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  Breaking News
 

Bronk Named CEO Of Open Systems Technologies
GRAND RAPIDS – It’s official. Open Systems Technologies (OST) Chief Operating Officer Meredith Bronk has been promoted to President and Chief Executive Officer on April 1. The announcement was made Monday by founding CEO Dan Behm, who is retiring.

 

Film Office Awards 3 Incentives To Detroit Company
LANSING - Three projects expected to generate nearly 100 jobs and more than $3.7 million in the state have been approved for film incentives by the Michigan Film Office, and all three projects will be produced by Exxodus Pictures Studio in downtown Detroit.

 

Staebler Named New CEO Of Wayne State University TechTown
DETROIT - Ned Staebler, who has served as vice president of economic development at Wayne State University received a new title Monday when he was named President and CEO of TechTown, replacing Leslie Smith, who took a similar job in Memphis.

 

MITechNews.Com Wins Corp! Magazine DiSciTech Award
PLYMOUTH – MITechNews.Com was one of dozens of Michigan companies to win the Corp! Magazine DiTechSci Awards announced Thursday at Schoolcraft College.

 

FCC Rules Net Neutrality Rule To Let Feds Regulate Internet Like Ma Bell
WASHINGTON DC – On Thursday, as expected, the Federal Communications Commission adopted Net neutrality regulations based on a new definition of broadband that will let the government regulate Internet infrastructure just like the old Ma Bell.

 

MEDC Seeks Proposals To Publish Official State Travel Guide
LANSING - The Michigan Strategic Fund and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation has issued a Request for Proposals to publish the official state of Michigan travel guide.

  Webcasts
 

MITechNews.Com Podcast: Mophie, Chinese New Year Gala, Grand Rapids Crowdfunding
DETROIT – MITechNews.Com Podcast: Mophie Advertises in Super Bowl, Chinese New Year Gala at Motor City Casino With Lt. Governor Brian Calley, Crowd Funding campaign for the Urban Institute of Arts in Grand Rapids to create outdoor art.

 

Episode 80: ITINTheD.Com: W3R, Daily Detroit
DETROIT – ITInTheD.Com episode 80: Joined in-studio by one of our sponsors, W3R, as well as our friends over at Daily Detroit, for a whole bunch of conversations and chats about the state of things here in Detroit.

  Entrepreneur's Corner
 

Bronk Named New President CEO At Open Systems Technologies
GRAND RAPIDS – It’s official. Open Systems Technologies (OST) Chief Operating Officer Meredith Bronk has been promoted to President and Chief Executive Officer on April 1. The announcement was made Monday by founding CEO Dan Behm, who is retiring.

 

Miller Lite Tap The Future Offers 5 Local Entrepreneurs $20,000 Purse
DETROIT – The Miller Lite Tap the Future Business Competition will pit five local entrepreneurs against each other for a cash purse of $20,000 and the chance to compete in Chicago against other regional winners for the $200,000 grand prize. The deadline is April 10.

  New Products/Contracts
 

Experts Say Apple To Debut Watch March 9 To Leap Ahead
CUPERTINO - Apple announced Thursday it will hold a special event March 9 that many analysts figure will be the debut of the Apple Watch. Apple has said the watch will go on sale in April.

 

Online Tech Names New Senior Director Of Sales
ANN ARBOR - Online Tech has appointed Bill Frohriep, Jr. as the company’s new Senior Director of Sales. He comes from CenturyLink/Savvis, where he was Area Vice President of the Midwest Region.

  Cyber Defense
 

Uber Hack Puts Up To 50,000 Uber Drivers' Personal Informaiton At Risk
SAN FRANCISO - Uber announced that one of its databases was possibly breached last year, which could have put up to 50,000 former and current Uber drivers' personal information at risk.

 

Anthem Attack Includes Some Blue Cross, Blue Shield Clients
SAN FRANCISCO - You don't have to be a direct customer of Anthem to have been a victim of the company's recent hack. Anthem's initial analysis indicates that about 78.8 million people may have been affected by the cyberattack, according to the company's Anthem Facts page. If you held insurance through Blue Cross and Blue Shield in select states, your private data could be a risk too.

  CleanUpdate
 

MI Earth Day Fest Open For Sponsor, Vendor Registration
ROCHESTER – MI Earth Day Fest, scheduled for April 24-26 at the Rochester City Center and Municipal Park, is looking for sponsors and vendors who want to get their green products and services in front of 50,000 potential customers.

 

Snyder Praises U.P. Energy Deal
LANSING - We Energies has asked the Midcontinent Independent System Operator to stop System Support Resource payments for the continued operation of the Presque Isle Power Plant in the Upper Peninsula, a move applauded by Governor Rick Snyder for saving customers potentially millions in charges.

  Biotechnology
 

Van Andel Research Institute Appoints Leading Cancer Scientist Professor
GRAND RAPIDS - Renowned cancer scientist and epigenetics expert Stephen Baylin, M.D., has accepted an appointment at Van Andel Research Institute to help lead its multi-institutional VARI-Stand Up to Cancer Epigenetics Dream Team.

 

Van Andel Research Institute Launches Interdisciplinary Fellowship Program
GRAND RAPIDS - Van Andel Research Institute has launched the Van Andel Fellows program, a new concept for interdisciplinary postdoctoral training aimed at the very best early career scientists.

  Politics
 

Snyder Pushes More Education-Economic Interaction
DETROIT - Governor Rick Snyder pushed for more emphasis on career and technical education as he launched the first merger of the Governor's Education Summit and the Governor's Economic Summit.

 

LARA Fee Increases Expect To Fund IT Upgrades
LANSING - While many of the state's license fees, especially for alcohol permits, may no longer be considered sustainable revenue streams for their respective programs and so need to be increased, a portion of those increases also is expected to pay for IT upgrades, an official with the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs said Wednesday.

  Guest Columns
 

What Have You Done For Me Lately? Proving PR Value To Sales People
DETROIT - If you handle public relations within a sales organization, you’re likely considered overhead. While you can argue that an effective media relations strategy leads to sales, you cannot always prove that the customers who came into your store to buy your products or services did so because of what they read online or watched on TV. Thus, it can be challenging to convince CEOs that traditional media relations helps drive their bottom line.

 

Fending Off The Unemployment Guy
DETROIT - To say that the state of business and economy in Metro Detroit is in peril is an understatement to say the least. Never have I seen such a mass of people without work in this town, notice traffic lately on I-75 and 696? That’s right, there hardly is any anymore.


 
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