An Event on September 28, 2016:

Session on New Federal Overtime Rules

Date: September 28, 2016
Time: 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM EDT

More Overtime Pay for More Workers? The DOL's Changes to the White Collar

New revisions to the FLSA's "white collar" overtime exemptions will mean big changes for many employers, including potential reclassification of large groups of employees who have previously been treated as exempt. Please join us to learn the latest about the final rule that takes effect December 1, 2016, and strategies employers can consider in response to it.

Presenter Elizabeth (Beth) Wells Skaggs is a partner with Varnum's Labor and Employment Group, and focuses her practice on employment issues and litigation. Beth is a frequent presenter on the topics of overtime, ADA and FMLA best practices and wage/hour law.

This event is co-sponsored with West Coast Chamber.

An Event on September 30, 2016:

Lakeshore Business Resource Connect

Lakeshore Advantage, along with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation's (MEDC) Pure Michigan Business Connect team, is hosting a Lakeshore Business Resource Connect Event designed to connect area businesses with local and state resources that can provide support to help businesses grow.

Attendees will be able to learn about business services offered throughout the region and meet with organizations who can help their businesses overcome barriers to growth, find and retain talent, navigate regulatory processes and more.

The event is scheduled for September 30th from 7:30-10:00 AM at the Pinnacle Center (3330 Highland Dr, Hudsonville, MI 49426).

Contact Amanda Murray at Lakeshore Advantage for more information.

An Event on October 03, 2016:

National Manufacturing Week Oct 3-7

What is Manufacturing Day/Week?

Manufacturing Day is a national event meant to address common misperceptions about manufacturing.  Through tours, open houses, and other events we will help educate, encourage and inspire the next generation of manufacturers. The official date for Manufacturing Day is always the first Friday of October.  In West Michigan we celebrate Manufacturing Day as a week long effort from October 3 - 7, 2016.

How Do I Get Involved?

Manufacturing Day events are typically hosted by manufacturers and attended by anyone who is curious about modern manufacturing and would like to learn more. Audiences include students, parents, educators, media, civic leaders, and local communities in general.

Step 1: Decide

Decide on your level of participation.  Choose one....or all three options!

  • Host an event for Manufacturing Day.  Show the community what today's manufacturing really looks like. You can find a host kit here.
  • Visit a local school. Plan an activity day with students to explain manufacturing in a fun and creative way.
  • Promote Manufacturing Day to your network and employees through social media, flyers and email marketing.

Step 2:  Commit

Click here to register your event. Registration deadline for manufacturers is August 12, 2016.

*Have questions, need more information, or want to talk to someone about your event?  Contact one of the volunteers listed below.  These individuals      have volunteered to serve as champions in the community and can provide guidance and suggestions for how to set up a successful event.

Allegan - Nora Balgoyen,
Barry - Marlene Brostrom,
Ionia - Morgan Carroll, or Susan Hatto,
Kent - Amy Pierce,
Montcalm - Kathy Jo Vanderlaan,

Muskegon - Saasamon Parker,
Ottawa - Shayna Carlson, or Nancy Manglos,

Are you an Educator interested in participating in Manufacturing Day/Week?

A schedule of planned activities in West Michigan will be found on this page as they are developed.  Contact one of the volunteers listed above to learn more about how to participate in Manufacturing Day/Week.

Looking for resources to help integrate lesson plans into the classroom?  Click here for free resources and lesson plans.

An Event on October 06, 2016:

Engineering Event at JR Automation

Practicing West Michigan Engineers: Come collaborate at JR Automation Technologies! 

Get ready to watch robots think, solve, and create as they play Jenga, Air Hockey, and much more on Tuesday, October 6th from 4:30pm-6:00pm. Participants will also get the chance to interact with collaborative robots, iiwa and Yumi, and connect with talented Engineers as they get a peek inside the world of innovative creation and automation.

JR Automation Technologies, LLC
12688 New Holland Street
Holland, MI

Event is free but registration is required. REGISTER HERE

An Event on November 11, 2016:

Lakeshore Advantage Annual Meeting


Our annual meeting will be held on November 11 at 7:30am at the Pinnacle Center. Registration information coming soon.