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TechTown Detroit | Celebrate the "tech" in TechTown! 🚀

Michigan Business Network
May 6, 2021 7:00 AM

Explore Tech in Detroit this May

Join us for virtual pitch competitions, tech conversations and more

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SAE | What’s Next in Safety?

Michigan Business Network
May 3, 2021 10:00 AM

With each new release, SAE EDGE™ Research Reports unpack significant engineering challenges. Explore the reports for an understanding of where the brightest minds in mobility are concentrating their efforts. See our newest releases below.
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Senate Passes Peters Provision to Bolster Cybersecurity of Public Water Systems

Michigan Business Network
April 30, 2021 12:00 PM

Peters’ Provision Was Included in Bill to Rebuild Nation’s Water Infrastructure

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A provision authored by U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, to help protect our nation’s public water information technology systems has passed the Senate as part of the Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Act, which authorizes $35 billion to invest in our nation’s crumbling water infrastructure.

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Project DIAMOnD Reaches 3D Printer Distribution Milestone

Michigan Business Network
April 30, 2021 11:00 AM

Project DIAMOnD (Digital, Independent, Agile, Manufacturing on Demand), an initiative to create the country’s largest 3D printer network on a blockchain technology platform, has achieved its first milestone goal: 300 3D printers have been distributed to small and medium-sized Oakland and Macomb County manufacturers.

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Company Culture – Why it Played an Important Role in ASK’s Decision to Merge

Michigan Business Beat
April 22, 2021 5:00 PM

Chris Holman welcomes back Michael Maddox, President, CEO, EOS Visionary of ASK to talk about ASK's recent merger with Convergence Networks / Grade A. In this conversation, they talk about the importance of company culture and the #1 reason why mergers fail -- company culture.

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ASK Joins Forces With Convergence Networks / Grade A

Michigan Business Beat
April 15, 2021 3:00 PM

Application Specialist Kompany (ASK), a Lansing-based managed IT services and cybersecurity provider, yesterday announced that it will join forces with Convergence Networks / Grade A. The merger will be done in partnership with private equity firm Riverside Partners and will see the companies combine their leadership teams and staff. The merger will bring ASK together with leading MSPs in their respective markets and formalize a long and fruitful relationship between like-minded peers. Full Release HERE

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Lansing-Based Managed IT Service Provider ASK Merges with Convergence Networks / Grade A

Michigan Business Network
April 14, 2021 2:00 PM

April 14, 2021 – Lansing, MI – Application Specialist Kompany (ASK), a Lansing-based managed IT services and cybersecurity provider, today announced that it will join forces with Convergence Networks / Grade A.

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CRN Names ASK To Its 2021 MSP 500 List

Michigan Business Network
April 9, 2021 10:00 AM

Lansing, Michigan, – Application Specialist Kompany (ASK), announced recently that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named ASK to its 2021 Managed Service Provider (MSP) 500 list in the Pioneer 250 category. The list, released annually, recognizes the leading North American solution providers that have demonstrated innovative and forward-thinking approaches to managed services. These services help end users improve operational efficiencies and navigate the ongoing complexities of IT solutions while maximizing their return on IT investments.

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LEO | State Celebrates Robotics Week, Promotes Opportunities to Boost Skills Needed for Future Careers

Michigan Business Network
April 8, 2021 3:00 PM

LANSING, Mich.—As we wrap up Robotics Week in Michigan, state officials encourage students, educators and parents to join them in highlighting the importance of robotics education, which encourages problem-solving, creative thinking and a healthy sense of competition that drives innovation from students and prepares them for high-demand, high-wage careers.

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The Evolving Landscape of Cryptocurrency

Michigan Business Beat
April 7, 2021 1:00 PM

Chris Holman welcomes back Founder and Managing Director for the Bitcoin Strategic Trading Fund, David Smith. David keeps the Michigan Business community up-to-date on the evolving status of cryptocurrency and highlights current news, how Bitcoin is not the only game in town, the latest with DOGE, and how world governments are researching and testing digital currency.

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