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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

TechTown eNewsletter - October

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October 09 Newsletter Volume 2, Edition 7

SmartStart steps it up with new services for startups

Entrepreneurs, take note! SmartStart has made some exciting enhancements in an effort to bring you the best resources and assistance to put your startup company on a fast track to success. SmartStart, a business accelerator program for innovative startups, provides essential resources and one-on-one guidance to maximize your company's success. SmartStart has launched a new logistics accelerator program just for innovative startup companies, SmartStart Logistics.

Ticket to the FastTrac continues momentum of summer conferences

Open houses connect entrepreneurs with training programs

The series of entrepreneurial conferences hosted by FastTrac to the Future this summer was a tremendous success, attracting more than 1,200 budding Detroit business owners seeking advice and training. To satisfy the continuing hunger for entrepreneurial training in Detroit, TechTown created Ticket to the FastTrac, monthly open houses where entrepreneurs can meet with advisors who help them select and enroll in the program best suited for their business goals. Ticket to the FastTrac is a part of FastTrac to the Future's three-year initiative to reshape Southeast Michigan's economy by encouraging entrepreneurship and small business development.

How a gray army of baby boomers will bring back Detroits boom times

The latest from Randal's Detroit blog

Last week, the cover of Time Magazine captured a snapshot of a ruined city. It could have been Stalingrad in the 1940s when young untrained Russian youths were thrown into desperate battle with one rifle shared between two men, to save a city that was already reduced to rubble. In fact last week's issue of Time depicted a tragedy that on the surface, at least, seemed as stark as that 20th century communist battle for survival.

E2 Detroit sweetens the deal with lower admission rate, distinguished keynote

The E2 Detroit 2009 conference for entrepreneurs announces it has lowered the general admission price from $150 to $90--that's savings of 40 percent! Seats are going fast, so register soon at http://www.e2detroit.wayne.edu/.

In the News

Check out some recent TechTown headlines and economic development stories including a writeup about Asterand's new lease at TechTown, an interview with TechTown Executive Director Randal Charlton in the Oakland Press, and a CNN Money profile on the FastTrac to the Future conferences.

Company Profiles

CYJ Enterprises keeps kids and caretakers in touch in crises

Carole Johnson is putting her training and vast experience in information technology to work for a critical group of consumers: childcare customers. Johnson's company, CYJ Enterprises, LLC, has developed e-CYREN, software that stores, formats and prints emergency contact information mandated as part of the state's emergency card (Michigan form OCAL-3731).

E2 Detroit 2009: Developing the Right Entrepreneurial Team

October 15, 2009

In today's business world, you can't afford to launch that great company or that great idea with anything but the perfect lineup of people. That's what makes E2 Detroit 2009 -- "Developing the Right Entrepreneurial Team," so timely. With panel discussions such as "How to Make Your Company More Entrepreneurial," this year's gathering is as fast-paced as today's business climate.

Click here for more information.

Ticket to the FastTrac
Sponsored by FastTrac to the Future
October 19, 2009
at 3 p.m.

Entrepreneurs, mark your calendars! TechTown is opening its doors the third Monday of every month to give entrepreneurs an opportunity to meet with advisors who help them select and enroll in the program best suited for their business goals.

Click here for more information.

TiECon Midwest 2009 Conference

October 23-24, 2009

History tells us that in every economic downturn a new group of corporate giants is born. Microsoft, MTV, HP, Disney, IBM, Proctor & Gamble… in fact, 16 of the Dow Jones 30 companies were launched during a recession or depression. It takes a truly innovative entrepreneur to launch and grow a business in the current economic climate.

Click here for more information.

MIT Enterprise Forum Great Lakes Chapter
Savvy Entrepreneurs Series
October 30, 2009
at 5:30 p.m.

A moderated panel will discuss how to protect your precious intellectual property without bankrupting your fledgling enterprise and how to navigate the dreaded NDA with prospective customers and partners.

Click here for more information.

First Friday
Sponsored by Holiday Market and Corp! Magazine
November 6, 2009
at 4 p.m.

Looking to market your message and expand your professional network? Join the fastest-growing community of entrepreneurs at TechTown's First Friday in NextEnergy.

Click here for more information.

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