MCWT Sets Annual Membership Meeting: This year’s annual membership meeting of the Michigan Council of Women in Technology March 22 will be focused on networking, learning and growing together. Fiserv executive vice president and CIO Maryann Goebel will deliver a dynamic keynote address discussing leadership, the benefits of mentoring and how to further your career in IT. She’ll also provide insight into her own career path. At this must-attend event, attendees will participate in structured networking sessions in the areas of health IT, mobility, security and leadership to facilitate and create relationships with women with similar interests; meet MCWT’s leaders and hear about the organization’s various programs, including our brand new eLearning initiative; learn how to maximize your MCWT membership; and have a chance to win tickets to our annual Signature Gala, Golf Classic dinner and more. Register online at  For more information, email The evening begins with registration at 5:30 p.m., structured networking at 6 p.m., an MCWT business update and the keynote speech at 6:30, followed by more informal networking and dessert. The venue is Altair Engineering, 1820 Big Beaver Road in Troy.

SBIR, STTR Introduction Seminars Coming To Detroit, Kalamazoo: Biotechnology Business Consultants will present “SBIR/STTR 101: Introduction and Overview,” March 8 in Detroit and march 14 in Kalamazoo. The federal government mandates that about $2.3 billion a year in federal agency research spending goes to small business, into programs called Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer. BBC’s half-day workshop covers the SBIR/STTR program basics, including: program purpose; eligibility; and sources of funding. It is designed to provide enough information for attendees to determine if they would like to seriously pursue proposal development. Technology-based entrepreneurs and small companies seeking funding for R&D should attend. The Detroit event will take place from 9 a.m. to noon at TechTown, 440 Burroughs St., Detroit. The cost is $50 for companies based in Michigan and $100 for those based elsewhere. Register at The Kalamazoo event runs from 9 a.m. to noon at Southwest Michigan First, 241 E. Michigan Ave. The cost is $50 for Michigan attendees and $100 for those based elsewhere. Register at

Lunch And Learn On Running A Business With Your Spouse: “Sleeping With Your Business Partner” is the title of a lunch and learn program Thursday, March 8 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Troy. Jan and Marshall Rice will discuss how to work with your spouse 24-7, and how they founded in 1998 — the first Michigan-centric shopping site on the Internet — and why they later decided to close up shop. They’ll also discuss how they founded the Celebrate Michigan Expo, which today has become the annual Michigan Emerging event. Your emcee and host for this event will be writer and marketer Dean La Douceur. The event is $20. Lunch is a separate purchase. The venue is Shield’s Restaurant, 1476 W. Maple Road in Troy. Round Table Promotions is sponsoring this event. Round Table Promotions has hosted lunch and learn events featuring an A list of Southeastern Michigan’s leaders in business and government. Round Table Promotions also produces corporate communications, promotions and publicity campaigns For more information about the event or our host, or you may contact them at (248) 383-5793.