DBusiness Daily Update: Registration Underway for 39th Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Trot, and More

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The annual pre-parade Thanksgiving Turkey Trot will be back on Woodward Avenue this year. // Courtesy of The Parade Co.
The annual pre-parade Thanksgiving Turkey Trot will be back on Woodward Avenue this year. // Courtesy of The Parade Co.

Our roundup of the latest news from metro Detroit and Michigan businesses as well as announcements from government agencies, including updates about the COVID-19 pandemic. To share a business or nonprofit story, please send us a message.

Registration Underway for 39th Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Trot

Registration is open for the 39th Annual Strategic Staffing Solutions Turkey Trot, one of the nation’s largest runs on Thanksgiving morning.

Returning live on Woodward Avenue, this tradition leading up to America’s Thanksgiving Parade presented by Gardner-White features several distances for runners and walkers to choose from including the Turkey Trot 10K, Stuffing Strut 5K, and the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Mashed Potato Mile, along with a combination of race options.

“We are thrilled to bring the S3 Turkey Trot back to Woodward Avenue this year to kick off the magic on Thanksgiving morning,” says Tony Michaels, president and CEO of The Parade Co. “We love the energy this event brings to the parade route and are grateful for our fabulous partner, Strategic Staffing Solutions, who helps to make this event possible.”

All runners and walkers receive an official race shirt and medal. Participants have the option to dress in their favorite holiday costumes for the event. Race registration is open through Nov. 24. Race day registration is unavailable.

For more information on the Turkey Trot and America’s Thanksgiving Parade, visit theparade.org.

StartUp Nation, Dell to Host Webinar on Right IT Platforms for Business Oct. 27

StartUp Nation in Birmingham and Dell Technologies are presenting a free live webinar at 2 p.m. on Oct. 27 to help businesses select the right IT platforms.

The webinar will include a presentation and Q&A by Allen Clingerman, chief technology strategist of Server+Workloads for North American channels at Dell Technologies. Also planned is a discussion on hybrid cloud environments that provide flexibility for businesses to build the best tech foundation for them.

Other topics will include learning how to use technology as an innovative disruptor and learning how to scale business while keeping a budget in check.

To register for the webinar, visit here.

Kolene Corp. in Detroit Acquires Roseville’s Upton Industries

Kolene Corp., a Detroit-based provider of custom-designed and engineered molten salt bath equipment and specialty chemical formulations, today announced the acquisition of Upton Industries in Roseville.

“Kolene has always looked for ways to grow revenues, both organically through our R&D efforts and externally by acquisition,” says Roger L. Shoemaker, chairman and CEO of Kolene. “When the opportunity presented itself to begin discussions with Upton, the similarities between the two companies and what we provide to the customers in the industries that we serve, made this marriage ideal.”

Founded in 1937, Upton Industries designs and manufactures thermal processing systems in the metal heat treating industry. Its engineered thermal solutions methodology has allowed the company to become a leader in traditional lines of heat treat equipment including box type, car bottom, lift-off, and specialty furnaces utilizing either electric heating or gas-fired systems.

Kolene will maintain both the Detroit headquarters location and the Roseville location, which will be home to all Kolene’s manufacturing and fabrication.  By bringing the two companies together, the new Kolene will house nearly 50,000 square feet of manufacturing, fabrication, and commercial processing capabilities.

“After thoroughly evaluating Upton’s capabilities, it was apparent that there are tremendous synergies between the two companies,” says W. Scott Schilling, president of Kolene. “Capitalizing on these synergies will allow Kolene to expand into applications and revenue segments where we have not historically been.  Kolene will also have the ability to become more vertically integrated due to Upton’s manufacturing and fabrications capabilities, which will allow us to strengthen our overall margins. The two companies are a perfect fit.”

Ilitch Cos. Job Fair at Little Caesars Arena Oct. 26 Features 200+ Open Positions

Olympia Entertainment is hosting a job fair at Little Caesars Arena from 1-5 p.m. on Oct. 26 to fill the more than 200 part-time event positions. Interviewees can be hired on-the-spot, and no reservation or appointment is necessary to attend.

Candidates hired will get paid to staff live events in Detroit, including Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Pistons games, concerts, and other events at venues such as Little Caesars Arena, the historic Fox Theatre, and DTE Energy Music Theatre. Current part-time openings include positions with guest services, maintenance, and housekeeping, as well as roles in crowd management, parking, and more.

“Event positions with Olympia Entertainment offer flexibility and fun in the heartbeat of the city,” says Michele Bartos, vice president of human resources for Olympia Entertainment. “We know how sports, concerts, and shows can bring people together — and we know how much they have been missed. The return of live events is bringing a sense of joy and vibrancy back to metro Detroit, and our colleagues get to experience that feeling of amazing, inspiring, and uniting fans, night after night.”

Interested candidates can register in advance here.

Little Caesars Pizza and Champion Foods also are looking to fill a variety of positions in the fast-paced food industry. For Little Caesars opportunities, visit here. For Champion Foods openings, visit here.

For more information about all job opportunities with Ilitch Cos., visit here.

Southfield’s Telemus Launches New Investment Advisory Platform

Telemus Capital, an independent wealth advisory firm based in Southfield, today announced the launch of Telemus Digital, a new investment advisory platform that blends the benefits of a robo-advisor with the personal touch of a dedicated financial advisor.

After a soft launch in the spring, Telemus Digital now is available to investors who enjoy the ease of use of an automated investment platform but need something more. This tool was designed to simplify the process of building a portfolio that fits an individual’s risk tolerance and time horizon while automating some of the more complex aspects of investing, such as monthly contributions, tax-loss harvesting, and portfolio rebalancing.

“Robo-advisors are very popular and they help many new investors gain exposure to the markets, but they lack that personal guidance and customized planning that many people need to take that next step in reaching their long-term financial goals,” says Matt Ran, COO of Telemus. “We are routinely looking for innovation and ways to differentiate our firm, while supporting more investors who may have minimal complexities in their financial picture and do not need our full scope of services.”

Telemus developed this new investment tool in partnership with AdvisorEngine, a financial experience company and provider of portfolio management technology and industry-leading CRM.

There is no minimum requirement for investable assets on the platform. Users will be able to get a personalized risk assessment at the start. Once a portfolio match is determined, clients can begin investing through the platform and working with the firm’s award-winning team.

For more information, visit here.

Landmark Health Expands into Southeast Michigan

California-based Landmark Health and its affiliated medical groups are expanding their services into southeast Michigan.

Landmark is a value-based house call provider that brings doctors, advanced practitioners, and care team members into the homes of the most clinically complex patients.

“We have reinvented the house call to make health care more personal and easier for the people who need comprehensive care the most,” says Eric Van Horn, chief business officer at Landmark. “Expanding into new states supports our vision of the future of health care by increasing opportunities for more patients to receive easy access to care in place, ultimately to delay disease progression and live longer at home.”

Landmark doctors and advanced practice providers bring proactive medical care to these patients in the home, in coordination with patients’ primary care physicians and specialists. In addition to regular home visits and check-ins, 24/7 response to patients’ urgent needs, Landmark solutions keep patients from unnecessary emergency room visits.

“Landmark’s model inherently breaks barriers that seniors with complex medical conditions experience when accessing care,” says Dr. Pam Sullivan, chief clinical officer at Landmark. “By taking the time to do the right thing for the right patient at the right time we are increasing healthy days and bringing better health to families and communities to the regions we serve.”

ACC Plans Winter Jacket and Turkey Distribution

The Troy-based ACC will be distributing new winter coats, hats, gloves, and socks to the community at 10 a.m. on Oct. 26 at the ACC Youth Center at 62 W. Seven Mile Road in Detroit.

Distribution will be on a first-come, first-served basis, and masks and social distancing are required.

On Nov. 23, ACC will be distributing Thanksgiving turkeys, side dishes, rolls, dessert, and fresh groceries to the community. That activity will take place at 10 a.m. at 110 W. Seven Mile Road in Detroit.

For more information, contact ACC at 248-559-1990 or visit www.myacc.org.

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