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Event Notices From February 4

Robot Design Webinar Coming Feb. 28: The Ann Arbor based Robotic Industries Association will sponsor a Webinar Thursday, Feb. 28 from noon to 1 p.m. Eastern time on "Robot Design, Integrated Controls and Software Architectures of Industrial Robots." Register at This Webinar will describe relevant industrial robot designs for various applications and how they have improved for better performance. It will also describe integrated controls on increasingly powerful and capable robot controllers with multiprocessing, multitasking and coordinated device control. Lastly the webinar will describe software architectures common in industrial robot platforms and their evolution, enhancements and use in current applications. After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar. System requirements for PC-based attendees are Windows 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server; for Apple-based attendes it's Mac OS X 10.5 or newer. for mobile attendees, it's  iPhone, iPad, Android phone or Android tablet.

Detroit Chamber offers Detroit Policy Conference: The 2013 Detroit Policy Conference will be held Thursday, March 28 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the MotorCity Casino Hotel, 2901 Grand River Ave. The cost is $75 for Chamber members and $125 for others. The 2013 Detroit Policy Conference will again bring together urban and suburban corporate executives, community leaders and small business owners to engage in conversation on Detroit's transformation. 

Ann Arbor Spark Monday released the following events calendar for February:

Selling Smart Workshop - Questioning Techniques - Asking the Right Questions
Wednesday, Feb. 6: Ann Arbor Spark presents its Selling Smart Workshop from 9 to 11 a.m. at Spark Central, 330 E. Liberty, Ann Arbor. Salespeople are often praised for having the "gift of gab."   Effective selling is really about effective communication with customers and the salesperson's ability to obtain information quickly and convey their competence by the questions they ask.  In this session, you will learn how to maintain your objectivity, educate and pre-qualify prospects using high finesse questioning techniques. You will also learn to use these strategies to overcome stalls and objections, reducing sales cycle times and customer procrastination. More at
Michigan Energy Forum - Solar, Not Just A Passing Fad
Thursday, Feb. 7: Ann Arbor Spark presents the monthly Michigan Energy Forum with the topic "Solar - Not Just A Passing Fad" from 5 to 7 p.m. at Spark Central, 330 E. Liberty, Ann Arbor. This event will be live-streamed starting at 5:35 p.m. The solar energy industry is alive and well! New projects, technologies and opportunities are driving the industry to new directions and achievements ranging from the very successful Solar City IPO to expansion of DTE's Solar Currents Program. Come hear from an expert panel about the solar energy industry. More at

Ann Arbor Spark Sets OpenCoffee
Tuesday, Feb. 12: Ann Arbor Spark presents the "Ann Arbor OpenCoffee" from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at Spark Central, 330 E. Liberty, Ann Arbor. This is a networking event for entrepreneurs, investors and those who work with innovation businesses, particularly in IT, cleantech and life sciences. More at

Marketing Roundtable - Five Minutes to a Brand Plan
Tuesday, Feb. 12: Ann Arbor Spark presents the monthly Marketing Roundtable on the topic "Five Minutes To A Brand Plan" from 5 to 7 p.m. at Spark Central, 330 E. Liberty, Ann Arbor.
This event will be live-streamed starting at 5:35 p.m. You've got great instincts, a wonderful product and a winning personality. Now all you need is a plan to march forward into the world. Spark's Marketing Roundtable will help you develop a brand strategy map that will simply and clearly define successful marketing for your business. More at

Ann Arbor Spark Presents 'Starting Your Own Business'
Friday, Feb. 15: Ann Arbor Spark presents a program on starting your own business 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

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