Women’s Exchange Of Washtenaw Hosts Networking Event: Women’s Exchange of Washtenaw will present “Networking Under a Tent, WXW style,” followed by a movie under the stars, from 6:30 to 9: 30 p.m. on Thursday, June 28 at the Ann Arbor Summer Festival, 915 E. Washington St. Wine, beer, soft drinks and bottled water will be available for purchase. Along with reconnecting with familiar WXWers and meeting lots of new ones, there will be hands-on KidZone activities from 6:30 to 8 p.m., music from Bill Bynum & Co. at 6:30 p.m., the Stringdusters at 8 p.m., and a showing of The Big Lebowski at 10 p.m. Cost for the event is $15.00. Registration can be found at http://wxwbusiness.com/2012/02/23/networking-under-a-tent-wxw-style/. The mission of the Women’s Exchange of Washtenaw is to host unique events where women business leaders talk through their issues, share experiences and ideas, and form lasting connections. WXW was founded in 2007 by Ann Arbor business women Carrie Hensel and Debra Power to fill a need for an organization dedicated to women who are building strong and growing companies. Today, the WXW serves more than 800 women with interactive events and networking opportunities.
Spark Sets Michigan Energy Forum: Ann Arbor Spark will present the latest Michigan Energy Forum, “Financing Cleantech Energy Ventures,” from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 7 at Spark Central, 330 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor. In this free event, leading investors, utilities and energy finance policy experts will examine the challenges and possible solutions for structuring clean technology and energy financing in 2012-13 including early stage financing, market conditions and options for successful transactional structures for clean technology and energy ventures, federal and state policy and incentive programs, and financing clean technology and energy solutions internationally. The event will be streamed live at www.annarborusa.org/live-events/index.html. If you are unable to attend or watch live, visit www.annarborusa.org/events/video-library/ to view this and all recorded events. Final video should be available within 48 hours of the live event.
Compuware Changepoint, PSVillage Set Webinar: Compuware Corp. (Nasdaq:CPWR), the technology performance company, will host a Webinar on June 12 with PSVillage, titled “Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) in a SaaS or On-Premise Environment — What’s the Difference?” The event, relevant for senior services executives in the technology industry, explores the challenges companies face in transitioning from traditional service models to software- as-a-service (SaaS) business models and how key performance indicators must change as a result of moving “to the Cloud.” The interactive panel discussion features three leading services industry experts including: Joe Longo, VP Professional Services, MetricStream; Chad Wolf, Senior Vice President Global Consulting Services, Kana Software; and Rick Moreau, Director of Field Enablement, Compuware Changepoint. The Webinar starts at 11 a.m. Eastern time. All registered attendees will receive a complimentary copy of the recently released PSVillage Benchmark Report. Representing 150 services executives in the technology sector, the PS Village Benchmark Study provides a first-of-its-kind view into the human capital metrics of the services organization, going well beyond the traditional salary survey. More at www.compuware.com/changepoint.
MidMichigan Innovation Center Sponsoring SBIR/STTR 101: The MidMichigan Innovation Center in Midland will sponsor “SBIR/STTR 101: Introduction and Overview” from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, June 14. Register online at www.bioconsultants.com. The event is geared towards technology-based entrepreneurs and small companies seeking funding for R&D. This half-day workshop covers the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer program basics, including program purpose, eligibility and sources of funding. It is designed to provide enough information for attendees to determine if they would like to seriously pursue proposal development. Participants will come away with an overview of the SBIR/STTR program and potential for non-dilutive funding presented by this $2.3 billion federal funding program.