Fisher/Unitech sets two July events: Troy-based Fisher-Unitech will offer two events on its technologies in July. First, on Monday, July 11 from 2 to 3 p.m. Eastern time, it’s a Webinar titled “FastTrack Webcast: SustainabilityXpress.” SolidWorks SustainabilityXpress technology performs lifecycle-based sustainable design assessment directly on individual part designs to help you understand the impact of your design decisions. The software is included with each of the SolidWorks 3D CAD design packages – SolidWorks Premium, Professional, and Standard. Attendees will learn how to obtain a baseline for designs for direct comparison with changes, search the database for suitable materials that meet criteria, understand the overall impact of a design in regards to carbon footprint, lifecycle energy and air and water impact, and learn how to use this powerful tool to assess, build and communicate greener designs. Register for this free Webcast at this link.  On Tuesday, July 26, it’s a Product Development Live Lab from 1 to 4 p.m. Register at this link. Product Development Live Labs are geared towards exposing non-users of SolidWorks products to the family of tools available from SolidWorks. Attendees will gain hands-on experience using SolidWorks 3D CAD software, SolidWorks Simulation, SolidWorks Enterprise PDM and 3DVIA Composer together, and experience the interoperability, ease-of-use and power of using all four products in a mock company setting. The workshop will take place in Fisher/Unitech’s Troy office.

Genesee PTAC Sets Classes On Doing Business With The Feds: The Procurement Technical Assistance Center at the Genesee Regional Chamber of Commerce has helped Genesee and Shiawassee County businesses earn nearly $100 million in one year through doing business with government agencies, and we would like to help you too. Entering the government marketplace is an excellent way for businesses to expand and diversify, which is why we are extending an invitation to join us for our PTAC summer series, “Secrets to Successful Government Contracting.” Todd Olson, Program Director of the Northwest Michigan PTAC office in Traverse City, will present on three key areas of focus for businesses looking to break into federal, state and local government marketplaces. On Friday, June 24 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. it’s “Advanced Market Research.” Learn how to market your products and services to the government, where to find government buying forecasts, which agencies are most likely to purchase your goods and how to stay ahead of your competition. On Friday, July 22, it’s “Understanding Federal Solicitation.” Everything you need to understand and effectively respond to federal or Department of Defense solicitations. We’ll break down solicitations and solicitation numbers for you. Learn what a Request for Quotation, an Invitation for Bids and a Request for Proposal are, as well as the best online resources for FAR clauses and more. And on Friday, Aug. 26 it’s “Responding to the RFP.” This class demystifies the RFP and gives you hands-on experience. You’ll
create proposal templates for your business, write a proposal and learn how the federal government evaluates proposals with our experts helping you every step of the way. The events are $15 each or $30 for all three. Make checks payable to The Genesee Regional Chamber of Commerce at 519 S. Saginaw St., Ste. 200, Flint MI 48502 or register online at If you have any questions, contact Chelsea Schutz at (810) 600-1437 or email Classes will be held at the Genesee Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Merit Network offers course in Cisco communications: Ann Arbor-based Merit Network Inc. is offering a foundational course for those working with Cisco Unified Communication Manager. ICOMM – Introducing Cisco Voice and UC Administration v8.0 is a five-day course within Cisco’s voice certification track, focusing on the essentials of Unified Communications products. It will be offered Aug. 8-12. Registration and complete details are now available at: Seating is limited; to reserve your place, please register by July 15. This course prepares you with the knowledge and skills to achieve associate-level competency in Cisco Unified Communications. The course introduces the architecture, components, functions and features of Cisco UC solutions and describes how daily job tasks, such as system monitoring, moves, adds, and changes are performed on Cisco Unified Communications Manager, Cisco Unified Communications Manager Express, Cisco Unity Connection, and Cisco Unified Presence. A set of 22 hands-on labs ensures experience with course skills. The class will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Merit’s offices at 1000 Oakbrook Drive, Ann Arbor. Registration for individuals from Merit member organizations is $2,695 per attendee vs. the course’s standard retail price of $3,395. For attendees from non-profit organizations that are not Merit members, registration is $2,895. Other non-members may attend for $3,095. Registration includes an exam voucher for the corresponding Cisco certification examination, continental breakfast, beverages and refreshment breaks each day. Registration is available online, and payment can be made by credit card, check or purchase order.


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