DBusiness Daily Update: 10 Oakland County Main Streets Launch New Online Marketplace, and More

Our roundup of the latest news from metro Detroit and Michigan businesses as well as announcements from government agencies
Ten Oakland County communities got together to launch ShopOCMainStreets.com as a way to help their downtown businesses gain e-commerce capabilities. // Stock photo

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10 Oakland County Main Streets Launch New Online Marketplace

Ten Main Street Oakland County communities are collaborating to help their downtown small businesses gain e-commerce capabilities with the launch of ShopOCMainStreets.com, the first website of its kind in Michigan.

This platform allows shoppers to complete e-commerce transactions securely with one checkout process. Nearly 70 downtown businesses have already loaded their products to the new site.

“Coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic, we all knew that our downtown businesses needed to expand into e-commerce,” says Kristi Trevarrow, executive director for Downtown Rochester. “Being part of Main Street Oakland County and the national network that provides, we were connected to Member Marketplace, Inc. They build and maintain the website, provide technical support to the participating small businesses, and help customers visiting the site.”

Products include apparel and accessories, bath and beauty, books, collectibles and antiques, food and beverage, health and wellness, home and garden, pet supplies, and more. Participating MSOC downtowns are Franklin, Highland, Holly, Lake Orion, Oak Park, Ortonville, Oxford, Pontiac, Rochester, and South Lyon.

Farmington Hills’ KJ Commercial Brokers Goddard Square in Taylor for $10.8M

KJ Commercial in Farmington Hills has brokered the sale of the Goddard Square shopping center in Taylor for $10.8 million.

Goddard Square is comprised of a commercial property comprising a 77,340-square-foot shopping center, a 6,624-square-foot retail out lot building, and an adjoining five-acre parcel of land, and has been a cornerstone of the local retail landscape.

The property boasts a diverse tenant lineup, including well-known brands such as Planet Fitness, Dunham’s Sports, Cattleman’s Grocery, and Del Taco, among others. Goddard Square also is shadow anchored by Home Depot.

Kevin Jappaya, David Jappaya, and Preston Rabban of KJ Commercial acted as the buyer’s representative in this transaction.

Consumers Energy Continues Clean Energy Transition with Plans for Solar Project

Consumers Energy is taking another step toward its clean energy goals, announcing new plans for an 85-megawatt solar array at the former Karn coal facilities, outside of Bay City, which closed earlier this year.

“Consumers Energy put years of thoughtful work into closing the Karn facilities, and chief among those considerations was how we wanted the site to operate and function after the closure,” says David Hicks, vice president of clean energy development at Consumers Energy. “Based on future use studies and input from local stakeholders, solar emerged as the best option to ensure we continue to be good stewards of the land and to provide valuable tax dollars for the community while still pushing us further toward our sustainability goals.”

The solar array project is in its early stages, and Consumers Energy continues to work closely with community members, neighbors, and local leaders to design a responsible project that fits with the community and continues the path toward renewable generation. The project could provide enough power for approximately 20,000 homes and will pay local, county and school district taxes, totaling millions of dollars over its 30-plus-year lifetime.

The project, which aims to be operational by 2026, will reflect two foundational Consumers Energy goals: the significant scaling-up of renewable projects — specifically solar energy — throughout the state as part of its ambitious Clean Energy Plan, and the commitment to making a just transition for employees as part of the shift away from fossil fuels toward renewable energy sources.

MacDermid Enthone Industrial Solutions Hosts Sustainability Summit in Detroit

MacDermid Enthone Industrial Solutions, a manufacturer of chemical compounds utilized in surface coating applications, hosted its inaugural Sustainability Summit in Detroit on Sept. 14.

This event gathered industry luminaries and experts invested in gaining insights into the implementation of sustainable practices within the domains of decorative coatings and plating on plastics.

The summit gathered major OEMs, Tier 1 suppliers, and applicators spanning sectors such as automotive, household goods, and plumbing. Participants had the opportunity to partake in presentations delivered by MEIS’s leaders, covering critical areas such as energy utilization, emissions reduction, and sustainable chemistry solutions.

The speakers delved into subjects spanning policy considerations, sustainable technologies, efficient plastics utilization, responsible disposal of PFAS and hazardous chemicals, chrome alternatives, decorative plating, and the intricacies of regulatory decision-making.

“We are proud to host the Sustainability Summit,” says Timothy Gostick, vice president of technology and innovation at MacDermid Enthone Industrial Solutions. “The chemical solutions industry is diligently working towards reducing its environmental footprint, and this summit serves as a platform for industry experts to impart knowledge, ignite crucial conversations, and drive the global adoption of sustainable technologies.”

Swedish Company to Partner with InfuSystem in Rochester Hills

Swedish scalp cooling company Dignitana AB has formed a sales and marketing partnership with Rochester Hills’ InfuSystem Holdings Inc., a health care service provider facilitating outpatient care for durable medical equipment manufacturers and health care providers in the United States.

As a key provider of ambulatory infusion pumps and supplies to oncologists and other outpatient infusion centers, InfuSystem is said to be suited to offer Dignitana’s DigniCap Scalp Cooling System to its customers, enabling easy and efficient ordering and ongoing support to health care providers.

“We are pleased to partner with Dignitana to provide our customers with access to DigniCap Scalp Cooling System, a premium solution for chemotherapy-induced alopecia,” says Carrie Lachance, president and COO of InfuSystem. “We look forward to a long and successful relationship.”

The FDA-cleared DigniCap Scalp Cooling System is clinically proven to minimize hair loss from chemotherapy for cancer patients with solid tumors such as breast, ovarian, and prostate cancer. DigniCap is available in more than 260 infusion centers across the U.S. and over 30 countries worldwide.

“InfuSystem has a stellar reputation for patient-focused product excellence and outstanding service and support, coupled with access to the majority of cancer centers in the U.S.,” says Catarina Löwenadler, CEO of Dignitana. “This partnership is a significant step forward as Dignitana continues to accelerate growth in our most important market, and make scalp cooling available to as many patients as possible.”

Jeep Expands Badge of Honor Program to 68 Trails

The Jeep brand of Auburn Hills’ Stellantis has expanded its Badge of Honor, an online community that celebrates and rewards those who embrace the off-road life, is expanding its catalog to 68 trails, featuring the following six new trails:

  • Quartz Canyon: Hot Springs Off-road Park, Arkansas
  • Barney Rubble Blue Trail #49: Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area, Pennsylvania
  • Fern Ridge Trail #121: Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area, Pennsylvania
  • C-2 Trail #141: Kansas Rocks Recreation Park, Kansas
  • Rattlesnake Alley Trail #149: Kansas Rocks Recreation Park, Kansas
  • Cougar Crossing: Southern Missouri Off-road Ranch, Missouri

Customers can download and use the Jeep Badge of Honor app to discover trail highlights, difficulty ratings, and user photos, then earn hard badges to display on their Jeep brand 4×4 vehicles.

The Badge of Honor trails also are included in the new Jeep Adventure Guides, a built-in off-road adventure trail guide system featuring Trails Offroad, a leader in off-road trail guides and maps.

TechTown Detroit Hosts ‘Toast of the Town’ Fundraiser Tonight

TechTown, Detroit’s most established incubator and accelerator, located on the campus of Wayne State University, will host its annual fundraiser, Toast of the Town, at 5 p.m. tonight at the at the Wayne State Industry Innovation Center.

During the festivities, four local entrepreneurs are set to receive TechTown’s highest honor for their embodiment of the entrepreneurial spirit and leveraging the many resources found at TechTown and across Detroit’s small business community.

The event also will include immersive experiences, tech startup demos, displays from the trendiest independent retailers, as well as tastings from food entrepreneurs — all provided by more than 36 TechTown clients, alumni, and building community members alongside additional Hatch Detroit alumni.

Tickets start at $20 for the networking ticket and go up to $150 for the pay-it-forward unlimited ticket, which provides admission, unlimited food and drink tickets, and covers the cost of a budding entrepreneur to attend Toast of the Town.

For more information and tickets, visit techtowndetroit.org/fest.

Rotary Club of Dearborn Showcases ‘Virtual Museum’ Featuring 100 Years of History

Established in 1923, the Rotary Club of Dearborn recently unveiled a virtual space to showcase its 100 years of service locally and internationally.

“We spent several months researching our club’s background and activities,” says Bob Ziolkowski, past president and historian of the Dearborn Rotary. “We collected countless photos, artifacts and information to produce an anniversary book of more than 80 pages.”

The club enlisted the services of Ann Arbor-based Saganworks, creator and developer of a virtual immersive 3-D easy-to-distribute platform, consolidating all forms of media to create hubs for training, content curation for virtual exhibits, and connected portfolios.

“The Dearborn Rotary Club museum is a testament of our belief that this immersive experience can help to engage younger generations of prospective Rotarians, preserve and share Rotary’s amazing

work worldwide, and make these inspiring experiences available for generations to come,” says Carlos Valderrama, CEO of Saganworks and a longtime Rotarian. “In our experience, this platform allows users to tell a compelling story as well as help to advance world understanding and hopefully goodwill.”

Expressing gratitude for Saganworks’ time and engagement, Dearborn Rotary President David Anderson says, “To know that we’re the first Rotary club in the world to have something like this is really special.”

Council of Jewish Women to Host Women of Vision Benefit Luncheon Oct. 19

The National Council of Jewish Women, Michigan (NCJW|MI) will host its annual Women of Vision fundraising event on Oct. 19 at Adat Shalom Synagogue (29901 Middlebelt Road in Farmington Hills) with keynote speaker ABC News veteran John Quiñones.

Quiñones is also the host of “What Would You Do?” a hidden camera social experiment show that examines how people behave in a setting that requires them to either act or ignore what is going on around them, which is often an uncomfortable situation.

“John Quiñones was chosen as our keynote speaker because he is an unbelievably talented reporter who covered the Uvalde massacre with sensitivity and compassion, and his popular program ‘What Would You Do?’ showcases how people will frequently step up to do the morally right thing when they see an injustice,” says Sallyjo Levine, president of NCJW/MI. “As an organization which advocates for improving the lives of women, children and families, and which also supports important causes such as gun safety, John’s work aligns well with our values.”

The event also will honor Gardner White President Rachel Stewart with the Woman of Vision Award; and the Josephine S. Weiner Community Service Award will be awarded to local nonprofit Kneaded with Love.

For more information on the program, which includes boutiques on site and a raffle, or to buy tickets, visit here.

Eugenie, RATHAUS Films Announce Local Grant for Detroit Designers, Visual Artists

Eugenie Detroit and RATHAUS Films have announced two individual grant awards for Detroit creatives in the realms of fashion and film.

This collaboration seeks to support local artists, designers, and filmmakers committed to environmental responsibility and social impact. The Eugenie and RATHAUS grants each will have one winner that will be awarded $10,000 to pursue a proposed project. The application process will open on Oct. 10 and will be closed Nov. 10.

Eugenie is an elevated boutique for sustainable fashion located in the historic West Village neighborhood in Detroit. By offering this grant opportunity in tandem with RATHAUS, a group of filmmakers dedicated to telling stories that create positive change, these grants aim to inspire and amplify local talent, fueling local artistry and innovation.

“We are thrilled to open this joint award with RATHAUS Films,” says Gretchen Valade, co-founder of Eugenie. “This grant represents our shared commitment to the power of sustainable fashion and visual arts to drive social and environmental reform. We look forward to supporting Detroit’s visionaries and witnessing the transformative projects that will emerge from this call.”

All applicants must be based in Detroit. The grants will provide funding for project development and/or production, enabling two recipients to bring their visions to fruition and make a lasting impact on their respective industries. Eugenie and RATHAUS hope to advance the creativity and opportunity for residents of the city, while strengthening bonds between Eugenie, RATHAUS, and the Detroit creative community.

“When we founded RATHAUS Films, our goal, in addition to producing thought-provoking films, was always to give back to our communities,” states Kevin Steen. “Through involvement in both organizations, I’m grateful to be able to advance our shared mission of supporting Detroit’s arts community. Together, we hope that these grants will be the key to launching more city-based, locally funded projects.”

Both applications require the submission of a project summary with visual references reflective of the project. Finalists will be decided by a panel of judges, selecting a final winner following a secondary review process. Interested individuals are encouraged to visit Eugenie’s and RATHAUS’s websites respectively for more information, eligibility criteria, and application details.