GLEQ Sets Crowdfunding, Ask-the-Investors Events: The Great Lakes Entrepreneurs Quest is giving current and would-be entrepreneurs the opportunity to learn about the impact that crowdfunding legislation will have on your ability to reach investors. Participants can also ask investors questions and get answers to position their venture for funding. Hear from Remos Lenio, principal, DWH; Jeff VanWinkle, attorney, Clark Hill, and Ken Kousky, president, BlueWater Angels, what they are thinking and get their advice on what to be watching for next. Talk with Jack Ahrens from TGap Ventures; Adrian Fortino, First Step Fund, and Mark Hooper, Capital City Community Angels, about what they look for when they make investments. The events will take place Tuesday, Oct. 30 at Bizdom, 1555 Broadway, in Detroit; Thursday, Nov. 1 at the Lansing Economic Area Partnership, 500 E. Michigan Ave., Suite 202, East Lansing; and Thursday, Nov. 8 at Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Drive, Ann Arbor. More at http://gleq.net/gleq/events.aspx.
Local Organization Plans Cyber Security Class: The Washtenaw County Cyber Citizenship Coalition (WC4) is hosting a class on how to protect your business from cyber-attack. “Cyber Security for Business 101” will be led by local cyber security professionals Joe Eastman, adjunct faculty at Eastern Michigan University and Jeff Haller, an information assurance consultant. “Understanding how vulnerable you are to attack and what you can do about it today is the first step to protecting your computers and data,” says class facilitator Noël Quiton, an Information Assurance Independent Trainer. The first class will take place on Oct. 29 at the Spark East Business Incubator, 215 W. Michigan Ave., with the session starting at 9 a.m. and parking nearby at Michigan and Hamilton. A second class will be held on November 12 at the Ann Arbor Chamber of Commerce, 115 W. Huron, third floor; the session starts at 9 a.m. with parking at First and Huron. The classes will cover topics ranging from demonstrations on how easy it is for any business to become a target of a cyber-attack and what it looks like to get hacked, to providing insight on what happens when bad guys get in your system. A question and answer session will follow the discussion. Get information on simple steps you can take to make your computers and data less of a target as well as details about what to do if your business becomes a victim. Founded in 2009, the mission of WC4 is to raise awareness and provide county residents with the tools and resources to be good cyber citizens. Coalition members include members of local, state and federal agencies who are involved in keeping residents and businesses safe online. WC4 strives to empower community members through awareness and education to use the Internet and related technology safely and securely. Participants are encouraged to pre-register. For the October 29 class, visit: http://wc4-october.eventbrite.com. For the November 12 class, visit: http://wc4-november.eventbrite.com