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Chamberlain College of Nursing expands with first campus in Metro Detroit

Filling a critical and growing need for nursing education in the metro Detroit area, Chamberlain College of Nursing is opening a new campus in Troy, Michigan, and is now accepting applications for admission to spring semester classes, which begin Jan. 5, 2015. The Troy campus is Chamberlain’s first in Michigan and 16th in the nation.
“The city of Troy has good reason to be proud of its quality educational opportunities,” said Troy Mayor Dane Slater. “Chamberlain College of Nursing, moving into Troy, adds to this fine tradition, and we welcome Chamberlain’s nursing students. I am glad that Troy attracted a regionally-accredited college that educates students for a high-demand field, such as nursing.”
Michigan is one of many states currently facing an impending nursing shortage, with a projected shortfall of 18,000 nurses by 2015. Several factors are driving demand for primary care services: the rapidly growing population of baby boomers age 65 and older, who constitute 20 percent of the population and have more chronic healthcare needs; 1.5 million newly insured patients entering the healthcare marketplace by 2015; and the anticipated retirement of more than 40 percent of the state’s registered nurse (RN) workforce within 10 years.
“Healthcare is adding more jobs than any industry in Michigan to meet the shortage of health professionals in Detroit,” said Susan Groenwald, PhD, RN, ANEF, national president of Chamberlain College of Nursing. “Chamberlain looks forward to educating the future nursing leaders who can respond to the state’s healthcare needs and care for Michigan’s diverse and aging population.” 
Despite rising demand for healthcare services and personnel, 2,154 qualified applicants were turned away from Michigan nursing programs in 2013 due to insufficient capacity. In addition to helping fill this need, the new Chamberlain campus provides baccalaureate-level education opportunities for future nurses. The Institute of Medicine recommends that 80 percent of nurses hold a bachelor’s degree by 2020. However, in Southeast Michigan, less than half of RNs hold a bachelor’s degree in nursing.
Located 21 miles north of Detroit at  200 Kirts Blvd., Chamberlain’s new Troy campus offers an on-site Bachelor of Science in Nursing(BSN) degree program that can be completed in as few as three years of year-round study instead of the typical four years with summers off. The campus features Chamberlain’s SIMCARE CENTER™, which provides high-tech simulated patient care in clinical learning environments, and a Center for Academic Success, which delivers comprehensive academic resources and support for students. The education experience is grounded in Chamberlain Care, an approach that includes a unique student academic success model. Through extraordinary student care, students are empowered to achieve their career goals and to deliver exceptional patient care.
The campus dean, Jaime Sinutko, PhD(c), MSN, RN, has more than 14 years of experience as an RN and a decade of experience as a nurse educator. Sinutko was previously the inaugural director of nursing and an associate professor at Rochester College School of Nursing in Michigan. She earned BSN and Master of Science in Nursing degrees from Oakland University, where she is currently working on a Doctor of Philosophy degree in educational leadership.
Open houses for prospective students will be held at the Troy campus on Wednesday, Oct. 22 from 4-7 p.m., and Friday, Oct. 24 from 4-7 p.m. For more information about Chamberlain College of Nursing’s Troy campus or to RSVP, visit chamberlain.edu/troy.
About Chamberlain College of Nursing
For 125 years, Chamberlain College of Nursing has been at the forefront of excellence in nursing education. Chamberlain is increasing access to nursing education nationwide with campuses offering the three-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program and flexible online programs such as the RN to BSN option, Master of Science in Nursing degree program, Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program and Graduate Certificates.
Chamberlain College of Nursing is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (ncahlc.org). HLC is one of the eight regional agencies that accredit U.S. colleges and universities at the institutional level. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program and the Master of Science in Nursing degree program at Chamberlain College of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202.887.6791). The Associate Degree in Nursing program at the Columbus location is accredited with conditions by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, 404.975.5000). Accreditation provides assurance to the public and to prospective students that standards of quality have been met.
Program/program option availability varies by state/location. Chamberlain reserves the right to update information as it becomes available. Information is current at the time of posting. For the most updated accreditation information, visit chamberlain.edu/accreditation. Comprehensive consumer information is available at chamberlain.edu/studentconsumerinfo.
Chamberlain College of Nursing, LLC is a part of DeVry Education Group (NYSE: DV), a global provider of educational services. All rights reserved. chamberlain.edu.


Twisted Tavern puts twist in Ferndale's nightclub/restaurant scene

After a successful run as a go-to fun spot, Boogie Fever in Ferndale has been reinvented into a nightclub and restaurant that leaves behind a casual, disco feel and takes on a chic, upscale attitude.

Twist Night Club opened several weeks ago in the back of the space on Woodward Avenue, and earlier this month the food side of the business, the Twisted Tavern, opened in the front part of the building at 22901 Woodward.

The dance club is open on weekends. The tavern is open every night for dinner, and the menu created by executive chef Kyle Hanley means to compete with top restaurants by being more than bar- or late-night food.

Small plates such as cheddar cheese, red onion and pickled cabbage flatbread pizza, a salad of candy-striped beets, bibb lettuce, hazelnuts, chevre cheese and lemon vinaigrette, or Spanish chorizo with sherry cream, shiitake crisps, sliders, polenta fries and more are available. Finishes include a twisted ice cream sandwich made with maple ice cream, bacon and bourbon cookies, or a cinnamon snicker doodle sundae.

Source: The Twisted Tavern
Writer: Kim North Shine

T&M offers automotive and waste management expertise

T&M Associates, a leading national engineering, environmental services and consulting firm, announces the opening of a Michigan office with a focus on serving the automotive and waste management industries. Natalie Pryde, who specializes in regulatory compliance at the local, federal and global levels, will lead the office. She brings nearly 15 years of environmental, health and safety (EHS), and compliance experience with General Motors, Ford, FIAT Chrysler Automobiles and numerous public and private clients in the sector. 

T&M also appointed environmental geologist Nathan Hull as solid waste specialist, whose team will provide a broad portfolio of services to clients throughout the region. Mr. Hull comes from T&M Associates’ Ohio regional office and brings 18 years of experience in construction inspection, quality assurance and environmental investigation. 

“Natalie’s automotive and regulatory leadership, combined with Nathan’s environmental expertise, enables us to bring best-in-class services to Detroit and enhance our offerings in the greater Midwest market,” said Ihsan Al-Fayyomi, senior vice president and environmental services business unit leader at T&M. 

The new office is located at 39555 Orchard Hill Place, Novi, Michigan 48375. It will offer T&M Associates’ full portfolio of services, including EHS auditing and program development/implementation, regulatory compliance and permitting, site investigation and remediation, risk assessment, due diligence and transactional support, Underground Storage Tank (UST)/Aboveground Storage Tank (AST) evaluation and investigation, industrial hygiene, grants and funding, energy efficiency, transportation engineering, water resources, stormwater management and construction administration.
About T&M Associates
T&M Associates is an engineering consulting firm specializing in development, energy, environmental and transportation services.  Established in 1966 and headquartered in Middletown, NJ, the company has earned dozens of awards for project excellence and is consistently ranked in the top half of Engineering News Record’s list of the Top 500 Design Firms. T&M’s tagline, “Your Goals. Our Mission.,” encapsulates its commitment to develop effective, creative and timely strategies and solutions to achieve its public and private clients’ business objectives. T&M has nearly 400 employees and operates in 16 office locations throughout Delaware, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Ohio.  For more information, visit http://www.tandmassociates.com/.

CASRO names Morpace as its 2014 Research Organization of the Year

Morpace is honored to be named as the recipient of the CASRO Research Organization of the Year Award. The award was presented at the CASRO Annual Conference held September 29 – October 2 in Denver.

The CASRO Research Organization of the Year Award honors a member company that has demonstrated leadership, overall consistency and excellence in the planning and execution of its research services. The winner is chosen by a panel of research industry leaders.

“This is an incredible achievement for our company. It is truly an honor to be recognized in such a way by our peers.” said Morpace Chairman and CEO Frank Ward. “Since the recession, our growth has been phenomenal. This recognition has required significant effort from every employee in the organization.” 

Among the fastest growing research companies, Morpace has more than doubled its revenue since 2009, nearly five times the industry average. Investments in the launch of a larger office in Shanghai, and the development of new approaches such as Claros CommunitiesTM, LiveDriveTM and my2CentsTM have been well received by its clients, said Morpace President and COO Duncan Lawrence.

“Our approach is fairly simple: know the industries you serve, hire and keep great people, and listen to your clients,” Lawrence said. “We are in an industry that demands quality, service and insights, and we excel in these areas. Our value to clients is helping them solve their business problems. The research industry has been undergoing tremendous change with an explosion of information, so we’ve had to change as well,” Lawrence added.

Market research is a ’people business,’ Lawrence said, so it is imperative for Morpace not only to keep its best people, but also blend that experienced team with a new generation of professionals. “This blend of talent makes us much stronger. It also keeps me very optimistic about the future of our company.”

About Morpace Inc.
Morpace Inc. is a full-service market research and consulting organization specializing in automotive, healthcare, financial services, retail and consumer goods, and technology. Morpace provides global expertise and proprietary solutions in three core areas: brand and communications; market and product development; and customer experience management. 

Established in 1941, Morpace was named the 2014 CASRO Research Organization of the Year. The company is listed in the Gold (formerly Honomichl) Top 50 report of largest U.S.-based market research firms as developed by Marketing News magazine. Morpace was also recognized by Ford Motor Company by receiving the 2012 Silver Word Excellence Award. Morpace is headquartered in Detroit with offices in Los Angeles, London, and Shanghai. Visit www.morpace.com for more information.

Founded in 1975, The Council of American Survey Research Organizations (CASRO) represents 330 research organizations in the U.S. and abroad, all of which annually reaffirm their adherence to the CASRO Code of Standards and Ethics, an internationally respected code of business and professional standards. CASRO’s member benefits include a strong government and public affairs program, industry surveys and superb staff training and networking opportunities at workshops and conferences held throughout the year. Visit www.casro.org for more information. 

Up North-based custom bed designers expand to downtown Rochester

A mattress designer who makes beds in any size, shape or form by hand, from scratch has opened a store in downtown Rochester.

Beds by Design, which started in Harbor Springs, Mich. in 2005, has built a mattress manufacturing business on a customer base that wants mattresses made exactly as they ask, whether it's for comfort or for special spaces, say tight cottages, RVs, yachts, you name it.

Downstate interest in the Up North-based Beds by Design prompted owner Rory Karpathian to open a Rochester showroom last month at 111 W. Third St.

Karpathian, a former high-ranking mattress company executive who tired of industry changes focused on making more money by manufacturing shorter-lived products, says mainstream manufacturers can't come close to the careful, detailed and time-consuming process he and his employees use to make mattresses.

"I make hand-crafted, natural, heirloom quality mattresses. My mattresses are made to last a lifetime and are the finest you will find in North America," he says.

Source: Rory Karpathian, owner, Beds by Design
Writer: Kim North Shine

Public art becoming a priority in Southfield

The Southfield City Council recently approved the creation of a Public Arts Commission that will focus on promoting public art in the city by working with the city planner and soliciting donations and fundraising for various projects.

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Let's take a peek inside the historic Buhl Estate


Long before it was a government-owned facility that routinely hosts wedding ceremonies and receptions, banquets, fund-raisers, business meetings and other events, the [Buhl Estate] was part of the sprawling rural playground for the family of Lawrence D. Buhl, a wealthy Detroit industrialist who lived from 1887 to 1956.

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Automation Alley reaches export milestone: $400 million in sales for local companies

Southeast Michigan companies have made more than $400 million in export sales as a result of Automation Alley trade missions and other activities, Michigan’s largest technology business association announced today.
These export sales have resulted in the creation or support of more than 2,365 jobs. Automation Alley has reached this goal due to its trade mission program and other international activities, including the State Trade Export Promotion (STEP) program. Since Automation Alley’s trade mission program began in 2001, the association has led 156 local companies on 21 trade missions to locations around the globe. In December, Automation Alley will lead local companies on a trade mission to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. 
“We are proud to have reached this significant milestone with our export program. Around the globe, demand is increasing for Michigan-made products, services and technologies,” said Noel Nevshehir, Automation Alley’s director of international business services. “Automation Alley trade missions are results-driven and help small to medium-size businesses in Southeast Michigan capitalize on this demand, growing their businesses and creating jobs.”
Automation Alley’s trade missions include a packed program with briefings, seminars, one-on-one business meetings, factory visits, official receptions and dinners, and cultural events. The briefings and one-on-one meetings are prearranged for the individual participants to match their business interests. 
To prepare local businesses for trade missions, Automation Alley hosts informative country-specific workshops and seminars prior to the mission as well as export-readiness events featuring international business experts. 
In addition to trade missions, local businesses can communicate with overseas customers, clients and investors using the state-of-the-art communications tools at Automation Alley’s International Business Center at its headquarters in Troy. 

As a Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) Regional Export Network host, Automation Alley works with the MEDC and its strategic partners to deliver export services.
Companies seeking to enhance their global competitiveness and expand their business outside of Southeast Michigan are invited to join Automation Alley on an upcoming trade mission. 
For more information on the upcoming trade mission to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, or other Automation Alley international business activities, contact the Automation Alley Resource Center at 800-427-5100 or info@automationalley.com
About Automation Alley
Automation Alley is a technology business association and business accelerator dedicated to growing the economy of Southeast Michigan and enhancing the region’s reputation around the world. Automation Alley offers talent and business development programs and services to tech-focused businesses of all sizes — from startups to large corporations — to help them grow and prosper. 
Since its founding in 1999, Automation Alley’s membership has grown to include nearly 1,000 businesses, educational institutions, government entities and nonprofit organizations from the city of Detroit and the surrounding eight-county region. 
Automation Alley provides a variety of exclusive benefits to its members to help them succeed, including networking opportunities, meeting space and public relations tools. Automation Alley also serves the general business community in five key areas: entrepreneurial services, talent development, international business services, product lifecycle management and defense and manufacturing.
Automation Alley collaborates with regional partners to provide its members and clients with the best business resources available, to drive local economic growth, and to positively influence the stories being told around the globe about the people and businesses of Greater Detroit.
For more information, visit automationalley.com.

Rontal Akervall Clinic announces second location in new Beaumont Neuroscience Center in Royal Oak

The Rontal Akervall Clinic – a group of physicians and health professionals specializing in ear, nose, throat treatment, as well as head and neck surgery and aesthetic and reconstructive surgery of the face – has announced the expansion of its practice with a new, second location in the recently-opened Beaumont Neuroscience Center, located in Royal Oak, Mich. The practice’s original office remains in Farmington Hills, Mich.
The new clinic will feature audiology services and offer access to hearing aid devices, in addition to Rontal Akervall’s traditional and speciality ENT services, which span allergy management, congenital cleft and craniofacial disorders, head and neck cancers and tumors, sinusitis, larynx and voice issues, nasal obstructions, gastroesophageal reflux disease, snoring, hearing loss and tinnitus.
“As the demand for health care grows in Metro Detroit, we are expanding our practice to meet the increased needs of our patients,” said Matthew Rontal.
“Adding an office within the Beaumont Neuroscience Center, and staff to support the new clinic, allows us to offer our patients two convenient locations, making it closer for them to receive the care they need and easier to schedule appointments with our specialized team,” Eugene Rontal added.
The additional office employs 7 professionals. Patients can schedule appointments for either location by phone at 248-737-4030.
About Rontal Akervall Clinic
The Rontal Clinic was founded in 1972 by physicians Michael and Eugene Rontal. Since its founding, the Rontal doctors have developed a nationally recognized practice that combined innovative clinical work with academic excellence to provide specialty care of the breadth of problems in ear, nose, throat, as well as head and neck surgery, including subspecialty care of sinus disease and voice disorders. Dr. Jan Akervall joined the practice in 2004, bringing his vast knowledge of treatment of head and neck cancer. Dr. Daniel Rontal joined the practice in 2005 with broad ENT skills and specialties in more complex problems of the paranasal sinuses. Dr. Matthew Rontal joined Rontal-Akervall Clinic in 2010, adding a focus on the breadth of facial and craniofacial reconstruction and aesthetic facial plastic surgery, as well as surgery of the anterior skull base.

Magneti Marelli inaugurates a new plant for automotive exhaust systems in Independence Twp.

Magneti Marelli Holding USA announced that its exhaust system manufacturing plant located in Independence Township, Mich., near Clarkston, celebrated its official opening. The occasion was marked by a brief ceremony for its employees, followed by a family event.
“The inauguration of the Independence Township plant is a significant milestone for Magneti Marelli,” said Magneti Marelli Holding USA President and CEO Stephane Vedie. “With the addition of the exhaust plant, each of the company’s business lines is now represented in North America, providing and expanding footprint to serve our customers here and around the world.”
“For all its business areas, Magneti Marelli has a footprint that is fitting the key customers’ needs and enables a strategic positioning on the global automobile market,” stated Eugenio Razelli, CEO of Magneti Marelli. “The Exhaust business, with a very significant presence in Europe, South America and, since few years, also in China and India, is now adding an important presence also in the US”.
The new plant strengthens Magneti Marelli’s position in North America adding to its competencies that include automotive lighting, powertrain, electronic systems, suspension systems, aftermarket and motorsport.
The 100,000-plus square foot plant located in suburban Detroit is the first Michigan manufacturing facility for Magneti Marelli, whose North American headquarters is in nearby Auburn Hills. Employing 75 people, the plant manufactures hot end exhaust manifold integrated with catalytic converters and will reach a production capacity of about 300,000 units per year.
All manufacturing operations are performed on site, including forming of the canister in which catalyst materials are inserted, and robotic welding of the various components to create the finished product.
The first important project is related to Fiat Chrysler platforms.
The plant is also home to Magneti Marelli Aftermarket North America, which is responsible for the "Magneti Marelli Offered by Mopar" All Makes Parts Program. This All Makes program enables Chrysler Group dealerships to service all vehicle makes and models, as well as offer product to independent repair facilities. The Aftermarket division currently has 18 employees.
About Magneti Marelli:
Founded in Italy in 1919 and headquartered near Milan, Magneti Marelli is a leader in component manufacturing electronics and the production of other technologically advanced automotive products. With its 85 production units, 12 R&D centres and 26 application centres in 19 countries, about 38,000 employees and a turnover of 6 billion Euros in 2013, the group supplies all leading carmakers in Europe, North and South America and the Far East. Its business areas include: Electronic Systems, Lighting; Powertrain, Suspension Systems and Shock Absorbers, Exhaust Systems, Aftermarket Parts & Services, Plastic Components and Modules, Motorsport. Magneti Marelli is part of Fiat Chrysler Group.
Innovation and quality are at the core of Magneti Marelli.  The company invests heavily in research, development and engineering, and has a long list of accomplishments in both motorsports and the passenger car industry, supplying all the leading carmakers in the world.
With an established presence in the U.S. since 1976, Magneti Marelli USA coordinates the activities of all Magneti Marelli divisions in the NAFTA region from its North American headquarters, located in Auburn Hills, Michigan.
Magneti Marelli can rely on a longstanding presence in North America with Powertrain, Lighting, Electronic Systems, Suspension Systems (Shock Absorbers), Exhaust Systems and Motorsport businesses.
At its Auburn Hills Headquarters, Magneti Marelli houses engineering development, application engineering, testing labs and administrative support functions and sales for all the North American business lines. The Magneti Marelli Motorsports NA team is also located in the Auburn Hills offices. Magneti Marelli Aftermarket North America is located in nearby Independence Township.
Magneti Marelli has industrial operations in Independence Township, Michigan (Exhaust Systems); Sanford, North Carolina (Powertrain); Pulaski, Tennessee (Automotive Lighting, Shock Absorbers, Exhaust Systems,); El Paso, Texas (logistics and warehouse); Juarez, Mexico (Automotive Lighting); Saltillo, Mexico (Suspension Systems); and Tepotzotlan, Mexico (Electronic Systems and Automotive Lighting).

New markers tell history of downtown Clawson

Visitors to downtown Clawson can take a glimpse into the past while shopping for the home at Leon & Lulu, dining on Vietnamese at Da Nang or sipping suds at Black Lotus Brewery.

The history lessons come through a series of permanent markers erected in August to tell the story of Clawson's past and add an element of interest to the downtown center that conveys and old meets new appeal.

Seventeen History Walk plaques are spread through four sections of downtown, says Joan Horton, director of the Clawson Downtown Development Authority.

The DDA and the Clawson Historical Museum worked together on the project sponsored by Talmer Bank.

The object, says Horton, is for downtown visitors "to take a stroll to enjoy the downtown of today while learning about the one of the past."

The plaques are installed on posts along sidewalks and on buildings such as the Black Lotus Brewery (formerly the Clawson State Savings Bank), Leon & Lulu (where the Ambassador Roller Rink once operated), and the closed Clawson Theater, which is under renovation.

"Overall, using text and photos, they help to tell the story of Clawson -- the steam powered mill that was in the northeast corner, the interurban train, horses and cars sharing dirt roads downtown and on through to the process of paving in 1928 and glimpses of life into the 1950s," says Horton.

Printed rack cards showing marker locations are available at City Hall, the historical museum, the library, Black Lotus and Leon & Lulu.

Source: Joan Horton, director, Clawson Downtown Development Authority
Writer: Kim North Shine

Downtowns now and then: Why they're important to Michigan's economic development

The Michigan Downtown Association has over 200 members and encourages the development, redevelopment and improvement of the state’s communities and downtowns and downtowns become increasingly desirable places to live, work, and play.

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Gongos launches insight curation practice Arti | fact

Gongos, Inc., parent company to Gongos Research and OIntegrated, launches its third business unit, Arti¦fact, as announced today by president & CEO Camille Nicita. Founded on the philosophy of insight curation, Arti¦fact contextualizes and preserves knowledge inside organizations, making it more consumable, immersive and memorable. Gongos research strategist & curator Amy Perifanos has been appointed to lead the new business unit; and former colleague Brett Bridges returns to Gongos to join in the launch and long-term operational strategy of Arti¦fact.
“Organizations want to better empower their brand, marketing and category leaders to make decisions based on insights and intuition,” says Nicita. “Knowledge at rest stays at rest—Arti¦fact will bring wisdom to the surface—and put it in motion—inside organizations in a fresh, provocative way.”
“Arti¦fact is about companies having the courage to reimagine how they learn and act on insights, whatever form that takes,” adds Senior Director, Arti¦fact, Amy Perifanos. “Infographical journeys, video documentaries, insight portals, animations, and insight integration initiatives all can move organizations beyond single-objective, point-in-time deliverables.”
With her appointment, Perifanos will lead a multi-disciplinary team of writers, curators, videographers, and information designers, and also joins the Gongos Enterprise Strategy team. As Director, Arti¦fact, Bridges joins in operationalizing the practice as well as co-developing the company’s proprietary dynamic insights platform. The platform draws users in to encourage the hands-on exploration of knowledge and insights.
Perifanos was most recently account strategist and curator for Gongos Research. Her ability to strike a balance between strategic thinking and creative execution led to further assessing the need for insight curation, a philosophy for which she has presented and co-authored on since early 2013. With an initial focus in the shopper insights space, Perifanos’ big-picture thinking has catalyzed client relationships within organizations such as Coca-Cola. Prior to Gongos, she spearheaded market research initiatives at the Kohler Co.  Perifanos has a M.S. in Marketing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and continues to reside there.
Bridges recently returned to Gongos from Safeway, where he was Manager, Consumer & Shopper Insights. Preceding that, he was Senior Advisor, N.A. Consumer & Small Office Marketing for Dell. He had spent three years prior in research roles at Gongos Research, while he earned his MBA from the University of Michigan, and studied design and digital imaging principles at the College for Creative Studies.  Bridges resides in San Francisco, CA.
Gongos, Inc.’s trifecta approach to decision intelligence supports Global 1000 companies. Fusing custom research, insights curation, and decision analytics, Gongos offers clients multiple levels of engagement to address their ongoing business challenges. Serving the consumer products, retail, financial services, transportation and technology spaces, Gongos combines innovative and foundational approaches to consumer-minded intelligence.
The company’s primary research division, Gongos Research, partners with corporate research and insights teams on initiatives spanning the entire product and marketing life cycle. O2 Integrated, its data sciences business unit, harmonizes enterprise and research knowledge through consultative relationships. The company thrives on developing techniques to shape purposeful stories that can be readily socialized within client organizations.
Gongos works with companies such as Hallmark Cards, Mars-Wrigley, Visa, GM, OnStar and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. In 2007, the company was first named to the Inc. 5000 list of “The Fastest Growing Companies in America” and is among the Gold Top 50 U.S. marketing research organizations. For further insight into the Gongos culture, visit gongos.com or facebook.com.

To see the Arti¦fact philosophy in motion, click here.

Baldwin Theatre renovates orchestra pit

A dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Thursday, September 11th for the Baldwin Theatre’s recently renovated orchestra pit. The orchestra pit, original to the 92-year-old building, was in need of updates and renovations. The renovation funding came from Stagecrafters, a matching grant from Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) and a generous private donation from Stagecrafters’ members Craig and Shari Morgan. It took three months to complete and cost approximately $100,000.
The orchestra pit was dedicated to Mr. Morgan’s late mother, May Morgan, an avid theatre-goer. “It is an honor to always have the memory of May Morgan at Stagecrafters and the Baldwin Theatre. She will always be here with us applauding our efforts. She had told us, ‘There are very few things in life better than live theatre’,” says Mr. Morgan.
The May Morgan Orchestra Pit was enlarged to accommodate more musicians for the larger musicals and to address safety issues. Updates to the orchestra pit include acoustics, electrical, safety and aesthetics.
About Stagecrafters 
Stagecrafters, a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit community theatre, is in its 58th year of providing opportunities for members of the community to develop their talents and to volunteer their time to create an enriching, quality theatrical experience through its Main Stage, 2ndStage, and Youth Theatre productions. At the Baldwin Theatre since 1985, Stagecrafters has been named Best Community Theatre byHour Detroit, Real Detroit Weekly and Daily Tribune.
Stagecrafters offers shows that appeal to a wide variety of ages and interests and prides itself on providing professional quality shows at affordable prices, making the performing arts accessible to individuals in our "regional" community.


Longtime environmentalist and business roundtable member honored with Heritage Partner Award

A Commerce Township man was honored with the 2014 Heritage Partner Award by the Planning Division of the Oakland County Department of Economic Development & Community Affairs.

Jim Meenahan was honored for his contributions to preserving Oakland County’s natural and built heritage. The award was presented last week during the 17th annual Heritage Conference, which was held at Addison Oaks County Park in Addison Township.

“Jim is a steady, hardworking contributor, perfectly willing to stay behind the scenes,” County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said. “I’m glad we honored him with this award.”

Meenahan, who has a degree in chemical engineering, has been a member of the Oakland County Business Roundtable Quality of Life Committee since 2001, is an advocate for historic preservation, Main Street Oakland County and the Trail, Water and Land Alliance.

He was a founding member of a citizens group, “Save Our State Land,” which campaigned to save 550 acres of the Proud Lake State Recreation Area that were to be removed from public ownership as part of the state’s land consolidation strategy. The site was ultimately purchased by Commerce Township, which is working on a master plan for a new park. Meenahan said he was proud to receive the award, which was presented by Bret Rasegan, who heads up the planning division for the county.

“Community redevelopment has been of extraordinary interest to me and it’s exciting to see the results of visionary people who have the persistence to drag communities kicking and screaming to a new place,” Meenahan said. “It’s not the work of wimps.”
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