Plex hosts manufacturing Webinar: Auburn Hills-based Plex Systems Inc., provider of the Plex Online software-as-a-service manufacturing ERP system, and researchers from Aberdeen Group are hosting a free manufacturing executive Webinar titled “SaaS ERP: Trends & Observations,” on Tuesday, Dec. 14 from 1 to 2 p.m. Eastern time. What does 2011 hold in terms of those manufacturers considering SaaS or cloud-based Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems? The free executive webinar spotlights the various deployment models of ERP. Presenters include Cindy Jutras, vice president, research fellow and group director of enterprise applications at Aberdeen, and Plex Systems CEO Mark Symonds. More information is available at

Saginaw Offers Federal Bidding Seminar: If you’re interested in responding to Federal or Department of Defense solicitations a Saginaw seminar coming up Wednesday, Dec. 8 will certainly be of interest to you. Todd Olson, Director of the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments PTAC will give an overview of how to understand a solicitation and the information buried within it. More specifically, the seminar will cover these topics: Solicitation number breakdown; What is an RFQ?; What is an RFP?; What is an IFB?; Breakdown of the Uniform Contract Format for Federal contracts; Online resources for FAR clauses, and more. The event will run from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Saginaw Future, 515 N. Washington Ave., 3rd Floor, Saginaw. To register contact Delena Spates-Allen at (989) 754-8222, ext. 232 or

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