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Business by the Bay ~ July

Thursday, July 6 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Guest speaker: Attorney General Bill Schuette
Sponsored by and lunch served by: Little Camille's By the Bay
Location:  Mary & Walter Burke Park Pavilion Located in Downtown New Baltimore (End of Washington St.)




Capital Raise Meetup

Tuesday, July 11 from 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Free to Attend

If you are a startup or early-stage growth-based business looking for funding, come meet and listen to capital expert, Mike Brennan. He will detail the various capital sources in Michigan and talk about how to properly position your company to be qualified for private funding, including private equity, the angel network and venture capital, and/or public funding, including grants, pre-seed, micro-loans and venture match.
Location:  ​Macomb-OU Incubator at Velocity Center, 6633 18 Mile Rd, Sterling Heights


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Tech Takeover: How the Industrial IoT can Transform Business with LHP Engineering Solutions

Wednesday, July 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Manufacturers of all sizes are desperately searching for low-cost solutions that will enable them to compete globally; solutions that are quick to implement, easy to maintain and scalable across the business. More and more companies are looking to leverage the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) as a means of achieving these goals. Join LHP Engineering Solutions at Automation Alley for an Industrial IoT Tech Takeover presentation on helping your company utilize the IIoT to drive better results. This session is intended for directors and C-level professionals in manufacturing, engineering and analytics roles at Tier 1 and 2 automotive and industrial companies.
Location:  ​Automation Alley, 2675 Bellingham, Troy




Certified Information Systems Security Officer - C)ISSO

July 17 - 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Merit Professional Development and the Michigan Cyber Range are pleased to present Certified Information Systems Security Officer – C)ISSO at the Macomb-OU Incubator’s Velocity Hub. The course prepares and certifies you to analyze an organization’s information security threats and risks, and to design a security program to mitigate them.
Location:  ​Velocity Hub of the Michigan Cyber Range, Macomb-OU Incubator at Velocity Center, 6633 18 Mile Rd, Sterling Heights


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Tech Takeover: Designing Smart Products for the Internet of Things

Wednesday, July 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is changing how manufacturers design and develop products. From industrial and medical equipment to consumer goods, the products we use today are becoming increasingly connected and smart. While the IoT brings new revenue opportunities for manufacturers, there are also new product development challenges that can eat into profitability. Join Automation Alley and product development experts Peter Bilello, President of CIMdata, and David Hofer, Electrical Technical Specialist and Certified Interconnect Designer at Fisher Unitech, for an educational session on creating smarter products with seamless collaboration between the electrical and mechanical engineers and design teams.
Location: ​ ​Automation Alley, 2675 Bellingham, Troy



State of Shelby Township

Thursday, July 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Join the Macomb County Chamber as we welcome Shelby Township Supervisor Rick Stathakis, who will provide a forecast of the exciting and wonderful things happening in Shelby Township.
Location: ​ ​Palazzo Grande, 54660 Van Dyke Ave., Shelby Township




Government Contracting 101- Introduction to Federal Government Contracting

Thursday, July 20 from 9 a.m. to Noon
Did you know the federal government purchases more than $450 billion of goods and services a year?  Find out what it takes to successfully sell your goods and services to the federal government.  In addition, learn about the services and continuous support the Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) has available to help your company with the contracting process.
Location: Macomb Community College, MTEC Bldg. Room 138, 7900 Tank Avenue, Warren


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Starting a Business

Thursday, July 20 from 9:30 a.m. to Noon
This workshop is designed for individuals who are at the beginning stages of starting a business. It will help aspiring entrepreneurs assess their abilities to lead and manage a company, as well as evaluate market and sales potential for their products/services. Start-up costs, financing options, and business planning are introduced, along with necessary steps to getting started.
Location: ​ ​Velocity Collaboration Center, 6633 18 Mile, Sterling Heights




Starting Up: An Introduction to Michigan's Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Tuesday, July 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. A brief Q&A session will follow. 
Location: ​ ​Macomb-OU Incubator at Velocity Center, 6633 18 Mile Road, Sterling Heights


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Tech Takeover: Industry 4.0 Supply Chain Execution with Reply, Inc.

Wednesday, July 26 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Discover how an Internet of Things-enabled manufacturing operations management platform can change the way you do business as a manufacturer, as Automation Alley welcomes Reply, Inc. to the Tech Takeover. Reply, Inc. specializes in consulting, systems integration and digital services with a focus on the conception, design and implementation of solutions. They will discuss the rapid digitization of the manufacturing sector and how operation managers should respond to increased production activities, integrating ERP, connecting equipment and machinery and processing and monitoring results. Reply, Inc. will discuss how all of the above can work on a shop floor where new Industry 4.0 technologies work alongside legacy systems.
Location: ​ ​Automation Alley, 2675 Bellingham, Troy