DBusiness Daily Update: Stampede of Mustangs heading to Hart Plaza on September 14th and more
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Ford will unveil its new Mustang on September 14 at the Stampede at Hart Plaza
Mustang fans will get their first glimpse of the seventh-generation pony car during the Stampede on Sept. 14 at Hart Plaza in downtown Detroit, a celebration of the first six generations of the iconic Ford Motor Co. nameplate leading to the Detroit Self Show.
An element of the Stampede is a parade of Mustangs leading from Ford’s world headquarters in Dearborn to the first event in Hart Plaza. Another part of the festivities is the Best Stang Decade contest where entrants are encouraged to wear clothing inspired by their favorite period of Mustang history, from the 1960s through today.
A panel of Detroit Time magazine editors and fashion, arts and entertainment experts will judge the attire and select 12 finalists (two from each decade), with the top three costumes winning the following awards:
- First place: A two-year lease of an all-new Mustang GT
- Second place: a first drive of the all-new Mustang
- Third Place: A Hot Lap in a New Mustang with a Ford Performance Driver
Best Stang Decade participants must be photographed at one of the Stampede photo booths between 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on September 14. The winners will be announced no later than September 19. Terms and conditions apply.
Mustang owners can register to participate in the Stampede here.
Ford will broadcast The Stampede live on its social media channels. The reveal main event will begin at 8 p.m.
Signature Associates sells an industrial building in Detroit
Signature Associates, a Southfield commercial real estate agency, has sold the 238,334 square foot industrial building at 6501 Nevada in Detroit to Buligo Capital Partners of Israel. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
The building is fully leased to long-term tenant, Lear Corp. The premier property sits on 14 acres, is well maintained and offers 14,000 square feet of office space, two ground level gates, 15 truck wells, heavy industrial zoning, abundant power, over 200 parking spaces.
Moran plant named at People List of 100 companies that care about you
Plante Moran in Southfield was named for People the magazine’s list of 100 companies that care.
One of the nation’s largest accounting, tax, advisory and wealth management firms, Plante Moran is known for its We Care culture, which puts people first and is centered on close relationships, transparency and trust.
“Our company culture is rooted in what Elorion Plante and Frank Moran called their great experience — they wanted to create an organization that was focused on its people, knowing that in return, those people would provide excellent customer service,” says Jim Proppe, associate director at Plante Moran. “Elorion and Frank envisioned a place where top practitioners were eager to walk through the door and clients lined up to receive unparalleled service. And even today, in a company that is almost 100 years old, we have not lost sight of this vision.
At the heart of Plante Moran’s culture is the understanding that the whole person comes to work. The firm recognizes staff members not only in their professional roles, but also as people who have family, personal and community commitments that go beyond work. The company offers a variety of benefits and programs to help staff balance these roles.
To identify the 100 companies that care about you, People partnered with Great Place to Work to produce the rankings using the research firm’s database and insider knowledge of great places to work around the world. To see the full list, visit people.com.
Michigan Israel Business Accelerator Holds Fundraiser October 6
The Michigan Israel Business Accelerator is hosting its annual Taste of Two Nations recognition, fundraising and wine tasting event between 5:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. on October 06 at the Townsend Hotel in Birmingham, MI
The evening will include a wine tasting, a road-going dinner, a silent auction and an awards ceremony to recognize the Accelerator’s partners in innovation in the State of Michigan.
For more information and to register, go here.
Macomb Community College will offer a cybersecurity bootcamp
Macomb Community College offers a 12-week cybersecurity boot camp designed to help individuals build their information technology skills and advance in a career in cybersecurity.
Starting September 20, the instructor-led bootcamp will take place remotely with four-hour sessions every Tuesday and Thursday evening, ending December 15. Those interested in the bootcamp must register before September 12.
The bootcamp starts with computer and networking basics and quickly moves into cybersecurity labs designed to prepare the student for the CompTIA Security+ exam. CompTIA is an industry-recognized cybersecurity credential and is a good entry point for someone with basic computer and networking knowledge who wants to advance in a career in cybersecurity.
Those who are unemployed or underemployed and who meet certain criteria may receive funding to cover the cost of the program through Michigan Works!. The course fee covers all course materials and the CompTIA Security+ exam with an option to retake the exam if needed. For more information and to register before September 12, visit here and click on Information Technology under the Professional Development tab.
Washtenaw Community College to Feature Automotive Cybersecurity Lab at Open House Sept. 8
The Washtenaw Community College (WCC) in Ann Arbor will host an open house and computer science expo from 6-8 p.m. on September 8 at its new Automotive Cybersecurity Lab. The new lab is located in the Business Education Building, room 160.
Current and prospective students interested in learning more about the college’s programs for in-demand cybercareers and other computer science and technology programs are invited.
This new lab includes Umlaut workbenches that bring vehicle infotainment and other key systems from real production vehicles into the classroom. Here, attack surfaces are explored with an emphasis on techniques to better understand the creation of secure automotive systems. Students complete hands-on exercises to test security related to automotive networks and related infrastructure.
To register for the Computer and IT Expo, go here.
Amazon donates $250,000 to support Detroit Wellness nonprofits
Amazon says it plans to donate $250,000 to Detroit’s wellness nonprofits, which include organizations that are community leaders in neighborhood growth, urban agriculture, historic preservation and youth development.
Organizations that receive the Wellness Gift include:
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Detroit
- Pure Heart Foundation
- Michigan Humane Society (Abraham Ranch)
- Detroit Sound Conservancy (Blue Bird Inn)
- Idlewild Lake County Merry Makers
- Peace Tree Parks
- Ossian H. Sweet House
The funds will go towards youth mental health programs, restoring historic community sites, funding the construction of an urban greenhouse, and promoting cultural and educational activities.
“At Amazon, we are committed to not only being a good employer, but also a good neighbor,” says Ian Conyers, Detroit community engagement manager for Amazon. “We are thrilled to support these organizations in Metro Detroit that provide wellness and development while serving as meeting places for our neighbors. We look forward to fall programs that will impact the communities where we live, work and play.
Friendship Circle’s Walk4Friendship event raises over $715,000 for people with special needs
Friendship Circle, a West Bloomfield Township-based nonprofit that supports people with special needs, held its 17th annual Walk4Friendship on August 28.
The event surpassed its original fundraising goal of $650,000 by over $65,000, with donations totaling over $715,000. All money raised from the walk will support the Circle of Friendship and enable the organization to continue to provide support through recreational, social, educational and vocational programs to over 3,000 individuals and their families.
The theme for this year’s walk was “Building on Friendship,” which was the foundation of everything the Circle of Friendship does. Friendship Circle is dedicated to creating a supportive community that offers friendship to everyone, regardless of ability.
“The funds we raise at Walk4Friendship are essential to support all of our programming, allowing us to bring friendship to those who need it most,” says Bassie Shemtov, co-founder of Friendship Circle. “It has been a banner year, which would not have been possible without our amazing corporate sponsors, every donor and of course our amazing Circle of Friendship families who never fail to support our mission.”
Donations to the Circle of Friendship can still be made by visiting here.