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Event Notices From March 28

Michigan Business Incubator Association Sets 2012 Annual Conference: The Michigan Business Incubator Association will hold its 2012 Annual Conference Wednesday, April 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in downtown Grand Rapids with the theme, "Incubating Success." A reception event will precede the conference at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 17. Keynote speakers include Dinah Adkins, former president and CEO of the National Business Incubator Association; Rick DeVos, social entrepreneur and founder of Grand Rapids' Art Prize event; and Kalyan Handique, CEO of DeNovo Sciences, and co-founder of Handylab. The event also features roundtable discussions exploring the creation of capital, incubators and entrepreneurs; an awards ceremony celebrating noteworthy incubators and incubator clients, and training sessions focused on innovation. The cost of the event is $100 for members and $125 for nonmembers. The event features a special rate at the Amway Grand of $134 plus tax. Register now at Information on exhibitor and sponsor opportunities is available by emailing

ETitle Hosts E-Clutter for Kids: ETitle Agency Inc. in Troy is proud to sponsor for the second year in a row, the E-Clutter for Kids Drive to benefit Beaumont Children's Hospital's First Words Society on Saturday, April 21 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. E-Clutter for Kids is an electronics recycling fundraiser that allows you to donate electronic waste such as old cell phones and computers that will later be re-purposed or recycled. Each donation will get a tax deduction receipt. E-Clutter benefits the Beaumont Children's Hospital's First Words Society, a nonprofit organization providing treatment for underserved children with speech and language disorders and affiliate of The Children's Miracle Network. The initial 2011 E-Clutter for Kids drive raised more than $11,000 for the First Words Society. Volunteers at drop-off locations across Metro Detroit filled 10 semi trucks, six dumpsters and helped the environment by recycling more than 100,000 pounds of potentially toxic waste material that would have ended up in landfills. Statewide Recycling and Recovery will once again dispose of the electronic waste. For more information or questions, and a list of other participating locations, contact Katie Groves, associate director, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals' program at Beaumont, at (248) 551-3609. You can also find more information at or on Facebook (eTitle Agency, Inc.). Accepted materials will include batteries of all types, car batteries, cell phones, coaxial cables, computer mice, computers, copiers, digital cameras, DVD players, fax machines, ferrous and non-ferrous metals, gas stoves, keyboards, miscellaneous computer peripherals, MP3 players, pagers, PDAs, power cables, printers, projectors, refrigerators, scanners, server cabinets, speakers, steel and alloy rims, stereo equipment, steel scrap, swingsets, bicycles, telephone systems and equipment, toner cartridges, unbroken monitors, vacuum cleaners, VCRs, video game systems, Walkmans, washers and dryers, and wire.

SBIR-STTR Training Coming From BBC: Biotechnology Business Consultants Inc. will offer two training sessions on writing winning Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer grant proposals in April. On April 12, it's an SBIR/STTR Introduction and Overview from 9 a.m. to noon at East Lansing's LEAP Inc. office, 333 E. Grand River, East Lansing. The session is $50 for companies based in Michigan and $100 for those based elsewhere. This half-day workshop covers the SBIR/STTR program basics, including: program purpose, eligibility, and sources of funding. It is designed to provide enough information for attendees to determine if they would like to seriously pursue proposal development. On Tuesday, April 24 and Wednesday, April 25, it's a two-day session on writing SBIR and STTR proposals specifically for the National Institutes of Health. This session will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days at the Michigan Life Science and Innovation Center, 46701 Commerce Center Drive, Plymouth. The program costs $75 for companies based in Michigan, and $150 for companies based elsewhere. This seminar presents essential information for crafting a competitive SBIR/STTR proposal that meets the unique requirements of the NIH.  Detailed instruction is given on the ins and outs of preparing a proposal that meets reviewers' expectations, including both technical and commercialization plans, common problems and pitfalls, and navigating the often complicated submission process. More at

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