Kettering Seeks ‘Executives In Transition’: Executives in transition or unemployed are sought for a one-hour program Sept. 5 in Flint. Kettering University will host an overview of Michigan’s leading career program, Michigan Shifting Gears, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Sept. 5.  The overview session is free in Kettering’s Campus Center Building, Room A, on the corner of University and Chevrolet Avenues. The overview provides information on the Michigan Shifting Gears Program, which runs from Sept. 18 through Dec. 12.  Michigan Shifting Gears helps professionals develop and fine-tune their skills to fit the needs of small businesses and start-ups.  Participants of the program receive a professional career assessment, career coaching, eight days of workshops, networking event invitations, and participate in small business simulations. Read more on Michigan Shifting Gears at Individuals in the program are also paired with an entrepreneurial community mentor who provides one-on-one resume critiques, communication skill improvements, and career advice. Participants also complete an 80-hour internship with a Michigan small business. The first-hand experience of working in a small business environment allows for participants to bring their valuable skills and business expertise to their host companies. Kettering University’s overview of the program will be presented by Chris Barker, a graduate of Michigan Shifting Gears.  Attendees will meet with other Shifting Gear participants, receive an overview of the program and participate in a Q&A session with program graduates. Interested participants are asked to RSVP for the Sept. 5 event online or at

TechTown Sets Open Pitch Night: A polished pitch comes with practice. Detroit entrepreneurs eager to refine their skills are invited to present at TechTown’s Open Pitch Night. Not looking to pitch but passionate about entrepreneurship? Come network, listen to pitches and offer your candid feedback. You’ll leave inspired. The first 15 entrepreneurs to sign up on site get three minutes to pitch followed by two minutes of open Q&A. Presenters must pitch a Detroit-based business. Cost is $5 at the door and includes appetizers. The event will take place Wednesday, Sept. 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Centaur, 2233 Park Ave., Detroit. Open Pitch Night is hosted quarterly. For more information on TechTown’s programs, visit


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