Lansing Chamber, IT Council Set Tech Forum: The Capital Area IT Council and the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce will present the 2011 Technology Forum: Where Business Meets Technology, on Wednesday, Sept. 21 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Michigan State University’s Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center. This expanded half-day event will include a networking breakfast, a presentation on mobility by William Briggs, senior technology director for Deloitte Consulting, several break-out sessions including panel discussions featuring CIOs and IT Directors of several prominent “end user” organizations and an expert panel of social media practitioners, and tradeshow type exhibition space — all leading up to a delicious luncheon and keynote presentation by Stuart McKee, national technology officer for Microsoft Corp. The cost for this  event is $99 for CAITC and LRCC members and $125 for non-members. For more information or to register visit, or contact the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce directly at (517) 487-6340 or If your organization is interested in joining the Capital Area IT Council, please contact Chris Knapp at: 517-492-5592 or for more information. An event overview is available at this link, while information on sponsorship opportunities is available at this link.

Coretek sponsoring cloud event: Milford-based Coretek Services will hold a seminar, “Define Your Cloud: Your Cloud Doesn’t Have To Be Confusing,” on Wednesday, Aug. 24 at Flemings Prime Steakhouse, 323 N. Woodward Ave., Birmingham. The event starts with the premise that IT infrastructures have become too complex and brittle for the pace and dynamism of business today, and that cloud computing offers a new model that cuts through IT complexity by leveraging the efficient pooling of on-demand, self-managed virtual infrastructure, consumed as a service. Also participating in the event are VMware, global leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure, and NetApp, which creates storage systems and software that help customers around the world store, manage, protect, and retain their data. The event runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. To RSVP, email or call (248) 880-3756. More a

Food Protection Institute To Welcome New CEO In Reception: The Global Food Protection Institute in Battle Creek will host a reception to welcome Julia Bradsher as its new president and CEO on Wednesday, Aug. 17. Bradsher, board members, and staff will be on hand to introduce themselves to the community and share GFPI’s plans for the future. Invited guests include state and local elected officials, business and community leaders and downtown merchants. The event will run from 4 to 6 p.m. at 49 W. Michigan, Suite 300, Battle Creek. The Global Food Protection Institute is a community of action advancing food protection. Founded in 2009, the Institute is positioned at the nexus of the social, political, economic, and environmental driving forces influencing the adoption of food protection policies and practices that lead to improved public health. GFPI’s family of global initiatives includes the International Food Protection Training Institute, which is building the training infrastructure in support of an integrated food safety system; the Emerging Technology Accelerator, which is advancing the development of novel food protection technologies; and Imagined Food Futures, which is facilitating the adoption of policies and practices that will lead to improved public health. Start-up funding for GFPI has been provided by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. For more information, visit