Michigan has become a turnaround state with renewed efforts in business attraction and growth in the commercial real estate arena since the 2009 recession. Today, Michigan is one of the top ten states for major new and expanded corporate facilities.

Hear industry experts discuss the current business climate and the obstacles they overcame to help create the new economy in Michigan.

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Economic Update:

Paul Traub, Senior Business Economist
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago – Detroit Branch

Panel discussion to follow:

Matthew Farrell, CEO, Co-Founder
CORE Partners

Mr. Farrell founded CORE Partners in 2006, and has built it into a provider of unparalleled customer service and fiduciary consulting. Each year, he assists more than 100 companies in Southeastern Michigan by positioning their business for ultimate growth and maturity. CORE Partners has maintained a steady growth, and has continued to expand services. It has 68 full-time employees and 22 consultants in its Birmingham office. Besides his role at CORE Partners, Mr. Farrell serves as board member of Entrepreneurs Organization, where he provides mentorship, leadership training, and support to other business owners looking to grow their business. Matthew is a Crain’s Detroit Business “40 under 40” recipient (2009), and was elected as the youngest board member to the Commercial Board of Real Estate.

Jennifer Nelson, Chief Business Development Officer,
Michigan Economic Development Corporation

Ms. Nelson currently leads the business development efforts of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation as the organization’s Chief Business Development Officer. In this role, Ms. Nelson is focused on providing the tools to assist job creation and investment by retaining and growing Michigan businesses. Prior to joining the MEDC, she served as an attorney with the Dykema Gossett law firm and was a member of its Public Finance Corporate Group. In that capacity, her practice focused on corporate, real estate, public finance and commercial loan transactions, private investment deals and areas of economic development.

Paul Traub, Senior Business Economist
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago – Detroit Branch

Mr. Traub currently holds the position of senior business economist at the Detroit Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago where his responsibilities include both research and current analysis. Prior to joining the economic research department of the Chicago Fed, Traub was the president of Scenario Economics LLC and senior economist for Americas Commercial Transportation Research Company, LLC (ACT Research).


Daniel Duggan, Vice President – Origination
Bernard Financial Group

Presenting Sponsor: Lake Michigan Credit Union

Event Sponsors: Oakland University & First State Bank