May: glimaWest Board Elections & Sales/Marketing Case Studies

glimaWest held its May event, Board Elections and a presentation entitled “Sales/Marketing Case Studies”, on May 6 at Noto’s Old World Italian Dining, in Grand Rapids. At the May 6 event, glimaWest filled two board seats and the president of glimaWest. Board positions were open to any glimaWest member. In addition, our May 6 event included a presentation of case studies focused on sales and marketing. This was a topic in high demand according to member feedback,... Read More

March: Five Year Regional Economic Development Strategic Plan

glimaWest held its March event, entitled “Five Year Regional Economic Development Strategic Plan”, on March 25 at Noto’s Old World Italian Dining, in Grand Rapids. Birgit Klohs, President of Right Place, Inc., discussed that our region is changing quickly – health sciences, advanced technology, homeland security and life sciences are the evolving growth industries in Michigan and our region. We learned about the five-year economic development strategy... Read More

Tech 5:01

We returned to The Boss (formerly The Stack) … which is quickly becoming a favorite site for Tech 5:01+ events. Great drink specials, and a nice spread of food choices provided for a great backdrop to meet and mingle with West Michigan technology professionals. Terry Callahan took the time to introduce himself and his company, Tech Com Xchange, LLC. — a company that provides services to local companies via the web. If you get a chance to get to attend a future event... Read More

February: Introducing Tech 5:01

glimaWest debuted Tech 5:01 in West Michigan, a free after-hours networking and social event for glimaWest members. The event was held on Feb. 26, at 48 West in downtown Grand Rapids. The event was free to attend and included appetizers. glimaWest also organized a wine tasting special at the event.  Read More

Tech Trends

For those that attended, they were treated to a short, productive networking session, followed by a brief welcome and announcements from our chairman Darren Brown. Keith set the stage for the presentation by defining what makes a good technology very popular … in a nutshell it’s good technology that makes a difference in people’s lives. He gave a pretty extensive recap of his technology predictions from the previous few years … 63% home-runs, 22% so-so,... Read More

January: Tech Trends in Michigan

glimaWest held its January event, entitled “Tech Trends in Michigan; What Does The Future Hold?”, on Jan. 29 at the Eberhard Center at Grand Valley State University. George Boresma, Director of Technology Partnerships for the State of Michigan, discussed the role of state government in information technology in Michigan. He also discussed the future of information technology in Michigan; how it is impacted by the the business climate of the state; what the state government... Read More