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 21, 2010

Seminar to focus on changes to business with China

Seminar to focus on changes to business with China

The Multicultural Council of America is offering a three-hour seminar titled, “China: A Business & Culture Seminar.” The seminar starts at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, July 29 at Hyatt Place, 1545 N. Opdyke Road in Auburn Hills. Discussion at the seminar will focus on changes taking place in China that are transforming the business and political relationships between the United States and China. The cost is $149 per person and $249 for two. To register, visit

First Michigan Bank names commercial banking chief
First Michigan Bank announced Thomas C. Shafer of Grosse Pointe Farms has been named executive managing director of commercial banking. Shafer has been employed by Citizens Republic Bancorp since 1994. He held the position of executive vice president of specialty banking, among other titles. He also worked at Michigan National Bank in various commercial assignments.

New agents for real estate company

Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel, a Birmingham-based real estate broker with 11 offices and more than 400 real estate agents in southeastern Michigan, has recently welcomed a number of new agents to the rapidly growing company. Jacquelyn Hasenfratz, Teresa Stovall and Darla Niewoit-Hartline at Birmingham/Bloomfield North; Susan Maczko and Sara Reppke at Birmingham/Bloomfield South; Carol Ambrose, Brian Gaughan and Stacey Hasenau at Northville/Novi; Lisa Virkus and Mark Kowal at Rochester; and Michael Kummer at the Troy location. Visit

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