Detroit Keynote Speaker

Patrick Schwerdtfeger is a motivational keynote speaker who has spoken numerous times in Detroit (and Livonia and Novi), including a small business symposium co-sponsored by Comcast Cable and Bloomberg TV in November 2011. He spoke about social media and how small business owners can use it to promote their businesses. He’s the author of the award-winning book Marketing Shortcuts for the Self-Employed (2011, Wiley) and a regular speaker for Bloomberg TV. Patrick specializes in global business trends (including business intelligence and predictive analytics), innovative business marketing and modern entrepreneurship. So if you’re planning a business convention in the International Banquet & Conference Center, the Detroit Metro Convention Center, the Cobo Center or some other conference facility in Detroit, Michigan, Patrick will deliver the buzz and excitement you’re looking for.

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Detroit has many conference facilities, including:

  • Cobo Center on Washington Boulevard
  • Michigan Conference-Teamsters on Trumbull Avenue
  • Renaissance Conference Center on Renaissance Drive West
  • Conference Room on Schaefer Highway
  • University of Michigan Detroit Center on Woodward Avenue
  • Other meeting spaces in Dearborn Heights, Livonia, Novi, and Southfield


General Information about Detroit, Michigan, for Meeting Planners

Detroit is the largest city in the state of Michigan and has a metro population over 5 million people. The city sits on the Detroit River where the Great Lakes connect with the Saint Lawrence Seaway. Detroit rose to prominence with the automobile industry but has since diversified into a financial and industrial trading center. Also known as the “motor city”, “the City of Champions”, “Rock City”, and the “great arsenal of democracy”, Detroit is definitely has midwestern roots. It houses the three major automobile companies: Ford, General Motors, and Chrysler. International Banquet & Conference and Smart Detroit Executive Suites and Conference Rooms are some of the conference facilities that business travelers can use while in the city. In October 2012, Detroit hosted the TEAMS Conference & Expo, organized by SportsTravel magazine. Here is Patrick’s economic forecast for America.


2014 Business Conventions in Detroit, Michigan

During 2014, Detroit will play host to dozens of business conferences. The SBIR/STTR 101: Introduction and Overview being held at the Techtown on Burroughs Street is being organized by the BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting in January. Also in January, the Detroit Tech Startup Match Up is being organized by Bizdom at Grand Circus on Woodward. The IBM Cognos 10.2 Report Studio Fundamentals and Advanced Training Course is being organized by the Ironside Group Education in April at Wayne State University on Cass Avenue. SAE International is organizing the SAE 2014 World Congress & Exhibition in April at the Cobo Center.

2013 Business Conferences in Detroit, Michigan

The upcoming year in Detroit will be full of larger conferences, such as the 2013 Michigan Career Education Conference hosted by the Office of Career and Technical Education and Michigan Department of Education in February at Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center, Conference and Professional Services, and Ferris State University. In March, the 2013 MACUL Conference by Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning will take place at Detroit’s Cobo Center. Also, Detroit Regional Chamber will hold the 2013 Mackinac Policy Conference at the Mackinac Island in May. More so, the 13th Annual Focused Conference and Exhibition of the Telematics Detroit will be held at the Suburban Collection Showplace in June.

Speaking Opportunities for Aspiring Speakers in Detroit

Detroit Toastmasters clubs are a great place for Michigan aspiring speakers to practice their craft. DETROIT ROCKS! Club meets at Saint Paul AME Church on Hunt Street (Saturday at 9:30 AM), Powertalkers Downtown Club meets at Wayne County Community College – Downtown Campus on West Fort Street (Thursday at 6:00 PM), The Innovators Club meets at ECC – Detroit Computing Center on Michigan Avenue (Tuesday at 11:30 AM) and Detroit Riverfront Bards meets at Riverfront Apartments on Riverfront Drive (Wednesday at 7:00 PM).

Detroit Food Choices for Convention Attendees

While attending a business conference in Detroit, experience a few of the local flavors at famous restaurants in the city like Lafayette Coney Island, Slows Bar BQ, Motor City Brewing Works and Traffic Jam & Snug. Aside from serving Detroit’s special coney hot dog with chili and onions, Lafayette Coney Island (Phone: 313-964-8198) on Lafayette Boulevard also has the usual burgers, donuts and beer. Slows Bar BQ (Phone: 313-962-9828) on Michigan Avenue boasts a three-meat combo plate with chicken, pulled pork and brisket, all cooked southern style. Motor City Brewing Works (Phone: 313-832-2700) on West Canfield Street is home to brick-oven-cooked pizza, house-brewed beer and local cheese. Traffic Jam & Snug (Phone: 313-831-9470) is just down the road and has an international menu, from Vietnamese noodles to Ethiopian lentils.

Detroit Attractions for Conference Delegates

Enjoy yourself and have a good time after your business conference by visiting the Detroit Art Center. Located just 3 KM away from the heart of the city (5200 Woodward Avenue), the center is famous for African mummies and modern art. Next to the center, find yourself at the Fox Theater building on Woodward Avenue. The theater telecasts live plays about the storied history of America. The Motown Historical Museum is located on Grand Boulevard and is famous for its preserved masterpieces, some of them nearly a thousand years old. Also on Woodward Avenue, Comerica Park is a great place to enjoy some baseball.

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