News & Updates

February 2013 Edition

MichAGAIN is an initiative that engages talent around the country with ties to Michigan to encourage them to stay, return, and/or invest in their state. For more information or if you have any questions, check out or you may contact us at

MichAGAIN on Facebook         MichAGAIN on Twitter @GoMichAGAIN        MichAGAIN on LinkedIn


MichAGAIN Success Story

Dana Roefer is lead trade development specialist at Amway North America. She moved to Ada in February, 2012 from Austin, Texas where she was program manager at RISE Global. check out the MichAGAIN Testimonials page for more about Dana’s return to Michigan.

Austin, Tx MichAGAIN Event

Austin, Texas MichAGAIN Alumni Networking Event

The next MichAGAIN networking event is fast approaching.  If you’re in the Austin area, or attending SXSW, be sure to register now to attend the upcoming event on Saturday, March 9th, 2013 6:00 – 9:00 pm  @ Sullivan’s Steakhouse


Michigan Shifting Gears

Michigan Shifting Gears is a three-month MEDC program that helps highly experienced, educated, and talented people undergoing a career transition find new opportunities with smaller, innovative companies. The program offers executive classroom sessions, networking events, a three-day business simulation, one-on-one mentorship, and each participant completes an 80-hour pro bono internship for a start-up or small business. The purpose of the program is to help displaced professionals learn new ways to frame their value in the workplace and to develop networks – thus opening new doors to job opportunities and allowing Michigan to retain key talent for growing employers.

2013 Cohort Dates:

Spring Program (Cohort14): April 16-August 7, 2013

Summer Program (Cohort 15): June 18-September 18, 2013

Fall Program (Cohort 16): September 24-December 11, 2013


Upcoming MichAGAIN Events


April 5th, 2013 6-9 p.m. Atlanta, GA
May 2013 6-9 p.m. New, NY   – Startup Tech Companies Talent Search Event
June 29th, 2013 6-9 p.m. Washington, DC
Mid-July Northern California
September 20th, 2013 Chicago, IL
October 18th, 2013 Denver, CO or Seattle, WA


LiveWorkLaunch! 2013 Kick Off Event

LWLD is a spin-off of the successful LiveWorkDetroit! Program that target entrepreneurs around the country looking for a place to launch or expand a business.  This event will show college students and young entrepreneurs that Detroit is a great place to start a business.  Attendees will hear from industry experts, network at an entrepreneurial resource fair, visit local small businesses and have an opportunity to participate in a Pitch Competition to win $10,000, free consulting services, incubator space and much more to start their business. 

When: Friday, February 22nd, noon – 8:00 p.m.

Where:  Taubman Center, 460 W. Baltimore Avenue, Detroit

$10 early registration before 2/11/13 or $15 afterwards

Register Here


Featured Available Positions

Detroit Revitalization Fellows Program

I’m excited to announce the Detroit Revitalization Fellows Program is now accepting applications for the next class of fellows. Both fellows and employers are encouraged to apply; applications will be accepted through March 4th. Additional information, eligibility requirements and the application form can be found at


Challenge Detroit

Challenge Detroit will invite 30 of tomorrow’s leaders to live, work, play, and give in and around the Detroit area for one year. Participants will receive incentives to live in selected areas of Detroit. All 30 participants will work approximately 32 hours per week at their host company for an entire year.  To strengthen the bond between the 30 participants while demonstrating the positive qualities of the region, Challenge Detroit, along with local organizations, will make monthly social and cultural activities happen. The 30 will participate in monthly team challenges designed to positively impact the community while keeping the participants as well as the followers of Challenge Detroit engaged. Take the Challenge and Apply Now at 

Burtek Enterprises

Burtek Enterprises, a full-service design engineering, program management and manufacturing organization serving the Defense, Industrial, Aerospace, Homeland Secruity & Border Patrol markets is seeking talent for various professional positions. More information on the positions available can be found through this link.



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