Trivalent To Host Modern Office With Cisco Workshop: Trivalent Group, one of Michigan’s largest technology firms, will host “The Modern Office with Cisco,” a free workshop for business owners and IT decision makers on Wednesday, Nov. 7 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at its Grandville headquarters, 3145 Prairie St. SW. Companies today want to automate and reduce their technology burden — doing more with less or, better yet, more with what they have — yet many are not been able to achieve this balance through existing, industry standard practices. Attendees will learn how to free up resources, save on cost, and improve productivity with proactive, modern technologies and services from both Cisco and Trivalent. To register, or for more information, contact Margy Sneller at or (616) 301-6301. Participants also may register online at

Ann Arbor Spark Offers Selling Smart Workshop: Ann Arbor Spark will present one of its monthly Selling Smart workshops on the unique topic “Working Well with Annoying People” Wednesday, Nov. 7 from 9 to 11 a.m. at Spark Central, 330 E. Liberty St,. Ann Arbor. Each Workshop of the Selling Smart Workshop series will include an hour of practice selling, followed by an hour presentation on a different sales topic. More at

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Ann Arbor Spark Offers Hot Shots Career Connections Event: Ann Arbor Spark offers its monthly Hot Shots career connection event Tuesday, Nov. 6 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Arbor Brewing Co. 114 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor. Bring your resume, and come and mingle with growing, innovative companies in a fun and relaxed environment! More at

Ann Arbor Spark Presents OpenCoffee: Ann Arbor Spark will hold its monthly OpenCoffee networking event Tuesday, Nov. 13 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at Spark Central, 330 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor. This is a networking event for entrepreneurs, investors and those who work with innovation businesses, particularly in IT, cleantech and life sciences. More at

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Ann Arbor Spark Offers SoLoMo – Social, Local, Mobile Media Event: Ann Arbor Spark presents a SoLoMo media event Tuesday, Nov. 13 from 5 to 7 p.m. at  Spark Central, 330 E. Liberty, Ann Arbor. Join us for an invigorating discussion around social, local and mobile strategies. Social, Local and Mobile are key in establishing strong visibility in all the search engines. Hear our panelists success stories, learn what you can do and should absolutely not do in your quest for visibility. More at

Michigan Energy Forum: Advanced Energy Storage: Ann Arbor Spark presents the Michigan Energy Forum on Advanced Energy Storage, 5 to 7 p.m., Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave., Novi. What does the future hold for battery manufacturers and consumers? How do batteries for stationary storage differ from batteries for grid stability, transportation, or portable power? Come learn about what could be the next big thing in energy storage coming from Michigan companies. More at

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Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition Returns: Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition, opening reception, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Guardian Building, Detroit; Day One of competition, Wednesday, Nov. 14, Westin Book Cadillac, Detroit, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Day Two of competition, Westin Book Cadillac, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and Orchestra Hall, 5 to 9:30 p.m. More at