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Event Notices From September 14

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C/D/H to offer Microsoft technology road map: C/D/H, the technology consulting firm with offices in Grand Rapids and Royal Oak, will hold a Microsoft Technology Road Map seminar on Thursday, Sept. 23 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Microsoft Southfield office, 1000 Town Center, 19th Floor. Get the latest information on Windows 7, Windows Server, Office 2010, SharePoint 2010, Exchange 2010, SQL 2008 R2, Microsoft cloud computing, Collaboration, Unified Communications, Business Intelligence and more, and what it means for your business. Register roday at http://www.clicktoattend.com/invitation.aspx?code=150597. The event will feature a raffle for an Xbox 360 250GB S. You must be present to win. Federal employees attending must pay market value for meals or items won, or have written approval from your gifting/ethics officer or responsible attorney. Additional information and gift letter are available on registration site.

MSU, Capital Area groups sponsor business seminar on selling to new atom smasher: Michigan State University, the Capital Area Manufacturing Council and the Capital Area IT Council will host an event showing the Mid Michigan region’s manufacturing and IT community how they might participate in the development of the federal Facility for Rare Isotope Beams at MSU. The event will be held from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 24 at the MSU Biomedical and Physical Sciences building, adjacent to the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory on shaw Lane at the MSU campus. (A map is at http://map.msu.edu/interactive. Guests should park in the parking lot across the street, in meters in basement/ground level.) The meeting will feature a presentation on the NSCL and FRIB and the potential economic and intellectual impact it will have on the local manufacturing and IT industries. There will be built-in time for networking as well as a free continental breakfast. The program will feature welcoming remarks from Steve Webster, vice president in MSU’s Office of Governmental Affairs, an overview by FRIB project manager Thomas Glasmacher; information from the MSU contracts office about bidding on work related to the FRIB project; and tours of the FRIB coordinated by NSCL Outreach Coordinator Zach Constan. RSVP no later than Wednesday, Sept. 15 by contacting Chris Knapp at (517) 492-5592 or cknapp@camw.net. Due to space considerations advanced registration is required. This event is free for IT Council and Manufacturing Council members, and there is a $25 fee for non-members to attend (which can be applied toward your organization’s membership dues if you decide to join). There’s a map to the laboratory, parking instructions and suggestions for visitors at www.nscl.msu.edu/files/NSCLTourInstructions.pdf. Visitors under 18 must bring a signed permission form that can be found at www.nscl.msu.edu/files/MinorPermissionForm.pdf. More information about NSCL research, outreach and safety is at www.nscl.msu.edu/files/NSCLbrochures.pdf.

UM Architecture Sets Tech Event: The University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning will meet Sept. 24 and 25 to discuss the “Future of Technology” as it concerns architecture. The conference features critics, practitioners and academics presenting how technology empowers, inspires and adapts. The presentations and panel discussions by the international roster of speakers are free and open to the public, however registration is preferred at www.taubmancollege.umich.edu/futureoftechnology. The event runs Friday, Sept. 24 from 1:30 to 6 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The venue is the Rackham Auditorium, 915 E. Washington St. in Ann Arbor.

Plex Exec To Present At Beverage Industry Show: Auburn Hills-based Plex Systems Inc. announced it is sponsoring and exhibiting at InterBev 2010, the beverage industry’s premier trade show, Sept. 22-24 in  Orlando, Florida. InterBev is presented by the American Beverage Association and the International Bottled Water Association. On Thursday, Sept. 23, from 3:45 to 4:15 p.m., Plex Systems vice president of marketing Patrick Fetterman will speak on the topic, “The Use of Advanced SaaS Technology to Track Ingredients and Materials.” You can also visit Plex Systems at booth number 243. InterBev is the only event that caters to America’s non-alcoholic beverage producers, suppliers, bottlers and other industry professionals. This year’s event features several educational opportunities to learn new technologies and trends, best practices and listen to industry experts. More detailed information about the event is available at www.interbev.com. Plex Systems is the developer of Plex Online, a software as a service manufacturing management system. Plex Online extends beyond the boundaries of legacy ERP software  to provide a comprehensive solution for manufacturers, including manufacturing execution systems and quality management systems functions for the factory floor, customer relationship management features for sales and marketing, and supplier management functions for procurement. Plex Online is widely used in highly regulated, quality-driven manufacturing industries such as automotive, medical device, aerospace and defense, and food and beverage processing. More at www.plex.com.

Trivalent Group To Host Disaster Recovery Workshop: Trivalent Group, one of Michigan’s largest technology firms, will host “BIASurvivor,” a bi-monthly, no-cost disaster recovery workshop for the business community, Tuesday, Oct. 19 from 9:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at its Grandville headquarters, 3145 Prairie St. SW. Disaster recovery experts from Trivalent and a special guest from RapidParts will share strategies to increase an organization’s survivability by building an effective business continuity plan. Registration begins at 9:45 a.m. The program starts at 10 a.m. and includes a working lunch. To register, visit http://bit.ly/BIASurvivor10-19-10.  For more information, contact Max Trierweiler via email at mrktadmin@trivalentgroup.com or call (616) 301-6301. BIASurvivor is a bi-monthly workshop. Log-on to www.trivalentgroup.com for details regarding future programs. Trivalent serves thousands of small, medium and large businesses in the Midwest. Trivalent Group exists to lower the cost of use and eliminate the operational headaches of technology. Bundling hardware, software, bandwidth and support capabilities together improves efficiency, reduces downtime and can result in significant cost savings. Trivalent also has offices in Mt. Pleasant and Kalamazoo.

MidMichigan Innovation Center Networking Lunch Event: Join the MidMichigan Innovation Center on Tuesday, Sept. 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. to hear from one of the successful founders of Aegis Environmental, Curt White. Together, with business partner Scotty Locker, these former Dow Corning employees seized the opportunity to leverage technology that they developed by and licensed from Dow Corning. Their germ-killing surface treatment, used in a variety of applications from socks to surgical drapes, became the foundation for Aegis Environmental. Come listen and learn from this amazing 20-year success story of leaving the security of working for a major organization and growing their small start-up company into a global company, and ultimately guiding it right through to the sale of that company. It’s an entrepreneur’s dream come true and you can hear how they did it, where they got support, how Fortune 500 companies, our economic development organizations and the Great Lakes Bay Region supported their efforts. Tickets, which include lunch and the program, are $20 per person or $15 for students, and can be purchased online at www.mmic.us or by calling MidMichigan Innovation Center at (989) 839-2333.  Pre-registration is appreciated, but walk-ins are welcome. The event is open to the public and is especially suited for participation from others involved and interested in spin-off technologies as well as those interested in supporting growth and development in this region.

October Business Workshops Offered By Oakland County

Business owners and entrepreneurs who need assistance are invited to attend seminars in October, 2010 offered by the Oakland County Business Center. Business Basics workshops are now offered in the evenings on alternating months.

The schedule is as follows:

Friday, Oct. 1: FastTrac Growth Venture (Venture Forward) is an intensive, 10-week program designed for owners, CEOs and top management team members of businesses with at least two years of operating experience. Focused on issues most important to business health and growth, attendees gain knowledge to make critical decisions about their business and strategy, investigate next-stage growth and opportunity, plan for strategic growth, build and maintain a competitive advantage and maximize cash flow for profitability. The event continues 10 consecutive weeks except Nov. 26 thrugh Dec. 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, west of Telegraph, Waterford. For pre-registration and location specifics, visit www.oakgov.com/peds/calendar, or call (248) 858-0783. The fee is $299. Partner rate $150. No refunds.
Wednesday, Oct. 6: Team SBA Financing Roundtable, 9 a.m. to noon. This session is best suited to those who have good credit, a solid business idea, and some money to invest in their business. Before you apply for a business loan, we recommend that you first attend a Financing Roundtable. The roundtables are a free loan orientation conducted by a business banker, a business consultant from the SBA’s network of Small Business Development Centers, and an SBA representative. During the roundtable, we’ll debunk the myths and demystify the process of small business financing. Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, west of Telegraph, Waterford. For pre-registration and location specifics, visit www.oakgov.com/peds/calendar, or call (248) 858-0783. This workshop is free, but pre-registration is required.

Thursday, Oct. 7: Pre-Business Research – Are you thinking of starting your own business and want to research your business idea? Are you a business owner who wants to understand which research sources to use for your business plan and where to find the information you need? Presented by The Oakland County Business Center, The Entrepreneur’s Source, Oakland County Market Research Department, and a Business Reference Librarian. 6 to 9:30 p.m.,
Novi Public Library, 45255 W. 10 Mile Rd., Novi. For pre-registration and location specifics, visit www.oakgov.com/peds/calendar, or call (248) 858-0783. This workshop is free, but pre-registration is required.

Thursday, Oct. 14: Fundamentals of Starting a Business is a seminar for anyone thinking about going into business. Participants examine their entrepreneurial skills, learn how to implement their ideas and receive a list of pitfalls to avoid when starting a business. 6 to 9 p.m.,
Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, west of Telegraph, Waterford. For pre-registration and location specifics, visit www.oakgov.com/peds/calendar, or call (248) 858-0783. The fee is $30. No refunds.

Tuesday, Oct. 19: Legal & Financial Basics for Small Business — This workshop covers many of the key legal and financial issues faced by both new and existing small businesses in Michigan. The program initially focuses on the many management and liability concerns faced by entrepreneurs, as well as today’s tax consequences. The program also provides solutions and techniques for business concession and individual investment and retirement planning. Presented by Carter & Affiliates P.C. 9 a.m. to noon, Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, west of Telegraph, Waterford. For pre-registration and location specifics, visit www.oakgov.com/peds/calendar, or call (248) 858-0783. This workshop is free, but pre-registration is required.

Wednesday, Oct. 20: Ninth Annual Bid & Brunch Matchmaking Event – “Diversifying Michigan’s Economy: Corporate/Government/Non-Profit Sourcing Opportunities.” Identify sourcing opportunities through a matchmaking process where participants can meet one-on-one with representatives from a variety of corporate, federal, state, county, municipal and institutional purchasing departments. Sponsored by  Oakland County Business Services, Southern Oakland County Chapter NAACP, Oakland County Board of Commissioners and Automation Alley. 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Southfield Municipal Complex, Southfield Pavilion. For pre-registration and location specifics, visit www.oakgov.com/peds/calendar, or call (248) 858-0783. Registration is $50 before September 30, $75 after. All ticket sales are final and non-refundable.

Thursday, Oct. 21: Fundamentals of Writing a Business Plan is a workshop for small business owners who are developing a plan to serve as their road map to success. Workshop participants will learn what elements are commonly found in effective plans and will work on developing each of these for their own business. Assistance in the process as well as information on resources will be provided. 6 to 9 p.m., Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center,
2100 Pontiac Lake Road, west of Telegraph, Waterford. For pre-registration and location specifics, visit www.oakgov.com/peds/calendar, or call (248) 858-0783. The fee is $40, which includes all materials. No refunds.

Wednesday, Oct. 27: Sales II: Is Following Up Your Best Sales Strategy — Learn what questions to ask to help the prospect discover why to buy from your company.  Better understand why companies buy from you, and why they don’t. Presented by Gerry Weinberg & Associates. 9 a.m. to noon, Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, west of Telegraph, Waterford. For pre-registration and location specifics, visit www.oakgov.com/peds/calendar, or call (248) 858-0783. The fee is $45. No refunds.

Wednesday, Oct. 27: CEED Microloan Orientation — Many small businesses face obstacles when trying to obtain a business loan. The recognition of the serious need for working capital for existing businesses, start-up or expansion, equipment purchases, and job creation is not the priority it once was. If you have a need for alternative financing consider the MicroLoan Program. Discover the requirements and process necessary to apply and obtain a microloan. Program Presented by Center for Empowerment & Economic Development (C.E.E.D.) 9 to 11 a.m., Southfield Public Library, 26300 Evergreen Road, Southfield. For pre-registration and location specifics, visit www.oakgov.com/peds/calendar, or call (248) 858-0783. This workshop is free, but pre-registration is required.

Thursday, Oct. 28: Fundamentals of Marketing Your Business:  Marketing is an essential of business success. All products/services must be sold to well-targeted audiences with a wide-ranging marketing mix. Our staff/SCORE counselors can guide you through successful techniques and marketing principles helping you to promote your products and services to the most promising customers-your target audience. Presented by The Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center (MI-SBTDC). 9 a.m. to noon, Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, west of Telegraph, Waterford. For pre-registration and location specifics, visit www.oakgov.com/peds/calendar, or call (248) 858-0783. The fee is $40. No refunds.

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