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Event Notices From March 4

Innovation Club for Entrepreneurs to Meet in March: On Wednesday, March 13, the Michigan State University Land Policy Institute's Innovation Club for Entrepreneurs  (ICE)  is hosting their next meetup from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at The Avenue Cafe, 2021 E. Michigan Ave. in Lansing (on the Michigan Avenue bus route). The March meetup topic will focus on "Mentors ... How to Find One and How to Be One." The discussion on idea generation will continue with guest entrepreneur, Don Waskiewicz, president of Deep Blue Insights, along with Michael Garavaglia, an MSU student that Waskiewicz mentors. They will share their experiences as mentor and mentee. Each will bring their unique perspective on mentorship. What is the value of having a mentor? How do I find a mentor? How do I mentor? What is the difference between mentoring and coaching? These are just a few discussion points that will be considered. The guest facilitator will be Tom Hamp, professional Business Coach with AdviCoach. Join ICE for the conversation and bring your ideas and/or experiences to share on the topic. The ICE meetup is open to all -- those just starting to think about an idea, those who have taken some action on their idea, those who have started a business, and those who have been entrepreneurial for a long time, as well as those who have available resources to assist entrepreneurs at any stage. RSVPs are welcome and appreciated. Please sign up at by clicking on the "count me in" button for the March meeting. Please send any questions about this month's meeting to

NextEnergy To Host Event On Advanced Battery Opportunities for Chemical Manufacturers and Other Suppliers: NextEnergy will host an event March 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on opportunities for chemical manufacturers and other suppliers in the advanced battery energy. The event will take place in the fifth floor Mackinac Room at the Anderson House Office Building, 124 N. Capitol Ave., Lansing. Parking ramps are available on both Capitol Avenue (just north of the Anderson House building and near LCC) or the Grand near the Radisson (corner of Ottawa and Grand, east of the Anderson House building). A and B highlighted on the map (see link below) are the closest. The cost is $40 with advance payment required. This program will provide a unique forum for Michigan suppliers, including chemical manufacturers, to learn about opportunities in the emerging field of advance battery manufacturing. Co-produced by: NextEnergy and the Michigan Chemistry Council and supported by Pure Michigan Business Connect and the Lansing Economic Area Partnership. More at this link.

Webinar Covers New Market Trends In Aerospace, Semiconductors and Mobile Robots: The Robotic Industries Association will sponsor a Webinar March 21 on new opportunities for robots, vision and automation in the aerospace industry as it gathers commercial momentum. Trends and acceleration in the manufacture of semiconductor based products will be discussed including the benefit derived from past standards, and how they help to manufacture new innovations at a rapid pace. The webinar will also cover many new types of markets, applications and robots that are forming in the service arena with mobile robots. "New Market Trends: Aerospace, Semiconductors and Mobile Robots" will be held March 21 from noon to 1 p.m. Eastern time. Reserve your Webinar seat now at

Ann Arbor Spark Monday announced the following events in the coming weeks:

Ann Arbor Spark Offers OpenCoffee
Tuesday, March 12: Ann Arbor Spark will hold its monthly OpenCoffee tech networking session from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at Spark Central, 330 E. Liberty St., Lower Level, 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 information at

Ann Arbor Spark offers Marketing Roundtable
Tuesday, March 12: Ann Arbor Spark will hold its monthly Marketing Roundtable session March 12 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Spark Central, 330 E. Liberty St., Lower Level, Ann Arbor. This event will be live-streamed starting at 5:45 p.m. The Marketing Roundtable is a monthly series featuring regional talent who will discuss practical and cost-effective innovation marketing. Program topics range from brand strategy to social media, and from financial accountability to guerrilla marketing. More at

Ann Arbor Spark Offers Monthly 'Starting Your Own Business' Program
Friday, March 15: Ann Arbor Spark will offer its monthly 'Starting Your Own Business' seminar on March 15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Spark East, 215 W. Michigan Ave. in Ypsilanti. The cost is $25. 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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