‘Solar Summit’ coming to Saginaw Valley State: The Great Lakes Bay Region’s 2011 Solar Summit will be held Tuesday, April 19 at Curtiss Hall of Saginaw Valley State University, 7400 Bay Road in University Center. The SVSU Solar Summit is a business network seminar in which solar industry experts (project developers, manufacturers, suppliers, utilities, and other influential industry players) and businesses interested in installing solar can learn, share, and collaborate on the existing solar industry and its future in the Great Lakes Bay Region.  This networking event provides a great chance for the entire solar community to gather and get the latest insights from supply chain opportunities to successfully implementing solar projects. The event also provides an excellent opportunity for industry participants and businesses to connect and build relationships. The Summit will have two forums running simultaneously: Solar in the Great Lakes Bay Region and Making Solar Work for Your Business. The Solar in the Great Lakes Bay Region discussion targets active industry players and comprises presentations on industry trends, outlooks, innovations, and supply chain opportunities. The Making Solar Work for Your Business forum targets business owners interested in installing a solar system. This discussion will focus on the understanding of solar fundamentals including cost, characteristics, implementation, availability, and payback. The summit is also seeking solar-related businesses to exhibit at the event free of charge. There is a fee of $39 to attend the summit’s speeches and panel discussions. The event begins with a noon luncheon. The program starts at 1 p.m. and runs until 5 p.m. The event concludes with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. To RSVP or for more information, contact Linda Haas at lhaas@svsu.edu or (989) 964-7015. The summit is a program of SVSU’s Center for Business & Economic Development.

Detroit Small Business Defense Procurement Summit: The Office of the Secretary of Defense in conjunction with the PTAC’s of Michigan, the Michigan Economic Development Corp. and the City of Detroit will be sponsoring a procurement event on Friday, March 25 at Cobo Hall in Detroit. The event will feature Ashton Carter, U.S. Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics; U.S. Sen Carl Levin; Michael Blake, White House Office of Public Engagement associate director; Deputy Mayor Saul Green; and Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano. In the afternoon there will be an opportunity for manufacturing companies to meet with prospective prime contractors in a matchmaking event. The event runs from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and there is a $35 registration fee.  Please be advised that the matchmaking session seating is limited. For more information, visit https://csrs.dau.mil/osd/ or e-mail secretarycarter@osd.mil.

Avoiding Pitfalls In Global Transactions: According to the Van Andel Global Trade Center at Grand Valley State University, the typical organization loses 5 percent of its annual revenue to international fraud exposure. Best practices to identify and avoid fraudulent transactions and keep assets safe will be discussed at an event sponsored by the Van Andel Center at GVSU. Speakers include Bill Kowalski, vice president of Rehmann Corporate Investigative Services, and Mark Spitzley, partner at Warner Norcross & Judd. The event will be held Wednesday, March 23 from 7:30 to 10 a.m. at the GVSU Bicycle Factory, 201 Front Ave. SW, Grand Rapids. Businesses face risks every day. Maintaining compliance and controls for international sales is an ever-changing task. Experts will discuss common pitfalls and how to develop appropriate measures of protection. For more information and registration cost and details, contact the Van Andel Global Trade Center at (616) 331-6811 or GVSU News and Information Services at (616) 331-2221.


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