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Tax Refund Fraud - What is Your Best Defense?

Bottom Line IT
February 13, 2016 10:03 AM

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) today said it tracked a nearly 50 percent increase in identity theft complaints in 2015, and that by far the biggest contributor to that spike was tax refund fraud.

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MSAE Legislative and Public Policy Conference is Quickly Approaching!

Association Impact
February 12, 2016 5:51 PM

The Michigan Society of Association Executives (MSAE) Legislative and Public Policy Conference is quickly approaching. Take note as various task force members discuss the conference highlights and topics.

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02-16-2016: Fashion411 Speaker Series

Michigan Business Network
February 12, 2016 3:44 PM

LEAP
February 16, 2016, 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

The Fashion 411 speaker series is designed to highlight individuals sharing their stories of success as well as their failures. Learning from others is critical to the success of budding entrepreneurs and this series is designed to motivate, inspire, and teach start-ups in the fashion industry and beyond.

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03-06-2016: Student Registration Deadline - Youth Startup Challenge

Michigan Business Network
February 12, 2016 3:33 PM

LEAP
March 6, 2016, Registration Deadline

Lansing Youth Startup Challenge on March 24, 2016, Cash Prizes will be awarded for Best Executive Summary Business Plan, Best Product Display/Pitch, as well as overall Champion. Student Registration Deadline is March 6, 2016.

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03-23-2016: Executive Leadership Diversity Workgoup, Session 4

Michigan Business Network
February 12, 2016 3:31 PM

Diversity Lansing
March 23, 2016, 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

In today’s business environment, there are competing priorities that create opportunities for leaders to leverage diversity in a way that impacts engagement and innovation through the attraction, development and retention of a diverse workforce. Global leaders recognize the importance of having a diverse workforce and the impact this has on their bottom-line and the talent they want to attract and retain.

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The upcoming Death of Java Plugin. No Flowers Please!

Bottom Line IT
February 12, 2016 3:26 PM

Good news: Oracle says the next major version of its Java software will no longer plug directly into the user’s Web browser. This long overdue step should cut down dramatically on the number of computers infected with malicious software via opportunistic, so-called “drive-by” download attacks that exploit outdated Java plugins across countless browsers and multiple operating systems.

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The Arts in Engineering Heads to a Historic One-Room Schoolhouse!

Education’s Business: Taking Positive Actions
February 12, 2016 3:18 PM

When it comes to supporting K-8 teachers in STEM education, Michael and Kimberlee Quinn bring boundless energy that engages kids and teachers throughout Michigan.

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Michigan Movie Director Bret Miller

Show Biz Weekly
February 12, 2016 1:45 PM

Taylor Kelsaw and Michael McCallum have a discussion about the connection that the performers across Michigan have and the community that has developed. They are working with each other more and more, and narrowing those six-degrees-of-separation. One of the new generation of directors is Bret Miller. Bret is a director who came out of Michigan State University with his first feature "Some Are Born". He describes taking previously written material and developing it into the vision of a film, starting it while a senior in college. Bret describes the plot of that movie, and how that movie has done out on the awards circuit, and film festivals, and where it has been distributed.
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How to Safeguard Your Business from Phishing Tactics!

Bottom Line IT
February 11, 2016 6:00 PM

The best remedies a company can put in place start with education and teaching what to look for and what not to do. Morey Haber, vice president of Technology, BeyondTrust, lists some of the gotchas that should make your employees back away from the incoming email. Erik and Amy discuss these phishing tactics in-depth and what your business can do to safeguard against them.

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Activist Hacker Group, Anonymous, Launches Flint Operation

Bottom Line IT
February 11, 2016 4:00 PM

The State of Michigan has stepped up its cyber security alert level, and the Michigan State Police are investigating, after the activist hacker group, Anonymous, launched a Flint operation and called for Gov. Rick Snyder to be charged with "voluntary or involuntary manslaughter," according to postings on the Internet and social media. The Flint water crisis is the reason for the reaction for Anonymous, and they typically incorporate tactics to knock websites offline.

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