Macomb-OU INCubator Sets Session On CPA Communication: The next Macomb-OU INCubator Lunch and Launch will be held Thursday, Jan. 17 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Velocity Collaboration Center, 6633 18 Mile Road in Sterling Heights. The topic is “Are All Your Ducks In A Row? How to Set Up a Bookkeeping System and Efficiently Communicate with Your CPA.” In this Lunch and Launch, Lori Bianco, a CPA with her own small business, BiancoCPA, will conduct a presentation emphasizing that time equals money. She will attempt to keep this issue to a minimum by teaching the audience how to efficiently communicate with their CPA’s and to have good bookkeeping systems in place. More specifically, this presentation explores which services are necessary that CPAs offer, the software you can use for bookkeeping, how to efficiently organize records and files, what to accomplish during the year to get ready for year-end and what your CPA will ask you for at year-end closing. Lori Bianco, CPA, CGMA, has had extensive experience in both entrepreneurship and the education of her practice to startup businesses. She and her firm, BiancoCPA, are members of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants and the QuickBooks Professional Advisors Program. Lori held positions in a mid-sized accounting firm and in private industry in the manufacturing sector before founding her own practice in 1997. BiancoCPA assists clients with accounting, bookkeeping, taxation, payroll, enterprise consulting and software solutions. Bianco is an executive-in-residence at Mac-OU INC, an instructor at the Macomb County Small Business and Technology Development Center and a past adjunct faculty member of Macomb Community College’s Continuing Education Department. Bianco is licensed to practice in the state of Michigan, and is a graduate of Walsh College. For more information on this Lunch and Launch program, or to register, call Joan Carleton (586) 884–9324 or email

Merit Offers Essentials of DNS, BIND and DNSSEC: From Feb. 25 through March 1, Merit Network welcomes the Internet Systems Consortium for a week of classes on DNS, BIND and DNSSEC. ISC is a non-profit organization formed in 1994 to continue the development of BIND, the most widely used name server software. In addition to leading BIND development, ISC also provides training and consulting on DNS and related networking issues. The courses offered are: Introduction to DNS & BIND — Feb. 25-26, and DNSSEC Implementation & Deployment Workshop — Feb. 27-March 1. These courses will be available to Merit Members for 40 percent off their normal prices. Please consider taking advantage of this rare opportunity for in-state training by the recognized leaders in DNS. Reduced prices are also available for other non-profit organizations, and greater savings apply if you register for both courses. Merit Members may also apply for scholarships to attend the class. Also, Introduction to DNS & BIND will be offered Feb. 25-26. This two-day, classroom-style course features lectures and hands-on labs, geared towards sysadmins and network administrators. ISC’s experienced trainers will provide a solid grounding in DNS fundamentals, the operation of name servers and resolvers, building and administering BIND, and debugging DNS and name server issues. Hands-on exercises are included with each major topic. There’s also a DNSSEC Implementation & Deployment Workshop Feb. 27-March 1. This three-day workshop is designed for veteran networkers and system administrators who need to know how to deploy DNSSEC for their organizations. The Domain Name System Security Extensions is a set of specifications for securing information within DNS. DNSSEC allows DNS clients to authenticate the origin of domain name data, thus improving data integrity. Like IPv6, DNSSEC is a new addition to the set of essential tools for network engineers, and it is being adopted and deployed by an increasing range of organizations. Classes will meet daily from 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. at Merit’s offices at 1000 Oakbrook Drive, Ann Arbor. Continental breakfast, lunch, beverages and snacks are provided each day. Prices for the courses are as shown in the following table. Please visit the course Web page at to register.

Battery Show, Charging Infrastructure Expo Returning: Three shows will be held at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi when the Battery Show, the Charging Infrastructure Expo and the new Electric and Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo return to the Detroit area for 2013 Sept. 17-19. The first two shows achieved record visitor and exhibitor numbers in 2012, gaining a 14 percent increase in visitors and 215 exhibitors. The vehicle tech expo is new. More at