LTU hosts free June 5 symposium on smart manufacturing and lean systems: A symposium on smart manufacturing and lean systems will be held on Wednesday, June 5, in the Mary E. Marburger Auditorium in the Science Building at Lawrence Technological University, 21000 W. 10 Mile Road, Southfield. Speakers include Mauro Pino, Vehicle Assembly Operations vice president and head of World Class Manufacturing at Chrysler Group, and Bruce Hettle, executive director of Global Vehicle Operations Manufacturing Engineering at Ford Motor Company. A pre-symposium workshop will be held from 8 a.m. to noon on failure mode and effects analysis. The symposium will be from 1-5 p.m. Pre-registration at is required for the symposium, which is free and open to the public. This symposium provides a forum for industry practitioners to discuss the state of the art and innovation in the field of smart manufacturing and lean production systems. It also focuses on recent advances and the next generation of smart manufacturing systems. This is the first symposium hosted by the Smart Manufacturing and Lean Systems Research Group at LTU.

GLEQ Entreprenenur Connect returns: The Great Lakes Entrepreneur Quest will again hold its Entrepreneur Connect event Tuesday, June 18 at the Michigan State University Henry Executive Center, 3535 Forest Road in Lansing. Sponsors include Bank of Ann Arbor; Brinks, Hofer, Gilson & Lione; Lansing Economic Area Partnership; the MSU Innovation Center; MSU Federal Credit Union; the MSU Bioeconomy Institute; the MSU Eli Broad College of Business and its Institute for Entrepreneurship; and Consumers Energy. The day’s events include a golf scramble with investors and entrepreneurs, live breakout sessions including a pitch event, Q&A sessions for raising capital, impact investing, and the Entrepreneur Operating System, plus a resource round robin on statewide opportunities. The evening event features the presentation of over $300,000 in awards to Michigan entrepreneurs including, the SmartZone Award, GLEQ Emerging Company and New Business Idea Awards, the first Pure Michigan Social Entrepreneurship Challenge Awards and the Community Ventures Prize. For more information, visit

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Michigan Energy Fair returns: The Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association will present the ninth annual Michigan Energy Fair Friday, June 7 and Saturday, June 8 at the Mason County Fairgrounds, 5302 US-10 in Ludington. This annual event allows those in the sustainable energy industry an opportunity to network with one another, educating the public and have some good family fun. The fair is a great learning experience. The fair combines local food, fun activities, workshops, engaging speakers, and music thrown in for good measure. Professionals in the energy field will enjoy breakouts and an evening reception on Friday and Saturday the general public will enjoy exhibits, workshops and other activities free. The event runs noon to 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. More at

MTU Hosts FinnFest USA 2013 Technology & Bioenergy Forum: Network with business and government leaders, identify opportunities for developing business in Finland and attend presentations, tours and breakout sessions that could greatly benefit your bioenergy company. This event runs Wednesday, June 19 and Thursday, June 20 at the Memorial Union Building of Michigan Technological University in Houghton. More at

Master the Techniques of Disaster Recovery Planning At Merit Event: Merit Network’s Michigan Cyber Range reminds you of Certified Disaster Recovery Engineer (CDRE), a five-day course on June 17-21 in Ann Arbor. This course will teach you practical methods for preparing a disaster recovery strategy that can benefit your organization. The comprehensive Certified Disaster Recovery Engineer course goes beyond traditional Business Continuity planning training, preparing students for industry certification in business continuity planning and presenting the latest methodologies and best practices for real-world systems recovery. Students receive a solid foundation of instruction that will enable them to create meaningful business continuity plans. In addition, students will learn the latest methods for protection and recovery of technology in their organizations. Each student will leave the course with the start of their own business continuity/disaster recovery plan, developed with mentored oversight of the instructor. The training curriculum for this course is developed and provided by Mile2, a developer and provider of vendor-neutral professional certifications for the cyber security industry. This course is presented through the facilities of the Michigan Cyber Range, and all exercises will be conducted within the Cyber Range infrastructure. Hosted by Merit Network, the Michigan Cyber Range enables individuals and organizations to develop detection and reaction skills through simulations and exercises. The program offers students and IT professionals a full curriculum of meetings and workshops as well as critical cybersecurity training and awareness tools. More information on the Michigan Cyber Range can be found at Certified Disaster Recovery Engineer will be held on Monday-Friday, June 17-21 at Merit Network’s offices at 1000 Oakbrook Drive, Ann Arbor. The class will meet daily from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Continental breakfast, beverages and snacks will be provided each day. Standard registration for the course, including certification exam, is $3,000. For attendees from Merit Member organizations, the registration fee is just $2,400. Read more and register at

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EntreSlam Presents The F Word — Fear: EntreSlam, a storytelling competition for entrepreneurs, will meet Thursday, May 30 from 7 to 9 p.m. at 102 S. First St. in Ann Arbor. Come to EntreSlam and judge, tell a story, network and taste some great local area food … and judge that too! You can register to tell your entrepreneurial story based on this month’s theme of “The F Word.” More at

SBTDC Offers Venture Plan Training In Marlette: Learn the fundamentals of entrepreneurship as you get your small business up and running. Venture Plan is a six-week program for starting and growing your business, recognizing that you need a plan to chart your course. From the initial steps of clarifying your goals and business concept to setting up your operations, marketing and financial planning, this workshop-based course guides you through the business planning process. If you are considering starting a business or already running one, Venture Plan can help shape your company for growth. The event runs Tuesdays from May 28 to July 9 from 1 to 9 p.m. at ThumbWorks, 3270 Wilson St., Marlette. More at

Michigan Bioscience Technologies Entrepreneurial Boot Camp: These MichBio boot camps focus on Medical Tech and Biopharma Development and are an MEDC funded entrepreneurial support services program. These boot camps are meant for academic faculty, fellows, students, company executives and personnel, bioscience suppliers/manufacturers and other related professionals who want to gain a better understanding of R&D processes and learn how to commercialize technologies and therapies. There will be sessions June 17 and 18 for medical device development at the Southwest Michigan Innovation Center in Kalamazoo, and June 20-21 for biopharma drug development at the University of Michigan’s North Campus Research Complex. The application deadline is Friday, May 31. More at

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ACTiVATE Gathering Class of 2013: ACTiVATE is now accepting applications for the Class of 2013. The upcoming class, focusing on women who have an idea or technology they would like to commercialize and launch as a high growth business, begins in September 2013 both in Detroit and Grand Rapids. These 10 month program cohorts will cover 40 topics with coaching and advising from local instructors. Classes are combination of in person and online meetings. Phase 1- “what should I do?” identifies and validates ideas and Phase 2 – “How should I do it?” will help develop a business and financing plan. The application is Friday, May 31. more at