Reshaping West Michigan As an Innovation Hub: AimWest, the association for technology professionals in the Grand Rapids area, will host a program on “Reshaping West Michigan As An Innovation Hub” on Wednesday, April 20 at the downtown Grand Rapids Eberhard Center of Grand Valley State University. Networking begins at 5:30 p.m. with the panel discussion at 6:15. A recent headline from the San Francisco Business Times said, “California’s Innovation Model… Michigan?” Join aimWest to find out how West Michigan is becoming a hub for the one thing the future of businesses and communities depend on — innovation. Panelists from local collaborations TEDx Grand Rapids, New North and SiteLab will discuss innovation as more than just access to talent, capital and creativity, but as a catalyst for momentum, diversity and national leadership. rum for the interactive community, to help local businesses diversify using technology, and to provide a medium for sharing resources and knowledge with peers. More at

Help Desk Institute to talk dashboards: The Motown Chapter of the Help Desk Institute will sponsor its April meeting, “Dashboards: Taking Your Business From 0 to 60 With The Click Of A Mouse,” Friday, April 15 fro 1 to 4 p.m. at New Horizons Computer Learning Centers, 14115 Farmington Road, Livonia. Register at Presenter Tim Barr is director of sales at Troy-based iDashboards, a dashboard software developer, and “chief motivator” at Tim Barr Training. More at


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