Creating High-tech Jobs in Michigan

Lots of great things happening in Michigan lately in relation to the Mobile Technology industry, and we’re happy to say that Strategic Growth Concepts is involved in many of them!

Those who follow Strategic Growth Concepts on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIN have probably started seeing a lot of new posts recently related to Mobile activities.  Thought we would go ahead and include a brief re-cap of these projects here:

Current projects:

  • Our CEO, Linda Daichendt is honored to be working with two high-profile women in the Mobile space, Kim Dushinski (author, The Mobile Marketing Handbook) and Peggy Anne Salz (publisher, mSearchGroove, a premier global technology publication), on the development of an online radio broadcast about mobile marketing.  The show is called ‘The Mobile Marketing Review’ and the first segment airs on October 26, 2010.  You can access the show via its website at http://TheMobileMarketingReview.com.
  • Along with  Co-founder, Keith Bourne, Strategic’s CEO, Linda Daichendt, has started a branch of the international Mobile Monday organization here in Michigan, known as Mobile Monday Michigan.  As part of this effort, we have started chapters in two cities, Ann Arbor and Detroit, and hope to begin chapters in Lansing, Kalamazoo, and Grand Rapids within the next 6 months.  The Detroit chapter kick-off took place on October 11th at the Compuware Building in Downtown Detroit, with speakers from Ford SYNC, Microsoft, and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.  Over 100 people attended the kick-off event, and plans for our November 8th meeting are in high-gear.  That meeting will include mobile discussions from GM about Onstar technology and Compuware-owned, Gomez, about mobile browsing performance.  Future events will feature presentations on:  mobile technology for enterprises, mobile marketing and much, much more!  Membership is FREE and anyone interested in Mobile is welcome to attend.  Click here to register for the Detroit chapter, and here to register for the Ann Arbor chapter.
  • Strategic Growth Concepts CEO, Linda Daichendt has also founded the ‘Mobile Technology Association of Michigan’ as a non-profit trade association for the Michigan-based mobile industry.  Currently working on obtaining initial funding for the organization, building a Board of Directors, a business plan, and program development so we can provide a wide variety of services to Michigan’s mobile businesses, those interested in mobile services, and those who want to work in the mobile industry.  Lots of work to do, but very exciting!
  • Daichendt will also be presenting in November at an event sponsored by Compuware to an audience made up of members of the media who will be there to learn about Mobile Technology and how they might use it in their businesses.

As you can see, mobile is heating up in Michigan in such a way that small business development and jobs creation can’t be far behind.  Strategic Growth Concepts is honored to be playing a role in the growth of the industry and any assistance it provides to Michigan’s economy.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions on these activities.  We can be reached at info@StrategicGrowthConcepts.com .

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Michigan Entrepeneurship Efforts Increasing, Partially Due to the Help Available to Budding Entrepreneurs

It has long been estimated that small businesses employ half of the private workforce, and generate about 70 percent of the country’s new jobs each year.   For many years in Michigan, entrepreneurship efforts became somewhat static as the entrepreneurs of the 1940’s, 50’s, 60’s and 70’s experienced significant growth and success due to the success of the automotive industry in the State.  Those companies became the large firms that have become quite well-known throughout Michigan, and provided many of the high-paying jobs that Michiganders enjoyed for many years.

However, in the last 10 years, as Michigan’s automotive industry has suffered, and manufacturing in the State experienced history-making downsizing, the people and politicians in Michigan began looking for alternatives to create sustainable jobs, and the focus once again turned to entrepreneurship.

Michigan’s Entrepreneurship efforts have increased steadily in recent years due in no small part to Federally-funded programs aimed at generating entrepreneurial efforts in the State.  Substantial progress has been made, and continues to be made due to the efforts of organizations such as the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Ann Arbor Spark, Automation Alley, TechTown and many, many more.

This focus on entrepreneurship has led to an abundance of educational programs and conferences designed to provide information, resources, access to investors and much more for start-up and second-stage entrepreneurs.  Some events taking place in the next few weeks include:

If you haven’t considered entrepreneurship, now might be the time to start.  If you have considered it, but decided against it, now might be the time to take a second look.  And if you went for it, but can use a helping hand, make certain to register for at least one of these events.