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Assistance for workers, firms already in place

Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Assistance for workers, firms already in place

The following is an excerpt from an article in the August 22, 2009 issue of The Macomb Daily.


Focusing more on helping existing companies, industries and workers in addition to trying to lure new business to Michigan was a thread of suggestions given Friday afternoon to a group of state lawmakers, reports an article in the Saturday, August 22, issue of The Macomb Daily.


Members of the Republican Strategic Task Force on Jobs listened to comments from representatives from business, education and government at two Macomb County locations as part of its research for a November report on how to improve Michigan's job climate.


In a follow up conversation later at Macomb Community College, Mohan Tanniru, dean and professor of management information systems at Oakland University, said that little effort is being made to help former white-collar workers who have prematurely left the auto industry but don't want to leave Michigan. He is trying to match those people with industrial companies that have lost auto-related business. The new partners can blend talents to create new companies and products.

"We don't necessarily need money but need investments in them as people," he said. "We are not (leveraging) the talent. Don't ignore the talent we have here."

Many middle-aged former white-collar don't necessarily want the risk of starting a new business, but want to continue their career. He dubbed programs matching the two as "pre-incubators."

Efforts to help those potential workers with another college degree are wasted, he said.

"They don't need another degree," Tanniru said. "They need an opportunity to contribute for the next 10 or 15 years" of their career.


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To find out how the Center of Integrated Business Research and Education (CIBRE) at OU’s School of Business Administration is working to bring businesses and workers who want to continue their careers together, visit the SBA’s CIBRE’s Web site at