Ann Arbor Spark Presents OpenCoffee
Tuesday, June 4: Ann Arbor Spark will present its monthly OpenCoffee event from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at Spark Central, 330 E. Liberty, Lower Level, Ann Arbor. This is a networking event for entrepreneurs, investors and those who work with innovation businesses, particularly in IT, cleantech and life sciences. More at

Ann Arbor Spark Presents Selling Smart Workshop
Wednesday, June 5: Ann Arbor Spark will present its monthly Selling Smart Workshop on “Increase Your Pipeline with Networking Finesse” from 9 to 11 a.m. at Spark Central, 330 E. Liberty St., Lower Levle, Ann Arbor. Each of the Workshop events will include an hour of practice selling, followed by an hour presentation on a different sales topic. More at

Ann Arbor Spark Presents BioArbor
Wednesday, June 5: Ann Arbor Spark will present its monthly BioArbor meeting for biotech professionals in the Ann Arbor area from 5 to 7 p.m. at Spark Central, 330 E. Liberty St., Lower Level, Ann Arbor. This meeting will discuss a new personalized medicine world from where the science has led us, to what hurdles need to be overcome, and the policies that are required so that personalized medicine becomes a more widely adopted part of our approach to addressing global health issues. More at

Ann Arbor Spark Presents HR Management For Non-HR Managers
Thursday, June 6: Ann Arbor Spark will present “Leading HR When It’s Not Your Day Job” on Thursday, June 6 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Spark Central, 330 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor. This meeting is training for business professionals who are responsible for human resources yet are not deeply trained HR specialists. This is two-part series is to learn about recruiting and retaining your organization’s talent. More at

Ann Arbor Spark Presents The Michigan Energy Forum
Thursday, June 6: Ann Arbor Spark will present its monthly Michigan Energy Forum on “Brownfield Development for Power Generation” from 5 to 7 p.m. at Spark Central, 330 E. Liberty St., Lower Level, Ann Arbor. The meeting will feature a panel discussion and networking event on “Renewable Energy on Brownfields and Landfills.” The panel will discuss opportunities and key issues associated with renewable energy generation on contaminated land and will touch on opportunities for entrepreneurs, installations in Michigan, the larger national market and policies that could shape the industry’s development in the state of Michigan. More at

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Set to Celebrate Opening of Washtenaw Ave. Non-Motorized Path: City and county officials, business leaders, and representatives from the Michigan Department of Transportation have scheduled a ribbon cutting for Friday, June 7, from 10 to 10:45 a.m., to celebrate the completion of a non-motorized path improvement. The 10-foot-wide path improvement provides an off-road path for bikers and pedestrians to more safely traverse the US-23 interchange at Washtenaw Avenue. The new path runs from Yost near Arborland Mall under US-23 to Carpenter Road, and is between the city of Ann Arbor and Pittsfield Township. The ribbon cutting will take place along the section of path nearest the Chili’s parking lot in Arborland. ReImagine Washtenaw is a multi-jurisdictional land use planning and public transit initiative to transform the corridor from auto-focused, to a safe, multi-modal, public transit-enhanced corridor, with new, high-quality mixed-use development, enhanced transit service and amenities, resulting in a corridor with sense of place. Professional staff planners and elected officials from the cities of Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti and Pittsfield and Ypsilanti Townships have been leading this effort. Additional partners, including the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority, Michigan Department of Transportation, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Regional Chamber of Commerce, and the Washtenaw Area Transportation Study, are also collaborating to take the county’s most congested and auto-centric road, and turn it in to a high-functioning, multi-modal corridor. For more information contact Nathan Voght, in the Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development, at or 734-222-3860, or visit

GVSU To Host Workshop On Buying Or Selling A Business: Business owners and others wanting to learn more about acquiring or selling a business can hear from area experts at a workshop, “How to Buy or Sell a Business,” June 13. The workshop, sponsored in part by the Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center (MI-SBTDC) housed at Grand Valley State University, features presentations from a panel of experienced professionals and sessions covering specific challenges and opportunities. The event will run from 8 a.m. to noon June 13 in the Hager Auditorium at Grand Valley’s Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences on East Michigan St. in Grand Rapids. The event is free for veterans and $75 for others. The workshop is also sponsored by H&S Companies, U.S. Small Business Administration, Wells Fargo, MiBiz, Michigan Business Brokers Association, Pure Michigan and Michigan Economic Development Corp. To register or for more information, call (616) 331-7370 or visit

Oakland County NO HAZ Household Hazardous Waste Collection Set for June 15 in Rochester: Residents of the 12 North Oakland Household Hazardous Waste (NO HAZ) communities have another chance to get rid of their household hazardous waste this spring on June 15 at Oakland University in Rochester. The collection is from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. and will be held in the Foundation Hall parking lot that runs along Squirrel Road. It is open to residents of Addison Township, Groveland Township, Lake Angelus, Lake Orion, Leonard, Oakland Township, Orion Township, Oxford, Oxford Township, Rochester, Rochester Hills and Waterford Township. Residents should bring identification with their current address included in order to participate. Items collected at the NO HAZ events include: household paints and stains, antifreeze, gasoline, kitchen and bath cleaners and polishes, mercury and mercury thermometers, aerosols, pesticides, herbicides and computer and electronic equipment. For a more comprehensive list of accepted materials, or for additional disposal information, visit the NO HAZ website at, or call the NO HAZ Hotline at 248-858-5656. Residents of the following communities must pay $10 to participate: Addison Township, Groveland Township, Leonard, Oakland Township, and Rochester Hills. The fee will be collected at the site in exact cash or a check made payable to: Oakland County NO HAZ. Participants also must fill out a registration form that bills the remainder of the collection fee to their communities. The form is available at the site or online at, where it can be downloaded and filled out in advance. Waterford Township residents must obtain a voucher from the township hall before the collection. The voucher can be purchased for $10 on the third floor of town hall at the building department counter, 5200 Civic Center Drive. Quantities are limited and are on a first come first served basis. Residents of Lake Angelus, Oxford, Oxford Township, and Rochester must obtain a free voucher from their community offices in advance.  Residents of Lake Orion and Orion Township participate for free. No voucher is required. Residents of non-participating communities may participate in NO HAZ events for $60, paid at the event. They may also want to contact their city, village or township offices to see if any other programs are available. Two fall collection events are planned: Sept. 7 at Oakland Community College-Highland Lakes and Sept. 28 at Wildwood of Orion Township.


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