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Event Notices From February 28

Automation Alley to host conference on cybersecurity and industrial espionage: Companies interested in protecting their trade secrets and intellectual property are invited to join Automation Alley, Michigan's largest technology business association, for "Cybersecurity and Industrial Espionage: Assessing Your Global Risks and Threats," March 18 from noon to 4 p.m. at Automation Alley Headquarters in Troy. This conference is designed to create awareness among Southeast Michigan companies whose trade secrets and other confidential data may be compromised by hackers as threats become more prevalent and alarming. Last year alone, cyber thieves cost U.S. companies $70 billion in intellectual property, while severely undermining the nation's global competitiveness and national security. The conference will be moderated by Matt Roush, editor of the WWJ Technology Report. Guest speakers include Special Agents Thomas Rankin and Chris Bartolo of the FBI. U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, will keynote the event. In addition, the conference will feature case studies of companies whose networks have been breached. Company executives will discuss what safeguards were implemented to mitigate future risks of espionage. The conference will conclude with a Q-and-A period. The cost for members is $20 with pre-registration or $30 at the door. The cost for non-members is $40 with pre-registration or $50 at the door. Pre-registration closes March 14 at close of business. Automation Alley Headquarters is located at 2675 Bellingham in Troy. For more information or to register, contact the Automation Alley Resource Center at 800-427-5100 or or visit www/

MichBio Sets BioMixer: MichBio, the trade association for Michigan's biotech industry, will hold its next BioMixer at the Southwest Michigan Innovation Center, 4717 Campus Drive, Suite 100, Kalamazoo, from 5 to 7 p.m. March 20. Come network with your peers, make new connections and talk bio biz. Light hors d'oeuvre and refreshments will be served. It's free for MichBio members and $10 for non-members. To host your own BioMixer, contact Dave McGuire at More at

MSU Sets Economic Development Conference: The Michigan State University Center for Community and Economic Development will hold its 2013 Institute on Contemporary Issues in Community and Economic Development March 26 at the MSU Union Building. More at Titled "Re-Imagining our Economic System: A Balanced and Sustainable Economy," participants at the Institute will have the opportunity to learn from and discuss with innovative thinkers and doers from across the state and nation on how we might re-imagine our economic paradigm and examine strategies that may help us achieve a fundamental transformation to a more balanced and sustainable economy. During the event participants will discuss what are the basic assumptions of our current economic system, how the current economic system succeeded and in what ways has it failed us, what a new economy could look like, and where we go from here to achieve greater balance between our economic, social, and environmental systems. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

C/D/H Offers Program On Today's Microsoft Unified Communications: When it comes to unified communications, to upgrade, coexist, or go 'all in' with the cloud -- that is the question. The IT consulting firm C/D/H will help you decide with programs March 13 at its office at 15 Ionia SW in Grand Rapids and March 14 at Microsoft, 1000 Town Center, 19th Floor, Southfield. Both sessions run from 9 a.m. to noon and are free, followed by networking and lunch. Are you running Exchange Server 2007 or 2010 and want more capabilities? Are you looking to migrate a legacy Office Communications Server 2007 R2 or Lync Server 2010 implementation to Lync 2013 for improved conferencing? Is it time for you to migrate to the cloud? Do you want to coexist with the cloud but not migrate completely? If you're considering any of these scenarios, or just have overwhelming curiosity to learn about new versions of Microsoft's unified communications, this session is for you. We will review Exchange and Lync Server 2013 new features, discuss migration best practices, and review hybrid scenarios with Office 365. You'll also see a side-by-side comparison of cloud vs. on-premise deployment. Register for Grand Rapids or Southfield! For more information, visit

CIMdata Brings PLM Education & Training Program to Ann Arbor: CIMdata Inc., the Ann Arbor-based PLM strategic management consulting and research firm, will bring its PLM Certificate Program to Ann Arbor from May 13-17. The CIMdata PLM Certificate Program is the flagship offering of CIMdata PLM Leadership. The CIMdata PLM Certificate Program prepares PLM professionals at several levels to successfully address the challenges inherent in PLM strategy development and implementation. This assessment-based certificate program includes a personalized classroom experience, individual and team-based exercises, and individual evaluations of achievement. Additionally, the program provides intensive and extensive exposure to a team of CIMdata experts. Upon successful completion of the program, each participant receives a CIMdata PLM Certificate and becomes a member of CIMdata's global PLM Leadership community. The CIMdata PLM Certificate Program is built on CIMdata's 30-plus years of extensive worldwide experience guiding industrial companies in successfully defining and implementing best-in-class PLM strategies and tactics. The program is available to industrial companies who are considering or are already implementing PLM, and to PLM solution and service providers. PLM Certificate Program participants may register online for either a 3-day or 5-day program. For more detailed information about the CIMdata PLM Certificate Program and how to register, visit

Core3 Solutions Selected to Host Google Engage Event: As a Google Engage partner, Troy-based Core3 Solutions has been selected as a local agency to host an exclusive Google Engage telecast webinar on March 5. This free event is aimed to help companies understand how digital marketing can help grow their business and elevate their brand and will be hosted at Core3's Troy headquarters which is often referred to be Google-like in itself. Google Engage provides the tools required to help businesses, entrepreneurs, and corporations grow and succeed online with digital marketing efforts to effectively reach potential customers, including analytics and AdWords. Speakers include top Google thought-leaders Lisa Gevelber, vice president of Americans marketing, John Nicoletti, director of agency development, and Bickey Russell, head of channel managed agencies. Lunch and door prizes will be provided. Seating is limited for this event. If you would like to attend, sign up at If you have questions regarding the event, call (248) 530-1000 or email Founded in 1997, Core3 Solutions provides technology services to small- and medium-sized businesses and was recently named a Crain's Cool Place to Work for the second year. Its Web site development, online marketing and IT solutions are delivered with superior customer service to clients across Michigan and the United States. Core3 has served hundreds of local and global businesses. Its clientele includes: the University of Michigan - Dearborn, Walsh College, Short's Brewing Company, Huffmaster Companies, Northern Lakes Seafood and Meats and many others.

Women In Wind Energy To Meet: Please join the Michigan Women of Wind Energy for their next meeting. There will be speakers and an opportunity to participate in a Safety and High Angle Rescue climb demonstration, so bring sneakers or work boots. Scheduled speakers include Danette Bull of the Kent County Technical Center, Kim Walton of the Grand Valley State University Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center and Mary McGraw of Grand Rapids Community College. The event will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at the GRCC Michigan Technical Education Center, 622 Godfrey Ave. SW, Grand Rapids. Women of Wind Energy (WoWE) promotes the education, professional development, and advancement of women to achieve a strong diversified workforce and support a robust renewable energy economy. The Michigan Chapter of WoWE offers networking opportunities, sponsors educational events, builds coalitions, and provides outreach to area students. For updates and upcoming events for the Michigan Chapter of WoWE follow us at our website ( or on twitter @MIWoWE, and friend us on facebook at You can also sign up to receive email updates at

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