GVSU Offers Event To Connect Business Owners, Lenders: Entrepreneurs and small business owners are invited to meet with local lenders at an event hosted by The Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center at Grand Valley State University, the Small Business Administration and the Economic Development Foundation. Startup businesses looking for funding will discover what potential lenders are looking for when making a lending decision. They will also receive valuable feedback on their business plan. Business owners looking to expand their funding options can meet with lenders and evaluate their pitch. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, Jan. 26 at the GVSU Pew Grand Rapids Campus’ Loosemore Auditorium. This event is free and sponsored by the Grand Rapids EDC. For more information contact the West Michigan SBTDC office at sbtdc@gvsu.edu.

Lansing Groups Sponsor E-Waste Recycling Event: The Michigan Technology Network with support from Grand River Connection, Power On, St. Stephen’s Community Church, and Retro DC Designs announced today that they will be hosting a free e-Waste Recycling Event from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26. This rare opportunity offers consumers the chance to properly dispose of cell phones, batteries (of all kinds), computer accessories (keyboards, mice, cords, cables, software), computer monitors, desktop/tower computers, laptops, tablets, TVs (under 32″), and video game systems. (Donations are limited to this list.) The drop-off location is St. Stephen’s Community Church located at 1007 Kimberly Drive in Lansing, just west of Frandor Shopping Center. For residents concerned about the privacy of their data, Power On — Lansing’s computer repair and tech support center — has prepared a tutorial for completely wiping a hard drive. Donors are expected to complete this step before dropping off items. Technology collected at the event will be tested, rebuilt if possible, and donated. Remaining items will be recycled and disposed of properly. Due to legal reasons, this event is for individual and consumer e-waste ONLY. The Michigan Technology Network is not able to accept e-waste from companies and organizations. Please visit http://lansing.mitn.org/ for additional details and a link to the tutorial or call (517) 222-0012.

Saginaw Future sets annual award luncheon: Saginaw Future Inc. will host its annual award luncheon Feb. 17 at Saginaw Valley State University’s Curtiss Hall, 7400 Bay road in Saginaw. The event begins with registration at 11 a.m., the luncheon at 11:30 and the program at 11:55. It’s sponsored by The Dow Chemical Co., WNEM TV5 and Great Lakes Bay Michigan Works. The event will honor 30 economic development projects in 2011 and featuring keynote speaker Bob Hansen, president and CEO for the Dow Corning Corp. More at www.pingg.com/rsvp/nnz254p58dc64dvy2.


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