Free Technology Entrepreneurial Training Available at Kettering University in October and November: FastTrac TechVenture, a training program that shows entrepreneurs and small business owners how to start or revamp a technology business, will be provided free in Flint, Mich., in October and November. Alexander Masters of Kettering University’s TechWorks said the program will introduce the key elements of starting or revamping a technology business. “Participants produce an effective five to seven page business plan and learn how to effectively pitch others on their idea,” Masters said. Masters said the program’s $700 fee is being waived during the fall session. “The workshop normally costs $700 but is being sponsored at no cost to participants by the C.S. Mott Foundation, Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center and the program host, Kettering University TechWorks,” Masters said. “This includes a free workbook, text materials, and an opportunity to network with the guest speakers, facilitators, and other participants,” he added. Expert guest speakers include patent attorneys, venture capitalists, technology entrepreneurs, and other professionals who will provide real-life examples of the many challenges and successes that an entrepreneur may experience. TechVenture consists of five sessions with each session running from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Networking time is available throughout each session. Session dates are Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26 and Nov. 2. To register, send your contact information to Any questions regarding the program may be directed to Alexander Masters at or (810) 762-9728.

Northwood’s 2011 Annual International Auto Show Features a Variety of Must-See Vehicles: The Annual Northwood University International Auto Show (NUIAS) features over 500 new domestic and imported cars, trucks, recreational vehicles, vans, and experimental and specialty vehicles, plus various exciting automotive aftermarket products. The theme for this year’s largest outdoor new car Auto Show is “The Road to Innovation.” Show hours are Friday, Sept. 30 from noon to 6 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 1 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 2 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The 2011 NUIAS will be featuring a variety of “must-see” vehicles. The Domestic division will be offering the opportunity to get an up close and personal look at the Chevrolet Volt. Team Street and Racing Technology (SRT) will be displaying an array of performance vehicles offered by the Chrysler Group LLC as well as two SRT concept vehicles. Domestic performance manufacturers SLP Performance, Saleen Performance Vehicles and SVT Performance will have vehicles on display as well. The European division gives attendees a chance to view vehicles they may never see on the road, such as the Bugatti Veyron, Lamborghini Reventon (1 of 20 worldwide), Ferrari Enzo and Ferrari California. The Aftermarket division will be featuring Craig Breedlove’s legendary AMX Racecar.  Lingenfelter Performance will be arriving with a high performance CTS-V and Camaro plus a 2010 SEMA booth Ford Taurus SHO will be on display. Other vehicles include a variety of aftermarket performance, off-road and diesel vehicles. The Asian division is giving you the opportunity to view a pre-production 2012 Subaru Impreza as well as the 2011 Impreza WRX while Team Mitsubishi will be displaying the hard-to-find Lancer EVO. The Specialty division offers a viewing of a Chevrolet Silverado that runs entirely on propane, Winnebago Journey and a Malibu Wakesetter 247 LSV. Team Military will provide armored vehicles for display as part of reincarnated military headquarters. The Heavy Truck division will display the Kenworth T660, the Team International Race Car, Freightliner Coronado HD, Volvo FM and the Ford Commercial DeWalt Truck. Lastly, the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile and a sleigh driven by Santa Claus (during his off season) will also be making an appearance at the show for young visitors. Many exhibits will line the Mall Walk and offer a variety of food, information and entertainment.  The Auto Show is free of charge, offers free parking and is open to the public. For more information and a schedule of events, visit or call (989) 837-4823 or (989) 837-4423.

Design Data Management for Manufacturing Workshop: Manufacturing industry management, engineers and CAD professionals are invited to the “Design Data Management for Manufacturing” workshop, for the unveiling of key information management solution that lets you oversee all your design data from a single source throughout the entire manufacturing process. The event is free. Continental breakfast will be served. The workshop will take place at Automation Alley in Troy Sepet. 29 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. It will be presented by Vivek Systems of Rochester Hills. Rao Gopula of Vivek Systems will speak about the benefits of Autodesk Vault and how it can help you manage your entire design by having a single source for all your design information during the entire manufacturing process.  He will show how the Autodesk Vault solution streamlines the process without changing the way you work, and how it affects your bottom line. Vivek has been in the manufacturing industry supporting AutoCAD based products from Autodesk since 1988. His company, Vivek Systems, was founded in 1999 and offers CAD and engineering solutions to small and medium sized businesses in manufacturing sector. The company sells and supports AutoCAD based products from Autodesk. It also provides training, engineering and simulation services and computer hardware platforms. The Sept. 29 event is free but preregistration is required at  or call (810) 545-8310.

Automation Alley to host “A Day in the Clouds: Cloud Computing as a Growth Catalyst”: Cloud computing is a hot topic in the technology world, but many businesses are still not sure how it can benefit them. Those looking to remove some mystery from the cloud should join Automation Alley, Michigan’s largest technology business association, for “A Day in the Clouds: Cloud Computing as a Growth Catalyst,” Oct. 11 from 8:30 a.m.-noon at Automation Alley headquarters in Troy. Presented by the Automation Alley Technology Committee, the event will help participants understand if cloud computing is right for their business. Participants will hear advice from business leaders who have used cloud computing to gain new customers, increase market share and create new markets for products and services. They’ll address what moving IT functions to the cloud means for companies in terms of cost and reduced hardware and infrastructure requirements, as well as the implications of buying capacity on demand. Speakers will also discuss the legal and security ramifications of moving company IT functions to the cloud. Speakers include Scott Caulk, vice president of product management at IDV Solutions; Greg Frazier, owner of Marsnet Software; Paul Czarnik, chief technology officer at Compuware; and Paul Miner, chief technology officer at Security Inspection Inc. Registration and networking will begin at 8:30 a.m., followed by the presentation at 9 a.m. The cost for members is $20 with pre-registration or $30 at the door. The cost for non-members is $40 with pre-registration or $50 at the door. Pre-registration ends Oct. 7 at close of business. There is no cost for Foundation Members to attend this event, but pre-registration is appreciated. This event is sponsored by Fortinet and Stout Systems. For more information or to register, contact the Automation Alley Resource Center at (800) 427-5100 or Automation Alley is located at 2675 Bellingham in Troy.


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