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Configit Inc. to Open Office in Southfield in December

Configit Inc. is the newest upcoming company to join the thousands of successful corporations in Centrepolis, the Southfield SmartZone. As a Danish configuration software product company, Configit works with manufacturers to build configuration solutions and help them get products or services to the market faster.

With its new facility, the company hopes to grow its U.S. presence and broaden its impact in the automotive industry. The business will be opening its doors in American Center in December. The new office, which will house a U.S.-based software product development team, will bring approximately 51 positions to the area in a variety of roles, including sales, marketing, R&D and consulting, as well as an estimated total capital investment of $803,000.

Driving Success

As the decision was made to expand its U.S. presence, Configit identified three cities as potential hosts to the new office.  The company works with various large manufacturers, including global Fortune 500 companies such as Volvo and Johnson Controls.

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation recently used $2.8 million in Michigan Strategic Fund grants for capital projects to create an influx of jobs in southeast Michigan. Configit was one of only five companies chosen to receive the grant, which is estimated to create 444 jobs in total. Due to its estimated employment creation and growth, Configit was supported by the state with a $365,000 performance-based grant and expedited permitting.

Michigan public official recently visited the Configit headquarters in Copenhagen to discuss its move to Detroit and its role in the automotive industry.

“We’re pleased Configit has chosen Southfield as the location for its software product development team in the United States,” said Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson. “Oakland County is connecting many of its 2,000+ IT companies operating here through our Tech248 initiative and a global company such as Configit fits perfectly into the strategy.”

Want to learn more about what Configit, Inc. has to offer? Visit their website or LinkedIn, for further information and job listings. For other news, follow them on Twitter, and Facebook.

Barton Malow’s Southfield Office Upgrade

Barton Malow, a world-renowned construction firm, has called Southfield home for its corporate headquarters since 1986. As a centrally-located metro Detroit suburb, Southfield has proven to be a great fit for Barton Malow’s headquarters, allowing easy access to projects and clients in the area. With more than 2.4 billion in annual revenue and more than 2,000 employees worldwide, the family-owned company holds the title of Michigan’s largest general contractor, as ranked by Crain’s Detroit.

As the City of Southfield has evolved and grown in size over the past few years, so has Barton Malow. Looking to bring their business into the next chapter and get their organization excited about new developments, the company recently renovated the entire first floor of their Southfield office (located at 26500 American Drive) into a modern Innovation Center for collaboration.

The Build

Barton Malow’s in-house design team, led by Brian Threet(AIAA), was tasked with redesigning a smart, functional, collaborative, fun, and beautiful first-floor space that would showcase construction and technology in an adaptive environment.

“The main goal of the renovation was to create flexible, multi-sized conference spaces to promote better collaboration,” says Romano Curti, Barton Malow’s Director of Business Development.

Just as they would with any other project, the team utilized 3D model-based BIM (Building Information Modeling) software to plan the renovation. Barton Malow’s Executive Vice President, Doug Maibach, emphasized how critical 3D-modeling and virtual reality software was to the planning process.

The Design

“The design of the innovation center was complex, so walking through the space made it easier to see the spatial relations and get a feel for items such as lumens for various spaces,” Maibach says. “Being immersed in the space with all the colors and textures really helped me get a feel for what the space would look like in real life. It helped accelerate the time to go from concept to construction.”

The resulting Innovation Centercelebrates transparency and teamwork, with a modern, glass NanaWall system in the center of the space. The entire first floor, including the lobby, was renovated to add rooms of varying sizes that can hold anywhere from two to 150 people. Twelve conference and drop-in rooms were also added with upgraded video capabilities.

The Result

“The result is a space that both employees and clients enjoy,” Curti says.

The renovated space is now used for both meetings and other company gatherings. With such positive feedback, Barton Malow plans to continue updating the rest of their office throughout 2018. Later in the year, updates will be made to the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th floors including: elevator lobbies, kitchen areas, copy and mail rooms, and additional meeting spaces.

“We’re currently working on rounding out the first floor to include a curated Barton Malow history wall that will flow through the lobby and atrium,” Curti says.

Looking Ahead

As Barton Malow expands globally, they haven’t forgotten about the city they call home, or where it all started in 1924 — Detroit. The company has been an integral part of downtown Detroit’s resurgence in the past few years, and prides itself on making an impact on the city.

Current downtown projects include: the Shinola Hotel, which will be completed later this fall; along with the Hudson’s Site Devlopment Project.

“Projects like this are what we live for,” says Ryan Maibach, Barton Malow CEO.

To learn more about Barton Malow, visit http://www.bartonmalow.com, or follow them on Facebook,  Twitterand LinkedIn.

Meet the Winners of the Excellence in Southfield Awards

The City of Southfield is home to over 10,000 businesses, including more than 100 “Fortune 500” companies. In order to recognize Southfield businesses and individuals who have stood out and demonstrated best practices in business leadership and community service, the Southfield Chamber of Commerce hosts an annual Excellence in Southfield Awards and Reception Ceremony.

The 2017 winners were announced at the ceremony on Thursday, November 30 at the Westin Hotel in Southfield. Meet the winners below and learn why they have become visible members of the Southfield business community.

“Company to Watch” Award — Autoliv

Autoliv is the world’s largest automotive safety supplier, and the company continues to innovate, which is the main reason they received the Company to Watch Award.

In the world of automotive occupant safety, Autoliv was the first to introduce the two- and three-point seat belt system and airbags for front and side impacts. They were the first to launch pyrotechnic belt pretensioners and pedestrian protection systems. Autoliv also produces active safety systems, including brake control systems, radar, night vision and camera vision systems.

Additionally, Autoliv’s vision of Saving More Lives is the guiding principle to more than 70,000 associates in 27 countries. Each year, their products save over 30,000 lives and prevent ten times as many severe injuries.

Recently, Autoliv also announced that they will be building a new Tech Center in Southfield, which will employ about 250 new workers.

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What does your company do and where exactly are you located?

We are the world’s largest Automotive Safety Supplier. Globally, we are headquartered in Sweden, but Southfield is our North American Headquarters for the Electronics Group.

How is your company innovative?

We make innovative automotive safety products including Radar Systems, Night Vision Systems, Camera Systems and Autonomous Driving Systems

What do you like about doing business in Southfield?

We like Southfield because it is growing, it supports the businesses in the city. Additionally, it has Lawrence Technological University, and we hire students for internships and full time employees when they graduate from there.

What do the next five years of your company look like, what are your goals?

We are growing in the next five years. We are building a brand new technical center that will house all of our Southfield employees—currently, we are in four different buildings.

What is the best way to get in contact with your company?

Our website has a lot of great information and contacts.

 

“Sustainability” Award — JVS

JVS is a Southfield-based human services organization founded over 75 years ago to help people realize their life’s potential. In the realm of sustainability, the agency has two “green” initiatives, eCycle Opportunities and the JVS Green Team, which aim to leave a zero footprint within their organization and the greater metropolitan Detroit community.

The eCycle Opportunities (ECO) is a JVS subsidiary, which recycles electronics to ensure that electronic parts and components are kept out of landfills and safely recycled to protect the environment, as well as individuals’/businesses’ personal and private data. This venture has collected nearly 400,000 pounds of electronics from more than 1,000 consumers and organizations.

The JVS Green Team initiative has also been a great success. The agency has collected approximately 1,000 pounds of materials and is on target to collect 12,000 pounds or six tons of pulp and paper recyclables over the next year.

MORE FROM JVS

What does your company do and where exactly are you located?

Helping metropolitan Detroiters realize life’s potential, JVS is an award-winning nonsectarian human services organization with four main locations in the metro area. Through a variety of programs designed to help people maximize their self-sufficiency, the agency helps job seekers jumpstart their job searches, provides meaningful programs for people with disabilities and helps seniors remain active and engaged.

How is your company innovative?

ECO was launched with three goals: keep e-waste out of landfills, provide jobs for people with barriers to employment, and create revenue for mission-based services.

ECO has recycled more than 200 tons of electronics since its launch in 2015. The electronics brought into ECO are dismantled and the commodities are sold. All proceeds from the program are recycled back into the community by supporting our agency’s programs to help people with disabilities lead fulfilling lives. For more info, visit www.ecycleopps.org.

What do you like about doing business in Southfield?

The Chamber of Commerce is very helpful and supportive of Southfield businesses and organizations, and has been instrumental in helping us make mutually beneficial connections.

What do the next five years of your company look like, what are your goals?

JVS is currently in the beginning stages of updating our strategic plan. However, we can share eCycle Opportunities’ 2018 goal: to collect and recycle 300,000 pounds of electronics from local consumers, school districts, businesses and organizations. ECO hopes to achieve this goal with new and expanded partnerships with businesses and organizations in Southfield who need to recycle their outdated technology assets. By partnering with ECO, they can be environmentally responsible while also making a difference in the lives of people served by JVS.

What is the best way to get in contact with your company?

Call the main JVS phone number at (248) 559-5000, or visit our website at www.jvsdet.org.

 

“Business Innovation” Award —Stefanini

Stefanini is a technology company offering IT services to businesses in many different sectors and industries. As technology continually changes, constant innovation serves to be their differentiator. With the accumulation of data on the back-end, intelligent solutions will help them continue to thrive, evolve and continuously improve customer services as well as the customer experience.

Stefanini also recently opened the Stefanini Innovation Center in Southfield Centrepolis. This will be a major contribution to the business community, which will improve Southfield’s position as a global business destination.

Learn more about Stefanini on their website.

 

“Chamber Member of the Year” Award—University of Phoenix

Over this past year, the University of Phoenix has demonstrated excellence in its approach to community and corporate giving by opening its doors and classroom resources to the Southfield community at no cost.  Also, the University of Phoenix staff has volunteered to ensure that all organizations using our facilities are accommodated.

The University of Phoenix has had two Southfield Chamber BNG groups meeting at our Southfield Main Campus. Several other community groups use their location for meetings. This includes: The Southfield Area Rotary Club, Execunet, South East Michigan Entrepreneur Association, local Entrepreneurs, and other business leaders.

Dr. Jan Cardwell also serves on the Board of Directors and Succession Committee and has dedicated her time to the success of this great Chamber.

MORE FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF PHEONIX

What does your company do and where exactly are you located?

The University of Phoenix provides opportunities for adult learners to complete their higher education goals. We provide bachelors, masters, and doctoral programs. The University of Phoenix–Detroit Main Campus is headquartered in Southfield at 26261 Evergreen.

How is your company innovative?

The University of Phoenix is the premier forerunner of online or virtual learning, which has changed the entire landscape of how students complete their higher education.

What do you like about doing business in Southfield?

Our Southfield location is in Southeast Michigan. This provides opportunities for students and the community to use our centralized headquarters.

What do the next five years of your company look like, what are your goals?

We are an online university. Over the next five years as virtual learning gains more popularity, the University will reduce our local footprint for learning and increase our Alumni community outreach.

 What is the best way to get in contact with your company?

Connect with our local contacts: Dr. Jan Cardwell, Detroit Campus VP/Director at Jan.cardwell@phoenix.edu or 248.675.3721; and Dominika Lazarska, Campus Operations Manager at Dominika.lazarska@phoenix.ediu48.675.3701 or 248.675.3701.

 

“Commitment to Community” Award — HAP

HAP has always contributed and participated in Southfield community initiatives. The company has sponsored and supported many Chamber events and activities and is more than willing to provide us with experts to speak about health related topics. HAP also offers free aquatics and exercise classes for people 65 and over at the Southfield community center.

HAP was a participator and leader in the Inaugural Southfield Community Cup Challenge this year. This initiative gave way for more engagement of HAP employees in the community; it provided an opportunity to give back to the community via food drive, engage with other companies in Southfield area and promote healthy habits through weekly events. Tamara Duby-Sheanhan and Laura Garman have recently taken leadership roles with the Southfield Young Professionals, with a dedication to growing the group.

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What does your company do and where exactly are you located?

Health Alliance Plan (HAP) is a Michigan-based, nonprofit health plan that provides health coverage to individuals, families and companies of all sizes.  HAP’s Southfield office is located at 21700 Northwestern Hwy, between 8 and 9 Mile Roads.

How is your company innovative?

HAP is committed to advocating for quality health care that is accessible and affordable for consumers.  HAP was founded in Michigan in 1960 and continues to be a Michigan-based business.

What do you like about doing business in Southfield?

Headquartered in Detroit, HAP also has offices in Southfield and Flint.  The majority of HAP’s employees are based in the Southfield office.

What do the next five years of your company look like, what are your goals?

Health care and coverage are becoming much more consumer-focused.  HAP is committed to increasing health care literacy among consumers so they are better informed to make decisions with their all-important health care dollars.  HAP will be celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2020.

What is the best way to get in contact with your company?

On our website www.hap.org or at 855-WITH-HAP (or 855-948-4427).

 

“Volunteer of the Year” Award —Sheila Byrd

Sheila’s has a passion to help the community—she has been a member of the Southfield Chamber of Commerce for three years and is now an Ambassador for the Chamber. She is really and exceptional individual who is ready and willing to go the extra mile for the Chamber and its members without hesitation.

Sheila loves being a part of the Chamber, working with others committed to helping make Southfield a city where businesses and the community can thrive. Sheila is a Rotarian with the newly charted Southfield Area Rotary Club, focused on the needs of the youth in our area and recently started her own non-profit organization, Angel Life Development, helping the needy develop life-transforming skills.  Her goal in life is to make a positive difference in this world and leave a legacy that her family can continue to carry on into the next generation. The Chamber is lucky to have such a passionate volunteer and recognized

Centrepolis Advocate Profile: Tanya Markos-Vanno

Tanya Markos-Vanno | City of Southfield

Tanya Markos-Vanno is one of the City of Southfield’s most visible movers and shakers—she is continually making appearances at events around the city and leading the Southfield Area Chamber of Commerce in creating connections that drive and strengthen our local businesses.

How would you describe your current role?  

The Executive Director acts as the chief executive and administrative officer of the Chamber and oversees all the functions of the office and the organization, serving as coordinator, advisor, membership recruiter, and member advocate.

What do you like about working in Southfield?  

I love the City of Southfield! It is such a diverse community and the people who live, work and play here are all very welcoming. I’ve never felt so at home in a city.

How long has your company been located in Southfield? 

The Southfield Area Chamber of Commerce has been in existence since 1953.

How does your company benefit from being in Southfield?

We couldn’t ask for a better partner – The City of Southfield.

What is your relationship with Southfield Centrepolis? 

The Southfield Area Chamber considers the city of Southfield a partner and we wish to support their vision of Southfield Centrepolis. This SmartZone will help build commerce and connect businesses, both of which are goals of the Chamber. Whether these supported businesses are members or not, it is our business to create connections and support those who are, through endeavors such as Southfield Centrepolis.

How are you supporting the growth and success of startups? 

The Southfield Area Chamber of Commerce is a full-service Chamber representing the cities of Southfield and Lathrup Village. By consolidating resources from several hundred businesses (large and small), the Chamber works collectively to support our members as we build a healthy economy and improve the quality of life in the greater Southfield community. Our relevant and informative initiatives and programs are designed with our members’ input and through partnerships with local businesses. We host monthly mixers, educational series and other relevant programs that help our small businesses and entrepreneurs continue success. We create connections, business owners can call on us for anything related to business and we will happily put them in touch with the resources right for them.

New Autoliv Automotive Tech Center to be Built in Southfield

Autoliv is a worldwide leader in automotive safety systems that recently broke ground on their North American Electronics Technical Center. This new 180,000 square-foot facility in Southfield is projected to be finished in the first half of 2019. This will add to the 22 technical centers Autoliv already has in ten countries around the world.

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The goal of this new facility is to enable Autoliv to continue to expand their electronics department that works on critical safety electronics technologies. It will provide office space, advanced laboratories, and a development garage, as well as support to management functions in sales and engineering.

New Center, New Opportunity

Autoliv currently employs 600 workers in their electronics department, located in multiple buildings across Southfield. Not only will consolidating locations help the company align their knowledge and talent, but with this new center in development, the company plans to hire 250 more employees over the next five years and house up to 900 employees in a single location. This center has the potential to significantly increase the concentration of engineering and electronics technology entrepreneurs in Southfield.

The design of this new space encourages collaboration and knowledge sharing by integrating group workspaces. The center will include a 1,700 square-foot gymnasium and an environmentally friendly kitchen.

The innovative new tech center has exciting implications for Autoliv, the City of Southfield, and the future of automotive technology.

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Innovating in Southfield

Vice President of Autoliv North American Electronics Engineering, Canic Boran, said “We have grown significantly since opening our Southfield office in 2002, and it has long been our

hope to expand in this area. We greatly appreciate the tremendous support that we have received

from the MEDC and the City of Southfield to make this project possible at this time, and look forward to further growth together.” He adds, “Autoliv’s mission is to be the leading supplier of safety systems for the future car. We are excited by the opportunity our new high tech facility will provide our people to collaboratively innovate and develop our electronics systems, and ultimately contribute to saving more lives.”

To learn more about Autoliv and keep up to date with announcements and job opportunities, visit them online or on LinkedIn.

 

Michigan Venture Capital Association: Building A Strong Entrepreneurial & Investment Community In Michigan

The Michigan Venture Capital Association (MVCA) is a nonprofit trade association that consists of more than 400 individuals, representing 100+ organizations across the nation. One of the primary goals of MVCA is to foster a collaborative entrepreneurial and investment community. MVCA also offers several programs funded by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. These programs have played a critical role in building Michigan’s entrepreneurial and investment landscape.

MVCA was started 15 years ago by a small group of people who were doing venture investing and decided to make it a more focused effort. As a state, Michigan needed to find a way to come out of the recession even stronger than before. And, the best way to do that was by diversifying the economy through entrepreneurialism.

Michigan Leads Silicon Valley in Research

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Maureen Miller, executive director of MVCA, leads the organization by assuring that the voice of venture capitalists and angel investors is heard around the state and across the country.

She works to get people excited about the entrepreneurial opportunities in Michigan to bring more talent and money to our state. Additionally, she is always pulling people together around ideas through sponsored events like the MVCA’s Annual Awards Dinner in November, which shines a light on the great work of Michigan’s entrepreneurial and investment community.

Because our state has established a high level of collaboration between investors and entrepreneurs, Michigan is experiencing greater growth and success than other states. With ventures starting in Ann Arbor, Detroit, on the west side of the state and across Oakland County, our entrepreneurial community is evolving. Additionally, Michigan is ranked as number one, above Silicon Valley, for money we invest in research. Michigan has the research, talent, ideas and drive of Silicon Valley, but without the high cost of living and starting a business. If we keep our insights and innovative ideas in Michigan, top talent from Silicon Valley, Boston and the rest of the country will come here for exciting opportunities.

MVCA Research & Resources

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The Michigan Venture Capital Association is recognized for research, and their annual research report is regarded as the best in the nation. The unique thing about MVCA’s research is that there is 100% participation—meaning that every venture capitalist that is not private equity is a member of MVCA and they all provide accurate data for this report. With total capital invested focused on life sciences (42%), information technology (31%) and mobility (5%), Michigan venture capitalists are empowered to create high-paying jobs and economic growth across a broad range of sectors.

To help entrepreneurs navigate funding, MVCA offers the 2017 Michigan Entrepreneurial & Investment Landscape Guide that compiles all angel organizations, venture capital firms, entrepreneurial support organizations and other active service providers across Michigan. MVCA also created an interactive Landscape Map that organizes resources from the guide by geographic location, industry sector and organization type.

Connect with MVCA & Investors

MVCA believes that anyone in Michigan can be an entrepreneur, and young talent is looking to stay and grow in Michigan.

Most investors in Michigan have been entrepreneurs and know that often, entrepreneurialism is worthy of investment. They want to see success happen again and again—they are willing to provide follow-on funding for over 5-15 years to propel our greatest resource: our talent.

Both the Landscape Guide and Map will help startup entrepreneurs understand Michigan’s entrepreneurial and investment community, learn about investment organizations that provide capital, and connect with entrepreneurial support and funding organizations.

To learn more about how the MVCA is creating connections, empowering entrepreneurs and diversifying our economy, visit http://www.michiganvca.org and following them on social media at @MichiganVCA

Fund Your Business with QT Business Solutions

Looking to take your business to the next level? Sit in the hot seat with QT Business Solutions in Southfield.

Tina Williams, president of QT Business Solutions, and her team are experts at assisting businesses and non-profits prepare to get approved for funding. QT Business Solutions specializes in writing business expansion plans that help companies apply for and receive funding.

Whether your business is under five years old and requires capital, or you’re looking to expand your operations, or invest in a new location, QT Business Solutions has experience supporting a variety of businesses in getting the money they need. QT has worked with plenty of startups, marketing and production companies, computer stores, IT companies, staffing companies, and even YouTube!

In fact, QT Business Solutions is the only business plan company that will write a business plan and guarantee funding up to $50K or more! The only criteria to work with QT is that you must have a 525 credit score or higher, have been at your job/in business for 6 months or more, are not 60 days past due on any government debt, and if you filed for bankruptcy it must be discharged for at least one year. The best part? There is no risk—if you fit the criteria and a lender doesn’t approve you, you get the money you invested in building your business plan back, guaranteed.

Get the Whole Package

Based on the different types of financing businesses need—financing a building, refinancing, startup capital—there are different things to consider when curating a funding proposal package.

The approval process begins with figuring out what kind of funding you require and creating a list of assets to bring to the table. QT Business Solutions starts with an intake session to figure out exactly how much you need, and then they help you build your individual profile. They cover everything you need to get your package together. They can check your credit score, help you gather and verify appropriate financial statements, help you fill out and send applications, submit business plans to the correct lender, and even anticipate if you’ll get approved and for how much.

One of the biggest challenges when applying for funding is that each bank lenders has unique minimum criteria—some lenders require guarantors, or higher credits scores, etc. So, the problem many startups and businesses run into when trying to apply for funding is that each bank’s criteria is not public knowledge (in order to avoid discrimination). Therefore, if you apply for funding at a bank and don’t meet their criteria, you will get declined for funding, which damages your credit score. Each time you apply and get decline, it continues to hurt your credit score, making you a less likely candidate for funding.

Fortunately, QT Business Solutions has exclusive access to the criteria of each lender and can match you with the right bank, then properly prepare you to get approved.

Attend the Mega Business Funding Summit

As a trusted consultant, Tina Williams has been involved in large high profile business funding events hosted by leaders like Jennifer Granholm and Daedra A Von Mike McGhee. Now, she has aspired to starting and hosting her own funding event.

QT Business Solutions has partnered with BUF of Michigan to host their first annual Mega Business Funding Summit, and the company will also be the beneficiary for some of the proceeds of the event. BUF of Michigan has been in operation for over 46 years and has funded many successful initiatives including the DAPCEP program and the Charles H. Wright Museum. QT Business Solutions is currently working to get everyone preapproved before the event and prematch all of the attendees with the participating lenders, which currently includes Level One and Hantz Bank. At the Summit, every company will find out how much they got approved for and which bank will be providing the funding.

The nature of this event will inspire the lenders to compete for lower percentages, which means better funding deals. Tina Williams and her team are excited about the outcome and have set the bar high, with the goal of the event to get 200 businesses funded at the event! The Mega Business Funding Summit will be happening early next year at the Southfield Public Library.

Get funding! If you’re interested in attending, make sure to reach out to QT Business Solutions to get you started on the approval process and prepare your business plan for the event! You can connect with QT Business Solutions at QTBizSolutions.com, 248-416-1755 or info@qtbizsolutions.com.

Discover Comfort Suites in Southfield: LTU’s Primary Business Hotel

The Southfield Comfort Suites caters to many local businesses and is a preferred destination for employees traveling to and around Southfield. The hotel has previously worked with Ciena Healthcare, Blackberry Systems, Blue Care Network, Michigan First Credit Union, and the Junior Olympics to support their events and accommodation needs. Additionally, with easy access to downtown Detroit, Comfort Suites offers an ideal location and affordable suites for those requiring long-term stays, such as construction crews that are developing the city of Southfield and Detroit.

Comfort Suites also has a long-standing partnership with Lawrence Technological University as the primary host hotel for all of LTU’s frequent travelers, including trainees, professors, speakers, and sporting teams, as well as other tech and education professionals. Likewise, Comfort Suites provides rooms for the attendees of LTU’s national and worldwide events like Robofest.

Venues and Amenities for Business Professionals

Comfort Suites has a variety of event spaces to host conferences, conventions, training sessions and business meetings—the Board Room can hold 10 to 15 people and the Meeting Room can hold up to 70 people for events. To reserve one of these spaces, you can call ahead to request pricing and availability.

The hotel is also equipped with a Business Center that has a computer for guests to use and a printer that allows for convenient remote printing from your room. There are also a variety of luxury amenities and complimentary services available on site that make for an enjoyable stay including:

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free Breakfast
  • Free Weekday Newspaper
  • Guest Laundry Facilities
  • Indoor Heated Pool & Whirlpool
  • Fitness Center
  • 70 TV Channels

A Benefit for Southfield’s Business District

Comfort Suites is in a prime location on Northwestern Highway and Evergreen Road, one mile south of Interstate 696, in the middle of Southfield’s business district. Devon Dallo, sales manager at Comfort Suites says, “we love Southfield, it’s an ideal location being around many top Fortune 500 companies. We offer a lot of complimentary items that business and leisure travelers want”

Being right off the freeway also gives guests easy access to downtown Detroit, Troy, Farmington and Livonia. The Comfort Suites of Southfield has also been awarded the number one hotel of excellence for four years in a room from Trip Advisor.

The hotel also supports local employment and partners with LTU and Southfield MI Works! to post jobs and hire students and recent grads for both part-time and full-time positions.

To connect with Comfort Suites Southfield, you can visit them online, or call the hotel directly at 248-357-9990.

Tour the New Southfield MI Works! Career Center

On August 23, the new Southfield MI Works! career center officially opened its doors with a ribbon cutting ceremony to commemorate this exciting next chapter for the organization. Joining the Southfield City Centre District and Lawrence Technological University, this new space is the only job center in the nation that is located on a university campus!

 

Through a partnership between the City of Southfield, Oakland County and LTU, this center is designed to meet the talent needs of Southfield businesses and the employment needs of individual citizens.

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The Genesis of Southfield MI Works!

Mayor Siver of The City of Southfield shared that the history of this entire operation was born from Gloria Kennedy. Gloria Kennedy (who passed in March at age 92) wore many hats in the Southfield city government—acting as a neighborhood president, championing the historical society, leading the Keep Southfield Beautiful initiative and winning various awards for the city. In the late 1960’s, Gloria started a youth employment program that was the genesis of what Southfield MI Works! is today. Through the support of the City of Southfield, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and Oakland County, Gloria’s program evolved through the years and today, is still focused on creating connections to empower others. Mayor Siver stated that, “she would be thrilled to see this center today.”

Turning an Idea into a Reality

In December 2015, Lawrence Technological University acquired the Southfield MI Works! property, making a conscious decision to foster collaboration and economic development in partnership with the City of Southfield and Oakland County. With the recent establishment of the Southfield Centrepolis SmartZone and LTU Collaboratory startup business accelerator, it was the perfect time for Southfield MI Works! to expand their offering in a new location. And with the support of LTU’s knowledge, technology and talent, Southfield MI Works! is better positioned to provide innovative workforce planning and services.

Since 2015, Southfield MI Works! has assisted 836 companies with their talent and growth needs and has welcomed over 37,000 visitors seeking assistance in landing a job, acquiring a new degree/certification or earning a promotion. The staff has also established effective, results-driven engagements with Southfield public schools, CISO, ABS and the American Society of Employers in order to expand their services, cultivate new relationships and launch innovative programing that supports the Southfield community and businesses.

Today, the team at Southfield MI Works! is ready to take on the next chapter and continue to make a difference in their new center!

Tour the Space

The new state-of-the-art center space was designed to inspire collaboration, and features an open layout, artistic elements and conference rooms to host meetings and workshops.

To connect with Southfield MI Works! contact manager Lisa Straske at 248-796-4580.

Introducing the American Heart Association’s Workplace Health Solutions

While incorporating wellness in the workplace has become a growing trend in recent years, many businesses’ wellness programs are failing to reach full potential and produce desirable results.

In fact, 90% of employers do not even measure their wellness program’s ROI and 77% of employers identify “lack of engagement” as their biggest obstacle in creating a successful workplace health program. Building the right wellness program takes time and there are a lot of factors. Truthfully, only 6.9% of worksites have a truly comprehensive health promotion program.

So how can your business take the steps to establish a valuable wellness program?

Workplace Health Solutions Opportunities and Engagement

The American Heart Association’s Workplace Health Solutions is an initiative that offers a complete suite of evidence-based tools to help you and your employees get the most out of your workplace health program. The American Heart Association can help you assess the comprehensiveness of your programs and supporting workplace environment, provide access to resources, consult on strategies for improvement, implement programs that engage employees, and track progress toward ideal heart health.

The American Heart Association has put together plenty of recommendations and resources that can help you get started on establishing or evolving your workplace health solution today. Get a plan in place and start to get your employees engaged with:

 

You can also check out these opportunities that are available anytime:

 

Health Fair Materials

Another great way to incorporate wellness in the workplace is by hosting a health fair that brings together your company through a community event. The American Heart Association will provide a standard health fair kit with free resources and materials.

You can also order materials for your health fair through Krames Patient Education.

To request a health fair kit, simply fill out and mail in the form below, three to four weeks in advance of your event.

Download the Health Fair Materials Request Form

To learn more about how American Heart Association can help your business develop and evolve a workplace health solution, contact Dawn Barrack, Corporate Development Director here in Southfield at dawn.barrack@heart.org.

You can also learn more online by visiting heart.org/workplacehealth and following AHA on Facebook and Twitter.

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