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Planning and Economic Development

Partner Events 


Industry 4.0 Workshop

8:30 - 11 a.m. on Weds. Oct 27 at Macomb Community College's University Center 

Industry 4.0 -The convergence of digital and physical technologies is the next phase of the industrial revolution. Industry 4.0 technology helps you manage and optimize all aspects of your manufacturing processes and supply chain. It gives you access to the real-time data and insights you need to make smarter, faster decisions about your business, which can ultimately boost the efficiency and profitability of your entire operation.

Join us for this half day workshop to learn about trends in I4.0, hear from businesses in your community that are using it today, link up to available resources, and see live technology demos. If you are wondering how to expand your business into the I4.0 revolution, this is a must attend event.


  • Light breakfast
  • Keynote offered by Tom Kelly, Automation Alley
  • Panelists who will share success stories and industry 4.0 in action
  • Industry 4.0 resources
  • Networking

We will be offering a virtual component for those unable to make it in person but would like to watch the live stream. During checkout please select your preference and we will email you a link to join prior to the event.

To register: Macomb Next workshop



The mission of the Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) is to enhance the national defense and economic development of the State of Michigan by assisting Macomb County businesses with local, state and federal contracts.

Click here for a catalog of their 2021 events.

October 7
Federal Market Research - 201 WEBINAR

October 12
Takeaway Tuesday - Deep Dive Into Infrastructure - Virtual

October 14
State Contracting Overview - WEBINAR



2021 Michigan Cyber Summit

October 21

Registration required for this virtual event covering a variety of cybersecurity. Speakers include Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist II, Brom Stibitz, Chief Information Officer and Director of the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget, Laura Clark, Michigan Chief Security Officer, Chris DeRusha, Federal Chief Information Security Officer in the Office of Management and Budget.




The Michigan SBDC provides consulting, training and research to assist small business to launch, grow, transition and innovate.


Oct. 19 - Defining the Employee Experience in Challenging Times: How to Attract and Retain Talent in Challenging Times

Oct. 20 - Writing a Business Plan - Webinar

Oct. 26 - It's a Gig Thing: Making the Most of the Gig Economy and Independent Contractors for your Small Business

Oct. 27 - Sources of Funding - Webinar


Nov. 2 - Avoiding the “Warm Body” Syndrome: How to Find and Hire the Right Employees for the Right Jobs

Nov. 2 - Finding Your Target Market & Scoping Out the Competition

Nov. 3 - Preparing to Speak to a Lender: Veteran-Owned Businesses

Nov. 3 - Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contracting Program

Nov. 4 - Government Contracts - How You Respond to Federal Solicitations

Nov. 9 - Marketing Your Business - Online

Nov. 9 - Becoming a Federal Government Small Business Subcontractor

Nov. 9 - Business Start-up Essentials - Online

Nov. 10 - Starting a Business - Webinar

Nov. 10 - Government Contracts - An Overview of the Federal General Services Administration For Small Business

Nov. 10 - Creating a Brand That Works for Your Business

Nov. 11 - Google: Use YouTube to Grow Your Business - Webinar

Nov. 11 - Strategic Marketing for Government Contracts

Nov. 16 - Business Legal Issues - Online

Nov. 17 - Writing a Business Plan: Your Road Map to Success - Webinar

Nov. 17 - Understanding Cost of Goods & Setting the Best Pricing Practices for Your Products & Services

Nov. 23 - Financial Management - Online


Dec. 2 - Google: Make Your Website Work for You - Webinar

Dec. 7 - Business Start-up Essentials - Online