Agile And Beyond Conference Returning: “Agile and Beyond,” an event to boost the agile programming system, will be held Saturday, March 10 in Dearborn. Agile and Beyond 2012 provides an opportunity for teams, developers, testers, business analysts, executives, and managers — from novice to expert — from team to enterprise, to explore the depth and breadth of Agile software development, across all practices and perspectives. Keynote speakers include David Anderson, author of “Kanban: Successful Evolutionary Change for Your Technology Business” and Steve Denning, author of “The Leader’s Guide to Radical Management.” This non-profit conference attracted more than 500 attendees last year, and promises to be an excellent investment again this year. The discounted rates will end this week, so register now at

Inforum Center for Leadership Presents ‘The Business of Networking’: Learn how to work a room and a lot more. The Inforum Center for Leadership, the education and research arm of Inforum, will host Jennifer Maxson, practice group leader, coach and consultant with Varnum Consulting, who will present “The Business of Networking.” This seminar, to be held Wednesday, Feb. 29 in Troy and Thursday, March 1 in Grand Rapids will teach attendees how to build their business networks; maximize the value of professional and community memberships; and expand social their skills for many different settings. The Troy seminar will be held at Rehmann, 1500 W. Big Beaver Road, Troy. The West Michigan event will be held at the Rehmann Building, 2330 E. Paris Ave., Grand Rapids. Both run from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. and cost $50 for Inforum members and $75 for nonmembers. More at or call (877) 633-3500.

Inforum Center for Leadership To Present Event On Nonprofit Board Membership: The Inforum Center for Leadership, the education and research arm of Inforum, will present a program called “On the Road to Corporate Board Service: Is Non-Profit Experience a Fast Lane or Detour?” The event — to be held Monday, Feb. 13 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Henry Ford Health System’s Allan D. Gilmour Center for Learning in Detroit — will explore how serving on non-profit boards compares to corporate board service and the pros and cons of using nonprofit boards as a stepping stone toward earning a corporate board position.The program will feature a panel of experts who will provide insider perspectives on this important topic. Attendees can expect a lively exchange as our panelists share their personal experiences and perspectives and the discussion continues during the networking session that follows. This event is part of Inforum’s Board Access Initiative, developed to help qualify women for board service today and in the future. The initiative includes participative workshops and networking events to inform women about corporate board service so that they can make career decisions that will enhance their board readiness. More at or call (877) 633-3500.

Ann Arbor Spark Offers Michigan Energy Forum: Ann Arbor Spark’s Februray Michigan Energy Forum tackles the topic “Financing Your Commercial Energy Project.” It will run from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2 at Spark Central, 330 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor. For more information, visit

Ann Arbor Spark Offers OpenCoffee: Ann Arbor Spark will hold its monthly OpenCoffee event Tuesday, Feb. 14 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at Spark Central, 330 E. Liberty, Ann Arbor. This is a networking event for entrepreneurs, investors and those who work with innovation businesses, particularly in IT, cleantech and life sciences. The event is free. For more information, visit

Ann Arbor Spark Offers Marketing Roundtable: This month’s Ann Arbor Spark Marketing Roundtable has the topic, “Build The Plan.” It will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14 at Spark Central, 330 E. Liberty, Ann Arbor. When the marketing possibilities far exceed your means, being smart with your plan is more crucial than ever. The event is free. For more information, visit

Ann Arbor Spark Offers “Small & Smart” Seminar Series: This month’s Ann Arbor Spark Small & Smart seminar series will be held Wednesday, Feb. 15 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at Spark East, 215 W. Michigan Ave. in Ypsilanti. So you’re small and your resources are limited. You can still apply the tested and proven tools of sales and marketing to build your business and improve your bottom line. It’s a matter of being small … and smart. For more information, visit

Ann Arbor Spark Offers ‘Starting Your Own Business’: This month’s Ann Arbor Spark ‘Starting Your Own Business’ event will be held Friday, Feb. 17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Spark East, 215 W. Michigan Ave. in Ypsilanti. At this forum you will learn about personality traits that impact entrepreneurialism, creating a marketing plan for your business, legal, accounting, and risk considerations, product development, business plans and financing options. You will have an opportunity to get advice from a variety of business experts and organizations that are available to support new ventures. The cost is $25. For more information, visit

Ann Arbor Spark Offers Business Law & Order: This month’s Ann Arbor Spark Business Law & Order event has the title “Funding 101.” It will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 20 at Spark Central, 330 E. Liberty in Ann Arbor. Cash is the lifeblood of any business, especially early-stage, high-growth enterprises.  We will discuss: The Capital Fundraising Plan (know how much you need to raise and when to raise it); Grant Funding (what could be better than money you don’t have to repay and doesn’t cost you equity); Securities Law Basics (how to avoid personally obligating yourself to give back every dime of investor money if things don’t go well); “Choose Your Investors Wisely” (how to make smart, practical choices in finding and choosing the money partners for your business). The event will be live streamed at For more information, visit

ITS Sponsors Symantec Webinar: Grand Rapids-based ITS Partners is presenting “Going Mobile with Symantec Mobile Management 7.1” Thursday, Jan. 26 at 11 a.m. Eastern time. With the continuing upward trend of personal mobile devices being brought into the corporate environment, IT administrators need a solution to manage this influx of mobile devices. By leveraging Symantec Mobile Management, organizations can gain the tools and scalability needed in an MDM solution. In this Webcast, we’ll examine how we can effectively provision, inventory and manage mobile devices using Symantec Mobile Management 7.1. ITS Partners is an engineer-centric organization focused exclusively on Symantec Security Solutions. We benchmark and improve practices, increase employee knowledge to deliver business benefits. More at Register at


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