Data Strategy Virtualization Expo featuring the VMware Express Mobile Lab: Please join Data Strategy along with partners at the DeVos Hall on Monday, Nov. 8 for the area’s Virtualization Event of the Year. This year’s event will feature breakout sessions around industry driven topics as well as hands on demonstrations showcasing the latest and greatest products. The event opens with registration at 8 a.m. and keynoter David Stafford, VMware’s director of business development, speaking at 9 a.. Breakout sessions run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with labs from 3 to 5 p.m. The DeVos Center is at 303 Monroe Ave. NW in downtown Grand Rapids. To register, visit

Capital Area IT Council part of Greater Lansing Business Showcase: The Capital Area IT Council has partnered with the GLBM once again this year to present at their upcoming “Greater Lansing Business Showcase” event on Thursday, Oct. 28. Keeping with the GLBM’s theme of “economic gardening,” the IT Council’s presentation will be entitled, “Market(ing) Fresh: A Panel Discussion on How Leading Organizations Use Technology in Their Marketing Strategies” (please reference the invite below for more information.) During this 90-minute program, we will look at how several prominent end user organizations are enhancing their traditional marketing efforts with social media, increased web presence, and other emerging technologies. Panelists include Bob Fish, Biggby Coffee; Elizabeth Kudwa, Capital Area District Library; Melissa Rogers, reenstoneFarm Credit Services; and Pat Day, Lansing Lugnuts Tara Smith, Gillespie Group. The moderator is Joe Ford of Netvantage Marketing. Past IT Council presentations at the Greater Lansing Business Showcase event have averaged about 100 attendees — so in addition to accessing thevaluable information during the presentation this is a great opportunityto network with local business owners and CEO’s.  To RSVP for the IT Council presentation contact Chris Knapp at: 517-492-5592 or Registration is free with admission to the Greater Lansing Business
Showcase — for more information about the Greater Lansing Business Showcase
and to print a free e-pass click on this link.

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NanoBio CEO to Present To Gates Foundation: Ann Arbor-based NanoBio Corp. announced that company founder and chief executive officer James R. Baker, Jr., M.D., will participate in the 6th Annual Grand Challenges in Global Health Meeting, taking place from Oct. 25-27 in Seattle, Wash., to present data illustrating the potential of  the company’s nanoemulsion-based needle-free intranasal vaccine platform. GCGH supports research projects that aim to achieve scientific breakthroughs needed to prevent, treat, and cure diseases of the developing world, which lacks the infrastructure to provide adequate healthcare to a population that is at risk for highly transmissible diseases. One goal of the GCGH is to improve the delivery and stability of vaccines to make them easier to transport and quicker to administer. At the 2010 Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC), NanoBio presented Phase 1 clinical data demonstrating that the company’s nanoemulsion-adjuvanted intranasal flu vaccine, NB-1008, is safe, well tolerated and elicits both mucosal and systemic immune responses following a single intranasal vaccination in a study of 199 healthy adults. This successful first-in-man study of NanoBio’s intranasal vaccine program provides a clear pathway for further development in influenza, as well as other diseases with unmet medical needs.  Dr. Baker will highlight the Phase 1 data during his presentation at the GCGH conference and will speak to the potential of nanoemulsion-based needle-free vaccines to address pandemic health concerns in developing countries. More at

Compuware Gomez offers load testing Webinar: Gomez, the Web performance division of Detroit-based Compuware Corp. (Nasdaq: CPWR), announced a Webinar featuring performance testing expert Scott Barber. The Webinar, titled “Application Performance Testing: From Concept to Gravestone,” will look at performance and load testing as integral parts of the application lifecycle. The event begins at 1 p.m. Eastern time Friday. Oct. 29. Barber is chief technologiest at PerfTestPlus and executive director of the Association for Software Testing. Also presenting will be Imad Mouline, Gomez CTO, and an expert in Web application development, testing and performance management. Register at

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Walsh College Offers Two Events: Walsh College is offering two business events back to back Nov. 4 and 5. On Nov. 4, it’s a Michigan success story from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.: Jennifer Piscopink, vice president of human resources at Carhartt, will talk over the factors that have sustained this family owned business for 120 years and counting — its durable corporate culture and dependable commitment to quality. The event is intended for owners, managers, and top level staff of privately held and family owned businesses. Tickets are $30 for Walsh College alumni and partners, $15 for students and BLI individual members; and $60 for all others. More at On Nov. 5, it’s “Rules of Dining Etiquette.” Who hasn’t  wondered which water glass is yours at a big banquet table? Or which fork to use first? Or where to put your napkin when you stand up to greet someone? Walsh College is hosting the second annual Rules of Dining Etiquette, presented by Patti McNiel at the Westin Southfield Hotel from 6 to 9 p.m. The cost is only $35 and includes instruction during a four course meal and non-alcoholic beverages. The event is best suited for ages 14+.  Register at Questions? Contact Savannah Lee at (248)823-1298.

New Horizons Partners For Customer Event: Livonia-based New Horizons Computer Learning Centers of Detroit, part of the world’s largest IT training company, will hold their fifth annual technology event, “TechKNOWLEDGEy 2010: Learn IT. Use IT.” on Wednesday, Nov. 3 at the New Horizons location in Livonia. TechKNOWLEDGEy 2010 is a free, one-day event aimed at helping business and technology professionals understand how various technologies can assist them in running their businesses more effectively and efficiently. New Horizons has partnered with Microsoft, C/D/H, Sogeti, Global360, AvePoint, and EXIN to offer breakout sessions on a variety of topics such as upgrading or migrating to Microsoft SharePoint 2010, and using SharePoint as a tool for development, organizational productivity, digital marketing, and strategic planning. Additional topics include business productivity in the cloud, IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL), and Online LIVE, New Horizons’ virtual classroom learning solution. The event will run 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; attendees are encouraged to register in advance and arrive by 7:30 a.m. to check-in. Continental breakfast, lunch and afternoon snacks will be provided for attendees at no charge. Those who attend at least two breakout sessions at the event will be eligible to participate in a drawing for prizes such as an Amazon Kindle, Microsoft  Zune HD, Microsoft Windows 7 and Office 2010 software, New Horizons training and much more. Additional event details can be found at Attendees are encouraged to register early for their preferred sessions and times as seating is limited.

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