Startup Weekend Returns To Detroit: Startup Weekend, a Seattle-based nonprofit organization, announced that Startup Weekend Detroit will be held Friday, Nov. 12, through Sunday, Nov. 14, at TechTown. The event is sponsored by Quicken Loans, The Kauffman Foundation, Momentum, Billhighway, Smartwater, Vitaminwater, iDetroit and TechTown. Founded in 2007, Startup Weekend is a 54-hour event that provides resources and incentives to help local students, developers, innovators and entrepreneurs build successful startup companies. The event has been hosted in more than 100 cities in 25 countries, resulting in the creation of more than 600 new companies. This is the third Startup Weekend event held in Detroit. “Startup Weekend Detroit offers attendees a crash course in entrepreneurship,” said Brandon Chesnutt, local organizer for Startup Weekend. “Teams works together to conceptualize and launch their new ideas in single weekend. It is like a business incubator on steroids.” Open to anyone interested in metro Detroit’s growing technology and interactive community, Startup Weekend Detroit participants will work in teams over the course of a single weekend to create, develop and launch new business ideas. On the final day of the event, each team will present their new company to a judging panel of local entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, educators and industry specialists. Tickets to the event are $75 for professionals and $40 for students. Meals will be provided for ticket holders. For more information, visit

Oakland Schools Technical Campuses Set Open Houses: It’s not too early for current middle and high school students to consider plans for their junior and senior years, including the option of attending one of Oakland Schools Technical Campuses. To that end, parents and students are invited to attend an open house at the Northeast Campus (Pontiac) on Nov. 11 or the Southeast Campus (Royal Oak) on Nov. 19 from 5 to 8 p.m. Open houses at the Northwest and Southwest campuses will be held in January. There’s something for everyone at OSTC, thanks to a rigorous curriculum and classes geared to all students interested in pursuing postsecondary education andr 21st Century careers. Oakland County high school students will want to stop by one of the four Technical Campuses to learn more about training, postsecondary education and careers in biotechnology and environmental sciences at the northwest, southeast and southwest campuses; business, management, marketing and technology at all campuses; construction technology at the northeast, northwest and southeast campuses; culinary arts and hospitality at all campuses; engineering and emerging technologies at all campuses; health sciences at all campuses, human services and cosmetology at the northeast campus; the Oakland Schools Vehicle Design and Engineering Academy at the northeast and southwest campuses; transportation technology at all campuses; and visual imaging technology at the northwest, southeast and southwest campuses. Mark your calendar for one of the following opportunities to learn more about OSTC: Northeast Campus (1371 North Perry, Pontiac, (248) 451-2700), Thursday, Nov. 11, 5 to 8 p.m.; Southeast Campus, (5055 Delemere Street, Royal Oak, (248) 288-4020),  Thursday, Nov. 18, from 5 to 8 p.m.; Northwest Campus (8211 Big Lake Road, Clarkston, (248) 922-5800), Wednesday, Jan. 12; and Southwest Campus (1000 Beck Road, Wixom, (248) 668-5600), Thursday, Jan. 27. Interested students are encouraged to bring their parents with them. Oakland County high school students are eligible to enroll at any OSTC at no cost to them or to their home school districts because of a countywide millage. The Open Houses will showcase the many academic and technical offerings and will also provide information about academies, college credit, and enrichment programs such as the Oakland County Competitive Robotics Association and FIRST robotics teams. For more information about the many exciting program offerings at the four Oakland Schools Technical Campuses, please visit our Web site at

Port Lansing Conference Set For Nov. 10: U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Export-Import Bank of the United States executive Charles D. Tansey have joined an already outstanding roster of speakers at the first Port Lansing Global Logistics Conference on Wednesday, Nov. 10 at the MSU Kellogg Center in East Lansing. Sen. Stabenow will make the closing comments for the conference at 4:15 p.m. Tansey will speak on the “Financing Your International Efforts” panel at 11:25 a.m. The Port Lansing 2010 Global Logistics Conference is sponsored by Citizens Bank. The goal of the conference is to provide Michigan businesses advice to help them expand globally and connect them to available resources and assets. Experts in the international business field will inform attendees of how to finance global efforts, work with Port Lansing for international logistics, Michigan’s global position as a supply chain hub, mistakes to avoid, and more. The keynote speaker for the conference is John Sztykiel, CEO of Spartan Motors, a Lansing-area manufacturer of specialty vehicles and chassis that currently exports to foreign markets and is expanding their global presence. The 15 guest speakers will share their international insights individually and on four panels throughout the day. The conference is scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 10.  The full agenda, speakers and biographies, along with registration and information on accommodations are available online at

Walsh To Hold MBA, Masters of Management Webinar: Busy working professionals can join a free Walsh College webinar from their own desktop or laptop on Thursday, Nov. 18 from 12:15 to 1 p.m Eastern time. Participants can register by visiting until Nov. 18. Webinar content will include an overview of the Walsh Health Services Administration specialization, designed for professionals who work in the health services field or who aspire to work in the field. Courses include health economics; health administration finance; health care policy, law and ethical issues; and quality assurance for health services. The MBA specialization includes all four courses and the Master of Management (MM) specialization includes any three of the four courses. Additionally, the webinar will cover the MBA and MM programs, including course and program content; online course delivery at Walsh College; information regarding application to Walsh College, including admissions requirements, registration process and academic calendar; and a Q&A from webinar attendees. Winter enrollment begins Monday, Nov. 22, and winter classes begin Tuesday, Jan. 3. For more information on the MBA and MM programs, visit: or

WMU forum pairs advances in IT with business of health care: Information technology and health care professionals will explore ways that information technology can facilitate better health care through collaboration next week at the ninth annual IT Forum at Western Michigan University. Centering on the theme “Advancing Health Care with IT: Exploring the Landscape for 2011,” the event will feature three high-profile speakers in the IT health care fields. The forum runs from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12, in the Fetzer Center on WMU’s main campus, and will open with a continental breakfast. The forum will also serve as the grand opening of the Center for Health Information Technology Advancement — CHITA — at WMU. Advance registration is required by Monday, Nov. 8. To register online, go to The event is being put on by the Department of Business Information Systems in the Haworth College of Business. Bernard Han, director of CHITA and professor of business information systems, and Sharie Falan, associate director of CHITA and assistant professor in the WMU Bronson School of Nursing, are event co-chairs. The forum’s three keynote speakers are Michelle Troseth, executive vice president and chief practice officer of Elsevier’s Clinical Practice Model Resource Center, with an 8:30 a.m. session on  “Achieving Healthcare Transformation by Advancing Practice and Technology;” Doug Dietzman, executive director, Michigan Health Connect, a nonprofit health information exchange organization, based in Grand Rapids, with a 9:20 a.m. speech on “Health Information Exchange –The Need and Challenges;” and Donna Roach, vice president, information technology and CIO for Bronson Healthcare Group, who would speak at 11:20 a.m. on “The Application of Health Information Technology into Clinical Practice — Issues and Opportunities.” The forum also will feature student e-firm projects presented by the Auto-Owners project team and two Bronson Methodist Hospital project teams, with students sharing solutions that address real-world business challenges identified by the firms. The afternoon program will begin with the announcement of CHITA’s establishment, followed by a plenary session at 1:40 p.m. addressing “Emerging Technologies for Health Care.” At 2:40 p.m., two concurrent panel discussions will focus on “Emerging Issues in Health Information Technology” and “Internships and Job Outlook.” For more information or to register, go to or contact Dr. Bernard Han, professor of business information systems, at or (269) 387-5428.

HFCC job preparation workshops help local residents: As a resource dedicated to the local community, the Office of Job Placement at Henry Ford Community College will present two free job preparation workshops to residents Thursday, Nov. 11 and Thursday, Nov. 18. The first workshop is titled “Preparing Your Job Search Documents” and will take place Nov. 11 from noon to 1 p.m. in the HFCC Michigan Technological Education Center, located at 3601 Schaefer Road. Participants will receive instruction on how to prepare a cover letter, resume and references for a successful job search. The second workshop is titled “Job Search Strategies: Making Your Search Efficient and Effective” and will take place Nov. 18 from noon to 1 p.m. at M-TEC. Those attending this session will learn about successful job search strategies from HFCC professionals. These workshops are free and open tot he public. Participants are free to bring their lunch — HFCC will provide beverages and a dessert! Please note that space is limited. For more information and to register, please call (313) 845-9820.

Online Tech Shares Perspectives on Managed Data Center Business Models: On Monday, Nov. 8, Mike Klein, president of Ann Arbor-based Online Tech Inc., will join fellow executives in Los Angeles to join a panel discussion on “Comparing Models for Data Center Companies” at IMN’s Forum on Financing, Investing & Real Estate Development for Data Centers. In addition to speaking about financial and ownership issues that affect data center businesses, Klein will share his experience with the way dedicated private clouds are changing the horizon for managed data centers. “The benefits of server virtualization and the interest in public and private cloud hosting are forcing data center operators to modify their business models to support their customers with these new paradigms,”  Klein said. “Data center operators are evaluating the resources required to support public and private cloud hosting and the long-term return on these technologies to determine how revenue and ROI models will impact their business. It’s generating a lot of introspection about the physical and virtual capacity of tomorrow’s data center.” The panel of data center executives will also touch on retail, wholesale, and hybrid pricing approaches; green data center models; balancing growth and managing risk; ownership options; facility evaluation and ratings; profitability; data center capacity models; up front facility costs; weighing build-your-own, acquiring existing buildings or acquiring an existing company; privately held vs. publically held companies. More information about the conference can be found at Online Tech,, owns and manages premier Midwest managed data centers.

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