Mindscape at Hanon McKendry to Host Internet Marketing Academy: Grand Rapids-based Mindscape at Hanon McKendry will host the Mindscape Internet Marketing Academy from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday and Friday, Jan. 27 and 28, at the Grand Valley State University Eberhard Center in downtown Grand Rapids.  This two-day, hands-on workshop is designed for marketing, PR and communications officers; business and nonprofit leaders; and others interested in developing an Internet marketing strategy that will increase online engagement and revenue. Day One will feature the Mindshare Process, an educational foundation on effective Internet marketing. Takeaways will include SEO strategies for top Google rankings, ways to identify exactly what target audiences are searching for, and strategies to get in front of “buyers” when they are ready to buy. On Day Two, participants will learn how to implement their Internet marketing strategy with training focused on building an engaging social media presence and online reputation management. Following the workshop, Mindscape will provide participants with ongoing support, including an hour of individualized consultation and a 90-day free membership in the Mindscape Internet Marketing Academy Online. Space is limited. For more information about this workshop or to register, call (616) 734-0574 or visit www.ninjasintraining.com.

Econ Club To Host Sprint Nextel CEO: The Detroit Economic Club’s first meeting of 2011 will feature the CEO of Sprint Nextel, Dan Hesse, speaking about technology and the auto industry. The event will take place on Friday Jan. 14 at the Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center. Hesse will discuss how advanced mobile technology can play a pivotal role in the future of the American automotive industry. From connected transportation and smart grid initiatives to driver safety solutions, Hesse will explain how wireless technologies such as mobile data, 4G and M2M (Machine-to-Machine) are fueling automotive innovation, benefiting both the industry and its customers. More at www.econclub.org.

Plex Systems to Present at 13th Annual Needham Growth Conference: The Auburn Hills software-as-a-service manufacturing ERP provider Plex Systems Inc. will present at the 13th Annual Needham Growth Conference in New York, N.Y. on Jan. 11-13 at the New York Palace Hotel, 455 Madison Ave. Patrick Fetterman, vice president at Plex Systems, will speak about the company’s growth as a leading provider of cloud ERP solutions for manufacturers on Jan. 11 at 10 a.m. Eastern time in the Chairman’s Office conference room at the Palace Hotel. “The Needham & Company Growth Conference is a great opportunity to communicate our company’s mission and vision to the investment community,” Fetterman said. The conference is recognized as the largest and best-known growth conference in the industry. With more than 1,500 institutional investors and venture capital professionals anticipated to attend, it has also become one of the best-attended conferences on Wall Street. Plex Online offers industry-leading features for virtually every department within a manufacturer, including manufacturing execution systems and quality management systems for the shop floor, supply chain management for procurement and enterprise resource planning for finance and management. More at  www.plex.com.

AIAG to Lead “Road to Corporate Responsibility” Conference Jan. 25 and 26: The Southfield-based Automotive Industry Action Group will hold a two-day conference that will focus on global corporate responsibility issues from multi-stakeholder perspectives, including raw material transparency, due diligence, ethics and compliance, and effective communication. The “Road to Corporate Responsibility” conference will be held Tuesday, Jan. 25 from 2 to 5:30 p.m. and Wednesday, Jan. 26 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Michigan State University Management Education Center, 811 W. Square Lake Road in Troy. The conference will cover fundamental training aspects of corporate responsibility for companies new to the issues.  Breakout sessions will examine emerging issues in purchasing; environmental, health and safety; human resources; and communications.  There also will be an OEM panel featuring executives from Honda, Ford, Toyota, Daimler and General Motors. John Viera, Ford Motor Company director for sustainability and environmental policy, will deliver a keynote address on the second day of the conference. For more information or to register for the conference visit www.aiag.org. Discounted registrations are available until Jan. 10.

Adeona to Present at OneMedForum San Francisco 2011 Conference: The Ann Arbor pharma startup Adeona Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NYSE Amex:  AEN) announced today that James S. Kuo, M.D., the company’s CEO, will present at the OneMedForum San Francisco 2011 conference. Kuo will present at 4:45 p.m. Eastern time on Tuesday, Jan. 11 in the Renaissance Room at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel. A live webcast of Adeona’s presentation can be accessed www.ustream.tv/channel/onemedforum. After the presentation, a replay will be archived and accessible on Adeona’s Web site at www.adeonapharma.com. OneMedForum is a financial conference that includes industry-focused panel sessions, numerous networking opportunities and more than 125 presentations by some of the most promising emerging medical device, biotech and health information companies. Adeona is a pharmaceutical company developing the following product candidates: a prescription medical food for Alzheimer’s disease, and drugs for multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis and age-related macular degeneration. For more information, please visit Adeona’s website at www.adeonapharma.com.


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