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Cats Co

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Mellen, Smith & Pivoz, PLC

Deloitte LLP

Fleishman Hillard

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Corrigan Air & Sea

DTE Energy

Fidelity National Title

NAI Farbman

North Cal Wood Products Inc

Rudolph/Libbe Companies

Young Basile





 EB-5 Immigration Investment Opportunities for Michigan 

Join us on April 23rd for discussion about the Office for New Americas, EB-5 & FDI

Written by Justin Knapp

Detroit, Michigan, April 3, 2014 – The Detroit Chinese Business Association (DCBA), a leading Michigan-based, not-for-profit trade association for relationships between American and Chinese businesses, today announced that it will be hosting the EB-5 Immigration Investment Opportunities for Michigan Conference.  Sponsored by Global Detroit and Aspire Lending, the event will take place on April 23rd, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Iroquois Club in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

“We’re excited about this event,” stated DCBA’s President Jerry Xu.  “It brings together the best of both the public and private sector to discuss how we can continue to bring top talent and foreign investment into the state of Michigan.”

The conference will feature dynamic speakers, including the Director of Michigan’s Office for New Americans Bing Goei, Director of the State of Michigan’s EB-5 Regional Center at the Michigan Community Development Corporation (MCDC) Joe Borgstrom, and representatives from Civitas Capital Group, a leading public-private partner for the EB-5 program.

Director of Michigan’s Office for New Americans Bing Goei noted, “Events like this are great mediums to exchange ideas and information about how we can continue to bring highly skilled, job-creating immigrants to the State of Michigan.  This is a key pillar of our state’s economic growth plan and we’re working diligently to move the right policies forward to support this initiative along with creating a welcoming community and culture for immigrants.”

Director of the State of Michigan’s EB-5 Regional Center at the MCDC Joe Borgstrom said, “The State of Michigan has taken a proactive approach to attract foreign investors through the utilization of the EB-5 visa for immigrant investors.  With decades of housing and development experience in Michigan, we’re optimistic about the role EB-5 capital can play in the revitalization of our cities as well as potentially retaining existing foreign national students and new immigrants.”

Civitas Capital Group’s Chief Executive Officer Dan Healy commented, “Our full-service asset management approach for global investors and unique expertise with public-private partnerships have created thousands of jobs at zero cost to American taxpayers.  This model is a great fit for the comeback taking place in Michigan.  We want to play an influential role in the state’s efforts to marry high-quality investment opportunities with the appropriate risk-return profile of global institutions and individuals.  I’m looking forward to the event, the dialogue it will generate and the opportunity to deepen relationships with key stakeholders across the state.”

 Seating is limited and tickets are $50 in advance or $75 at the door (if available), which includes dinner, beverages and a cash bar.  Please register online at or call +1-248-918-0391.

About Detroit Chinese Business Association

Founded in 1995, the Detroit Chinese Business Association (DCBA) is a Michigan-based, non-profit organization. Its primary goal is to advocate, educate and form business relationships between American and Chinese companies. For more information about DCBA, please visit

For inquiries, please contact:

Detroit Chinese Business Association

Milan Stevanovich, 248-719-9100

Ogilvy Public Relations

Justin Knapp, 616-551-9714

                             DCBA In The News

The Chinese Version of the DCBA Uncoming Event - EB-5 Immigration Investment Opportunities for Michigan was published  by Xinhua News Agency – Economic Information Daily  (  )yesterday, and then was picked up by over 27 outlets including China Daily, People's Daily, Sina Finance ,National Business Daily and other local newspapers.



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