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Beaumont breaks ground on $40M proton beam center in Royal Oak


Beaumont has broken ground on a $40 million single-room proton therapy center at its Royal Oak campus. When Beaumont completes its proton center in the spring of 2017, the two-story, 25,200-square-foot facility will be located next to its cancer center in the southeast section of the Royal Oak campus.

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Lotus Bancorp, Inc. shareholders approve merger with Level One Bancorp, Inc.

On February 17, 2015, the shareholders of Lotus Bancorp, Inc. (Lotus) approved the merger of Lotus into Level One Bancorp, Inc. (Level One). This transaction will create one of the largest, locally owned independent community banks in Oakland County. The announcement was made by Neal J. Searle, President and CEO of Lotus and Patrick J. Fehring, President and CEO of Level One.
The merger, which will include the consolidation of Lotus’ subsidiary bank Lotus Bank into Level One’s subsidiary bank, Level One Bank, closed February 28. The transaction received approval by federal and state regulatory authorities.  Upon closing, the two institutions will have combined assets of approximately $820 million, including nine banking centers in Southeast Michigan. 
“We greatly appreciate the confidence the shareholders have placed in Level One and look forward to welcoming Lotus clients to our Bank,” said Fehring.  “This acquisition allows us to continue our commitment to local community banking while providing new office locations and resources – including residential mortgage, Treasury Management and investment services – to their clients.”
“Our shareholders have demonstrated full support of this partnership,” said Searle.  “Joining forces with Level One will provide more opportunities and the infrastructure and resources necessary to continue to be competitive for our clients and communities.  Level One’s team and Board members have been exceptional to work with, a clear illustration of what the future holds for the combined organization.”
Founded in 2007, Level One has completed two prior acquisitions in the past five years, including Michigan Heritage Bank in 2009 and Paramount Bank in 2010.  Advisors for the latest acquisition to Level One include the law firm of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP. For Lotus, Austin Associates, LLC served as financial advisors with Howard and Howard providing legal counsel.
About Level One Bank                  
Level One Bank is a full-service, 5-Star BauerFinancial rated commercial and consumer bank committed to connecting with unparalleled service and delivering outstanding financial solutions.  Owned and managed locally, Level One Bank is headquartered in Farmington Hills, Michigan with assets of approximately $715 million.  It currently operates seven full-service banking centers, located throughout Oakland County and the surrounding communities. Level One Bank’s Commercial Division provides a complete menu of products including lines of credit, term loans, leases, commercial mortgages, SBA loans, Export-Import Financing and a full suite of Treasury Management services.  The Consumer Division offers personal savings and checking accounts, including free checking and competitive interest-bearing accounts such as Money Markets, IRAs, and CDs.  The bank also provides a complete array of consumer loan products including residential mortgages, home equity, auto, and credit card services.  Level One Bank offers the sophistication of a big bank, the heart of a community bank, and the spirit of an entrepreneur. For more information, please visit www.levelonebank.com.
About Lotus Bank
Established in 2007, Lotus Bank was founded by Indian-American business and medical industry leaders from southeast Michigan. Lotus Bank is a State chartered full service commercial bank headquartered in Novi, Michigan providing a broad range of commercial and consumer banking services to small and medium sized businesses, professionals and individuals including no-fee checking accounts, money market accounts, CDs, Small Business Administration (SBA) loans and construction loans. Operating branch offices in Novi and Farmington Hills, Lotus Bank is one of the most well capitalized banks in Michigan. In 2013, Lotus Bank was ranked number 14 by the American Bankers Association (ABA) in its list of Top 100 community banks in the U.S. in its “Banks and Thrifts Under $100 Million” category. For more information, please visit www.lotusbank.com.

Three breweries, bars to open in Metro Detroit, Atwater plans expansion


Three breweries and bars are set to open in metro Detroit within the next few months, starting with HopCat Ann Arbor on Saturday, followed by the Rochester Tap Room in March and a yet-to-be-named Clarkston bar and restaurant in June.

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Lyon gets its own CrossFit, workout zealots find a home

Grand Trunk CrossFit is now open in New Hudson, a 5,500-square-foot facility that appeals to the zealous CrossFit crowd. 


It’s billed as a physical exercise philosophy and also as a competitive fitness sport incorporating high-intensity interval training, Olympic weightlifting, power lifting, gymnastics, calisthenics, strongman and other exercises.

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Clinton River watershed gets $20 million over 3 years


About $20 million is expected over the next three years for 11 projects through the Clinton River watershed in southeastern Michigan.

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Diamond Jim Brady's celebrates 60 years


After 60 years of great food, service and memories, 2015 marks a momentous anniversary at Diamond Jim Brady's in Novi.

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Cardiologist, successful chef and author behind GreenSpace Cafe in Ferndale

Construction and hiring are underway for a downtown Ferndale restaurant that plans to offer a menu that pleases the palate without hindering good health.

GreenSpace Cafe is expected to open in March at 215 W. 9 Mile Road.

The cafe is the brainchild of restaurateur Daniel Kahn, cardiologist and heart health author, Dr. Joel Kahn. George Vutetakis, chef, healthy eating author and former proprietor of the long successful Inn Season vegetarian restaurant in Royal Oak is developing the menu, which will be plant based and oil free. He is known as the Vegetarian Guy and is director of product research and development at Ferndale-based Garden Fresh Gourmet. Dr. Kahn is a vegan and author of books about the benefits and implementation of plant-based eating.

The 1,700-square-foot restaurant will seat about 60 inside and about 40 on an expanded patio. The renovations are transforming the space that was Maria's Fine Italian Dining into a relaxed, rustic style eatery in the heart of downtown.

Daniel Kahn hopes not only to attract vegetarians and vegans who don't limited quality options for dining out in metro Detroit as well as meat eaters who may be looking to improve the way they eat and discover a plant-based diet does not equal deprivation.

Source: Daniel Kahn, owner, GreenSpace Cafe
Writer: Kim North Shine

New partnership offers connected vehicle technology credentialing program

SAE International, the Connected Vehicle Trade Association (CVTA), and Mobile Comply have formed a partnership to jointly develop and deliver a three-course training and credentialing program in connected vehicle technology.

The program is aimed at IT professionals, software engineers, automotive engineers, information and vehicle technicians, insurance and telecommunications professionals, transportation staff, and service professionals who desire understanding of Vehicle-to-Vehicle, Vehicle-to-Infrastructure, and Vehicle-to-X connectivity inclusive to the rapidly advancing field of Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) and Connected Vehicles.

Using a blended learning approach, the first course in the series, Connected Vehicle Professional I - Function, Protocols, and Architecture, will be offered in conjunction with SAE’s World Congress in April. Access to online course content will open April 13, followed by two half-day classroom sessions on April 20, 21 at the Penobscot building in Detroit. The class, totaling 26 hours of content, finishes with additional online learning modules and final learning assessment which concludes on April 29.

Learners who successfully complete the online learning assessment earn a Certificate of Competency, jointly awarded from SAE and CVTA. To learn more or register for the course, visit http://mobilecomply.com/sae-world-congress/.

The other two courses in the series include Connected Vehicle Professional II - Standards, Organizations, Programs, V2X and Connected Vehicle Professional III - Data, Markets, Policy and Regulations. All three courses combined total 100 hours of training.

Kevin Perry, Global Manager of SAE’s Professional Development program commented that, “This is an exciting opportunity for SAE to address the growing demand in automotive and allied industries to better understand connected vehicle technologies and the systems those technologies enable. Partnering with CVTA and Mobile Comply brings together a strong set of partners that can define training needs, deliver quality training, validate mastery of training content, and confer a powerful industry credential.”

CVTA Executive Director Scott McCormick explained that, “CVTA, SAE and Mobile Comply seek to provide a solid foundation of learning across the full connected vehicle ecosystem. Our goal is to provide a full understanding of the vision, purpose, uses, practices and implementations of vehicle communications so that the trainees may leverage this knowledge for their companies and projects. Business sectors typically outside of the automotive space will understand where the V2X environment is heading, and how to participate in that future.”

Elaina Farnsworth, CEO of Mobile Comply added, "With the potential for hundreds of thousands of jobs in the Connected Vehicle space in the next few years, and the growing participation of non-typical automotive industries such as insurance, IT, analytics and telecommunications, it become imperative to have a common frame of understanding, and a mechanism to establish competency in this field. Credentials are one important and universally recognized way to do this. With the structured and scalable training Mobile Comply can provide, the knowledge CVTA can impart, and the adjudication of that learning independently by SAE International we have a robust, consistent and multi-sector learning environment that is crucial for professionals entering into and working in this space."

SAE International is a global association committed to being the ultimate knowledge source for the engineering profession. By uniting more than 137,000 engineers and technical experts, we drive knowledge and expertise across a broad spectrum of industries. We act on two priorities: encouraging a lifetime of learning for mobility engineering professionals and setting the standards for industry engineering. We strive for a better world through the work of our philanthropic SAE Foundation, including programs like A World in Motion® and the Collegiate Design Series™.

Mobile Comply is an international leader in mobile training and curriculum development. Its training & certifications are recognized worldwide for excellence in mobile connectivity, mobile development, application security and connected vehicle curricula among others. Mobile Comply specializes in programs for mobile implementation, related policy and regulations and how to deploy mobile devices, applications, and proper security practices. We also partner with organizations to develop customized educational content and delivery strategies. Associates include writers, editors, subject matter experts, instructional designers, and trainers.

The Connected Vehicle Trade Association (CVTA) is a non-profit business league established to facilitate the interaction, and advance the interests, of the entities involved in the vehicle communication environment. The Connected Vehicle Trade Association enables the collaboration of companies, organizations, and governmental bodies engaged in developing bidirectional vehicle communications. Membership is open to any corporation, public entities, standards and specification organizations, educational institutions and qualified individuals.



Rapid Global Business Solutions has new facility in Troy

The world headquarters of Rapid Global Business Solutions, Inc. (RGBSI), a global engineering services, staffing and software company, has moved to a newly completed facility at 1200 Stephenson Highway, Troy. 

The new facility was purchased by the company in 2013 and finished renovations in September 2014. It has approximately 25,000 square feet of space and can house over 110 employees. With expanded office space and conference rooms, employees and clients enjoy all new furnishings and state of the art technology. The building has been designed with collaborative areas to foster interaction and teamwork among employees.

RGBSI offers a range of engineering, human resources, and IT services to clients of all sizes around the world. The company will celebrate 18 years of business this year and is widely known for superior value and service. In addition to services, the company offers software products such as Empower QLM, a proprietary supply chain management software, and is a Dassault Systemes Commercial and Academic Business Partner.

The company has been recognized as one of America’s fastest growing private companies by Inc. magazine five times, and has received many awards on a national and local level recognizing its services and commitment to excellence. Most recently, RGBSI was named a Fast 50 Fastest Growing Private Company by Crain’s Detroit Business. 

For more information, visit: www.rgbsi.com or follow us on Twitter at @RGBSI or LinkedIn.

Southfield firm develops, releases new 3-D catalog technology


Southfield-based Onu headed to California last week to demonstrate its recently launched 3-D catalog technology to the medical manufacturing and sales community at a medical technology conference.

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New $4.9M OU athletic dome partners with private sports company


Oakland University’s students and sports teams aren’t the only ones benefiting from the school’s new 108,000-square-foot athletic dome.

As part of a public-private partnership, the $4.9 million facility will be leased to Total Sports Complex during off-hours, allowing the Wixom-based company to further expand its presence in Michigan.

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Tri-Pointe Community Credit Union members vote to merge with Genisys Credit Union

Members of Tri-Pointe Community Credit Union (Grand Blanc, MI) voted to approve the previously announced merger with Genisys Credit Union (Auburn Hills, MI) at a special meeting held in Fenton, Michigan on February 2, 2015. This combination will join two financially strong Michigan credit unions under the Genisys Credit Union name. Combined, the credit union will have assets totaling more than $1.8 billion and will serve nearly 175,000 members. The merger is expected to become official on April 1, 2015 and work to combine systems and operations will be completed by the end of the year.
“I am very pleased that the membership has validated our Board’s decision to join with Genisys Credit Union,” said Mack McConnell, current President and CEO of Tri-Pointe Community Credit Union, who will remain with the credit union through the transition and then take retirement. “This is an extension of the success that Tri-Pointe has had throughout its history.  Genisys will provide our members with continued financial strength and a strong commitment to meeting their ever-changing needs.” 
Jackie Buchanan, President and CEO of Genisys Credit Union added, “We are so pleased to have the approval of the Tri-Pointe members and we look forward to providing outstanding service and new financial products to them. We are committed to making the transition as quick and smooth as possible for our members.” 
Tri-Pointe Community Credit Union has branches in Fenton, Flint, Grand Blanc, Clio and Vassar, Michigan. With the addition of these branches, Genisys Credit Union will operate a total of twenty nine (29) branches, with twenty six (26) in Michigan.     
Tri-Pointe Community members will gain an expanded branch network, access to a nationwide shared branch network, new online and mobile banking options, call center service, and several additional services provided by Genisys including debit card rewards, mobile bill payment, and mobile deposit.  Employee benefits include the promise that no jobs will be lost as a result of the merger and continued competitive compensation and benefits.   
About Tri-Pointe Community Credit Union
Tri-Pointe Community Credit Union has provided financial services since 1958, and serves all who live or work in Genesee County, Tuscola County and specific geographic locations Livingston and Oakland Counties. Tri-Pointe Community Credit Union has consistently received the best rating possible (5-star) from Bauer Financial for safety and soundness. Tri-Pointe Community Credit Union has assets in excess of $200 million and serves nearly 25,000 members through five branches.         
About Genisys Credit Union
Genisys Credit Union is a not-for-profit, member-owned financial institution that has been committed to helping its members financially since 1936. Based out of Auburn Hills, MI, Genisys is one of the largest credit unions in Michigan, with approximately 150,000 members and 24 branch locations. They also provide business loans and a range of services for small to mid-sized businesses.  Genisys Credit Union has consistently received a 5-star Bauer Financial Rating for safety and soundness and is proud to be making a difference in their communities.  Connect with Genisys on Facebook and Twitter by following “GenisysCU”. For convenient access to your account, download the Genisys iPhone App in the iTunes Store and Android App in the Google Play Store. For more information or a calendar of events, visit Genisys online at www.genisyscu.org.

Sea Life Aquarium ups metro Detroit's tourist draw

More than 5,000 sea creatures, from sharks and stingrays to octopi and jellyfish, have settled in to their new home inside a Auburn Hills shopping mall as opening day for the Sea Life Aquarium arrives.
Sea Life Michigan, which is owned by United Kingdom-based Merlin Entertainments, opens today inside a massively overhauled space that was previously a Gameworks.

The attraction at Great Lakes Crossing is expected to draw tourists from across the region and become a new thing to do for families and lover of ocean life, who will find an interactive touchpool, animal feedings, presentations from ocean life experts and more than 30 other tanks. Freshwater fish are part of Sea Life Michigan and will be a part of a Great Lakes education component.

Sea Life is also expected to be a destination for school field trips and other educational endeavors. With its combination of fun, education and conservation/rescue it is expected to be a boon for the mall as a whole and for nearby hotels.

Sea Life Michigan is one of eight U.S. locations and dozens more worldwide.

Source: Steve Berlow, general manager, Great Lakes Crossing
Writer: Kim North Shine

Two new restaurants planned for Birmingham's Palladium 12


Peas & Carrots Hospitality will open two new restaurants this summer in Palladium 12, a movie and commercial complex at North Old Woodward and Hamilton in downtown Birmingham. 

The old-school, Brooklyn-style Italian restaurant called Arthur Avenue and the yet-to-be-named French brasserie will set up shop in the former Chen Chow Brasserie, says Zack Sklar, chef and owner of Peas & Carrots Hospitality.

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Urgent care clinic opens in Ferndale


Michigan Urgent Care Centers has opened Ferndale Urgent Care, the Livonia-based company’s 10th urgent care and occupational health center.

Like the other nine centers, Ferndale Urgent Care, 641 W. Nine Mile Road, Suite C, is open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.

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