Oneupweb Hosts 2nd BRIM Leadership Conference for Michigan Businesses with Keynote Speaker Rick DeVos: Traverse City-based Oneupweb says its BRIM conference, an acronym for “Bringing Relentless Innovation to Michigan,” is returning, featuring Grand Rapids ArtPrize and Start Garden founder Rick DeVos, many of Michigan’s leading marketers, and an investor pitch session. The event will be held Thursday, Nov. 8 at Oneupweb headquarters in Traverse City. BRIM is an inspirational forum for Michigan business owners and entrepreneurs to share ideas and experience, covering an array of topics such as navigating a changing business environment, growing customer relationships through social media, mobile marketing, and turning entrepreneurial passion into success. In addition to the speakers and panelists representing 15 of Michigan’s leading companies, the event also presents a remarkable opportunity for new businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs. The agenda includes an investor pitch session in which five qualifying applicants will have two minutes each to present their ideas in front of a panel of esteemed judges and the entire BRIM audience. The judges will then deliberate and choose one presenter to receive $2,500, generously sponsored by The Bank of Northern Michigan, to kick-start their venture which will be announced at the start of the cocktail networking hour. Applications and attendance are free. Applications must be submitted by Oct. 26 to attend, and Oct. 19 to be considered for the investor pitch session. More at www.oneupweb.com.
HFCC To Host First MMIA Tech Training Oct. 18: Henry Ford Community College will hold its first HFCC/Metropolitan Mechanical Inspectors Association training meeting on Thursday, Oct. 18, at noon at the Welcome Center Community Room, located on the main campus. This meeting is part of the College’s new partnership with the Troy-based Metropolitan Mechanical Inspectors Association. The training session is titled “Geothermal System Devices” and focuses on geothermal installations. Specifically, this session provides technical training for HFCC students, faculty and staff (particularly maintenance workers), as well as mechanical inspectors and industry leaders. Gregory Laskowsky of HFCC’s Energy Technology Department and Vern Pappas, an inspector from the City of Ann Arbor, will coordinate the session. HFCC, which recently began its partnership with the MMIA, will host technical training sessions with the MMIA monthly from Oct. 18 to June 2013. The training session is open to the public. Lunch will be available. The cost to attend for HFCC faculty and staff is $25 per person. For HFCC students, the cost is $20. For everyone else, the cost is $30. Please RSVP by Friday, Oct. 12, no later than 2 p.m. to Laskowsky at (313) 317-1550 or Sue Schippert of the MMIA at (248) 649-5450.
Join Lansing Community College For National Alternative Fuel and Vehicle Odyssey Day: On Oct. 18 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Lansing Community College’s West Campus, GLACC and LCC will host an Odyssey Day event to showcase alternative fuel vehicles and related advanced technologies. Sessions will include eco-driving, the history of electric drive, highlights from LCC’s automotive program, alternative fuel and vehicle deployment in Michigan, biofuels in Michigan, and the reality of peak oil and resource depletion.
NEF Tackles Tech Trends And Innovation: Is your company the next Twitter or the next Bebo? The Ann Arbor New Enterprise Forum October panel will zero in on disruptive software technologies to help sort out which new ideas are fundable — and which are not. Panelists include prolific business builder Keith Brophy, Doug Neal, executive director at the UM Center for Entrepreneurship, and James Sanders II, vice president of digital at Hart Associates. The moderator is tech and entrepreneurship veteran Dick Beedon. The showcase presentation will come from HistoSonics, a medical device company that is developing histotripsy, a non-invasive, image guided, and robotic tissue ablation technology that was licensed from the University of Michigan that will replace traditional surgical and minimally invasive methods to reduce patient trauma and health care costs. The venue is the usual, the Holiday Inn North Campus, 3600 Plymouth Road at US-23 in Ann Arbor. Registration and networking begin at 5 p.m. with the program at 5:45. The program is free to NEF members, $5 for students and $20 for others. More at www.NewEnterpriseForum.org.
UM Presents SUMIT_2012: Cyber Security in an Ever-Changing World: Register now for SUMIT_2012, the University of Michigan’s annual symposium to raise awareness and educate the community on cybersecurity. The Security at UM in IT (SUMIT) conference presents a rare opportunity to hear nationally recognized experts discuss the latest cyber security trends and threats. The event runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 19 at Rackham Auditorium, 915 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor. More at http://safecomputing.umich.edu/events/sumit12/
BBCetc Offers SBIR-STTR Proposal Training: Courses on writing winning grant proposals to federal agencies under the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer grants are coming up this month around Michigan, run by BBCetc. Proposal Prep for the National Science Foundation will be held Oct. 11 at Southwest Michigan First, 241 E. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is $75 for Michigan-based companies and $150 for others. The training will also be offered Oct. 30 in Ann Arbor at the BBC office, 803 N. Main, Ann Arbor. Proposal Prep for the National Institutes of Health will be held Oct. 16 at BBC in Ann Arbor from 9 a.m. to 3 pm. at the same cost. An SBIR-STTR 101 Introduction and Overview course will be taught from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Michigan Tech Advanced Development Complex, 1402 E. Sharon Ave. in Houghton. The same course will be offered at TechTown, 440 E. Burroughs St. in Detroit, from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 25. The course is $50 for Michigan companies and $100 for others. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (734) 930-9741.
TechTown Presents ‘Diary of an Entrepreneur’: Ever wonder “how they did it?” Well, here’s your opportunity to learn from one of the region’s most successful entrepreneurs. On Thursday, Nov. 1, Vince Thomas, founder and CEO of Troy-based Billhighway, a provider of cloud-based financial management solutions tailor-made for nonprofit, donor and member-based organizations, will talk candidly about the ups and downs of his entrepreneurial journey, paying special attention to the most-important lessons learned. Vince’s discussion will be followed by Q&A and networking. The event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Co., 3695 Woodward Ave., Detroit. The cost to attend this event is $15. Appetizers and a complimentary beverage are included. For more information on TechTown’s programs, visit www.techtowndetroit.org.
C/D/H Presents A SharePoint Virtual Summit: Learn the latest on today’s hottest SharePoint topics with C/D/H partner Mark Becker in a Webinar Oct. 17 from 2 to 3 p.m. Eastern time. The online session using Microsoft Lync costs $20. Becker has worked with SharePoint since 2001, participated in Microsoft’s Office 2013 Technology Adoption Program, and will be attending SharePoint Conference in Las Vegas. The program includes a sneak peek at the new version and information on how and when to migrate. To register, visit www.cdh.com/registration?selectedSeminar=111.