Holiday 5:01

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011, 5:01pm Location: The Gallery at Bar Divani (Google Maps) (Bing Maps) Register: Registration is closed for this event The fall’s over and it’s time to hunker down for winter and get down to business, come out and catch up with everyone and celebrate the beginning to an amazing winter. Join us for a fun relaxed time of conversation, dialogs, networking, food, drinks & prizes at this aimWest Members Only classic. Register: Registration... Read More

Breaking Through the Filter Bubble

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011 Networking Time: 5:30pm Panel Discussion: 6:15pm Location: San Chez Banquet Space (3rd Floor) (Google Maps) (Bing Maps) Register: Registration is closed for this event Can you break out of the “Filter Bubble”? We’re living in the world of Facebook, Google, Amazon, and Netflix. They think they know our preferences based on our past history. Online firms are suggesting things that they “think” we like. However, due to narrow algorithms,... Read More

2011 Board Elections

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Douglas Kelly, partner at Evolve Solutions, has been elected as the new president of aimWest. Kelly previously served as vice president and secretary of the organization. He succeeds Daniel Estrada, who served as president from 2008-2011. Kelly joined the board of aimWest in September 2010. Kelly has been a partner at Evolve Solutions since 2002. Evolve Solutions is an experienced web design and development firm, specializing in website design, eCommerce... Read More

What Has Happened to Journalism?

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011 Networking Time: 5:30pm Panel Discussion: 6:15pm Location: The new UICA Theater (Google | Bing) Post Networking: Rockwells Maps: Google | Bing Networking: 7:00pm – 8:00pm Registration: Registration is now closed People are starting to notice… …that with the proliferation and velocity of digital communications, coupled with outdated business models, journalism (and journalists) are suffering for it. News organizations have even... Read More

Leading, Not Following: IT’s Shifting Role in Innovation

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011 Networking Time: 5:15pm Panel Discussion: 6:00pm Location: WMU Downtown GR Campus (Google | Bing) Post Networking: Tavern on the Sq. Maps: Google | Bing Networking: 7:00pm – 8:00pm Register: Registration is closed for this event Moving from cost center to a center of innovation… Traditionally, IT has been seen as a support function in most businesses. Even today, the IT department is often supporting innovation instead of being given... Read More

Summer 5:01

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011 Summer 5:01 Location: Mangiamo (Google Maps) (Bing Maps) Time: 5:01pm Registration: Registration is now closed Imagine yourself on the lawn of an immense mansion on a summer evening of food, drink, and conversation. Lounging in an Adirondack chair sipping something cool whilst enjoying a lively game of bocce ball on the green. No, it’s not a Brooks Brothers or Pure Michigan photo shoot, but it is the 2011-2012 Season Kickoff for aimWest! This event... Read More

2011 / 2012 aimWest Events

aimWest is proud to announce our 2011-2012 events! August 17, 2011 aimWest 5:01 Season Kick-Off A great event with food and networking opportunities at Mangiamo. September 27th, 2011 Leading, Not Following: IT’s Shifting Role in Innovation Current Hot Topics & Trends in the Mobile Space. October 19th, 2011 What Has Happened to Journalism? Are today’s journalists gathering news? Or are they left processing and repackaging what’s already out there? November 16th, 2011 The... Read More

Momentum Meetup & Networking

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011 Presentations: WMU Downtown GR Campus Maps: Google | Bing Sign in: 5:01pm Presentations: 5:30pm – 6:45pm Post Networking: Tavern on the Sq. Maps: Google | Bing Networking: 7:00pm – 8:00pm Register: Registration is closed for this event This won’t be your typical cast party. They’re not famous – well, not yet. They’ve had no “work done” like in Hollywood – they’re just working their tails off the old fashioned way to... Read More

Unsung Startups

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011 Networking Time: 5:30pm Panel Discussion: 6:15pm Location: ICCF Ballroom (Google Maps, Bing Maps) After-Party: Brewery Vivant (across the street) After-Party: Registration is closed for this event Successful companies you’ve never heard of… West Michigan is a community bursting with well-kept secrets, including people who might be one step away from making history. Yet their names rarely crop up in mainstream media. Join aimWest on Wednesday,... Read More

Reshaping W. Michigan as an Innovation Hub

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 Networking Time: 5:30pm Panel Discussion: 6:15pm Location: GVSU Eberhard Center (Google Maps, Bing Maps) Parking: Fulton Street Lot is FREE Register: Registration is closed for this event Silicon Valley. Seattle. Grand Rapids? A recent headline from the San Francisco Business Times said, “California’s Innovation Model… Michigan?” Join aimWest on April 20 to find out how West Michigan is becoming a hub for the one thing the future... Read More