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  Breaking News

U-M Hosts MakerFest April 2 To Showcase Makers Movement At Michigan
ANN ARBOR – The second of what is becoming an annual MakerFest will be held on April 2 at the University of Michigan where students and other interested parties can interact with creative entrepreneurs who have become part of the Makers Movement.


Michigan House, Senate Veer Sharply From Snyder On Budget
LANSING - The Legislature began Tuesday to put its stamp on the 2015-16 fiscal year budget as 15 budget bills for departments and major budget areas cleared Appropriations subcommittees, and it became clear the Republican majorities in the House and Senate are moving in a much different direction than Governor Rick Snyder.


House Committee Bill To End Venture Michigan Fund Moves To Floor
LANSING - The Michigan Early Stage Venture Investment Corporation would not be able to enter into any new agreement, and current venture funds would expire in 2030 rather than 2054 under bills reported by the House Commerce and Trade Committee on Tuesday.


Esperion Raises $189.9 Million On Wall Street: Investors Take Profits
ANN ARBOR – Esperion Therapeutics raised another $189.9 million in a stock offering Tuesday afternoon and investors unloaded shares Wednesday to take profits driving the company's stock price down by 15 percent at the closing bell.


FishNet Security Director To Talk Log Management April 16 At ISSA Motor City
LIVONIA - Join Michael Seals, FishNet Security's Strategic Services Director for Managed Security Services, in this vendor-neutral discussion of the typical lifecycle for Log Management and SIEM solutions in Mid-Market organizations. The April 16 event is hosted by ISSA Motor City Chapter.


Global Automotive Innovation Challenge Features 12 Michigan Semi-Finalists
DETROIT - SAE International, MIT Alliance of Michigan and NextEnergy have developed the Global Automotive Innovation Challenge to create increased flow of great innovations for automotive OEMs and Suppliers. Twenty Semi-Finalists teams, including a dozen from Michigan, with potentially high value innovations for the automotive market have been screened from a larger pool of global applicants. They will be presenting in Detroit at NextEnergy on April 2.


Digital Divas Episode 3: Interviews With Tech Women At South-By-Southwest
DETROIT - Digital Diva, Amanda Lewan, attends SXSW to capture exciting interviews with Women in Technology. This podcast features three short diverse discussions with women focused on: Large Scale 3D Printing, The “Internet of Everything” Bra & “Detected the Movie,” and even the new .CLUB domain name extension.


MITechNews.Com's Brennan, ESD's Roush Talk New Content Partnership
ANN ARBOR – MITechNews.Com Editor Mike Brennan talks about the new content partnership with the Engineering Society of Detroit and its Communications Director Matt Roush, the former editor of the Great Lakes Technology Report in Detroit. Mike and Matt competed for nearly 20 years and now they will work together to cover technology and entrepreneurs across the state.

  Entrepreneur's Corner

MCWT Doubles Down On Women In Tech With CIO’s, Grade School Girls
DETROIT – The Michigan Council for Women in Technology on March 18 celebrated with a day of enrichment and giving back to women in technology. Female tech professionals gained insight from Quicken Loans CIO Ling Long in the morning, while hundreds of grade-school girls were inspired by the Internet of Things in the afternoon.


Michigan Angel Fund Leads $1.7 million Investment In Arborlight
ANN ARBOR - The Michigan Angel Fund led a $1.7 million round of funding for Arborlight that recently closed. The company will use the money to further commercialization efforts for its award-winning LightWell product, which offers the benefits of a skylight, with the convenience of a light fixture.

  New Products/Contracts

Pure Michigan Visitor Spending In 2014 Nearly $23 Billion
LANSING – Visitor spending in Michigan hit $22.8 billion last year, and the state’s Pure Michigan tourism campaign generated $6.87 for each dollar spent on Pure Michigan advertising in 2014, according to two reports released this week at the Pure Michigan Governor’s Conference on Tourism in Grand Rapids.


Bank Of Ann Arbor Promotes Satish Jasti To Senior Vice President
ANN ARBOR - Bank of Ann Arbor has promoted Satish Jasti to Senior Vice President and Senior Loan Officer.

  Cyber Defense

FishNet Security Director To Talk Log Management At April 16 ISSA Motor City
LIVONIA - Join Michael Seals, FishNet Security's Strategic Services Director for Managed Security Services, in this vendor-neutral discussion of the typical lifecycle for Log Management and SIEM solutions in Mid-Market organizations. The April 16 event is hosted by ISSA Motor City Chapter.


Cybersecurity For Business: Assessing Threats And Managing Risks
TROY - Today, nearly every aspect of our personal and professional lives depends on a secure and stable cyberspace. Yet, cyberattacks — and even cyberwarfare — have been dominating recent headlines. Join Automation Alley March 26th for an in-depth discussion about threats to our national security and the daily lives of Americans. Pre-registration closes March 24.


DEQ Budget Begins House Move With Air Fee Changes
LANSING - The Michigan House Appropriations Environmental Quality Subcommittee agreed with most of the fee changes Governor Rick Snyder had proposed, but reduced some of the funding available to the Air Quality Program.


Michigan Senate Panel Approves DEQ Budget
LANSING - An environmental quality budget for 2015-16 that largely follows the recommendation of Governor Rick Snyder's recommendation was reported to the full Senate Appropriations Committee on Tuesday.


Medical Technologies: Growth Strategies For The Global Marketplace
LANSING – Join MichBio for an event March 31 at the MSU Henry Center for Executive Development that will cover an overview of the medical device industry, different approaches to market entry, and regulatory and supply chain issues.


MichBio"s Job Bank Post Inside Sales Account Manager, Chemical Production Engineer Jobs
ANN ARBOR – MichBio's Jobs Bank has added two new Life Sciences positions, an Inside Sales Account Manager in Ann Arbor and a Chemical Production Engineer in Fraser.


Michigan House University Budget Hikes Funding By 1 Percent; Senate Sticks With 2 Percent
LANSING - The Michigan higher education budget approved Thursday by a House subcommittee would decrease Governor Rick Snyder's recommendation for the universities by $14.7 million and increase the cap on how much universities can raise tuition.


Audit Of Michigan Strategic Fund Criticizes Financial Records
LANSING - The Michigan Strategic Fund did not have sufficient internal control in place to ensure it properly recorded and reported its financial activity in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, an audit by the Office of the Auditor General released Thursday concluded.

  Guest Columns

Engineering Society Of Detroit All Things Engineering
SOUTHFIELD - The Engineering Society works to be "all things engineering" for the Detroit area and the state of Michigan - preserving Michigan's status as the No. 1 state for engineers in the nation.


Phasing Out Michigan Venture Fund Would Hurt State's Efforts To Help Entrepreneurs
ANN ARBOR - Jim Adox, Chairman of the Michigan Venture Capital Association, and Managing Director of Venture Investors LLC, said phasing out the Venture Michigan Fund – as proposed by the Michigan House Commerce and Trade Committee this week - would have a tremendous negative impact on the state’s efforts to make Michigan more entrepreneur friendly.

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