Attend The Great Lakes’ First BI And Big Data Summit: The Great Lakes Business Intelligence (BI) and Big Data Summit will be held on Thursday, March 14 at the Westin Hotel in Southfield, presented by WIT Inc. Gain first-hand knowledge from IT leaders and BI practitioners. The Big Data revolution represents the next big leap in business intelligence. It supplements existing data management infrastructures with new types of data, such as Web traffic, social media, sensor, and text, that don’t play nicely in traditional data warehouses. It brings a rich new assortment of products, such as Hadoop, NoSQL, and SQL/MapReduce databases, that can speed the delivery of analytical insights and applications. This presentation will describe the unique characteristics of Big Data, evaluate its role in BI architectures, and examine techniques for integrating it with existing BI products and tools. In this session, attendees will learn what is Big Data and how it will evolve; Big Data’s impact on existing BI architectures and products; how Big Data creates a BI ecosystem that finally meets the needs of business analysts; and four methods of integrating with Big Data products. Business case presentations from great Michigan-based organizations include Haworth, Kelly Services, Oakland University and Quicken Loans. Cheezburger from California will also discuss key successes in BI. Vendor sponsors include Attivio, iDashboards, Microsoft, QlikTech and SAS. More at Follow the Great Lakes Business Intelligence & Big Data Summit on Twitter: @GreatLakesBI.

Entrepreneur-YOU Sets Second Annual Women Entrepreneur Conference at Walsh College for Feb. 13: The second annual Entrepreneur-YOU women’s entrepreneur conference is scheduled for Wednesday, February 13, at Walsh College’s Troy campus.  Entrepreneur-YOU is a one-of-a-kind event designed to provide highly supportive resources for any woman who has a passion for growing or starting any type of business. The program was initiated in 2012 through the collaboration of successful local businesswomen seeking to help the large number of women in Southeast Michigan who have significant, unleashed entrepreneurial talent and the potential to positively impact and reshape the region’s economic landscape.  Event collaborators include Huntington Bank, Inforum, Michigan Women’s Foundation and Walsh College. The day-long conference offers four tracks with work sessions and panels to assist participants at every stage of entrepreneurship. The knowledge paths range from Novice to Practitioner, Achiever and Competitor. The keynote speaker for the event will be Lori Blaker, CEO of TTi Global, which provides staffing, training and outsourcing solutions to industry. Blaker has led her company to rank among the top 25 women-run businesses in the United States, and she has earned honors that include Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year, Enterprising Women magazine’s “Enterprising Women of the Year Award” and Leadership Oakland’s “Leader of Leaders” award.  Recently she was part of the first-ever U.S. Department of Commerce trade mission to Afghanistan. For more information and to register for Entrepreneur-YOU 2013, visit Tickets are $40 each and can be purchased online.

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Moon Exhibit Coming To Yankee Air Museum: The Yankee Air Museum will unveil its first-ever traveling exhibit, “NASA Fly Me to the Moon,” on Saturday, Feb. 9 from 5 to 9 p.m,. Admission to the event is free and open to the public. Project Apollo is an exciting educational exhibit that will be displayed at the museum February through May 2013. Activity stations include interactive science experiments, a spacecraft repair station, an astronomy observation station, a “moonwalk,” a velcro wall, a bungee run, and a chance to fly the Yankee simulator NASA F-18 over a virtual Cape Canaveral. There will also be an appearance from Michigan-born astronaut Jack Lousma from 6:15 to 7:15. A member of the second manned crew on the Skylab Space Station and commander of the third space shuttle mission STS-3, Lousma also served on the astronaut support crews of the Apollo 9, 10, and 13 missions. The line made famous by the mission of Apollo 13, “Houston, we’ve had a problem here,” typically misquoted (including in the Tom Hanks movie) as “Houston, we have a problem” — was received at Mission Control by Jack Lousma. Light refreshments will be provided. More at

Test Drive SolidWorks Hands-On In Troy: The manufacturing tech firm Fisher-Unitech is hosting a hands-on, instructor-led experience in using the SolidWorks family of products Tuesday, Feb. 12. Our technical team is ready to get you up-to-speed on the product design and manufacturing tools you need to excel in today’s marketplace. This is not a sales seminar, but it will introduce you to best-in-class tools for design, simulation, product data management and technical documentation creation. The event runs from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at 1150 Stephenson Highway in Troy. The event will cover an overview of the SolidWorks family of solutions; the power of 2D sketching and 3D modeling; associative assembly modeling and drawing creation; design communication with eDrawings, DraftSight & PhotoView 360; and much more. More by calling (800) 816-8314, or email, or visit

Automation Alley Kicks Off Series On Hiring, Keeping Ideal Employees: Automation Alley, Michigan’s largest technology business association, will host a six-session series on “Hiring and Keeping the ‘Ideal’ Employee,” beginning at 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 27 at Automation Alley Headquarters in Troy. To kick off the series, John M. Jones, director and business leader of talent and rewards at Towers Watson, will present tips on how to hire and keep that elusive “ideal” employee. The event also includes lunch, networking and a Q-and-A period. Future session topics will include writing a realistic job description, resources for recruiting, interviewing, on-boarding and managing the generation gap in the workplace. The first event in the series, presented by Automation Alley’s Education and Workforce Committee, is $20 for members with pre-registration and $30 at the door. For non-members, the cost is $40 with pre-registration and $50 at the door. Pre-registration ends Feb. 25 at close of business. Visit to register and watch Automation Alley’s Event Calendar as more dates in the series will be announced. For more information, contact the Automation Alley Resource Center at (800) 427-5100 or Automation Alley Headquarters is located at 2675 Bellingham in Troy.

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Midland’s Mid-Michigan Innovation Center released the following schedule for its February programs:

MMIC Offers TED Talk Tuesdays
Thursday, Feb. 14: The Mid-Michigan Innovation Center presents Ted Talk Tuesdays, a twice monthly event for viewing and discussion of talks from various TEDx satellite conferences, 8:30 to 10 a.m., MMIC, 2007 Austin St., Midland. More at

MMIC Offers Entrepreneurial Speaker Series
Tuesday, Feb. 19: The Mid Michigan Innovation Center presents its monthly Entrepreneurial Speaker Series, noon to 1:30 p.m. at the MMIC, 2007 Austin St., Midland. Terry O’Brien will be presenting at February’s Speaker Series. Terry’s expertise is in strategic planning and product development consultation. She has been president of O’Brien Consulting Group for almost nine years and is a BlueWater Angel for more than three years. The Midland resident is the author of Research Done Right, about chemical and allied industries research and getting a product to market. Terry also wrote a planning guide directed toward laid-off workers and providing strategies moving toward getting another job, Exit to Success. Cost: $20. More at

MMIC Offers Best Shot Workshop
Wednesday, Feb. 20: The Mid-Michigan Innovation Center presents the Best Shop Workshop, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., MMIC, 2007 Austin St., Midland. Best Shot is part of the “Reaching Your Target Market Workshops & Competitions.” This workshop provides three important functions: reorganizes the entrepreneurial culture by giving increased importance to sales; provides a motivation for entrepreneurs to engage; and serves as the intake and screening for the best tech companies to directly aid in launching their first sales campaign. Attendees will learn to define the ideal customer; define the ideal sales and, or distribution channel(s) to reach that customer; and develop the pitch to close the sale. These three topics will be delivered and rewarded in the competition programing. To Register Now, Click on the link…

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MMIC Presents Boost! Gaylord
Tuesday, Feb. 26: The Mid-Michigan Innovation Center presents Boost! Gaylord, 4 to 8 p.m., Northwood University, 80 Livingston Boulevard, Gaylord. Fifteen innovators and entrepreneurs compete for MidMichigan Innovation Center memberships, an opportunity to pitch directly to The BlueWater Angles and other valuable entrepreneurial resources. Presenters have two minutes to ‘pitch’ their product or service before a panel of judges with an effort to convince them of their ability to run the proposed venture. “The BlueWater Angels rely on BOOST! Michigan as an important vehicle to find new investment opportunities while providing companies with critical feedback and links to support resources in the region that are often more valuable than investment alone,” said Ken Kousky, president of BlueWater Angels. BOOST! Michigan is a valuable resource to both innovators and investors, and everyone walks away having gained something. To register now, visit