WWJ Tech Calendar
Business Leaders for Michigan 2014 Leadership Summit
Monday, March 10: “Building a New Michigan” is the theme of this year’s Business Leaders for Michigan Leadership Summit. Hear directly from industry leaders about the progress made on the Michigan Turnaround Plan’s New Michigan strategy and what more can be done to grow a healthy economy. Reports and discussion about: Gateway to the Midwest, Global Center of Mobility, Natural Resources Economy, Global Engineering Village, Life Sciences Hub and Higher Education Marketplace. The event runs from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center at Michgan State University, East Lansing. More at http://www.businessleadersformichigan.com/events.
Ann Arbor Spark Sets OpenCoffee
Tuesday, March 11: Ann Arbor Spark will host its own OpenCoffee event from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at Spark Central, 330 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor. This is strictly a networking event for entrepreneurs, investors, and those who work with innovation businesses. Come mingle with fellow community members while enjoying a bagel and coffee. Whether you are looking to meet potential employers, employees, new business partners, or just simply want to expand your networks, this event fosters connections on all levels. As always, bring your business cards. Mighty Good Coffee will be provided, compliments of Spark. More at this link.
SBIR Training In East Lansing
Tuesday, March 11: East Lansing’s Technology Innovation Center will host SBIR/STTR 101 Introduction and Overview. Attendees will learn the basics of the federal government’s Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer program, including program purpose, eligibility, sources of funding and tools for proposal development. It is designed to provide enough information for attendees to determine if they would like to seriously pursue a grant or contract proposal. The event runs from 9 a.m. to noon at the TIC, 325 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing. More at http://www.bbcetc.com.
Macomb-OU Sets Capital Raise Meetup
Tuesday, March 11: If you are a startup or early-stage growth-based business looking for funding, come meet and listen to capital expert, Mike Brennan, Business Commercialization and Capital Investment Advisor for the Macomb-OU INCubator. 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 or public funding, including grants, pre-seed, micro-loans and venture match. The event runs from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Macomb-OU INCubator at Velocity, 6633 18 Mile Road, Sterling Heights. More by emailing macINC@oakland.edu.
Motor City Connect Live – Novi
Tuesday, March 11: Join the business professionals of Motor City Connect for an effective and fun alternative to the traditional networking meeting. This is a chance for everyone to come face-to-face with other MCC members. No sixty-second commercials. No ten-minute speakers. This is just a chance to break bread together, meet new people, seek to understand their needs and connect on a new level. The event runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at BD’s Mongolian BBQ, 43155 Main Street, Novi. More at http://motorcityconnect.groupsite.com
Ann Arbor Spark Hosts Michigan Marketing Minds
Tuesday, March 11: Ann Arbor Spark will host its monthly Michigan Marketing Minds on “Women-Owned & Minority Business: Bringing Distinctive Solutions to the Market” from 5 to 7 p.m. at Spark Central, 330 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor. More at this link. Michigan Marketing Minds will be streamed live at
http://www.annarborusa.org/live-events/index.html. You can watch the event and ask questions right from your computer if you can’t attend the event. If you were unable to participate in the live webcast, visit http://www.annarborusa.org/events/video-library/ to view this and all recorded events. Final video should be available within 48 hours of the live event.
GRIN Sets SEO Meeting
Tuesday, March 11: The Grand Rapids Inventors Network (GRIN) presents this monthly meeting, March’s topic focuses search engine optimization. The guest speaker is Paul Kortman of Connex Social. The event runs from 6 to 8 p.m. at Grand Valley State University’s Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences, 301 Michigan St. NE, Room 119, Grand Rapids. More at
SCORE Sets Social Media Workshop
Wednesday, March 12: SCORE is presenting its first Social Media workshop. The program is an informative and educational workshop that will include the topics of Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google Plus and e-mail marketing. Thee vent runs from 8:45 a.m. to noon at the Northwest Activities Center, 18100 Meyers, Detroit. More at http://detroit.score.org/localworkshops.
CEED Microloan Orientation Set
Wednesdays, March 12, 19: Many small businesses face obstacles when trying to obtain a business loan. The recognition of the serious need for working capital for existing businesses, start-up or expansion, equipment purchases, and job creation is not the priority it once was. If you have a need for alternative financing consider the MicroLoan Program. Discover the requirements and process necessary to apply and obtain a microloan. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 163 Madison St., Detroit. More at https://www.misbtdc.net/workshop.aspx?ekey=90340017. Repeats Wednesday, March 19 at this location, and Wednesday, March 12 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Oakland County Business Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township.
Innovation Club for Entrepreneurs
Wednesday, March 12: Mentoring: How to Find One and How to Be One. Join ICE for their monthly meeting to get up to date on what’s happening with other entrepreneurs, learn about relevant topics and be seen. The event runs from 6 to 8 p.m. at the MARC, 4675 Okemos Road in Okemos. more at http://www.meetup.com/ICE-meetup
2nd Annual Great Lakes Business Intelligence & BI Summit
Thursday, March 13: WIT Inc. will host the Second Annual Great Lakes Business Intelligence & Big Data Summit March 13 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Troy Marriott, 200 W. Big Beaver Road. This year, there will be three tracks of presentations offered, separated into two tracks of BI case studies and best practices and one track of technology innovations from companies such as Qliktech, Informatica, Hortonworks, Microsoft and iDashboards. Keynote speakers will include Rebecca D. Costa, sociobiologist, and author of “The Watchman’s Rattle” and Gary Robinson, Program Director for IBM’s Big Data organization. Cost $129. More at http://www.greatlakesbisummit.com/2014.
UM-Dearborn Sets Wireless Power Transfer Event
Thursday, March 13: The University of Michigan Dearborn will host a March 13 “Distinguished Lecturer Workshop” on wireless power transfer at the UM-D Institute for Advanced Vehicle Systems, 4901 Evergreen Road in Dearborn. The workshop is sponsored by IEEE, ANSYS, and the GATE Center for Electric Drive Transportation. Seven distinguished speakers will discuss the latest progress in wireless charging for electric vehicle applications. Topics include wireless charging systems for EVs; the research and development history of “Online Electric Vehicles,” or OLEVs; simulation-driven product development for wireless power transfer; optimization of a high power wireless EV charger; methods for the study of wireless power transfer; how to create an ecosystem for dynamic wireless charging of electrified vehicles; recent advances in circuit topologies, mathematical modeling, and system design, control, and implementation; and coupled electromagnetic and thermal simulation for high power wireless power transfer. To register, visit http://www.cvent.com/d/74q1q1/1Q. The cost of $100 includes breakfast, lunch and an evening reception.
Start Garden Hosts Story Night
Thursday, March 13: Thanks to the success of last month’s story night, Start Garden is bringing it back! Submit a one paragraph synopsis of a personal experience surrounding the premise: “The best day of my startup to date was…” to firstname.lastname@example.org. Describe a day in the life of your startup that you now look back on as one of the best days you’ve experienced as an entrepreneur. Try to begin your story in the morning and end in the evening. Enjoy a drink (or two) while listening to fellow trailblazers talk about what they’ve learned along the way. The event runs from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Start Garden, 50 Louis Ave., 1st floor, Grand Rapids. More at http://www.StartGarden.com.
Detroitnet.org Sets Pink Slip Party
Thursday, March 13: Detroitnet.org, the agenda-free networking group for information technology professionals in the Detroit area, will hold its bi-annual Pink Slip Party at St Andrew’s Hall in Detroit on March 13 (that’s 313 day!) from 5 to 9 p.m. Although anyone in the IT industry is welcome, the invitation is extended specifically to professionals and jobseekers in IT and professionals interested in this growing field. As always, the event is free, there will be no speakers, and names will not be sold. Recruiters and hiring managers will be tagged with a lanyard and the open-floor concept is highly conducive to networking and interaction. Job seekers are asked to merely bring business cards as resumes are not being accepted. There will be an open bar and light snacks will be provided. Recruiters and hiring managers are being asked to RSVP to email@example.com. There is no cost. More at http://www.detroitnet.org, and mais oui they’re on LinkedIn as DetroitNet.org and Twitter at http://twitter.com/detroitnet.
Inventors’ Council of MidMichigan Monthly Meeting
Thursday, March 13: Guest speaker Trevor Winn, Business Librarian at the Grand Blanc District Library Business Center, will explain the electronic resources available at the library via the State of Michigan database. This monthly meeting includes networking time, guest speaker and time for members to showcase new products. The event runs from 7 to 9 p.m. at Walli’s, 1341 S. Center Road, Burton. More at http://www.inventorscouncil.org.
Building WMU – Industry Research Partnerships to Secure Federal Funding for Your Technology
Friday, March 14: This interactive session will explore funding programs for translational research, university spin-out companies, and small business product development. It will cover new programs for tech transfer at NSF, NIH, and other federal agencies, as well as the well-known SBIR and STTR programs that award $2+ billion annually in R&D funding to small business. Plenty of time for questions, discussion and networking. The event runs from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Western Michigan University Haworth College of Business, 3110 Schneider Hall, Kalamazoo. More at
Monday, March 17: Jason Mendelson, Sustaining and Nurturing a Startup Ecosystem. Jason Mendelson is the managing director and co-founder of the Foundry Group, a hugely successful Boulder, Colo. venture fund. Mendelson will be back in downtown Detroit for an interactive chat about entrepreneurship in the city. Join in for what’s sure to be a lively and thought-provoking evening. The event runs from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at TechTown Detroit, 440 Burroughs St., Detroit. More at http://bit.ly/1fez5bR.
Business Law & Order Covers Basics of Formation
Monday, March 17: Ann Arbor Spark’s Business Law & Order event will cover the basics of business formation from 5 to 7 p.m. at Spark Central, 330 E. Liberty, Ann Arbor. In honor of St. Patty’s day, and the launch of our new format, we will be celebrating the program with brew choices from our Business Law & Order planning committee. So join us for a beer, get some free legal advice, and learn a thing or two at this special edition of our Business Law & Order program. Among other issues, we will compare the pros and cons to LLC, C-Corp, and other corporate forms as well as touch on important tax management considerations that every entrepreneur should be aware of. We are also pleased to be able to offer legal office hours for the first 30 minutes of each program. Don’t know where to start with your startup legal issues? Bring your questions to our esteemed panel of attorneys to help you develop a game plan on any topic. To sign up for these office hours, please register for the program and we will contact you to set up a time slot. If there are slots available the evening of the program, they will be available on a first come first served basis. Business Law & Order will be streamed live at http://www.annarborusa.org/live-events/index.html. More at http://www.annarborusa.org/events/business-training-entrepreneurs-spark-events/business-law-order-basics-formation.
Motor City Connect Live – Utica
Tuesday, March 18: Join the business professionals of Motor City Connect for an effective and fun alternative to the traditional networking meeting. This is a chance for everyone to come face-to-face with other MCC members 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. The event runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Red Ox Tavern, 45411 Park Ave., Utica. More at http://motorcityconnect.groupsite.com.
Lunch & Learn – Protecting Trade Secrets.
Tuesday, March 18: Join in for lunch as William DeGenero presents on intellectual property, specifically trade secrets as the basis for a company’s competitive position. Entrepreneurs create valuable trade secrets as the basis for their differentiation and the secrets are often the target of competitors. Misappropriation of trade secrets is a serious threat to all business but especially to startups. Entrepreneurs need to understand how to assess the threat and implement a trade secret protection program. The event runs from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the MTEC SmartZone, 600 E. Lakeshore Drive, Houghton. More at http://www.mtecsz.com/?q=node/456.
Innovator’s Spotlight Featuring Bob Fish
Tuesday, March 18: Attend this luncheon and hear from Biggby Coffee founder and MiQuest founding Board Member Bob Fish. Bob will share his journey as an ambitious, vision focused entrepreneur and answer questions for those in attendance. Spotlights are meant to connect area entrepreneurs with successful and connected innovators that are committed to giving back. The event runs from noon to 1 p.m. at the MidMichigan Innovation Center, 2007 Austin St., Midland. More at http://www.mmic.us/events.
Do I need to Protect my Idea?
Tuesday, March 18: The Muskegon Inventors’ Netowrk presents this monthly meeting including networking, sharing and other membership values. There will be a roundtable presentation revolving around “Invention Process.” The event runs from 6 to 8 p.m. at Grand Valley State University’s Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center, 200 Viridian Drive, Muskegon. More at http://www.muskegoninventorsnetwork.org.
A2 NewTech Meetup
Tuesday, March 18: Five presenters this month take the stage for ten minutes each, five minutes to demo and five minutes to answer questions, followed by open announcements and community networking. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to present. The event runs from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the University of Michigan Law School, South Hall, Room 1225, 701 S. State St., Ann Arbor. More at http://www.a2newtech.org.
SCORE Sets Event On Marketing and Promoting Your Business
Wednesday, March 19: Once you have a business concept and legal entity you need to set up your Marketing Program because people don’t just walk in the door. We’ll cover the full range of marketing issues that will help you build a complete program. The event runs from 8:45 a.m. to noon at the Michigan Business and Professional Association, 27700 Hoover Road, Warren. More at http://detroit.score.org/localworkshops
Tech Event For Girls Coming March 19
Wednesday, March 19: A one-day tech event for girls in grades 4 through 12, “Girls Are IT!”, will be held March 19 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the University of Michigan-Dearborn’s Fairlane Center North, 19000 Hubbard Drive, Dearborn. Invited participants from area school districts will enjoy a workshop-style event that will focus on careers in technology. This event is designed to provide an introduction to technology and demonstrate why a career in technology will be fun and inspiring to girls. More at http://www.girlsareit.com or email email@example.com. The event is sponsored by the Michigan Council of Women in Technology, the University of Detroit Mercy, the University of Michigan-Dearborn, and Lawrence Technological University.
Code ReConnect Information Session
Wednesday, March 19: Are you seeking employment in a high-growth industry but lack the skills and credentials needed for the job? Join Automation Alley for an information session on Code ReConnect, a new technical training program designed to provide participants with the high-level training to place them on a path to career success. Through Automation Alley’s Technical Talent Development Program, Kelly Services, Michigan Works Agencies of Oakland County and Oakland Community College are partnering to offer Code ReConnect. TTDP is made possible by a $5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, and is an equal opportunity program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. The information session for this program will be held March 19 at Automation Alley Headquarters in Troy. The program will begin April 28 and run through June 6 at the MTEC Facility, 2900 Featherstone Road, on Oakland Community College’s Auburn Hills Campus. Students will be expected to test for certification the week of June 9, following the completion of classes. The goal is to select 12 to 16 candidates for participation in the Code ReConnect program. Candidates must meet the following minimum eligibility requirements: Age 21+, U.S. citizen and residents of Southeast Michigan, Previous C#, VB.NET and development experience, high school diploma or GED required, bachelor degree preferred but not required. Priority will be given to unemployed candidates and veterans. A $75 enrollment fee is required in advance of the first class. The entire enrollment fee is refundable upon successful completion of the curriculum. Need assistance with this program or interested in possibly hiring TTDP talent? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration closes March 17.
Creating An Amazing Prototype Website Or App From A Crazy Idea
Wednesday, March 19: Have an idea for a new website or app, but not sure how to get started? Or maybe you’ve got the idea for an app or website that’s sure to make a big impact…or is it? In this workshop, you’ll work with Robin Moulder-McComb, app creator and mobile gaming guru, to help move from idea to wireframe prototype. We’ll push your idea through a formation exercise, understand the different use-cases for your idea, and create a wire-frame or initial prototype to help you develop your product. The event runs from 4 to 6 p.m. at Grand Circus, 1570 Woodward Ave., Detroit. More at http://grandcircus.co/workshops/creating-an-amazing-prototype-from-a-crazy-idea.
Class @ Start Garden – Present Like a Pro
Wednesday, March 19: This session is designed to equip you with the basic skills you need to know before your next presentation. Participants will learn how to refine your topic, how to best identify the needs of your audience, gather and organize your research and present it all in such a way to leave them wanting more. Also covered will be the appropriate use of visuals and how to polish your delivery skills. The event runs from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Start Garden, First Floor, 50 Louis Ave., Grand Rapids. More at http://www.StartGarden.com.
CoFoundersLab Matchup – Detroit
Wednesday, March 19: Did you know that founding teams with multiple co-founders have a greater chance of success? If you’re looking for someone to join your venture, looking for a venture to join, or open to either, sign up and attend this local, in-person Meetup to discover the perfect co-founder to round out your team. The event runs from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Grand Circus, 1570 Woodward Ave., Detroit. More at http://www.cofounderslab.com/entrepreneurs-meetup-networking/detroit-mi.
Team SBA – Financing Roundtable
Thursday, March 20: If you are serious about seeking financing for your business, you owe it to yourself to attend a Financing Roundtable presented by TEAM SBA. TEAM SBA consists of a preferred SBA lender, a business consultant, SBA economic development staff, and business owners like you. The event runs from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 1961 Delta Rd., University Center, and 1:30 to 4 p.m. at 5805 E. Pickard St., Mt. Pleasant More at https://www.misbtdc.net/workshop.aspx?ekey=40340002 or https://www.misbtdc.net/workshop.aspx?ekey=50340006
New Enterprise Forum: Pitch Pit – Depths of Winter
Thursday, March 20: Three entrepreneurs will each give a four-minute pitch of their business idea to a panel of investor judges in a “Shark Tank” format. Prototypes and visual aids are encouraged but, no PowerPoint presentations. After each pitch, the judges will give detailed feedback and score the business. At the end of the evening, the person with the highest score will receive a $100 cash prize plus all additional prize money provided by the audience. The event runs from 5 to 8 p.m. at Spark Central, 330 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor. More at http://www.NewEnterpriseForum.org.
LinkedIn Intermediate Level
Thursday, March 20: Neil Isaacs, adjunct instructor of social media marketing at Washtenaw Community College, will show participants how to virtually develop relationships and build their network on LinkedIn. Participants will also learn about groups, how to market themselves or their business, learn how to use the Advanced Search function, company pages, use LinkedIn’s settings to their advantage and back up their profile and contacts. The event runs from 6 to 8 p.m. at Spark East, 215 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti. More at http://www.meetup.com/Southeast-Michigan-Media-Lab-in-Ypsilanti-at-SPARK-East/events/154264152/
Ann Arbor Spark Presents Starting Your Own Business
Friday, March 21: Looking to start a business? Join Ann Arbor Spark and our community partners to learn about personality traits that impact entrepreneurialism, creating a marketing plan for your business, legal, accounting, and risk considerations, product development, business plans and financing options. Attendees have an opportunity to get advice from a variety of business experts and organizations that are available to support new ventures. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Spark East, 215 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti. More at http://www.annarborusa.org/events.
Careers Over Coffee – Hot Shots
Tuesday, March 25: Join Ann Arbor Spark and local area businesses for a morning of casual career connections over coffee. Employers will be on hand looking to hire qualified candidates, like you! Bring your resume, and come and mingle with growing, innovative companies in a relaxed environment. The event runs from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at Mighty Good Coffee, 217 N. Main St., Ann Arbor. More at http://www.annarborusa.org/events.
CAR Sets Auto IT Event
Tuesday, March 25: The Center for Automotive Research is sponsoring an auto tech event, “Advanced Information Technology Solutions: An Engine of Innovation,” on March 25 from 8 to 11:30 a.m. in the Judea Room at the Inn at St. John’s, 44045 Five Mile Road in Plymouth. Advanced software in the areas of systems engineering, manufacturing operations management, and supply chain management are an essential part of managing the increasingly complex automotive industry. Software is viewed as a way to intelligently leverage internal and external data sources, transform the brick-and-mortar workplace to the mobile environment, provide real-time collaboration around the world, and free the workforce from the tedious tasks that stifle innovation. Yet, several challenges exist that inhibit the ability to deliver on these goals, including the necessity for increased security and privacy of sensitive information as well as the need for training today’s workers to overcome knowledge gaps. This CAR Breakfast Briefing will unveil the results of a recent study by CAR recognizing the benefits and opportunities of existing and future software solutions. A panel of industry experts will offer insight on how they envision the evolution of advanced automotive software solutions. The fee is $95. More information at this link.
Motor City Connect – Royal Oak
Tuesday, March 25: Join the business professionals of Motor City Connect for an effective and fun alternative to the traditional networking meeting. This is a chance for everyone to come face-to-face with other MCC members. No sixty-second commercials. No 10-minute speakers. This is just a chance to break bread together, meet new people, seek to understand their needs and connect on a new level. The event runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at BDs Mongolian Grill, 430 S. Main, Royal Oak. More at http://motorcityconnect.groupsite.com
Wayne State Sets Big Data Event
Wednesday, March 26: Wayne State University will host a symposium on big data and business analytics March 26 at Wayne State’s McGregor Memorial Conference Center. Wayne State has a Big Data and Business Analytics Group made up of faculty, staff and student experts ready to help business and IT executives, decision makers and marketing professionals learn how to use big data to take action, seize new growth opportunities and make their organizations more efficient. The symposium will focus on pragmatic issues faced while deploying big data strategies to drive business success. It will have a special focus on managing and analyzing the data captured through product development, manufacturing, distribution, marketing, sales and service in a global setting. The symposium also seeks to provide a clear distinction between legacy analytics pervasive in industry and the emerging next generation tools, technologies and processes that will form the foundation for a new wave of innovation and growth. In addition to Wayne State experts, the symposium will feature keynotes speeches, panel discussions and case studies featuring a number of leading industry experts who have successfully put analytics into action at their respective companies. Speakers include Jim Anderson, president and CEO, Urban Science; Steven Ambrose, vice president and CIO, DTE Energy; Devavrat Bapat, director of supply chain reliability, Johnson & Johnson; Rob Bigini, vice president of operations, Comrise; Grace Bochenek, chief technology officer, U.S. Army Materiel Command; Michael Caverreta, technical leader of predictive analytics/data science, Ford Motor Co.; Kevin Cooper, manager of risk analytics, Ford Motor Credit Co.; Bryan Goodman, technical leader of data science and optimization, Ford Motor Co.; Rohit Jain, database chief and distinguished technologist, HP; Jack Jordan, director of quality initiatives and advanced analytics, Henry Ford Health System; Arijit Sengupta, CEO, BeyondCore; Radhika Subramanian, CEO, Emcien; Kevin VanHowe, director of global financials and EDW, General Motors; Joseph Vermette, director of enterprise data management, General Motors; Flavio Vilanustre, vice president of technology architecture and product, LexisNexis; and Heather Woodward-Hagg, director of the Center for Applied Systems Engineering, Veterans Administration. The symposium is open to all business and information technology executives, decision makers, marketing professionals and others interested in learning how to put analytics into action. To register, visit http://specialevents.wayne.edu/2014bigdata/. More information about the speakers, program, sponsors, lodging and more is available at http://engineering.wayne.edu/big-data-analytics/symposium/index.php.
Wednesday, March 26: Entrepreneur-You motivates and assists women starting and growing a business. 2014 will mark the third annual conference. In each of the first two years, more than 200 women participated – standing room only for the Walsh College Troy Campus venue. Join this premier event for networking, pitches and keynote by Alyssa R. Martina. The event runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Walsh College, 3838 Livernois Rd., Troy. More at http://www.thewalshinstitute.com/eyou3.
2014 Green Light Business Model Competition
Wednesday, March 26: MiQuest is joining Spartan Innovations, MSU Federal Credit Union and other sponsors to bring the second Greenlight Business Model Competition to East Lansing. This competition includes entrepreneurs with ventures in existence one year or less. Showcasing the top competitors, they will participate in a pitching competition and networking event. Up to $50,000 in prizes will be awarded. The event runs from 3 to 8:30 p.m. at the Hannah Community Center, 410 Abbot Road, E. Lansing. More at http://www.greenlightmichigan.com.
Class @ Start Garden – Bootstrapping Your Website
Wednesday, March 26: If your startup needs to utilize the internet, establish your brand, set up a marketing website, or use the web to run experiments — this lunch and learn is for you. Spending your investment wisely allows you to deliver your MVP efficiently. Chris Hashley will give some tips and talk about resources like templatemonster, shopify, 99 designs, Godaddy, wordpress, logotournament, A/B testing, Google Analytics/Adwords/Adsense, Paypal, Mailchimp, oDesk, eLance, AppSumo, and more. The event runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Start Garden, First Floor, 50 Louis Ave., Grand Rapids. More at http://www.StartGarden.com.
Entre-Slam Ann Arbor
Wednesday, March 26: Enjoy a night of entertainment, storytelling and networking. Entrepreneurs will tell a 5-minute story based on the night’s theme: Trial by Fire. Six storytellers will compete for top prizes. All stories will be judged by Jennifer Conlin, writer for the The New York Times, Jeff Myers, Managing Director of Concentrate Media and Cynthia Canty, Producer for NPR/Michigan Radio’s Stateside. The event runs from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at 102 S. 1st St., Ann Arbor. More at http://www.entreslam.com/workshops.
A2 Tech Connect – Job Fair
Thursday, March 27: Are you an information technology professional looking for a new opportunity? Or you are a recent graduate looking to land your first position in IT? Some of the best local technology companies, from large corporations to innovative start-ups, are joining Ann Arbor Spark for A2 Tech Connect. For job seekers and potential employers, Ann Arbor SPARK’s A2 Tech Connect job fair provides a direct way to interact and accurately gauge what – and who – is out there, with the right skills, the right experience, the right fit. The event runs from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Kensington Court Hotel, 610 Hilton Blvd., Ann Arbor. More at http://www.annarborusa.org/events.
Start Garden Update Night
Thursday, March 27: You’ve endorsed, we’ve endorsed and now it’s time to find out how our invested ideas have grown. Each presenter will be allowed three minutes to answer the following questions: What was your hypothesis? What was your experiment? What did you learn? What is next? The event runs from 5 to 8 p.m. at Start Garden, 1st Floor, 50 Louis Ave., Grand Rapids. More at http://www.StartGarden.com.
Find Your Entrepreneurial Voice
Friday, March 28: Entrepreneurial efforts are in full effect in the city of Grand Rapids and at Grand Valley State University. Please join the Center for Entrepreneurship at the Seidman College of Business for this educational conference geared towards women entrepreneurs and empowering them to move forward with their ideas. It will give women the opportunity to network and find a sense of community in a booming city full of entrepreneurial options. The event runs from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the L. William Seidman Center, 50 Front Ave. SW, Grand Rapids. More at http://bit.ly/1pvt3s2.
The Story Edge (Plan, Package and Pitch Your Story)
Saturday, March 29: Great leaders are great storytellers and the media wants to write about them. Generating media coverage for your business involves more than just writing a great press release. Learn how the media works, what journalists, news directors, producers, bloggers and editors may find interesting and how to present your story. This one-day workshop will focus on the teaching you the fundamentals of planning, packaging and using business storytelling as part of your media strategy. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 116 E. Washington Ave., Suite 200, Ann Arbor. More at http://www.entreslam.com/workshops.
MSU Chemistry Research Forum
Wednesday, May 14: The Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at Michigan State University will hold its annual ChEMS Research Forum May 14. The forum will be held at the Huntington Club at Spartan Stadium on the campus of Michigan State University. The 11th Annual ChEMS Research Forum will showcase departmental research advances in the areas of energy, sustainability, nanotechnology, advanced materials, biotechnology and biomedical engineering. The program will feature plenary speakers, posters and oral presentations describing the latest department research. Registration, lunch, and refreshments are complimentary. Register at http://www.chems.msu.edu/forum2014/Registration. More information at http://www.chems.msu.edu/forum2014
Merit Network Sets Member Conference
Wednesday, May 21 and Thursday, May 22: Merit Network Inc., the nation’s oldest academic networking provider, is taking program proposals for its 2014 Merit Member Conference May 21-22 at the Marriott Ann Arbor Eagle Crest in Ypsilanti. Early registration pricing of $179 for Merit Members is available through March 28. Through Feb. 28, you can submit a proposal to become part of the program for this popular annual event. To register for the conference, submit a presentation proposal and learn more, visit http://www.merit.edu/mmc. Featured speakers will include John C. Dvorak, technology author, columnist and broadcaster. Registration for the Merit Member Conference is open only to Merit members, potential members from higher education, K-12, libraries, government, health care and non-profits, and event sponsors. Others may attend the conference only through special arrangement. Please contact email@example.com for more information.
Telematics Update To Return
Wednesday and Thursday, June 4 and 5: Telematics Detroit 2014 will be held June 4 and 5 at the Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi. The 2013 version of the show featured more than 4,000 telematics executives and 120 companies, including 12 automakers. Check out video highlights from the 2013 show at http://telematicsdetroit.com/highlights.
33rd Annual Michigan Growth Capital Symposium
Tuesday and Wednesday, June 17 and 18: Michigan Growth Capital Symposium, Marriott Resort, Ypsilanti. As one of the longest running programs of its kind, the decades-old symposium is expected to bring together more than 450 attendees including top investors from across the country, executives of early stage and emerging growth companies seeking $1 million to $20 million in funding, and related stakeholders. In a new addition, the Great Lakes Entrepreneur’s Quest will host its 14th annual statewide business plan competition award’s reception on June 17 prior to the start of the MGCS. The first place winner of the GLEQ’s mid-year emerging company category, announced in January, will receive an invitation to present at the MGCS. For more information or to become a sponsor, please visit http://www.michigangcs.com.
Michigan Energy Fair Moves To Lansing Area
Friday, June 27 – Sunday, June 29: Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association 2014 Michigan Energy Fair, Ingham County Fairgrounds, 700 E. Ash St., Mason. The 2014 Fair will be the 14th statewide energy fair sponsored by GLREA. The Fair is the biggest and longest running energy event in Michigan and provides a unique opportunity to reach out to individuals and businesses interested in renewable energy, energy efficiency, and green products and services this is a great opportunity for energy based businesses to exhibit. More at http://www.glrea.org.
Battery Show Returning To Novi
Tuesday, Sept. 16 – Thursday, Sept. 18: The Battery Show, an event for high-tech batteries for transportation and industrial applications, and its companion Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology Conference, will be held Sept. 16-18 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi. For information on how to be a speaker at the conference, rent a booth, or simply attend, visit http://www.thebatteryshow.com or http://www.evtechexpo.com.
Oakland County Bringing Back Inno-Vention Medical Industry Event
Tuesday, Oct. 21 and Wednesday, Oct. 22: Mark the dates Oct. 21-22 if you’re into medical technology in Michigan. Oakland County’s Medical Main Street has set its third annual Inno-Vention conference for those dates. Oakland County officials say the event will feature an expansion of the overwhelmingly popular Demonstration Alley, with companies exhibiting the latest medical technology innovations. Also expanding will be one-on-one meetings, where attendees can schedule face-to-face meetings with purchasing agents from major health care providers. The event location is being finalized and will be released soon. Last year’s Inno-Vention attracted more than 600 health professionals, clinicians, investors and suppliers. A global audience of more than 95,000 people was reached through social media in the United States, Europe, Asia and Canada. Returning from last year will be a networking reception on Oct. 21, the popular Commercialization Competition, an Innovator of the Year Award and luncheon, and concurrent industry break-out sessions on Oct. 22. For more information on how to get involved, conference sponsorships and programming, visit MedicalMainStreet.org.