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To view a variety of free entrepreneurial classes to help entrepreneurs and small business owners held each quarter at the Underground Business Incubator and Service center, click HERE.  


We have a number of upcoming events to assist you with a variety of aspects to your operations. Registration information for each program is contained within the event descriptions below. If you have any questions about any of these events, please contact me.

Catapult Business Competition 
August 24, 2017
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
The Underground Business Incubator & Service Center, 301 Huron Avenue, Port Huron
Free To Attend/Watch - Light Snacks & Refreshments 
RSVP: Here 
Come watch eight local entrepreneurs compete for cash prizes in this mini Shark Tank style business competition. Judges will determine the winners, but you can join in the fun as a spectator and cheer on these brave entrepreneurs!  

Macomb-St. Clair Meet the Buyer Program

August 24, 2017
9:00 am – 12:00 noon
Macomb Community College South Campus, Warren

Click here for Registration

Businesses are invited to meet with Buyers one-on-one and learn what it takes to do business with state, local, and federal governments. This is an excellent opportunity for participants to meet briefly with government agencies, educational institutions, and corporate purchasers, as well as network with each other. You are invited to register for this exciting event as either a Buyer or a Seller. Buyers are larger companies with supply chain needs who are looking to fill their procurement gaps. Companies also sign up as a Buyer to conduct price comparisons for their current procurement needs, or to identify local suppliers. Sellers are companies that provide goods and/or services. Sellers’ benefits include the opportunity to diversify sales, pitch your product and services to decision-makers, and help keep business local to the Michigan economy.

Skilled Trades Training Fund Information Session

August 29, 2017

9:00 am – 10:00 am: Program Overview and Presentation
10:00 am – 12:00 noon: Hands On Assistance with Completing an Application
SC4 Welcome Center, Room 150
To register, please send an email with “STTF” in the subject line to peschwanitz@sc4.edu

On October 1st, the state of Michigan will make available $29 million in workforce training grants. The Skilled Trades Training Fund (STTF) awards competitive grant funding each year to help Michigan employers have the talent they need to compete and grow, and individuals have the skills they need for in-demand jobs. These grants can be used for both new worker and incumbent worker training. In just one hour or less, this session will give you the tools and resources to take advantage of applying for the grant workforce training funds.

Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS) Employment Services: Workforce Assistance for Your Operations

September 6, 2017
8:00 am – 9:00 am
SC4 Welcome Center, Room 209

To register, please send an email with “MRS” in the subject line to bseymore@edascc.com

Michigan is home to approximately 1.3 million individuals with disabilities. Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS) provides specialized employment and education-related services and training to assist teens and adults with disabilities in becoming employed or retaining employment. Additionally, MRS provides a wide range of services just for the business community. This program will provide attendees with detailed information on MRS services, including:

  • Talent development and recruitment,
  • Connections to state and community partner assets and services
  • Reasonable accommodation services
  • Risk management/employee retention, and
  • American with Disability Act (ADA) consultation.


EDA's Annual Meeting

Tuesday, September 12, 2017
5:00 PM Registration & Networking - Dinner Immediately Following
Port Huron Golf Club
$30 Per Person

Eastern Michigan Manufacturing Association (EMMA) Quarterly Meeting

September 15, 2017
7:30 am – 9:00 am
SC4 Welcome Center, Room 150
To RSVP, please send an email with “EMMA Meeting” in the subject line to bseymore@edascc.com

At our next EMMA meeting, we are excited to announce that Bernard Swiecki, Director of the Automotive Communities Partnership (ACP) at the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) as well as a Senior Automotive Analyst in CAR’s Industry, Labor, and Economics (ILE) group, will discuss the current status of the automotive industry and where the industry might be heading in the next few years. Bernard has written and managed research in a diverse array of automotive fields pertaining to automaker/supplier relationships, electric and alternative powertrain vehicles. He manages CAR’s analysis of vehicle sales, production, and segmentation data. He has also led trade missions to China, Italy, India, and Russia. Companies are welcomed to bring additional colleagues to this meeting to benefit from the auto industry insights presented.

DTE Energy Efficiency Program for Businesses

September 27, 2017
9:00 am – 10:00 am
SC4 Welcome Center, Room 150

To register, please send an email with “DTE Program” in the subject line to bseymore@edascc.com

Through DTE’s Energy Efficiency Program for Business, companies like yours —big and small, manufacturing and service, sole proprietorships and corporations — can apply for cash incentives to help offset the cost of energy-saving equipment and technologies. The Energy Efficiency Program for Business offers a comprehensive set of incentives for both electric and natural gas users, helping you invest in energy efficient technologies, saving you energy and money — today and into the future. Attendees will learn about the available incentive programs and how to take advantage of these offerings.

Macomb Meet The Buyers Event (co-sponsored by EDA)

When:   August 24, 2017
Time:    9 AM- Noon
Where: Macomb Community College

Small businesses are invited to meet with buyers one-on-one, including government agencies, educational institutions, and corporate purchasers.  Sellers' benefits include the opportunity to diversify sales, pitch your product and services to decision makers.
Register Here.