Southwest Michigan PTAC Holds Meet the Buyer: Construction Event: On Oct. 22, the Southwest Michigan Procurement Technical Assistance Center will hold a special event to educate local businesses on governmental contractors who are buying construction services in South and West Michigan. “Meet the Buyer: Construction” will be held on October 22 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Fetzer Center on the campus of Western Michigan University, 2350 Business Court, Kalamazoo. The special event is hosted by Southwest Michigan PTAC, PTAC of South Central Michigan and Muskegon Area First PTAC. Presenters include Kelly Clarke, Executive Director of the Land Bank, and Daniel Argentati from the Michigan Fair Contracting Center discussing the Davis Bacon Act. Mayor Peter Strazdas, City of Portage, will deliver the opening remarks. Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet with purchasing and business development professionals from The Austin Co., the City of Kalamazoo, the City of Portage, Kalamazoo County, Kalamazoo County Road Commission, Western Michigan University, as well as other construction-related contractors on teaming possibilities. Pre-registration is required. Email Kim Bourner at with the subject line: “Meet the Buyer: Construction,” including attendee name, business name, business address (street, city, state and zip code), phone, email and permission to share contact information with other attendees. The Southwest Michigan Procurement Technical Assistance Center is one of Michigan’s 11 not-for-profit centers around the state dedicated to enhance national defense and economic development in the State of Michigan by assisting Michigan businesses in obtaining and performing on federal, state and local government contracts. Through our seminars, events, consultations and training, we work to help local businesses succeed in the government marketplace. The Southwest Michigan Procurement Technical Assistance Center is hosted by Southwest Michigan First, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and the federal government. Learn more at

Expetec Rochester Hills Sponsors Telecom Technology Events: On Nov. 1, Expetec Technology Services of Rochester Hills will sponsor two events explaining and showcasing new telecom technology that will increase business sales. An iPad will be given away at each event and will take place in Troy at Automation Alley Headquarters at 2675 Bellingham Drive. Beginning at 9 a.m. there will be open networking. A presentation at 10 a.m. will be presented to business owners, presidents, CEOs and CFOs. The afternoon presentation will begin at 2 p.m. and target IT firms that may be interested in learning how to add additional revenue of approximately 10 to 14 percent per month for the length of the contract. By using their current customer base and introducing them to telephone and internet service from companies like Windstream, Comcast, ATT, and various other providers. Windstream will be present to talk about their products and explain how IT companies can make additional revenue selling their allworx phone system as part of the package. Expetec has been in business for eight years and continues to grow. The technology company saw a 20 percent increase in business in 2012 pushing past their projected growth. VOIP requests, among their other solutions, contributed to that growth. Expetec Rochester Hills offers a technology bundle for new businesses that include an Allworx VOIP phone system with 10 phones, eight Dell desktop PC’s, two Dell Laptops, Sonicwall TZ 100 Firewall, A netgear 24 port POE switch, wireless Access Point, Dell Server with operating system and exchange, off site back up from Carbonite. Carbonite is a cloud based system that automatically and securely backs up business computers, hard drives, and NAS devices. For more information contact Expetec of Rochester Hills or visit them on the web at or (248) 218-5018.


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