IPS Technology Services Wins a Website and Ecommerce Development Project from a Manufacturing Company in SE Michigan

Troy– Jan 30, 2014 – IPS Technology Services was recently awarded a Website and Ecommerce development contract by a golf club manufacturer headquartered in southeast Michigan.

Under this contract, IPS will completely overhaul the current website and add an Ecommerce feature to it. According to the golf club manufacturing company, the look and feel of the current website is not professional and its ecommerce component is clunky. “If a client comes to the website, it is hard to find any meaningful information and the online purchase experience is not user-friendly. This is causing us to lose business or leave money on the table,” says the owner of the company who has recently relocated to Michigan from the South.

IPS Technology Services will completely redo the website by restructuring it appropriately and giving it a fresh look. IPS will also add multiple new Ecommerce features and streamline the purchasing process so that a visitor can find and buy items quickly. IPS will also add three critically important items: the option for the user to customize a club prior to purchase, the ability to generate reports showing purchase status of visitors, and full integration of the website sales information with Quick Books.

All these features will help the client to increase revenue, improve client relationships and streamline operations. By investing in this project, the client will experience a both a cost savings on their website and a revenue increase from an improved customer transactional experience.

About IPS Technology Services

IPS Technology Services provides end-to-end IT services to the Small and Medium Businesses (SMB) marketplace. IPS develops custom applications using state of the art tools such as .Net, C#, VB, SaaS, SOA, Oracle, SQL Server, and/or by using third party software. IPS provides IT services in the following six areas:

1. IT Staffing (SharePoint, Oracle, Java, Dot Net, SQL Server, SAP, PM)
2. Technology Consulting, SharePoint, Enterprise Architecture, Best Practices
3. Web based Enterprise and Mobile Application Development and Integration
4. Healthcare IT with EHR and Practice Management implementation
5. Engineering IT services
6. Website development, Digital Marketing, and Social Media

For more information on IPS Technology Services, please call 248-835-9895 or, click www.ipstechnologyservices.com.

ArtServe Michigan’s New Two-Part Creative State Michigan Report Reveals Billions of Dollars Contributed to Michigan Economy

In its third installment of the Creative State Michigan report, ArtServe Michigan – the state’s leading statewide arts and cultural advocacy organization – today released its report focused on Fiscal Year 2011 for nonprofit arts and cultural organizations in Creative State Michigan 2014 and the creative industries as a whole in Creative State Michigan 2014: Creative Industries Report. Both reports are available at www.CreativeStateMI.org.

“Every day, Michigan’s arts and cultural organizations and creative industries are making major contributions to our state’s economy – creating jobs, spending in local communities, generating tourism revenues and shaping vibrant cities and towns that attract talent and business investment,” said Jennifer Goulet, president and CEO of ArtServe. “This year, ArtServe expanded its data set to comprehensively define and measure the influence of the creative industries to Michigan’s economy by including sole proprietors, independent entrepreneurs and for-profit creative businesses, as well as nonprofit arts and cultural organizations. The results prove the creative sector is poised for growth and increased importance to maximize Michigan’s competitive advantage.”

Creative State Michigan 2014: Creative Industries Report
New in 2014, the Creative State Michigan 2014: Creative Industries Report reveals in FY 2011, the creative industries paid nearly $3.6 billion in wages to 74,000 employees in more than 9,700 businesses in Michigan. This accounts for nearly 3 percent of Michigan’s employment totals, more than 3 percent of total wages and 4.6 percent of total state businesses in leading core industries such as advertising, the publishing and printing industry, design, film/media and broadcasting and architecture.

The top five counties for creative industries (determined by wages, employees and number of establishments), listed in order are: Oakland, Wayne, Kent, Washtenaw and Macomb counties. Oakland County’s total employee wages exceeded $1.3 billion; Wayne County, $808 million; Kent County, $284 million; Washtenaw County, $181 million; and Macomb County $175 million.

Creative State Michigan 2014
Creative State Michigan 2014 details economic and social data from 424 nonprofit arts and cultural organizations, representing an estimated 21 percent of the more than 2,000 cultural groups operating statewide. The data reveals that these organizations contributed more than one-half billion dollars in expenditures alone to the Michigan economy in FY 2011.

Among its most compelling data, the report affirms the creative economy as a significant financial contributor and strategic opportunity for Michigan’s economic resurgence. Of the nearly $565 million in annual expenditures by the nonprofit creative community in 2011 (which exceeds 2010 contributions), nearly $196 million supported salaries for 26,064 jobs. These organizations contributed more than $14 million in the employer portion of the payroll tax and nearly $1 million in state sales tax revenues.

Michigan’s arts and cultural destinations continue to demonstrate their essential value to the state’s tourism industry, generating more than $2 billion in state tourism revenues in 2011. That represents 16 percent of the state’s total tourism revenues in that year – more than golf, boating and sailing, hunting and fishing, and hiking and biking combined.

The report also provides indicators for the resources the arts provide for Michigan’s schools and children, as well as residents of all ages. In 2011, more than 3 million students benefitted from educational programs and events offered by arts and cultural venues statewide. These same organizations facilitated 1,936 programs in schools providing valuable educational experiences at a time when businesses continue to increase the value of creativity and innovation in the workplace while many schools across Michigan have cut funding for arts programs. Michigan’s cultural groups are reaching growing audiences, reporting more than 22.1 million visits in 2011, 68 percent of which were free of charge.

Methodology for Reporting
The research data for Creative State Michigan 2014: Creative Industries Report comes from the 2011 US Bureau of Labor Statistics Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW), the 2010 US Census Nonemployer Statistics (NES) (not included in this print report), and US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) (not included in this print report). All sources are available publicly through the Bureau of Labor Statistics or the US Census Bureau. ArtServe Michigan selected and categorized 141 NAICS and 96 SOC codes for the full study based on a review or existing research and research methodologies of other groups undertaking similar work in the United States. The report focuses on a total of 67 6-digit NAICS codes for QCEW study. Funding was made possible by the MASCO Corporation Foundation, Surdna Foundation, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the Irving S. Gilmore Foundation. The study and related fundraising was done in partnership with the Detroit Creative Corridor Center as a priority in its strategy to grow the creative industries in Southeast Michigan.

Data sources for the Creative State Michigan 2014 report include the Michigan Cultural Data Project (Michigan CDP), Americans for the Arts’ annual Creative Industries Reports and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. The Michigan CDP data includes FY 2011 data profiles from 424 nonprofit arts and cultural organizations.

Data Driven Detroit provided research support for ArtServe Michigan, as an independent examiner of the information.

About the Michigan Cultural Data Project
Launched May 2010, the Michigan CDP is a powerful online management tool with a robust support network designed to strengthen nonprofit arts and cultural organizations. It also provides funders with reliable, comparable data to inform grantmaking and helps advocates and researchers better understand and communicate the sector’s impact. A growing national model owned and operated by the Cultural Data Project, the CDP is operating in 13 states and the District of Columbia, with 267 funding programs and more than to 14,000 organizations participating across the US.

The Michigan CDP is made possible through the leadership and generous support of:
ArtServe Michigan
Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation
Barry Community Foundation
Battle Creek Community Foundation
Capital Region Community Foundation
Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan
Erb Family Foundation
Frey Foundation
Grand Rapids Community Foundation
Great Lakes Bay Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau
Hudson-Webber Foundation
Irving S. Gilmore Foundation
The Kresge Foundation
MASCO Corporation Foundation
Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs
Michigan Humanities Council
National Endowment for the Arts
Petoskey – Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation
Rotary Charities of Traverse City
Ruth Mott Foundation
The Skillman Foundation
Southfield Community Foundation

ArtServe Michigan is a statewide nonprofit advocacy organization dedicated to cultivating the creative potential of Michigan’s arts and cultural sector and creative industries to enhance the public health and well-being of Michigan, its people and communities. ArtServe advocates for arts, culture, arts education and the power of the creative economy in Michigan; provides leadership and professional development for artists, creative practitioners, and arts and cultural organizations; and connects arts and cultural leaders and supporters through strategic communications. Contact ArtServe Michigan at 248-912-0760 or visit ArtServeMichigan.org.

Statement from Detroit Regional Chamber CEO on Announcement that George Jackson is Resigning from DEGC

DETROIT, January 30, 2014: Today, Detroit Regional Chamber President and CEO Sandy K. Baruah issued the following statement on the announcement that Detroit Economic Growth Corporation President and CEO George Jackson is resigning:

“Throughout numerous mayoral administrations and the multiple challenges that have confronted the city of Detroit, the one aspect that has consistently worked is the economic development work of the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation. George Jackson’s leadership has been instrumental in this success, and additionally has built a strong DEGC team. His leadership and experience will be missed.”

About the Detroit Regional Chamber
Serving the business community for more than 100 years, the Detroit Regional Chamber is one of the oldest, largest and most respected chambers of commerce in the country. The Chamber’s mission of powering the economy for Southeast Michigan is carried out through economic development, education reform, regional collaboration and providing valuable benefits to members. For more information, please visit detroitchamber.com.

Brooks Kushman Continues to Expand IP Depth with the Addition of Two Attorneys

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., – Brooks Kushman P.C. is again expanding its intellectual property (IP) expertise with the addition of two new attorneys. Brooks Kushman is pleased to announce that Timothy B. Clise and Jennifer K. Ziegler have joined the firm as Senior Attorneys. The addition of Clise and Ziegler extends a series of recent new hires and promotions as the firm continues to expand its capacity in response to growing client needs.

“Following a solid year of growth in 2013, we’re again expanding our patent prosecution and trademark teams with the additions of Tim and Jennifer,” said Mark Cantor. “Tim and Jennifer bring the needed expertise to aid these teams in serving our growing client portfolio. We’re excited to welcome them both to the Brooks Kushman family.”

Clise adds significant depth to Brooks Kushman’s electrical engineering patent prosecution team, offering both in-house experience and leadership capabilities gained from managing his own firm. He specializes in U.S. and international patent preparation and prosecution in the electrical, mechanical and electromechanical arts for large, Fortune 500 companies to small start-ups. Clise’s practice and experience expands beyond traditional IP and across a wide range of industries and technologies.

Most recently, Clise served as a senior patent attorney and member of the Strategic Patent Development Team for Blackberry Limited where he evaluated internal inventions, directed patent application drafting on a worldwide basis and managed U.S. and European patent professionals to facilitate direct filing of responses. Prior, he was a managing attorney at Clise, Billion & Cyr in Minneapolis and an attorney/officer at the national IP firm Schwegman, Lundberg, & Woessner, which is also located in Minneapolis.

He earned his J.D. from University of Dayton School of Law in Ohio and a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Michigan State University in East Lansing. Clise is a member of the State of Michigan Bar, U.S. Patent Bar, State of Minnesota Bar and the American IP Law Association.

Ziegler also joins the firm as a Senior Attorney with nearly 20 years of combined in-house and outside counsel experience practicing in the trademark and copyright law areas. She specializes in global brand protection, trademark and copyright enforcement, anti-counterfeiting and trademark portfolio management. Ziegler has extensive experience working with clients in a variety of industries, including automotive, consumer products, entertainment, bio-tech and life sciences, and financial services.

Prior joining Brooks Kushman, Ziegler served as Senior Trademark Counsel, then Associate General CounselTrademarks, for Harley-Davidson Motor Company in Ann Arbor where she oversaw all aspects of trademark registration and brand protection in the United States, Canada, and Europe. Before this, she served as senior associate attorney at Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault, LLP in Boston and has also held other associate attorney positions.

She earned her J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Ziegler is a member of the Supreme Courts of Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts and Michigan, American Bar Association, Association of Corporate Counsel and International Trademark Association. She is also a trained mediator.

About Brooks Kushman

Brooks Kushman P.C. is a leading intellectual property (IP) and technology law firm with offices in Michigan and California, representing clients nationally and internationally. The firm has more than 90 intellectual property professionals specializing in various technical disciplines. Brooks Kushman has a reputation for providing leading IP strategy and counseling with a focus on the business objectives of its clients and represents clients across many industries with respect to protection, enforcement and monetization of IP, including patents, trademarks, copyright and trade secrets.

Brooks Kushman counts a number of Fortune 100 companies across a variety of industries among its clients. The firm is recognized by a number of leading legal publications and rankings, including Corporate Counsel magazine, U.S. News & World Report, IP Law & Business magazine and the Law360.com organization. For more information, please visit www.BrooksKushman.com.

Plante Moran celebrates 90 year anniversary in 2014

Midwest and international growth, new affiliate services and workplace honors mark highlights of firm’s history

Southfield, Mich. – Jan. 29, 2014 – Plante Moran, one of the nation’s largest certified public accounting and business advisory firms, is celebrating its 90th anniversary in 2014. The firm was founded by Elorion Plante on Jan. 20, 1924. Frank Moran, who was equally as passionate about philosophy and team building as he was about accounting, joined Plante in 1950 to form Plante Moran.

Plante Moran now has a staff of more than 2,000 professionals in 21 offices throughout Illinois, Michigan and Ohio, with international offices in Shanghai, China; Monterrey, Mexico; and Mumbai, India. The firm is currently led by Gordon Krater, CPA, who began his second term as managing partner in July 2013. The firm’s previous managing partners were:

• William “Bill” Hermann, CPA (2001-2009)
• William “Bill” Matthews, CPA (1993-2001)
• Edward Parks, CPA (1981-1993)
• Frank Moran, CPA (1955-1981; Moran was named chairman in 1981)
• Elorion Plante, CPA (1924-1955)

“It is an honor to serve as managing partner of a firm with a legacy that is 90 years strong. We thank our clients and staff for making this anniversary possible and look forward to celebrating Plante Moran’s rich history throughout 2014,” said Krater. “I am quite sure that our founders, Frank and Elorion, would be very proud of the firm today and our unique, world-class culture that makes us the employer of choice for staff and the provider of choice for clients.”

Plante Moran has had several strategic mergers in its 90-year history, beginning in earnest in the 1980s when the firm sought a bigger footprint in Michigan. The firm merged with Danielson Schultz & Co. and Bristol, Liesenring, Herkner & Co. in 1986, which gave Plante Moran offices in Lansing, Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, Benton Harbor and Traverse City as well as Cleveland, Ohio.

Plante Moran continued to expand in the Ohio market in 1997 through a merger with NCOT Accounting and Consulting of Ohio as well as Jackson, Rolfes & Spurgeon in 2009. Through organic growth and additional mergers, the firm now has offices in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus and Toledo. The firm entered the Chicago market in 2004 through a merger with Gleeson, Sklar, Sawyers and Cumpata (GSS&C). Growth in Chicagoland continues for Plante Moran, which further strengthened its presence in the region through a 2012 merger with Chicago-based Blackman Kallick. The firm’s Chicago office is now its second largest, after Southfield, Mich.

Key growth areas for the firm in recent decades include auditing, tax and consulting services for middle market businesses with a global presence, real estate advisory services through Plante Moran CRESA and a broad menu of wealth management services through the firm’s Plante Moran Financial Advisors (PMFA), Plante Moran Insurance Agency and Plante Moran Trust affiliates. Formed in 1982, PMFA now has more than $8 billion of assets under management and was ranked ninth in May 2013 on Forbes’ list of “Top 50 Wealth Managers”. The firm expanded its benefit plan audit practice in the 90s and now audits more than 1,200 benefit plans annually.

Plante Moran has received numerous top workplace honors regionally, nationally and globally and has been on the FORTUNE 100 list of best places to work since 1998. The firm has also been named a top employer for women, for women in public accounting and for interns.

About Plante Moran:
Plante Moran (www.plantemoran.com) is among the nation’s largest certified public accounting and business advisory firms, providing clients with tax, audit, risk management, financial, technology, business consulting and wealth management services. Plante Moran has a staff of more than 2,000 professionals in 21 offices throughout Illinois, Michigan and Ohio, with international offices in Shanghai, China; Monterrey, Mexico; and Mumbai, India. In January, the firm was named to FORTUNE magazine’s list of the “The 100 Best Companies To Work For” for the 16th consecutive year. Plante Moran was ranked #23 on the most recent FORTUNE list.

MedNetOne Health Solutions participating in new University of Michigan Child Collaborative Care Program

Program increases access to psychiatry services for underserved children and adolescents in Michigan

Rochester, Mich.—Jan. 28, 2014—MedNetOne Health Solutions (MNOHS), a Michigan-based health care management organization serving the infrastructure and clinical support needs of primary and specialty care private practice physicians and behavioral health specialists, announces that member practice Woodhaven Pediatrics, led by Michelle Pavlik, D.O., is participating in the new University of Michigan Child Collaborative Care (MC3) program. The MC3 program was developed at U-M in response to the insufficient number of child psychiatrists available to provide support to primary care providers in Michigan who are managing pediatric patients with mild to severe behavioral health challenges.

“There is a virtual absence of child psychiatrists in most counties in Michigan, particularly in rural underserved areas,” said Lindsay Bryan LLMSW, Liaison Coordinator for MC3’s Southeast Region. “This shortage has resulted in unacceptably long wait times for child psychiatry services, disproportionately impacting impoverished youth who are unable to pay out-of-pocket for private psychiatrists who do not accept Medicaid. As a result, many pediatricians and family physicians have been managing the often complex mental health needs of children in the state without additional professional support.”

The common behavioral disorders seen in primary care, according to MC3 research, include attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD – 14 percent), anxiety and depressive disorders (10-15 percent), disruptive behavioral disorders (five to seven percent), substance abuse disorders (two to five percent) and autistic disorders (one to two percent). The MC3 program provides “just-in-time” phone consultation by University of Michigan child psychiatrists to primary care providers regarding behavioral and pharmacologic management of patients, support to primary care providers through educational phone consultations and ongoing educational services via webinars and case reviews, and remote consultations to patients through telepsychiatry.

MNOHS CEO Ewa Matuszewski noted that the MC3 program complements the organization’s commitment to providing whole person health care, which includes behavioral health services.

“Left untreated and unidentified, early-stage mental illnesses in children and adolescents are associated with negative behaviors such as substance abuse, violence and unstable employment. That’s why pediatricians and primary care physicians increasingly need the specialized support services added by psychiatry to treat the ‘whole’ patient,” said Matuszewski. “The pharmacologic guidance offered through the MC3 program is especially important, considering estimates that nearly 85 percent of psychotropic medications are prescribed by pediatricians.”

To learn more about the specifics of the program, contact Anne Kramer at the University of Michigan at ack@umich.edu or 734.764.7179.

About MedNetOne Health Solutions:
MedNetOne Health Solutions (MNOHS), a leader in advancing the development and implementation of the Patient-Centered Medial Home (PCMH), is a healthcare management organization for primary and specialty care physicians and behavioral health specialists that provides administrative infrastructure and clinical support and programming to develop and sustain high performing, patient-centric practices while meeting government healthcare reform mandates. Learn more at http://www.mednetone.net.

Auburn Hills leaders respond to announcement of new Fiat Chrysler Automobiles headquarters

Auburn Hills, Mich.—Jan. 29, 2014— New Auburn Hills Mayor, Kevin McDaniel, 35, was both sentimental and optimistic in responding to the announcement that the newly formed Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. will be headquartered in the Netherlands.

“As a lifelong resident of Auburn Hills, I took pride in knowing that one of the greatest car companies in the world was headquartered in my hometown,” said McDaniel. “While we would have loved to have seen newly formed Fiat Chrysler Automobiles keep their world headquarters location in Auburn Hills, I’m excited to see Chrysler thriving as a result of its relationship with Fiat. I am confident Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will continue to be a good news story for Auburn Hills and the region. The company and its employees will still remain a very important part of Auburn Hills.”

Pete Auger, city manager of Auburn Hills, echoed Mayor McDaniel’s optimism.

“While Auburn Hills will no longer have bragging rights to Chrysler being headquartered in our city, the relocation of the headquarters is symbolic rather than economic in terms of impact,” said Auger. “The heart, soul and creative and intellectual engine of a tremendous automotive company remain in Auburn Hills. We congratulate the newly formed Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and look forward to their continuing contributions as a vital member of the Auburn Hills community.”

Mayor McDaniel will talk about the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announcement and more at the city’s annual State of the Community breakfast, sponsored by the Auburn Hills Chamber of Commerce and held from 8 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. (Jan. 30) at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

About Auburn Hills
Celebrating 31 years as a city in 2014, Auburn Hills is home to 21,000 residents and also serves as Michigan’s global business address, with 40 international corporations from 32 countries housed here. Auburn Hills residents enjoy the amenities of city and suburban living with parks, a revitalized downtown district and a welcoming city complex with a library and community center. Additionally, the city has five colleges and universities, the award winning Palace of Auburn Hills entertainment complex and Great Lakes Crossing Outlets, one of the state’s largest destination shopping centers, providing a variety of cultural, social and educational opportunities to residents, workers and visitors. Learn more at www.auburnhills.org.

Dykema Adds Veteran Intelletual Property Lawyer in Chicago

Chicago – January 29, 2014 – Dykema, a leading national law firm, announced today the addition of Aaron Charfoos to its Intellectual Property Group and Litigation Department as a member in the firm’s Chicago office. Prior to joining Dykema, Charfoos was a Partner at Kirkland & Ellis.

Mr. Charfoos is an experienced trial lawyer specializing in complex patent and commercial litigation. In 2012 he secured two major trial victories for his clients including one of the top defense verdicts in California that year. Mr. Charfoos has also won a number of appeals before the Federal Circuit, Ninth Circuit and Indiana Court of Appeals. In addition to leading litigation and appellate teams, Charfoos counsels clients on intellectual property portfolio valuation and technological development and patent prosecution strategy.
“Aaron possesses an impressive background and has worked on important matters for significant clients throughout his career,” said Peter Kellett, Chairman and CEO of Dykema. “He is a valued addition to our IP and commercial litigation practices.”
Mr. Charfoos’s clients work in a variety of industries including computer science, telecommunications, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, financial services, genetics, biotechnology, medical devices and technology outsourcing. He has also been an active member of the American Bar Association and Intellectual Property Owners Association.

“We are very excited to welcome Aaron to the firm and think he will be a great fit,” said Michael Borders, Office Managing Member of the firm’s Chicago office. “He has an excellent track record of representing clients across the country in key industries, including technology and energy, which meshes well with our diverse client roster.”

Charfoos received his B.A from Northwestern University, with honors, and his J.D. from the Northwestern University School of Law, where he graduated cum laude.

About the Intellectual Property Litigation Group

Dykema’s Intellectual Property Litigation Group features over 20 attorneys who are dedicated to the defense or enforcement of matters arising from patent, trademark, and copyright infringements. The firm’s attorneys resolve internet and technology-based disputes and litigate matters involving trade secret and unfair competition claims, false advertising, publicity rights and Intellectual Property transfers.
Dykema’s IP litigators are also skilled in setting the groundwork for successful dispute resolution with comprehensive discovery and case preparation, encouraging active client involvement throughout the trial and appellate process. The firm’s patent cases have protected a full array of innovative products ranging from artificial retinas to video games. For more information on Dykema’s Intellectual Property Litigation Group, please visit: http://www.dykema.com/services-practices-intellectual-property-litigation.html.

About Dykema

Dykema serves business entities worldwide on a wide range of complex legal issues. Dykema lawyers and other professionals in 13 U.S. offices work in close partnership with clients – from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies – to deliver outstanding results, unparalleled service and exceptional value in every engagement. To learn more, visit www.dykema.com and follow Dykema on Twitter http://twitter.com/Dykema.

Harrington Communications Expands its Client Roster with Animated Greeting Card Services

GROSSE POINTE WOODS, Mich., January 28, 2014—Harrington Communications, an award-winning Grosse Pointe Woods-based strategic communications and design firm, has successfully wrapped up another season of developing animated holiday greetings for its clients. The growing demand for custom, digitally animated greetings has allowed Harrington Communications to grow its client base locally and across the country.

This past holiday season, Harrington Communications designed and developed greetings for a wide range of law firm and professional services clients, including:

• Dechert LLP, one of the nation’s largest law firms with 900+ lawyers in 26 offices around the world
• Littler Mendelson P.C., one of the largest employment and labor law firms in the world
• Baker Tilly, one of the largest accounting firms in the nation
• Cambridge Consulting Group, a wealth strategies, benefits consulting and risk management firm
• Goldberg Kohn, a large Chicago-based commercial law firm
• Grant McCarthy Group, a tax consulting firm based in White Plains, New York

“Our animated greeting card services have opened the door to a number of exciting new client relationships both locally and across the country,” said Jay Harrington, CEO of Harrington Communications.

Animated greetings have become a popular option for many professional services firms looking to save time and money by eliminating printing and postage costs. They also serve to enhance firms’ images by incorporating unique messaging and branding into their holiday greetings. Animated greetings have been a specialty of Harrington Communications since 2008. Visit hcommunications.biz to view Harrington Communications’ portfolio of animated greeting cards from the 2013 holiday season.

About Harrington Communications
Harrington Communications is an award-winning agency that specializes in branding, website design and development, email marketing and content creation for law, accounting, consulting and other professional services firms. The agency, which is based in Grosse Pointe Woods, works closely with clients to learn their business and develop creative solutions to help them achieve their objectives. To learn more about Harrington Communications, visit www.hcommunications.biz.

January 28: Gov. Snyder Wants Immigration Reform to Accelerate Detroit’s Comeback; City Council to Hold Hearing on Arena District Project, Jan. 29

Gov. Snyder Calls for Immigration Reform to Accelerate Detroit’s Recovery

Governor Rick Snyder wants to open Detroit to immigrants to accelerate the comeback of the Motor City. In an announcement last week, Governor Snyder unveiled his proposal at the Ideal Group in Detroit, urging the federal government to harness the power of skilled immigrants by securing an additional 50,000 employment-based visas in the next five years.

Detroit community and business leaders were also on-hand to speak on behalf of the initiative, including: Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, Detroit City Council president Brenda Jones and the Chamber’s executive vice president, Ed Wolking Jr.

The Chamber has been a long-standing proponent of immigration reform, developing an item on its To-Do List following the 2013 Mackinac Policy Conference, specifically, to “coalesce the regional business community to support comprehensive immigration reform that helps drive economic growth and a pilot program in Michigan.” The Chamber welcomed former Florida governor Jeb Bush and former U.S. Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez to speak on immigration reform at the Conference.

After the announcement, Governor Snyder traveled to Washington, D.C. to continue advocacy efforts for the proposal. He spoke at an immigration summit at the National Press Club, joined by Gutierrez and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who agreed that Governor Snyder’s plan would help Detroit and other industrial cities. Chamber CEO Sandy Baruah attended in support. To listen to the Chamber’s vice president of government relations, Brad Williams, discuss Governor Snyder’s immigration announcement with 1320 WILS radio, click here.

City Council to Host Hearing for Continued Arena District Project Talks, Jan. 29

Detroit City Council will host a public hearing on Wednesday, January 29 at 5 p.m. at the Erma Henderson Auditorium in Detroit for continued talks on the development plans for the new arena district project, including the new Red Wings Arena. Discussion will focus on a land transfer and the exploration of a community benefits agreement between the city and the arena’s operators.

Evette Hollins, the Chamber’s manager of urban initiatives, will testify in support of the project at the hearing, along with former Detroit councilwoman Sheila Cockrel and others. To read more about the project, click here.

Maverick Marketing Monday to Highlight Best Practices for Pitching Media, Feb. 10

The next installment of the Chamber’s Maverick Marketing Monday series, “Getting Noticed: Key Steps for Pitching Media,” will focus on the development of effective strategy for gaining the media’s attention with newsworthy stories. Being held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, February 10 at Emagine in Royal Oak, the event will feature a panel of local media experts who will shed light on how to ensure that your company’s news pitches don’t get ignored.

Joining moderator Matt Friedman, a partner with Tanner Friedman Strategic Communications, in the discussion will be Al Johnson, news planning editor at WJBK-TV Fox 2, Chris Kirkpatrick, business editor for the Detroit Free Press, and Kate Abbey-Lambertz, associate editor for The Huffington Post. To register, click here.

Chamber Applauds Gov. Snyder’s Plan for Detroit Pensioners and DIA

Chamber CEO Sandy Baruah issued a statement last week following Governor Rick Snyder’s announcement of a proposed plan to help protect Detroit pensioners and the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) collection throughout the ongoing bankruptcy proceedings.

“From Day One, Governor Snyder has understood that Detroit is critical to Michigan’s re-invention. He has invested tremendous time, energy and political capital in working to put the city on the path to a brighter future. While full details are yet to be ironed out, the Detroit Regional Chamber is encouraged that the Governor and legislative leaders have worked in a bipartisan fashion and taken the first steps to better protect workers’ pensions and the region’s assets at the DIA throughout the difficult bankruptcy process.”

To read more about Governor Snyder’s effort to protect Detroit pentions and DIA artwork, click here.

Save the Date: 2014 Health Care Leaders Forum, March 12

Mark your calendar for the Chamber’s 2014 Health Care Leaders Forum, which will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 12 at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago – Detroit Branch. Some of the nation’s leading health care thought leaders will participate in an interactive forum, focusing on the rapid transition of the health care system, as well as the challenges and opportunities that exist for purchasers, providers and communities. For more information and to register, click here.