TROY — Automation Alley, Michigan’s largest technology business association, has extended the deadline to submit nominations for its 13th Annual Awards Gala to Friday, July 12.

The Awards Gala, to be held Friday, Sept. 13 from 6 to 11 p.m. at The Henry hotel in Dearborn, recognizes the most creative, innovative and forward-thinking individuals and organizations in Southeast Michigan’s technology community.

“It has been a banner year for the Automation Alley community, which represents nearly 1,000 companies and organizations across Southeast Michigan,” said Automation Alley Executive Director Ken Rogers. “We’ve seen some groundbreaking new technologies and some impressive milestones met. If the initial flow of nominations is any indication, the list of worthy candidates could easily increase. As a result, we are extending the nomination deadline two more weeks.”

Award categories include Automation Alley Member of the Year, Educational Program of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, Global Trader of the Year and Technology Company of the Year.

The event will feature networking with top executives, decision-makers and members of the Southeast Michigan business community, a gourmet dinner and an afterglow with live entertainment, dancing, a cigar lounge and much more.

To nominate an individual or organization, visit and fill out the application form. Eligibility criteria for each award category is also available online.

Award recipients will be announced at the Awards Gala. Finalists must be present at the ceremony to accept an award. Completed nomination forms must be received by Friday, July 12 at close of business. Nominator information will not be released. Nomination forms will not be returned to applicants. Late nominations will not be accepted.

Last year’s winners included Automation Alley Member of the Year Laura Oliveto, Basso Design Group; Educational Program of the Year Fifth Core World Language & Culture Program (Oxford Community Schools); Entrepreneur of the Year Jake Sigal, Livio Radio; Global Trader of the Year Dan Kocks, Global Impact Group, MFG; and Technology Company of the Year GalaxE.Solutions Inc.

The price to attend the Awards Gala is $175 per person for members and finalists and $200 per person for non-members.

For more information, contact the Automation Alley Resource Center at (800) 427-5100 or

Since its founding in 1999, Automation Alley has expanded to include nearly 1,000 businesses, educational institutions and government entities from the city of Detroit and the surrounding eight-county region. Automation Alley promotes regional prosperity through entrepreneurial and exporting assistance, workforce development and technology acceleration.

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