Film Industry Insiders Share Secrets to Profits in Michigan’s Hollywood

Exhibitors, Chambers join for a free day of networking and learning

TROY, Mich., Sept. 8, 2009 – It’s the talk of the state and every business owner—big and small—wants to know how to this new industry, Michigan’s own Hollywood, can turn a balance sheet from red to black.

“Learn How to Tap Into the Film Industry” is just one of the many breakout sessions at this year’s Celebrate Michigan Expo 2009, Tuesday, September 29, 2009 from noon to 5 p.m. at the Ramada Plaza in Troy, MI. This full-day expo presented by, features more than 100 Michigan businesses and is free to the public. Comcast and the Ramada Plaza Detroit/Troy are this year’s title sponsors.

In addition to the breakout session on the film industry, the keynote speaker for the awards dinner will be Jeff Spilman, founder and managing partner of S3 Entertainment Group LLC, the leading provider of services to the film industry in Michigan, with offices in Detroit and Los Angeles. S3 brings film productions to Michigan, finances many of these projects, and helps filmmakers get everything that they need to have a successful production experience.  S3EG focuses on building the necessary infrastructure in Michigan that can help productions maximize the benefits of the Michigan Film Incentive.

In between business-to-business and consumer-to-business networking, demonstrations and exhibits, have arranged several other business-building breakout sessions on hot topics such as social media networking, managing the media, video blogging and finding business opportunities in the state of Michigan. is a Michigan-based initiative focused on “Making Michigan Matter” in the overall national economy. Founded by Janis and Marshall Rice in 1998, the website is an online showcase for Michigan businesses large and small, in industries ranging from personal services to manufacturing to entertainment.

“Celebrate Michigan Expo 2009 is a great environment for Michigan business owners and consumers to support each other and Michigan’s economy.” said Janis Rice, co-owner of

The breakout sessions include: Social Media 101, Find business Opportunities with the State of Michigan, Learn How to Tap into the Film Industry, and Seven On-Camera Mistakes to Avoid for TV News, YouTube & Video Blogging.

Also on the agenda is a Technology Fair sponsored by Core3 with raffles and giveaways, an auction of different Michigan-made products and Michigan-based services, a VIP Reception and an Awards Dinner honoring many of the state’s chamber of commerce organizations and individuals who are committed to making Michigan’s economy strong again. Five-time award-winning producer, Shawne Duperon of ShawneTV, will be on hand as mistress of ceremony.

“It’s in these difficult times that businesses and consumers must work together, partner, and collaborate to make our economy strong again,” Janis said. “Celebrate Michigan 2009 is a meeting place where they can network and discuss the latest trends and opportunities and make our state economically healthy again.”

The day’s schedule is as follows:

8-11 am: Vendor registration
11:35 am: Ribbon cutting ceremony
Noon-6 pm: Expo/Michigan Auction/Tech Fair
12:30-2 pm: Breakout sessions: Social Media 101, Find business Opportunities with the State of Michigan
2-3:30pm: Learn How to Tap into the Film Industry
3:30- 5pm: Seven On-Camera Mistakes to Avoid for TV News, YouTube & Video Blogging
4-6 pm: VIP Reception
6-8 pm: Awards Dinner was founded in 1998 by Marshall and Janis Rice as an online showcase for businesses large and small in industries ranging from personal services to manufacturing and entertainment. The site has reached a “5” ranking with Google, which is a powerful incentive for Michigan business owner looking for internet exposure. offers five membership levels, ranging from free basic listings to “Sponsor” listings at $200 per year.

Partner organizations include the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), the Michigan Business and Professional Association, the Center for Empowerment and Economic Development (CEED), and many local Chambers of Commerce. Celebrate Michigan expo is made possible by Comcast & the Ramada Plaza the title sponsors. In the last year, has been featured in multiple publications, broadcasts, and Social Networking sites, including WJR Radio, AOL Money and Finance, The Detroit Free Press, Michigan Technology News, C & G Newspapers, and Chris Holman’s “Michigan Business Beat.” For more information about call 1-888-315-1928 or e-mail: