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The Detroit Regional Chamber Announces Entrepreneurship Panel Moderated by Josh Linkner at the 2012 Mackinac Policy Conference

DETROIT, May 8, 2012 – The Detroit Regional Chamber is pleased to announce the members of an entrepreneurship panel moderated by Josh Linkner, CEO and managing partner of Detroit Venture Partners, at the 2012 Mackinac Policy Conference. Held Tuesday, May 29 through Thursday, May 31, the Conference is focused on innovation, collaboration and positioning Michigan to succeed in the 21st century global market.

“The 2012 Mackinac Policy Conference is the perfect stage to showcase the entrepreneurial spirit and energy that is driving innovation in Michigan,” said Henry Ford Health System CEO Nancy Schlichting, chair of the 2012 Conference. “We have no greater asset than the entrepreneurs who continue to push the envelope and refuse to accept business as usual. This session reflects the infusion of new ideas throughout Detroit and across the state that are leading Michigan’s continued recovery.”

The panel discussion will center on entrepreneurship as a catalyst for economic recovery in Michigan with leading corporate CEOs and entrepreneurs sharing their ideas, best practices and success stories. Linkner will moderate the panel, which includes: Rick DeVos, CEO, Start Garden; Angel Gambino, senior vice president, digital innovations, Westfield Shoppingtowns; Chris Rizik, CEO and fund manager, Renaissance Venture Capital Fund; and Dave Zilko, president and vice chairman, Garden Fresh Salsa Inc.

“Entrepreneurs continue to strengthen Michigan’s global brand and bolster our state’s reputation as a hotbed for innovation,” said Chamber President and CEO Sandy K. Baruah. “Excitement is building around Michigan’s entrepreneurial environment and the good things that are taking place around the state, particularly in Detroit. This panel, in many ways, reflects the new faces and talent that are redefining our economic landscape and attracting business and investment to Michigan.”

The 2012 Mackinac Policy Conference’s three pillars are innovation, collaboration and the 21st century global market. To learn more about how the Conference aims create a globally competitive, financially attractive business environment in Michigan, visit

Detroit Regional Chamber 2012 Mackinac Policy Conference
The Mackinac Policy Conference – the Detroit Regional Chamber’s annual event – brings together business and government to move Michigan forward. Since 1981, the Conference has provided access to Michigan’s top business professionals, legislative leaders, corporate CEOs, entrepreneurs and veteran regional champions. Over 1,500 attendees will gather for the 2012 Conference, held May 29 – May 31 at the historic Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.

About the Detroit Regional Chamber
With over 20,000 members and affiliates, that employ over three quarters of a million workers, the Detroit Regional Chamber is one of the largest chambers of commerce in the country. The Chamber’s mission is carried out through business attraction efforts, advocacy, strategic partnerships and providing valuable benefits to members. For more information, please visit

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