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  Breaking News

Pure Michigan Unveils Michigan 400 Honorary Starter Contest On Facebook
LANSING - Pure Michigan announced the launch of the Pure Michigan 400 Honorary Starter contest, which runs through August 6 on Pure Michigan’s Facebook page. Fans are invited to share why they want to wave the green flag to signal the start of the race at MIS on August 17. Entries may be submitted directly to the Pure Michigan Facebook page via the contest tab.


Latest Future Business Index Reflects Optimism on Michigan's Economy
LANSING - Owners of Michigan's small and medium-size businesses have voiced their confidence in Michigan's economic future in the latest Future Business Index, but concerns remain regarding the challenges of retaining skilled employees and the unknown impact of the Affordable Care Act on the individual bottom lines of businesses.


State Canvassers Reject Minimum Wage Proposal
LANSING - The state Board of State Canvassers voted 3-1 Thursday against certifying a petition to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour and bring tipped workers up to that wage in an unexpected bipartisan vote.


More Than 700 Professionals Network At Pure Michigan Detroit Three Auto Matchmaking Summit
DETROIT – More than 700 professionals networked with automotive suppliers and auto OEMs, engaged in meetings, and heard from Michigan leaders on July 22 at the Detroit Three Matchmaking Summit hosted by Pure Michigan Business Connect at Cobo Hall.


Suniva To Build New Plant In Saginaw Township; Hire 350 People
SAGINAW TOWNSHIP - Suniva, Inc., a metro-Atlanta based manufacturer of high-efficiency crystalline silicon solar cells and modules, announced it is opening a second U.S. manufacturing facility in Saginaw Township. Construction will begin in August, with production in the last three months of 2014. Some 350 jobs will be created.


Automotive, Solar Companies Score Big With Strategic Fund
LANSING - The Strategic Fund approved five Michigan Business Development Program incentives on Tuesday, with expansions for automotive or solar companies coming to Albion Township, Watertown Township, Troy, Benzonia and China townships, and Saginaw Township.


Internet Advisor Podcast: Exploring The Dark Web, Red Dwarf Book, MITechNews Headlines
DETROIT - editor Wendy Boswell joins the show to uncover the massive presence of the sinister Darknet or Deep Web as it is sometimes know where massive volumes of information are illegally traded along with guns and pornography. Author Joe Bastian talks about the launch of the third in the series of books about the legend of the Red Dwarf (Nain Rouge). MITechNews headlines.


MITechNews.Com Internet Advisor News Updates Now Available As Podcasts
GRAND RAPIDS – If you missed the MITechNews.Com headline report on the Internet Advisor as heard on WJR 760 AM in Detroit and over the Michigan Talk Network then we have you covered. It is now available as a webcast.

  Cyber Defense

SunTel Services Adds Video Surveillance Offering And Support Team
TROY - SunTel Services has expanded its service to include video surveillance platforms to help assist its customers meet the changing demands of company security.


Advice For The Incoming CISO Of Target
BIRMINGHAM - There is no task more difficult for a CISO than stepping into that role at a large organization that has never had a CISO and has recently experienced a devastating breach that is at least partly responsible for the departure of senior IT management and the CEO.


DTE Energy Reports 22 Percent Increase In 2Q Earnings
DETROIT - DTE Energy Monday reported second quarter 2014 earnings 22 percent higher than the same quarter a year ago.


Suniva To Build New Plant In Saginaw Township; Hire 350 People
SAGINAW TOWNSHIP - Suniva, a metro-Atlanta based manufacturer of high-efficiency crystalline silicon solar cells and modules, announced it is opening a second U.S. manufacturing facility in Saginaw Township. Construction will begin in August, with production in the last three months of 2014. Some 350 jobs will be created.

  Entrepreneur's Corner

Michigan Tech Honors 2 Alumni With Melvin Calvin Medal
HOUGHTON - Michigan Technological University’s Board of Control bestowed the Melvin Calvin Medal of Distinction on two distinguished alumni and longtime supporters of Michigan Tech: David House and Richard Henes.


MMIC To Host Bootstrappers Breakfast With Travis Johnson Of Foodjunky
MIDLAND – Mid Michigan Innovation Center will host a Bootstrappers Breakfast at its Midland headquarters on Aug. 13. The event allows entrepreneurs from early-stage tech companies to share knowledge and experiences gained through their business development. The breakfast will feature special guest Travis Johnson, the founder of foodjunky, a startup that provides a simpler way to order food for large meetings.


MichBio Members Qualify For 33 Percent Discount On Shipping
LANSING - As a MichBio member, did you know that your company can save up to 33 percent on your shipping needs via MichBio’s FedEx Advantage Program? This includes great discounts on FedEx’s CryoPort Deep Frozen Solutions, with temperature control down to -150C.


Online Registration Open For INNO-VENTION 2014
PONTIAC - Online registration is open for INNO-VENTION 2014, now in its third year, scheduled for Oct. 21-22 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi. Along with the Medical Main Street Network, INNO-VENTION 2014 will help companies build valuable relationships and productive collaborations.


Video Game and Mobile App Projects Approved For Incentives
LANSING – The Michigan Film Office announced today three projects – Scrap Yard, Health Games for Kids and Santa & His Elves – have been approved for digital media incentives from the state.


Poll Shows Dismal Outlook On Affordable Care Act, Urgency On Transportation
LANSING - The federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was viewed by 600 likely voters in statistically equal proportions of "mostly negative" or "neutral," and more than three-quarters of respondents said they were either "very concerned" or "somewhat concerned" about the discrepancy between what the state is providing for road funding and what it actually needs, a poll by Public Sector Consultants and Denno Research released Tuesday showed.

  New Products/Contracts

Altair Expands To South Africa With Office In Stellenbosch
TROY – Altair has acquired EM Software & Systems - S.A., makers of FEKO electromagnetic field analysis software. FEKO is now part of Altair's computer-aided engineering suite HyperWorks. Altair gains a local presence in South Africa where personnel in Stellenbosch will be responsible for all Altair sales and support activities in the region.


Marvel Technologies Names Desikan Managing Partner
NOVI - Marvel Technologies has appointed Chakravarti Desikan (Desi) as its managing partner. He will be responsible for leading Marvel’s Consulting Services division.

  Guest Columns

ITC Takes a Leadership Role in Modernizing Michigan’s Electrical Grid
NOVI - There is no doubt that dependable electricity is indispensable to modern life and is the backbone of our economy. From cell phones to social networks, from manufacturing plants to data centers, we all depend on the power that makes today’s increasingly connected lifestyles possible.


IDC Comment: Apple And IBM Will Make Formidable Combination For Enterprise Mobility
LONDON - Apple and IBM announced a strategic partnership whereby IBM will sell iPhones and iPads to its business customers, and will develop cloud services optimized for Apple’s iOS. Apple will provide hardware support for devices through a dedicated large-enterprise AppleCare program.

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