Wayne State, TechTown Offer Sixth Annual E2 Detroit: Wayne State University and its TechTown research park will offer their sixth annual E2 Detroit conference Wednesday, Oct. 13. With the theme “The Lean Launch: Creating A Business In A Down Economy,” the event will feature CEOs and business experts, giving entrepreneurs advice for launching companies in tough times. The conference runs from 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. with registration under way at 7 a.m. It will be held in two venues: the Wayne State University McGregor Memorial Conference Center, 495 Ferry Mall, and the Community Arts Auditorium, 450 Reuther Mall. Free conference parking is available at the WSU parking Structure 1, or Lot 11 and Lot 15. A shuttle is available for guests who park in Lots 11 and 15. Built on the foundation of entrepreneurship and excellence, E2 Detroit offers attendees an opportunity to network with other entrepreneurs. Business experts and CEOs of local startups will share their successes and challenges to provide real-world insight to entrepreneurs seeking practical knowledge and advice on how to be successful in a lean economy. For more information visit http://e2detroit.wayne.edu/.

Miller Canfield offers climate law briefing: The law firm of Miller Canfield will offer a Climate Law and Policy Mid-Year Briefing Tuesday, Sept. 14 at the Oakland Hills Country Club, 2951 W. Maple Road, Bloomfield Township. Energy, environmental and regulatory practice group leader Anna Maiuri, climate change practice team leader Mark Bennett and public finance lawyer Michael McGee will discuss cutting edge legal and public policy, including capturing opportunities as energy-related federal stimulus funding grows ; the role of PACE and other municipal finance approaches for energy projects; and how energy efficiency retrofit projects can enhance real estate values. The event begins with 7:15 a.m. with registration, and the program runs from 7:30 to 10 a.m. RSVP by Friday, Sept. 10 to bera@millercanfield.com or call (248) 267-3345. Space is limited. There is no cost to attend.

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NEF To Explain Why Due Diligence Is Not For Sissies: Companies ready for equity investment don’t always realize the land mines waiting for them on the due diligence trail. The next meeting of the Ann Arbor New Enterprise Forum will educate them on the scrutiny they will face. NEF’s next monthly forum, titled “Due Diligence is not for Sissies,” will focus on what entrepreneurs should expect, what they will be asked, what documents they will need, what research they should do before they apply for equity money, in addition to how long the process will take, and much more. The event starts at 5 p.m., with the program beginning at 5:45 p.m., on Thursday, Sept. 16, at Spark Central, 330 E. Liberty Street in Ann Arbor. Speakers at the event are to include: Andrew McColm, managing director of Early Stage Partners, and former associate director for business formation at the University of Michigan Office of Technology Transfer; Mahendra Ramsinghani, manager of the First Step Fund in Detroit and a venture capital veteran; and David N. Parsigian, managing partner of the Ann Arbor office of the law firm of Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP, where he specializes in venture capital finance and representation of technology-based companies. The moderator will be Ted Dacko, a veteran of company leadership and entrepreneurship, including turning around HealthMedia Inc. from a small, near-death company to $30 million in software-as-a-service revenue. HealthMedia was sold to Johnson & Johnson in 2008, resulting in an 18-to-1 return on invested capital for Chrysalis Ventures in a six year time frame and a 10-to-1  return on invested capital for Arboretum Ventures, which invested a short time later. This month’s Showcase Presentation, which highlights an emerging local company, will be made by Local Orbit, a bridge between the deepening demand for locally produced food and limited distribution options that make it difficult for independent producers to get local product to market. Free to NEF members, the meeting cost is $20 for non-members, $5 for students. This month’s event is sponsored by NEF stakeholder sponsor, Ann Arbor Spark. More at www.NewEnterpriseForum.org.

Biomarker symposium coming: Genetics Squared, Ethica and MichBio will present a symposium on “Novel Approaches to Biomarker Identification and Use in Drug Development and Commercialization” Wednesday, Sept. 29 from 3 to 5 p.m. at MichBio’s offices, 3520 Green Court, Suite 200, in Ann Arbor. A reception will follow. More at www.michbio.com. Speakers from some of the industry’s leaders in biomarker research and development will discuss the identification and selection of biomarkers and present case studies of biomarker uses in clinical settings as well as discussing the challenges encountered in the pursuit of biomarkers.

BioArbor to meet: The BioArbor life sciences group for the Ann Arbor area will meet Wednesday, Sept. 8 on the topic “Why I Invested In Michigan.” The event begins with networking at 5 p.m. and the program at 6 p.m. at Spark Central, 330 E. Liberty in Ann Arbor. More at www.annarborUSA.com.

LA2M Fall 2010 Speaker Lineup

Lunch Ann Arbor Marketing has released its official Fall speaker lineup, and with a wide range of topics relating to digital and interactive marketing, it’s gearing up to be a dynamic season.

The LA2M Fall series kicks off, Wednesday, Sept. 8, with an Internet marketing theme that looks at Facebook Advertising, including what it is, how to know if its right for you, what to expect and much more. It’s going to be a fun start to the new LA2M season, so be sure to drop by.

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Through these luncheons, attendees will learn about the latest digital marketing solutions from industry professionals in social media, online gaming marketing, Web design, programming, mobile application development, new technology, digital public relations and many more. LA2M meets on Wednesdays from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Conor O’Neils, 318 S. Main St.

“Internet marketing strategy is crucial to marketers and business owners. The demand for digital is growing exponentially and this fall, LA2M will challenge Ann Arbor to think digitally and utilize the online space to connect with customers,” said Derek Mehraban, CEO of the Internet marketing firm Ingenex and founder of LA2M.

In the upcoming weeks, LA2M will be announcing a special guest speaker and on Oct. 20, attendees will get to hear the familiar voice of this famous presenter who will be speaking about his or her first-hand media experience from the World Cup 2010 in South Africa. Make sure to check back to see who it is.

The cost of attendance at LA2M is free. If you want lunch it’s $10 and includes a beverage and tip. We pass the hat to cover LA2M hard costs, $3 suggested donation.

LA2M presentations last 30 minutes with a few extra minutes allotted for questions and an introduction period, in which attendees introduce themselves for promotion or a request. The educational event is a weekly Ann Arbor lunchtime staple.

There is no membership fee and advanced registration for LA2M lunch is not required – just turn up and enjoy the fun.

More at http://la2m.org/get-involved.

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