Looking to take your career to the next level, or maybe just getting started? Find your opportunity at Pure Michigan DREAMJOB 2014 at Ford Field in Detroit on June 13.

Michigan is holding its largest-ever matchmaking summit to connect Michigan employers with career seekers from across the state and around the country. More than 110 Michigan companies are seeking to fill more than 1,200 positions. The deadline to register is April 30.

Live in Chicago or New York and want to move to Michigan? Join us on April 23 or 24 to learn how you can attend Pure Michigan DREAMJOB.

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I Want Your Job, a series on the Michigan Business blog, profiles talented Michiganders who have a unique or cool job and want to show why they love working and living here.

Born and raised in southern California, Mike Tidwell has lived all over the country working at various universities. After moving to Michigan in 2012, today Mike is Dean of the college of business at Eastern Michigan University where he oversees the various programs in EMU’s business school and helps develop and improve alumni relations.

Below, Mike shares more about working at EMU and living in Michigan. 

What are some of the programs that you oversee as Dean?

The college of business here at EMU has all of the typical business programs from accounting to management to human resources to entrepreneurship. We are also looking into opening new programs including a program in international business, a masters in finance and a masters in taxation, which will be up and running here in the coming months. Since working here, I have not found a place that is better positioned for growth and excellence than here at EMU.

What is a typical day like for you? 

I wouldn’t say that there is a typical day – it’s quite diverse. Each day, I have the privilege of meeting with many different people including colleagues, the provost (my boss), and different alumni to discuss pressing issues throughout the departments, development of alumni relations and what our alumni are currently doing. 

What is the best part of your job?

The singular best part of my job is connecting with our alumni. Our alums are out there doing some tremendous and innovative things. For example, I’ve recently met with alums who are now CEOs of successful companies, an alum who is a director at the New York Stock Exchange and an alum in California who owns a chain of plastic surgery facilities.

Finding out how they got to EMU, what EMU did to educate them and help them grow their career and how EMU helped launch them into their careers makes me really proud to do what I do.

Are there any highlights in your career that stand out?

Volunteerism led me to where I am today.  When I was in Georgia at Clayton State University, there was a need for someone to do marketing and programming for the business program. We had done some small initiatives in the past to promote the program but didn’t have a sustained effort.

The dean at that time asked me if I would be interested in helping promote the school, and I agreed. Our efforts were so successful in a short period of time that they turned it into a full time, assistant dean position. Ever since, I’ve been a college level administrator. I raised my hand for something, didn’t get paid initially and turned it into a successful career.

What is unique about the business program at EMU?

Many of our students are first generation college students – much like many universities across the state. However, we differentiate in that a lot of our faculty members are also first generation college students – they have an appreciation for what our students go through and also understand what it takes to get through our business program.

If you could switch jobs with someone for one day, who would it be and why?

The Pope- he has the opportunity daily to talk to people about some of the most meaningful questions that mankind can ever ask, and I find that fascinating.

Since moving here in 2012, what has been your favorite part of working and living in Michigan?

The best part about Michigan is the receptive nature of everyone here. I’ve had lunch and coffee and breakfast with many alumni and business owners who are tremendous people.  

I have two teenage boys, so all of my free time is spent at soccer practice and wrestling matches, so I haven’t has a ton of time to explore the state, but hopefully that will be something I can enjoy soon! 

Mike Tidwell is the dean of the college of business at Eastern Michigan University. Prior to that, he served as dean of the college of business at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. He received his bachelor’s degree from Ball State University and master’s degree from Washington State University.

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Michigan’s wide selection of quality wines and the wine industry’s significant contribution to the economy prompted Gov. Rick Snyder to declare April as “Michigan Wine Month.”  We sat down with Gordon Wenk, Deputy Director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD), to get an update on the latest developments in the dynamic growth of the Michigan wine industry.  

How has the Michigan wine industry grown in recent years?

The number of wineries and wine grape acreage has doubled in the past decade. Sales of Michigan wine rose 29% in the past 5 years.  Market share for Michigan wine is now over 6% of the wine sold in the state.  The industry is contributing significantly to the economy of Michigan through growing of grapes, wine production, distribution and wine tourism.

How does Michigan wine stack up for quality compared to wines from other, more well-known, wine producing regions of the world?  

The Great Lakes provide an incredible moderation of our climate to make Michigan a fabulous place to grow fruit, including grapes.  We refer to this as “lake-effect,” which extends the growing season.  The state of Michigan straddles the 45th parallel.  Some of the finest wine producing regions of Europe are also located near this latitude.   In the U.S., Michigan is among the top seven wine producing states for quality and quantity of wine produced from locally sourced grapes  (others being CA, WA, OR, NY, VA and TX).  In 2013, 176 gold medals were awarded to wines from 23 Michigan wineries in 17 national and international competitions. Michigan is now firmly established as a “Wine Region to Watch” among those who follow the U.S. wine industry closely.

Is there opportunity for continued growth of the industry?

Absolutely – Michigan is a great place to invest in the wine industry in the U.S. because of our reputation as an emerging wine region to watch.  Land costs are low compared to other vineyard land around the world, and we have a solid cadre of experienced vineyard managers and winemakers who have paved the way for others to follow in their footsteps.  New varieties of wine grapes are being developed by plant breeding programs in the U.S., to provide varieties that are even hardier for our cold climate conditions.

What are the most widely planted varieties used for wine in Michigan?

Riesling is the most planted white wine variety and Pinot Noir, the red.

Does the Governor support the industry? 

Governor Rick Snyder has demonstrated his support for the industry in the Michigan Wine Month proclamation, which is much appreciated by the industry.  The Governor also personally recognized the wineries and vineyards on Old Mission Peninsula near Traverse City in April 2013.  These businesses demonstrate their commitment to environmentally sustainable practices in their vineyards, through the Michigan Agricultural Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP).

Has there been significant legislation passed in recent years that has assisted in the growth of the industry?

Not only do we need the right physical climate for a great wine industry in Michigan, we also need a supportive set of regulations that will allow the industry to grow.  This must be done while being mindful of the need for social responsibility in the area of alcohol consumption.   Many of the state’s liquor regulations date back to the repeal of prohibition in 1933.

In recent years, Michigan has seen the enactment of several pieces of important winery-friendly legislation that allow Michigan wineries to have greater access to the market.  These include:

  • Wine tastings at retail stores
  • Operation of tasting rooms jointly among wineries
  • Charging for samples at tasting rooms
  • Wine sampling and sales at Farmers Markets
  • Bring Your Own Wine option for consumers at licensed restaurants

Is there any legislation on the horizon that will help the industry grow even faster?

HB 5275 would provide a tax credit to wineries, breweries and distillers that use a significant amount of Michigan agricultural products in their beverages.  It’s early days in the discussion on this concept, but it’s one that some other states have found to be a valuable economic development tool to stimulate growth of their wine industries.

Are Michigan wines available outside the state of Michigan?  

Several producers of Michigan wine have distribution outside of the Great Lakes State – notably  Chicago, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Washington DC and New York City.  On May 12, the Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council will host a Michigan Wine Showcase in Chicago with over 24 wineries participating.   Many Michigan wineries are licensed to ship direct to consumers in several neighboring states.  This allows the industry to leverage tourist interest in the wines, when travelers return to their home state.

How does the MGWIC support industry growth?

The Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council (MGWIC) is a 12-member panel that supports the growth of the grape and wine industry in Michigan through research, education and the promotion of the Michigan wine grape and wine industry to stimulate economic development through value-added, sustainable agriculture.  The Council represents the needs of wine grape producers (101 wineries and over 200 wine grape growers).   Four industry members (three winery and one wine grape grower) are appointed to the Council by the Governor and serve for three year terms.

How has the Michigan wine industry engaged with the award winning Pure Michigan campaign?

Many wineries use the Pure Michigan logo in their promotional materials, including the Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council.  The Council also has a partnership commitment to the campaign, in which a “Wines of Pure Michigan” radio ad airs in the markets of Toledo, South Bend, Fort Wayne, Green Bay, Detroit and Grand Rapids during the spring and summer months.  The campaign is designed to build consumer awareness of the industry and drive traffic to the tasting rooms. During the past three years of the program, wineries report an increase in the number of out of state license plates in their parking lots and the Council has seen a number of new visitors to our website, which tells us that the campaign is really working.

Where can people learn more about the Michigan wine industry?

A great place to start is the Michigan Wines website which is loaded with information and has a “Plan Your Tour” feature to allow the wine traveler to plan an itinerary to suit their needs and interests.   A 64-page magazine about the industry is also available in digital format on the website and can be picked up at the state’s 13 Welcome Centers and many Convention and Visitors Bureau offices around the state.

How can people learn more about investing or working in the Michigan wine industry?

The Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council has a “Start-Up Package” of resources that assists those entering this complex industry.  A checklist of regulations and suggested business models is included in these materials.   The annual Michigan Grape and Wine Conference (March 4 -6, 2015) is another valuable place to learn about the industry and develop a network with established producers who are very open to sharing their experience with newcomers to the industry.

Educational institutions around the state are recognizing the need for training for those entering the industry.  Programs at Michigan State University, several community colleges and online are available to suit a wide range of learning situations.

Interested in learning more about the Michigan wine industry or starting your own winery? Visit Michigan Wines’ contact page for additional information or to sign up for their e-newsletter.

Gordon Wenk is the Deputy Director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. Wenk is also the Chair of the Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council, a program of the MDARD.

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“Ten years from now, San Francisco will be just as good as it is today. But in ten years, Detroit will be a roaring city once again, defining a new technology hub at the intersection of muscle and brains.

Ted Serbinski, early stage software VC, successful tech entrepreneur and open source hacker relocated from San Francisco to Detroit in 2011 after selling ParentsClick, a startup company he co-founded, to Lifetime Television. 

Now, as a partner with Detroit Venture Partners, he has been a first institutional investor in more than a dozen startups and shares his insight and experience on startups to other budding entrepreneurs on his blog, TedSerbinski.com.

Below, Ted shares his story on moving to Detroit and his advice for tech start-ups to succeed in the comeback city.

Why did you move from San Francisco to Detroit?

Ten years from now, San Francisco will be just as good as it is today. But in ten years, Detroit will be a roaring city once again, defining a new technology hub at the intersection of muscle and brains. I want to be one of the people, or rather heroes, that helped to rebuild the city.

When I tell someone this, I can see in that person’s face the transition from bewilderment to excitement, as they realize, I didn’t just relocate to Detroit for a job; I relocated to create a legacy.

Downtown Detroiters, helping to rebuild the city, choose to be here. They are not taking the easy route to one of the coastal cities like New York or San Francisco. They are rolling up their sleeves, getting to work, and making a difference. They are the epitome of an entrepreneur.

If you had to pick the top three lessons you’ve learned and share them with someone looking to build a tech start-up in Detroit, what would they be?

  1. Network, network, network! The city of Detroit, and greater Michigan, is very accessible to budding entrepreneurs. Nearly everyone, from the Governor, to the Mayor, to Fortune 500 CEOs accessible, and their teams are almost always willing to lend a helping hand to someone trying to make a difference. The more you network, the more you gain.
  2. Be authentic and passionate. In whatever endeavor you undertake, always be authentic in your approach and interactions with others. Find your passion and follow it. This combination will truly set you apart in the city of Detroit. Success will follow passion.
  3. Give before you get. My favorite piece of advice and my personal mantra, always give before you get. Whether volunteering, working on causes in your spare time, or lending a helping hand to others (especially to those that you network with), make an impact without expecting a return. You’ll be surprised to find that money doesn’t lead, it follows. If you ever heard Dan Gilbert speak, you’d hear him say the same.

Tell us a little about some of the startups in your portfolio.

  • Are You a Human is a new native ad unit that guarantees brands & publishers engagement across ad spend, their first applications at CAPTCHA replacement and video advertising.
  • ChoreMonster is creating happy homes all across America with their super fun mobile app for kids and parents. It’s a modern, mobile, household chore chart that really gets kids to beg to do their chores. Download it for the iPhone or Android.
  • Chalkfly is on a mission to supply & delight, making the dull process of ordering office supplies and janitorial supplies fun and easy.
  • Rockbot lets customers at restaurants, bars, and businesses pick the music they want to hear. Businesses win by having a simple and socially engaging presence with their customers.
  • UpTo is reinventing the modern calendar. Download their mobile app for iPhone or Android, you’ll be amazed by their “layered” calendar approach.

The full list can be found on my blog.

What is the most rewarding moment that has happened in your career thus far?

When I got the best advice ever, from the first investor in Twitter: “Think Bigger”. It really impacted how I think and value my time. And it also led me to developing my deep passion for rebuilding Detroit. You can’t think much bigger than helping to rebuild an iconic American city.

For more information, check out Ted’s blog here.

To learn more about more resources for startups in Michigan, visit http://www.michiganbusiness.org/start-up/business-assistance/

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Michigan’s imminent workforce, interns

April 9, 2014 Events

Michigan is developing new strategies to partner with the private sector, academia, and others to connect students, recent grads, and seasoned professionals with opportunities to gain real-world experience and grow the state’s talent base.     An internship panel was one of the components of this year’s Governor’s Economic Summit, which took place March 16-18 [...]

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Nigel Francis: 2014 SAE World Congress, Creating New Possibilities

April 8, 2014 Automotive

For more than 100 years, Michigan has led the world in designing, building and improving both the automobile and the automotive industry. This week at the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) 2014 World Congress & Exhibition, the best talent in the industry will collaborate to address current challenges and discuss what needs to be done [...]

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Michigan Celebrates Small Business Awards: Recognizing second-stage growth companies

April 4, 2014 Environmental Grant Opportunity

Small businesses in Michigan represent 98 percent of all employers and employ 51 percent of the private-sector labor force. In early 2004, six of Michigan’s small business leaders met to discuss how to best recognize, celebrate and cultivate Michigan’s growing companies.  Together, various small business advocates including the Michigan Economic Development Corporation , Small Business Development [...]

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4 reasons Northville’s tech community is growing

April 3, 2014 Great Companies

Michigan is ranked third in the nation for high-tech job growth and has invested more than $100 million over the last three years in support for tech entrepreneurs. With established tech companies providing mentorship and startup incubator space available across the state, tech entrepreneurs can find the resources they need to start successful businesses. Below, [...]

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Young professionals, employers benefit from Live.Work.Detroit. experience

April 2, 2014 Events

The final Live.Work.Detroit. event of the academic year wrapped up on Friday with more than 115 attendees. The event was held at the newly-renovated Garden Theater in downtown Detroit. Since 2011, more than 3,000 college students and recent graduates have participated in Live.Work.Detroit. events that showcase the city of Detroit to young professionals in a [...]

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A close look at Michigan’s manufacturing sector

April 2, 2014 Advanced Manufacturing

Michigan is a global manufacturing leader. Nearly 14,000 manufacturing establishments in the state produce everything from cars and trucks to medical devices and furniture. It is one of Michigan’s largest sectors, accounting for nearly 14 percent of the state’s total nonfarm employment and making it the fourth-highest concentration in the country. Below, Robert Tomarelli, senior [...]

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