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Dodd-Frank and Conflict Minerals

Coffee & Contracting
7:30 - 12:00 p.m.
at Velocity Collaboration Center
6633 Eighteen Mile Road
Sterling Heights, MI 48314
(Between Mound and Van Dyke)

June 12, 2014
Dodd-Frank and Conflict Minerals

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$25.00 Per Person
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Dodd-Frank and Conflict Minerals
JUNE 12, 2014

With the many laws and acts that are discussed and passed within the U.S. during any given year, it can be difficult for small businesses to ascertain which ones are pertinent within the realm of government contracts. One such act that was signed into law is the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (referred to as Dodd-Frank). Judging from the title of this act one may not see the tie to government contracts, but at least one part of this act can, and does, affect government contractors: conflict minerals.

Conflict minerals consist of four minerals (tin, tungsten, tantalum, and gold) that are mined from the Democratic Republic of Congo, and surrounding areas. The goal of this portion of Dodd-Frank is to track the sources of these minerals to mitigate their inclusion in products if they were, in fact, mined from a conflict zone.

Conflict minerals are commonly found in electronics, automotive and aerospace, which covers a broad range of items that are supplied to the government. From a small-business manufacturer perspective, the official SEC conflict mineral source-reporting mechanisms most likely do not apply, as they only apply to publicly traded companies. However, that does not guarantee you are out of the woods yet!

7:30 - 8:30
 Registration, Breakfast and Networking
8:30 - 8:45
 Opening Remarks
Beth Cryderman-Moss, Director, Macomb Regional PTAC

Julie Gustafson, Executive Director, Macomb-OU INCubator
Beth Gotthelf, Attorney, BUTZEL LONG

8:45 - 10:45
 Dodd-Frank and Conflict Minerals
Beth Gotthelf, Attorney, BUTZEL LONG
Jen Dukarski, Attorney, BUTZEL LONG

10:45 - 11:00
11:00 - 11:15
 How Dodd-Frank and Conflict Minerals affects Small Businesses
Mark Ignash, Procurement Counselor, Macomb Regional PTAC

11:15 - 11:50
 A Small Business Perspective on Dodd-Frank and Conflict Minerals
Doris Block-Tomlinson, Chief Executive Officer, Danas Technologies and Rave Computers

11:50 - 12:00
 Closing Remarks
Beth Cryderman-Moss, Director, Macomb Regional PTAC


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