MMIC To Host Networking Event: Learn from the success of one of the MidMichigan Innovation Center client companies recently sold to Clorox, Caltech Industries, at the next speaker series event, Tuesday, Nov. 16 at 11:30 a.m. Join Cal Goeders and Cathy Anders, former managing directors of Caltech Industries Inc., as they share insights from their journey through stages in the company’s life cycle, from start-up through small business, on to national scale competition with leading companies to eventual sale of Caltech Industries to Clorox Co. Begun with product technology acquired from The Dow Chemical Company, you will hear stories of key learning from Caltech’s formative years from Goeders, founder and general manager from 1980 to 1997. Anders, who then served as general manager, will highlight the rapid growth years where they expanded to a staff of 40 and achieved national recognition as a supplier to the hospital surface disinfection market. Learn about how they were approached by Clorox and the process they used in making the decision to sell Caltech to this major competitor. According to Anders, Clorox will retain the former Caltech Industries’ Midland site located at MidMichigan Innovation Center, to focus primarily on research and development, leveraging the expertise found here. Sales and business development functions are also remaining in Midland. She expects, longer term, that Clorox will continue to capitalize on the availability of the high quality research and development pool available in Midland. Tickets, which include the Tuesday, November 16 networking lunch and program, are $20 per person ($10 students) and can be purchased online at or by calling MidMichigan Innovation Center at (989) 839-2333. Pre-registration is appreciated, but walk-ins are welcome.

Wayne State, Crain’s host event on developing 21st Century Jobs: Wayne State University’s Forum on Contemporary Issues in Society (FOCIS) and Crain’s Detroit Business are co-sponsoring an event aimed at discussing new ways to develop jobs for the 21st century and retraining Michigan’s workforce. The Job Creation and Workforce Development Conference will feature keynote speaker Daniel Pink, author of four books, including A Whole New Mind and Drive, which earned spots on The New York Times best-seller list. The half-day conference takes place from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 9. The keynote lecture by Pink takes place at 12:30 p.m. The conference will be held at Wayne State University’s McGregor Memorial Conference Center at 495 Ferry Mall, Detroit. The keynote lecture will be held at the university’s Community Arts Auditorium at 450 Reuther Mall, Detroit. This half-day session will offer participants a unique opportunity to hear employers; policy, labor and community leaders; members of academia; and economic and workforce development organizations in a frank discussion on what it will take to create jobs in Michigan. Besides Pink, conference presenters include Andy Levin, Michigan Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth; Sandy Baruah, Detroit Regional Chamber; Robert Ficano, Wayne County executive; Mark Gaffney, AFL-CIO; and Marick Masters, Labor@Wayne. The keynote lecture is free and open to the public. Seating is limited. Register at Registration for the half-day session is $75 each; $70 each for groups of 10 or more; $85 at the door. Register at

Southeast Michigan Sustainable Business Forum To Present Awards: The Southeast Michigan Sustainable Business Forum will recognize three organizations for adopting sustainable business practices at the SMSBF’s inaugural Sustainable Business Awards on Thursday, Nov. 11 at NSF International’s offices in Ann Arbor. Based on a set of 10 evaluation criteria, one winner will be announced in each of the following categories: Non Profit/Institutions, Retail/Manufacturing and Service/Consulting. The program was developed as a tool to help businesses understand how to become more sustainable.  The criteria included: business model, operations, land use, waste, energy, water, transportation, risk reduction, work place and community relations. PBS’s Tim Skubick, of “Off the Record,” will be speaking on “Really Off the Record: Where the Environmental Issues are Headed.” Skubick will discuss the changes he foresees on the environmental front based on the election. The event will be hosted by Andrew Humphrey, the Emmy Award winning meteorologist for WDIV Local 4 News in Detroit. Tickets for this event are available through the SMSBF’s Web site at The annual meeting will begin at 5 p.m., with registration and refreshments at 5:30 and the awards presentation and program at 6:30. NSF is located at 789 North Dixboro Road, Ann Arbor. Finalists in the nonprofits and institutions category are the Clarkston Community Schools and the University of Michigan. In retail and manufacturing, the finalists are Great Lakes Recycling and Wellspring Land Co. LLC. In service and consulting, the finalists are |Planet Footprint and Resource Recycling Systems. For more information, contact Kathleen Pepin at (313) 593-5045 or by e-mail at

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