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Monday's 'Michigan Emerging' Conference an Innovator's Wonderland


When you want something done right, you do it yourself. With that in mind, Michigan's growing pool of entrepreneurs and innovators is meeting Monday at Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan, to collaborate on the methods and the madness behind creating jobs and reinventing Michigan.

Michigan Emerging, a conference that features a series of presentations, including a keynote speech by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, is a day-long conversation that Michigan's current and future leaders cannot afford to miss.

The event kicks off at 7:30 am with registration, with a minimal fee ($45) for the entire day's events. Congressman Hansen Clarke from the 13th District will speak in the morning, followed by the highly innovative CEO of GalaxE.Solutions, Tim Bryan. Mr. Bryan is scheduled to talk about how he decided to move his company IN to Michigan, including some of the advantages that Michigan provides his business over other states.

Following that, Michigan Emerging presents its expert panel on reversing outsourcing by bringing outside jobs into Michigan. Scheduled speakers for this panel include Rom Lapointe of i3Logic, Anik Ganguly from GAIN Group, Inc., Don Campbell of the Detroit Trading Company, and Steven Robert of Billhighway. The panel will be moderated by the always clever Ken Rogers, Executive Director of Automation Alley.

Immediately following the panel will be a tremendous speech by M. Miche Suboski, Champion of Entrepreneurship & Innovation, LEAP, Inc. Look for this speech to focus on the action in the trenches, hear about the wins, the innovation and the opportunities that are out there every day in our great state.

The afternoon sessions will include a series of informative panels that any entrepreneur would be wise to attend. Here are a few samples of what the conference offers:

  • Creating a Culture of Joy (HR Clinic): Richard Sheridan, Menlo Innovations, President
    Brief chat about the necessities of company culture and hiring wisely, followed by Q&A
  • Dominating the Bottom Line (Finance Clinic): Matthew I. Pickus, GPX, COO & Founder
    How to make sure you are running lean/learn about the necessities, followed by Q&A
  • Is Your Pipeline Full? (Sales Clinic): Daniel Walker, River End Consulting
    Brief chat about the tried and true as well as new techniques, followed by Q&A
  • Finding Your Brand Voice (Traditional and New Marketing Clinic): Scott Hauman, Lingo
    Get the cliff notes of marketing in 2011, followed by Q&A
  • Leveraging technology to impact your business: Jason A. Lambiris, Apex Digital Solutions, Inc., President & CEO
    The essentials of setting up your start-up's office from an IT perspective, from hardware to cloud services, followed by Q&A

The conference will wrap up with a keynote speech by David Segura, the CEO of VisionIT, along with some awards and announcements about new funding in the state.

Want to be part of the conversation between Michigan's entrepreneurs and the next wave of innovation and talent in the state? Be at Cobo Center Monday for a conference you'll never forget. For directions and parking information, please click here.


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