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State Contracting 101

Thursday, October 19 from 9 a.m. to Noon
The Department of Technology, Management and Budget (DTMB) Procurement Office serves as the State’s Central Purchasing Office, and has a portfolio of approximately 1,100 contracts worth billions of dollars. The Department consists of three divisions: Information and Technology, Commodities, and Services. Topics to be covered include the following:

  • How businesses become a State Contractor
  • Understand the Elements of a Quality Proposal to the State of Michigan
  • Buy4Michigan Opportunities
  • State of Michigan MiDeal Program

Location: ​ ​M-TEC, 7900 Tank Avenue, Main Building, Room: 138, Warren





Starting Up: An Introduction to Michigan's Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Wednesday, October 25 from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Do you have a high-tech startup? How about an early-stage, growth-based business? Are you looking to bring your innovative idea to market? If so, the Macomb-OU Incubator invites you to attend Starting Up, a workshop exploring Michigan’s “entrepreneurial ecosystem,” designed to help you start and/or grow your tech-based business. John Eaton, Mac-OU Inc’s client strategist, will help you navigate the wide range of resources the State of Michigan offers – including business incubators, SmartZones, various support services, university technology acceleration and commercialization, and funding programs – to identify what’s right for you and your business.
Location: ​ ​Macomb-OU Incubator at Velocity Center, 6633 18 Mile Road, Sterling Heights


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Tech Takeover: From Factory Floor to Smart Ceiling

Wednesday, October 25 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Join Automation Alley and a team of IoT experts for a Tech Takeover on the "Smart Ceiling," a network-powered facilities system that brings together lighting, building automation and sensors. Learn about the advantages and safeguards of this technology, discover how to implement a comprehensive facilities lighting and technology plan successfully and cost effectively, and understand the current state of this technology to gain strategies for successful implementation.
Location: ​ ​Automation Alley, 2675 Bellingham, Troy




Government Contracting 401- How to Market Your Business to the Federal Government

Thursday, October 26 from 9 a.m. to Noon

The U.S. Government is the largest buyer of goods and services. Selling to government agencies can be a rewarding experience. But how do you market your goods and services to the Government? Government Contracting Marketing 401 educates you on how to market your business to government agencies. Topics to be covered include the following: Elements of a Marketing Plan, What is Marketing, Reasons for Developing a Marketing Plan, Why Marketing Plan is important, Strategic Focus and Plan, Situation Analysis, Marketing Product Focus, and Marketing Program Financial Data.
Location: ​ ​M-TEC, 7900 Tank Avenue, Main Building, Room: 138, Warren