WWJ Tech Calendar
Strategic Staffing Sets 5K Run, Walk
Thursday, May 28: The Strategic Staffing Solutions Grand Prix Shakedown 20th annual 5-kilometer run and walk will take place Tuesday, May 28 at 6:15 p.m. at Belle Isle Park in Detroit. The event benefits 2-1-1 On The Go, a mobile outreach initiative that engages people experiencing homelessness in downtown Detroit. For more information on S3 events, call (313) 596-6900. For more information on 2-1-1 On The Go, visit www.downtowndetroit.org/programs/211-on-the-go.
Chamber Mackinac Conference Returns
Wednesday, May 29 – Friday, May 31: Detroit Regional Chamber 2013 Mackinac Policy Conference, Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island. More at http://drc.wpengine.com/ai1ec_event/mackinac-policy-conference/.
MEDA Offers “Inside The Economic Development Toolbox”
Thursday, May 30: You are invited to attend the 2013 Inside the Economic Development Toolbox program, which will be held May 30 at the Lexington Hotel in Lansing. For registration or more information, contact the MEDA staff at firstname.lastname@example.org or (517) 241-0011. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The program begins at 9 a.m. and adjournment is scheduled for 3:40 p.m. The hotel is at 925 S. Creyts Road in Lansing. There are a limited number of rooms at the Lexington for $99 a night. Reserve by May 10 by calling the reservations department at (877) 322-5544. Be sure to identify yourself as an attendee of MEDA’s conference. The event cost is $90 for MEDA members and $160 for others. The member rate is also available to members of our co-sponsoring organization, the International Council of Shopping Centers. The opening keynote will be presented at 9 by Amy Cell, senior vice president of talent enhancement at the Michigan Economic Development Corp., on “MEDC Talent Data Findings and Governor’s Conference Action Items.” Following will be concurrent sessions on the Develop Michigan finance program, using data to promote economic development, the Pure Michigan Talent Connect program, access to capital for early stage companies, community marketing for economic developers, the LiveWorkDetroit and Michigan Advanced Technician Training programs, brownfield redevelopment programs, using the new state site search system, developing local economic and workforce development partnerships, MSHDA programs and place-based economic development, successful negotiation techniques, the community development block grant small cities program, techniques for measuring return on investment, and more.
Oakland County offers Team SBA Financing
Thursday May 30: From 9 a.m. to noon, Oakland County will offer “Team SBA Financing.” Before you apply for a business loan, we recommend that you first attend a Team SBA Financing Roundtable. This is a free loan orientation conducted by a business banker, a business consultant from the SBAs network of Small Business Development Centers, and an SBA representative. Learn how the lending process works and what is expected of you and you will understand how the SBA can assist with our SBA Guaranteed Loan Program. This workshop is free, but pre-registration is required. Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, west of Telegraph in Waterford. For pre-registration and location map, visit www.AdvantageOakland.com/expand or call (248) 858-0783.
MMIC Sets Fifth Annual ‘Heading For The Big Leagues’
Thursday, May 30: The Mid Michigan Innovation Center has set the fifth annual edition for one of the permier entrepreneurial expo, “Heading For the Big Leagues,” May 30 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Dow Diamond in Midland. HFBL is hosted by the MidMichigan Innovation Center, BlueWater Angels and our very generous sponsors. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience the Dow Diamond and meet the inventors, mentors, investors and community leaders getting Michigan entrepreneurs back in the game … all at one exciting event. More at www.mmic.us.
The Electrochemical Society Sets Program Year’s Final Meeting
Thursday, May 30: On May 30 the Detroit Section of the Electrochemical Society will meet on “Electrochemical energy conversion: Molecular approaches toward the development of efficient electrocatalysts for solid oxide electrochemical cells.” The presenter is professor Eranda Nikolla of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at Wayne State University. Her research interests lie in the development of heterogeneous catalysts and electrocatalysts for electrochemical systems (fuel cells, electrolyzers, batteries) and biomass conversion using a combination of experimental and theoretical techniques. Nikolla received her PhD in Chemical Engineering from University of Michigan and conducted postdoctoral work at California Institute of Technology prior to joining Wayne State University. The event will be held in Room 406 of the Taubman Welcome Center at Lawrence Technological University. 21000 W. 10 Mile Road, Southfield. The event begins with a reception at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6:30 and the program at 7:30. The price is $20 for members, $22 for nonmembers and $10 for students, payable by cash or check. RSVP by May 23 to Neil Johnson at email@example.com. More at www.electrochem.org/ecs/sections/detr/detr.htm
Grand Valley conference will focus on STEM education, industry collaboration
Monday, June 3 and Tuesday, June 4: The advancement and improvement of STEM education will be the focus of a national conference that will take place at Grand Valley State University, June 3-4. The third annual ASQ STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Agenda Conference invites industry leaders, employers and educators to discuss ways to improve strategies for effective and successful collaboration between industry and education. The conference agenda and registration is at asq.org/conferences/stem-agenda. Paul Plotkowski, dean of the Padnos College of Engineering and Computing at Grand Valley, said there is a huge, national demand for graduates in the STEM fields. “In a recent study, nine of the top 10 most in-demand fields are in engineering and computer science,” he said. “This conference will bring together professionals in the STEM fields, ranging from K-12 teachers to university faculty and employers.” The American Society for Quality (ASQ) Education Division, a co-sponsor of the conference, chose Grand Valley as a host because of the university’s growing reputation as an exceptional engineering school. Grand Valley was recognized in 2012 by the National Academy of Engineering as an exemplar of “Real World Engineering Education” for its co-op and capstone programs. Keynote speakers include Plotkowki; Reginald McGregor, manager of engineering employee development R &T strategy at Rolls-Royce Corp. in Indianapolis; Carrie Houtman, regulatory affairs leader at Dow Chemical Co., who has led Dow’s STEM education initiatives and represented Dow on President Obama’s Advanced Manufacturing Partnership; and Glenn Walters, deputy cabinet secretary for the New Mexico Higher Education Department. Two panel discussions and four workshops will take place on topics such as, developing effective industry partnerships, assessing STEM learning communities, improving graduation rates, and entrepreneurship. For more information about the conference, visit www.gvsu.edu/pcec.
ESD Sets Annual Golf Outing
Monday, June 3: The Engineering Society of Detroit’s second annual golf outing offers everyone concerned with science and engineering a great way to have a lot of fun, meet great people and companies, honor the memory of The Engineering Society of Detroit Institute’s Co-Founder, David A. Skiven, and continue his work to solve the problems we face in Michigan. The event will be held June 3 at Oak Pointe Country Club in Brighton, with an 11 a.m. registration and luncheon, a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start, and a 5 p.m. reception and open bar followed by dinner. Diamond sponsor of the event is DTE Energy. Platinum sponsors are Barton Malow, Commercial Contracting Corp., Durr, Ghafari and Link. Silver sponsors are David Allan & Co., Farbman Group, Inernational Union of Operating Engineers Local 324, Kitch Attorneys & Counselors, Merle J. Webb Fruitland LLC, and UBS. Widely regarded for the Arthur Hills and Jerry Matthews-designed golf courses, Oak Pointe has been one of the top private clubs in Livingston County for nearly two decades, offering 36 holes of championship golf. Sponsorships are available. For more information, contact Linda LaPointe at 248-353-0735, ext. 111, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mac-OU INC Sets Capital Raise Meetup
Tuesday, June 4: The Macomb-OU INCubator at Velocity Center will hold another Capital Raise Meetup presented by Mike Brennan, June 4 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the center, 6633 18 Mile Road in Sterling Heights. If you are a startup or early-stage growth-based business looking for funding, come meet and listen to capital expert, Mike Brennan. 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, and/or public funding, including grants, pre-seed, micro-loans and venture match. Mike will provide a group presentation, as well as individually help each present company to determine their needs. To register for this free event, please contact Joan Carleton at macINC@oakland.edu or (586) 884-9324.
Telematics Update Expanding
Wednesday, June 5 and Thursday, June 6: The Telematics Detroit 2013 Conference & Exhibition, set for June 5-6 at The Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, is expanding. With more OEM announcements, cross-industry sessions and bespoke networking opportunities than ever before, we’re proud to release the brochure. Attendees can learn from more than 100 expert speakers from companies like Ford, GM, Toyota, Honda, Progressive, Subaru, Kia, Continental, Facebook, BMW and Mercedes-Benz on how to deliver integrated services to develop brand affinity and create customers for life. They can also network with more than 1,800 senior-level executives from OEMs, dealerships, insurers, government, tier ones, content providers and wireless carriers to secure crucial relationships and elevate your business’ global profile in this shifting market. Key topics discussed will include connectivity business models, end-to-end telematics platforms, V2X technologies, big data, open app development and the dealer relationship, to help you master the connected car user experience.
Health IT Conference Coming
Wednesday, June 5 – Friday, June 7: Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services is sponsoring Connecting Michigan for Health 2013 (formerly Wiring Michigan), a conference dedicated to advancing health IT and health information exchange to support the health care advances underway in Michigan and around the United States. Connecting Michigan for Health 2013 will be held June 5-7 at the Radisson Hotel in Lansing. The conference provides an ideal forum to catch up on current statewide HIT and HIE efforts, gain insight into state and federal activities, understand the challenges and opportunities to align quality programs and stage two Meaningful Use requirements, and harness new and existing technology for data sharing. To register for the conference, visit this link.
MichBio Sets Michigan Biosciences Capitol Day
Wednesday, June 5: Join MichBio in celebrating the bioscience industry and show legislators the products, services and discoveries developed in our state. Each company receives display space (easel, table, or floor). The event will be held Wednesday, June 5 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. inside the state capitol, 101 N. Capitol in Lansing. Space is limited and registration is restricted to MichBio members. For questions about Capitol Day and one on one meetings with legislators, contact Dave McGuire at email@example.com or (734) 527-9150.
Oakland County Presents Marketing Your Business
Wednesday, June 5: From 6 to 9 p.m., Oakland County will offer “Marketing Your Business.” The course presents practical applications of marketing concepts designed to help small businesses grow. It covers basic marketing tools including market analysis and research, target marketing, assessing competitors, and key marketing implementation tools. A strategic, well-planned approach to marketing is demonstrated with several examples of effective hands-on marketing techniques. Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, west of Telegraph in Waterford. For pre-registration and location map, visit www.AdvantageOakland.com/expand or call (248) 858-0783. Fee: $40 per person.
Oakland County Presents Financial Management
Thursday, June 6: From 9 a.m. to noon, Oakland County will present “Financial Management.” As an introductory seminar, the course covers the basics of financial management, including how to start an accounting system and how to apply the information from key financial statements to help you manage your business. Accounting language including debits and credits, preparation of the balance sheet and profit and loss statement are explained. Cash flow analysis and breakeven are also covered with specific small business examples. Fee: $40 per person. Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, west of Telegraph in Waterford. For pre-registration and location map, visit www.AdvantageOakland.com/expand or call (248) 858-0783.
BBCetc Sets SBIR-STTR Training For NIH
Thursday, June 6: Ann Arbor-based BBCetc has set three training events for June. On June 6 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., BBC will conduct “How to Write a Compelling SBIR/STTR Proposal for the National Institutes of Health” at the University of Michigan North Campus Research Complex. This one-day seminar presents essential “how-to” instruction on writing a competitive Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer proposal that meets the unique requirements of the NIH and the expectations of its reviewers. Training will include SBIR/STTR program basics, an overview of NIH structure, how to find a solicitation and define your project, understanding the review process, preparing the components of your proposal, how to prepare an NIH budgetand an introduction to electronic registration. The session is $75 for companies based in Michigan and $150 for those based elsewhere. The event includes lunch. More at http://www.bbcetc.com/event/sbirsttr-proposal-prep-nih-focus-6.
Macomb OU INCubator Lunch and Learn Offers Legal Issues Of Social Media
Thursday, June 6: From noon to 1 p.m. June 6, a “Lunch and Launch” program will be held at the Macomb-OU INCubator on “Business And Social Media: The Legal Issues.” The incubator is at 6633 18 Mile Road, Sterling Heights. Do you use computers for requesting and providing quotes, obtaining job applications and displaying your product? If so, you are affected by the social media regulations. For all businesses, simply having employees mean that social media is something to be aware of and address in company policies. More often than not, at least some of your employees are using social media, which has the potential to materially affect your business. Presenter Robin Luce Herrmann is a shareholder based in Butzel Long’s Bloomfield Hills office. She is a practice group leader of Butzel Long’s Litigation Practice and the head of Butzel Long’s Media Group. She is a 1984 graduate of the University of Michigan and a 1993 graduate of the Detroit College of Law (J.D., cum laude), where she was a managing editor of The Law Review. Representing a broad array of clients, both as plaintiffs and defendants, Robin concentrates her practice in the areas of media law, particularly defamation, privacy, and access issues; commercial litigation, including RICO; non-competes and trade secrets; and civil rights. She serves as General Counsel to the Michigan Press Association, the official trade association for the newspapers of Michigan, with more than 350 members throughout the state. Robin has extensive trial and appellate experience in both state and federal courts in a variety of areas. For more information on this Lunch and Launch program, or to register, call Joan Carleton (586) 884–9324 or email macINC@oakland.edu.
MSU Sets Innovation Celebration
Thursday, June 6: Join us June 6 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the MSU Union Ballroom for the Third Annual Michigan State University Innovation Celebration, hosted by the MSU Innovation Center. We are proud to honor MSU’s Innovator of the Year, Innovation of the Year, and the MSU Technology Transfer Achievement Award. The celebration also showcases a diverse range of the many inventions and technologies developed in campus labs: From gliding robotic fish to award-winning mobile apps, the technologies on display illustrate how MSU drives economic development in mid-Michigan and beyond. Register at www.technologies.msu.edu/register.
ESD Offers Open House Networking Event
Thursday, June 6: On June 6 from 5 to 7 p.m. at ESD Headquarters in Southfield, the Engineering Society of Detroit will offer an open house networking event, “ESD: Your Passport to New Opportunities.” Starting to think about your summer vacation plans? Make sure it includes a visit to ESD Headquarters on June 6! Guests will receive a special passport, to mark each stop on the tour. Let ESD be your guide to help you connect with everything we have to offer. From member benefits and educational classes, conferences and events, to solving problems, ESD and its Institute are uniquely positioned to help you succeed. This is a free event, but registration is required. ESD representatives will be available to discuss membership information and vendors will be on-hand to showcase member benefits. Soft drinks and pizza will be served and door prizes will be awarded. Non-members that attend can join ESD for $59 — a 50% discount! More at http://www.esd.org.
Oakland County Presents “Business Research – Feasibility to Expansion”
Thursday, June 6: From 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Oakland County will present “Business Research – Feasibility to Expansion.’ Thinking of starting a business and want to research your business idea? Do you want to identify market trends and opportunities to grow your sales? Are you looking for new customers or to diversify your market base? Business research shows you ways to find your ideal customers, your competitors, perform competitive analysis and more. Presented by Oakland County Market Research and an Oakland County Public Library business reference librarian. This workshop is free, but pre-registration is required. Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, west of Telegraph in Waterford. For pre-registration and location map, visit www.AdvantageOakland.com/expand or call (248) 858-0783.
Registration Now Open For Automation Alley’s Annual Golf Outing
Monday, June 10: Registration is now open for the 14th Annual Automation Alley Golf outing, to be held June 10 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Twin Lakes Golf Club in Oakland Township. A sell-out every year, the golf outing is a great opportunity for organizations to gain exposure and make new business contacts as well as enjoy a day on the course. A ticket to the outing includes 18 holes of golf at Twin Lakes — a four-star (Golf Digest Places to Play) Jerry Matthews-designed golf course featuring wide sweeping fairways and huge contoured putting surfaces. The day also includes a cart, range balls, a continental breakfast, lunch on the course, an hors d’oeuvre reception with open bar, awards and gifts. This year, attendees will enjoy faster play on the full 27-hole course, speed relay competitions and a surprise giveaway. The event will begin at 8 a.m. with registration, continental breakfast and the driving range will be open. Shotgun start will begin at 9 a.m. The reception and award presentations will immediately follow golf. Tickets are $175 for members and non-members. To register, visit automationalley.com. New sponsorship packages include tickets to the outing and various levels of recognition for your company. Sponsorship packages range from $500 to $2,500. To become a sponsor, contact Events Specialist Claire Leigh-Monstevens at firstname.lastname@example.org or (248) 457-3206. Twin Lakes Golf Club is located at 455 Twin Lakes Drive in Oakland Township.
Derek Mehraban to Highlight “Mobile, Social and Digital Marketing”
Tuesday, June 11: The Business Improvement Team, a network of trusted providers offering high quality consulting services, announced that Derek Mehraban, CEO of Ingenex Digital Marketing, will serve as the keynote speaker at “Business Performance Improvement 3.0 Series” on June 11. In addition, there will be a panel of business experts from the Business Improvement Team to answer your business questions. This will be an exciting opportunity to network with your peers. Mehraban has been in the business for more than 15 years, helping clients solve their marketing problems and grow their sales. His company, Ingenex, is a leading digital agency located in Ann Arbor Michigan. Mehraban teaches the New Media Drivers License at Michigan State University, and is co-author of the New Media Resource Guide, Raycom Publishing 2012. The event is co-sponsored by the Business Improvement Team and Hennessey Capital, a division of Hitachi Capital America Corp. It will be held at the Somerset Inn, 2601 West Big Beaver in Troy from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. There is no cost to attend. To register, visit http://bizimpteam.com/events, call (248) 641-8400 or email event@BizImpTeam.com.
Dickinson Wright PLLC to Host Sunrise Seminar on the Affordable Care Act – Preparing for 2014
Tuesday, June 11: Dickinson Wright PLLC will host a Sunrise Seminar titled “The Affordable Care Act – Preparing for 2014” on June 11 at Dickinson Wright’s Grand Rapids office. This seminar will discuss key areas of the Affordable Care Act that impact employers. Speakers will cover the following topics: how to determine if you are a large employer, what the penalties are if a large employer does not offer health coverage, what are the new reporting requirements, what additional taxes or fees must be paid, and the new notice requirements regarding marketplace options. Attorneys Cynthia A. Moore, Deborah L. Grace, and Roberta Granadier will take you through this informative seminar. The event will be held from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at 200 Ottawa Ave. N.W., Suite 1000, Grand Rapids. To register for this event, please contact Mellissa Boyd at (313) 223-3125 or email@example.com.
Oakland County Presents 10-Week Venture Plan Series
Tuesday, June 11: From 6 to 9 p.m. and 10 successive Tuesdays through Aug. 20, except for July 2, Oakland County will present Venture Plan, an intensive 10-week program that helps evaluate business opportunities and develop an action plan for owning or growing a business. This program offers essential business information to help develop entrepreneurial skills and build your business on a strong foundation or help to prepare for expansion. The program utilizes text and online training materials from a nationally-recognized program proven through use with thousands of businesses. Fee: $140 per participant. Thanks to sponsor support, the cost is reduced from $700. Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, west of Telegraph in Waterford. For pre-registration and location map, visit www.AdvantageOakland.com/expand or call (248) 858-0783.
Michigan Usability Pros Set Event on ‘The Art Of Communication’
Tuesday, June 11: The Michigan Usability Professionals Association will host “Facilitating Humans: The Art of Communication” June 11 at 6 p.m. at the Midwest Collaborativefor Library Services, 1407 Rensen St. Lansing. More at http://www.miupa.org. Presenter Caitlin Potts will share her knowledge of making meetings more valuable. As Potts says: Meetings are not a waste of time. Poorly planned meetings with unclear goals and a lack of shared expectations are. So, how do we stop warming chairs in our conference rooms and start having productive meetings and, dare we say, productive conversations? Learn how June 11. Whether you’re a new usability professional, a jaded meeting attender, or just, well…human, you will be able to take away concepts from this talk that will help you have better conversations, and overall understanding of human communication (which is pretty important for effective meetings). Potts is a user experience designer and researcher at Covenant Eyes Inc., in Owosso. The event is $10 for MIUPA members, $20 for nonmembers and $5 for students. Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Oakland County Presents CEED Microloan Orientation
Wednesday, June 12: From 9 to 11 a.m., Oakland County presents CEED Microloan Orientation. 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. This workshop is free, but pre-registration is required. Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, west of Telegraph in Waterford. For pre-registration and location map, visit www.AdvantageOakland.com/expand or call (248) 858-0783.
BBCeetc Sets SBIR-STTR Training For USDA
Wednesday, June 12: On June 12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. BBC will conduct “SBIR/STTR 101 and Proposal Prep for U.S. Department of Agriculture” at the Fillmore Complex in West Olive, near Holland. This program gives you the option of attending a morning SBIR/STTR introduction, an afternoon workshop in proposal preparation for the US. Department of Agriculture – or both. Morning attendees will learn SBIR/STTR program basics, including: program purpose, eligibility, sources of funding and tools for proposal development. The afternoon program will focus on crafting a competitive SBIR proposal for the USDA (This solicitation is excepted out in June). Morning only $50; afternoon only $50; full day – $75. Lunch is included for full-day attendees. More at http://www.bbcetc.com/event/sbirsttr-overview-and-proposal-prep-for-usda.
Trivalent Group To Host 2013 Solutions Expo
Wednesday, June 12: Trivalent Group, one of Michigan’s largest technology firms, will host “Your Big Data – Not Just for Big Business,” a no-cost conference that will showcase a variety of technologies, world-class content shared by industry experts, and best practices in storage infrastructure, networking, virtualization, and mobility solutions. The 2013 Solutions Expo will be held June 12 at the Frederick Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. The annual Solutions Expo will feature keynote speakers, Brian Schipper, chief human resources officer at Groupon Inc. and Paul Dippell, CEO of Service Leadership Inc. More at http://expo.trivalentgroup.com. Trivalent is headquartered in Grandville, with offices in Mt. Pleasant, Kalamazoo, and Battle Creek.
Oakland County Presents Facebook for Business (Beginner)
Wednesday, June 12: From 6 to 9 p.m., Oakland County presents an introductory course in social media marketing and using Facebook for business. Millions of people are using Facebook and social media for fun, but it is also a powerful business tool that can connect you with your customers, potential customers and the world. Before you jump in and start using social media, learn how to get these results with an introduction to social media marketing and Facebook for business. Fee: $40 per person. Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, west of Telegraph in Waterford. For pre-registration and location map, visit www.AdvantageOakland.com/expand or call (248) 858-0783.
Oakland County Presents ‘Starting a Business’
Thursday, June 13: From 6 to 9 p.m., Oakland County presents ‘Starting A Business.’ An introductory session delivered in a workshop format, the course helps aspiring entrepreneurs assess their abilities to lead and manage a company as well as evaluate market and sales potential for their products. The basics of business ownership are introduced, along with resources available to help launch new ventures in Michigan. Fee: $30 per person. Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, west of Telegraph in Waterford. For pre-registration and location map, visit www.AdvantageOakland.com/expand or call (248) 858-0783.
Oakland County Presents Quickbooks Essentials (Parts 1 and 2)
Thursday, June 13: From 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 3 p.m., Oakland County will present parts 1 and 2 of ‘Quickbooks Essentials.’ This introduction to small business financial management provides an overview of accurate record keeping and report interpretation and utilization. Part 1 will cover basic accounting terminology, new company file setup, customizing forms and letters, and working with bank accounts. Part 2 will cover invoicing customers, receiving payments and making deposits, entering and paying vendor bills and more. Cost: Attend both sessions for $75 per person or attend one session for $40 per person. Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, west of Telegraph in Waterford. For pre-registration and location map, visit www.AdvantageOakland.com/expand or call (248) 858-0783.
Right Place Offers Innovation Tools Workshop
Friday, June 14: What if there was a perfect tool for creativity — the Swiss Army Knife for innovation? While that one perfect gadget may not yet exist, a new course from the NewNorth Center will expose participants to a set of tools that can help feed their company’s innovation pipeline. The course will discuss the process for facilitating innovation and top tools available to increase effectiveness through specific stages. The event runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 14 at the Stream, One State St. in Newaygo. Registration is $85 per person, or $65 for three or more people from the same company. The session is designed for individuals interested in discovering new tools to foster creativity and improve effectiveness in various stages of the innovation process and in overall team performance. Learn More at www.rightplace.org/TopTools. Please contact Natalia Powers at email@example.com or 616-771-0327 if you have any questions about the event. NewNorth Center is a non-profit, hybrid educational and business institution. Currently, the Center specializes in innovation assessment, immersive skills training, innovation research, executive education courses, and custom workshops. Our portfolio features design-centric, post-graduate business programs formulated expressly to bring increased value to local, regional and national companies and organizations. NewNorth’s goal is to help companies succeed by embedding the habits of creative thought and design methods into their business processes. For more information about NewNorth Center e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. NewNorth Center, in partnership with The Right Place / Innovation West Michigan / MMTC-West and NCEDO/The Stream, is presenting this special innovation event to West Michigan companies. This event is generously underwritten by the Michigan Economic Development Corp.
MichBio, Global Food Institute Offer Symposium
Wednesday, June 19: MichBio, the state’s biotech industry association, and the Global Food Protection Institute, have teamed up to present “Innovations in Life Sciences & Technology in Improving Food Protection” June 19 at the Fetzer Center at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. This symposium will explore novel technologies in-development and commercially available for their benefits and application for a safer global food supply. MichBio members can attend for the reduced rate of $75. For questions about registration or the event, contact Joan Bowman at email@example.com. Founded in 2009, the Global Food Protection Institute is dedicated to protecting the world’s food supply through FDA-aligned training, advancing new food protection technologies and convening forums for the transformative exchange of ideas about food protection. The Institute provides an overarching intellectual and organizational umbrella that empowers its three distinct food protection initiatives. For more about the Global Food Protection Institute, visit www.gfpi.org/home.
Oakland County Presents Facebook for Business (Intermediate)
Wednesday, June 19: From 6 to 9 p.m., Oakland County presents the intermediate course in Facebook for Business. Create your Facebook Strategy. In this intermediate session of Facebook for Business, establish your social media objectives and goals for Facebook. Learn core strategies and tactics businesses are using to get customers talking on Facebook, how to use social media management tools for Facebook, how to schedule posts in advance, and more. Prerequisite: Facebook for Business (Beginner). Fee: $40 per person. Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, west of Telegraph in Waterford. For pre-registration and location map, visit www.AdvantageOakland.com/expand or call (248) 858-0783.
Oakland County presents Health Care Reform and Small Business
Thursday, June 20: From 9 a.m. to noon, Oakland County presents ‘Health Care Reform and Small Business.’ Learn about health care reform legislation and how it will affect all business owners. The workshop covers tax penalties, small business credits, small business wellness program grants (small and large wellness program grants), full-time employee status compliance and all health care reform changes that will be implemented next year. It also covers the health care exchanges, how to talk to your employees, the individual mandate, and what this all means for you as a business or as an individual. Business owners (large or small businesses) or human resources directors should attend. Fee: This workshop is free, but pre-registration is required. Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, west of Telegraph in Waterford. For pre-registration and location map, visit www.AdvantageOakland.com/expand or call (248) 858-0783.
Oakland County presents ‘Writing a Business Plan’
Thursday, June 20: From 6 to 9 p.m., Oakland County presents ‘Writing a Business Plan.’ Designed for individuals who want to increase their chances for successful self-employment, the course covers business planning in detail. Specifics of marketing and finance, legal and regulatory issues, operations, and information-based planning and management are key components of the workshop. The first steps for creating a business plan draft will be included along with a demonstration of the MI-SBTDC online business plan tool. Fee: $40 per person. Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, west of Telegraph in Waterford. For pre-registration and location map, visit www.AdvantageOakland.com/expand or call (248) 858-0783.
BBCetc Offers Ins And Outs On SBIR-STTR
Wednesday, June 26 and Thursday, June 27: BBC will present ”The Ins and Outs of SBIR/STTR Funding: Is Your Technology a Fit?” The June 26 portion runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the June 27 portion from 9 to 11:30 a.m. The event will take place at the Michigan Technological University Advanced Development Complex, Houghton. This program begins with a morning of basic SBIR/STTR information followed by a Mix and Mingle lunch, during which presenter Becky Aistrup will be available for questions and informal discussion. After lunch, Aistrup will present three, one-hour segments focusing on SBIR/STTR programs at the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health and Dept. of Defense. She will cover basic elements of each program, what they have in common, what is unique to each and how to go about finding a solicitation that fits your technology. On June 27, Aistrup will be available for 20-minute one-on-one meetings to discuss your technology, offer advice and answer questions. Contact Jayne Berkaw at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your meeting. The event is $50 for companies based in Michigan and $100 for those based elsewhere. More at http://www.bbcetc.com/event/sbirsttr-introduction.
Oakland County Presents Facebook for Business (Advanced)
Wednesday, June 26: From 6 to 9 p.m., Oakland County presents ‘Facebook for Business (Advanced). Create and Launch your Facebook Campaign. In this advanced session of Facebook for Business you will establish objectives and goals for a Facebook campaign, and create and launch a Facebook campaign. Explore ways to take Facebook beyond social media marketing, learn how to run effective Facebook promotions and sweepstakes that meets Facebook’s rules and guidelines, and much more. Prerequisites: Facebook for Business (beginner) and Facebook for Business (intermediate). Fee: $40 per person. Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, west of Telegraph in Waterford. For pre-registration and location map, visit www.AdvantageOakland.com/expand or call (248) 858-0783.
MCWT Sets Golf Classic
Monday, July 29: Michigan Council of Women in Technology Golf Classic, Indianwood Country Club, 1081 Indianwood Rd Orion Township. Note new location; The event has grown so popular it has outgrown the 27-hole Pine Knob Golf Club and requires a 36-hole layout. More at www.mcwt.org.
Strategic Staffing Sets Charity Golf Outing
Sunday, Aug. 11: The Strategic Staffing Solutions Detroit Charity Golf Outing will be held Sunday, Aug. 11 at 12:15 p.m. at the Inn At St. John’s Golf and Conference Center in Plymouth. The event benefits 2-1-1 On The Go, a mobile outreach initiative that engages people experiencing homelessness in downtown Detroit. For more information on S3 events, call (313) 596-6900. For more information on 2-1-1 On The Go, visit www.downtowndetroit.org/programs/211-on-the-go.
Michigan Works sets Annual Conference
Sunday, Sept. 8 – Tuesday, Sept. 10: “Turning Action Into Results” is the theme of the 2013 Michigan Works Annual Conference, set for Sept. 8-10 in Mt. Pleasant. Michigan’s signature workforce development conference offers dynamic keynote presentations, a wide array of professional development opportunities and plenty of time for networking. More than 30 workshops featuring panels and interactive sessions, led by thought leaders and industry experts. More at http://michiganworksconference.org/.
Battery Show, Charging Infrastructure Expo Returning
Tuesday, Sept. 17 – Thursday, Sept. 19: Three shows will be held at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi when the Battery Show, the Charging Infrastructure Expo and the new Electric and Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo return to the Detroit area for 2013 Sept. 17-19. The first two shows achieved record visitor and exhibitor numbers in 2012, gaining a 14 percent increase in visitors and 215 exhibitors. The vehicle tech expo is new. More at www.thebatteryshow.com.
Oakland County’s Medical Main Street Sets Inno-Vention 2013 Conference
Wednesday, Nov. 6 – Friday, Nov. 8: Oakland County’s Medical Main Street economic development program will host its Inno-Vention 2013 conference Nov. 6-8 at the Troy Marriott. Inno-Vention 2013 will focus on how information technology is fueling changes in health care and its impact on the next generation of medical devices. The conference, with the Medical Main Street Network, builds valuable relationships and productive collaborations in the Southeast Michigan region and globally. Inno-Vention 2012, the inaugural Medical Main Street conference, was attended by more than 400 health professionals, clinicians, investors and suppliers. A global audience of more than 1,000 people viewed the conference live stream on Detroit Public Television while another 57,000 people were reached through social media in the United States and internationally in Japan, the United Arab Emirates, Norway, Germany, Panama and Canada. Oakland County created Medical Main Street in 2008 in cooperation with the area’s leaders in health care, research and development, education and industry. The board includes Beaumont Health System, Beckman Coulter Molecular Diagnostics, Crittenton Hospital, Ferndale Laboratories, Henry Ford Health Systems, Housey Pharmaceuticals, McLaren Health Care, MichBio, State Rep. Gail Haines (R-Waterford Township), Oakland Community College, Oakland University, Oxus Inc., Rockwell Medical Technologies, St. John Providence Health System and St. Joseph Mercy Oakland. More at www.MedicalMainStreet.org.
MichBio plans 2013 MichBio Expo
Friday, Nov. 15 and Saturday, Nov. 16: 2013 MichBio Expo and Conference, annual meeting of Michigan’s life sciences community, including research and development of pharmaceuticals, medical devices, diagnostics, agricultural and industrial biotech, clinical research, informatics and health IT, and medical testing and laboratories, Kalamazoo Radisson, Kalamazoo. More at www.michbio.org/expo.
MCWT Sets Annual Signature Gala
Saturday, Nov. 23: Michigan Council of Women in Technology annual Signature Gala, Royal Park Hotel, Rochester. The event wraps up the program year and supports the MCWT Foundation. More at www.mcwt.org.
MTU To Host Women’s Engineering Conference
Friday, Feb. 14 – Sunday, Feb. 16: 2014 Society of Women Engineers Region H Conference, Michigan Technological University, Houghton. Region H is the largest region in the nation, with more than 2,800 members from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. The conference is expected to attract 700 or more SWE members, including undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, staff and corporate representatives. The theme of the conference, which is being planned by Tech’s SWE chapter, is “Extracting the Elements.”
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