The Oakland County area has an abundance of opportunities for existing businesses and new ventures.
When the going gets rough, the entrepreneurial spirit gets creative and resourceful.
The Oakland Press has gathered upcoming events, news and links to help business owners and professionals succeed.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Business improvement lectures offered in Birmingham

"Nothin' But Net" is a monthly business lecture series offered by The Community House, 380 South Bates Street, Birmingham which will feature local professionals presenting an array of topics aimed at improving business effectiveness. The series will focus on net profits and networking. Each "Nothin' but Net" will include networking for the first 20 minutes, followed by a 30 minute speaker presentation and 10 minutes of Q and A. The fee is $20 per lecture and includes a box lunch. To register, contact The Community House 248-644-5832 or visit www.tchserves.org.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Author: 7 WARNING signs of career distress

By Peter C. Diamond, certified executive coach and author

Midlife, it’s supposed to be the time when you have it all. In actuality it’s more like, “My life is more complicated than I ever imagined and my career is not turning out as I had hoped. I’m at a crossroads.”

Perhaps the most difficult part about finding your career in flux is that this is the time when you have the most to give. And yet, you are feeling the most vulnerable grappling with knowing if your company considers you valuable.


The 7 W.A.R.N.I.N.G. Signs of Career Distress:

1. Wavering Self-Confidence You have put pressure on yourself to succeed as defined by others, but you have never felt completely satisfied in your career choice, instead questioning the benefit you provide. After years of doing something you don’t love, often with unrealistic expectations, you have a diluted sense of worth. In turn, you are uncertain about your value and cautious about finding the career you want.
Tip: Create your own definition of success that highlights your value and the contribution you bring to your organization.

2. At Sea You are no longer learning and feeling challenged. In many cases, your career has lulled you into complacency. You have been a good soldier, performing as expected and, thus, allowing others to control your destiny. In doing so, you have not actively managed your career. But when something (such as a significant company change) forces you to finally look around, you discover your job has become something you never wanted it to be.
Tip: Reassess your career goals and ambitions. This may be the time for reinvention by learning new skills or potentially finding a new employer.

3. Relinquished Control Scratching and clawing your way to the top can result in losing sight of who you are. Your eagerness to be successful can be blinding. Without a good early role model you can quickly latch on to how others in status positions behave. You begin to sacrifice yourself in order to fit in and be part of the club.
Tip: Clearly articulate the leader you want to be. What are your beliefs? How do you want to be treated? How do you want to treat others?

4. Neglected Have you ended up in a career or job where you no longer feel as though you have any control over how your job is performed? Do you feel as though you are drifting in the swirl of corporate despair, neglected and shunted to the side by your team, superiors or board? Now, you are struggling to make yourself relevant.
Tip: Get reacquainted with your best assets. List your top five strengths and the key contributions you’ve made in your current position.

5. Idling Idling is characterized by the inability to make progress on decisions that affect you. You have become emotionally paralyzed and your life feels stuck. It begins when you lose sight of what you want and others become your focus. You feel the weight of every personal decision and the impact on those around you. But there is a slow simmer that is happening inside. The frustration is mounting, and you feel like you are losing bits and pieces of yourself.
Tip: Think of yourself first. Determine what you need for yourself in order to feel fulfilled and energized.

6. No Focus You might experience this if you enthusiastically imagine lots of potential career options but, like a kid in a candy store, can’t quite decide which one you want. Ultimately, you are overwhelmed with all the choices and every day you come home with a new exciting possibility. While this is encouraging because you can see the opportunities, it is frustrating for you and those around you because there is a lot of talk and little action.
Tip: Create a checklist of specific criteria for your career. What would you be doing? Why would you be doing it? Who would you be doing it with? How would you be doing it?

7. Growing Discontent By all accounts you have a great job. The title. The money. The office. The prestige of working for a respected company. But still, you are not feeling fulfilled, and it’s wearing you down. During your ascent through the company, you collected all the trinkets of success, but you lost sight of what really gets you excited. Now you know what you want to be doing, but you haven’t yet found the path forward. Something or someone (the organization) is holding you back.
Tip: Clearly and succinctly articulate how a change for you would also be a positive change for your company. Identify a champion or mentor who can help support and navigate this change.

If your current situation is not working for you, you do not have to accept it as your fate. You can set forth a new vision. It takes not only awareness of where you are today but self discipline to start taking a series of small action steps to initiate the change you want in your career and life.

Peter C. Diamond, “The Amplify Guy”, is the author of Amplify Your Career and Life: 4 Steps to Evaluate, Assess and Move Forward. He is a professionally trained, certified coach. For more information, please visitwww.petercdiamond.com and connect with him on Twitter, @petercdiamond.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Job fair with 50 employers set for Jan. 29

You're Hired Job Fair is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29 at the Marriott Hotel, 3600 Centerpointe Parkway in Pontiac. Job Fair Giant, which is marking its 10th anniversary, hosts monthly job fairs in Michigan featuring numerous employers.
For the Jan. 29 fair, more than 50 companies will be onsite, ready to interview potential applicants for positions in Engineering, Information Technology, Skilled Trades, Seasonal, Manufacturing, Production, Industrial, General Labor, Customer Services, Retail, Management, Restaurant, Accounting, Banking, Office Support, Clerical, Data Entry, Call Center, Installation, Technical, Machining, Electrical, Mortgage, Financial Planning, Insurance, Education, Truck Driving, Real Estate, Nursing, Rehabilitation and Human Services.
The fair will feature representatives from Get Covered America to answer questions about the new healthcare laws.
"Our mission is to provide resources for job seeker at our job fair events, anyone that would like to enroll or receive information about government healthcare insurance can meet with representatives from Get Covered America," Community Outreach Director CJ Eason said. "We understand that many job seekers do not have telephone service this can make follow-ups with recruiters impossible, we have partnered with Budget Mobile to provide eligible job seekers with free government cellphoneservices."
The fair also features free workshops, held throughout the day to assist job seekers with resume writing, interviewing, salary negotiation and job searching; industry experts will keynote topics and answer related questions.
Additional job fair series dates are scheduled for Feb. 26 in Troy and March 31 in Sterling Heights. For more information, visit JobFairGiant.com or call 734-956-4550.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Waterford chamber invites business professionals to get hypnotized

Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce 2015 Annual Meeting & Awards Dinner with JimmyG’s Hypnotic Comedy Show is 5-9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22 at White Lake Oaks, 991 North Williams Lake Road, White Lake. The cost is $48 per person or $360 for a table of eight. Register at www.waterfordchamber.org or call 248-666-8600.