Ameriprise Financial Offers Sustainable, Responsible Investing Seminar: Ameriprise Financial Services Inc. advisor Jeff Kingzett will offer a seminar Tuesday, April 23 on the topic of sustainable and responsible investing.  Our guest speaker Stu Dalheim, vice president of shareholder advocacy at Calvert Investments, is a national leader on the topic of using shareholder rights to press companies to make improvements on a number of social and environmental issues. Also speaking will be Tiffany Hartung of the Sierra Club on clean energy initiatives. Irene’s Myomassology Institute, 26061 Franklin Road in Southfield, will be the venue for this event, and their faculty and students will provide a complimentary chair massage for those people who arrive beginning at 6:30 p.m. The event runs from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Event details can also be found at Please R.S.V.P. by April 22. Call (248) 865-2519 or email to reserve a place for you and your guests. Light refreshments will be served. There is no cost or obligation for attending this event.

28th World Trade Week business conference coming: Michigan’s global exports have ranked the state in the top 10 nationwide, and local businesses are discovering strong sales opportunities around the world. “World Trade Week West Michigan Business Conference 2013 — Managing Your Global Risk” will be held from 11:30 a.m.  to 5:30 p.m. May 8 at Grand Valley State University, in partnership with international business leaders supporting the West Michigan community. The conference features experts who will talk about strategies, opportunities and resources available to help businesses increase international sales. Keynote speaker Todd Wandtke, vice president of central region marketing for UPS, will talk about “Supply Chain Management: Benefits of Going Global,” from 11:40 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Wandtke has been with UPS for more than 18 years and oversees growth and marketing strategies across six districts and 17 states. The event will be held in the Eberhard Center of Grand Valley’s Pew Grand Rapids Campus, 301 W. Fulton St. Three panel discussions will be held: “Managing Your Legal Risks with Agent & Distributor Contracts,” “Know Before You Go: Successful Michigan Exporters,” and “Evaluating Emerging Markets: India, Philippines, Turkey and Vietnam.” Advance registration is $100 by April 26; and $125 after April 26. For more information or to register, visit, or call the U.S. Export Assistance Center at (616) 458-3564 or Grand Valley’s Van Andel Global Trade Center at (616) 331-6811.

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Registration Now Open For Automation Alley’s Annual Golf Outing: Registration is now open for the 14th Annual Automation Alley Golf outing, to be held Monday, June 10 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Twin Lakes Golf Club in Oakland Township. A sell-out every year, the golf outing is a great opportunity for organizations to gain exposure and make new business contacts as well as enjoy a day on the course. A ticket to the outing includes 18 holes of golf at Twin Lakes — a four-star (Golf Digest Places to Play) Jerry Matthews-designed golf course featuring wide sweeping fairways and huge contoured putting surfaces. The day also includes a cart, range balls, a continental breakfast, lunch on the course, an hors d’oeuvre reception with open bar, awards and gifts. This year, attendees will enjoy faster play on the full 27-hole course, speed relay competitions and a surprise giveaway. The event will begin at 8 a.m. with registration, continental breakfast and the driving range will be open. Shotgun start will begin at 9 a.m. The reception and award presentations will immediately follow golf. Tickets are $175 for members and non-members. To register, visit New sponsorship packages include tickets to the outing and various levels of recognition for your company. Sponsorship packages range from $500 to $2,500. To become a sponsor, contact Events Specialist Claire Leigh-Monstevens at or (248) 457-3206. Twin Lakes Golf Club is located at 455 Twin Lakes Drive in Oakland Township. For more information, contact the Automation Alley Resource Center at or (800) 427-5100.

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Electrochemical Society To Meet: The Detroit Section of the Electrochemical Society will meet Wednesday, April 24 to hear a presentation from Hongfei Jia of the Toyota Research Institute of North America on “Catalysis for Artificial Photosynthesis: Water Oxidation and CO2 Reduction.” Mimicking natural photosynthesis to convert and store solar energy into chemical bonds represents one ideal solution to the challenge of global energy supply and climate change. In addition to effective light adsorbing materials for harvesting solar energy, catalysts play a critical role to enable the step of chemical bond formation for artificial photosynthesis process. In this talk, fundamental aspects of catalysis will be discussed for water oxidation and CO2 reduction reactions. Recent activities of catalyst research at Toyota Research Institute of North America in this area will be also introduced. Jia’s earlier research focused on biocatalysis and biofuel cells, and currently he works mainly on solar energy utilization and CO2 recycling. The event will take place in Room 406 of the Taubman Welcome Center at Lawrence Technological University, 21000 W. 10 Mile Road, Southfield, beginning with a reception at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6:30 and the speaker at 7:30. The price is $20 for members, $22 for guests or $10 for students, payable by cash or check. RSVP by April 17 to More at

Vision Computer Solutions to Speak at Upcoming Identity Theft Seminar: Peter Marsack, vice president of consulting at Vision Computer Solutions – a leading IT company in Michigan – will be a guest presenter at a local seminar on identity theft prevention. The seminar will be hosted by Ameriprise Financial Services in Troy on April 18 at 6:30 p.m. As a benefit to its clients, Ameriprise offers monthly informational seminars and educational events on various finance related topics. Peter Marsack was invited to present to Ameriprise’s clients as a local expert on the topic of Michigan technology services and keeping personal information secure. The seminar will include an overview of the five main types of identity theft, how it affects Americans at home and in the workplace, and several detailed real world examples of the impact of identity theft. The presentation will also provide tips on how to deter identity theft, recovery plans for identity theft victims, and will conclude with a question and answer session.

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Fisher-Unitech Offers Free, Hands-On, Instructor-Led Tour Of SolidWorks: Come join us Fisher-Unitech and experience 3D SolidWorks software with hands-on, instructor-led tryouts. 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 will be held Tuesday, April 23 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Fisher-Unitech, 1150 Stephenson Highway in Troy. Register at