Workshop To Cover Social Media Use In Design, Construction: On Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 6:15 p.m., Building Industry Resources, a social media and business support agency, will host a complimentary workshop, “How the AEC Industry Uses Social Media.” The workshop will be held in TechTown’s business incubator facility at 440 Burroughs St. in Detroit. Please go to to register in advance. The hour-long workshop will address how the architecture, engineering and construction industry uses Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, blogs, and niche specific social media sites to effectively communicate with clients, prospects, and partners; monitor the competition; develop their brand; increase visibility of their services; position themselves as thought leaders and industry experts; promote company news and events; and drive traffic to their Web sites. Throughout the workshop, Karen A. Davis of Building Industry Resources will answer questions as to how social media can be leveraged as a B2B and B2C tool for AEC professionals. Architects, engineers, contractors, interior designers, facility managers, and allied professionals are welcome to participate. For more information on Building Industry Resources, visit

Economist To Make 2012 Presidential Predictions: An award-winning economist will make predictions about the 2012 presidential election from a ‘pocketbook perspective’ during a presentation sponsored by Grand Valley State University’s Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies. Patrick Anderson, principal and CEO of the Anderson Economic Group, LLC, will present an update on his 2004 Edmund A. Mennis award-winning paper “Pocketbook Predictions of Presidential Elections” on Tuesday, Feb. 7. His talk will shed light on the impact of financial conditions on presidential elections. It will examine voting habits and issues of income, employment, and inflation, before concluding with a series of predictions. Anderson has been extremely accurate in predicting outcomes of presidential elections. His formula has successfully predicted 19 out of the last 20 elections using only economic and institutional factors. The event begins at 7 p.m. in Loosemore Auditorium on Grand Valley’s Pew Grand Rapids Campus. The presentation will show what effect financial issues and conditions have on presidential elections. Anderson will touch on issues like income, employment, and inflation and their effect on voting habits. Anderson is one of the nation’s foremost experts on how private businesses and the economy affect elections. He has written more than 100 published works, and is the founder of Anderson Economic Group, LLC, which is an economic consulting firm specializing in business valuation, public policy, and industry analysis. He has served as the chief of staff of the Michigan Department of State and as a deputy budget director for the State of Michigan. He was an assistant vice president of Alexander Hamilton Life Insurance Co. and a graduate fellow for the Central Intelligence Agency. He holds a master’s degree in public policy and a bachelor’s degree in political science, both from the University of Michigan. For more information or to RSVP, contact Grand Valley’s Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies at (616) 331-2770 or online at

Entrepreneurs To Share Success With Students At EMU Event: Michigan-based business owners will share their success with aspiring entrepreneurs as the Eastern Michigan University College of Business presents the Sesi Midwest Entrepreneurship Conference on Saturday, Feb. 11 at the EMU Student Center. The conference will focus on Innovation and Green entrepreneurship in Michigan. The keynote speaker will be Elizabeth Redmond, founder and president of Powerleap Inc. Powerleap is a clean-tech company based in Ann Arbor that developed technology to generate electricity from pedestrian and vehicular traffic. Elizabeth created Powerleap while at the University of Michigan and was recently featured in Forbes and The Discovery Channel. She will speak during lunch. Also scheduled to speak is Chris Kondogiani, director Adaptive Materials Inc., the Ann Arbor fuel cell manufacturer recently acquired by UK-based Ultra Electronics Holdings plc. EMU faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend, as well as other community college and high school students and faculty that have curriculum centered on entrepreneurship or business. Networking along with refreshments starts at 8:30 a.m. followed by opening remarks. Two break-out sessions precede a sit-down lunch follows and the conference concludes with the keynote speaker. The Skandalaris Business Plan Competition concludes after lunch as high school and university/community college students compete for cash prizes totaling more than $5,000. Break-out sessions are scheduled that also feature innovation and green entrepreneurs. The event is free but registration is required. Call Melissa Heatlie at (734) 644-6663 for details. The Student Center is located at 900 Oakwood Street in Ypsilanti. Register at this link.


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