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Event Notices From August 6

MCWT Sets Mid-Michigan Events: The Michigan Council of Women in Technology has scheduled two events in mid-Michigan. On Tuesday, Aug. 20 there's an MCWT networking event at Consumers Energy headquarters, One Energy Plaza in downtown Jackson. The event is free and runs from 4 to 7 p.m. Come and be part of this robust network of professionals committed to a thriving technology economy. At this event, you'll meet other IT leaders and experience firsthand one of the benefits of an MCWT membership --networking! Both the CEO and CIO of Consumers Energy will also share their perspectives on the organization's value. On Tuesday, Sept. 24, it's "MCWT Uncorked," MCWT Mid Michigan's signature fundraiser, a wine tasting event that runs from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the River Street Pub in the Lansing Center, 333 E. Michigan Ave. in Lansing. This event is $25 for MCWT members and $35 for nonmembers. Join us for MCWT's first Mid Michigan fundraiser and show your support for a strong and diverse technology community. Sponsored by Accenture, this event will raise funds for scholarships and technology-focused programming promoting education and career opportunities for girls and women throughout the region. Meet other IT professionals while tasting a variety of Michigan wines paired with Michigan-themed appetizers prepared by Executive Chef Jeffrey Langer. A silent auction and wine wall will provide an opportunity to leave with some amazing items. More about these events at

Ann Arbor Spark Offers Marketing Roundtable: Ann Arbor Spark will offer its monthly Marketing Roundtable workshop on Tuesday, Aug. 13 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Spark Central, 330 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor. Speakers are to include serial entrepreneur David Bloom, Sam Fine of Intermedia LLC, brand naming consultant Scott Hauman, marketing expert Sean Hickey, Q Ltd. creative strategist Paul Koch, Chris Kochmanski of DesignHub Inc., Jeff Mason of Chelsea Rhone, an insurance services firm formed in 2001, and marketing experts Michelle Massey-Barnes and Janice Milhem. Bring your burning questions to a group that loves to talk about hot marketing topics. More at this link.
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Ann Arbor Spark Offers 'Starting Your Own Business': Ann Arbor Spark will offer its monthly 'Starting Your Own Business' event Friday, Aug. 16 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Spark East, 215 W. Michigan Ave. in Ypsilanti. At this forum you will learn about personality traits that impact entrepreneurialism, creating a marketing plan for your business, legal, accounting, and risk considerations, product development, business plans and financing options. You will have an opportunity to get advice from a variety of business experts and organizations that are available to support new ventures. More at this link.

AimWest Sets Summer 5:01: Celebrate summer and kick off the new aimWest season at the organization's August 5:01. Check out Rockford Construction's new headquarters and hear about their work to re-purpose a vacant factory on Grand Rapid's west side. The evening promises to deliver a fun, relaxed time of conversation, dialogs, networking, food, and drinks. The event starts at (when else?) 5:01 Wednesday, Aug. 21 at Rockford Construction, 601 First St. NW, Grand Rapids. The event is free. More at

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