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    The Michigan Economic Development Corporation promotes Michigan as a premier location for business start-up, expansion, and relocation through Michigan business events, including sponsorships, trade shows, speaking engagements, and hosting of conferences and symposia.

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    The Michigan Economic Development Corporation is a public-private partnership serving as the state's marketing arm and lead agency for business, talent and jobs, tourism, film and digital incentives, arts and cultural grants, and overall economic growth. MEDC offers a number of services and programs for business attraction and acceleration, economic gardening, entrepreneurship, strategic partnerships, talent enhancement and urban and community development.

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    • 2014-04-22

      Global Business Club Seminar & Luncheon 8:30 Registration 9:00 Seminar 12noon Luncheon

      Location: Lansing, MI

      While NAFTA opened the doors to increased opportunities south of the U.S. boarder, the ensuing rise of China to a global economic powerhouse pulled our attention and economic focus across the Pacific. Given limited resources, which country is your best opportunity?

    • 5/7/2014 - 5/8/2014

      Location: Battle Creek, MI

      This is the 4th Annual MEDC Tribal Economic Forum. A variety of speakers and presenters will provide attendees an opportunity to learn about timely relevant topics regarding economic development.

    • 2014-05-16

      Location: Grand Rapids, MI

      Sustainability is a practice that stretches across many facets of daily life, in the community, in business and globally. Establishing sustainable business practices encourage business to cut costs and increase their bottom line. Businesses, who have not implemented concrete sustainability measures, may soon experience difficulties doing business globally (outside the United States). Specific sustainable business practices are being adopted by global markets and are becoming a critical component of newly negotiated free trade agreements around the world, such as the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the U.S. and Europe. Join us as we discuss business practices, using real world examples from West Michigan businesses leading the charge in sustainable business to support export to global markets.

    • 6/1/2014 - 6/6/2014

      Register by April 18 Let Automation Alley help your company boost its global competitiveness and expand into the world’s second-largest market for U.S. exports. We invite you to join Automation Alley’s Trade Mission to Mexico, a nation with an especially strong demand for the following Michigan-made products, services and technologies: •Automotive •Aerospace •Design, engineering and manufacturing services •Cleantech/environmental •IT and information communication technologies •Medical Matchmaking meetings will place your company directly in touch with potential end users, distributors, joint-venture partners, technology licensees and key players that you need to know to successfully do business in Mexico. Why Mexico? •Mexico is Latin America’s second-largest economy and world’s eleventh most populous nation. •Mexico’s free trade agreements with 45 countries spanning three continents provide U.S. companies with preferential access to an additional one billion consumers equaling 60 percent of global GDP. •Among the world’s leading manufacturing powerhouses, Mexico’s competitive advantages include a highly-skilled yet low-wage workforce, excellent product quality, geographic proximity to the U.S. and inexpensive transportation costs. •Wide gaps in Mexico’s major industrial and manufacturing supply chains offer U.S. companies enormous opportunities to fill •As the world’s fourth-largest auto exporter, production of cars and light trucks in Mexico will continue at rapid speed (3 million units today to 4 million in 2017) as foreign auto makers continue to invest in new plants and capacity to meet rising global demand, according to the Wall Street Journal. Why Participate? •Our trade missions have generated more than $309 million in export sales for participants. •We received the President’s “E-Star” Award for Export Service in 2013 and the President’s “E” Award in 2008 - the nation’s highest and most prestigious international trade awards - in recognition of our organization’s success in promoting U.S. exports overseas. •We design a business itinerary tailored to your company’s specific needs. •We set up one-on-one business appointments with prequalified business partners based on your criteria. •We provide follow-up assistance after the mission.

      Location: Guanajuato, Queretaro, Puebla - Mexico, MI

      Why Mexico? •Mexico is Latin America’s second-largest economy and world’s eleventh most populous nation. •Mexico’s free trade agreements with 45 countries spanning three continents provide U.S. companies with preferential access to an additional one billion consumers equaling 60 percent of global GDP. •Among the world’s leading manufacturing powerhouses, Mexico’s competitive advantages include a highly-skilled yet low-wage workforce, excellent product quality, geographic proximity to the U.S. and inexpensive transportation costs. •Wide gaps in Mexico’s major industrial and manufacturing supply chains offer U.S. companies enormous opportunities to fill •As the world’s fourth-largest auto exporter, production of cars and light trucks in Mexico will continue at rapid speed (3 million units today to 4 million in 2017) as foreign auto makers continue to invest in new plants and capacity to meet rising global demand, according to the Wall Street Journal. Why Participate? •Our trade missions have generated more than $309 million in export sales for participants. •We received the President’s “E-Star” Award for Export Service in 2013 and the President’s “E” Award in 2008 - the nation’s highest and most prestigious international trade awards - in recognition of our organization’s success in promoting U.S. exports overseas. •We design a business itinerary tailored to your company’s specific needs. •We set up one-on-one business appointments with prequalified business partners based on your criteria. •We provide follow-up assistance after the mission. Call 248-457-3283 or email lasserl@automationalley.com for more information.

    • 2014-06-05

      Location: Grand Rapids, MI

      As the Michigan’s largest export market, accounting for 50% of total Michigan exports, Canada offers terrific opportunities for businesses. Even though Canada is one of the most accessible markets in the world, businesses often find putting together the proper tax, pricing and customs documentation for sales into Canada can be quite challenging. This program will create a better understanding on how to best structure transactions to Canada. Experts from the market will discuss Canadian customs documentation, customs valuation policy, transfer pricing, Harmonized Sales Tax, Value Added Tax, packaging requirements, managing risks, and a general strategy for working in Canada successfully.

    • 6/9/2014 - 6/13/2014

      The final course in the EDFP Certification Program™, ED300 integrates the business credit and real estate finance skills learned in previous courses with the creative demands of deal structuring. Participants apply a process for solving problems in order to overcome the myriad obstacles—economic, financial, political, social— to the successful structuring of business finance and real estate projects. The emphasis of this course is casework. Participants are challenged by case studies that involve complex financial issues such as workouts, business buyouts and tax credits in real estate projects.

      Location: Lansing, MI

      The final course in the EDFP Certification Program™, ED300 integrates the business credit and real estate finance skills learned in previous courses with the creative demands of deal structuring. Participants apply a process for solving problems in order to overcome the myriad obstacles—economic, financial, political, social— to the successful structuring of business finance and real estate projects. The emphasis of this course is casework. Participants are challenged by case studies that involve complex financial issues such as workouts, business buyouts and tax credits in real estate projects.

    • 7/12/2014 - 7/17/2014

      Register by May 2 Cost to participate: Members: $5,995 Non-members: $6,995 Looking to expand into the fast-growing aerospace and defense markets? Join Automation Alley's trade mission to the Farnborough International Airshow, the world's largest aerospace and defense exhibition, attracting more than 1,500 exhibitors and 100,000 participants from nearly 50 countries around the world. Why Attend the Farnborough International Airshow? •In 2012, the Farnborough International Airshow resulted in $72 billion in sales and work orders. •Discover future spending trends in commercial aviation, unmanned systems and cybersecurity. •Learn about the surging demand for aerospace and defense technologies in Asia, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). •Jane’s Defense Weekly projects global defense spending will increase to $1.547 trillion this year. Why You Should Join Our Trade Mission: •Matchmaking meetings will place you directly in touch with potential business partners. •Meet with key government officials, military delegations and business leaders. •Our missions have generated $326 million in total export sales for company participants while creating nearly 1,800 jobs in our region. •We received the President’s “E” Star Award (2013) and the President’s “E” Award (2008) in recognition of our success in promoting U.S. exports overseas and new jobs at home. Contact: For more information or to register, call 248-457-3283 or email Lisa Lasser, International Business Services Supervisor, at lasserl@automationalley.com.

      Location: London & Farnborough - United Kingdom, MI

      Contact: For more information or to register, call 248-457-3283 or email Lisa Lasser, International Business Services Supervisor, at lasserl@automationalley.com.

    • 9/24/2014 - 9/25/2014

      Automotive Industry Conference and Networking Event

      Location: Novi, MI

      Join automotive OEMs and Suppliers at AIAG's Quality Summit - Quality for Emerging Technologies.

    • 2014-10-04

      The Michigan Translators/Interpreters Network (MiTiN) invites you to their fifth regional conference on interpreting and translation.

      Location: Novi, MI

      The Michigan Translators/Interpreters Network (MiTiN) invites you to their fifth regional conference on interpreting and translation.

    • 11/6/2014 - 11/7/2014

      This course clearly articulates the eight stage process for real estate development and reuse. Specifically, course participants will learn the fundamentals of market and site analysis, financial feasibility, and what political considerations are required to move a development project from conception to realization. Additionally, this course will cover a wide variety of financing tools that are available at the local, regional, and state levels, including tax increment financing, bond financing, tax credits, tax abatements, land assembly, and brownfield redevelopment. Multiple in-class case studies will be used to help participants work through actual financial and regulatory problems.

      Location: Lansing, MI

      This course clearly articulates the eight stage process for real estate development and reuse. Specifically, course participants will learn the fundamentals of market and site analysis, financial feasibility, and what political considerations are required to move a development project from conception to realization. Additionally, this course will cover a wide variety of financing tools that are available at the local, regional, and state levels, including tax increment financing, bond financing, tax credits, tax abatements, land assembly, and brownfield redevelopment. Multiple in-class case studies will be used to help participants work through actual financial and regulatory problems.