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The Business Engagement Center(BEC)
The BEC was established to strengthen the University's ties to business and community partners and to help revitalize and diversify the state of Michigan's economy. Through the BEC you can maximize the growth potential for your business by identifying and accessing the University's vast resources, including research and faculty expertise, new technology, student and alumni talent, continuing education programs, and strategic giving opportunities. The BEC is co-located with the U-M Office of Technology Transfer. Together, the offices work to create and expand partnerships with companies by linking business needs with University resources in research, technology, education and student talent on the Ann Arbor, Flint and Dearborn campuses.
Area organizations and businesses in need of new employees or interns can work with The Career Center, which provides employment opportunities for students. The office posts a wide variety of internships and permanent positions for local companies. Career counseling and assessment testing is available for a fee.
Center for Business Acceleration and Incubation Studies
The (CBAIS) at the University of Michigan is committed to economic development and diversification through the establishment and promotion of business incubators. Business incubators have been shown to be an effective job creation tool; they not only generate new places to work but also retain them in the community where they were created.
Center for Labor Market Research
The Center for Labor Market Research (CLMR) has two main focus areas: economic forecasting and economic policy analysis. The strength of the methodology combined with continued refinements over time have resulted in a long, distinguished record for accuracy in forecasting labor market activity for a number of localities, especially with regard to their future prospects for employment and income.
Center for the Education of Women
The Center for the Education of Women - with its mission of service, research and advocacy - is nationally recognized as a catalyst for change as well as a welcoming place for individuals. CEW provides counseling and educational programs to women and men regarding academic, career and life issues; conducts social research on policy and gender issues; and advocates for improved policy and practice. CEW also offers a library with resources about careers, job hunting, resume writing and interviewing.
Center for Ergonomics
The Center provides introductory ergonomics training, seminars and job analysis that focus on reducing occupational musculoskeletal injuries and illnesses. Projects are also conducted within the manufacturing or product design facilities of government or corporate sponsors. The Center is equipped to measure all facets of human perceptual, information-processing, and motor performance. Services are state-funded and are offered at no cost to businesses.
Center for Labor and Community Studies
The Center for Labor and Community Studies at the University of Michigan-Dearborn incorporates the Labor Studies Center, formerly housed at U-M Ann Arbor, and provides additional programs, research, seminars, and other activities for the labor community and other local groups. The Labor Studies Center in Ann Arbor opened in 1957 and has been providing educational offerings in the fields of labor relations. The current staff is dedicated to adult education that empowers workers to keep pace with the changing global economy. Through engaged research activities, the center will create new opportunities for scholarship and community impact in southeast Michigan.
Center for Occupational Health & Safety Engineering: Continuing Education
Continuing education is available for professionals in the fields of occupational health and safety. Programs are available on and off campus through the Center for Occupational Health and Safety Engineering, operated by the College of Engineering.
Community groups, government agencies and businesses looking to combine team building with exercise can tackle the Challenge Program, an experiential program using various ropes courses. Teamwork, cooperation, communication and trust are key to the program offered by Recreational Sports.
Continuing Education - Ergonomics
The University of Michigan Center for Occupational Health and Safety Engineering, in conjunction with the Center for Ergonomics, offers a wide variety of continuing education and professional development courses. These programs are designed for practitioners in industrial health and safety. They are held at various locations, both on- and off- campus.
Phone: (734) 936-0148
The Corporate Relations Office actively seeks - and welcomes - new connections to companies large and small. We also continually work to find fresh perspectives and solutions to address the challenges of our long-term industry partners. Outstanding students, world-class faculty and leading-edge research are the reasons why companies of all kinds forge strategic relationships with the University of Michigan. If your company needs to hire one engineer or 1000, or if you need a new technical solution to enhance your competitiveness, we in Corporate Relations can help you navigate the amazingly complex Michigan Engineering campus, and pinpoint the resources that can put to work for you.
Defense Manufacturing Assistance Program
DMAP is designed to provide technical assistance that includes both a strategic and implementation plan. The goal of DMAP is to help maintain individual firmís manufacturing capability and capacity through customized planning and co-funded core-strengthening and diversification projects leading to survival, stabilization and potential growth. DMAP is in a pre-implementation phase during which we are gathering information about critical needs in the defense industry and assessing demand for different elements of the program.
EDA Community Economic Adjustment Program
With the grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce, to assist communities in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and Wisconsin that are suffering economic hardship due to the current and ongoing automotive industry restructuring in general, and manufacturing plant closures in particular. CEAP connects communities with support services and/or funding opportunities available through federal, state, and non-profit resources. CEAP works with communities and local social service agencies to identify appropriate funding sources and can assist in the proposal preparation process.
Engineering Center for Professional Development
The College of Engineering's Center for Professional Development offers numerous continuing engineering education programs. Graduate credit courses and non-credit short courses are available to sponsoring industry sites or designated public sites through videotape delay, two-way videoconferencing, satellite broadcast and computer networking.
Cutting-edge research, practical applications, and competitive insights await executives and organizations at the School of Business Executive Education. A portfolio of more than 50 programs gives executives the tools to address the issues they confront every day.
Foreign Language Tutor/Translator/Typist Services
Businesses in need of help with foreign language tutoring or translating can contact the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures. The department maintains a list of people offering their services for a fee for tutoring, translating, and typing of French, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese.
Great Lakes Trade Adjustment Assistance Center
Small to mid-sized manufacturing firms in the area can seek help from the Center, which provides technical and management assistance to import-impacted firms in Michigan, Indiana and Ohio. The Center helps firms to become competitive in domestic and international markets and provides up to $75,000 in matching funds. The U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration sponsors the GLTAAC.
Health Management Research Center
Getting a handle on health care costs is a service of the Center, which studies the link between employee health behaviors, productivity, absenteeism, job turnover and health care costs. It helps organizations project future health care costs by tracking the relationship between lifestyle behaviors and other variables. The Center helps organizations develop wellness programs at the work site.
Labor and Global Change Program
The Labor and Global Change Program (LAGC) addresses the effects of economic “globalization” on workers, unions, and societies. It explores how public policy, business programs, and worker organizations can increase the human benefits and reduce the social costs of national and global economic restructuring. It has been engaged in cross-campus conferences and support for research and educational initiatives related to international labor rights.
Lean Certification Program
Lean Certifications from the University of Michigan make your company more competitive. Lean methods can help to streamline processes, reduce waste and improve efficiency everywhere in your organization, from the front office to the factory floor, to the emergency room. With a range of Lean Certification program offerings in both on-campus short course and online formats, the University of Michigan has training opportunities available for busy professionals who are ready to make a difference in their organization.
Management Briefing Seminars
Business leaders from automotive, manufacturing and supply firms can benefit from management briefing seminars sponsored by the Center for Automotive Research. Business leaders from worldwide organizations from automotive manufacturers, company suppliers, government organizations, and financial institutions present their views on key industry issues.
Michigan Business Assistance Domestic Corps
Non-profit organizations benefit from the work of Business School student interns placed with their organizations. The MBA Domestic Corps develops business strategies, helps with marketing, facilitates entrepreneurship and uses the power of technology to increase productivity.
Michigan Business: Surviving to Thriving
The Michigan Business: Surviving to Thriving (MB:S2T) program, funded by the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth (DELEG), is designed to stabilize employment levels of Michigan businesses and foster growth via customized planning and co-funded improvement projects.
Michigan Information Transfer Source
MITS is a fee-based information service of the University Library for businesses, industry and individuals not affiliated with the University. Online database searches, library research, photocopies of articles and library book loans are available through MITS. Research areas include business, medicine, science, engineering, and most other disciplines.
Non-profit and Public Management Center
A collaboration of the schools of Business, Public Policy and Social Work, NPM promotes education and research about nonprofit and public management. Graduate students engage in projects to assist non-profit organizations and NPM connects researchers to community organizations.
Surplus computers, office furniture, telephone accessories, copiers and other items are available for sale through the Property Disposition Office. The warehouse is open to the public throughout the week.
U-M Tech Transfer
We encourage you to contact U-M Tech Transfer during your discovery process to ensure that you are aware of the options to develop the commercial potential of your research. Tech Transfer staff members are trained to assist you with questions related to marketability, funding sources, commercial partners, patenting and other protection methods, new business start-up considerations, University policies and procedures, and much more. Our team approach provides you with a licensing specialist supported by internal legal assistance, and, if new business start-up is being considered, a new business formation specialist as well.
James Kosteva, Director
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