SBIR, STTR Proposal Workshops coming: BBCetc and UMMS Business Development are working together to bring the Michigan entrepreneurial community a workshop on preparing winning federal Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer grant proposals with a focus on the National Institutes of Health. The event will take place Thursday, Feb. 10 and Friday, Feb. 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days at the University of Michigan North Campus Research Center, 2800 Plymouth Road, Ann Arbor. The cost is $125 for companies based in Michigan and $250 for those based elswhere. Presented at this two-day intensive workshop will be SBIR/STTR eligibility, SBIR/STTR program details, strategic planning, nuts and bolts of writing a fundable proposal, SBIR/STTR review process, preparing a commercialization plan and steps to submit a proposal electronically. Life science focused and technology-based entrepreneurs and small companies seeking funding for R&D with plans to submit a SBIR/STTR proposal within the next 12 months should attend. To register, visit or call Kris at (734) 930-9741. The event is cosponsored by the Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center and supported by the Michigan Economic Development Corp.

Inforum Presents Networking 101 … Working the Room: There are two kinds of women in Inforum. The ones who have raised the bar and the ones who will. Come enjoy a glass of wine, get some valuable networking tips and discover Inforum. Whether you are new to Inforum or a long-time member, this event will show you the best ways to get the most out of your membership. How confident are you in a room full of strangers? Do you know how to “work the room” effectively? Knowing the basics of networking can make a huge difference to your career. On Feb. 21, at Cork Wine Pub in Pleasant Ridge, Sylvia Becker-Hill, author and executive change strategist, will discuss “Networking 101 … Working the Room.” This special Inforum seminar will focus on mastering the skills professionals need to develop good relationships both inside and outside their organizations. The event runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20. To register visit