Entreprelooza Coming Sept. 21: The Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business will hold its annual entrepreneurial symposium, Entreprelooza, on Friday, Sept. 21. This year’s event will offer panel discussions, keynote presentations and networking opportunities centered around the theme of “Innovation in Many Forms,” exploring how entrepreneurs can leverage various forms of innovations to execute on their entrepreneurial visions. At the event, held in the University’s Blau Auditorium, keynote speaker Anil Arora, 1984 graduate of the Ross School of business and President and CEO of Yodlee, will be recognized with the Alumni Entrepreneur of the Year Award by Zell Executive Director Thomas Kinnear. There will also be a Business Model Competition on Thursday, Sept. 20, with five student teams vying for the chance to win $500 and automatic advancement to the Venture Shaping round in Zell Lurie’s Dare to Dream Grant Program.
Tech Town Offering Microloans Workshop: TechTown, Wayne State University’s research park and business accelerator, will present ” Coffee & Capital: Microloans for the retail enterprise” at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, at Café con Leche, 4200 West Vernor Highway, Detroit. Own a retail business in Detroit and need some extra funds? Join TechTown for a casual discussion on the microloans available to Detroit retail establishments. You’ll leave with a better understanding of each microloan organization and its lending requirements, as well as some insider tips to simplify the process and improve your odds. Coffee & Capital is a quarterly event focused on the funding opportunities available through TechTown and its partners. For more information on TechTown’s programs, visit www.techtowndetroit.org.
Women In Defense Presents Takai: Thursday, Oct. 11: Women in Defense Michigan presents guest speaker Teresa M. Takai, former Michgian state CIO and now CIO of the United States Department of Defense, 5 to 6 p.m. networking, 6 to 7 p.m. dinner, 7 to 8 p.m. program, Westin Southfield, 1500 Town Center, Southfield. Takai will present on national cyber defense and security, and provide a DOD CIO update. Early registration (ends at midnight on Oct. 10): $40 for WID or NDIA members and $50 for non-members. Onsite registration: $50 for WID or NDIA members and $60 for non-members. More at www.wid-mi.org/event_100912.aspx or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Women In Defense Michigan chapter (WID-Michigan), is a non-profit professional networking and development organization for women and men across Michigan who contribute to national defense and security. Formed in 2007, WID-Michigan strengthens and influences the defense and national security industries by inspiring women, cultivating leadership, and growing professional relationships. WID-Michigan also assists in the educational development of young women in technical fields through scholarships and mentoring. For more information, visit www.wid-mi.org.
Seidman Breakfast Lecture features Consumers Energy CEO: The CEO of Consumers Energy is the featured speaker at The Peter F. Secchia Breakfast Lecture sponsored by Grand Valley State University’s Seidman College of Business. John Russell’s presentation, “Our Promise to our Customers and to Michigan,” will take place Wednesday, Sept. 19, at Grand Valley’s Pew Grand Rapids Campus. The event begins with breakfast at 7:30 a.m. and the presentation from 8 to 9 in the Loosemore Auditorium of the DeVos Center in Grand Rapids. John G. Russell is president and CEO of CMS Energy and its principal subsidiary, Consumers Energy, which serves 1.8 million electric customers and 1.7 million natural gas customers. The company has annual revenues of $6 billion, assets totaling $15.3 billion and 7,700 employees. Prior to his current position, Russell was president and chief operating officer of Consumers Energy from 2004 to 2010. He also served as president of the electric utility until 2004. Previously, Russell was senior vice president of electric transmission and distribution and held several leadership positions in customer operations, electric restructuring and logistics management. During a break in service from 1985 to 1987, Russell managed the shipping operations for Meijer Inc. This event is open to the public. For more information, contact the Seidman College of Business at (616) 331-7100.