DCBA May Newsletter 2016

DCBA China Medical City - Oakland County Medical Main Sterrt 
Promotion Business Forum
Troy, Michigan Once again the Detroit Chinese Business Association (www.dcba.com) has proven its value as one of the most productive business associations in MichiganAs Michigan leaders have sought to recession proof the state's economy by diversifying from its reliance on the automotive industry, the DCBA is keeping pace by hosting  Medical Business Forum on Friday, May 20th.  
The Medical Business Forum marked the opening of a bright new chapter in Michigan - China economic diplomacy.  A series of events hosted by DCBA brought together key party officials from Taizhou China Medical City together with a host of U.S. counterparts and local business leaders. Taizhou, a city of nearly six million, is considered one of the birthplaces of China's new private economy and has become capital to China's rapidly growing medical industry. The day began with an official signing MoU between Taizhou City and Oakland County, host to Michigan's Medical Main Street.  This was followed by a tour of St.John Providence Park Hospital's premier facilities and informative lectures on Taizhou's National Medical Hi-tech Development Zone.
The Taizhou delegation was led by Mr. Lan Shaomin, Secretary of Taizhou Municipal Party Committee. Mr. Lan traveled with eight other top officials from the Taizhou city government, each primary leaders in international business development.  The delegation hopes to expand collaboration in medical and life sciences industries and create new avenues for greater market penetration on both sides.
Waterford Twp, Michigan - The official signing of friendship between the Taizhou delegation and Oakland county took place at Oakland's executive office. DCBA team facilitated the exchange, providing translation service and introductions. Mr. Lan Shaomin, Secretary of the Taizhou Municipal Party Committee, expressed his profound desire to build a comprehensive collaboration with Oakland county not only through direct economic investment but also increased cultural and educational exchange. Mr. Lan also expressed his profound admiration for the natural beauty of southeast Michigan and the significant initiative taken by Oakland County government towards developing Medical Main Street.  L. Brooks Patterson highlighted many of the unique opportunities for international business growth and development in Oakland county such as assistance in real estate acquisition, use of temporary space, and financial incentives.  Oakland county has also taken a long term strategy towards its relationship with China by ensuring that mandarin is offered in all of its public schools.
Novi, Michigan - After the signing, the Taizhou delegation left to tour St.John Providence Park Hospital's premier facilities before arriving at the Troy Marriot conference center to provide several informative lectures on the industry's development and laws regulating new drugs and health products entering the Chinese market. The opportunity for establishing these ties provided by the DCBA is both timely and critical as the Chinese medical industry faces increased regulation to comply with international standards and internal pressure to raise quality standards.
Troy, Michigan Friday's Oakland - Taizhou Medical Business Forum and other upcoming DCBA events represent verdant opportunities for raising awareness of Michigan based companies to potential Chinese investors and providing critical knowledge and resources to companies hoping to sell their products and services to the largest most rapidly growing global market. 
Lan Shaomin
Secretary of the Taizhou Municipal Party Committee
Phillip R. Bertolini
Deputy County Executive/CIO for Oakland County
And the healthcare market in China is poised to grow exponentially in the next decade as demand skyrockets as the population ages with the number of citizens over the age of 60 projected to reach 248 million by 2020. What's more Oakland County is well positioned to penetrate this market as the Medical Main Street (MMS) project has greatly grown the industry.  As Phillip R. Bertolini, Deputy County Executive/CIO for Oakland County explained, over the last eight years MMS has generated over 1 billion in total investment.  Oakland has become a center of innovation in medical research, education, and commercialization. The county has a college education rate 14% above the national average, a massive and rapidly growing employment in the healthcare and life sciences industries, and is host to some of the largest health care systems in both Michigan and the United States such as Beaumont, Henry Ford Health Systems, and Blue Cross Blue Shield. 
The conference not only drew numerous industry leaders from among Oakland companies, representative from higher education were also present. As Dennis Atkinson, director of corporate engagement put it: "the work of DCBA is not only critical for industrial development but represents a vital means of building educational programs and the growth of new intellectual property".  
Events concluded with a lively dinner as the over 100 CEO and company owners met with delegation officials and networked with each other. In China, where personal relationships are the key to doing business, this may have proved the most valuable component of the DCBA hosted forum. As Thomas Saccaro of PBA explained "Once we established an initial level of trust with our counterparts in China, the rate of our business exchange grew exponentially.  New projects just keep falling in our lap".
DCBA 2016 Annual Advisory Board Meeting
DCBA Ribbon-cutting Ceremony with Troy Mayor
Troy, Michigan - On May 17th the Detroit Chinese Business Association (DCBA) along with City of Troy celebrated their first annual meeting through a ribbon cutting ceremony held at the DCBA's new International Business Center located at 3250 W. Big Beaver Road, Suite 430, Troy, MI 48084.
Troy mayor, Dane Slater, accompanied by council members Dave Henderson and Ethan Baker and city economic development team Glenn Lapin and Cindy Stewart joined DCBA President Jerry Xu to christen the new office. Ten of the twelve DCBA advisory board members also joined the celebration.
Afterwards, the gathering moved to the delectable Maggiano's for the official meeting and dinner, where DCBA Advisory Board Chair and CEO of Key Safety Systems, Jason Luo, joined by Laurent Bresson, Global CEO of Nexteer Automotive; Frank Yang, President of ZYNP INCODEL; Faye Nelson, President DTE Energy Foundation; Mary Buchzeiger, CEO of Sure Solutions; Jim Cambridge, Principle at the Law firm of Kerr Russell; Shusheng Wang, Principal at Law Firm of Miller Canfield; Daniel Kelly; Partner of Ernst & Young; Charlie Eggerding, VP of Strategic Accounts at QAD Cloud; and Matthew A. Gibb, Deputy Oakland County Executive.  Board members Jason Forcier, CEO of A123 Systems and Alan Whitman, CEO elect of Baker Tilly where both out of the area and could not attend, but sent warm letters of solidarity and encouragement.     
The DCBA's board shared thoughts and strategies on how best to project and expand from the association's twenty-year history of inviting the highest level Chinese business and governmental delegations to Michigan and hosting over 100 far reaching events. DCBA is excited and proud of our advisory board and our history of creating mutually beneficial opportunities between China and State of Michigan.
Guangdong-Michigan Economic & Commerce Forum
Detroit, Michigan - On May 10-11, the Guangdong Advanced Manufacturing Equipment delegation with over 30 enterprises visited to Great Detroit Area. The entrepreneur group was led by Hu Chunhua, the Party Secretary of Guangdong. During the two-day business tour, the delegation participated a number of business events. On May 10, the Michigan-Guangdong Signing Ceremony was held at the Detroit Athletic Club. The MoU was to sign by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and Mr. Hu Chunhua. DCBA is honored to witness this important moment.
On May 11, DCBA co-hosted with Michigan Economic Development Cooperation (MEDC), successfully held the high-end level "Guangdong - Michigan Advanced Equipment Manufacturing Industries Match Making" in Crowne Plaza Detroit. The President of Detroit Chinese Business Association, Mr. Jerry Xu bilingually hosted the conference, and addressed the warm welcome remark to the Guangdong Business Delegation which led by Hu Chunhua, the Communist Party Secretary of Guangdong province.
Vice President of MEDC Global Business Development, Mr. Tony Vernaci introduced Michigan's economy, the advantages of regarding Michigan as the business expanding destination, and the strong willingness to cooperate with Guangdong Province in the future.
Commercial Counselor of PRC in Chicago, Mr. Xiaoming Zou represented the Chinese government to welcome Guangdong Province and thank the MEDC for hosting the match making.
Deputy Director General of Department of Commerce of Guangdong Province, Mr. Jun Wu, introduced the economic development in Guangdong, and generally analyzed the industrial structure of Guangdong. 
Director General of Guangdong Big Data Administration, Chief Economist, Ms. Yueqin Wang detailed the economic data analysis of Guangdong Province for the audience. More specifically, she introduced the opportunities for the advanced equipment manufacturing industry of Guangdong.
Mr. Huifang Ouyang, Director of Strategy and Development Department of Guangzhou Automobile Group Co., Ltd. shared the cooperation experience with American enterprises. 
 After the official conference, the entrepreneurs from both the United States and China got into match making procedure. The related enterprises found cooperation possibilities via specific conversations. 

DCBA team assisted the interpretation work with the entrepreneurs and set up over 16 rounds of match making meetings.

DCBA Participates in Community Events
Troy, Michigan On May 7, 2016, Michigan Chinese Alliance (MCA) sponsored the "Run & Walk in Support of Officer Peter Liang." As the friend of MCA, Detroit Chinese Business Association supported the event via providing gifts for the running winners and participants. The DCBA members also participated the running, the president Jerry Xu was in the leading group of the runners. 
There were more than 50 people attending the running event, and some of them made encouraging speeches on the topic of equal justice for Asian Americans, and try to break the silence on pursuing process for the justice. 
Dearborn, Michigan On May 27, the DCBA assisted Edward Village Michigan hosted the Dashan Stand-up Comedy. Over 200 audiences from our community watched this live show and the venue filled with laughter. Dashan (Mark Rowswell) is a Canadian freelance performer who done his comedy in Chinese and has great reputation in China aw well.
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