Muskegon’s MAREC to host ‘SBIR/STTR 101’: The Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center in Muskegon will host a session on “SBIR/STTR 101” Thursday, Nov. 4 from 1 to 4 p.m. The event is intended for small companies new to the federal Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs, who wonder if they are eligible, and who need to idnetify an appropriate federal agency. MAREC is at 200 Viridian Drive. The cost is $50 for Michigan-based companies and $100 for companies based elsewhere. Register at or call Kris Bergman at (734) 930-9741.

Inforum presents 2011 economic outlook: Is the economy finally regaining its footing? Or, is the risk of a double-dip recession still looming? There is plenty of reason for optimism — and apprehension — as we move into 2011. Hear what the experts have to say at Inforum’s Economic Outlook 2011 event, to be held Nov. 11 at the Hyatt Regency Dearborn. The panel of leading economists will discuss the national and local trends likely to have an impact on the Michigan economy — and your life — in the upcoming year. Presenters include Michael Finney, president & CEO, Ann Arbor Spark; Camille Humphries Lee, CFA, investment officer, MFS Investment Management; Sam Stovall, chief investment strategist, Equity Research Group, Standard & Poor’s; and moderator Tom Walsh, business columnist, Detroit Free Press. The event runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Hyatt, 600 Town Center Drive in Dearborn. The event is $55 for Inforum members and $65 for nonmembers. To register online visit

Plex Exhibiting and Presenting at Fabtech: Auburn Hills-based Plex Systems Inc. announced it will exhibit and deliver a presentation at the Fabtech Conference & Expo at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Ga. on Nov. 2-4. Plex Systems’ David Klotz and Patricia Nowak from Jagemann Stamping Co. will present an educational session on Tuesday, Nov. 2 at 11:30 a.m. in room B305.  Their presentation, titled “How SaaS Enables More Efficient, Greener Manufacturing,” will share business improvement tips and help attendees gain an understanding of how the latest SaaS-based solutions can help their companies improve quality, productivity and profitability while contributing to environmental sustainability. The presentation includes a case study from Jagemann Stamping Company describing its experience and the benefits of implementing a SaaS solution. Fabtech is North America’s largest metalforming, fabricating and welding exhibition and conference. The annual event attracts more than 22,000 visitors and 1,000 exhibiting companies from around the world. Plex Systems is the developer of Plex Online, software as a service solution for the manufacturing enterprise. Plex Online offers industry-leading features for virtually every department within a manufacturer, including Manufacturing Execution Systems and Quality Management Systems for the shop floor, Supply Chain Management for procurement, and Enterprise Resource Planning  for finance and management. More at

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