CPAs To Meet On Cloud And Internet Strategies: The Michigan Association of CPAs will present “Cloud/Internet Strategies, Publishing and Working the Web: What You Need To Know” on Monday, Nov. 12 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Michigan State University Management Education Center in Troy. The event costs $300 for MACPA members and $400 for others. The rise of cloud computing coupled with smartphones, tablet PCs, Wi-Fi and 4G internet access is a game changer, giving rise to a new generation of compelling products and methods built around these technologies. The adoption and implementation of these new technologies has triggered a firestorm of operational changes in the way CPAs create, store and share their data, and in some cases is changing the tools CPAs use. Join us to learn about a multitude of new methods, strategies and technology solutions that have emerged to help make you more productive. Best of all, these new solutions are inexpensive, and easy to setup and use. More at

BBC Offers SBIR Introduction, Overview: On Wednesday, Oct. 24, Biotechnology Business Consultants will conduct a full-day workshop covering the basics of writing winning Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer grant proposals,  including specific program information for key agencies such as National Science Foundation, Department of Defense and National Institutes of Health. The event runs from 9 a;m. to 3 p.m. A bonus afternoon session from 3 to 5 p.m. is intended for those attending the National SBIR Conference in Portland Nov. 13-15. The venue is the Michigan Tech Advanced Development Complex, Houghton. The cost is $75 for Michigan companies and $150 for others. More at

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BBC Offers SBIR Introduction, Overview: On Thursday, Oct. 25, Biotechnology Business Consultants will conduct a full-day workshop covering the basics of writing winning Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer grant proposals. The event runs from 9 a.m. to noon at TechTown, 440 Burroughs St., Detroit. The cost is $50 for Michigan companies and $100 for others. Register at
BBC Offers Grant Proposal Prep for NSF: On Tuesday, Oct. 30, Biotechnology Business Consultants will hold a workshop on writing winning Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer grant proposals, focused on the National Science Foundation. The NSF deadlines are right around the corner — Dec 3 for SBIR and Dec 20 for STTR. This course is designed to put you on the right course for completing a competitive proposal that meets the unique requirements of the NSF. The venue is the BBC office in Ann Arbor 803 N. Main St., Ann Arbor, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the cost is $75 for Michigan and $150 for all others. Register at

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Henry Ford Community College Hosting Union of Concerned Scientists: Jeremy Richardson and Nancy Cole of the Union of Concerned Scientists will discuss the role of renewable resources in a changing energy landscape at Henry Ford Community College Thursday, Oct. 25, 12:40 to 2 p.m. in Room L-14 of the Liberal Arts Building on the main campus. This event is free and open to the public. Richardson and Cole’s lecture will focus on various renewable resources, including coal-fired power, natural gas, wind and solar power, as well as their impact on health concerns, energy cost and job creation opportunities. Richardson is a Kendall Science Fellow in Clean Energy Innovation. His research efforts focus on the exploration of the fundamental cultural and economic drivers of coal production in West Virginia, and on the identification of ways to create diverse economic opportunities. He holds an undergraduate degree in Physics from West Virginia University, as well as a graduate degree and Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He has served as an advisor to Al Gore’s Repower American Campaign, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Cole is the director of outreach for the UCS Climate and Energy Program. She is involved in the UCS Sound Science Initiative (SSI), a special project designed to help scientists present accurate, credible information about global warming and other issues to policy makers and the media. A grassroots-organizing veteran, Cole works with scientists across the country to bring the voice of the scientific community to bear on critical global environmental issues. In 1995, she co-authored the book Renewables Are Ready: People Creating Renewable Energy Solutions. The Union of Concerned Scientists is the leading science-based nonprofit working for a healthy environment and a safer world. It combines independent scientific research and citizen action to develop innovative, practical solutions and to secure responsible changes in government policy, corporate practices, and consumer choices. It originally began as a collaborative effort between students and faculty at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1969 and is now an alliance of more than 400,000 citizens and scientists. For more information, please visit

Respiratory Therapy Info Sessions Set: Monroe County Community College will hold information sessions for those interested in pursuing a career in respiratory therapy, and four different dates are available throughout the academic year on Nov. 16; Feb. 20, and May 21. Three different times will be offered on each of those dates: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., 4 to 5:30 p.m. and 7 to 8:30 p.m.  The sessions will be held in Room 159 of the Welch Health Education Building. Topics covered will include job duties of respiratory therapists, the employment outlook and required classes in the program at MCCC. Respiratory therapy program faculty will be on hand to answer any questions. The application deadline for the respiratory therapy program for the Fall Semester is June 1. For additional information, contact Bonnie Boggs, director of respiratory therapy, at (734) 384-4268 or

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Sustainable Business Forum Sets Annual Dinner: The Southeast Michigan Sustainable Business Forum will hold its 11th annual dinner Thursday, Nov. 8 at the Planterra Conservatory, 7315 Drake Road in West Bloomfield Township. The event begins at 6 p.m. and features dinner, drinks, and keynote speaker Valerie Brader on “Energy in Michigan: A Discussion of the State’s Energy Impacts — Now and in the Future.” Tickets are $25 for members nad $35 for non-members. More at