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, June 30, 2010

Pirate party launches new Caribbean menu

Pirate party launches new Caribbean menuT.G.I. Friday’s is hosting free pirate parties to launch its new Caribbean menu, 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 1 at 591 West Big Beaver in Troy.
Activities will include live calypso bands, free tastes of the new Caribbean menu, pirate trivia contest for a chance to win prizes and an appearance by radio station 89X at the Troy event and HOT 102.7 at the Livonia store from 4 to 6 p.m., both locations.
Volunteer donations in the form of doubloons and/or pieces of eight will also be collected to benefit Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan. Visit TGIFridays.com for more information.

Apply for ‘Dream Team’Walsh College is accepting applications for a free “Dream Team” assessment and recommendation for Troy small businesses.
The “Dream Teams” are attorneys, accountants, bankers, marketers, innovators, and technology specialists who are part of “Take Off With Troy,” a partnership between Walsh College, the City of Troy, and the Troy Chamber of Commerce. At least five companies selected will advance to the next round of interviews in August. Two winning companies will be named in September. To be considered for a free “Dream Team” assessment and recommendation, businesses must: be fully based in Troy; employ at least five people; have been in business at for least three years and gross an average of $500,000 in sales, not including 2009. Applications are due July 7.
For information, visit www.walshcollege.edu/takeoffwithtroy or call  John Shepherd at 810-614-3520.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Oakland County offers July business workshops

County offers July business workshops
Business owners and entrepreneurs are invited to attend seminars in July offered by the Oakland County Business Center. All classes are held at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road. For pre-registration and location specifics, visit oakgov.com/peds/calendar or call 248-858-0783. All class fees are nonrefundable.
The Pre-Business Research workshop is offered 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursday, July 8. It is free, but registration is required. The Fundamentals of Starting a Business workshop is offered 9 a.m.-noon Thursday, July 15, with a $30 fee. The Legal and Financial Basics for Small Business workshop is offered 9 a.m.-noon Tuesday, July 20. It is free, but pre-registration is required. Fundamentals of Writing a Business Plan is offered 9 a.m.-noon Thursday, July 22. The fee is $40, which includes all materials. Sales II: Is Following Up Your Best Sales Strategy? is offered 9 a.m.-noon Wednesday, July 28, with a $45 fee. Fundamentals of Marketing Your Business is offered 9 a.m.-noon Thursday, July 29, with a $40 fee.

Local PBS program wins Emmy Award
“Due Process,” a long-running weekly legal program airing on PBS, has won an Emmy Award for best Public/Current/Community Affairs program for its “Treatment Court” episode. The award was announced at the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences 2010 Michigan Emmy Awards at the Royal Oak Music Theatre.
The show is hosted by Birmingham attorney Henry Baskin and produced by Mitch Jacobs of Jacobs Productions. It is a weekly half-hour program that features leading attorneys, noted experts and prominent public figures brought together to provide viewers simple and helpful information about common legal issues and processes in its 26th season.

Staples teams with You-Shred
Local Staples stores are debuting commercial strength cross-cut document shredders for public use for identity theft prevention. The cash-operated You-Shred machines are a low-cost alternative to home shredders. The machines have been placed in 12 Staples locations throughout the metro Detroit. Business partners, Jeff Beard and Tom Stutting of Chandler, Arizona, are the owners of the new self-service document shredding kiosk business.
For a few dollars, several pounds of paper can be destroyed in minutes. The shredders cross-cut paper, making it unreadable for would-be thieves. The machines also shred credit cards, DVDs, CDs and staples (no need to separate pages), is jam-resistant, does not overheat and automatically bags shredded confetti for recycling. For more information, visit www.youshred.net.


Innovative Learning Group, a Michigan economic bright spot
Innovative Learning Group, Inc., of Royal Oak, which creates training solutions to improve results of Fortune 1000 companies was selected by “Corp!” magazine as a 2010 Michigan Economic Bright Spots award winner. The award is given to companies in Michigan that are thriving and creating growth in the state. Visit www.innovativeLG.com.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

LINX2Funds offers innovative fundraising solutions

LINX2Funds offers innovative fundraising solutions
A leading direct sales company based in Rochester, N.Y., 5LINX Enterprises Inc. has created a revenue generation solution for struggling charities and civic organizations, called LINX2Funds. Dalicia Henry of Oak Park is the local representative for the company. 5LINX is a one-stop shop for Internet, telecommunications, entertainment and home security products that can turn the dollars that members and supporters spend on these items into revenue for participating organizations. LINX2Funds allows organizations to receive income from the products and services consumers use on a daily basis. 5LINX offers GLOBALINX Digital home and business phone services with a line of videophone technology, which allows callers to see each other as they speak. For more information, call Henry at 313-570-1032 or e-mail daliciah4@yahoo.com.

ImageSoft selected as an economic bright spot

For the third consecutive year, ImageSoft Inc. of Troy was honored by Corp! Magazine as one of Michigan’s Economic Bright Spots. ImageSoft was one of 50 Michigan-based businesses chosen for the award. ImageSoft provides technology solutions to automate, streamline and improve workplace processes, increase productivity, reduce operating costs, and save time and money. Despite Michigan’s stagnant economy, ImageSoft grew revenue by 11 percent and hired 19 new people; the majority of which work in Michigan in 2010.
 
Allstate agency expands
Allstate Insurance Company recently opened a new office, owned by Allstate Exclusive agent Kevin Mlynarek and operated by Todd Dawson. The Mlynarek-Dawson agency is at 4477 Collins Road, Goodison. For more information, call 248-453-5523. Mlynarek also owns and operates an Allstate agency in Lake Orion. For information, visit www.allstate.com.

Friday, June 25, 2010

SCORE offers business workshops

SCORE offers business workshops
SCORE, “Counselors to America’s Small Business,” continues its business workshop series at Southfield Public Library, 26300 Evergreen Road in Southfield. Call 313-226-7947 to register. “Could I, Should I Start My Own Business?” is 8:45 to 11 a.m. Wednesday. The cost is $10. “Planning Your Own Business” is 8:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. July 14. The cost is $45. “How to Write a Successful Business Plan” is 8:45 a.m.-noon July 28. The cost is $45.


America’s IRA Centers hosts workshop
America’s IRA Centers is hosting a free workshop offering strategies to help protect retirement savings from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at 525 N. Main St., Suite 270 in Milford. For information, call 248-438-1010.

Guido’s opens 11th location
Guido’s Premium Pizza, an Oxford pizzeria which began in 1993, has opened its 11th operating franchise location at 545 E. Grand Blanc Road in Grand Blanc. David Harris is the owner. For more information, call 810-695-6000 or visit www.guidospizza.com.

Santa Rosa Consulting raises $25 million equity capital

Santa Rosa Consulting Inc., a national provider of consulting services to the health care industry completed a $25 million equity capitalization. Santa Rosa Consulting supplies health care clients a complete range of strategy and advisory services, information technology planning and implementation consulting, and staffing and recruitment services. The $25 million equity investment comes from Vineyard Capital Group of Southfield, Camden Partners of Baltimore, Maryland and Century Capital Management of Boston. For information, visit www.SantaRosaConsulting.com.

Agency top 10 in growth

The Wolf Hulbert Co. of Bingham Farms has been named one of the top 10 growth agencies for Auto-Owners Insurance Company in the Eastern Michigan Region for 2009. The agency was recognized at a luncheon meeting in Lansing and at a reception with all regional associates where they and other recipients were presented with a plaque commemorating their accomplishment.  The Wolf Hulbert Company has represented Auto-Owners since 1999. Visit www.wolfhulbert.com.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Career fair boasts 3,000 Michigan jobs

hiredMYway.com’s inaugural career fair boasts 3,000 Michigan jobs
hiredMYway.com is hosting its inaugural career fair, showcasing more than 40 companies and 3,000 Michigan jobs at the Rock Financial Showplace, at 9 a.m. July 1 at Rock Financial Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave. in Novi.  Candidates interested in becoming pre-qualified for one-on-one interviews should e-mail careerfairs@hiredMYway.com.


Friedman Real Estate Group negotiates sales and leases
Friedman Real Estate Group, Inc., a Farmington Hills-based commercial real estate organization, recently negotiated the sale of 78,529 square feet of office space at 23777 Southfield Road in Southfield. The seller, Schoolhouse Finance, sold the property to Edison Oakland Public School Academy. The building will be used as a kindergarten through 12th grade charter school, which will accommodate approximately 1,000 students.
Friedman also negotiated the sale of 3,408 square feet of retail/office space at 5 N. Washington in Oxford. The seller, PNC Bank, National Association, sold the property to TMJ Realty Management, LLC who will be using the space for his business, Funky Monkey Toys, Inc., a specialty toy store with a focus on classic and hard to find toys, which plans to open in August.
Friedman recently negotiated new and renewed leases for the following in the Penobscot Building, Detroit; Farmington Hills Corporate Center I, Northville; industrial space at 24404 Catherine Industrial Drive in Novi and 17,430 square feet of office space at 755 Tower Drive in Troy. For more information, visit www.friedmanrealestate.com.

Chipotle expands produce program
Chipotle Mexican Grill is expanding its locally grown produce program. The company began serving produce from local farms in all of its restaurants two years ago.
Chipotle is working with some 50 local, family owned farms to provide romaine lettuce, green bell peppers, jalapeƱo peppers, red onions, oregano and tomatoes to restaurant locations around the country. The produce generally comes from within about 250 miles of Chipotle’s distribution centers. On average, produce eaten in America travels some 1,500 miles from where it is grown to where it is consumed. Chipotle will serve about 5 million pounds of produce from local farms this year. For more information, visit Chipotle.com.


Credit Union ONE branch receives award
 Credit Union ONE has been selected the 2010 New Business of the Year for its West Bloomfield branch by the Greater West Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce. The award was presented recently at an event titled The Future is Ours — Moving Forward 2010 to Credit Union ONE’s President/CEO Gary Moody. Credit Union ONE is based in Ferndale. For more information go to www.cuone.org.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Merrill Lynch advisers named

Merrill Lynch advisers named to Barron’s list

Don Gill and Frank Migliazzo of Rochester, Jon Vigi of Farmington Hills and John Kulhavi of White Lake were recognized in Barron’s magazine list of “America’s Top 1,000 Advisors.”
Migliazzo is a private wealth adviser and senior vice president of investments at Merrill Lynch’s Auburn Hills office. Vigi is a private wealth adviser and first vice president of investments at Merrill Lynch’s Auburn Hills office. Gill is a wealth management adviser and senior vice president of investments at Merrill Lynch’s Bloomfield Hills office. Kulhavi is a wealth management adviser and senior vice president of investments at Merrill Lynch’s Farmington Hills office. For more information, visit www.ml.com.


Attorneys selected to  ‘Best Lawyers’
Three attorneys from Williams, Williams, Rattner, Plunkett, P.C., in Birmingham have been selected for inclusion in “The Best Lawyers in America” 2010 edition. Thomas G. Plunkett is a partner whose law practice focuses on commercial litigation. Richard D. Rattner, is a partner whose law practice focuses on real estate, land use, zoning and corporate law. John F. Mills is a partner whose law practice focuses on family law, with an emphasis on family law alternative dispute resolution and adoption law.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Palm Beach Patio celebrates grand reopening



Palm Beach Patio celebrates grand reopening

Members of the business community joined Palm Beach Patio & Casual Furniture owner Jane Fedrigo at a grand reopening ribbon cutting ceremony. A staple on the Waterford Township retail scene for more than 25 years, the store’s recent renovations include a brand new brick facade and awning, fresh exterior paint and a revitalized roof. It is at 7350 Highland Road.

AGIS to host HIPAA seminar
AGIS, a full-service employee benefits brokerage agency headquartered in Birmingham will host a free seminar on the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act entitled, “HIPAA and the HITECH Act of 2009” at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, June 24, with breakfast followed by the seminar from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Troy Community Center, 3179 Livernois Road in Troy. For information, visit www.agis-inc.com.

Winning Futures receives $10,000 from Comcast
Comcast has awarded a $10,000 grant to Winning Futures, an organization that teaches students life skills through mentoring and innovative workshops to help develop tomorrow’s leaders. Made available through the Comcast Foundation, the grant will help support Winning Futures’ staff and mentors. The program impacts youth in Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties through its school-based “Winning Futures” mentoring programs. For information, contact 586-294-8449 or visit www.WinningFutures.org.

New Gongos team focused on financial research
Gongos Research has added a fourth team to its Research Group, the Financial & Diversified team. The new team will be led by research practitioner and strategist Katherine Ephlin. The team will concentrate on qualitative and quantitative research initiatives for several companies in the banking and financial services industries, including U.S. Bank and Visa. In addition to five researchers who join Ephlin on this new team, Gongos Research has added two new hires: Alfred Ishak as Project Director and Marisa Paruch as Senior Project Coordinator. For information, visit gongos.com.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Michigan Energy Fair moves to Rock Financial Showplace

Annual Michigan Energy Fair moves to Rock Financial Showplace
The Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association is holding the fifth annual Michigan Energy Fair June 25-June 27 at the Rock Financial Showplace in Novi.
In previous years the Michigan Energy Fair has taken place at the Manistee County Fairgrounds in Onekama.
The Michigan Energy Fair has traditionally hosted 6,000 attendees over the course of a weekend, 150 exhibitors, over 75 seminars and involved Gov. Jennifer Granholm and Lt. Gov. John Cherry as keynote speakers.
Workshops are presented on a variety of topics including energy efficiency improvements, controlling energy costs, green building guidelines, wind siting, climate change, and tax credits for home and business energy systems. Visit www.glrea.org or call 517-646-6269.

Career Bootcamp offered for job seekers in 2 workshops

Career Bootcamp will be held in two workshops: 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. June 26 at 725 S. Adams, Suite 185 in Birmingham.
The workshop, led by Kelly Olin, a professional career and life coach, covers developing a resume and cover letter, interviewing skills, job search techniques, networking skills and professional communication and presence.
The cost is $75 for one session or $100 for both. Visit kellyolincoaching.wordpress.com or call 248-703-4024.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Made in Oakland County

Do you know of a product that is made in Oakland County? Send information or suggestions for our “Made in Oakland County” series to business.news@oakpress.com.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

“Say It Like You Mean It” forum offered

Business forum offered
Inforum, a business forum for women, is hosting “Say It Like You Mean It” — in business and your personal life” presented by Kristina Evey, owner of Centric Strategies, 7:30-10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 22, at Bank of America, 2600 W. Big Beaver Road, Troy. The cost is $50 for Inforum members and $75 for nonmembers. For information, visit www.inforummichigan.org or call 313-578-3245.

Chamber hosts team building seminar
The Novi Chamber of Commerce will host a team building seminar 8 to 10 a.m. Thursday,  June 24, at 41875 11 Mile Road in Novi. Gerald W. Bricker, managing principal and founder of business consultancy Aadvise Consulting, LLC of Northville will lead the session on building teamwork for business success. The cost is $39 at the door, $29 for chamber members. For information, visit www.aadviseconsultingllc.com or call 248-974-1537.

 
MBA information webinar offered
Walsh College is offering a master of business administration and master of management information webinar 12:15 to 1 p.m. Thursday, June 24. This session is designed for busy working professionals interested in pursuing an online MBA, MM, or a related certificate program. Space is limited. For more information, visit www.walshcollege.edu/mba, call 248-823-1261 or e-mail akaipio@walshcollege.edu.

CREW Detroit hosts annual golf outing
The Detroit chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW Detroit) will host its 14th annual golf outing Thursday, June 24, at the Inn at St. John Golf and Conference Center, 44045 Five Mile Road in Plymouth. Registration, breakfast, sunrise bar and putting contest are from 8 to 9:30 a.m. followed by shotgun start at 9:30 a.m. The cost is $175 per golfer. It includes lunch served on the course, happy hour, strolling dinner and the opportunity to win prizes. The deadline to register is Friday, June 18. To register, visit www.crewdetroit.org or call Norma Beuter at 248-646-9629.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Art Van holds grand opening SaturdayArt Van Pure Sleep Store of Rochester Hills is holding a grand opening during store hours, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 19.The store is located at 1856 Rochester Road. There will be special grand opening discounts, a free gift for taking a free computerized body diagnostic mattress test and free food and refreshments.
“Our three-step solution includes finding the right mattress for proper support and comfort, the correct pillow to ensure proper spinal alignment, and the perfect mattress pad to provide a clean and healthy sleeping environment,” said Art Van CEO Kim Yost.
For more information, visit www.artvan.com.

Social media club helps launch website
Entrepreneur Peder Blohm of Dearborn is counting on social media to launch the beta version of his new website that he expects will rival Craigslist.
The website will be officially unveiled at a gathering of the Social Media Club of Detroit on June 23 at Baronette Renaissance Hotel in Novi.
According to Blohm, the website offers easy navigation and a variety of options to buy and sell products and services, promote new businesses, post and search job openings, and support the local economy.
The site will not include adult personal ads. Blohm’s partner in developing the new website is Brian Surowiec, owner of Essential IT of Dearborn.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

SCORE hosts business roundtable

SCORE hosts business roundtable
 The Brandon Township Public Library will hold a Business Assistance Series Roundtable discussion hosted by SCORE, “Counselors to America’s Small Business” 6:30-8:30 p.m. today. This is a free program for area entrepreneurs to discuss their success stories, problems, and ideas. Call 248-627-1461 to register, or visit www.brandonlibrary.org.

Building association names Parade of Home winners

The Building Industry Association of Southeastern Michigan announced the winners of its 21st annual Parade of Homes architectural judging. Parade of Homes is an exhibition of 30 new model and inventory homes and condominiums, one remodeled home and a number of lots for sale, in Southeastern Michigan. The showcase takes place through June 30. The association, Bank of America Home Loans and DTE Energy/MichCon sponsor the event.

Blue ribbons were awarded to the homes in the following six categories: Best Value for the Price, Best Use of Space, Most Innovative Design and Aesthetic Appeal. The following received awards: Abbey Woods at Abbey Woods in Canton Township, built by Abbey Woods, LLC; Marlee at Parkside by the Lakes in Commerce Township built by Parkside by the Lakes; The Barclay at Partridge Creek Village in Clinton Township built by Lombardo Homes; Country Manor at Hillsborough Estates in Brighton Township built by S & S Homes, Dover at The Manors of Deerwood in Clarskton built by Robert R. Jones homes and Hampshire at Cheltenham in Novi, built by Chamberlane Homes. For information on touring the homes, visit www.biaparadeofhomes.com or call 248-862-1016.

Business tools workshop offered

Oakland County Business Workshop, “The Tool Kit That Keeps On Working” is 7:30  to 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 30, at Oxford Public Library, 530 Pontiac Road in Oxford. Breakfast included. For pre-registration and location specifics, visit www.downtownoxford.org, or call 248-770-8587.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Michigan Energy Fair moves to Novi

Annual Michigan Energy Fair moves to Novi
The Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association is holding the 5th annual Michigan Energy Fair June 25 to 27 at the Rock Financial Showplace in Novi. In previous years the Michigan Energy Fair has taken place at the Manistee County Fairgrounds in OnekamaI. The Michigan Energy Fair has traditionally hosted 6,000 attendees over the course of a weekend, 150 exhibitors, over 75 seminars and involved Governor Jennifer Granholm, and Lt. Governor John Cherry, as keynote speakers. Workshops are presented on a variety of topics including energy efficiency improvements, controlling energy costs, green building guidelines, wind siting, climate change, and tax credits for home and business energy systems. www.glrea.org or call 517-646-6269.

Chipotle expands produce program
Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG) is expanding even further its locally grown produce program. The company began serving produce from local farms in all of its restaurants two years ago, and remains the only national restaurant chain with a significant commitment to serving locally grown produce.
Chipotle is working with some 50 local, family owned farms to provide romaine lettuce, green bell peppers, jalapeno peppers, red onions, oregano, and tomatoes to restaurant locations around the country. The produce generally comes from within about 250 miles of Chipotle’s distribution centers, with nearly 70 percent coming from within 150 miles, and one-third of the produce arriving from within 50 miles. On average, produce eaten in America travels some 1,500 miles from where it is grown to where it is consumed. Chipotle will serve about 5 million pounds of produce from local farms this year. For more information, visit Chipotle.com.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Boocoo to compete against ebay, craigslist

Boocoo to compete against ebay, craigslist
Ranger Data Technologies Inc. is launching Boocoo.com, an online auction that will share transactional fees with nearly 300 newspaper and broadcast partners in North America. On June 14, Boocoo.com will first be activated for its media partners prior to a June 21 national introduction.
“Because of the explosive growth in Internet usage in the past decade, a new revenue opportunity has opened up for newspapers and other local media,” said former newspaper publisher George Willard Sr., chairman, CEO, and founder of Ranger Data Technologies. 
Boocoo will license zip codes to the media partners who will have exclusive rights to split transactional fees generated by the auction site.

ecoKIDZ to beautify business

Kids ages 6 and up, accompanied by adults, are invited to help beautify a new facility for a July grand opening. ecoSTORE USA will manufacture household cleaning, baby and personal care products. The event was June 12, at the new store at 4400 Glenmeade Lane in Auburn Hills. Each family that participates will receive a sample of ecoSTORE USA laundry detergent. Food and beverages will also be served.
For information, visit www.ecostoreusa. com or call Lyne Appel Downing at 248-932-5150. No registration required.

Automation Alley conference discusses business in Canada

Automation Alley’s conference on doing business in Canada is 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 22 at 2675 Bellingham in Troy. Pre-registration is $20 for members and $40 for non-members. Call 800-427-5100 or visit www.automationalley.com.

Warner Norcross attorneys contribute for Asian legal guide

Two attorneys with Warner Norcross & Judd LLP are contributing co-editors of the new publication, “A Legal Guide to Doing Business in the Asia-Pacific.” Andrew H. Thorson, a partner and chair of the International Business Group, and Albert Vincent Y. Yu Chang, an associate in the group, led the effort to produce the 470-plus page book.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Chamber holds annual golf outing

Chamber holds annual golf outing this month
The Troy Chamber of Commerce will host its annual golf outing Monday, June 21 at Red Run Golf Club, 2036 Rochester Road in Royal Oak. The outing features a shotgun start at 9 a.m. with 18 holes of golf with cart with drinks and snacks on the course, lunch from the grill at the halfway house and and a cocktail mixer afterward. The cost to golf is $235 per person or $850 as a foursome. To register, call 248-641-8151 or visit www.troychamber.com.MILFORD

Huron Valley State Bank adds senior vice presidents
Huron Valley State Bank promoted Lori Verbrugge of Milford to senior vice president of retail operations and hired Steven Peacock of Farmington Hills as senior vice president commercial banking. Verbrugge served previously as the vice president of retail operations. She has 20 years of financial experience. Peacock was previously vice president of business banking for Citizens Bank in Oakland County. Prior to that, he worked for National City in commercial lending.
 
Animal Medical Center receives accreditation
Clarkston Animal Medical Center, 5904 S. Main Street, Clarkston has received accreditation following a comprehensive evaluation by the American Animal Hospital Association. The center has been an accredited practice member of the association since 1981. Visit www.clarkstonanimal.vetsuite.com.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Chase Plastics partners with Mitsubishi Engineering-Plastics

Chase Plastics partners with Mitsubishi Engineering-Plastics
Clarkston-based Chase Plastics — a North American distributor of engineered, specialty and commodity thermoplastics— continues to grow through a new partnership with Mitsubishi Engineering-Plastics Corp., a leading global supplier of polycarbonates, PC alloys, specialty nylons and polybutylene terephthalate products with manufacturing capabilities. Its thermoplastic materials exhibit an array of performance metrics, from gamma ray and flame resistance to exceptional tensile strength, which makes them well suited for medical, electronic, automotive, metal-to-plastic applications and more.
Chase Plastics distributes more than 5,000 varieties of specialty, engineering and commodity thermoplastics from the industry’s leading manufacturers and global suppliers. For more information, visit chaseplastics.com.

‘Plan It’ magazine debuts this fall

Joe Cornell Entertainment is launching a new event-planning publication, Plan It! Magazine, which will debut Oct. 3 at its eighth annual Joe Cornell Event Planning Expo at the West Bloomfield Jewish Community Center. The event is free and open to the public. For additional information, call 248-356-6000.

Grimm named chairman, CEO and president of Grede Holdings

Grede Holdings LLC recently appointed Douglas J. Grimm as chairman, chief executive officer and president of the company. Grede was formed in February by the combination of substantially all the assets of the former Milwaukee-based Grede Foundries, Inc. and Citation Corp., based in Novi. Grimm was instrumental in the formation of the new company.
Grimm is a 26-year industry veteran, having served as president and CEO of Citation Corporation and previously serving as vice president for Visteon, Metaldyne and Dana. Grimm began his career at Chrysler Corporation where he served in several management roles within the procurement and supply office.

Firm has six ‘Super Lawyers

Six attorneys from Williams, Williams, Rattner & Plunkett, P.C., in Birmingham have been selected for inclusion in Law and Politics Media Inc.’s list of “SuperLawyers 2010.” They are  Robert S. Bick, James P. Cunningham, Robert B. Labe, John F. Mills, Thomas G. Plunkett and Richard D. Rattner. In addition, Richard E. Rassel, III has been selected for inclusion in Law and Politics Media Inc.’s list of “Rising Stars 2010.”

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Chambers of Commerce annual golf outings set

Auburn Hills Chamber of Commerce hosts annual golf outingAuburn Hills Chamber of Commerce  will host its Business-Links Golf Outing Monday, June 14, at Paint Creek Country Club. There is a 10 a.m. shotgun start. Baker College is sponsoring a continental breakfast, lunch at the Turn Grill and “after-golf” hors d’oeurves. The cost is $195 per person or $600 for a foursome. Tee sponsorships are $300 and “Hole in One” sponsorships are $500. To make a reservation or for information, call 248-853-7862 or visit www.auburnhillschamber.com.


Home staging contest offered
The Great Lakes Regional Chapter of the International Association of Home Staging Professionals announces the launch of the first Extreme Home Staging Contest. Through Monday, June 14, contestants have an opportunity to win a complete home staging package, staging services provided by Accredited Staging Professionals, while benefiting the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southeast Michigan. For more information, call 248-515-2156 or visit www.ExtremeHomeStagingContest.com for entry forms and details.

Pontiac Regional Chamber holds golf outing
Pontiac Regional Chamber Networking Golf Outing is 8 a.m. to noon Friday, June 25, at Pontiac Municipal Golf Course, 800 Golf Drive, followed by lunch at Bo’s Smokehouse, 51 N. Saginaw in Pontiac. Attendees may register through Friday, June 18. The golf outing includes 18 holes, four-person scramble, shotgun start, lunch and drink tickets for $90 per golfer. Proceeds benefit chamber programs and Pontiac Promise School Zone. For information, call 248-335-9600 or visit www.pontiacchamber.com.

Troy Chamber to Host Annual Golf OutingThe Troy Chamber of Commerce will host its annual golf outing Monday, June 21 at Red Run Golf Club, 2036 Rochester Road in Royal Oak. The outing will feature a light breakfast, sponsored by BenePro; 9 a.m. shotgun start; 18 holes of golf with cart; lunch from the grill at the halfway house; drinks and snacks on the course and a cocktail mixer with hors d’oeuvres and prizes in the late afternoon. The cost to golf is $235 per person or $850 as a foursome. Upgrade to a featured foursome and the cost is $1280. Featured foursomes get a running caddy and signage at a hole. To register or for sponsorship availabilities, call 248-641-8151, e-mail: theteam@troychamber.com or visit www.troychamber.com.


Oakland Community College selects vice chancellor
Following a nationwide search, the Oakland Community College Board of Trustees appointed Dr. Richard Holcomb vice chancellor of academic and student affairs, effective in July. Holcomb will serve as the college’s chief academic and student affairs officer. He was previously with Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington, Wyoming, where he served as vice president for learning since 2007. He also served a four month stint as the school’s interim president. Previously, he was an associate dean and a division chair at Palm Beach Community College in Lake Worth, Fla.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Business Improvement Group holds seminar

Business Improvement Group holds seminar as part of series
Business Improvement Group is sponsoring another in its series of Senior Executive Seminars 8 a.m. to noon Tuesday, June 15 at Microsoft office, 1000 Town Center, 19th Floor, Southfield, featuring Dana Wothe and Dan Santoscoy of Butzel Long. Also speaking at the event is Brendan Newell of Microsoft. Register at www.BIG-Detroit.com or call for reservation 248-451-1236.

Chamber of Commerce hosts lunch with U.S. Rep. Hoekstra
The Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce is hosting U.S. Rep. and Michigan Republican gubernatorial candidate Pete Hoekstra (R – Holland) for a luncheon address with area business owners and community leaders Wednesday, June 16 at Red Run Golf Club, 2036 Rochester Rd. in Royal Oak. The doors will open at noon with lunch at 12:30 p.m. followed by the congressman’s address. For information, call 248-547-4000 or visit www.royaloakchamber.com.

Ford adds Takata Corporation to its business vendors
Takata Corporation of Auburn Hills announced it has been chosen by Ford Motor Company to be one of 13 new suppliers added to their Aligned Business Framework for closer collaboration and a long-term relationship. Takata’s global leadership in developing vehicle safety systems provides Ford a partner capable of assisting the company as it increases global common sourcing.

Clarkston Financial announces lower revenues than last year
Clarkston Financial Corporation, the holding company for Clarkston State Bank, reported operating results for the first quarter and 12 months ended Dec. 31, 2009. Total revenues for the first quarter were $1,148,000, compared with $1,472,000 for 2009.
For the 12 months ended Dec. 31, 2009, total revenues were $4,446,000, versus $7,286,000 for 2008. Net interest income was lower, year-over-year, from the systematic reduction of the balance sheet, as the bank continues to work through asset-quality problems.
Clarkston State Bank opened in January 1999 and operates four branches in Clarkston, Waterford, and Independence Township.

Monday, June 7, 2010

DASI Solutions to distribute 3-D printers

Here is a letter sent to us from DASI Solutions owner:

Thank you very much for running this article. (DASI Solutions to distribute 3-D printers used in rapid prototyping, Wednesday, June 2.)

I loved the layout and the positioning in the paper.  As the song goes “I bought five copies for my mother”….

Today I am looking at office space in Lake Orion to house the new business.  I recently hired two individuals and will soon be interviewing a third.

Thanks again.

David Darbyshire
Engineer / Owner
DASI Solutions | www.dasi-solutions.com
Servicing Designing Engineers in Michigan & Indiana

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Go Solar Michigan seminar set for June 8

Go Solar Michigan seminar set
The Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association Go Solar Michigan program, an educational seminar discussing the basics of solar domestic hot water and photovoltaics is 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 8 at Lawrence Tech, 21000 W. 10 Mile Road, Room 140 in the Technology and Learning Center Building in Southfield. During 2010, federal tax credits are available to homeowners installing solar electric and solar water heating systems. Those wishing to attend should pre-register by calling 1-800-434-9788 or visiting www.glrea.org.

Kohl’s unveils remodeled store
The Kohl’s store in Rochester Hills will unveil its new look on Wednesday, June 9. New features and enhancements of the store, located at 223 E. Auburn Rd., include a redesigned home and junior’s departments; updated children’s, jewelry and shoe departments; updated check-out stations and updated restrooms for enhanced comfort and convenience. For information, visit www.kohls.com or call 248-844-1515.

Waterfall Jewelers adds Pear
Waterfall Jewelers Gemologists of Clarkston has welcomed Bradley C. Pear. He was formerly the resident gemologist and appraiser at the now-closed Jules R. Schubot Jewelers in Troy, and will be in charge of the appraisal department at Waterfall.
He is a graduate gemologist from the Gemological Institute of America, and also a certified gemologist from the American Gem Society. Pear is also a member of the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers.

Mufflers and More hosts its annual Car Care Fair
Mufflers and More is holding its annual Car Care Fair, with clinics such as  “Ask the Experts” and “Woman’s Car Care Clinic,” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 12 at 490 N. Pontiac Trail in Walled Lake.
The free annual community event is a chance for neighbors to have their car diagnosed for free and “ask the experts” questions while snackng on popcorn and hotdogs. The fair will also feature a classic car show and vehicle inspections at no charge. For information, call 248- 668-1200 or visit mufflersandmore.net.

Friday, June 4, 2010

ecoKIDZ to beautify new business

ecoKIDZ to beautify new business
Local kids ages 6 and up, accompanied by adults, are invited to join ecoKIDZ in helping to beautify a new facility in preparation for the grand opening in July. ecoSTORE USA, which manufactures plant- and mineral-based products, is opening a new 37,000-square-foot facility in Auburn Hills. The new facility will manufacture household cleaning, baby and personal care products.
The event takes place noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 6, at 4400 Glenmeade Lane in Auburn Hills. Glenmeade Lane is located off Brown Road. Each ecoKIDZ family that participates will receive a FREE sample of ecoSTORE USA laundry detergent. Food and beverages will also be served.
For information, visit www.ecostoreusa.com or call Lyne Appel Downing at 248-932-5150. No registration required.

Harvey Ovshinsky holds screenwriting workshop

New screenwriters can learn what it takes to write and sell their first screenplay in an intense, two-day workshop by acclaimed producer/director Harvey Ovshinsky on Saturday, June 5 and Sunday, June 6, at the Birmingham Community House. Both days of the workshop run from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuition is $300. For information and registration, visit www.communityhouse.com. Handouts will include a sample script, a complete bibliography of screenwriting books, publications, contests and the latest version of Ovshinsky’s popular handout, “The 10 Most Important First Rules of Storytelling.” Ovshinsky will offer another two-day workshop, “An Introduction to Video Storytelling,” on Saturday, June 12, and Sunday, June 13. Targeting established print and radio journalists, corporate communicators and still photographers, it will focus less on the technology of video production and more on how to think and act like a producer to tell a story.

Training designed to create a lean culture in Michigan
The Michigan Lean Consortium, along with the Oakland University Pawley Lean Institute, is hosting a training event, focusing on Standardized Work Systems from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, June 7, in the Community Room at the Edison Center, 425 S. Main St. in Ann Arbor. The cost for the event is $15. To register, call 586-263-6242 or visit www.michiganlean.org.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Daniel Renel celebrates 30th anniversary in insurance

Birmingham
Daniel Renel celebrates 30th anniversary in insurance
Daniel A. Renel of Rochester Hills recently celebrated his 30th anniversary in the insurance business, providing financial strategy and service. Renel is currently a chartered life underwriter for his company, Renel and Renel Associates, Inc. The company provides ongoing financial, insurance and retirement planning services. As an independent representative, he offers his clients — mostly small to medium-sized businesses and individuals — an unbiased and comprehensive market review. He specializes in life insurance, health insurance, long-term care, employee benefits, retirement plans and investment planning.
Renel entered the insurance business with Massachusetts Mutual LIC following his graduation from Central Michigan University in 1980. He completed his Chartered Life Underwriter designation in 1992 and formed Renel and Renel Associates, Inc. in 1995. His office is located at 725 S. Adams Road in Birmingham. For more information, call 248-646-9800 or visit www.danrenel.com.




Chris Edmonds is new Magic 105.1 FM hostVeteran Motor City on-air personality, Chris Edmonds of Detroit, has been named as the new afternoon drive host on MAGIC 105.1/WMGC-FM in Detroit. He can now be heard from 3 to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. He previously served as the morning drive host on WOMC-FM in Detroit. Prior to that, Edmonds spent 20 years on the air at WNIC-FM of Dearborn.





AUBURN HILLS
Marcella Evans named Woman of DistinctionGenisys Credit Union’s financial services representative, Marcella Evans, was one of 20 women recently honored by CUNA Brokerage Services with a Women of Distinction Award. Recipients will participate in a mentoring program offered by CUNA Brokerage Services, which is designed to foster the growth of women in the financial services industry.