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Our friends at D-MAN need our help!!

Posted on: Sunday, March 26th, 2017 at 4:35 pm

Evie was injured in a car accident in 2012 when she was 4 years old. After spending many months in the hospital healing, she came home a quadriplegic. Now 9, she spends her days working very hard alongside doctors, therapists and family, with the hope of recovery. 

Her family is looking for funding help to assist in finishing off the construction of her new home and accommodate for additional updates designed to make Evelyn’s life easier and her more independent.
Please visit her go fund me page @ or click the button below!
Source: Danny’s Miracle Angel Network
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2017 Legislative Forum

Posted on: Thursday, March 23rd, 2017 at 2:55 pm

Uber and Lyft Now Regulated Under New State Law Transportation Network Company Act will help ensure public safety and continued business growth

Posted on: Tuesday, March 21st, 2017 at 9:24 pm

Uber, Lyft and other rideshare businesses defined as transportation network companies (TNC), will now be state regulated the same as limousine and taxicab carriers according to the Limousine, Taxicab, and Transportation Network Company Act (PA 345), effective today. The authority to regulate these ride services is under LARA’s Corporations, Securities and Commercial Licensing Bureau (CSCL).
“As transportation options continue to increase, we look forward to helping ensure the safety of all Michiganders who look for convenient and affordable ways to get around,” said CSCL Director Julia Dale. “By vetting prospective companies, we’re also helping protect those who want to earn extra income by providing rides.”
The Act helps ensure public safety by mandating criminal background checks of drivers and inspections on vehicles more than five years old by a licensed mechanic. There is a zero-tolerance policy for drivers who use drugs or alcohol while operating a vehicle. Registered companies shall adopt a nondiscrimination policy with respect to passengers and potential passengers, and their drivers shall comply with the policy. Passengers with special needs must be accommodated at no additional charge.
Companies register with LARA by submitting an application along with business entity documents, proof of insurance and detailed signage or emblem for LARA to approve. Companies pay an application fee ranging from $25 – $100, and an annual registration fee ranging from $100 – $30,000. Fees are set on a per vehicle basis, with a maximum fee based on 1,000 vehicles.
Under the Act, drivers of a registered company must be at least 19 years old; have a valid driver’s license issued from Michigan or another state; not have more than four moving violations or one major violation within the last three years; not be listed on the National Sex Offender Public Website; and not have any felony convictions within the last five years. LARA has authority to audit background records of drivers at any time and other types of records, but not more than twice, annually.
A chauffer’s license is not required. The new law amends the Michigan Vehicle Code to specify that “chauffeur” does not include a limousine, taxicab, or TNC driver. Nor is a limousine or taxicab considered a “commercial vehicle” that otherwise requires such an operator to obtain a chauffeur license.

A limousine carrier, taxicab carrier or TNC or an officer or agent of any of the three who requires or knowingly permits a driver to drive or operate a limo, taxicab or personal vehicle in violation of the law is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000 per violation or imprisonment for not more than 90 days or both. LARA may also assess a fine against a person who violates the Act that covers the actual cost to the department of the investigation and enforcement of the violations, including attorney fees.
For more information and the application to register as a TNC, limousine carrier or taxicab carrier go to: Applicants with questions may contact CSCL’s Commercial Licensing Division at (517) 241-9221 or by e-mail at:
The Act moves the regulation of taxicab carriers from local to state jurisdiction, and moves the regulation of limousine carriers (less than eight passengers) from the Michigan Department of Transportation to LARA. Michigan joins more than three dozen states that have similar laws in place.
Source: LARA
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2017 Metro Detroit Golden Gloves Announces Tournament Dates

Posted on: Tuesday, March 21st, 2017 at 7:54 pm

The Metro Detroit Golden Gloves are holding their annual tournament March 31- April 2.  This year’s venue is Bert’s Warehouse Theatre, 2739 Russell St, Detroit, MI 48207.

The Metro Detroit Golden Gloves is back for the 2017 edition of their amateur boxing tournament.  

Over the years, the Metro Detroit Golden Gloves has produced some of the top professional boxers in the sport.

“This year’s tournament features over 135 entrants and should be one of our most competitive tournaments ever.” –Brad Snyder, Board Member (more…)

DNR Accessibility Advisory Council’s March 21 meeting postponed to April 17

Posted on: Saturday, March 18th, 2017 at 10:05 pm

Michigan Department of Natural ResourcesThe Michigan Department of Natural Resources today announced that the Accessibility Advisory Council’s meeting originally scheduled for Tuesday, March 21, has been postponed and rescheduled for 10 a.m. Monday, April 17. The meeting still will take place at the Glassen Education Building, Rose Lake Shooting Range, 14500 Peacock Road (between Lansing and Clark Roads), in Bath (Clinton County).


4 Ways Loneliness Affects Your Body

Posted on: Saturday, March 18th, 2017 at 8:26 pm

It’s difficult to imagine feeling alone in today’s world. With social media, texting and virtual … everything … getting any quality alone time is more difficult than ever. Yet many people seem to feel less connected with the people and the world around them. For these people, loneliness can become a way of life. (Just remember that it’s never too late to change things up! You’ll find my recommendations for banishing loneliness further down the page!)


Update On Parker Village Spring Awakening Week, Moved to April 15th, 2017

Posted on: Saturday, March 18th, 2017 at 3:15 pm

Parker Village has decided to push forward the Sink or Swim Fest | Re:BuildHP Water Drive to Saturday April 15th due to extreme weather forecasts for the Detroit area.

The Sink or Swim | Re:Build Highland Park Meet-up & Parker VillageBeats, Bikes and BBQ event (s), have moved to 15th of April, BUT we still plan to have the Spring Awakening clean-up sessions next week (20 – 24 of March)! Make sure to check specific dates, times, and details on the Parker Village Facebook page.

Read the original article on this event here 

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Oakland University Incubator Hosts “How to Find Capital In Michigan for Early Stage Companies”

Posted on: Saturday, March 18th, 2017 at 11:51 am

Are you a technology business in need of funding, but do not know where to look? Experienced capital strategist, Mike Brennan, of OU INC will be presenting, “How to Find Capital in Michigan for Early Stage Companies.” The event will take place on Tuesday, March 21 from 9:30-11:00 a.m. at OU INC, Shotwell Pavilion, 419 Golf View Lane, Rochester, MI 48309-4477.

With over 30 years of financial experience for both startup and growth stage companies, Brennan will discuss how to prepare for and target investment sources for your business, including grants, loans and angel investors. The Capital Raise and Preparation seminar provided by the Oakland University Incubator enables entrepreneurs and early stage companies to gain important insights into how to better prepare for, think about and secure capital from many different sources in the state of Michigan and beyond. (more…)

Russian Renewable Energy Webinar 2017

Posted on: Wednesday, March 15th, 2017 at 6:23 pm

Russian Renewable Energy Webinar 2017 March 15, 2017 1 Webinar Agenda 2 10:00 AM INTRODUCTIONS AND CS RUSSIA UPCOMING EVENTS IN THIS SECTOR Vladislav Borodulin, Commercial Specialist – U.S. Commercial Service Moscow, Russia 10:10 AM THE CURRENT STATE OF RENEWABLE ENERGY IN RUSSIA Patrick Willems, Founder of the Russia Renewable Energy Development Association (RREDA) Alexey Zhikharev, Co-founder of the Russian Renewable Energy Development Association 10:40 AM CATERPILLAR EXPERIENCE IN THE EMERGING RENEWABLE ENERGY MARKET IN RUSSIA François-Xavier Saury, EAME-CIS Business Development Manager, Caterpillar Microgrids 10:55 AM ALASKA’S COMMUNITY MICROGRIDS Chris Rose, Executive Director, Renewable Energy Alaska Project 11:10 AM QUESTION/ANSWER SESSION Moderator, Matthew Quigley – U.S. Commercial Service Officer East Michigan 11:25 AM FINAL REMARKS Andrea Berton, Commercial Officer – U.S. Commercial Service Moscow, Russia 11:30 AM END OF WEBINAR Russian Renewable Energy Market Highlights 3 Greg O’Connor Regional Senior Commercial Officer Russian Renewable Energy Market Highlights 4 Greg O’Connor Regional Senior Commercial Officer Russian Renewable Energy Market Highlights 5 Greg O’Connor Regional Senior Commercial Officer • Isolated communities in the Russian Far East • Expensive fuel costs • Russia’s pursuit for a balance between hydroelectric power and alternative sources • Russia’s potential for renewable energy sources: wind, solar, geothermal • Importance of micro grids and distributed power generation • Pursuit for foreign experience, technology and equipment to support Russia’s strategy Renewable Energy Development in the Russian Far East 6 Greg O’Connor Regional Senior Commercial Officer • 5th International Conference & Exhibition • June 22-24, 2017, Yakutsk, the Republic of Yakutia (Sakha) • Organized RAO Energy Systems of East and the Government of the Republic of Sakha • About 300-400 participants in 2016 (regional governments, municipalities, communities + contractors, engineering firms and equipment suppliers) • Exhibition of Renewable Energy Equipment • Bring 3-5 new American companies in front of the RFE community • Match-making meetings by CS Moscow Business Matchmaking Market Intelligence Trade Counseling Commercial Diplomacy SelectUSA Market Access U.S. Commercial Service Russia Who are we? What do we do? In the Russian Federation • Moscow and St. Petersburg • 5 Commercial Officers and 10 Commercial Specialists • Partner Posts in Kiev, Ukraine and Almaty, Kazakhstan Globally • Offices in over 80 countries In the U.S.A. • Global Headquarters in Washington, D.C. • Trade Specialists located in 108 Export Assistance Centers across the U.S. 8 Why Yakutia? • Active involvement in development of solar and wind energy resources. • Projects are under way to develop small hydro electric stations. • Support from the regional government (the Republic of Sakha). • Effective energy saving experience due to the use of alternative sources: o Reduction in the diesel fuel production from 160K tons to 80K ton by Yakutsk Energy in 2012 o The fuel production objective of 35K tons by 2020 • Interest of other international players to this region (Japan, Switzerland) Contacts For additional questions, please refer to: • Andrea Berton, Commercial Officer • • +7 (495) 728-5369 • Vladislav Borodulin, Commercial Specialist • • +7 (495) 728-5235 9

Rock The Veil Wedding Showcase Event Is Engaging, Even For Those Not Engaged!

Posted on: Wednesday, March 15th, 2017 at 4:54 pm

Years ago my fiancee dragged me to one of those huge wedding expos; it was an exhausting and confusing affair. Packed with people, eyes glazed over, picking up cards from table after table without engaging a single one, it reminded me of cattle being herded from one overly crowded pasture to another. Fortunately—especially for me and men everywhere—The Quintessential Event Company’s Rock the Veil Wedding Showcase events are the opposite of that…