Event Notices From February 21

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TiE Coming To West Michigan: TiE, the organization founded as The Indus Entrepreneurs but which now goes by Talent, Ideas and Enterprise, is now moving to West Michigan. The organization was founded in 1992 in Silicon Valley. TiE’s mission is to foster entrepreneurship globally through mentoring, networking and education. The group is hosting a networking reception on Tuesday, March 13 for individuals doing business globally or with business interests tied to Southeast Asia. The event begins with networking at 5:30 p.m., a speech from Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell at 6:30, and Michigan Accelerator Fund managing director Dale Grogan speaking at 6:45 p.m. The venue is the University Club, Suite 1025, 111 Lyon St. NW, Grand Rapids. RSVP to Carolyn Scully at cscully@clarkhill.com.

Medical Device Designer To Speak At Lawrence Tech: David Wright, CEO of a medical device engineering and design company, will speak on “Learning to Learn” at the Entrepreneurial Lecture Series on Thursday, Feb. 23, at 6 p.m. in Lear Auditorium (T429) of the University Technology and Learning Center at Lawrence Technological University, 21000 W. 10 Mile, Southfield. The event is free and open to the public. Wright has more than 40 United States patents and 32 years of experience in product design and management in medical device companies. In 2001, he founded Wi Inc., of Englewood, Colo., an award-winning medical device engineering and design company. His success was not easily won, however. Wright discusses the challenge of having a learning disability and how he thrived by learning to learn at Lawrence Tech. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 1986. Lawrence Tech’s Entrepreneurial Lecture Series is sponsored by WWJ Newsradio 950, the Great Lakes Innovation and Technology Report, the Lawrence Tech chapter of the Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization, and the Legends Entrepreneurial Alumni Organization. More at www.ltu.edu.

Capital Area IT Council Sets March Meet: The next Capital Area IT Council membership meeting will be held Thursday, March 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lansing Community College’s West Campus Michigan Technical Education Center, 5708 Cornerstone Drive in Lansing. The March meeting will feature: How much “business” is OK on social media, and which tools should you focus on?  There are now many popular social media tools, including Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, BranchOut and many, many others. Some of these tools are more “social” while others are more “business” focused. Which tools are the best at helping you get your message across and where should you invest your time and resources? Facebook recently partnered with BranchOut to better compete with Google+ and LinkedIn, but is it worth your time to build yet another network? Find out where our panel of experts recommend you invest your time, and how to effectively use social tools to promote your business or organization. There will be a complimentary lunch which will be immediately followed by our presentation. RSVP to Andrea Kerbuski at (517) 492-5509 or akerbuski@camw.net.

Laurel Park Sets Small Biz Show, Vendor Space Available: Laurel Park Place will be hosting a Small Business and Home Based Business Show March 2 – 4. Vendor space is available to assist owners to promote their smaller business and home based business to build customer clientele. This is a great opportunity to showcase your business to a larger audience, meet directly with new potential customers and sell your products and services on-site. The event will take place over a three day weekend and will be held during mall hours, Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday noon to 6 p.m. A fee of $150 will be the charge for set up and includes an eight-foot table with tablecloth and skirting and one chair in the booth area.  There are additional minimal charges for electric and insurance. Reservations for the event are being taken through Feb. 28. For more information, contact Dan Irvin in the mall office at (734) 462-1100, ext. 227, or email to Dan_Irvin@cblproperties.com. More at www.LaurelParkPlace.com. Laurel Park Place, owned and managed by CBL & Associates Properties Inc. of Chattanooga, Tenn., is a 574,368-square-foot regional shopping destination featuring more than 75 stores, including a food court with children’s play area and the department stores Parisian and Von Maur.

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