Automation Alley sets 10th annual Awards Gala: Automation Alley announced that it is now accepting nominations for its upcoming 10th Annual Awards Gala, taking place on Friday, Oct. 1, at the Royal Park Hotel in downtown Rochester. The event honors the top technology companies and leaders in Southeast Michigan. “Great things are happening here in Southeast Michigan,” said Ken Rogers, executive director of Automation Alley. “The Awards Gala provides Automation Alley the opportunity to not only recognize, but thank Southeast Michigan’s emerging stars and distinguished leaders for their ongoing commitment and contributions to our region.” Automation Alley is currently seeking nominations in the following categories: Legend CEO (Lifetime Achievement Award); CEO of the Year;  Emerging Leader of the Year; Automation Alley Member of the Year;  Technology Company of the Year; Emerging Technology Company of the Year; a new category, Global Trader of the Year; and Educational Program of the Year. To submit a nomination, visit Automation Alley’s Web site at Judging criteria and past award winners are also available for viewing. The nomination deadline is Friday, July 30 at 5 p.m. All members of Southeast Michigan’s business community are eligible to enter. Sponsorships are currently available and range from $500 – $30,000. Tickets to the event are available at $150 per person for Automation Alley members and $200 for non-members. For additional information, please visit or contact the Resource Center at (800) 427-5100 or Since its founding in 1999, Automation Alley has expanded to include more than 1,000 businesses, educational institutions and government entities from the City of Detroit and the surrounding eight county region. Automation Alley promotes regional prosperity through entrepreneurial and exporting assistance, workforce development and technology acceleration.

PMV Sets ‘PMV Academy’ End User Education Series: As a managed services provider, PMV Technologies realizes the value of education and training which is why the PMV Academy End User Education Series is once again open for enrollment. The topic of the first session is ”Leveraging Outlook & Microsoft Exchange to Increase Productivity” and will be held on Tuesday, July 27 at PMV’s headquarters in Madison Heights. Join members of Team PMV as we demonstrate how to manage tasks efficiently, utilize group calendaring, improve email filtering and management, track basic CRM, and learn new tricks and techniques to make each day more productive. Other sessions within the PMV Academy End User Education Series include: Aug. 26, Utilizing Office as an Analytical Tool (MS Excel); Sept. 30, IT Planning & Budgeting for Small & Medium Businesses; and Oct. 28, Social Networking for Small & Medium Businesses. Register for any of these sessions at: There is no cost to attend and these sessions are open to all. All sessions run from 8 to 9:30 a.m. and a continental breakfast will be provided. If you have a topic you would like to see presented or other suggestions, e-mail

Plex Systems Hosts Free Webinar for Manufacturers: The Auburn Hills manufacturing management software developer Plex Systems Inc. Tuesday announced sponsorship of a free Webinar titled “Manufacturing Operations Management: Capitalizing on the Economic Recovery,” hosted by Aberdeen Group. Manufacturers may register now for the one hour seminar scheduled for Thursday, July 22 at 2 p.m. Eastern time. In the Webcast, Matthew Littlefield, senior research analyst with Aberdeen’s manufacturing practice, and Molly Hunting, CIO at Shape Corp., will discuss the value of software tools for manufacturing performance and provide Shape’s experience as a best practices example. Participants will see high-level results of the latest industry research on manufacturing operations management along with best practices for how manufacturing companies can achieve best-in-class performance. In addition, the Webinar will demonstrate a free online Manufacturer’s Management Assessment Tool. The Web-based diagnostic tool, from Aberdeen and Plex Systems, helps identify best practices for manufacturers to improve enterprise level and manufacturing operations. Register at this link.

Creative Breakthroughs Sets Webinar On Automating IT Compliance: The Troy IT security firm Creative Breakthroughs Inc. has scheduled a Webinar for 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 20 on the unique compliance challenges faced by organizations. It will also outline the steps that should be taken to create an automated compliance management infrastructure using Symantec’s Control Compliance Suite. Register today to join Dan Gregory, CBI Senior Compliance Consultant, for his live Webinar. Space is limited. Register at this link.

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