Ann Arbor NEF gives awards at gala: The Ann Arbor New Enterprise Forum announced two award recipients in advance of its 25th anniversary gala, to be held Thursday, Feb. 17. Farnam Jahanian, founder of Arbor Networks, has been named the 2010 NEF Entrepreneur of the Year. Dick Sarns and Tom Porter, long time Ann Arbor entrepreneurs, will receive NEF lifetime achievement and leadership awards respectively. Both men have made significant contributions to the local business community, with statewide, national and international impact. The agenda includes talks from each of these entrepreneurial role models. If you haven’t registered yet, you can register online at until Wednesday. NEF will also announce the 2010 winners for Best Technology, Best Business Model and Best Presentation. The 25th anniversary gala will be held at Eastern Michigan University Student Center, EMU Campus, Ypsilanti from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Cost is $35.   VIP tickets are also still available for a 4 p.m. reception. MEDC and Butzel Long are lead sponsors of the event. More at


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