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Delta Hotels Detroit Partners with Planted Detroit and Drench Dressing
Delta Hotel by Marriott at the Detroit Metro airport has formed a partnership with two Detroit-based food companies — Planted Detroit and Drench Dressing — that offer guests organically based ingredient salads and dressings.
The salads are made of fresh greens from Planted Detroit, which is biosecure (shoes off, full body suit, hairnet, boots, and mask on, automatic hand-washer). The salads feature Drench Dressings that are gluten-free, non-GMO, dairy, nut, egg, and fish free.
“Delta Hotel caters to Marriott corporate business and leisure travelers, and as a frequent traveler myself, I value a hotel that offers fresh and sustainable food options and Planted Detroit was our choice to partner to offer travelers that option,” says Fadi Achour, general manager of the hotel.
Tom Adamczyk, founder and CEO of Planted Detroit, says: “We are shortening the supply chain,” says “We harvest our greens every day, package mixes, micros, and ready-to-eat salads to order, and deliver them ourselves, right to your door. We never sell product that is more than six days from harvest.”
Drench Dressing was created by Karen Akouri, who offers an alternative to the typical grocery store dressings that can be full of soy bean oil or canola oil, which are primarily GMO and inflammatory. Akouri uses high quality olive and avocado oils in her dressings.
The salad options include the Belle Isle, Conner Creek, and Greektown. Drench Dressings options include the famous Mediterranean Lemon, Citrus Honey, Vegan Caesar, Balsamic Fig, and Southwest. Salads and dressings are offered in the restaurant and in the grab-n-go gift shop of the hotel.
Invest Detroit Ventures Receives $50K Grant to Support Underrepresented Founders
Invest Detroit Ventures (IDV) has received a $50,000 grant from the Revolve Fund to support its FAM Program, an IDV initiative to provide capital and partnership to underrepresented founders and help prepare them for the next round of investment.
“Our vision for Revolve Fund is to not only make financial investments in entities led by people of color, but also to help position these groups to access a wider array of capital,” says James Wahls, founder and managing director of Revolve Fund. “Partnering with organizations like Invest Detroit Ventures that are working to address systemic barriers means that innovative, ground-breaking startups that are often overlooked can have a better chance of succeeding.”
IDV, the venture team of Invest Detroit, a Detroit-based community development investment financial institution, supports early-stage startups with growth potential across Michigan. Though it invests in a variety of startup types and founder backgrounds, they are intentional about increasing the representation of BIPOC, immigrant, and female founders in the state’s startup ecosystem. Currently, 67 percent of their portfolio includes founder representation across these underrepresented populations.
“The FAM Program doubles down on our efforts across all of our funds to improve the odds for founders who have historic and systemic barriers to finding the capital they need to advance,” says Patti Glaza, managing director of Invest Detroit Ventures. “We believe that founders of all backgrounds should have an opportunity to contribute to Michigan’s thriving startup ecosystem. With a dedicated capital source like the FAM Program, we can help fill the friends and family financing gap these founders need at the earliest, most vulnerable startup stage and prepare them for future funding rounds.”
Breadless Sandwich Shop Set to Open on Campau Greenway Connector
Breadless, a restaurant that serves on-the-go breadless sandwiches, will celebrate its grand opening on the new Joseph Campau Greenway Connector (2761 E. Jefferson Ave.) near the Detroit Riverfront, at 3 p.m. on April 14.
Breadless is an awardee of both the Motor City Match Develop Track in Round 17 and Cash Track in Round 18. The company worked with MCM on site selection, project development, and construction. It used MCM technical assistance funding for help with the planning and design of the space and used a $50,000 MCM cash grant to complete its build out. The restaurant is one of five Black woman owned businesses that were awarded grants from MCM in Round 18.
Breadless features online order and pickup, grab and go, a walk- and bike-up window, delivery, catering, and a stationary drive-thru where customers can order in a designated parking spot and have food delivered directly to their vehicle.
MotorCity Casino Hotel Hosts Security and Surveillance Hiring Event
MotorCity Casino Hotel in Detroit will host a security and surveillance hiring event on Thursday, April 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Career opportunities are available in a variety of full- and part-time positions, including surveillance operator, surveillance training and investigation manager, security officer, EMT/security officer, and security shift manager. Hiring managers will be available to answer questions, conduct interviews, and may extend same-day conditional offers. Candidates should be prepared to quickly communicate their skills, talents, and past experience. Dress code is business casual. Applicants are encouraged to apply online before the event.
MotorCity Casino Hotel offers competitive wages, medical, dental, and vision benefits, a 401(k) program, and childcare reimbursement. Associates enjoy complimentary meals, vacation time, and weekly pay. Plus, there’s free on-site parking, exclusive associate discounts, tuition reimbursement, and more.
Career seekers should bring a valid driver’s license, state-issued photo ID, or passport. Candidates must successfully pass a drug screening and background check before hiring and/or successfully acquiring a Michigan Gaming license. Candidates must be at least 21 years old to apply. MotorCity Casino Hotel is an equal opportunity employer.
Park in the surface lot at Brooklyn and Perry Streets and enter the building via the Sound Board entrance.
Michigan State to Open Facility for Rare Isotope Beams May 2
Michigan State University’s Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) in East Lansing, a user facility for the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science, will open its doors with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 2.
U.S. Secretary of Energy and former Michigan Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm will join and MSU President Dr. Samuel L. Stanley Jr. at the ceremony.
FRIB will house the world’s most powerful heavy-ion accelerator, allowing researchers to access more than 1,000 new rare isotopes, many never before produced on Earth. Supporting a community of 1,600 scientists from around the world, FRIB will enable scientists to make discoveries about how the universe formed, while advancing innovation in medicine, nuclear security, environmental science and more.
The accelerator at FRIB will propel atoms to half the speed of light, resulting in collisions that produce rare isotopes that, until now, were only found in the cosmos, never on Earth.
Rare isotopes are versions of elements with a combination of protons and neutrons that do not hold together forever. To create rare isotopes at FRIB, a powerful beam of stable isotopes is sped up and collided with a target, producing rare isotopes.
Producing rare isotopes at FRIB should lead to scientific discoveries that could change society and improve lives. Nuclear science research has led to the development of technologies such as MRI and PET scans, smoke alarms, and cell phone technology. Additional breakthroughs in nuclear science are expected to yield further improvements in agriculture, environmental studies, and many other fields.
Rare isotopes also may be used to research and develop new materials for everything from pharmaceuticals to alternative energy and fuel sources. And on the nuclear security front, FRIB scientists are expected to be able to study rare isotopes to further understanding of nuclear reactions without the need for weapons testing.
One of the most immediate areas of potential impact is medicine. Breakthroughs in cancer medicine could be on the horizon. Doctors already use radioisotopes to find malignant cancer cells in PET scans. But medicine has yet to tap the full potential of rare isotopes to seek out and attack certain cancers in the body. Malignant cells can accumulate elements, like copper, and rare isotopes can help chemists and clinicians track them down.
JVS + Kadima Offers Free Zoom Workshop on Video Interviews
JVS + Kadima is Southfield will be offering a free employment workshop on successfully navigating one-way recorded video interviews at noon on April 20 via Zoom.
While many applicants are familiar with Zoom interviews, which afford human interaction and feedback, one-way interviews can feel uncomfortable as interviewees face a blank screen. The workshop is aimed at preparing Michigan job seekers for one-way interviews, which are frequently used as a screening tool at the early stage of the hiring process.
The program will be led by Allstate’s vice president of talent and acquisition, Sean Barry and Allstate’s team lead for campus recruiting and programs, Candace Gerads. To register for the workshop, visit here.
“Due to both changes in the acceptance of virtual work and the increased efficiency corporate recruitment achieves from using it, virtual and video interviewing is here to stay,” Barry says. “However, without practice, this new model can feel extremely uncomfortable because there is no live verbal nod or eye contact from an interviewer to provide assurance you are on the right track. With some helpful hints, applicants can regain confidence and be reminded that, in this market, they are the ones in control.”
For those needing more detailed career guidance and job seeing advice, assistance is available by emailing email@example.com.
MIOSHA, ASSP, Kelly Services to Host Workplace Safety Talk in Troy
MIOSHA, the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) Greater Detroit Chapter, and Kelly Services are inviting employers and employees to share a cup of coffee and learn about the importance of workplace safety and health.
Coffee with MIOSHA will take place from 9-11 a.m. on May 11 at Kelly Services (999 W. Big Beaver Road) in Troy. There is no cost to attend.
These events provide an informal opportunity for employers and employees to meet with MIOSHA representatives — including consultative and enforcement — to ask questions, obtain information on program services and resources, learn about MIOSHA Training Institute opportunities, and establish rapport.
For more information, visit here.
Zekelman Holocaust Center to Host Annual Yom HaShoah Commemorative Events
The Zekelman Holocaust Center in Farmington Hills will host its annual community-wide Yom HaShoah commemoration on May 1 at 2:30 p.m. The event will take place in-person at The Zekelman Holocaust Center and also will be livestreamed at www.Holocaustcenter.org.
This year’s program will be led by local clergy Rabbi Michael Moskowitz of Congregation Shir Shalom and Cantor Michael Smolash of Temple Israel. Members of the community will speak and present readings throughout the commemoration. In addition, candles designed to remember and honor the 6 million Jews lost in the Holocaust will be lit by survivors and children of survivors in the community. Following the event, all who wish to light a memorial candle are invited to do so in the museum at the Eternal Flame.
April 28 is Yom HaShoah — also known as Holocaust Remembrance Day. The day is dedicated to remembering the millions of lives lost to Nazi persecution as well as reflecting on the courageous acts of those who resisted the brutal regime. Gloria Ruskin and Marla Weiss, children of a Holocaust survivor, will share their father’s story at noon. A docent-led public tour is available at 1 p.m.
The Zekelman Holocaust Center is inviting the community to participate in Unto Every Person There is a Name, an international Holocaust memorial project designed to honor the memory of the 6 million Jews — among them 1.5 million children — murdered in the Holocaust. The project offers the opportunity to remember them as individuals, one at a time, through the public reading of their names.
From now through May 1, all members of the community are invited to record a video of themselves reading the names of Holocaust victims and uploading their video to social media.
To receive a list of names and instructions on how to participate in this initiative, visit here.
New Day Foundation’s Happy Hour for Hope Set for April 28
Rochester’s New Day Foundation for Families is hosting its annual Happy Hour for Hope on Thursday, April 28, from 5-8 p.m. at Wine Social (135 S. Broadway St.) in downtown Lake Orion.
The fundraiser supports New Day’s mission to provide financial assistance and emotional support to Michigan families impacted by a cancer diagnosis.
Live music from both dueling pianos and an acoustic guitar artist will be heard while mingling on a patio overlooking Paint Creek and Children’s Park. The event features wine, beer, and a full bar, along with appetizers by Silver Shamrock and treats from The Toffee Store. Those who register as a Bridge Builder with a monthly donation will take home a New Day pint glass.
“We’re seeing a huge increase in new applications this year,” says Gina Kell Spehn, co-founder and president of New Day. “With many delayed screenings now being realized, and government support waning, the cancer community is taking a hit. Thousands of families lose income because of a cancer diagnosis. We’re just thankful that our hospital partners work closely with us to refer patients so we can provide the support that is needed to help them make it through.”
Tickets are $65 each and may be purchased online or at the door, based on availability. Visit the events tab here to purchase tickets and sponsorships.