Automation Alley Gala Set, Sponsorships Available: Automation Alley, Michigan’s largest technology business association, announces that a variety of sponsorship packages are now available for the 12th Annual Awards Gala to be held on Friday, Sept. 28 at the GM Heritage Center in Sterling Heights. The Automation Alley Annual Awards Gala is a signature event for the technology-driven business community in Southeast Michigan. It is an evening reserved for celebrating the accomplishments, success stories and continued growth of the individuals and groups leading the region toward a bright technology future. Purchasing a sponsorship package for this black-tie affair is a great opportunity for companies to gain exposure among Automation Alley members and local technology businesses. Sponsorship packages, ranging from $500 to $30,000, include company name and logo recognition, plus a variety of additional benefits unique to each package. Exclusive sponsorship levels, including Networking Sponsor, Cigar Tent Sponsor and Winners Announcement Sponsor, receive 10 complimentary event tickets with premier seating, first right of refusal for the 2013 Awards Gala and much more. Premier Sponsor of the 12th Annual Awards Gala is the Michigan Economic Development Corp., which also developed and manages the Pure Michigan brand. For more information about sponsorship, visit Companies interested in sponsoring this signature event should contact Events Manager Jennifer Chinn at (248) 457-3228 or to ensure they are represented. For more information about the event, contact the Automation Alley Resource Center at (800) 427-5100 or Since its founding in 1999, Automation Alley has expanded to include nearly 1,000 businesses, educational institutions and government entities from the City of Detroit and the surrounding eight-county region. Automation Alley promotes regional prosperity through entrepreneurial and exporting assistance, workforce development and technology acceleration. For additional information, visit

Learn More About Preparing A Competitive SBIR-STTR Propsoal: If you’re a technology-based entrepreneur with possibilities in defense or energy technology, learn more about preparing a competitive Small Business Innovation Research or Small Business Technology Transfer grant proposal in an event Wednesday, Aug. 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Macomb-OU INCubator at Velocity, 6633 18 Mile Road in Sterling Heights. This agency-specific seminar presents essential information for crafting a competitive SBIR/STTR proposal that meets the unique requirements of the Departments of Defense and Energy. It provides detailed instruction on the ins and outs of preparing a proposal, including both technical and commercialization plans, and navigating the often complicated submission process. Technology-based entrepreneurs and small companies seeking funding for R&D with plans to submit a SBIR/STTR proposal within the next 12 months should attend. The cost is $75 for companies based in Michigan and $150 for companies based elsewhere. Register at Online registration closes Aug. 6 at noon; no refunds after that date. To register after Aug. 6, please contact Jayne Berkaw at to check space availability.


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