Event Notices From January 18

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Refresh Detroit offers program on WordPress: For our last presentation in our content management series, Todd List gives us an introduction to WordPress, the popular Web platform and will address using it for personal or business use. His presentation and live demonstration will cover how to decide whether WordPress is right for you, the capabilities and limitations of WordPress and where to find resources for more help. The meeting is free, but since we have limited space, everyone is required to register online at  http://guestli.st/40053. The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 25 at Mango Languages, 30445 Northwestern Highway, Suite 300, in Farmington Hills. More at http://refreshdetroit.org/event/wordpress-its-not-just-for-blogging-any-more. Refresh Detroit is a part of the Refreshing Cities organization. We are a group of Web professionals whose goal is to promote web standards, usability, and accessibility, and to spread the knowledge of web design in the Detroit and Ann Arbor Michigan areas. For more information visit: http://refreshdetroit.org

Agile conference coming to Dearborn: A conference on agile development is scheduled for Saturday, March 12 in Dearborn. “Agile and Beyond: Our Journey Continues” will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Ford Conference and Events Center, 1151 Village Road. There are tracks at the event for software architects, developers, Web and usability experts and senior executives. More at http://agileandbeyond.org.

CAR To Host Conference On Automotive Recovery: The Ann Arbor-based Center for Automotive Research will sponsor Roads to Renewal II, a conference on the ongoing recovery in the American auto industry, on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 29 and 30, at the Hyatt Regency Dearborn. As the economy is improving, the auto industry is investing billions of dollars. These investments will spur development of new technologies, and lead to increased demand for goods and services from many industries. Companies will expand their operations and hire more workers. Education, training and economic development institutions will partner to provide a skilled work force and an ability to replicate that workforce in the future. There will be many opportunities for communities to attract new investment. Come to the Roads to Renewal II conference to learn from companies, economic development professionals, and other experts on how to access these opportunities. The cost of the event is $300, or $200 for members of partner organizations, the Detroit Regional Chamber, the Original Equipment Suppliers Association and the University of Michigan. More at www.cargroup.org or call (734) 662-1287.

Adeona to Host Investor Day on Zinc Deficiency in Alzheimer’s Disease: Ann Arbor-based Adeona Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Amex: AEN), a developer of innovative medicines for serious central nervous system diseases, announced today that it will host an Alzheimer’s disease-focused Investor Day on Tuesday, Feb. 8 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Kensington Court Hotel in Ann Arbor. Adeona’s management team welcomes shareholders, potential investors and interested parties to join them for this scientific and corporate update of the company. Keynote speaker George J. Brewer, M.D., chairman of Adeona’s Scientific Advisory Board and the Morton S. and Henrietta Sellner Emeritus Professor of Human Genetics and Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan, will provide a scientific overview of the roles zinc deficiency and copper toxicity play in patients with Alzheimer’s disease and mild cognitive impairment. After the scientific update, James S. Kuo, M.D., Adeona’s chairman and CEO, will provide an investor update that includes the Company’s near-term plans for its zinc-based therapy for Alzheimer’s disease and mild cognitive impairment that is being developed as a prescription medical food. The Webcast of these presentations will be accessible via the event section on the home page of Adeona’s Web site at www.adeonapharma.com. Adeona’s management team will greet guests during a reception from 3 to 3:45 p.m., with the scientific and corporate presentations to follow. Attendance at Adeona’s Investor Day is limited due to seating availability. People interested in registering to attend should contact the company by email at investorday@adeonapharma.com or by phone at (734) 332-7800.

February Business Workshops Offered By Oakland County

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

Wednesday, Feb. 2: Effective Networking – You know about the importance of networking, right? You have attended dozens of events and passed out all those business cards, but “Networking” is just “Not working.” Find out what you need to do to make networking work for your business. Learn the keys to sucessful networking, how to develop and effective elevator pitch and how to get results from our networking. Presented by the Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center. The meeting runs from 6 to 9 p.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 $40. No refunds.

Tuesday, Feb. 8: Working for Yourself: The Ins & Outs of Becoming a Consultant, a Contractor, or Service Provider – Are you an experienced professional with valuable-defined skill sets, looking for a new career avenue? Think about taking your expertise and becoming an independent consultant, a contractor, or a service provider. Explore the steps to form your business (LLC or other), market yourself and your services, create an action-oriented business plan, and define your client engagement. Take away from your experience, a 1-2 page action-business plan to help you start, build and sustain a successful service-oriented business. The meeting runs from 9 a.m. to noon 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 $40. No refunds.

Tuesday, Feb. 8: 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. The meeting runs from 6 to 9:30 p.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. This workshop is free, but pre-registration is required.

Wednesday, Feb. 9: 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.) The meeting runs from 9 to 11 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. This workshop is free, but pre-registration is required.

Tuesday, Feb. 15: Social Media Marketing – Part 1 Millions of people use social media for fun, but they are also powerful business tools that encourage communication and collaboration. Before you start using social-media tools, learn how they work and what they offer. They can enable internal collaboration, allow information-sharing with external partners, exchange information with your customers, and harness the collective ingenuity of the public to build brand advocates. You will learn what it means to be engaged in social networking, which social networks are the most effective for conducting business, how to select the right tools for the job, how to protect yourself and your business, what you need before you get started. Part I of a three part series. The meeting runs from 6 to 9 p.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 $40. No refunds.

Wednesday, Feb. 16: SBA Forum on Small Business Lending – Before you apply for a business loan, we recommend that you first attend the SBA Forum on Small te investment firms, including purchasing and rehabbing houses for sale, this type of financing is not discussed at the roundtables. Presented by Small Business Administration Representative, Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center Consultant and Business Banker. The meeting runs from 9 a.m. to noon 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. This workshop is free, but pre-registration is required.

Thursday, Feb. 17: 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. The meeting runs from 6 to 9 p.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 $30. No refunds.

Friday, Feb. 18: FastTrac Listening to Your Business Workshop – The day-to-day responsibilities of running your own business leave little time to focus on long-time vision, goals and strategies. Find time in your schedule to spend it with Listening to your Business, a half-day workshop from FastTrac. Created for entrepreneurs just like you, Listening to Your Business makes the most of the knowledge you have about your business — and the limited time you have to make it better. The meeting runs from 8 a.m. to noon 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 $50. No refunds.

Wednesday, Feb. 23: Women’s Business Certification Orientation — Learn about the benefits and process of becoming a Women’s Business Enterprise. Benefits include certification to private sector WBE’s and access to procurement opportunities with major national companies. For additional information visit miceed.org. Presented by the Michigan Women’s Business Council. The meeting runs from 9 to 11 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 $25 (Please make checks payable to WBEC-GL). No refunds.

Thursday, Feb. 24: 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. The meeting runs from 6 to 9 p.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 $40, which includes all materials. No refunds.

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