Greetings! We hope you enjoy our July 2016 Newsletter!
Department of Commerce Sponsors World-Wide Summit

The U.S. Department of Commerce branded "Select USA" to aid foreign companies with an interest in locating their businesses to the United States. As part of that effort, the third annual Select USA Summit was held in Washington D.C. on June 19-22. The Summit's purpose was to bring foreign direct investment to the United States by inviting interested companies, service providers and economic development organizations.

This was the first year the BDC attended the event. "The quality of the summit was outstanding," commented Tim Lake. "I learned what foreign companies look for as they contemplate investments into U.S. markets. Like other companies they seek locations providing supply chain value, and appreciate the local, state and federal support provided to their projects."

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) encouraged their local partners to attend. As a local partner, we were able to support the MEDC at their booth and attend a reception that Michigan hosted at the Summit. Being on the exhibit floor allowed the opportunity to network with companies that have an interest in doing business in Michigan and the US. Knowledge gained from attending this event will certainly assist us in actively pursuing those foreign companies considering investment in our region. 

Over 2,400 people attended this event. In addition to being hosted by the Department of Commerce, nine other federal departments attended as well. President Obama was the keynote speaker and emphasized to all that the U.S. is open for business!

To watch videos taken of the Summit sessions and learn more, visit Select USA.

Informational Session on Skilled Trades Training Fund
The State of Michigan will once again be offering the Skilled Trades  Training Fund (STTF) and recently approved nearly $13 million in new  funding for the program to become available October 1. With  the limited budget we fully anticipate these funds to be allocated very  quickly, usually within two weeks. We would like to extend an invitation to an informational session that will outline the program and application process allowing you to be one of the first to learn about this funding opportunity for employee training.  
If you have any training needs at all, classroom training or on the job training, including apprenticeships, this program may be of assistance.  Representatives from SEMCA and Michigan Works! will be available to discuss the program and answer any questions you may have. 
The session will be held  Thursday, July 28, 8:30 am, at the Michigan Works Monroe Service Center, 1531 N. Telegraph Road, Monroe. Click here for advanced registration. 
Things Worth Noting ...
  • Monroe County Community College Fundamentals Summer Camps 2016 - There are still July camp offerings available. Call 734-384-4330 or visit their website. 
  • Monroe County Intermediate School District 2016 STEM Summer Camps - There are still STEM camps available in July.  View camps and registration details on their website.
  • Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Resources in Monroe County - SBDC services are available at Monroe County Library on M50 the 1st Monday of each month from 1:00 to 5:00 pm. For more information, contact Kelly Robertson Notar at rkk103@wccnet.edu or 734-249-5987.

  • Mark your calendars and plan to attend the Monroe County Fair being held the week of July 31 to August 6! 

  • The Greater Ann Arbor Michigan Buyer's Summit will be held on August 4 at the Weber Inn in Ann Arbor. For more information and to register, click the link above.

  • The River Raisin Jazz Festival and Monroe Superstore Jeep Fest will be held August 11 to August 14. Free concerts and off-road Jeep courses will be part of an event filled weekend. Mark your calendar and watch for more details to follow!

  Please feel free to contact us anytime!
Tim Lake  |  Charlene Page  |  LuAnn Hogberg