Macomb-OU INCubator Sets Capital Raise Meetup: The Macomb-OU INCubator at Velocity Center in Sterling Heights will host its next Capital Raise Meetup from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 5 at the center, 6633 18 Mile Road in Sterling Heights. If you are a startup or early-stage growth-based business looking for funding, come meet and listen to capital expert, Mike Brennan. He will detail the various capital sources in Michigan, and talk about how to properly position your company to be qualified for private funding, including private equity, the angel network and venture capital, and/or public funding, including grants, pre-seed, micro-loans and venture match. Brennan will provide a group presentation, as well as individually help each present company to determine their needs. To register for this free event, please contact Joan Carleton at or (586) 884-9324.

Automation Alley hosts defense opportunities seminar: Automation Alley, Michigan’s largest technology business association, will host a seminar on defense opportunities Feb. 28 from 8:30 a.m. to noon to assist local companies interested in learning about defense industry-related opportunities available through an Automation Alley membership. Featured speakers at the event will include Jennifer Tisdale, Procurement Counselor, Procurement Technical Assistance Center of Schoolcraft College; Dan Raubinger, Director, Defense and Manufacturing, Automation Alley; and Marie Gapinski, Associate Director, TACOM Life Cycle Management Commanders’ Office of Small Business Programs. The program will conclude with a Q-and-A period and networking. There is no cost to attend for Automation Alley members, however, advanced registration is appreciated. Cost for non-members is $10 with pre-registration, or $20 at the door. Pre-registration closes Feb. 26 at close of business. To register, visit For more information, contact the Automation Alley Resource Center at (800) 427-5100 or

Saginaw Future Sets Annual Awards luncheon: Saginaw Future will be holding its annual awards luncheon on Friday, Feb. 15. The program begins with registration at 11 a.m., lunch at 11:30 and the program at 11:55, all at the Horizons Conference Center, 6200 State St. in Saginaw. Speaker Laurent Bresson, president and COO of Nexteer Automotive, will give a presentation on Nexteer’s turnaround and its commitment to community. Saginaw Future will be honoring 35 projects from 2012 valued at nearly $241 million that created and retained nearly 1,100 jobs. ‘Driving the Future!’ is this year’s theme, which refers to rejuvenated traditional industries and new technology being developed in Saginaw County and the Great Lakes Bay Region. Established in 1992, Saginaw Future Inc. is a public-private alliance of local businesses, the County of Saginaw, City of Saginaw, 14 local municipalities and the Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce. SFI’s strategic partners also include education, labor and government. More at


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