2013 economic forecast for Macomb County featuring Dr. Jim Jacobs: The Chamber Alliance of Macomb County presents economic expert Jim Jacobs, president of Macomb Community College who will deliver his annual economic analysis and forecast for 2013 on Wednesday, Jan. 16. If you are a Macomb County business owner/manager you will not want to miss this. Zuccaro Banquets & Catering’s Chesterfield Township location will host this event. Doors open at 11:30 with lunch served promptly at noon. Sponsorship provided by Wayne State University. A countywide event that fills up fast, so please RSVP today.  Anchor Bay, Eastpointe/Roseville, Macomb County, Richmond, Romeo/Washington and Sterling Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce members $30 per person. Non-members $40 per person. Call Lori Cline (586) 731-5400 ext. 11 or Lisa Edwards ext. 13.  Web site reservations also accepted at www.shrcci.com.

New Enterprise Forum Tackles Networking: The New Enterprise Forum of Ann Arbor’s January panel will offer a crash course in the art of building alliances that bring valuable new leads, sales, and the next opportunity from simple but effective networking, a critical skill for entrepreneurs and technology workers. Panelists will include Gary Baker, director of IT and CIO at the Society of Manufacturing Engineers; James Corey, associate director of development for Western and Mid-Michigan, University of Michigan; and Greg Peters, consultant, coach, trainer and columnist, with moderator Shannon Beeman, client engagement manager of the Whole Brain Group. The event will take place Thursday, Jan. 17 at 5:45 p.m. (5 p.m. registration and networking) at Holiday Inn North Campus, 3600 Plymouth Road at US-23, Ann Arbor. The event is free to NEF members, $20 for nonmembers and $5 for students. More at www.NewEnterpriseForum.org.

Webinar Covers Machine Vision Applications in Automotive Assembly: The AIA will hold a free Webinar from 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Dec. 18 on machine vision applications in the automotive industry. Space is limited. Reserve your Webinar seat now at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/122963768. Automobile assembly and manufacturing as an industry was one of the early adopters of machine vision technology, and remains a key user in the market. This presentation will review technology and applications for machine vision in the automotive industry, and will discuss current and future trends where machine vision can provide value and improve productivity. After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

CBI Sets Webinar On Automating the IT GRC Lifecycle: Troy-based Creative Breakthroughs Inc. will host a Webinar Tuesday, Dec. 18 on automating the IT GRC lifecycle, a holistic approach that includes risk and policy management, hardware, software and appliances. Join CBI for an exclusive, complimentary webinar presentation as we discuss how integrating Symantec, Skybox, and CBI solutions can automate the IT GRC lifecycle company-wide. Dan Gregory, principal strategist at CBI will discuss the components of automating the IT GRC lifecycle, and gives a demo of how the power of three can create an automated lifecycle that can be implemented company-wide. The vent runs from 1 to 2 p.m. Eastern time. It will also be recorded and available for on-demand viewing. More at www.cbihome.com.