Chamber Participates in International Franchise Association Roundtable
Detroit Regional Chamber
by Sabrina Cynova
4h ago
On July 19, Brad Williams, the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Vice President of Government Relations, participated in a roundtable discussion hosted by the International Franchise Association (IFA) discussing the benefits of franchising in a local economy. In Michigan, there are over 23,000 local franchise businesses that generate nearly $25 billion in economic output and over 250,000 jobs. In Detroit, there are 5,400 franchise locations that create 58,000 jobs and $5.7 billion in economic output. “Franchises offer a proven path to entrepreneurship, providing aspiring business owners with a stron ..read more
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Detroit in the Spotlight
Detroit Regional Chamber
by Sabrina Cynova
4h ago
All eyes are on Detroit lately, especially in the national spotlight. With major events like the NFL Draft breaking records in the city to significant development milestones like the reopening of Michigan Central Station, the city’s story of progress is captivating audiences around the country. Find a growing list of national media shining a positive light on Detroit.  June 24, 2024: News10NBC interviews Sandy K. Baruah, Chamber President and Chief Executive Officer, about the new Constellation Brands headquarters in Rochester, NY and its similarities to the revitalization occurring in D ..read more
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Chamber Perspective: Michigan Maritime Manufacturing Initiative Announcement
Detroit Regional Chamber
by Sabrina Cynova
11h ago
On July 22, the U.S. Secretary of the Navy announced a new investment into Michigan’s manufacturing economy with the formation of the Michigan Maritime Manufacturing Initiative (M3). Secretary Carlos Del Toro, joined by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Sen. Gary Peters, announced the investment in Michigan’s economy at Macomb Community College in Warren, the heart of the Arsenal of Democracy. M3 will better integrate the Department of Defense, the state and local governments, private defense manufacturers, and academic institutions through investments exceeding $50 million with the goal of building ..read more
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Butzel Adds Attorney Specializing in Strategic Growth and Protection of Personal Finances; Randi G. Hermiz Joins Law Firm as a Shareholder
Detroit Regional Chamber
by Sabrina Cynova
11h ago
TROY, Mich. – Butzel continues to grow with the addition of attorney and shareholder Randi G. Hermiz. He focuses his practice on matters relating to strategic growth and protection of personal and business finances. From guiding emerging companies to facilitating complex commercial transactions, Hermiz represents individuals and small and medium-sized businesses in a variety of sectors, with dealings in Michigan, the U.S., and on a multinational scale. Prior to practicing law, Hermiz established and operated successful businesses in the hospitality, import/export, and wholesale distribution in ..read more
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Butzel Partners With MEMA Original Equipment (OE) Suppliers to Present the 2024 OEM Terms and Conditions Update on September 12
Detroit Regional Chamber
by Sabrina Cynova
11h ago
DETROIT, Mich. – Butzel is partnering with MEMA OE Suppliers to present the 2024 OEM Terms and Conditions Update on Thursday, September 12, 2024 at the MSU Management Education Center in Troy and virtually via Zoom. The event begins with registration and breakfast at 7 a.m.; the program starts at 8 a.m.; lunch and networking will follow at Noon. To register, visit https://www.butzel.com/events. Butzel, a long-time partner of the annual program, will provide attendees with updates on OEM light vehicle terms and conditions and related insights to consider when working with contracts. Butzel atto ..read more
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Ernst & Young Is Looking for the 2025 Cohort For Its Accelerator Program Designed to Empower Black And Hispanic Entrepreneurs
Detroit Regional Chamber
by Krishaun Burns
1d ago
AFROTECH July 1, 2024 Shanique Yates Ernst & Young LLP (EY) aims to equip Black and Hispanic entrepreneurs with the necessary tools to scale and grow their businesses through the official opening of applications for its 2025 cohort of EY Entrepreneurs Access Network (EAN). Since EAN’s inception in 2019, EY has supported Black and Hispanic/Latino-owned businesses for their impact on their communities and the overall American economy, according to the EY website. Already Black and Hispanic/Latino entrepreneurs have shown a proven track record of success, producing more than $183 ..read more
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Understanding America’s Labor Shortage
Detroit Regional Chamber
by Allie Ciak
1d ago
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Stephanie Ferguson June 24, 2024 We hear every day from our member companies—of every size and industry, across nearly every state—that they’re facing unprecedented challenges trying to find enough workers to fill open jobs. Right now, the latest data shows that we have 8.5 million job openings in the U.S. but only 6.5 million unemployed workers. We have a lot of jobs but not enough workers to fill them. If every unemployed person in the country found a job, we would still have millions of open jobs. The U.S. Chamber is capturing the trends on job openings, labor forc ..read more
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New Power of & Episodes Released
Detroit Regional Chamber
by Allie Ciak
5d ago
The Detroit Regional Chamber has released three new episodes of The Power of & podcast. The Chamber’s Government Relations team invited legislative leaders and candidates to discuss topics that include the economy, legislation, and more. In this week’s episodes, listeners will hear about the importance of bipartisanship, the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, and Detroit’s wealth generation from elected officials. Guests for these episodes include: Rep. Tim Walberg (R-Tipton) County Executive Mark Hackel (D-Macomb) Detroit City Councilmen Scott Benson The Power of & Podcast focuses ..read more
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July 19, 2024 | This Week in Government: Prison Study Suggests Move Offender Success to LEO
Detroit Regional Chamber
by Anjelica Miller
5d ago
Each week, the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Government Relations team, in partnership with Gongwer, provides members with a collection of timely updates from both local and state governments. Stay in the know on the latest legislation, policy priorities, and more. Prison Study: Move Offender Success From Corrections To LEO New insights into the lives and experiences of formerly incarcerated persons suggest a need for state-level policy changes and broader community support systems, a study from the Michigan Works! Association showed. The report, released Monday, suggests transit ..read more
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McKinsey & Co. Launches Survey to Increase Equity in the Detroit Region’s Tech Industry
Detroit Regional Chamber
by Krishaun Burns
5d ago
As companies based in the City of Detroit and surrounding areas continue to invest in the fast-growing technology sector, it is important to ensure that Black American tech talent is represented in this sector via entry-level employment, management, and leadership roles. Businesses risk billions if Black professionals continue to be underrepresented in tech jobs. Closing the gap means making changes to education, recruiting, and retention initiatives. To address this, Detroit Regional Chamber Board member Aaron Aboagye led the creation of the recently launched Detroit / Metro Black Tech Talen ..read more
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