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Local entrepreneur speaks at Lawrence Tech Nov. 15

Release Date: November 14, 2011

SOUTHFIELD, Mich.  – Valerie Niemiec of Safe Homes Corporation LLC in Northville will speak at the Entrepreneurial Lecture Series on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 5:45 p.m. in Lear Auditorium (T429) of the University Technology and Learning Center at Lawrence Technological University, 21000 W. 10 Mile, Southfield.

The event, which is scheduled to run to 6:30 p.m., is free and open to the public.

Niemiec is founding principal of Safe Homes, the developer of a dry-stack concrete tile and steel construction system for disaster-prone regions. The company also operates in Puerto Rico and Haiti.

She previously held several positions at National TechTeam, helping the company grow from 50 to more than 1,500 employees in seven years. Crain’s Detroit Business has named her to its 40 under 40 list.

Niemiec has a degree in business administration from Lawrence Tech and enjoys mentoring young adults in leadership and entrepreneurship.

The Entrepreneurial Lecture Series is sponsored by WWJ Newsradio 950, the Great Lakes Innovation and Technology Report, the Lawrence Tech chapter of the Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization, and the Legends entrepreneurial alumni organization.

The next speaker in the series will be architect Victor Saroki on Jan. 19.

Lawrence Technological University,, offers more than 100 undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degree programs in the Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Management. Founded in 1932, the 4,500-student, private university pioneered evening classes and today has a growing number of weekend and online programs. Lawrence Tech’s 102-acre campus is in Southfield, and programs are also offered in Detroit, Lansing, Petoskey, Traverse City and Toronto. Lawrence Tech also partners with universities in Mexico, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.