Keweenaw Meet-Up Coming: The Michigan Tech SmartZone will feature a Keweenaw Meet-Up, a SmartStart program, on Wednesday, May 30, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Library Restaurant in downtown Houghton. Keweenaw Meet-Up provides entrepreneurs, small business owners and people with new product ideas a networking opportunity with leaders in our local business community.  Hear presentations, take part in roundtable discussions and learn what others have done to create successful companies in the Keweenaw. Call MTEC SmartZone at 487-7000 or visit our Facebook for more details:

Electrochemical Society To Present Student Poster Session: The Detroit Section of the Electrochemical Society will hold a student poster session at Corner Brewery, 720 Norris St., Ypsilanti from 6:30 to 8 p.m. We recognize electrochemistry has a wide reach in a variety of fields and would like to take this opportunity to include a diverse range of topics relating to electrochemistry. This event is an opportunity for graduate students and postdocs to present their work in poster format to a group of supportive and inquisitive professionals and peers in a relaxed and casual atmosphere. Join us in supporting local students participating in research shaping the field of electrochemistry. A full list of presenters and abstracts can be found at: Snacks will be provided, Attendees are welcome to purchase food and beverages from the Corner Brewery on their own. Parking lots are available on both the north and south sides of the Corner Brewery. Due to the nature of the venue, those under 21 are not permitted inside without a guardian. Please RSVP to Prof. Stephen Maldonado by emailing by June 1.

STC Southeastern Michigan to recognize volunteers: The Society for Technical Communication – Southeastern Michigan will hold its annual chapter volunteer and awards program on Tuesday, June 19 at the Hilton Garden Inn, 14600 Sheldon Road in Plymouth. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. and the program starts at 7 p.m. The event will recognize chapter member Ann Blakeslee, a 2012 recipient of the Society’s Ken Rainey Award for Excellence in Research, and to welcome her as a speaker at this program. The event is $20 for STC/SM chapter members, $30 for all other STC members and $40 for others. Look for additional program details and registration information, including dinner menu options, to be available very soon on the chapter Web site at

Automation Alley’s Tech Committee Presents “Turning Intellectual Property into New Product Profits”: This summer, the United States Patent and Trademark Office plans to open a satellite location in Detroit — the first office outside of the USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Va. The office is expected to attract technology businesses and entrepreneurs who want to commercialize their intellectual property. Automation Alley, Michigan’s largest technology business association, is pleased to welcome the USPTO’s Deputy Chief of Staff Azam Khan, who is responsible for the Detroit office, as the keynote speaker for a seminar titled “Turning Intellectual Property Into New Product Profits.” Presented by the Automation Alley Technology Committee June 12, from 8 to 11:30 a.m. at Automation Alley Headquarters in Troy, this is the first seminar in a new series on product development. Following Khan’s address, Kevin Heinl of Brooks Kushman P.C., Kristin Pursley of Dobrusin & Thennisch PC and Eric van der Meulen, Q’vive, LLC will lead an in-depth discussion on the legal and intellectual property aspects of new product development throughout the product development cycle, from ideation to commercial launch. Topics to be addressed at the seminar include the impact of the new USPTO office in Detroit, invention disclosures, IP strategy, patent searches and infringement analysis, utility and design patent application filing, trademark registration, the cost of IP, joint development agreements, and licensing and sales/distribution agreements. The session will conclude with a panel discussion and Q&A. The cost for members is $20 with pre-registration or $30 at the door. The cost for non-members is $40 with pre-registration or $50 at the door. Pre-registration closes June 10 at close of business. Foundation Members are invited to attend at no cost, but pre-registration is appreciated. This event is sponsored by Brooks Kushman and DASI Solutions. If you are interested in sponsoring this event, contact Events Manager Jennifer Chinn at (248) 457-3228 or Automation Alley Headquarters is located at 2675 Bellingham in Troy. For more information or to register, contact the Automation Alley Resource Center at (800) 427-5100 or, or visit

Trivalent Group Sets 8th Annual Solutions Expo: Grandville-based Trivalent Group will host its 8th Annual Solutions Expo, “Continuity in the Cloud” on Thursday, June 14 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, 1000 East Beltline Ave NE. Trivalent’s Solutions Expo brings together more than 300 end users, technical experts and prominent solution providers to participate in presentations and platform-specific breakout sessions led by top industry vendors and thought-leaders. This year, participants may select from five rounds of interactive breakout sessions conducted by more than 20 vendors, including HP, EMC, Blue Coat, Microsoft, Dell, Cisco, and VMware. Experts will share the latest industry trends and solutions in cloud computing, with a focus on maintaining continuity in employee productivity and workplace operations. For more information and to register, visit or for more information contact Brad Andrus at or (616) 301-6301. There is no cost to attend the event for qualified IT professionals and business decision makers.

Grand Rapids Inventors Network Sets June Meeting: The Grand Rapids Inventors Network and the West Michigan Science and Technology Initiative will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 12 for a special event, “Marketing for a Reason.” If “sales” drives the company bus, then “marketing” is the bus driver. Simply put, marketing can make or break a company, especially a start up. Market research is critical to successful product development; it’s how you identify your target market. Presenters Bill Danhof, who worked with blue chip clients in New York and Chicago before coming to the Grand Rapids ad agency Hanon McKendry, and Debbie Kiekover, with more than 20 years in marketing expeirence, who has conducted hundreds of focus groups and research projects. Admission is free. The venue is Room 119 of Grand Valley State University’s Cook – Devos Center for Health Sciences, 301 Michigan St. NE. More at


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