Strategic Staffing Sets annual events: Detroit-based Strategic Staffing Solutions has set the dates for its two major charity events of 2013. The Grand Prix Shakedown 20th annual 5-kilometer run and walk will take place Tuesday, May 28 at 6:15 p.m. at Belle Isle Park in Detroit. The Detroit Charity Golf Outing will be held Sunday, Aug. 11 at 12:15 p.m. at the Inn At St. John’s Golf and Conference Center in Plymouth. Both events benefit 2-1-1 On The Go, a mobile outreach initiative that engages people experiencing homelessness in downtown Detroit. For more information on the S3 events, call (313) 596-6900. For more information on 2-1-1 On The Go, visit

Turnaround specialist speaks at LTU March 21: Entrepreneur and corporate turnaround specialist Cary Wood will present a corporate case study on Thursday, March 21, at 12:15 p.m. at Lawrence Technological University, 21000 W. 10 Mile Road, Southfield. The Blue Devil Entrepreneurial Venture Series program begins with a reception at 11:45 a.m. in the lobby of the Mary E. Marburger Science and Engineering Auditorium in LTU’s Science Building. Wood, who earned a master’s degree in industrial operations from LTU in 1996, is president and CEO of Sparton Corp. of Schaumburg, IL, which sells  electromechanical devices. Wood took over the 109-year-old manufacturing company that was just months away from bankruptcy, made it profitable in 90 days, and has successfully diversified its product line. The company’s stock has risen  from $1.41 per share to over $14 per share. He will lead a case study that demonstrates his executive team approach that instills an entrepreneurial spirit in an organization. He has repeatedly demonstrated success in performance turnarounds and growth strategies for both public and private entities.

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Automation Alley sponsoring 2013 Livingston Regional Job Fair, April 17: Automation Alley, Michigan’s largest technology business association, is proud to sponsor the 2013 Livingston Regional Job Fair, April 17 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Crystal Gardens Banquet Center, located at 5768 E. Grand River Ave. in Howell. This community event, hosted by Livingston County Michigan Works and organized by the Livingston Regional Job Fair Planning Committee, gives area businesses and job seekers the opportunity to meet, network and make valuable connections. Last year, more than 50 recruiters participated in the event. Companies are encouraged to book a table early so that their job openings can be featured in pre-event publicity. Prices for tables start at $175. The registration form is available online at A list of participating employers and positions for which they are recruiting will also be available on the website, along with other details. For further registration information, companies should contact Pam McConeghy at the Greater Brighton Area Chamber of Commerce at (810) 227-5086 or before March 27.

Sterling Heights Chamber, and Detroit Metro CVB Present ‘Social Media for Business’: Advertising and marketing has changed, and if your business is not in the world of social media you are missing a major new promotional tool. Lisa Edwards, chamber marketing director, and additional social media experts will present an in-depth seminar covering all aspects of each of the social platforms, and how to get the most out them. So if you’re feeling left out, or need help in developing effective social media plans, plan on attending the program on Tuesday, March 26 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Ike’s Restaurant & Banquet Center, 38550 Van Dyke in Sterling Heights. Cost for pre-registered Chamber and DMCVB members is $10, and for “Not Yet” members and walk-ins $15. Complimentary appetizers will be provided, and a cash bar will be available. To register, please visit or call Lori Cline at (586) 731-5400 ext. 11 or email This event is sponsored by Michigan Insurance Source, Russ Vallee State Farm Insurance and The Macomb Daily.

Michigan Food Business Sets Summit: MiFood 2013, the Michigan food processing and agribusiness summit, will be held Thursday, May 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Frederik Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids. Registration begins March 27. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Call (616) or email for more information. The event is sponsored by the Grand Rapids economic development agency Right Place Inc. and the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center, in partnership with the Michigan Department of Agriculture, Pure Michigan, the insurer Marsh USA and the law firm Varnum.

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DRC-USGBC Announces Second Annual Recognition Banquet: Tickets are now available for the second annual Recognition Banquet honoring significant contributions to green building and sustainability in South East Michigan by the Detroit Regional Chapter of the US Green Building Council. The event, a dinner, LEED Building Showcase and presentation at the Farmington City Hall, 23600 Liberty St., Farmington, will be Thursday, April 25 beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $45 and are on sale now through the chapter Web site at New for 2013, there will be a showcase area at the banquet dedicated to highlighting LEED certified projects in the Metropolitan Detroit area. LEED presentation boards and scorecards may be submitted by March 29 to be included in the banquet. Please visit the chamber website for registration forms and additional information. Event underwriting sponsorships are also available. More at The USGBC is a nonprofit organization committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) green building certification program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities. More information about becoming a member of the Detroit Regional Chapter of the USGBC is available at Offices are located at 26913 Northwestern Highway, Suite 200, Southfield, MI 48033.The chapter telephone number is (248) 233-0006.

Biotechnology Business Consultants Offers SBIR-STTR 101 at Macomb-OU INCubator: Ann Arbor-based Biotechnology Business Consultants will host its “SBIR/STTR 101: Overview and Introduction” session Tuesday, April 9 from 9 a.m. to noon, followed by optional one-on-one meetings, at the Macomb-OU INCubator at Velocity, 6633 18 Mile Road in Sterling Heights. This half-day class helps small, technology entrepreneurs and businesses assess their eligibility to receive R&D funding through the government’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. Through these programs, 11 federal agencies make over $2 billion in high-risk, non-dilutive capital available to innovative small companies annually. Attendees will learn SBIR/STTR program basics, including: program purpose,  eligibility, sources of funding and tools for proposal development. It is designed to provide enough information for attendees to determine if they would like to seriously pursue a grant or contract proposal. A trainer will remain after the session for brief one-on-one meetings to discuss your project or learn more about the SBIR/STTR program. First come, first serve. The cost is $50 for in-state attendees and $100 for out-of-state attendees. Register at Refunds can be made up until 48 hours prior to training. No refunds after that time.

Great Lakes Software Excellence Conference is Open for Registration: The Great Lakes Software Excellence Conference (GLSEC), “SoftwareGR – Positioning West Michigan as a Cutting Edge Region in Technology Software,” will be held Monday, April 29 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Prince Conference Center of Calvin College, 1800 E. Beltline in Grand Rapids. Software developers and managers, IT professionals, students and educators should attend this annual conference, featuring a world renowned keynote speaker and multiple tracks featuring software developers, educators, business owners and thought leaders in the software and IT industries. The demand for IT and software jobs in West Michigan is greater than ever. SoftwareGR is dedicated to improving the competitiveness of Michigan’s software development community. GLSEC represents a collaborative effort within the technology community to gather, educate, serve and promote this community. Over 20 different thought leaders from regional companies are presenting as well as world renowned keynote speaker, Dorothy Graham, who has 40 years of experience, has written four books and speaks around the globe on software testing. Register at More about the event at and about the organization at

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3Sixty Launches Webinar Series: The Fenton-based digital marketing agency 3Sixty Interactive has launched a new webinar series entitled “Digital Lunch Break.” 3Sixty Interactive has launched this Webinar series to educate marketers and businesses about online marketing best practices, tactics, and how to improve overall online presence. The series will take place every third Thursday of the month at Noon. Topics that will be covered include “Attracting Your Customer”, “Reduce Your Bounces”, and “The CEO’s Guide to Online Marketing.” 3Sixty Interactive’s first Digital Lunch Break Webinar will be held on March 21 noon Eastern time. The Webinar topic is “State of Online Marketing” and will go into detail about understanding your customer, what digital channel works best, and what the rapid changing state of digital marketing means for you in terms of your marketing efforts. 3Sixty Interactive is also giving one lucky webinar attendee a free lunch to Applebee’s for spending their digital lunch break with them. For more information on 3Sixty Interactive, please visit or contact Dale Keipert at