Business Development Center Newsletter
 September  2013 
Business Development Center 

The BDC is devoted to advancing corporate business interests and economic development in Southeast Michigan.  We provide solutions for organizations to create, expand, and advance their business.



Check out our website at or contact our office at 734-462-4438.  


PTAC Client Success Story -

TechWorld Language Solutions, Inc.  

  Techworld Language Solutions, Inc. has been delivering translations, cultural awareness training, language instruction, and interpretations to government, industrial, and corporate clients since 1984. The PTAC team at Schoolcraft College has been supporting Techworld since we obtained our GSA contract in 2007. They have provided the proper guidance and tools to be able to contend in federal, state and local government contracts by thoroughly understanding Techworld's complex business in cultures and languages. The outstanding support of the PTAC of Schoolcraft College helped Techworld position itself as a small business to successfully be awarded contracts with various agencies. 

More Manufacturing! 

Did you know 70% of Americans view manufacturing as the most important industry for a strong economy and national defense?

But...only 30% of parents encourage their kids to enter manufacturing...and only 17% of people view manufacturing as a top career choice...(rodon group, 2013).


What's the disconnect?


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Professional Development Offerings through CEPD

Do you supervise someone who would benefit from additional instruction on Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Access?  Schoolcraft CEPD offers classes specific to each application in the Microsoft Office Suite, as well as classes on Windows, Outlook, Publisher, Internet basics, social media, blogs, and, new to the Fall 2013 schedule, Google Docs and Evernote. View all of the Continuing Education and Professional Development computer offerings on page 9 to 12 of our fall schedule and call 734-462-4448 for more information. Whatever you're looking to learn or improve on, we're confident we've got the class that suits your needs.

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BDC Events 


Please click on class title below for more information. 

Online registration is available for most classes. 



Government Contracting 101   


Government Marketing Strategies 


Meet the Buyers  


Entrepreneur Series


Starting a Business



Financial Management


Business Legal Issues


Marketing Your Business


Cooking Up a Successful Food Related Business 


 One Day Marketing Plan Workshop: Create Your Plan


Social Media 101 for Small Business


  Know Your Numbers- Five Keys to Using Financial Statements for Small Business  


Loan Workshop for Growing Business 


Looking for more classes?   

Click here for course info at Schoolcraft College

or call 734-462-4448 for CEPD (Continuing Education & Professional Development)



Introduction to Plastic Materials and Applications

This course provides the plastics professional with an understanding of plastic materials, tooling, processing and testing, emphasizing injection molding. Participants will learn about different types of plastic materials, and how material choice relates to part performance. 


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See what small business resources are available through Michigan eLibrary (MEL) 


The following research databases can be found and accessed for free through The Michigan eLibrary provides all Michigan residents with free access to online full-text articles, books, and other valuable research information at any time via the Internet. Visit your local library if you need additional research assistance with these resources.  



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