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ESD Sets Economic Forecast: The Engineering Society of Detroit will host its 2014 Economic Forecast on Thursday, Oct. 17, with a focus on some of Michigan's more critical industries, such as automotive, energy, transportation and health care. The event will also feature a keynote presentation by Speaker Paul Traub, Business Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago – Detroit Branch. The event will run from 8 a.m. to noon at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi. Traub also serves on advisory boards for the Business Schools at Oakland University in Rochester, and Michigan and Baker College in Flint. Prior to joining the research department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Traub served as the President of Scenario Economics LLC and Senior Economist for Americas Commercial Transportation Research Company LLC (ACT Research). Traub will be followed by the following presenters: In healthcare, James M. Safran, president and CEO, Jones Lang LaSalle at Beaumont Health Systems: energy sector, Steven Kurmas, president and COO, Detroit Edison; in transportation, Kim Avery, Deputy Region Engineer, Michigan Department of Transportation; in the automotive sector, Bernard Swiecki, assistant director of the Automotive Communities Partnership at the Center for Automotive Research; and speaking of southeast Michigan in general, John Austin, president of the Michigan State Board of Education, director of the Michigan Economic Center and nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. The event will also feature a special presentation of the Design and Construction Industry Summit Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Development of Our Region to Carl Roehling, president and CEO of SmithGroupJJR, Inc. The cost to attend is $95 ESD members; $115 nonmembers or $174 to join ESD and attend for free. For more information or to register, visit, or contact (248) 353-0735.

PTO, Commerce Department, Export Council Set IP Event: "Protecting Your Intellectual Property In The Global Marketplace" is the theme of an event to be held Friday, Sept. 20 from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Michigan State University Management Education Center, 811 W. Square Lake Road, Troy. The registration deadline is Monday, Sept. 16 and the cost is $125. It's hosted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, U.S. Department of Commerce, East Michigan District Export Council. The fee includes continental breakfast, lunch, morning and afternoon breaks as well as a copy of the "Basic Guide to Exporting: The Official Government Resource for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses, 10th edition." This program will be moderated by Susan Anthony, Attorney, Global Intellectual Property Academy, USPTO. This one-day program is aimed at providing companies with tools to develop an IP strategy to support expanded export sales and increased global business activities, while avoiding the pitfalls of IP theft and abuse. The program is open to companies of all sizes in all industries, located across the United States. More at

NEF To Hear From Investors On Startups: "Get Good Advice Early - A Startup Primer" is the theme of the Sept. 19 meeting of the New Enterprise Forum in Ann Arbor. The panel will offer practical advice from active investors on what to do and what not to do as you start your company. Getting the right advice and making good decisions early on in the process will help you raise funds and position yourself for a successful exit. Please plan to join us for this fun and informative program at Spark Central, 330 E. Liberty in Ann Arbor. Presenters are Melissa Wong Aagesen of Certare Ventures, an experienced angel investor; Ethan Goodman of Griffon Ventures, a startup venture capital firm with expertise in digital and shopper marketing; Dave Gregorka, venture partner at Baird Capital, which specializes in health care and life sciences investments; Ian Charles, president of Boleyn Advisory Group Inc., and Bill Mayer, director of the Spark Business Accelerator. The showcase presenter for September is Algal Scientific Corp., which pioneered an algae-based biological water treatment process to convert concentrated food and beverage industry process streams into valuable bio-products. Today, their primary focus is on the food- grade production and marketing of one of those bio-products, beta-1,3-glucan, a well-researched compound that has a wholesale market value of $10,000 to over $100,000 per ton. For more information, visit More about the meeting at

Automation Alley To Sponsor 2013 Brand Camp: This October, more than 500 of Michigan's most talented entrepreneurs, investors, designers, developers and creative minds will meet in Detroit to learn, exchange ideas and network at 2013 Brand Camp. Automation Alley, Michigan's largest technology business association, is proud to sponsor this annual one-day conference. To be held Oct. 22 from 8 to 5:30 p.m. at the Wayne State University Community Arts Auditorium, Brand Camp will focus on technology, design and branding through a series of conversations, panel discussions and keynotes. Brand Camp speakers include Alexis Ohanian, founder of Reddit; Brad Feld, managing director of Foundry Group; Nicole Glaros, managing director of TechStars; Greg Selkoe, founder/CEO of Karmaloop; Brian Watson, of Union Square Ventures; Hajj Flemings, founder of Brand Camp University; Garrett Gee, founder and CEO of Scan; Josh Miller, founder and CEO of Branch; Lauren Bias, managing director of Gen Y Capital; and Tom LaSorda, former Chrysler CEO. To register, visit For more information, visit or contact the Automation Alley Resource Center at (800) 427-5100 or Tickets are $75 with early bird registration through Sept. 13 and come with a free copy of Alexis Ohanian's new book "Without Their Permission." VIP registration (seating in rows 1-4) is $125. General registration is $250 after Sept. 13.

HFCC Sets Career Expo: The Henry Ford Community College Office of Career Services will be hosting its Career Expo on Friday, Oct. 18, on its main campus. The college is seeks employers to attend and is offering sponsorship options. According to Chad Austin, HFCC Career Services officer, the goal is to have 120 employers attend the Career Expo, which is free and open to the public in addition to HFCC students. To date, more than 44 employers have confirmed their attendance at the Career Expo. Some of those employers that will attend include the Dearborn Police, United Parcel Service, Speedway, Guardian Alarm, the Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Police, Bankesr Life and Casualty Co., Central Transport, eFund Insurance, Rapid Response EMS, Jacob's Technology, Detroit Score and Michigan Works. Employers can participate in the morning session, which is from 9 a.m. to noon or the afternoon session, which is from 2 to 5 p.m. Each session is $50. Many employers are participating in both sessions, Austin said. To receive priority status, employers need to register by 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 4 at HFCC will process registrations on a first-come, first-served basis. Space is limited and is expected to fill quickly. Sponsorship packages for employers are an additional $150. Employers will have their company name and logo on promotional materials and announcements, as well as a prime table location. To date, Career Expo's principal sponsors are Eisenhower Center and Reliance One. For questions or further information, contact Austin at (313) 845-9618 or via email at

Beaumont's Cancer Genetics Program Hosting Community BRCA Conference: Genetic testing can help determine a person's risk for developing certain cancers. Identifying cancer genes, the presence of BRCA 1 and 2 mutations, is the first step. This testing allows the implementation of risk-reducing interventions: more frequent screening, surgical prevention and chemoprevention. For patients and families at risk for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer due to BRCA mutations, the information gained from genetic testing not only provides answers, but raises questions, too. On Saturday, Sept. 21, Beaumont Health System is hosting a day-long conference for patients and families seeking information and support. While there are no fees to attend the symposium, registration is required.To register, call (800) 633-7377 or go online at and search for BRCA. Lunch will be provided. The symposium will take place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak in classrooms A1 and A2 on the main level of the Administration Building, 3711 W. 13 Mile Road. The conference will address many topics, including a cancer genetics overview, updates in cancer risk management, targeted treatment, breast reconstruction and sexual wellness. Lisa Schlager, vice president of Community Affairs and Public Policy, Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered, also known as FORCE, will be the keynote speaker. Find out more at

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