Comcast Business Class, Bloomberg TV Bring Social Media Panel to Plymouth: Comcast Business Class and Bloomberg Television will present a free social media and marketing discussion on Friday, Nov. 11 at the Comcast Heartland Region Headquarters in Plymouth at noon. Patrick Schwerdtfeger is the author of “Marketing Shortcuts for the Self-Employed” (2011, Wiley & Sons, Inc.) and is a regular speaker for Bloomberg TV. He has spoken about modern entrepreneurship and the social media revolution at conferences and business events around the world. The event runs from noon to 2 p.m. Admission is free, but reservations are required.  To reserve a spot, please contact Billie Jo Pabst via email at Comcast Plymouth is located at 41112 Concept Drive.

MMA offers 2012 Economic Outlook for Michigan Manufacturers: Join the Michigan Manufacturers Association Tuesday, Nov. 29 for a seminar, “2012 Economic Outlook for Michigan Manufacturers” in Lansing. The seminar will be presented by Tim Salisbury and Richard DeVore with PNC Bank. Join us for this special program to learn what is on the horizon for Michigan’s economy — especially for the state’s vital manufacturing sector. The seminar, 2012 Economic Outlook for Michigan Manufacturers, will take at the MMA office, located at 620 S. Capitol in Lansing. The session will run from 10 a.m. until noon. This program is free for MMA members and $25 for other attendees. For more on other MMA events and seminars, visit the MMA website at (see Education & Seminars) or contact LeAnn Hicks at, 517-487-8557 or 800-253-9039 (press 9, then ext. 557).

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AimWest Asks, Can You Break Out of the “Filter Bubble”?: AimWest’s next meeting will be held Wednesday, Nov. 16 in the third floor banquet area of San Chez. It asks the musical question, Can you break out of the “Filter Bubble”? We’re living in the world of Facebook, Google, Amazon, and Netflix. They think they know our preferences based on our history. Online firms are suggesting things that they “think” we like. However, due to narrow algorithms, they are unlikely to suggest anything out of our “bubble.” We never see suggestions that may give us another perspective, a new interest, or even expand our worldview. Is this a business model reality? Is it a problem? Or, is it simply a convenient way for these behemoths to organize users and content? Let’s talk about it. In West Michigan’s first “Fishbowl”-styled event, we can all be involved in the discussion if we choose. No panels; no specific speakers; no kerfuffle; just a great room of smart people, holding a constructive conversation. How fun is that? Can’t swim? Don’t know what a Fishbowl is? No worries (most of us didn’t either) but Wikipedia came through. More at

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UM Sets Cyberinfrastructure Days: Merit Networks Inc. said Wednesday that its member organizations are invited to attend the University of Michigan’s Cyberinfrastructure Days, a three-day exploration of ways to use CI in research and teaching. The event will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 29 through Thursday, Dec. 1 at Palmer Commons on the University of Michigan’s Ann Arbor campus. Highlights include: Nationally renowned speakers like John Delayney, Gerhard Klimeck and Victoria Stodden, information on the future of CI-enabled discovery and learning, hands-on tutorials, presentations and panels, and more. The event is free, and advance registration is required. Space is limited, and registration closes on Nov. 23. More at or email

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MMIC Sets November, December Lunch and Learns: Join the Mid-Michigan Innovation Center for its Nov. 22 lunch and learn as the University of Michigan’s Marvin Parnes  discusses how universities are playing a growing role in the innovation economy as a source of talent, technology, and services and the  increased focus on how universities can partner with companies, regional governments, and economic developers to promote innovation and entrepreneurship. Focusing on the State of Michigan, with an emphasis on UM, this presentation will look at new and emerging programs and engage the audience in a discussion of how these might become more responsive·to regional needs. At UM, Parnes shares oversight for infrastructure and administration, research administration, technology transfer, liaison with industry, and day-to-day administration of units reporting to the vice president for research. He coordinates “seed funding” for new scholarly projects and special needs in the research community. As executive director of research administration, he manages the Division of Research Development and Administration, which handles the development and administration of externally funded research, scholarship, and creative activity. Lunch will be provided. Register at or call (989) 839-2333, ext. 0. Also, on Dec. 13, the MMIC will host Michigan Economic Development Corp. president and CEO Michael Finney. He’ll speak at 12:30 p.m. And later that day, at 5:30 p.m., will be the MMIC’s annual holiday open house. Finally, the MMIC’s annual Heading for the Big Leagues Entrepreneurship and Invention Showcase has been scheduled for May 31.