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11-19-2016: 6th Annual Silver Bells Run/Walk

Michigan Business Network
October 21, 2016 2:30 PM

On your mark, get set, go! Start the holiday season off right by joining us for the 6th Annual Silver Bells 5K Run/Walk in downtown Lansing. Downtown Lansing Inc. is proud to host the charity 5K Run/Walk benefitting Silver Bells in the City and the Chris and Louise Holman Foundation on Saturday, Nov. 19.

The course begins and ends at the State Capitol. The 5K Run/Walk will be chip timed and awards will be handed out to the top three finishers in each age group. Participants are encouraged to wear costumes, although they are not required. Prizes will be awarded for the best traditional Christmas costume.

NEW FOR 2016 – Finishers medals will be given to all 5K finishers.

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11-02-2016: Networking Reception with Mayor Mike Duggan

Michigan Business Network
October 14, 2016 9:00 AM

Join over 300 fellow Detroit Regional Chamber members from companies of all sizes and industries at the Chamber’s Networking Reception with Mayor Mike Duggan at Ford Field on Wednesday, Nov. 2. 

Attendees will hear from special guest Mayor Duggan as he shares brief remarks and introduces his key staff. Attendees will also spend the evening networking with business leaders who support good governance for the region.

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10-26-2016: 2016 Greater Lansing Business + Sports Luncheon

Michigan Business Network
October 12, 2016 5:00 PM

Join the Michigan Business Network in celebrating its annual Greater Lansing Business + Sports Luncheon.  This is one of four major events the Michigan Business Network host per year, bringing in the regional businesses.  This events past speakers have ranged across the sports landscape. They have taken that noteriety and their skills and impacted the business world.

Past speakers have included Mateen Cleaves, Suzy Merchant, Tom Izzo, John Smoltz and in one of his final public appearences University of Michigan Head Football Coach Bo Schembechler.

This year's speaker is Michigan, born and bred.  He attended Waterford Kettering High School before becoming a two-sport star at Michigan State University.  Kirk Gibson went on to a succsessful professional baseball career, that included two of the most iconic home runs in World Series history.  Following his athletic career he became a baseball analyst for the Detroit Tigers.  In 2003 he began a decade in coaching. In 2015 he returned to the booth for the Tigers 

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11-02-2016: 2016 MVCA Annual Awards Dinner

Michigan Business Network
October 12, 2016 3:30 PM

nvestors and Entrepreneurs Moving Michigan Forward

Michigan Venture Capital Association (MVCA) will host its 2016 Annual Awards Dinner, the largest gathering of venture investors and entrepreneurs in Michigan, on November 2 at the Rattlesnake Club in Detroit.  Honorees include Millendo Therapeutics with the Capital Event of the Year Award, Fontinalis Partners with the “100” Award, and RetroSense Therapeutics with the Exit of the Year; University of Michigan professor Dr. David Brophy is receiving the Above and Beyond Award.  At the dinner, MVCA will announce the winner of the Up and Coming Award, in recognition of a young professional making their mark on the investment community in Michigan. 

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10-24-2016: Autonomous Vehicles and the Economic Impact

Michigan Business Network
October 4, 2016 2:00 PM

U.S. Senator Gary Peters: Autonomous Vehicles and the Economic Impact on SE Mich.


Automation Alley welcomes Sen. Gary Peters for a discussion on autonomous vehicles and their economic impact on Southeast Michigan. Sen. Peters has worked tirelessly on behalf of Michigan and the auto industry to ensure that our state remains the premier destination for autonomous vehicle testing, development and expansion. Regional business leaders in the technology and advanced manufacturing sectors are encouraged to attend. 

This event is free and open to the public. We expect a strong turnout as many of our member companies are impacted by the opportunity presented by the autonomous vehicle sector. 

You must pre-register. Due to limited space and security needs, there will be no walk-ins for this event. Seating is limited and registration will close on Oct. 20.

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10-27-2016: Michigan Bio-Based Economy Forum

Michigan Business Network
October 4, 2016 10:00 AM

The Michigan Bio-Based Economy Forum is a first of its kind statewide gathering meant to provide a platform where representatives from industry and academia, as well as NGOs and government, can discuss technology developments, business needs, and opportunities to integrate the various regional bio-based enterprises into a robust growth sector. The forum invites stakeholders from across the entire value chain looking to exchange knowledge and experience with the bio-based products industry.

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10-18-2016: Java @ The Junction

Michigan Business Network
October 3, 2016 4:00 PM

Why Startups Should Commit to Diversity From the Start?

Presented by Nikki Pardo, owner of Global Alliance Solutions. Join us for a discussion on how startups can and should use diversity to stimulate their capacity for creativity and innovation, and build a brand that dominates their industry. Global Alliance Solutions is a Detroit-based diversity training and consulting company that provides interactive and customized training to staff and management. Nikki is also a facilitator at BUILD Institute.

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10-13-2016: Toast of the Town

Michigan Business Network
October 3, 2016 2:00 PM

A celebration of Detroit entrepreneurship.

Join us on Thursday, Oct. 13 for our annual celebration of entrepreneurship, Toast of the Town. Our guests will enjoy a strolling dinner, cocktails and live entertainment. We’ll honor four standouts who embody the spirit of entrepreneurship with our Salute! Awards.

Salute! Awards

The Salute! Awards recognize standout individuals and companies who embody the spirit of entrepreneurship. Nominated by a committee of leaders in the startup and small business community, we are thrilled to be honoring:

The Shaker| Entrepreneur of the Year: Sean Ainsworth/RetroSense Therapeutics

The Mixologist | Business Champion of the Year: James Feagin IV

TechTown on Tap:

Omer Kiyani/Sentinl

Regina Gaines/House of Pure Vin

Lana Rodriguez/Mama Coo’s Boutique

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10-20-2016: 33rd Annual Scholarship Awards Celebration Dinner

Michigan Business Network
October 3, 2016 12:00 PM

The Transportation Club of Detroit cordially invites you to attend our 33rd Annual Scholarship Awards Dinner. Please join us for an evening of celebration and unparalleled networking opportunities as we present $18,000.00 in scholarships to Michigan’s most outstanding transportation college students. 

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10-12-2016: BioArbor: The Talent Bottleneck – Recruiting Senior Level Management

Michigan Business Network
October 3, 2016 10:00 AM

Every startup needs talent, funding and space. Of those three, management talent can be the biggest challenge for new life science companies in Michigan. The state has an abundance of technology and innovators but limited availability of senior management talent. Our panel will discuss the factors that contribute to that scarcity, and how companies can thrive despite it.  Learn about why it can be smart to recruit beyond your local environment and discuss strategies for finding top talent anywhere.

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