Greetings! We hope you enjoy our September 2018 Newsletter!
Monroe County's Lead Economic Development Organization geared up with a growth strategy for the 21st Century ...
Plan to Attend - BDC's Annual Fall Event
Registration for our annual fall event, "Focus On The Future," is open. The BDC will be co-hosting this year's event with Monroe County Community College on Tuesday, October 30, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at MCCC's La-Z-Boy Center.

We are honored to welcome Thomas Kelly of Automation Alley as our keynote speaker. As executive director and CEO of Michigan's leading technology and manufacturing business association, Tom oversees strategic planning and all ongoing activities for the organization which includes our featured topic ... Industry 4.0

"Imagine a world in which engineers can interact with 3D models in an immersive environment, where machines and products communicate with each other, and where products wend their way independently through the production process. This is Industry 4.0, the Fourth Industrial Revolution, defined as the convergence of digital and physical technologies disrupting the manufacturing industry and being realized today in smart factories across the globe."

Our agenda this year is packed, so please plan to join us and other Monroe County businesses and local officials as we share up-to-date information about our community and what is in store for our future!

Want to attend? Get more information and register by clicking the button below!
Financial Support for Manufacturers and Businesses
The Monroe County Matching Fund Program was created to provide gap and seed funding assistance for companies. Tim Lake, stated, "by nurturing new companies and those in growth mode, this program will assist with both capital formation and job creation within Monroe County."

To assist in the development of small businesses, the Monroe County BDC and ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital, via ProMedica Innovations, have created a $500,000 fund.

The application process is open and may be applied for at any time. Please visit to find out more about this funding opportunity. And, spread the word ... these funds are available to help Monroe County manufacturers and businesses.
Going PRO (formerly Skilled Trades Training Fund) is a Permanent State Law
Recent legislation was signed to ensure ongoing operations of the effective and popular Skilled Trades Training Fund. And, at that same time, the name was changed to Going PRO Talent Fund which better reflects and promotes our professional trades.

The most important change this bill makes is expanding the timeline for training to be completed. In the past, training generally had to be completed in the first half of the calendar year. Now, training can occur within a year of the award, which is something employers need to be more effective. It also ensures that prior year investments in the fund won’t lapse at the end of a fiscal year, but instead stay with the program for the years to come.

For more information, visit the Going PRO Talent Fund website, or contact one of our Michigan Works! Business Representatives ... Steve Mihalec , cBSP at 734-240-7961 or Julie Smith at 734-240-7960.
Opportunity for Construction Industry Employers
FACT: 37.5 million Boomers will retire in the next decade, yet only 21 million workers will enter the workforce to replace them. H ow can we address these impending workforce shortages?

MiCareerQuest SouthEast is going to be held Wednesday, November 28, at the Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Avenue in Novi. We are looking for Construction Industry Employers for Monroe County!

"MiCareerQuest Southeast, the region's largest interactive career exploration event for high school students, is coming this fall. It promises to expose students to a broad range of exciting, rewarding career opportunities as they prepare for their futures! Thousands of high school students from Oakland, Macomb, Monroe, Wayne, Washtenaw and Livingston counties will be meeting with working professionals who have built successful careers in a variety of fields. In addition, young people will have the opportunity to touch, feel and work with the equipment, tools and technology used by people every day in a broad range of in-demand jobs. The goal is to connect classroom learning with real-world jobs and their requirements. Students also will discover engaging workplace opportunities, such as internships, job shadowing and more."

Learn more by visiting the MiCareerQuest website. Employers interested in participating should contact Steve Mihalec (734-240-7961) at Michigan Works! Monroe Service Center.
Introducing Our Newest Board Member
Commissioner Greg Moore, Jr. is the newest member of our Board of Directors!

Greg is a lifelong resident of Monroe County. From the time he was young, he worked for his family’s computer wholesale business, so he is no stranger to the challenges and rewards of owning a business. After dual enrolling his Junior and Senior year of high school at Monroe County Community College, Greg oversaw internet sales for a wholesale company in Tecumseh, MI and eventually started his career in sales at AT &T.

In 2012, Greg started started his own business and became a licensed Realtor with Community Choice Realty. Creating Informed Solutions Realty, LLC with his father and wife, his team went on to complete over 50,000 commercial and residential valuation reports across six counties over the next three years.

Having been involved in local, state and national political campaigns over the years, he ran for a seat on the Monroe County Board of Commissioners for District 8 in Temperance, where he lives with his family, and won.
In 2017, Greg became an Associate Broker with Community Choice Realty, and continues to help clients buy, sell, and invest in commercial and residential real estate. He serves on the 911 Dispatch Board, County Planning Board, Monroe County Economic Development Corp., Lewis Corridor Development Committee, and is a delegate to TMACOG & SEMCOG. He is also a member of the Bedford Business Association, Monroe County Chamber of Commerce, and a lifetime member of the NRA. 
Commissioner Moore shared these comments, "As someone who is passionate about economic development, small business, and bettering my community, I am absolutely thrilled to be part of the BDC. I am humbled to work alongside some of Monroe County's best and brightest. Let's get to work!"

We welcome Commissioner Moore as a Board Member and look forward to all that his experience and expertise will bring to the BDC and Monroe County!
And, there is more ...
> We want to thank all of the Monroe County manufacturers who were able to join for us the Appreciation Breakfast for opening their doors to students for the 3rd Monroe County MFG Day coming up on Friday, October 5! We have had so much support from our manufacturers in Monroe County and without that support, this event would not be possible. We look forward to sharing the highlights in next month's newsletter!
>> We all share a common goal to make our region a great place to live and work! You are invited to the 5th Annual ProMedica Innovations Summit! HURRY ... this event is being held Thursday, September 20, from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel, the boldest industry trends that will impact the way you experience and provide healthcare in the future will be discussed. View the speakers lined up for this event, or learn more and register by clicking the above link.
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