Learn the ins and outs of health care reform for your business at Automation Alley: Join Automation Alley for the lunch ‘n’ learn session “Hot Topics for Business: Health Care Reform,” Wednesday, Oct. 9 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Automation Alley Headquarters in Troy. This event, presented by Automation Alley’s Finance Committee, is the first of two lunch ‘n’ learn workshops devoted to hot topics for business and will focus on new taxes, fees and reporting requirements related to the 2010 Affordable Care Act that are scheduled to affect business costs and record keeping. Although businesses with 50 or more full-time employees will bear the brunt of many of the health care law changes, no employer is exempt. The guest speaker for this event is Gary Riedlinger, principal and director of tax services for Yeo & Yeo CPAs and Business Consultants. Riedlinger will discuss how employers can work more effectively with accounting, insurance and legal advisers to manage health coverage responsibilities. Riedlinger has been a CPA for more than 35 years, is a member of the board of directors of the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants and has presented to numerous audiences on health care reform and federal and Michigan tax issues. This lunch ‘n’ learn series will continue Tuesday, Nov. 5, with a session on business valuation and exit strategy. The cost to attend the Oct. 9 session on health care reform is $20 for members with pre-registration or $30 at the door. The cost for non-members is $40 with pre-registration or $50 at the door. The cost includes lunch. Pre-registration closes Monday, Oct. 7 at close of business. For more information, contact the Automation Alley Resource Center at (800) 427-5100 or info@automationalley.com. To register for this event, visit http://www.automationalley.com. Automation Alley Headquarters is located at 2675 Bellingham in Troy.

MMA Seminar: STEP to Success with MEDC’s Export Assistance Program: Competitive companies are constantly entering new markets. Is your company keeping up? Join the Michigan Manufacturers Association Thursday, Oct. 8, for the MEDC Export Program, a seminar focused on the importance of exporting to the manufacturing industry. Deanna Richeson, Laura Deierlein and Maureen Lyon of the Michigan Economic Development Corp. will be on hand to assist participants in understanding the Pure Michigan Export Program and State Trade Export Promotion, including how manufacturers can achieve growth through exporting, information on available funding and details on applying for STEP funds. This MMA seminar will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Maner Costerisan facility located at 2425 E. Grand River Ave, Ste. 1 in Lansing. Registration from now until Sept. 24 is $25 per person for MMA members and $50 per person for non-members. All participants are eligible to enjoy this early bird pricing up to two weeks prior to the seminar. Owners, presidents, operations and business development managers are encouraged to attend. Contact MMA’s LeAnn Hicks, at hicks@mma-net.org or 517-487-8557, to register. For more on this and other MMA seminars and events, visit http://www.mma-net.org > Seminars & Events, or contact LeAnn Hicks, MMA event coordinator, at hicks@mma-net.org, 517-487-8557 or 800-253-9039 (press 9, then ext. 557).

ADHD Conference Features National Experts: An OCC graduate has left a lasting legacy with the annual Michael Golds Conference, founded in 2000 to create awareness about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. This year’s conference features nationally recognized experts Chris Dendy and Robert Dendy as keynote speakers to discuss the “Impact of ADHD and Executive Function Deficits on Academic Performance and Behavior.” In addition, David Giwerc, founder and president of the ADD Coach Academy, will present on a coach approach to empowering individuals with ADHD. Conference registration begins at 8 a.m. and the program is 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, September 27, at the Orchard Ridge Campus of Oakland Community College, 27055 Orchard Lake Road, Farmington Hills. Attendees should take the Orchard Lake Road exit off I-696 in Farmington Hills. Online registration is $65 and will be accepted through 5 p.m., Monday, September 23. Registration at the door is $75 and $30 for students with a student ID. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available for educators, school psychologists and social workers. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a brain condition that makes it challenging to concentrate and has a number of other symptoms such as impulsivity and hyperactivity. About 9.5 percent, or 5.4 million children ages 4-17, have been diagnosed with ADHD as of 2007, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Michael Golds, an OCC and Eastern Michigan University graduate who excelled despite his ADHD diagnosis, was killed in an accident shortly before he was to enter graduate school. His parents created the conference in his honor. In its 12th year, the event is a partnership between OCC, Eastern Michigan University and Eastern Oakland County CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). The conference features experts on ADHD to help educate, create awareness and help those who struggle with the disorder. It offers 16 presentations on topics including trouble shooting strategies for student success, parenting kids from early adolescence to young adulthood, helping couples with ADHD, treating ADHD in children and adolescents, ADHD and autism spectrum disorders, using technology to enhance success in college, ADHD and cyber addictions, bridging the medical and educational divide, pharmacological treatments, productivity and time management. For more information, contact Tammy Schluchter at mgoldsconf@gmail.com or at (248) 731-6747.