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Learn strategies to grow your business in Macomb County at free Macomb Community College event

– Monday, May 6, 2019 11:00AM

John Paul Rea, deputy county executive, Macomb County, to give keynote address

Macomb Community College’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, in partnership with the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program and Wayne State University, is hosting a free event Friday, May 17, 9 – 11:30 a.m., designed to help Macomb County entrepreneurs learn successful strategies to grow their businesses. John Paul Rea, deputy county executive, Macomb County, will present the keynote address, Growing Your Business in Macomb County, and discuss how technological innovation and emerging talent is reshaping the economic landscape here in Macomb County and around the globe.

In addition to Rea’s presentation, Camille Walker-Banks, Wayne State University’s executive director for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program, will lead a panel discussion of local successful entrepreneurs who are alumni of the Goldman Sachs program. They will answer questions about the strategies they used to gain market share and grow their respective businesses.

Panelists for the discussion are Ed Brabandt, president, Systematic Manufacturing, Inc., Sterling Heights; Graig Adamski, owner, EnG Design, Inc., Sterling Heights, and Jill Bommarito, founder and owner, Ethel’s Baking Company, Saint Clair Shores.

The Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program is an educational program intended to help participants develop practical skills in areas such as negotiation, marketing, and employee management through a curriculum designed by Babson College, the nation’s top-ranked entrepreneurship school. In addition, 10,000 Small Business participants receive tools and professional support to develop a strategic and customized growth plan.

This free event is open to all interested entrepreneurs and will be held in Wayne State University’s Advanced Technology Education Center at 14601 Twelve Mile Road, Warren. To register for the event, click here. For more information, call 586.445.7167 or email

About Macomb Community College

Macomb Community College ( is one of the nation’s leading community colleges, providing learning experiences to nearly 38,000 students annually. Macomb nationally ranks in the top two percent in the number of associate degrees awarded by community colleges and is one of the largest grantors of associate degrees in Michigan. The college’s comprehensive educational programming includes pre-collegiate experiences, university transfer and career preparation programs, bachelor degree completion and graduate degree programs, workforce training, professional education and certification, and continuing education and enrichment opportunities.

Media contact: Sean M. Patrick, 586.445.7271