Great Lakes Angels Sets Open Deal Night: Great Lakes Angels Inc. will meet Wednesday, Feb. 22 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The session is open to potential angel investors who are not yet members of a group and are considering joining one.  Presenting companies will include RewardPal,, a developer of a brand and consumer social loyalty management programs through games; Video Me Inc., a developer of a video-based social networking site; and Urban Employ,, a national job and internship Web site that connects small business, government and nonprofits with high quality talent. More at Great Lakes Angels seeks serious, active investors only. The Mission of the Great Lakes Angels organization is to organize and mentor angels and provide a forum for them to grow in knowledge and wealth and foster more of the same — to help invest in entrepreneurial companies in the region. It will have numerous “deals” presented, high-level content and quality speakers and panelists on key issues of angel investing. Current “Angels” and high net worth “potential Angels” can meet in a confidential and educational environment to discover opportunities for mutual areas of investment.

ITS Offers Event On Symantec Management Platform SP2: Grand Rapids-based ITS Partners is offering a Webinar on Tuesday, Feb. 14 at 11 a.m. Eastern time on “How We Learned To Stop Worrying and Love SP2.” Join this free webcast on the Symantec Management Platform SP2 update. The name of the game in Service Pack 2 is performance and stability. With enhancements to the underlying code users will see an immediate improvement in day to day console speed. Other key improvements to the Platform include enhanced VM management, a deeper level of security options for the Enhanced Console screens (Software Licensing and Software Management) as well as changes to supported software for the console itself. More at

WMSTI, GRIN Set Special Event: The West Michigan Science and Technology Initiative and the Grand Rapids Inventors Network are meeting Valentine’s Day evening to host “Three Local Success Stories And A Suprise.” The event begins with networking at 6 p.m., with the program following from 6:30 to 7:30, followed by more networking. You will be hearing from these entrepreneurs: Frank VanKempen and Scott Sovereign, who developed a very efficient ethanol still for farmers, letting them make their own ethanol fuel — and the waste is nutritious enough to feed cows; Mick Hanna, who refused to limp along on regular crutches after an Achilles tendon rupture, and came up with a great crutch product that lets people bear weight on their knee and upper leg and literally walk “hands free”; and Eric Mulder, who came up with an in-line duct furnace with temperature control that is so popular, the nation’s largest electrical heating manufacturer licensed his patents and hired him as their HVAC vice president of sales and marketing. All that will be wrapped up with a special surprise presenter. The venue is Room 119 of the Grand Valley State University Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences, 301 Michigan St. NE in Grand Rapids. The event is free, and parking is available south of Michigan Street in the Lafayette Street lot. Please register by email ahead of time so that a free parking permit can be sent prior to the event. For more information or to be added to the GRIN mailing list please contact


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