeast Michigan’s economic transformation.

The Engineering Society of Detroit Institute Unveils Plan for a new Michigan Economy

More than 250 people gathered on the campus of the University of Michigan-Dearborn on Nov. 10 for the unveiling of the Engineering Society of Detroit Institute (ESDI) Michigan Clean Water Initiative report.

Troy Woman Business Owner Named SBA’s Michigan Minority Small Business Person of the Year

Michelle D’Souza, President and CEO of Unified Business Technologies, Inc. in Troy, has been named the 2009 Michigan Minority Small Business Person of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Reilly to Lead Opel/Vauxhall Operations

Search for New CEO Underway

Productions Plus Purchases the Talent Shop

Strategic acquisition strengthens national presence.
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Business Features

Top Lawyers 2010

As we close the century’s first decade and prepare to enter the next, the work of more than 2,800 attorneys practicing in Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties stands out.

Bistro Builder

Paul Jenkins Jr. has built some of the world’s largest casinos, but along the way he’s developed his own dining and entertainment offerings.

Digital Response

A software package created in Birmingham equips emergency responders with digital tools to better identify and respond to fires, hazardous spills, and attacks.

Veteran Affairs

Overcoming multiple disabilities, former Army Ranger Frank Campanaro has created a multifaceted Bingham Farms development firm that specializes in military contracts.

Roll the Tape — er, Game

A Birmingham startup is set to premiere a new genre in entertainment — a TV miniseries where video game players dictate the storylines.
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From the Magazine

The Finer Things

The 2009 holiday shopping season may be stronger than most people expect. A year ago, the downturn in the global economy put the brakes on consumer confidence, not to mention the sale of large-ticket items like cars and trucks.
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