ACE 2014 Technology Confab To Return To Burton Manor: The 14th annual Annual Collaboration for Entrepreneurship, ACE 14, will be held Thursday, Jan. 30 at Burton Manor in Livonia. The event outgrew its original home at Washtenaw Community College and moved to the larger Burton Manor banquet hall last year. ACE is Michigan’s oldest and most prominent technology business conference and is known for its education and engagement of innovative entrepreneurs in the bioscience and technology industries. ACE provides innovators, business leaders, and entrepreneurs of the Great Lakes region the opportunity to connect, network, and learn with one another. The conference will host a variety of informational forums focusing on start-ups, one-on-one consulting meetings with industry leaders, and panels highlighting innovation in the state’s urban areas and financing strategies. The event will also include an elevator pitch competition, in which Michigan’s most innovative start-ups will compete. For more information on ACE, visit

Right Place Sponsors Commodity Trends 2014: The Grand Rapids economic development agency Right Place Inc., the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center and the Supply Chain Management Council of West Michigan are teaming up to host “Commodity Trends 2014 Outlook,” a commodities strategy meeting to be held Sept. 26 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Pinnacle Center, 3330 Highland Drive in Hudsonville. Supply chain managers and directors, CFOs, financial managers, buyers, planners, purchasing and procurement agents, logistics managers, business analysts and sourcing managers should attend. The cost of the event is $85. Is your commodity purchasing strategy aligned with your business needs and the market outlook? The Commodity Trends 2014 Outlook event will provide you with the critical data on feedstock trends so you can build and manage an effective commodities strategy. Gain insights into influencing factors of critical manufacturing commodities such as metals, plastics, logistics and transportation. Please RSVP by Sept. 19. Contact Natalia Kovicak at (616) 771-0327 or if you have any questions. Visit to learn more.

MMA To Host Second Annual Manufacturing Talent Summit: The Michigan Manufacturers Association will host its second annual Manufacturing Talent Summit Thursday, Oct. 24, at the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center in East Lansing. Nationally recognized industry experts will discuss innovative ways to help manufacturers get trained workers on the job now while developing efforts to build an ongoing pipeline of talent for the future. The 2013 MMA Manufacturing Talent Summit has a power-packed full day program that features updates by Gov. Rick Snyder and Amy Cell, senior vice president of talent enhancement for the Michigan Economic Development Corp. on the “Collaborate. Create. Connect.” effort to fulfill manufacturing’s talent needs; Jennifer McNelly, president of The Manufacturing Institute, delivering the event’s keynote on showcasing the industry’s importance to the next generation of talent; Nicole Meloche, president of Organik Consulting, giving attendees tools to drive recruitment efforts and improve the image of manufacturing careers; the recognition of talent stakeholders who have been exemplary partners in the advancement of manufacturing talent through the Manufacturing Talent Champion award; leaders of the Manufacturing Engineering Partnership Program at Coopersville High School discussing ways any company can begin forming the collaborative partnerships necessary to build a sustainable talent pipeline; and panelists from organizations around Michigan focused on building student interest in the industry through fun exploration of manufacturing’s “cool side.” The 2013 MMA Manufacturing Talent Summit will also feature new and exciting segments designed to help talent stakeholders build local manufacturing talent pipelines, including hands-on activities, a student robotics demonstration and one-of-a-kind networking opportunities. Contact MMA’s Elyse Kopietz, at or (517) 487-8553, for more information. Check out the MMA website for registration details,