Inforum Sets Annual Auto Show Breakfast: Will cars really drive themselves? Is the internal combustion engine going away?  Will your children and grandchildren dream of careers in the auto industry? Join Inforum and Inforum’s AutomotiveNEXT initiative to hear from top futurists and technology leaders about what’s coming — the exciting future of the industry and the world-class jobs in it. The event will be held Thursday, Jan. 12 from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Westin Book Cadillac, Detroit. The cost is $45 for Inforum members, $55 for nonmembers and $500 for a table of 10.

Plex Systems Hosts 11th Annual PowerPlex Conference: Plex Systems Inc., provider of the Plex Online Cloud ERP system for manufacturers, Tuesday announced the dates and theme for its 11th annual PowerPlex user conference. The event will be held on May 14-16 at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown. The focus is on sharing manufacturing best practices with the community of Plex Online users. More information is available at The conference agenda will include feature presentations, case study discussions and educational sessions focusing on the capabilities and successes of the Cloud ERP technology in maximizing manufacturing efficiencies. Last year’s event was attended by nearly 700 Plex Online users, Plex Systems staff, partners and prospective customers from diverse manufacturing industries.

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Boost Hits Traverse City: Boost, an entrepreneurship effort of the MidMichigan Innovation Center, is coming to Traverse City’s Park Place Hotel Jan. 11. Organizers describe Boost as a kinder version of “Shark Tank”…without the cameras and commercials. There’s room for only 15 presenters and this event fills up quick so don’t delay. Each presenter will have two minutes to present their idea (sorry no slides) to a board of very qualified judges for valuable feedback. Two winners will be selected based on the most popular vote of the judges and the support folks in the audience. Dinner will be held at 8 p.m. at the Bay Leaf for the judges and winners, following Boost. The two winners will also be invited to present at a future Northern Michigan Angels dinner. The Northern Michigan Angels are a group of private investors who invest in start up and growing businesses in Northern Michigan. The public is welcome to join us in observing the presentations, but please register as space is limited. The event begins with a 4 p.m. program on MMIC and the Northern Michigan Angels working together, networking from 5 to 6 p.m., and presentations and awards from 6 to 7:30 p.m. For more information, contact Heather Fortin (231) 995-7119.

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Plante Moran to Present Leadership Transitions Event: Plante Moran PLLC, one of the nation’s largest public accounting and business consulting firms, will present a seminar, “Create a Sustainable Organization: A Roadmap for Seamless Leadership Transitions,” on Monday, Jan. 23 at Automation Alley in Troy. Organizations are discovering that planning for leadership transitions is a key to their long-term sustainability. Participants at this seminar will learn how their organization can leverage insights from one of Fortune magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” for 13 years running. The presentation will be led by Bill Hermann, CPA, who served as Plante Moran’s managing partner from 2001 to 2009 and is now the industry group leader of Plante Moran’s Services Group. Hermann co-authored the newly published book, “Succession Transition: A Roadmap for Seamless Transitions,” with current Plante Moran Managing Partner Gordon Krater, CPA. In 2008, Plante Moran completed the transition process from one managing partner (Hermann) to the next (Krater) for the fifth time since 1950. Both Hermann and Krater were prepared for their roles in the transition because of processes that have been in place at Plante Moran for decades. The seminar will offer business transition insights and best practices from the book with a special focus on the six key areas that serve as a framework for creating sustainable and healthy organizations, a necessity for any successful leadership transition: organizational culture, communication and recognition, leadership selection, development, experiential learning and mentoring. The event runs from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Automation Alley, 2675 Bellingham, Troy. There is no fee to attend. Register online at For questions, please contact Laura Kopsch at or (248) 223-3479

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CBI Webinar Series Tackles Spear Phishing: Spear Phishing has emerged in the past year as one of the most prevalent and effective means to circumvent and exploit information security defenses. The personal and targeted nature of the attack makes it particularly effective at harvesting confidential data, stealing massive sums of money and gathering intelligence by pinpointing key personnel in an enterprise. Creative Breakthroughs Inc.’s Joe Schorr will examine the attack lifecycle in several recent incidents and give recommendations for protecting your organization from this threat. The Webinar will be held at 1 p.m. Eastern time Tuesday, Jan. 10. Register at this link.