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For Immediate Release
Monday, Sept. 17, 2012

Businesses invited to learn the Lean approach to diversification

     Sterling Heights, Mich. – As part of Oakland University's Lean Diversification Program, the Macomb-OU INCubator is offering the Green Belt Certificate Program for business managers looking to develop excellence, nurture innovation, efficiently allocate resources and eliminate waste.

     This six-part series will take place Tuesday, Oct. 2, through Tuesday, Dec.11. Participants will come to understand and apply Lean principles that enable product and service diversification. Topics covered will include streamlining processes, maximizing success, developing employees, impacting financial measures and improving customer satisfaction and value.

      "The program was excellent," said Todd Bettison, a commander with the Detroit Police Department and participant in a recent Green Belt Certificate Program. "It touched on continuous improvement; it touched on identifying waste; it touched on value added from a customer's perspective."

     Sandy Phillips, a participant in the most recent program and an employee of ELGA Credit Union, said she will "absolutely be using this process" to help her business move forward. "(It) gave us a good start to actually putting something in our workplace and showing people how it can work."

     Macomb, Wayne and Oakland county professionals specializing in defense, homeland security, aerospace and manufacturing-related industries are strongly encouraged to pursue this career development opportunity, as are leaders of companies heavily reliant on a specific industry or select products and wishing to explore diversification options.

     The 42 hours of classroom and online instruction time includes an average of one day per week in the classroom, a one-day benchmarking visit for a Lean assessment, and six weeks allotted for independent completion of individualized projects. Regularly scheduled sessions will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

     Tuition for the upcoming Green Belt Certificate Program is $600. For more information on the program, and registration, visit or contact Joan Carleton at the Macomb-OU INCubator at (586) 884-9324 or

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