BBCetc Offers More SBIR, STTR Training: Ann Arbor-based BBCetc will offer three courses on writing winning applications for federal Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer grants in three events across Michigan this month. Proposal prep classes with special emphasis on grants from the Department of Energy and the National Institutes of Health will take place Tuesday, Oct. 20 at NextEnergy in Detroit. The event runs 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and costs $75 for companies based in Michigan, $150 for companies based elsewhere. Register at The next event, Proposal Preparation for the National Institutes of Health, will be held Tuesday, Sept. 10 and Wednesday, Sept. 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Grand Valley State University Center for Health Sciences, Grand Rapids. This event is $125 for Michigan companies and $250 for those based elsewhere. More at There will also be a proposal prep for the NIH class Wednesday, Sept. 25 and Thursday, Sept. 26 at the Michigan Life Sciences and Innovation Center in Plymouth at the same price as the Grand Rapids event. More about this event at

Detroit SecureWorld Registration Open: Registration now open for the SecureWorld Detroit tech security conference at The event will be held Oct. 26-27 at the Ford Motor Co. Conference and Event Center on Village Drive in Dearborn. SecureWorld 2013, presented by FishNet Security, will offer two days of presentations by industry leaders from around the world. Keynotes and speakers will be available soon. View the agenda at

Learn the Essentials of Java Application Development: Merit Professional Learning will host Beginning Java Application Development on Sept. 30 – Oct. 4, 2013, in Ann Arbor. This course will introduce the basic concepts of Java application development and provide the skills you need to successfully write your first applications in Java. The course is geared toward experienced programmers and developers who are new to Java development. If you work in a Groovy/Grails environment, this class can prepare you for Application Development with Groovy and Grails, offered on Feb. 24-28, 2014. This course combination may be of special interest to organizations that use the Banner ERP platform, which is adopting the Java-based Groovy language and the Grails framework. View a complete course outline and register at The course meets daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Merit Network’s offices at 1000 Oakbrook Drive, Suite 200, Ann Arbor. Continental breakfast, beverages and afternoon snack are provided each day. Registration for attendees from Merit Member organizations is $1,795. Attendees from organizations affiliated with Great Plains Network, NCREN, NYSERNet or WiscNet may attend for $2,095 per person. Non-Members may attend for $2,395, which is the typical retail price for this course. Scholarships are available for this class through the Professional Learning scholarship program. Anyone from a Merit Member organization may apply for a scholarship if funding to attend is not otherwise available through the organization. Scholarship applications must be received by Friday, Aug. 30. For more information, contact us at