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November 26: Chamber Actively Recruits Businesses for Goldman Sachs’ 10,000 Small Business Initiative; Hear from Tim Bryan at Inside the CEO Mind, Dec. 6

Chamber Recruits Participants for Goldman Sachs’ 10,000 Small Businesses Initiative

The Detroit Regional Chamber will serve as a regional launch partner of the Initiative for Competitive Inner City (ICIC) and Goldman Sachs, working to promote Goldman’s 10,000 Small Businesses Initiative and recruit local businesses to apply for the program. One of the Chamber’s recruits, Detroit’s Edibles Rex, has received early admission into the program’s first cohort, which will begin classes in early 2014. Detroit became the 17th U.S. city to join the initiative, a program that provides participating small businesses with a variety of tools to grow their operations, such as capital, mentorships, education and networking.

Leaders of the initiative – including ICIC founder and Harvard Business School professor Michael Porter, Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd C. Blankfein, and shareholder Warren Buffett – were in Detroit today to formally announce the selections. To read more about the 10,000 Small Business Initiative, click here.

Architect of ‘Outsource to Detroit’ Campaign, Tim Bryan, to Present at Inside the CEO Mind, Dec. 6

Hear from the brains behind the “Outsource to Detroit” campaign at the Chamber’s Inside the CEO Mind event on Friday, December 6, from 8 to 10 a.m. at Westin Book Cadillac Detroit. Tim Bryan, chairman and CEO of GalaxE.Solutions, will share his thoughts on GalaxE.Solutions’ growth, as well as the company’s strategy on bringing more jobs to the Detroit region. Following his presentation, audience members will be able to participate in a question-and-answer session.

GalaxE.Solutions is an industry leader in designing and deploying business processes and supporting systems that enable clients to transact and share information across internal networks and over the Internet, targeted at business results, competitiveness, and efficiency. For more information and to register, click here.

Chamber’s Bankruptcy Public Relations Efforts Recognized by International MarCom Award

The Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals awarded the Detroit Regional Chamber and Tanner Friedman Strategic Communications for its response to the Detroit bankruptcy. The public relations campaign earned a platinum award, as it resulted in local and national news coverage offering a more complete picture of Detroit’s bankruptcy. After the city of Detroit filed bankruptcy in July, the Detroit Regional Chamber organized the business community’s response – sending the clear message that a stronger, more sustainable Detroit will emerge.

The overall effort landed the business community’s response in media outlets around the nation including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and Los Angeles Times while Chamber CEO Sandy Baruah appeared for extensive interviews on Fox Business Network and CNBC.

Tanner Friedman won a second platinum award for its media relations campaign on behalf of Bosch Automotive Service Solutions, as well as a gold award for its GalaxE.Solutions Love, Detroit! campaign. To read more about the awards, click here.

Small Business Administration to Host Link Detroit, Dec. 10

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is hosting a matchmaking summit – Link Detroit – for small businesses in Detroit on Tuesday, December 10, from noon to 6 p.m. at Wayne State University’s Community Arts Auditorium. The event, aimed at facilitating small businesses’ access to capital, training and market opportunities, is designed to increase commercial and government supply chain opportunities for small firms. For more information and to RSVP, click here.

Lawrence Technological University Makes U.S. News’ List of Best Colleges for Veterans

U.S. News & World Report recently released its inaugural rankings of the Best Colleges for Veterans, and Lawrence Technological University (LTU) was listed at No. 18 in the Midwest Regional Universities category. The rankings provide data and information on schools that offer federal benefits, including tuition and housing assistance, to veterans and active service members.

In total there were 234 ranked schools across all 10 U.S. News ranking categories: National Universities, National Liberal Arts Colleges, Regional Universities (North, South, Midwest and West) and Regional Colleges (North, South, Midwest and West). This ranking is in addition to LTU’s regular appearance on the list of Military Friendly Schools compiled by G.I. Jobs, which honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s veterans as students. To view the complete rankings, click here.

Chamber Closed on Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving Holiday

The Chamber office will be closed on Thursday and Friday of this week, November 28 and 29. We’d like to wish all of our members and their families a happy Thanksgiving!