Oakland County Diversification Newsletter, July 2022

Emerging Growth & Innovation

July 2022  |  Top Stories:

Advanced Manufacturing Trade Mission to Asia  |  CONNEX  |  MMTC Assessment  |  Recap: Defense & Aerospace Conference  |  Smart Manufacturing for Automotive Virtual Summit   |  Automation Alley Trade Mission to Mexico  |  Automation Alley Trade Mission to India

Dom Holmes

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Thank you for building this network as we are
All ways, moving forward.

Dom Holmes
Administrator, Emerging Growth & Innovation

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Advanced Manufacturing


Advanced Manufacturing Trade Mission to Indonesia, Singapore, and Japan – 
October 17 - 21, 2022

The official U.S. Department of Commerce Executive-Led Advanced Manufacturing Business Development Mission to Indonesia, Singapore and Japan will provide U.S. suppliers the chance to access key decision-makers in Asia and take advantage of growing business opportunities in Indonesia, Singapore, and Japan.

Mission participants will:

  • Participate in one-on-one business appointments with pre-screened potential agents, distributors, partners, and buyers
  • Attend networking sessions with pre-screened potential partners and relevant stakeholders
  • Pitch their advanced manufacturing solutions to an audience of pre-screened potential partners and relevant stakeholders
  • Tour manufacturing facilities to identify first-hand opportunities to apply advanced manufacturing solutions
  • Promote their company and solutions at the Industrial Transformation Asia-Pacific ITAP Trade Show in Singapore, during one-on-one meetings, booth visits, and a networking reception
  • Benefit from industry briefings and network with key government agencies and industry experts overseas

Learn more about the mission, specific markets, schedule, and fees here: Go.USA.gov/xzMmW

Trade Mission is offered in collaboration with the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA).



Connect with CONNEX™

Managing your supply chain is now easier with CONNEX™ Michigan, a cloud-based platform that centralizes the state's supply chain network into a searchable scouting database and integrates with the national CONNEX™ Marketplace.

Join more than 325 Michigan manufacturers who are strengthening their businesses and growing their supply chains through CONNEX™. Those who have joined are seeing the benefits by posting and responding to business needs throughout the state and the country.

CONNEX™ Michigan is free for Michigan manufacturers.

Create your profile today through the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center at: The-Center.org/connex



What can Technology do for You? Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center (The Center) is Here to Help

See how you can revolutionize your business operations and growth with the use of Industry 4.0 technologies for small- to medium-sized manufacturers. 

Using The Center’s Technology Opportunity Assessment, experts will work with you in a hands-on, personalized capacity to enable your company to identify technologies that will provide maximum improvements and return on investment. This no-cost assessment is forty questions long and takes two hours to complete.

To schedule an assessment, call 888-414-6682 or visit: The-Center.org/Our-Services/Advanced-Technology/Technology-Opportunity-Assessment


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Defense & Aerospace Event Attendees

RECAP: Oakland County's First of Its Kind Defense & Aerospace Conference

Presented on June 6, 2022 by the Diversification Through Federal Contracting (DTFC) Program at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Bloomfield Hills. This well-thought-out event brought together 200+ small businesses, entrepreneurs, and sub- and prime-contractors with resources and connections to pursue federal contracting. The DTFC is here to help provide businesses with the support to win federal contracts. This initiative is unique as it focuses on Oakland County-based companies, preparing them to diversify their customer portfolio and become more economically resilient through the successful pursuit of federal contracts and grants.

Several guests shared that they were pleased to have this opportunity in Oakland County, highlighting the established and diverse ecosystem of defense companies.

The event was composed of various aspects:

  • Networking with industry partners and resources
  • Panel discussion on how to be a successful federal contractor
  • Special remarks from U.S. Representative Elissa Slotkin
  • Keynote speaker, Oakland County Deputy Executive Sean Carlson presenting industry report
  • Training tracks based on skill level within federal contracting

To learn more about the event, visit: OakGov.com/DefenseEvent

Stay connected! For more training/networking opportunities such as this and for federal contracting resources, visit: OakGov.com/FederalContracting


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Smart Manufacturing for Automotive Virtual Summit – September 13, 2022

By using a combination of presentation, roundtable, tech demo and one-to-one formats, attendees will create their own agenda that will enable them to benchmark against competitors, collaboratively solve problems with a group of peers and learn about the latest tech that can support business objectives.

Learn more and RSVP at: MichiganBusiness.org/Events/Smart-Manufacturing-for-Automotive-Virtual-Summit/


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Join Automation Alley's Annual Trade Mission to Mexico: Querétaro and Guadalajara – September 25, 2022

Expand your business into the world's second-largest market for U.S. exports with help from Automation Alley. Join our trade mission to Mexico, a nation with a strong demand for the following Michigan-made products, services and technologies:

  • Aerospace
  • Automotive components and supplies
  • Design, engineering and manufacturing services
  • Environmental technologies
  • Healthcare and medical
  • IT and information communication technologies

More information, visit: AutomationAlley.com/Event/Trade-Mission-Mexico-2022



Doing Business in India, Presented by Automation Alley – Virtual/In-Person Event – July 20, 2022 from 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Learn how to grow and expand your business in the global marketplace of India. No cost, but registration is required. 

For more information, visit: AutomationAlley.com/Event/Doing-Business-in-India


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