Event Notices From February 1

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MSU chemical engineers set annual research forum: The Department of Chemical Engineering & Materials Science (ChEMS) at Michigan State University plans its annual ChEMS Research Forum on Thursday, May 17. The forum will be held at the Spartan Club on the campus of Michigan State University. The 9th Annual ChEMS Research Forum will showcase Departmental research advances in the areas of energy and sustainability, nanotechnology and materials, and biotechnology and biomedical engineering. The one-day program will feature plenary speakers, and posters and oral presentations describing the latest Department research results. Registration, lunch, and refreshments are complementary. Confirmed plenary speakers: James Stevens, Fellow in Core Research and Development, Dow Solar Solutions, Dow Chemical Mark Horstmeyer, Chair, Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems, Mississippi State University Scott Summerville, Vice-President, Global Packaging, Coca-Cola Joseph Peltier, Cell Culture Process Development, BioMarin Pharmaceutical Richard Wright, Distinguished Staff Scientist, Materials Science and Engineering, Idaho National Laboratory Patrick Lynch, President and CEO, Northern Technologies. Visit: http://www.chems.msu.edu/forum2012 for more details and a preliminary meeting agenda. RSVP by contacting Nicole Shook at 517-355-5135. Thank you to Dow Chemical for their generous support of the Forum.

UHY Offers Continuity, Disaster Recovery Webinar: UHY Advisors Inc., a financial and business advisory firm with offices located throughout the United States, is conducting a series of no-cost, executive-level Webinars. The Core Business Management Webinar series will introduce a new topic every other week and is structured to provide busy executives with the understanding, business direction and recommended strategies to help address, achieve and maintain business profitability and viability.  These 55-minute Webinars begin at 8:05 a.m. Eastern time and conclude by 9 a.m.   The series targets strategy, tools and methodologies to achieve and sustain a viable business based on strengthening a company’s processes leading to increase profitability, market share and operational control. The next Webinar in the series is titled ”Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery — A Roadmap for Viability” and is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 6. This Webinar will provide attendees with a strategy and plan to establish and implement a business continuity strategy that incorporates more than just data recovery. Attendees can earn 1.0 continuing professional education credits for each Webinar. To sign up call (248) 204-9447 or register on-line at https://uhyevents.webex.com/mw0306ld/mywebex/default.do?siteurl=uhyevents.

March Business Workshops Offered by Oakland County

WATERFORD TOWNSHIP — Business owners and entrepreneurs who need assistance are invited to attend seminars in March offered by the Oakland County Business Center. Business Basics workshops are now offered in the evenings on alternating months.

Thursday, March 1 — Pre-Business Research — Are you thinking of starting your own business and want to research your business idea? Are you a business owner who wants to understand which research sources to use for your business plan and where to find the information you need? Presented by Oakland County’s Business Center Market Research Division, and an Oakland County Public Library business reference librarian, this seminar runs from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, west of Telegraph, Waterford Township For pre-registration and location specifics, visit www.oakgov.com/peds/calendar or call (248) 858-0783. This workshop is free but pre-registration is required.

Wednesday, March 14: CEED Microloan Orientation — Many small business owners face obstacles when trying to obtain a business loan. The recognition of the serious need for working capital for existing businesses, start-up or expansion, equipment purchases, and job creation is not the priority it once was. If you have a need for alternative financing consider the MicroLoan Program. Discover the requirements and process necessary to apply and obtain a microloan. Program presented by the Center for Empowerment & Economic Development (C.E.E.D.) This program runs from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, west of Telegraph, Waterford Township. For pre-registration and location specifics, visit www.oakgov.com/peds/calendar or call (248) 858-0783. This workshop is free but pre-registration is required.

Thursday, March 15: Fundamentals of Writing a Business Plan – A workshop for small business owners who are developing a plan to serve as their road map to success. Workshop participants learn what elements are commonly found in effective plans and work on developing each of these for their own business. Assistance in the process as well as information on resources is provided. The workshop runs from 9 a.m. to noon at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, west of Telegraph, Waterford Township. For pre-registration and location specifics, visit www.oakgov.com/peds/calendar or call (248) 858-0783. Fee: $40. No refunds

Thursday, March 29: QuickBooks Essentials — This introduction to small business financial management provides an overview of accurate recordkeeping, report interpretation and utilization, and management of the variety of tools provided in this system. Presented by Kildal Services, LLC. In session I, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., attendees learn basic accounting terminology, new company file setup, customizing forms and letters and working with bank accounts. In session II, from 12:30 to 3 p.m., attendees learn about invoicing customers, receiving payments and making deposits, entering and paying vendor bills, and using credit card accounts. The sessions will be held at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, west of Telegraph, Waterford Township. For pre-registration and location specifics, visit www.oakgov.com/peds/calendar or call (248) 858-0783. The sessions are $40 each or $75 for both. Bringing a laptop is highly recommended.

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