Linkner: Unleash Your Inner Creative

SOUTHFIELD — Creativity is the key to success, according to
bestselling business author and serial entrepreneur Josh Linkner.

Easy to say. But hard to do? Well, don’t worry, Linkner said. All of us
start out creative as kids. And no matter what’s happened to us since,
we can get back there, Linkner said — pointing to a Harvard study that shows that 85 percent of creativity is learned behavior.

Linkner spoke Thursday at a “Business Over Breakfast” event at The
Engineering Society of Detroit headquarters in Southfield.

Linkner offered example over example of creativity and innovation,
the seeds of which he says are inside virtually everyone.

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Detroit CIOs Have Robust Hiring Plans

DETROIT — It’s a good time to be an IT jobseeker in Detroit. How good? Well, how good does zero layoffs sound?

Eighty-nine percent of Detroit-area CIOs plan to hire IT professionals in the last half of 2014, either to expand or fill vacant positions, according to a new report from Robert Half Technology. That’s 9 percentage points higher than the survey result for the prior six months, when the figure was 80 percent.

And exactly zero CIOs plan layoffs in the second half of the year,
down from 3 percent a year earlier.

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UM, NextEnergy Looking For New Mobility Technologies

DETROIT — The University of Michigan Sustainable Mobility and Accessibility Research and Transformation initiative is seeking applications for the 2014 MobiPrize.

NextEnergy will sponsor a $5,000 MobiPrize for Michigan
entrepreneurs who are contributing to the Michigan economy through innovative new mobility technology, services, products, or
infrastructure ventures.

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If You Haven’t Been Hacked Yet, Just Wait: Cyber Awareness Event

DETROIT — There are only two types of companies — those that have been hacked, and those that will be.

Those words from former FBI director Robert Mueller provided an ideal backdrop for the latest regional Michigan Cyber Awareness Luncheon program, held Wednesday at the Marriott Detroit Renaissance Center.

“It’s not a question of if you will be hacked, but when,” said Joe Adams, a retired U.S. Army colonel and West Point cybersecurity professor who now leads the Michigan Cyber Range for Merit Network Inc. in Ann Arbor. “We concentrate on locking the door, but we have to open it up to do business.”

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GR’s FTCH Opens Macomb Twp. Office

GRAND RAPIDS — Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber Inc., a full‐service civil engineering, architectural engineering, environmental and construction management firm, says it has opened a new office in Macomb Township.

The office is located at 46600 Romeo Plank Road, Suite 3, and the phone number is (586) 412-1406.

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AT&T Expands 4G LTE In More Of Michigan

DETROIT — AT&T Inc. says it has expanded its high-speed 4G LTE network into several new areas in Michigan.

AT&T says it’s expanding its coverage in Saginaw, Midland and Bay counties. And there were expansions in northern Lower Michigan and the Upper Peninsula as well.

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Saginaw Valley, Indian Biz School Set Sustainability Summit

UNIVERSITY CENTER — Saginaw Valley State University will host an international conference on business sustainability Tuesday, Sept. 23 through Friday, Sept. 26.

SVSU’s College of Business and Management is partnering with Shri Ram College of Commerce, the business school of the University of Delhi, India in organizing this conference on SVSU’s campus.

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Benton Harbor, Nest In Smart Appliance Alliance

BENTON HARBOR — Whirlpool appliances are about to get smarter.

The Benton Harbor appliance giant Whirlpool Corp. announced it is
participating in the “Works With Nest” program of the smart home device manufacturer Nest Labs.

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Lansing’s Hatching Celebrating First Anniversary

LANSING — On Wednesday, June 25, the monthly pitch competition called “The Hatching” will celebrate its first anniversary at Beggars Banquet in East Lansing.

The competition was created by the Lansing Economic Area Partnership, the capital region’s economic development agency; Spartan Innovations, a Michigan State University research spinout accelerator; and the New Economic Opportunity Center, a Lansing business incubator.

The Hatching is a monthly networking event and contest for budding
entrepreneurs to experience pitching — and developing their ideas into working, local businesses.

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Advanced Photonix Stock Sale Leads To New Loan Deal

ANN ARBOR — Advanced Photonix Inc. announced amended lending agreements with Silicon Valley Bank and Partners for Growth after the successful underwriting by the Los Angeles investment banking firm B. Riley & Co. of 6.2 million shares of API common stock, giving the company $2.9 million in new capital.

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