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  Breaking News

MITechNews Partners With Michipreneur To Help Entrepreneurs
GRAND RAPIDS – MITechNews.Com has partnered with Michipreneur, an online publication built to empower entrepreneurs to offer more complete coverage of the state’s start-up scene.


IT Security Salary Survey: What happened In 2013, Forecast For 2014
NEWTON, MA - The 2013 Global Information Security Workforce Survey indicates that demand for information security professionals was expected to increase by 12 percent in the Americas in the next 12 months, with an estimate of 164,000 new IT security related jobs.


Audit Finds Problems For DTMB Data Warehouse, State Agencies
LANSING - An audit assessing the effectiveness of the state's efforts to ensure reliability of data in the Enterprise Data Warehouse of the Department of Technology, Management and Budget yielded one material condition and three other reportable ones.


U-M Launches Desai Family Accelerator To Boost Student Startups
ANN ARBOR – Syntel Inc. founder Bharat Desai graduated from the University of Michigan in 1981 with an MBA and built a multi-million-dollar Information Technology services company. Now he’s giving back to his alma mater. On Tuesday, he announced the Desai Family Accelerator, a joint venture between the Ross School of Business and College of Engineering, that will be dedicated to helping Michigan startups gain ground in a difficult business world.


Worldwide Smartphone Shipments Edge Past 300 Million Units In The Second Quarter
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. – The worldwide smartphone market reached a new milestone in the second quarter of 2014, moving past the 300 million unit mark for the first time in its history.


Counties Group Says Could Be Time To Push Sales Tax For Roads
LANSING - The flooding that struck the metro Detroit region last week could provide a chance for supporters of a sales tax increase for road and infrastructure funding to push for a vote on the issue, an official with the Michigan Association of Counties said Monday.


Internet Advisor Podcast: Pinkereton In Ann Arbor, PC Gladiator, MITechNews.Com Headlines
DETROIT - Jack Zahran, President of the Pinkerton, joined the Internet Advisor to talk about why one of the oldest corporations in the US decided to move their home base to Ann Arbor; Jeff Harter, owner of PC Gladiator, the Livonia computer repair shop answered questions; Mike Brennan, Editor Of MITechNews.Com, shared 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

OU INC Talks Data Breeches And Offers Support For STEM Entrepreneurs
AUBURN HILLS - In the wake of the Target and Neiman Marcus data breaches, new data security laws are being introduced at both the federal and state levels. Beyond federal acts that address specific types of data, there are conflicting state data protection and breach notification laws. Protecting your organization and the data of your customers should be a priority for any business.


IT Salary Survey: Security Moving In The Right direction
NEWTON, MA. - Total compensation is up, and one-third of IT organizations are looking to make new hires, according to the TechTarget 2013 information security salary survey.


Michigan’s Best & Brightest Sustainable Companies Winners Gets Awards September16
GRAND RAPIDS – Michigan’s sustainable companies focused on improving the lives of their employees will be honored Sept. 16 by the Michigan Business and Professional Association at the third annual Best and Brightest Sustainable Companies awards program.


Meadowlark Builders Announces Fleet Of Hybrid, Electric Vehicles
ANN ARBOR - Meadowlark Builders has purchased two electric hybrid vehicles to add to their existing fleet of fuel-efficient models. In addition – five Meadowlark employees own electric, hybrid and fuel-efficient vehicles for their daily commutes to the Meadowlark offices on West Liberty Road.

  Entrepreneur's Corner

We Build Character Mentee Program Elevates Talent In Michigan
SOUTHFIELD - Just over 30 ambitious professionals and their supporters gathered at IHS Automotive this month at a graduation ceremony from a mentoring program. The Michigan Council for Women in Technology and We Build Character 2014 Elevate mentees celebrated a year of hard work and professional growth.


Davenport Guarantees Accounting Students Get Job Or Free Tuition
LIVONIA – Accounting students who can’t find jobs after graduating from Davenport University will get up to three additional semesters worth of free tuition to use towards a second major.


MichBio Posts 4 Life Science Gigs At Jobs Portal
ANN ARBOR – MichBio, the state’s Life Sciences trade association, has posed four new jobs in its career center – VP Clinical Development & Medical Director, Manager Business Development, Metrology Technician, and Process Engineer.


Sisu Global Health Nominated For Saving Lives At Birth Grant
GRAND RAPIDS - Sisu Global Health, a Michigan-based medical device startup company, has been nominated for the Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development grant, as part of a global competition for technologies impacting infant and maternal health.


Survey: Enforceable, Reasonable Licensing More Important To Business Than Tax Code
LANSING - A survey presented at the National Conference of State Legislatures determined that overall, small business owners felt reasonable, well-enforced licensing is a bigger issue than tax code due to the fact that their competitors who are not necessarily playing by the rules would have an unfair advantage.


Audit Finds Problems For DTMB Data Warehouse, State Agencies
LANSING - An audit assessing the effectiveness of the state's efforts to ensure reliability of data in the Enterprise Data Warehouse of the Department of Technology, Management and Budget yielded one material condition and three other reportable ones.

  New Products/Contracts

Billhighway Dips Into Millennial Talent Pool for New Marketing Hire
TROY - Billhighway has hired Kathryn Lazarski, a senior at Oakland University, for its marketing team.


Report: Verizon Wireless Rated Top Network In Michigan
SOUTHFIELD – Verizon Wireless has been rated the top network in Michigan for overall network performance.

  Guest Columns

August 'On the Road' With Stephen Rapundalo
ANN ARBOR - The summer vacation season curtailed people’s calendars and my travels over the last month. Nonetheless, we begin this report much like we ended the previous month—meeting with state legislators. Representatives from Novartis, Amgen, and BIO along with their contract lobbyists and myself met with Rep. Ken Yonker (R-Caledonia), sponsor of HB 5598. The bill would permit the substitution of biosimilar drugs by pharmacists for innovator biologics.


Wind Farm Connections To Michigan’s Electrical Grid Bring Far-Ranging Benefits
NOVI - As the largest owner and operator of the high-voltage electrical grid in Michigan, ITC transports energy from generators to local retail distribution utilities throughout the Lower Peninsula. We connect all forms of energy to the grid.

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