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Plante Moran and Automation Alley to host Toast + Tech Talk series

Southfield, Mich. – June 18, 2014 – Plante Moran, one of the nation’s largest certified public accounting and business advisory firms, has announced it will host a four-part breakfast series with Automation Alley entitled ‘Toast + Tech Talk’. The series will focus on business topics related to the technology industry to help growing companies develop the framework and tools necessary to continue to compete and be successful in the space.

“Growing technology companies are usually led by entrepreneurs who have an abundance of good ideas and the drive to realize them,” Brian Langham, partner and co-leader of Plante Moran’s technology consulting practice said. “However, these dynamic companies face tremendous competition and sustaining growth requires a combination of tech savvy and strong business skills. This series with Automation Alley will help technology-focused organizations break through business and talent barriers to position themselves for success.”

Cynthia Hutchison, Automation Alley director of member relations, said the organization is pleased to partner with Plante Moran to bring value to its members.

“We have a multitude of promising tech companies looking for broad business insight from industry experts,” Hutchison said. “Plante Moran’s track record as a business advisor to the technology industry makes them the perfect partner to lead this series.”

Each session will feature a strolling breakfast, networking and a panel discussion with varying industry experts.

• Tuesday, July 29: Business Basics for Growing Firms – What you need to know to succeed
7:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Location: Plante Moran’s Detroit office – 1098 Woodward Ave., Detroit
Panelists: Plante Moran and Honigman

• Tuesday, Aug. 26: Surefire Ways to Attract, Retain and Motivate Talent
7:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Location: Detroit Athletic Club – 241 Madison Ave., Detroit
Panelists: Strategic Staffing Solutions

• Tuesday, Sept. 23: Driving Growth and Delivering Value – Strategies to Maximize your Firm’s Worth
7:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Location: Plante Moran’s Detroit office – 1098 Woodward Ave., Detroit
Panelists: Detroit Venture Partners, Hitachi Business Finance, Silicon Valley Bank

• Tuesday, Oct. 28: Grow from Entrepreneur to Strategic Business Leader
7:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Location: Grand Circus Detroit – 1570 Woodward Ave., Detroit
Panelists: Clark Hill, Inforum, Michigan State University Broad College of Business, Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation

To register for Toast + Tech Talk series, please email

About Automation Alley
Automation Alley is a technology business association and business accelerator dedicated to growing the economy of Southeast Michigan and enhancing the region’s reputation around the world. Automation Alley offers talent and business development programs and services to tech-focused businesses of all sizes — from startups to large corporations — to help them grow and prosper. Learn more at

About Plante Moran
Celebrating its 90th anniversary in 2014, Plante Moran ( is one of the country’s largest certified public accounting and business advisory firms, providing clients with tax, audit, risk management, financial, technology, business consulting and wealth management services. Plante Moran has 22 offices and a staff of more than 2,000 professionals throughout Michigan, Ohio and Illinois, with international offices in Shanghai; Monterrey, Mexico; and Mumbai, India. Plante Moran has been recognized by a number of organizations, including FORTUNE magazine, as one of the country’s best places to work.