Real Estate Forum Coming To Cobo: The 25th Annual University of Michigan – Urban Land Institute Real Estate Forum convenes Nov. 9-10 at Cobo Center in downtown Detroit.   REF is devoted to placemaking and best practices in downtown, clean and green, walkable communities. The last time REF came to Detroit was 2006 and it attracted 550 attendees comprised of real estate economic developers, investors, brokers, developers, financial institutions, environmental consultants, lawyers, students, contractors, public officials, educators, planners and community and faith-based organizations. This year’s event will be keynoted by Tony Goldman of New York-based Goldman Properties, who was an early investor in SoHo in NYC and South Beach in Miami and also features Bus and Walking Tours, Peter Cummings – RAM Real Estate, Chris Leinberger – Brookings Institute/University of Michigan, John Norquist, Congress for the New Urbanism, Sam Cummings – CWD Real Estate, The Real Estate Excellence Awards, Eric Larson – Larson Realty Group, an Urban Marketplace, Dave Blaszkiewicz – Invest Detroit, ULI Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2012,  Brian Carnaghi – Presbyterian Villages of Michigan, as well as interactive Roundtable Discussions led by experts in Public/Private Partnerships, New Economy Hubs, Development Incentives, Land Banks, Weatherization, Urban Agriculture and Repurposing Properties and Buildings. Please visit for more information.

Atrio Systems Presents Microsoft Dynamics Users Group Conference: Pontiac-based Atrio Systems is hosting a Microsoft Dynamics User Group conference on Wednesday, Nov. 16 from 9 to 2 p.m. Eastern time at the Microsoft Office in Southfield. You will be given the opportunity to attend breakout sessions on Microsoft Dynamics GP, SL and CRM. Along with Atrio Systems, Custom Computer Resources (Microsoft Dynamics SL) and Vantage Business Solutions (Microsoft Dynamics GP) will also showcase their respective Dynamics solutions. Microsoft Dynamics User Group is a five-hour educational event with 12 break-out sessions, which draws both current users of Microsoft Dynamics CRM, GP and SL solutions, as well as companies considering new business management software. There is no cost and a complimentary lunch for attendees, but reservations are required and space is limited. This year’s conference will be held at Microsoft, 1000 Town Center, 19th Floor, in Southfield. To attend this event and learn all about Microsoft Dynamics solutions, register today at For further information, contact Laura Cubbler or at (248) 874-1758. ext. 114.