D2D Buyer Ready Business: Powerlink Facilities Management Services – Link Howard, chairman and CEO

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Powerlink Facilities Management Services provides facility management services for construction and electrical contractors. The company does everything in terms of facility management/care, inside and out. Powerlink works with clients of all sizes and has found quite a niche in healthcare. Powerlink’s Chairman and CEO Link Howard founded the company in Detroit 13 years ago.

What is the history and background of Powerlink Facilities Management Services?

We began servicing the automotive sector but as the economy changed we switched our services to focus on healthcare and other industries. We found that the paint system management we originally created for automotive worked very well in healthcare so it was a seamless transition. We’re very effective when we work with industries that have facility management needs and are looking for an employee-focused, engaged provider.

What are some of Powerlink Facilities Management Services’ notable clients?

We’ve worked with many prestigious clients such as  Henry Ford Health System, Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute and Children’s Hospital of Michigan.

What is Powerlink Facilities Management Services’ culture?

The Powerlink culture has been cultivated by our dedication to providing quality services and helping the city of Detroit.

Why did Powerlink Facilities Management Services select Detroit as its headquarters?

We believe that there has been and continues to be a renaissance occurring in Detroit, and we wanted to be a part of it. I was born and raised here; I love having a business in the city.

What are the benefits of connecting with other Detroit businesses?

We all want to see Detroit and Detroit-based business succeed so it’s crucial to work together to make that happen. Being a part of the Detroit Athletic Club has provided a way for Detroit entrepreneurs to collaborate. Powerlink also actively works with D2D in an effort to get more contracts, and because of this relationship we’ve gotten a lot of visibility. It’s always better when Detroit works together.

Brian Watkins

D2D Program Manager

DEGC Programs Receive Economic Development Awards

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Three DEGC small business programs received Excellence in Economic Development Awards from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), including:

  • D2D Procurement Program — Silver Award for Multi-Year Economic Development (Program manager: Brian Watkins)
  • Green Grocer Project — Bronze Award for Neighborhood Development (Program manager: Mariangela (Mimi) Pled)
  • REVOLVE Detroit — Bronze Award for Entrepreneurship (Program manager: Michael Forsyth)

“From localized community projects to large scale endeavors, economic development efforts have played a vital role in the global economy,” said JoAnn Crary, CEcD, chair, IEDC and president, Saginaw Future Inc. “As we address new and longstanding challenges, these efforts continue to take on even greater importance. These awards serve as a salute to pacesetting organizations like the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation for leading the charge.”

“Each one of these programs is part of our effort to build a whole ecosystem to support small businesses,” said Rodrick Miller, president and CEO, DEGC. “Our first priority is to provide jobs for Detroiters, and we need both large and small enterprises to sustain a globally competitive economy.”

“We’re very proud of the accomplishments of Brian, Mimi, Michael and their staffs, and we congratulate them for their hard work and innovative thinking,” said Olga Stella, chief operating officer, DEGC.

Recipients of IEDC’s Excellence in Economic Development Awards demonstrate to an experienced panel of judges that they are at the forefront of the economic development profession. Recipients are recognized as the world’s best economic development programs and partnerships, marketing materials, and the year’s most influential leaders. The awards honor organizations and individuals for their efforts in creating positive change in urban, suburban, and rural communities.

The honors were presented during the 2015 IEDC Annual Conference in October in Anchorage, Alaska.

Regina Bell
Special Advisor