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November 13, 2012: Chamber Launches New, Region-Focused Website; Gov. Snyder Kicks Off Hire a Veteran Month

Detroit Regional Chamber Launches New, Region-Focused Website

After months of preparation, the Detroit Regional Chamber has launched a brand new website at The Chamber plays an active role in moving the economic needle and inspiring change in the Detroit region, and this new website aims to showcase the region as one of the best places to live and work.

The new site features an increased focus on the assets and opportunities the Detroit region has to offer, and in-depth content on economic and quality of life factors that make the region compelling for global business. The new site also features a new display for Chamber programs and initiatives, offering an enhanced user experience with greater ease of use and high quality design. The new website’s functionality and message will continually evolve to adapt to the changing environment in the region. Click here to check out the new and get involved in what’s going on in the Chamber and throughout the region.

Gov. Rick Snyder Kicks Off Hire a Veteran Month

Governor Rick Snyder kicked off Hire a Veteran Month at a veterans job fair last week at the Michigan National Guard Headquarters in Lansing. He discussed the importance of not only supporting veterans at home, but the quality employees veteran candidates make. The Chamber is a major proponent of veteran employment and made a commitment to help the Governor in his efforts to secure jobs for veterans in the 2012 Mackinac Policy Conference To-Do List. Click here to watch the Governor’s Veteran’s Day speech or click here for more information on hiring veterans.

Chamber Hosting Venture Capital Panel During Accelerate Michigan Competition, Tomorrow

The Detroit Regional Chamber is proud to be a supporting partner for the Accelerate Michigan Competition and Gala taking place today through Thursday in downtown Detroit. The Accelerate Michigan Business Innovation Competition is an international business contest designed to bring together later stage entrepreneurs and Michigan collegiate students with local, national and international angel and venture capital investors. Keynote speaker and Travelocity founder Terry Jones will join the competition as a judge, evaluating more than 50 global semifinalists competing for $1 million in cash and prizes.

The Chamber has gathered a group of Michigan businesses for a panel discussion on successful companies in the region over the last three years that are supported by venture capitalists. To learn more about this event, click here.

Don’t Miss Harvard Business School U.S. Competitiveness Project Event, ThursdayThe Detroit Regional Chamber encourages its members and affiliates to attend the Harvard Business School U.S. Competitiveness Project event on November 15 at the Anderson Theater at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Reserve your seat for this no cost event today by emailing Nancy Boccia. As a part of multiple road shows, the Harvard Business School staffers are traveling to the Detroit area to hear and learn from the Detroit community.

The Harvard Business School launched the U.S. Competitiveness Project earlier this year as a research-led effort to understand and improve the ability of firms operating in the U.S. to compete successfully in the global economy while supporting high and rising living standards for Americans. The Chamber is proud to support Chamber friend and 2011 Mackinac Policy Conference keynote speaker Professor Michael Porter and his role in leading this project.The results of the discussions will be implemented into the U.S. Competitiveness Project research and registrants will receive a copy of the case study after completing registration. For more information or to reserve your seat, please contact Nancy Boccia.

Help Michigan Build a Stronger, Healthier and More Business Friendly Economy with Short SurveyDetroit Regional Chamber is participating in the first annual Michigan 2013 Economic Outlook Survey along with more than 70 organizations who have joined together from around the state to gain a better understanding of how to accelerate business and job growth in Michigan. This venture will help the participating groups in the Michigan business community to better understand your business priorities and determine what services will be valuable to your business in 2013.

Please take a few quick minutes to fill out a short survey, here, and share your business insight. By providing your feedback in this survey, you are part of a statewide collaborative effort to help Michigan become a stronger, healthier and more business-friendly economy in 2013.

Don’t Miss Opportunity for Information on Employee Assistance Programs with Online @ Your Desk, Tommorrow

Join the Detroit Regional Chamber for an interactive Web discussion on employee assistance programs led by expert presenters from Health Management Systems, a nationally recognized leader in wellness and behavioral health care services from 2 to 3 p.m. tomorrow, November 14 as part of the Small Business: Unlocked Online @ Your Desk series. Register to learn about a variety of topics, including how to increase productivity and reduce turnover costs, allowing your company to grow and be more competitive. Featured speakers include Bill Sumner, president and CEO, and Mike Mark, executive vice president, Health Management Systems. Click here to learn more and register now for this free event.

Reminder: LiveWorkDetroit! Michigan Collegiate Job Fair This FridayLiveWorkDetroit! is kicking off this year from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. this Friday, November 16 with the Michigan Collegiate Job Fair. Last year, LiveWorkDetroit! brought in more than 1,100 college students to more than 8 events to experience the opportunities Detroit has to offer. Post-event surveys suggest 60 percent of employers made meaningful talent connections and 46 percent made job offers or plans to hire talent they met through LiveWorkDetroit! events last year. For more information on this event for employers, click here. For those looking to attend, click here.

LiveWorkDetroit!’s mission is to promote Detroit as a post-graduation destination and connect college students with job opportunities. It is a close partner with Detroit Drives Degrees, a Detroit Regional Chamber initiative focused on increasing college access, improving graduation rates in post-secondary institutions and retaining college graduates in the region. For more information on Detroit Drives Degrees, click here.

Support Local Business, Shop Small on November 24

Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday is a day dedicated to supporting small businesses nationwide. Join us in supporting local business by shopping small on November 24 as part of Small Business Saturday. Last year, more than one million people participated and shopped small in their communities. By supporting local, independently-owned businesses, you’re helping create jobs, boost the economy and preserve neighborhoods around the country. For more information, download this flyer or click here.

Leads to Business Group Plants 130 Trees in Snowden-Hartwell NeighborhoodMembers of the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Leads to Business Group and Chamber staff members recently volunteered with The Greening of Detroit to help plant 130 trees in the Snowden-Hartwell neighborhood of Detroit.  The tree planting project enabled Leads to Business members to deepen their friendships while helping to make a real difference in the community through their service.