Designer Michael Graves speaks at Lawrence Tech Oct. 27: Architect and product designer Michael Graves will give a free lecture at Lawrence Technological University on Wednesday, Oct. 27, in conjunction with a course taught by pioneer retail developer A. Alfred Taubman and a fund-raiser for the Lawrence Tech chapter of the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS). The lecture will be at 7 p.m. in the Architecture Building auditorium at 21000 W. 10 Mile Road in Southfield. It is free and open to the public. The AIAS fund-raising reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. Graves has been in the forefront of architecture and design since he founded his practice in 1964. Michael Graves & Associates provides architecture and interior design services, and Michael Graves Design Group specializes in product design and graphic design. The firms are based in Princeton, N.J., and New York City. Critic Paul Goldberger, writing in The New York Times, called Graves, “truly the most original voice in American architecture.” His architectural practice has designed over 350 projects worldwide, including large-scale master plans, corporate headquarters and other office buildings, hotels and resorts, restaurants and retail stores, facilities for sports and recreation, healthcare facilities, civic projects such as embassies, courthouses and monuments, a wide variety of university buildings, museums, theaters and public libraries, housing and single-family residences. The product design practice has designed over 2,000 products for home, office and personal use, as well as building components such as lighting, hardware, bath and kitchen products. Strategic partnerships include Target stores and manufacturers such as Stryker, Steuben, Dansk, Disney, and Delta Faucet. MGDG has also designed innovative packaging and graphic identity programs. Graves and his firms have received over 200 awards for design excellence.  Earlier on Oct. 27, Graves will deliver a guest lecture in Lawrence Tech’s graduate-level course, “Real Estate Practice: Land Economics,” which is taught during the fall semester by Taubman. At a reception at 5:30 p.m., Graves and Taubman will participate in an autograph session in the Architecture Building gallery as part of an AIAS silent auction to raise money for Freedom By Design, an ongoing student project to make homes of handicapped people more accessible and functional. A public afterglow reception will follow the lecture at 8:15 p.m. Tickets for the reception include the autograph session, reserved seating for the lecture, reserved parking, and hors d’oeuvres. Ticket prices are $35 per person or $25 each for groups of four or more. To order tickets, contact Mary Johnson at (248) 204-2807 or

KEDA Sets ‘Doing Business With The State’ Seminar: The Keweenaw Economic Development Alliance is partnering with the Procurement and Technical Assistance Center to offer a one-hour seminar on :Selling to the State of Michigan:  Elements of a Quality Proposal” on Monday, Oct. 18 at the Advanced Technology Development Complex on Sharon Avenue, across from the Michigan Tech softball fields. The seminar is designed for local small businesses to learn about selling goods and services to the State of Michigan. There is no charge to attend. Registration is at 12:30 p.m., and the seminar will run from 1 to 2 p.m.  Register by contacting Trisha DeGrand at (906) 789-0558, or Contact Phil Musser, Keweenaw Economic Development Alliance, at (906) 482-6817 for more information.

Pink Slip Party coming: The next Pink Slip Party for laid-off tech workers will be held Thursday, Oct. 21 at 5 p.m. at the Post Bar in Novi. has been helping a lot of people find new jobs … and since it’s October, we’re also going to be help on the breast cancer awareness and fundraising front as well.  Once again, we’ve partnered with The Pink Fund ( for our Pink Slip Party event, and will be helping them raise funds for their organization that helps out people right here locally. With a variety of specials with donations baked right in, as well as a special Pink Fund Martini, we’re really looking to helping them out. These Pink Slip Party events are the best opportunity many people in and around the IT industry will have to meet with dozens upon dozens (there were over 70 at the last event) of the best recruiters, headhunters and hiring managers in the metro Detroit area that are looking to hire immediately — real jobs with real salaries, no multi-level marketing or commission-only sales jobs.

Schoolcraft College hosts Social Networking for small business: Schoolcraft College will host “Social Networking for Small Businesses” on Wednesday, Nov. 17 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Learn the basics and etiquette of social networking for your small business. Content will include how to leverage social networks to help grow your business while reducing your marketing costs. Benefits, disadvantages and tricks of the major social networks (Facebook, Twitter, and Linked-In) will be discussed. Build relationships and become more personal and use a variety of social media and you’ll build relationships with customers and potential customers. Learn that trust comes through honesty and sincerity and how to create a recognizable identity for your product or service. More at

ESD To Hold 2011 Economic Forecast Conference: The Engineering Scoiety of Detroit 2011 Economic Forecast meeting will be held Tuesday, Oct. 19 from 8 a.m. to noon at Laurel Manor in Livonia, featuring keynote speaker Tom Walsh, columnist for the Detroit Free Press. Walsh will be joined by a cadre of experts, who will discuss future trends in their respective industries. They include: Adaptive Reuse and Higher Education: Peter Strazdas, Mayor, City of Portage and Associate Vice President, Western Michigan University Facilities Management; Automotive: Bernard Swiecki, Director, Market Analysis, Center for Automotive Research; Development: Paul Beitz, First Vice President, CB Richard Ellis Group, Inc.; Southeast Michigan Sector: John Austin, Non Resident Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution. The event will kick off at 7 a.m. with registration, networking and a continental breakfast, and will be followed at 8 a.m. by the conference. The cost to attend is $95 ESD members; $115 nonmembers or  $169 to join ESD and attend for free. For more information or to register, visit or call (248) 353-0735.

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