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Business Performance Improvement 2.0 Series Announced for September: The Bloomfield Hills-based Business Performance 2.0 Series will meet Tuesday, Sept. 18 to discuss topics related to business ownership, problems and solutions, avoiding common mistakes and pitfalls, legal issues, taxes, raising capital, getting started and operating a business successfully. Sessions discuss new ways to accelerate business and innovation. This month's meeting topic is "Speak, Tap and Drag - Our Digital Future Revealed!" presented by Joey Silvian of Virtual Interactive Agency and "Speed up your Office with Lean – Easy things you can do right now," presented by Curt Petterson of Absolute Engineering and Consulting. In  addition, there will be a panel of business experts from the Business Improvement Team to answer your business questions. This will be an exciting opportunity to network with your peers. The seminar will be held in the lower level conference room of the Birmingham Tower, 280 N. Old Woodward Ave., Birmingham, from 4 to 6 p.m. Register at or call for a reservation at (248) 641-8400 and ask for Paulette, or email The series is provided by The Business Improvement Team, a group of Michigan-based consultants, who are savvy about all aspects of business and how to be profitable and make an impact in your marketplace. More at

MichBio BioMixer To Be Held At Patent Office Satellite: MichBio's next BioMixer is being hosted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office at the new Elijah J. McCoy USPTO Satellite Office in Detroit at 300 River Place South, Suite 2900 in Detroit. This BioMixer will be a unique opportunity to meet the new patent examiners, judges and administrative staff. Learn more about how the USPTO reviews patent applications. Come network with your peers, make new connections and talk bio biz in a special setting. The meeting will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25. Light hors d'oeuvre and refreshments will be served. The event is free to members and $25 for nonmembers. Advanced registration is required; no walk-ins will be allowed. Register at this link.

Health Scientist Lovell Jones To Speak At Wayne State Sept. 25: The Wayne State University Graduate School is hosting world-renowned scientist Lovell A. Jones as the 2012 featured King Chavez Parks Visiting Professor. Jones' lecture is titled: "Health disparities: If we always do what we've always done, we will always get what we've already got – health disparities." The event will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25 at the Wayne State University Undergraduate Library, Bernath Auditorium, 5155 Gullen Mall, Detroit. The lecture is free and open to the public, although reservations are required. To attend, register online at or call (313) 577-0300. Jones is director of the Center for Health Equity and Evaluation Research at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. He also is a professor in the departments of health disparities research and biochemistry and molecular biology. Throughout his career, Jones has focused on minority health issues and the underrepresentation of minorities at all levels of the scientific community. He is founding co-chair of the Intercultural Cancer Council, the nation's largest multicultural health policy group focused on minorities, the medically underserved and cancer. His many research interests include the way in which natural and environmental estrogenic agents may initiate cancers in hormonally responsive tissue. Since 1980, he has received more than $25 million in research funding for which he was principal investigator. Jones received the Ruth Kirschstein Diversity in Science Award for his efforts to increase the representation of minorities in the sciences. He received his doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley and was a Ford Foundation Fellow at the university's Cancer Research Laboratory. Through the KCP Initiative, which is funded by the State of Michigan, Wayne State is able to offer doctoral fellowships to educate future faculty in higher education and bring visiting scholars such as Jones to campus to serve as role models for students of all ages and backgrounds. Since 1987, Wayne State University has emerged as a choice location for KCP Fellows to earn their doctoral degrees, and has awarded stipends to more than 150 students through the KCP Fellowship pipeline. Currently, 37 KCP doctoral students are pursuing their degrees at Wayne State. For more information, visit

ESD Sets Engineering and Technology Job Fair: Would you like to meet professionals who will lead your business into the future? Are you looking for your next generation of engineering and technology workers?  Then take part in The Engineering Society of Detroit's 2012 Fall Engineering and Technology Job Fair scheduled for Monday, Oct. 1 from 2 to 7 p.m. at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi. This event, sponsored by the ESD Young Engineers Council, Speakers Bureau,  and Job Bank,  attracts the best professionals currently practicing in the field and the brightest graduating students. Current ESD members who are looking for employment can attend this fair for free. Our spring job fair featured more than 50 companies offering more than 3,100 jobs to almost 700 candidates. Don't miss finding your next great hire! Exhibit space is reasonable -- $375 for ESD corporate members and $475 for non-corporate members for the opportunity to meet over 700 of the area's top professionals. For more information on exhibiting, contact Leslie Smith, CMP at (248) 353-0735 ext. 152 or by email at

Right Place Offers Program On Top Innovaton Tools: What if there was a perfect tool for creativity -- the Swiss Army Knife for innovation? While that one perfect gadget may not yet exist, this course will expose participants to a set of tools that can help feed their company's innovation pipeline. NewNorth Center will discuss the process for facilitating innovation and top tools available to increase effectiveness through specific stages. The event will take place Friday, Sept. 14 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Zoom Room at Hot Rod Harley Davidson, 149 Shoreline Drive in Muskegon. The event costs $85 per person or $65 per person for three or more people from the same company. The session is designed for individuals interested in discovering new tools to foster creativity and improve effectiveness in various stages of the innovation process and in overall team performance. Learn More at Contact Natalia Powers at or (616) 771-0327 if you have any questions about the event. NewNorth Center is a non-profit, hybrid educational and business institution. Currently, the Center specializes in innovation assessment, immersive skills training, innovation research, executive education courses, and custom workshops. NewNorth Center, in partnership with The Right Place, Innovation West Michigan, MMTC-West and Muskegon Area First, is presenting this special innovation event to West Michigan companies. This event is underwritten by the Michigan Economic Development Corp.

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