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.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

College hosts Think Tank panel in Southfield for entrpreneurs

Think Tank 2014 Entrepreneur Event is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday Aug. 6 at Southfield Learning Center, 26261 Evergreen Road, Ste 135, Southfield. Business entrepreneurs and students are invited to bring their ideas to be reviewed to the University of Phoenix Detroit Campus Think Tank. Participants receive insightful feedback and advice on entities, marketing, hiring, financing, and other essential topics. Prepare your entry in one of the following formats: written summary (no more than one page);  PowerPoint presentation (up to 3 slides); Audio podcast (up to two minutes) or a video presentation (up to 2 minutes). Entries must be received at by July 25. Winners will be notified by July 30 if selected. The winners will have an opportunity to present their idea in front of the Think Tank panel at the 2014 Entrepreneur Event on Aug. 6 and receive feedback.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Women in Communications mixing art and communication at Epiphany Studios

Discover how art infuses communications and how communications becomes livelier with art, as four leading local artists and communications pros share their perspective at the Association for Women in Communications (AWC) - Detroit chapter summer mixer on Tuesday, Aug. 5 at Epiphany Studios in Pontiac.
Speakers include world-renowned glass blowing artist and master marketer April Wagner, owner of Epiphany Studios; Nichole Christian, writer and co-author of “Canvas Detroit;” juried fiber artist Susan Weaver Schwandt, APR, director of public relations for HAP; and Sandra Xenakis, jewelry designer and founder/director of Art Meets Business.
The artists will discuss how art feeds their business side, balances their business skills with their craft, and communicates their passion. Guests will view art in a casual setting inside Epiphany Studios on the bank of the Clinton River. The aim is to inspire members and guests to make their communications projects livelier and their lives richer through art.
A leader in the Junior Council of the Detroit Institute of Arts and glass-blower for almost 20 years, Wagner’s Epiphany Studios is one of the largest private studios of its kind in the Midwest. Her work is shown in over 300 galleries worldwide, including GM, Pfizer, The Townsend Hotel, Hyatt Maui Resort, and The Four Seasons Resorts.
Christian’s new book “Canvas Detroit,” profiles 40 artists helping to revive public art in the city of Detroit. A Detroit native, she has worked for some of the nation’s top news outlets including the Wall Street Journal, Time magazine, the New York Times, and the Detroit Free Press.
The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with networking followed by a light supper and refreshments. The program begins at 7 p.m. The cost is $25 for AWC members, $35 for nonmembers, and $15 for students.
Recommended attire is light summer layers as glass blowing furnaces are on when idle. For more information or to register, visit or call (866) 385-1784.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Concours d’Elegance returns to the Inn at St. John’s

One of the unique cars on display at the show is a 1952 Muntz Jet, valued at $250,000.
The Concours d’Elegance of America is Friday to Sunday, July 25-27 at The Inn at St. John’s, 44045 Five Mile Road, Plymouth. The 36th annual event includes two days of auto-related events leading up to the Concours d’Elegance on Sunday. The Sunday event is a world-class exhibition of classic, rare automobiles from different eras along with a vintage car auction.
One of the unique cars on display at the show is a 1952 Muntz Jet, created and built by Earl “Madman” Muntz along with the Muntz TV. Kevin Adell, Word Network and WADL CEO is the owner of the car that is valued at $250,000. Only 300 Muntz Jets were built and today there are only 25 left in the world. The Muntz Jet was built with a Cadillac Motor and is capable of reaching speeds in excess of 150 mph, which was quite an accomplishment 60 years ago.
Tickets for the Sunday event, which runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., start at $25. This includes free parking, shuttle and program book.
Children 12 and under get in free with a paying adult. Special VIP passes with onsite parking are available. A portion of the proceeds benefits Yatooma’s Foundation For The Kids, with the mission to help children who have lost a parent.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Protect your assets in your online hereafter

Submitted by Ginny Grimsley of News and Experts of Wesley Chapel, FL

Asset Protection Lawyer Offers 3 Steps to Take Now
Now, you really can live forever, but that’s not necessarily a good thing.
Many of your online accounts – from automatic bill payments to eBay – may remain active after you pass away, unless you take steps to ensure they don’t, says attorney Hillel Presser, author of “Financial Self-Defense (Revised Edition),
Automatic bill pay, for example, can theoretically keep tapping your bank account long after you’re gone or, at least, until your money is.
“It’s important to make sure your online bank and shopping accounts, even your social media, can be closed out, or that your loved ones are authorized to access them,” Presser says. “You may ask, ‘Why would I care if I’m gone?’ I can tell you from experience: because it can create real headaches, and more heartache, for your family.”
Bank and shopping accounts will be vulnerable to identity theft, which would affect your estate if someone opens credit cards in your name. You might have valuable intellectual property, like domain names. They may need access to your health records, particularly if you died under questionable circumstances, he says.
There’s the sentimental stuff – photos and emails -- that your family may want as a remembrance of you, and the libraries of music and ebooks, which may represent a considerable investment on your part.
Presser offers these tips:

• Create a list of all of your accounts, including log-in names, passwords, and answers to any security questions. Obviously, your list will need to be securely stored. Since you’ll need to update it regularly as you add accounts or change passwords, it will be easiest if you keep the list on your computer in a password-protected folder. Some versions of Windows allow you to create protected folders, but you may need to get third-party software to do this, such as freeAxCrypt. Remember to create a backup of your list, whether it’s on a jump drive or printed out on paper. Store the backup in a secure place such as a safe deposit box. Do not put password information in your will, which is a public document.
• If you have a Google account, set up the new inactive account manager. In May 2013, Google became the first site to give users an option for choosing what becomes of their content if they should become debilitated or die. Under the profile button, click “Account,” scroll down to “Account Management,” and you’ll find instructions for “Control what happens to your account when you stop using Google.” You can select how long the account should be inactive before your plans are set into motion; choose to whom you want to offer content, such as YouTube videos, Gmail, Google+ posts, Blogger and Picasa web albums, or whether it should simply be deleted.
• Appoint a digital executor. Perhaps the simplest way to ensure your online life is taken care of is to appoint a digital executor – a tech-savvy person who will be willing and able to carry out your wishes. Authorize the person to access your inventory of log-in information and spell out what you want done with each account, whether it’s providing access to loved ones or business partners, or deleting it.
The digital world has grown and transformed so rapidly, the law hasn’t kept up, which makes managing your digital afterlife challenging, Presser says.
“Until there are more consistent laws and procedures governing this area, it’s best to plan ahead, leave clear instructions and be sure you have a list of accounts where your estate lawyer or a loved one can find it and access it,” he says. “It will make a world of difference to your survivors.”

Hillel L. Presser’s firm, The Presser Law Firm, P.A., represents individuals and businesses in establishing comprehensive asset protection plans. Presser is a graduate of Syracuse University’s School of Management and Nova Southeastern University’s law school, and serves on Nova’s President’s Advisory Council. He is a former adjunct faculty member for law at Lynn University. For more information, visit