HDI Motown Offers Leadership Seminar: If you have always wanted to take your team to the next level, or wanted to fine tune your skills, this workshop is for you. The HDI Motown Chapter will present a free workshop; Franklin Covey’s Leading at the Speed of Trust, Friday, July 12, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Michigan First Credit Union, 27000 Evergreen Road in Lathrup Village. Leading at the Speed of Trust is a highly interactive workshop that engages leaders at all levels in the real work of identifying and closing the trust gaps that exist in your organization. Instead of paying outrageous “Trust Taxes,” your organization can begin to realize “Trust Dividends.” Doing business at the “speed of trust” dramatically lowers costs, speeds up results, and increases profits and influence. RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/event/7187458883#. The HDI Motown Chapter is a community of technology service and support professionals that provides regular opportunities for its members to network, exchange best practices and enhance their skills through sponsored training and relevant educational programs.
The fine folks at the Great Lakes Entrepreneurs Quest provide an excellent monthly calendar of entrepreneurial and venture events in Michigan. Here are some for July that weren’t on the WWJ Technology Calendar… until I got the email Sunday. Now they will be. Thanks to Diane Durance and www.gleq.org.
Motor City Connect Live Sets Troy Brown Bag Tuesday, July 9: Join the business professionals of Motor City Connect for an effective and fun alternative to the traditional networking meeting from 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Byte and Mortar, 2609 Crooks Road in Troy. This is a chance for everyone to come face-to-face with other MCC members. MCC Live lunches are relaxed, casual and usually good for a few laughs. Instead of going to a restaurant, we will visit the office of an MCC member. Ideally, the Troy meeting will rotate. For now, MCC is grateful that the good folks of Prudential has offered to host this month. You will be responsible for your own lunch. More at http://motorcityconnect.groupsite.com.
GRIN Monthly Meeting Covers ‘Marketing for a Reason’ Tuesday, July 9: This Grand Rapids Inventors Network (GRIN) monthly meeting is a great opportunity to meet those with similar concerns around inventing and formulating a business. Topic for the July meeting is “GR Makers – The GET-ER-DONE Folks.” The event runs from 6 to 8 p.m. in Room 119 of the Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences, Grand Valley State University, 301 Michigan St. NE. More at www.grinventors.org.
Social Media Summer School – LinkedIn Tuesday, July 9: Mastering LinkedIn is not as complicated as you think. Make the most out of your time on the world’s most popular social network for business. Maximize your company page, convert connections into sales, and more! Learn tips and tricks to leverage this powerful sales, marketing, human resources and professional development tool for your business. The meeting runs from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber, 380 W. Western Ave., Suite 202, Muskegon. More at http://web.muskegon.org/events/eventdetail.aspx?EventID=3018
A Roadmap To Community Solar: Tuesdays, July 9, 16, 23 and 30: The Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center (MAREC) presents “A Roadmap to Community Solar,” a four-week speaker series to help participants learn how to launch a community solar project. Community solar allows individuals and organizations to develop renewable energy by pooling resources, reducing individual risk, and maximizing the benefits of solar energy for local communities. The programs run each Tuesday from 6 to 9 p.m. at Tuesdays, July 9, 16, 23 and 30, 6-9 p.m. MAREC, 200 Viridian Drive, Muskegon. More at http://bit.ly/15SQFtJ
Open Offie Hourse – Chat with Charlie @ TechTown Thursday, July 11: Are you an entrepreneur working on a technology-based or -enabled business? Do you want to get an expert’s opinion on your big idea, or are you seeking direction on how to secure funding, line up resources, make connections or more? Charlie Moret (http://www.linkedin.com/pub/charlie-moret/4/5a3/352) wants to help. He’ll be available from 9 a.m. to noon at TechTown, 440 Burroughs St., Detroit. More at http://techtowndetroit.org/
Inventors’ Council of Mid-Michigan Monthly Meeting Thursday, July 11: This monthly meeting to help inventors pursue their dreams of bringing new and innovative products to market includes networking time, guest speaker and time for members to showcase new products. Everyone is welcome. The meeting runs from 7 to 9 p.m. at Walli’s, 1341 S. Center Road, Burton. More at www.inventorscouncil.org.
Entre-SLAM Coming To Detroit Thursday, July 11: Entre-SLAM, the hit storytelling competition for entrepreneurs (as seen in Fortune/CNN and heard on NPR), is finally coming to the Big D, and Bizdom is thrilled to be its community sponsor. Don’t miss a chance to mix it up with the brightest, boldest, baddest risk-takers in Detroit. Kick back, relax and take in an evening of great food, entertainment and unforgettable stories of hope and triumph. The program runs from 7 to 9 p.m. at Bleu Detroit, 1540 Woodward Ave., Detroit. More at www.entreslam.com.
The Ins and Outs of SBIR/STTR Funding – Is your Technology a Fit? Thursday, July 11: Join nationally recognize SBIR/STTR expert, Lisa Kurek, for this introduction to the government’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs which make over $2.4 billion in high-risk, non-dilutive capital available to innovative small companies annually. The program runs from 2 to 5 p.m. at Spark Central, 330 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor. More at www.bbcetc.com/training.
Brighton Chamber Sets Venture Plan Thursdays, July 11, 18, 25 and Aug. 1, 15: Learn the fundamentals of entrepreneurship as you get your small business up and running. Venture Plan is a five-week program for starting your business, recognizing that you need a plan to chart your course. From the initial steps of clarifying your goals and business concept to setting up your operations, marketing and financial planning, this workshop-based course guides you through the business planning process. The program runs on Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Greater Brighton Area Chamber of Commerce, Brighton. More at www.misbtdc.net/events.aspx.
Flint Gets Venture Plan 8-Week Boot Camp Wednesdays, July 17 thorugh Sept. 4: Venture Plan is a long term training program for starting or growing your business, recognizing that you need a plan to chart your course. The 8-week “boot camp” will help you clarify your goals and business concept, evaluate the potential for your idea, and guide you through operations, marketing and financial planning. Whether you are considering starting a business or already running one, Venture Plan can help you shape your company for growth. ednesdays from 6 to 9 p.m. at the I-69 Trade Corridor Regional Office, Kettering University, Flint. More at www.misbtdc.net/events.aspx.
West Shore Inventor/Entrepreneur Network Monthly Meeting Monday, July 22: The West Shore Inventor/Entrepreneur Network (WIN) supports inventors and entrepreneurs in the Lake/Manistee/Mason/Oceana County region. Monthly meetings offer peer support, confidential idea reviews, and advice about the invention, patenting and promotion process. WIN also teams up with local, regional and statewide business development organizations to refer members for help with writing a business plan, marketing research and access to capital. The meeting runs from 6 to 8 p.m. at the West Shore Community College, Schoenherr Campus Center, Muskegon. More by calling (231) 843-5903.
Social Media Summer School – Facebook/Twitter Tuesday, July 23: Learn the difference between a personal Facebook profile and a company Facebook page and how to effectively use both to grow your business. Plus…how important and easy is it to include Twitter in your social media marketing? A panel discussion on best business practices for both platforms. The session runs from 8 to 9:30 .m. at the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber, 380 W. Western Ave., Suite 202, Muskegon. More at http://web.muskegon.org/events/eventdetail.aspx?EventID=3018.
MichBio Sets BioMixer Thursday, July 25: Come network with your peers, make new connections and talk bio biz in a casual setting hosted by a MichBio member. This month’s BioMixer sponsored by MPI Research. The session runs from 5 to 7 p.m. at MPI Research, Mattawan. More at www.michbio.org.
2012 Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition Tuesday, Nov. 12 through Thursday, Nov. 14: The Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition event showcasing the best of brightest concepts to investment capital to help foster their growth in Michigan. More at www.acceleratemichigan.org.