Education & Events

Upcoming Webinars

Active Shooter Incidents: How to Prepare and Survive
December 3, 2015 at 10:00 AM EST      Time Zone Converter
An active shooter is someone actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and other populated area. These horrible situations are by their very nature unpredictable, evolve quickly, and cannot be completely prevented. However, with proper training you can learn to survive such an event.

This 60-minute webinar will discuss the nature of active shooter incidents and how to prepare your employees with skills and strategies they need to increase their chances of survival.
Financial Statements 101: A Primer for Non-Financial Managers
December 17, 2015 at 10:00 AM EST      Time Zone Converter
Not everyone has a background in finance and accounting, so learning the ins and outs of financial statements can be a new and, at times, difficult experience for small business owners, rising managers and new board members. While it is important to have a great accountant crunching the numbers and creating the reports, it is up to you to understand the documents and numbers. Only by analyzing the elements of these statements and how they relate to one another can you gauge a company's overall health and make good financial decisions relating to the organization.

Most financial analysis revolves around three main statements and this 60-minute webinar will focus on bettering your understanding of these financial reports.
Intellectual Property Webinar Series
(2 upcoming webinars, 0 archived webinars)
Your company works hard to develop new innovative techniques and products and its brand identity. In this two-part webinar series, you will learn why protecting your intellectual property is an important part of growing your business.
Protecting Your Business's Intellectual Property: Patents & Copyrights
December 16, 2015 at 10:00 AM EST      Time Zone Converter
Protecting your novel idea, invention or original work of art is extremely important to prevent competitors from using your intellectual property to their own advantage. Join us for this 60-minute webinar where we will introduce you to what intellectual property is, why it is important and how it can be protected. In particular, we will focus on patents and copyrights.
Protecting Your Business's Intellectual Property: Trade Secrets & Trademarks
January 20, 2016 at 10:00 AM EST      Time Zone Converter
Your business has something that differentiates you from your competitors. There is something special about your brand or product that is unique and defines your competitive advantage in the marketplace. It is very possible that a competitor is causing confusion in the marketplace by using a name or trademark that is similar to yours. Or that your business involves proprietary information that would be valuable to your competitors. If that's the case, then join us for this 60-minute webinar where we will focus on how to handle these situations as they relate to trade secrets and trademarks.
Workplace Harassment: Illegal, Unprofessional & Stupid Behaviors
(3 upcoming webinars, 0 archived webinars)
Finding the proper balance where employees enjoy their workplace, but do not cross the inappropriate behavior line can be a challenge. This three-part webinar series will help you understand where the harassment and inappropriate behavior zone begins; the legal and practical issues related to addressing harassment complaints; and ways to encourage appropriate behaviors. .
Defining Workplace Harassment: Illegal, Unprofessional & Stupid Behavior
January 27, 2016 at 10:00 AM EST      Time Zone Converter
You want employees to be at work, motivated and comfortable, so illegal, unprofessional and otherwise stupid behavior that has a damaging opposite effect cannot be tolerated. This workplace harassment - whether based on employee peer-to-peer behavior or supervisor-subordinate behavior - has significant practical and legal consequences.

Join us for this 60-minute webinar to better understand the definition of workplace harassment, which includes a wide range of behavior; we will explore these concepts in a storytelling context.
Harassment Complaint Investigations: The Nuts & Bolts
February 24, 2016 at 10:00 AM EST      Time Zone Converter
The best defense to any harassment allegation is a prompt, thorough and appropriate investigation coupled with appropriate corrective action. It all starts with a published and understandable anti-harassment policy and a culture which holds all employees (managers, supervisors and hourly) accountable for maintaining a harassment-free work environment.

Join us for this 60-minute webinar to better understand the requirements of a legal and practical harassment investigation and minimize potential harassment claims.
Disciplinary Action: The Appropriate Balance
March 23, 2016 at 10:00 AM EDT      Time Zone Converter
Prompt and appropriate corrective action after a thorough investigation is your best legal defense to a harassment claim. Also, laying the groundwork ahead of such complaints with appropriate workplace interventions, anti-harassment training, performance improvement plans, and corrective action guidelines is extremely important. These pre-defined procedures significantly help when faced with taking action when such harassment does occur.

Join us for this 60-minute webinar to learn tactics for workplace harassment prevention and what to do when your investigation concludes an employee has engaged in workplace harassment.
2016 Property Update Webinar Series
(2 upcoming webinars, 0 archived webinars)
This two-part webinar series will update you on the changes taking effect in 2016 in Michigan's personal property tax law and changes enacted in 2015 to the unclaimed property act. Don't miss this opportunity to learn about the new changes and how they impact your business.
Personal Property Tax Update
February 3, 2016 at 10:00 AM EST      Time Zone Converter
The most important parts of the August 2014 voter-approved Michigan Personal Property Tax Reform Law are now taking effect and will impact your 2016 personal property tax filings. Please join us for this 60-minute webinar to learn how the new rules work and how they apply to you.
Unclaimed Property Reporting Update
March 3, 2016 at 10:00 AM EST      Time Zone Converter
Michigan unclaimed property holders can benefit from 2015 legislation that reduces the exposure and expense for unclaimed property compliance. In addition, numerous federal and state cases are advancing in their efforts to force rational audit methodologies, which can help as well. So, please join us to get an update on key issues in audits, pending cases, and the continued national effort to re-write the Uniform Unclaimed Property Act. This 60-minute webinar will also identify voluntary disclosure opportunities and highlight hot topics in Unclaimed Property in other states where you may also have a reporting obligation.
Incentives for Urban Redevelopment: Brownfields & Beyond
February 17, 2016 at 10:00 AM EST      Time Zone Converter
Michigan companies can still find incentives for development on challenging sites, which are referred to as Brownfields, but realistically can also include all urban properties. However, determining which incentives are appropriate, clearly understanding the incentives, and to what degree communities supports these incentives, creates its own additional set of challenges. Join us for this 60-minute webinar which will discuss the available incentives, the eligibility requirements for the most frequently used incentives, and review changes to the key incentive legislation. When determining which incentives are appropriate, the devil is in the details!