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.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Oakland County business workshops offered

WATERFORD TWP.
Oakland County business workshops offered
Business owners and entrepreneurs are invited to attend seminars in September, offered by the Oakland County Business Center. The following classes will be at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford Township. For pre-registration, visit oakgov.com/peds/calendar or call 248-858-0783.
“Five Keys to Successful Financial Management for Small Business — Fiscal Management Tools for the Nonfinancial Manager” is 8 a.m.-noon Wednesday, Sept. 8. The fee is $25.
“Pre-Business Research” is 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 9. This workshop is free.
“Sales I: Effective Networking” is 9 a.m.-noon, Wednesday, Sept. 15. The fee is $40, which includes all materials.
“Fundamentals of Starting a Business” is a seminar for those going into business is 9 a.m.-noon Thursday, Sept. 16. The fee is $30.
“Fundamentals of Writing a Business Plan” is 9 a.m.-noon Thursday, Sept. 23. The fee is $40, which includes all materials.
“QuickBooks Essentials Session One” is 9-11:30 a.m. and “Session Two” is 12:30 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30. The sessions are $40 each or $75 for both. A 60-day QuickBooks software demo is included. Laptop is highly recommended.

FRASER
Superior Synthetic Lubricants supplies oil for Special Olympics
Greg Plouff and his wife Vickie of Superior Synthetic Lubricants in Fraser, were asked by the Water Warriors for Special Olympics to supply the synthetic oil for the 22 wave runners that made the 400-mile trek from Mackinaw City to Harsens Island to benefit Special Olympics. Greg and Vickie are shown with the plaque of gratitude they received from the Water Warriors for their contribution.

STERLING HEIGHTS
Workshop aids job seekers
A free workshop for job seekers to make more effective use of the Internet during their job searches, “More Effective Online Job Searches” will take place from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8, at St. Jane’s Hall 1, 38750 Ryan Road, Sterling Heights. It will be geared toward more effective use of the computer and software during job searches and job search sites, gleaning information from social media sites and sites to research company information. Admission is free, but space is limited. To reserve a seat, e-mail jo@brandlure.com.

MOUNT CLEMENS
Handbags of Hope opens Donation Boutique
Handbags of Hope is opening a Donation Boutique at 56 Cherry St. in Mount Clemens. The nonprofit charity accepts handbags that it donates to 26 shelters and five teen centers in Michigan twice a year for Christmas and Mother’s Day. Supporters may donate their own gently used purse or take one from the Donation Boutique and add 10 filler items such as a hairbrush, wallet, manicure set, lip balm, hand lotion, memo pad, tissues, compact, mirror, sunglasses, etc. Donation arrangements can be made by calling Jackie Bobcean at 586-215-2050. Visit handbagsofhope.webs.com.

SOUTHFIELD
SCORE presents business starter workshops
Detroit SCORE Chapter 18 in cooperation with Michigan Business and Professional Association presents workshops for people thinking about starting their own business. “Planning Your Own Business” is 8:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15, and “How to Write a Successful Business Plan” is 8:45 a.m.-noon Wednesday, Sept. 29, at Southfield Public Library, 26300 Evergreen Road in Southfield. The cost is $45 per workshop. To register, call 313-226-7947.

ST. CLAIR SHORES
Guy’s Choice Haircuts has new shop
Guy’s Choice Haircuts for Men has opened an additional location at 31497 Harper, St. Clair Shores. The shops are a barber shop/hair salon for men that features an LCD tv at every chair.  They also have locations in Clinton Township and Roseville. For more information, visit www.guyschoice haircutsformen.com.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Best of Troy Award building nominations sought

TROY
Best of Troy Award building nominations sought
The Troy Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations of exterior building projects or interior upgrades to office space during 2009-10 for a Best of Troy Award.
The Chamber award committee looks for a variety of project types and sizes. Judging is based on function, uniqueness, use of space and aesthetics and there will also be a “green” award.
Send nominations to Jaimi Brook at 248-641-0031 or e-mail jaimi@troychamber.com by Tuesday, Sept. 7.

BLOOMFIELD HILLS
O’Keefe names Ianev new senior associate
Transactional financial consulting and turnaround management firm, O’Keefe and Associates, appointed George Ianev of Troy as their new senior associate.
In his new role, Ianev will provide transactional finance and turnaround management counsel to middle market automotive, manufacturing, health care, real estate and other clients in Michigan and throughout the nation.
Prior to joining the firm, Ianev worked as CFO for North America at Noble International and served as a consultant with The Keystone Group and KPMG Peat Marwick.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Oakland County earns assessors' award

PONTIAC
Oakland County earns assessors' award
Oakland County’s Equalization Division has garnered The Michigan Assessors Association 2010 Distinguished Assessment Jurisdiction Award because of its online personal property filing system. This is the first time the county has received this recognition.
The system, created in collaboration with the Department of Information Technology, allows those who pay taxes on machinery and equipment to file online rather than fill out and mail forms to the county. It allows taxpayers to file or amend their personal property statements from year to year. It also improves the efficiency of Equalization Division employees who do not have to open envelopes, sort and file thousands of tax filings.
Oakland County’s online personal property filing system will serve as a model for future online property tax filing improvements by the Equalization Division. To view the form, visit http://tinyurl.com/24xjamy.

FARMINGTON HILLS
Allstate recognizes agents in county
Allstate Insurance Co. recognized local Allstate agency owners for outstanding customer service and business results in 2009. Inner Circle Conference Award winners include: Kevin Mlynarek for his Oxford and Lake Orion locations, Brian Seiferlein for his Southfield location and Scott Urquhart for his Milford location. Inner Circle Award winners represent only 3 percent of Allstate Insurance agencies and personal financial representatives nationally to reach this level of achievement.
Allstate also recognized the following with the Chairman’s Conference Award: Eric Carl, James Carson, Duane Elkins, Bruce Faber, Shirl Crowe-Gondek, Eric Semer, Richard Spano and Scott Tharp.
President’s Conference Award recipients are Thomas Attard, Steve Craft, Marty Gross, Claudia Lynn-Haluska, William Harb, Steven Lynch, Skip Sampson, Mark Smith, Matt Smith and Kelly Weaver. Visit www.allstate.com.

WARREN
Former graduate returns to high school
Renee Rudzewicz, a 1999 graduate of Regina High School, has returned to her alma mater in Warren as director of admissions and public relations.
Rudzewicz has a bachelor’s degree from Kent State University in Ohio and has worked in advertising, marketing, public relations and website content. She resides in Sterling Heights.

CLINTON/CHESTERFIELD TWP.
Total Health Systems adds new chiropractor
Total Health Systems Multi Specialty Clinic has added Dr. Nicholas Winkler, D.C., as their newest chiropractic associate. Dr. Winkler has an extensive background in rehabilitation and therapy and has worked with athletes of all ages, ranging from the age of 7 to college athletes and semi-professionals. He is skilled with many techniques and works on developing new active strength training and advanced endurance training protocols. The clinic has locations in Clinton Township and Chesterfield Township.

CLINTON TWP
Dr. Swetech awarded Physician of the Year
Dr. Stephen M. Swetech D.O. FACOFP, who practices at 43600 Garfield Road in Clinton Township, was awarded the 2010 Osteopathic Physician of the Year at the recent Michigan Osteopathic Family Physicians conference in Thompsonville. Stephen M. Swetech Medical Center P.C. also earned the designation as Patient Centered Medical Home from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan in July.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Wesley Berry Flowers giving away 12,000 roses

COMMERCE TWP. and WEST BLOOMFIELD TWP.
Wesley Berry Flowers giving away 12,000 roses

Wesley Berry Flowers is celebrating its 65th anniversary on Wednesday by giving away 12,000 roses in bunches of a dozen to any adult who visits one of their shops between 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m, or until supplies last. The flower shop has locations at 2985 Haggerty Road in Commerce Township and 6677 Orchard Lake Road in West Bloomfield Township, as well as two shops in Detroit. Wes Berry, owner of Wesley Berry Flowers, says there’s one catch, those who receive free roses have to make a promise to keep one for themselves and give the other 11 away to different people. This is done in an effort to become acquainted with new people or to renew old friendships during what he calls, “Good Neighbor Day.”

TROY
Chase plans Wednesday job fair

 Chase will host a job fair from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Embassy Suites, 850 Tower Drive, Troy. Chase plans to hire up to 50 full-time employees for its Troy Mortgage Operations Center. Available positions include processors, closers, underwriters and team managers. Applicants should bring resumes and come prepared for interviews.

STERLING HEIGHTS
Chamber presents “Network and Learn”

The Sterling Heights Regional Chamber will present “The Yes! Network” with founder Michael Jeffreys at their “Network and Learn” gathering at 5 p.m. Sept. 16 at the Vintage House at 31816 Utica Road in Fraser. Jeffreys offers ways to connect with others, tips on how to use body language, and how to talk positively to create a better customer experience with sponsorship from Avid Payment Solutions, Beaumont Hospitals, HAP and Integrated Benefit Group. Hors d’oeuvres and cash bar will be provided. There is no charge for chamber members. The cost is $10 for nonmembers. Networking begins at 5 p.m. with Jeffrey’s presentation beginning at 6:10 p.m. To register, visit www.shrcci.com or call 586-731-5400, ext. 10 or 13.

BLOOMFIELD HILLS
Butzel Long attorney honored

Butzel Long attorney and shareholder Beth S. Gotthelf is one of 20 attorneys named to the 2010 Michigan Women in the Law by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. An awards luncheon will take place on Sept. 16 at the Detroit Marriott in Troy. Based in Butzel Long’s Bloomfield Hills office, Gotthelf heads up the environmental, energy and land-use practice.

TROY
Annual Innovation Forum on tap

 Applied Innovation Alliance will sponsor the fourth annual Innovation Forum from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 30 at The Management Education Center, 811 W. Square Lake Road, Troy. The forum will focus on leadership, management and engineering perspectives for businesses. The program is currently sponsored by Red Cedar Technology and HEEDS Professional, Aversien Sciences and Abby, Applied Innovation Alliance and Innovation RainMakers, Clarke Ventures, Fluid Insights, and CNVGenes. The cost is $195 per attendee and includes continental breakfast, breaks and lunch. Seating is limited to 80. For more information, call 248-682-3368 or e-mail contactus@innovationrainmakers.com.

PORT HURON
College offers "green building" program

 St. Clair County Community College’s Workforce Training Institute is offering a new green residential building program on the Port Huron campus. The program will run from 7:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Monday through Thursday, Oct. 4 to Feb. 28. The class will prepare students for entry-level employment in the residential construction industry, especially with firms interested in upgrading their sustainable business practices. The program will focus on residential building and remodeling using the United States Green Building Council’s LEED residential green building standards. The program consists of the following modules: basic core construction, carpentry fundamentals, carpentry framing and finishing, green/sustainable construction, CPR/first aid, Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration policies. Students must complete pre-assessment testing at least one week prior to class start date. For details or to register, call 910-989-5788 or visit www.sc4.edu/preparetowork.

Oakland Community College director appointed to board

COMMERCE TWP.
OCC director appointed to board
Nancy Showers, director of institutional research at Oakland Community College, has been appointed to the 2010 Board of Examiners for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. For more information about the award, visit www.nist.gov/baldrige.

TROY
Conference discusses expanding opportunities in the defense industry
The Michigan Chapter of the National Defense Industrial Association is hosting “Expanding Opportunities in the Defense Industry: The Upside to Michigan’s Economy,” their 4th annual Fall Business conference Sept. 13-15 at The Marriott Detroit Troy, 200 West Big Beaver Road in Troy. It will give Midwest companies an opportunity to network with government and defense industry decision makers from the Department of Defense, U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps, Automation Alley, the Defense Supply Center, the National Automotive Center and a wide variety of manufacturers who are currently working on a variety of defense-related projects. For more information or to register for the conference, visit www.ndia-mich.org.

BLOOMFIELD HILLS
Attorney reappointed chairman of Salvation Army advisory board
Butzel Long attorney and shareholder, Geoffery Gallinger, has been reappointed as board chairman for the Salvation Army Detroit Metropolitan Advisory Board 2010-2011.
Gallinger is based in Butzel Long’s Bloomfield Hills office where he practices in the area of general business and corporate planning needs, labor and employment law and human resource administration training and counseling. The Detroit Metropolitan Salvation Army has more than 40 centers of service in Metro Detroit.

BIRMINGHAM
Art center adds board members
The Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center recently announced the addition of seven members to its board. The board announces the appointment of Genevieve Clark, operations manager, ARISE Detroit, Detroit; Lois DeBacker, senior program director, The Kresege Foundation, Troy; Patty Eisenbraun, artist, Bloomfield Village; Lynn Forbush, banker, Private Wealth Management, JPMorgan, Bloomfield Hills; Pascal Goachet, senior vice president global human resources and organization, Federal Mogul, Southfield; Michelle Goff, senior vice president and chief financial officer, R.L. Polk and Co.; and John Kokubo, senior vice president, Morgan Stanley, Birmingham.

CLAWSON
Leon & Lulu’s recognized
Leon & Lulu’s, at 96 W. 14 Mile Road in Clawson, was honored with the Special Award for Service to the Community at the 59th Annual Retailer Excellence Awards in New York City. The award was created especially to recognize their achievement of hosting 65 in-store events in 2009, the majority of which supported local nonprofits.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

People moves

NOVI
Walter J. Powrozek receives wealth manager award

 Walter J. Powrozek of Novi’s Sigma Financial Corporation, has been recognized as a “Five Star Wealth Manager” by HOUR Detroit Magazine and DBUSINESS, a business journal. Powrozek is an independent wealth manager. Less than 7 percent of Detroit Metro­politan area wealth managers, which includes financial advisers, accountants, and tax advisers were chosen for this group.

TROY

Michelle Carter elected director to Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association

Michelle Carter, a partner in Bodman LLP’s Troy office, has been elected to a three-year term on the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association’s board of directors. Carter also serves as the 2009-2010 president of the Wolverine Bar Association. She is recognized as a Rising Star in “Michigan Super Lawyers” under Business Litigation.

ROYAL OAK
Detroit Zoo adds environmental services manager

The Detroit Zoological Society recently appointed Sarah Popp to manager of environmental services. She will be responsible for leading the society’s “Greenprint,” an initiative designed to make the Detroit Zoo a showplace for green facilities and operations and reduce the zoo’s carbon footprint. Previously Popp worked at the Oakland County Health Division as a public health sanitarian. She has also worked as a policy analyst for Renewable Energy and the Environment for the Office of the Governor and Department of Environmental Quality in Lansing. In 2008, Popp received the 3M prize for outstanding achievement in industrial ecology, and currently serves as a conservation committee member of the Sierra Club.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

My Girlfriend’s Business Weekend offered

DETROIT
My Girlfriend’s Business Weekend offered

My Girlfriend’s Business Weekend will benefit Women Healing Women, which provides scholarships for women and helps women start their own businesses. Detroit Faces “Beyond My Business Card”  is 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 26 at Coach Insignia, 200 Renaissance Center. Tickets are $30 per person.
“A Better You, A Better Me,” is 7 p.m. Friday,
Aug. 27 at Radisson Hotel & Conference Center, 17123 N. Laurel Park Place in Livonia. This free event is hosted by No Limits Outreach Ministries. For information, call 734-272-2580. Pink Pajamas & Pillow Party hosted by My Girlfriend’s Business follows.
Girlfriends Go Golfing is 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28, at Rogell Golf Course, 18601 Berg Road, Detroit. The event includes golfing and cooking demonstrations and eating tips. Tickets are $30.
For more information, visit www.detroitfaces.com or call 313-444-5460.

WATERFORD TWP.
Pearson named a top college entrepreneur

 Local entrepreneur and Central Michigan University student, Daniel Pearson, was recently named one of the top five college entrepreneurs in the U.S. by Entrepreneur Magazine.
His business plan includes a process to revolutionize consumer transactions to help save them money while protecting against identity fraud. Pearson has promised to donate 10 percent of all transaction fees to charitable causes.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Lakes Chamber hosts Oakland County chamber gathering

WALLED LAKE
Lakes Chamber hosts Oakland County chamber gathering

The Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting an evening of networking with professionals from chambers throughout Oakland County, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 25, at the Bayside Sports Grille, 142 E. Walled Lake Drive in Walled Lake. The cost is $10 in advance or $15 at the door. There will be appetizers and a cash bar, as well as a door prize drawing for pre-registered guests. Register by calling 249-624-2826.

SHELBY TWP.
Mattress To Go donates  mattresses, pillowcases

Mattress To Go of Shelby Township recently made a donation of five new twin mattresses and 50 queen pillowcases to the Mount Clemens Turning Point Shelter, a local domestic violence shelter. Mattress To Go is at 51260 Van Dyke in Shelby Township, and specializes in premium American Therapedic mattresses. For more information call 586-580-3611 or visit www.matt-to-go.com.

LIVONIA
Matchmaking event held for business owners

The U.S. Small Business Administration, Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center, Procurement Technical Assistance Center, Huntington Bank and other cosponsors are teaming up to provide a procurement matchmaking event for small business owners who are seeking to expand their business with government agencies. The half-day event will be at Schoolcraft College, VisTaTech Center, 18600 Haggerty Road in Livonia, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 1.
Invited buyers include: Counties of Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne; Federal Aviation Administration; Wayne County Airport Authority; Michigan Dept. of Transportation; Selfridge Air National Guard Base; Cities of Farmington Hills, Southfield and Troy; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Attendees will be able to meet with the buyers from federal, state and local government agencies. The $25 registration fee includes a continental breakfast. Pre-registration is required, call the Schoolcraft College Business Development Center at 734-462-4438 or visit www.schoolcraft.edu/bdc.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Levine receives leadership award

SOUTHFIELD
Levine receives leadership award

Josh Levine of Huntington Woods has received the 2010 Mark Family Young Leadership Award for the Young Adult Division of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit. Levine is director and wealth adviser at Telemus Capital Partners of Southfield.
The award is given to one emerging leader each year who exemplifies outstanding achievement in leadership and contribution to the Jewish community of metro Detroit.

ROCHESTER HILLS
Citizens Financial promotes communications director

Citizens Financial Group has promoted Jacqueline Wiggins of Rochester Hills to director of executive communications and engagement. Previously, Wiggins was senior vice president and director of public affairs in Michigan for Charter One. In her new role, Wiggins is responsible for helping to shape and implement the executive communications strategy at Citizens Financial Group, including providing internal and external communications support with speech writing and presentation development.

MADISON HEIGHTS
Duren receives ISO certification

Duren Resources Inc. of Madison Heights has received their ISO 9001:2008 certification, making it the only ISO certified minority supplier in the Detroit metropolitan area. Duren is a leading certified minority business enterprise that provides marketing services, printing, mailing, and fulfillment and advertising specialties, allowing Duren to provide a single-source solution for communication needs.

BLOOMFIELD HILLS
Radisson Hotel hires director of sales

Paulette Kruger of Macomb has been named director of sales for the Radisson Hotel in Bloomfield Hills. She will be responsible for the total sales efforts of the hotel, including developing and maintaining new accounts, supervising sales-related personnel, and implementing sales and marketing strategies. Kruger has nearly 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry, with her most recent job as director of sales at Hilton Garden Inn in Southfield.

SOUTHFIELD
Bush named director of e-Learning Services at Lawrence Tech

Richard Bush was named the new director of e-Learning Services at Lawrence Technological University. Bush is a college professor in Lawrence Tech’s College of Management. Previously he has been the coordinator for the information technology bachelor’s degree program and director of undergraduate management programs. Bush will succeed Alan McCord, who will become the new associate provost and dean of graduate studies at Lawrence Tech.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Brooks Kushman and First Michigan add staff

SOUTHFIELD
Brooks Kushman names team leader, new associate

Brooks Kushman P.C., a specialized intellectual property and commercial law firm based in Southfield, has appointed Mark Sparschu to head the firm’s diverse trademark team. Sparschu joined the firm in 2009 as a senior attorney, and previously worked as chief trademark counsel for Ford Motor Company in Dearborn.
The firm also recently hired Christopher C. Smith as an associate to work with the firm’s Los Angeles office as a member of the California State Bar. Smith was formerly an associate with Kirkland and Ellis L.L.P. in Los Angeles. 

TROY
First Michigan Bank names two executives

First Michigan Bank named Dennis Klaeser as chief financial officer and Thomas Brown as chief operating officer.  Klaeser assumes the position of chief financial officer. Klaeser was previously senior vice president and senior research analyst at Raymond James.
Brown had served in the capacity of First Michigan’s chief financial officer and now assumes the position of chief operating officer. Prior to joining First Michigan Bancorp, he was chief financial officer and managing director of The PrivateBank.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Better Made turns 80

DETROIT
Better Made films commercials in honor of 80th anniversary
It has won hundreds of awards and taste tests for their savory snacks, from local competitions to national and international tastings. Now, as part of Better Made’s anniversary celebration, the company has produced television commercials. Sal Cipriano, CEO of Better Made, whose father started the now famous snack food company back in 1930, stopped in at a recent voice over recording and editing session at CVMedia’s studio in Northville.
The objective of the commercials was to highlight the company’s connection and loyalty to the state of Michigan and in particular, the Detroit area.
From the time Michigan-grown potatoes are unloaded at the plant, to being washed, cut, cooked, salted (with salt coming from Michigan mines), seasoned (with Michigan made seasonings) bagged and finally boxed (in cardboard cartons made in Michigan) by Michigan workers. A total of three commercials were produced, which took more than months to develop by CVMedia. They will be hitting local and statewide television stations in time for Better Made’s 80th year anniversary celebration.

WARREN
National Kitchen and Bath awards local scholar
Stacey Burnick of Warren won an Outstanding Student Award from the National Kitchen and Bath Association, which netted her a $100 scholarship. Burnick is a recent graduate of Baker College of Clinton Township with a bachelor of interior design degree. She also earned an associate’s degree in interior design and a certificate in kitchen and bath design, also from Baker.

NOVI
Supplier will move to larger facility
International automotive parts manufacturer Mando America will move to the Beck North Corporate Park in Novi. Mando will be moving from Plymouth in early 2011, into a 76,500 square-foot building. Amson Dembs is the developer of the park and will also be constructing the new facility.
Mando America is a supplier of vehicle chassis sub-systems for brakes, steering and suspensions products manufactured, designed and supported by the Korean-based supplier Mando Corporation. The Novi location will employ approximately 100 professional engineering jobs with room to expand within the next two years.

STERLING HEIGHTS
CEO appointed to advisory council
Donna Zobel, president and CEO of Mryon Zucker Inc., based in Sterling Heights, has been appointed to the 2010 U.S. Manufacturing Council. Zobel will join other business leaders in advising the Obama administration on matters relating to the competitiveness of the U.S. manufacturing sector and government policies and programs that affect U.S. manufacturers.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Hobby shop hosts model car camp during Dream Cruise

FERNDALE
Hobby shop hosts model car camp during Dream Cruise

Woodward Avenue’s Rainy Day Hobbies offers interactive camp on model car building at 2 p.m. daily, through Friday, Aug. 20, at 22961 Woodward Ave. in Ferndale. The shop will offer the basics of model car building. Each session will give kids ages 5 to 13 a chance to learn how to assemble a miniature version of their favorite car from start to finish through a hands-on demonstration. Adults are welcome to stay.
The cost for the Model Car Cruise Camp, is $15 per child, which includes a starter model car kit to be used during the camp, as well as a bottle of water. More advanced kits are available for an additional fee. For more information, call 248-545-5667 or visit www.rainydayhobbies.com.

MACOMB COUNTY
Allstate agents honored

Macomb County Allstate Insurance agents were honored for top performance recently for outstanding customer service and business results in 2009. Craig Borowsky, John Ivkov, Jeremy Mlynarek, James Munro, Pat Shulte, Rick Spano, Mike VanTiem and David Wagner were honored with the Inner Circle Conference award for exceptional customer service skills and surpassing regional sales goals in 2009.
Jeff Babisz and Steven Benefield were recognized as Chairman’s Conference award winners for high standards in customer satisfaction, customer retention and profitable business growth.
Craig Bock, Mark Brooks, Brian Chouinard, Bryan Ede, Stanley Hoover, John Kunz, James LaFranca, Timothy Riley, Kris Rusak and Paul Vizzaccaro were awarded the President’s Conference award for high standards in customer satisfaction, customer retention and profitable business growth in 2009.

FARMINGTON HILLS
Financial Peace seminar offered

Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University Seminar is 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 31, at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 28000 New Market Road in Farmington Hills. This event includes thirteen informative sessions on saving, spending, debt and investing. Registrations can be made by calling 249-553-3380 or visiting www.daveramsey.com. Those who order class materials through the church office will receive a discount.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

TiE hosts Josh Linkner

SOUTHFIELD
Entrepreneur forum hosts Josh Linkner
The Detroit chapter of Talent, Ideas and Enterprise, (TiE), the global networking forum fostering entrepreneurship will host an evening with Josh Linkner, founder and chairman of ePrize and entrepreneur, author, and jazz musician. The event is 5.30 p.m. today at UTLC Gallery, Lawrence Technological University, 21000 W. 10 Mile Road in Southfield. It is free for TiE members and $15 for nonmembers. For more information, visit www.detroit.tie.org.

WHITE LAKE TWP.
Chamber hosts mixer
Waterford Chamber of Commerce Meet & Greet Business After-Hours Mixer is 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 18, at 6707 Highland Road in White Lake Township. The event features appetizers, chocolate fountain and cash bar. The cost is $15 per person at the door. For information, call 248-666-8600 or visit waterfordchamber.org.

CLARKSTON
Chamber hosts state Rep. Eileen Kowall
Clarkston Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting State Representative Eileen Kowall at the August luncheon mixer, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 19, at MacPhee’s Restaurant and Pub, 650 Ortonville Road in Ortonville. The cost is $25 at the door, members pay $20 per person with early bird registration. For reservations, call 248-625-8055.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Oakland Press editor speaks at marketing presentation

BERKLEY
Oakland Press editor, Glenn Gilbert, speaks at  marketing presentation

 Oakland Press Executive Editor Glenn Gilbert will be the guest speaker at the upcoming “Keys to Successful Community Marketing” program presented by Community Marketing Associates.
He will discuss how newspapers select news stories about local businesses. The free presentation is only available to business owners/managers of a Berkley business.
The presentation outlines the marketing advantages of local businesses linking together to promote the community and their businesses.
The presentation begins at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 25, at the Berkley Public Library, 3155 Coolidge. For more information visit www.communitymarketingassoc.com.


FARMINGTON HILLS
New investment adviser named at Bloom

 Bloom Asset Management, investment advisers, appointed Nicholas Defenthaler as their new client relationship manager. In his new postion, Defenthaler will be responsible for managing client portfolios. Prior to joining Bloom Asset Management, Defenthaler worked as a loan processor with Goldstar Financial Group in Ann Arbor.

SHELBY TWP.
SIGNARAMA franchise has new owner

SIGNARAMA, the world’s largest sign franchise, announced that Michael Lafferty is the new owner of the Shelby Township store, located at 51084 Filomena Drive. SIGNARAMA uses cutting edge industry software programs to provide a full range of comprehensive sign and graphic services to both the private and commercial segments of the business community.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Power networking event served with dinner

BLOOMFIELD HILLS
Power networking event served with dinner
The Association for Corporate Growth Detroit Chapter will host “Power Networking Event,” 5:15 p.m.-8 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 24 at Andiamo’s, 6676 Telegraph Road in Bloomfield Hills. The event is limited to 80 persons and will include a three-course dinner, where participants will dine and meet with a different person for each course, which will represent a round of networking. The cost of the program which includes breakfast and networking is $50 for members and $65 for non-members. For more information, call Sharon Kimble at 877-894-2754 or visit www.acg.org/detroit.

OAKLAND/MACOMB COUNTIES
Oakland and Macomb counties rated AAA
Standard and Poors Ratings Services has again confirmed Macomb County’s outstanding AAA bond rating and a “stable economic outlook ahead. The highest rating possible from a Wall Street credit rating firm comes in support of $95.9 million Interceptor Drainage District Bonds which will be used for the Macomb and Garfield Interceptor drain improvement projects and retaining the AAA rating means that Macomb County taxpayers save money with lower interest rates whenever the county has to borrow money. Macomb County, Oakland County and Kent County are the three Michigan counties rated AAA by Standard and Poors. There are a total of 67 in the U.S.

BINGHAM FARMS
Group Associates launches new website
Bingham Farms-based Group Associates, Inc., a nationwide leader in proprietary benefit management solutions, launched a new corporate website, www.groupassociates.com. The company executed the redesign of its website to increase the functionality of the site’s navigation and provide visitors with more detailed information about the company and its employee benefits services, including both benefits administration and group insurance brokerage.

DETROIT
Adcraft Club calls for entries for D Show
The fourth annual D Show is gearing up as Detroit’s ad agencies, production houses and independent artists gather their very best work before the Aug. 27 call for entries deadline of the annual celebration of Detroit creativity. Sponsored by the Adcraft Club of Detroit, the D-Show has evolved beyond recognition of the area’s best advertising to include almost any local creative work experienced by a substantial audience.
Last year’s Best of Show honoree, ‘The Art of War’ created by Universal Images, joins other winners on a free smart phone application created to promote the 2010 D Show.
Entries are accepted for honors in six major categories including digital media and are eligible for Best of Show and other premier awards. College students may enter a special category. All entries are judged by a panel of distinguished creative experts.
The show’s interactive website, www.TheDshow.org, includes links to entry requirements and forms, the Junaio application as well as tangible proof that creativity is alive and well in the D. The D show is the main event of an evening gala at the Max M. Fisher Music Center on Wednesday, December 1. Tickets will be available on the D Show website in September. The D Show is a program of the Adcraft Club of Detroit, www.adcraft.org.

ORCHARD LAKE VILLAGE
National Association of Credit Management awards local resident
The National Association of Credit Management recognized Dawn Wallace Cook of Orchard Lake Village, as the recipient of the 2010 Alice M. H. McGregor Award. She is the treasurer for Newton Manufacturing Company, a Detroit-based business that designs, builds and services hydraulic systems. Cook worked as chairman of the National Association of Credit Management from 2004-2005, overseeing the re-working of the board of directors composition. She is currently a member of the National Association of Credit Management Great Lakes Region Board of Directors.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Panera Bread opens drive-thru

SHELBY TWP.
Panera Bread opens drive-thru

Panera Bread of Southeastern Michigan opened a drive-thru at its Shelby Township cafe at 14121 Hall Road and to celebrate, the store is holding a fundraiser on Tuesday, Aug. 17. Customers who donate $1 throughout the day will receive a small coffee or regular size fountain drink. Funds will be donated to the Shelby Community Foundation for the scholarship fund.

CLARKSTON
4 area chambers host networking seminar

The Clarkston, Orion, Ortonville and Pontiac Chambers of Commerce  are partnering to host “Networking is for Neanderthals: Relationship marketing in a new economy,” an interactive, humorous and high energy seminar with six time EMMY Award winning Shawne Duperon.
The program is  8:45 a.m.-noon Friday, Aug. 20, at Clarkston Community Schools Administration Building, 6389 Clarkston Road in Clarkston.The cost is $35 for Early Bird and $50 at the door. To register call 248-625-8055 or visit www.clarkston.org.

CLINTON TWP.
Credit union names scholarship winners

Michigan Schools and Government Credit Union announced the winners of its fourth annual Adults Moving Forward College Scholarship. Three individuals were awarded $2,000 scholarships to use towards tuition while attending a Michigan college, university, trade or vocational school, or accredited certification program. Recipients of the 2010 Adults Moving Forward Scholarship are Daniel Beens III of Shelby Township; Edward Kraska of Birmingham; and Donna Tinker of Clinton Township.
The scholarship is one of three offered by the credit union, which offers nearly $50,000 worth of scholarships to deserving high school students and adults each year. For more information, visit www.msgcu.org or call 586-263-8800.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Bill Ford to speak at Dream Cruise breakfast

ROYAL OAK
Bill Ford to speak at Dream Cruise breakfast

WWJ Newsradio 950 will be holding a special Dream Cruise business breakfast with guest speaker Bill Ford, executive chairman for Ford Motor Co., at 7:30 a.m. Aug. 20 at Duggan’s Irish Pub, 31501 Woodward Ave. in Royal Oak. Ford will be discussing his career, innovation at Ford Motor Co. and the future of the auto industry. There will be a question-and-answer session. Advance registration is required for the event and costs $50 which includes valet parking. Tickets can be purchased at www.ticketweb.com.

TROY
NorthPointe names director of marketing and client service

NorthPointe Capital, a domestic equity institutional investment management firm based in Troy, promoted Sarah Schattner to director of marketing and client service. She will assume a leading role in consultant and client relations for the firm, leveraging her strong relationships with the community. Schattner has been with the company since 2005 and has managed all aspects of the marketing and client service relationship cycle.

SOUTHFIELD
Meadowbrook Insurance Group founder being inducted into hall of fame

Merton Segal, founder and chairman of Meadowbrook Insurance Group based in Southfield, is being inducted into the Michigan Insurance Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame was established at Olivet College in 1994. Segal founded Meadowbrook in 1955 as Meadowbrook Insurance Agency. Under his leadership, the company grew from a start-up local retail agency into a leading, national specialty risk management insurance company.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

MEA-TV adds AWWL Big Time Wrestling program

MEA-TV adds AWWL Big Time Wrestling program
MEA-TV of Southfield and AWWL Big Time Wrestling have announced a deal that will add the Original Big Time Wrestling program to Detroit and 5 million other homes. The AWWL Big Time Wrestling promotion is expanding with a new 30-minute program on Saturday nights at 9:30 p.m. on the MEA-TV network. The program will air on Comcast Digital Cable Channel 667 and Cox Cable Channel 480 starting Aug, 14. It will also air in the future simultaneously on the station’s website, meatv-radio.com. The program will be a combination of exclusive classic matches featuring legends such as The Sheik, Bobo Brazil, and Dick The Bruiser as well as a mix of new stars for today’s generation such as AWWL Heavyweight Champion, Whipdog Johnson, High Risk Damien Michaels, Big Rookie, Sabbath, Tim Horner Jr. and the Human Highlight Reel Sabu.


  Russell elected to Oakland Employment Diversity Council
The Oakland County Employment Diversity Council elected Frank Russell as its chairman. Russell, is a charter member of the council and has been one of the forces behind its growth of five initial participants in 2000 to more than 350 current organizational members.
Other board members were elected or re-elected as follows: Ed Poisson, Oakland County IT director, was re-elected as parliamentarian, and Linda DeVillez, a City of Southfield supervisor, was re-elected as corresponding secretary. The following board members were re-elected: Michael Lowe, manager at HBW Insurance and Financial Services Inc.; Beth Nuccio, director of career services at Baker College; Cheryl Buscemi, president of My Media Resource; and Melva Allen, Michigan Works-Employment Training Specialist. Andrew Pettress of Andrew Pettress & Company and Karen DeCuir-DiNicola of General Motors, were elected as new board members. Joi Cunningham, director of diversity at Oakland University, was appointed to a vacant board position.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Tim Horton’s offers smile cookie

OAKLAND/ MACOMB
Tim Horton’s offers smile cookie to benefit charity
Tim Horton’s locations in Metropolitan Detroit are hosting their Smile Cookie campaign to benefit Children’s Hospital of Michigan from Saturday, Aug. 14 through Saturday, Aug. 21. While supplies last, guests can purchase a special chocolate chip cookie, decorated with a smile, for $1 plus tax. Proceeds from this year’s campaign will benefit the Children’s Research Centre of Michigan, whose mission is to promote knowledge in the area of science and medicine in order to improve methods to prevent, cure and treat childhood diseases.

STERLING HEIGHTS
Donations sought to restore 1967 T-Bird
Larry Sauger of Sterling Heights, a member of Vietnam Veteran Chapter 154, has donated his 1967 T-Bird to the Baker College Auto Restoration program. The car will be a teaching tool for students because it requires hands-on metal finishing and painting. The college had hoped to complete the car this year, but budget constraints are making that difficult as replacement parts are expensive. Anyone interested in contributing to getting the classic car back out on the road can contact Mark Grajewski, director of the automotive program at Baker College, at 586-790-5215.

NOVI/TROY
Kohl’s remodels Oakland Square and Novi stores
Kohl’s recently announced the re-grand opening of its Novi and Oakland Square of Troy stores, which will each unveil a new look today. The department store is remodeling 85 stores nationwide this year. The remodeled stores will feature redesigned departments, updated fitting rooms, new merchandise and updated check-out stations. Visit www.kohls.com for more information.

SOUTHFIELD
University of Phoenix holds job workshops

University of Phoenix is partnering with CNBC News Anchor Erin Burnett and CareerBuilder’s Vice President of Human Resources Rosemary Haefner to co-host “Strategies in the New Economy” workshops 6–8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 18 at the University of Phoenix Southfield Campus, 26261 Evergreen, Suite 500 in Southfield. The following workshops: “The Financial Side of the New Economy,” “Jobs in the New Economy,” “Where the Jobs Are,” and “Resume Writing & Interview Skills” are free and open to the public. Space is limited, RSVP to phoenix.edu/openhouse by Aug. 17. Visit www.phoenix.edu.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Career expo presented Aug. 20

CLINTON TWP.
Career expo presented
The Empowering Michigan Career Expo will take place from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 20, at the Concorde Inn Hotel, 44315 Gratiot Avenue, Clinton Township. Several businesses will be present and ready to interview and discuss hiring opportunities and representatives from the Unemployment Insurance agency will also be on hand to answer basic questions about unemployment and the extensions that are available. Attendees should dress for success and bring lots of copies of their resumes. Additional information is available at www.expogiant.com.

WATERFORD TWP.
Sphere Trending wraps up 2010, begins 2011

Sphere Trending of Waterford recently finished their reports for trends in 2010 and have already started working on 2011. Sphere Trending was founded by Maxine Lauer, CEO and president. She started the company in 2000 because she saw a gap in bringing together macro and micro trend information to provide key implications customized for each business. Her career spans over 30 years of executive management experience in retail and manufacturing with a focus in the areas of design, marketing and product development. For more information visit www.spheretrending.com.

TROY
Levanto launches discount program for school employees

Levanto Financial of Troy, a leader in personal financial wellness coaching, recently announced it has launched a discount program for Troy school district employees. All current Troy school district employees, as well as its retirees, are eligible to waive Levanto’s enrollment fee and will also receive a 50 percent discount on the first 12 months for all services provided by the Troy-based firm. For more information, call 248-283-8775 or visit www.levantofinancial.com.

NOVI
Hotel offering half off to active military members and more

The Baronette Renaissance Detroit-Novi hotel, at 27790 Novi Road, is offering active members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and the U.S. Coast Guard as well as fire fighters, police, paramedics and teachers 50 percent off the standard room rate every Sunday through Sept. 6. The “Half Price for Heroes” deal also includes a $20 food and beverage credit to Toasted Oak Grill and Market, the hotel’s restaurant. Reservations can be made by calling 800-395-9009 and speaking with a personal host or visit www.baronette.com and entering the promotional code L9Z.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Staffing firm hosts two job fairs

SOUTHFIELD and WAYNE
Staffing firm to interview applicants at two job fairs

Impact Management Services, a Southfield-based staff management and workforce consulting firm, is holding on-site interviews at job fairs on Tuesday, Aug. 10, beginning at 9 a.m. at two Michigan Works’ offices, located at 15950 E. 12 Mile Rd., Suite 100 in Roseville and 35731 W. Michigan Ave. in Wayne. Program managers will be looking to fill dozens of immediate-hire positions for their automotive clients.
All applicants should come prepared for a professional interview with an updated résumé, proof of a diploma or degree, photo identification, social security card and reference list. Those interested must call the Impact’s office at 248-262-5200 by close of business on Monday, Aug. 9, or visit www.theimpactanswer.com.

WATERFORD TWP.
Lunghamer Buick GMC brings Lisa Harbert into the fold

Lunghamer Buick GMC at 5825 Highland Rd. in Waterford Township announced that Lisa Harbert is now part of the Lunghamer Buick GMC family. She has several years of dealership experience. For more information, call 248-461-1000 or visit www.lunghamer.com.


WARREN
Two new companies create jobs

SET Enterprises, Inc. a Warren-based provider of steel processing services with operations in Michigan, Indiana and Illinois, has opened of two new businesses, SET Duct Manufacturing, Inc. and SET Construction, Inc. in a former renaissance zone in Detroit.
SET Duct Manufacturing, Inc. will manufacture commercial-grade spiral, oval and rectangular duct, related fittings and components. With support from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, the company will create nearly 40 jobs represented by Local 80 of the Sheet Metal Workers Union.
SET Construction, Inc. will provide general contracting, program management and construction management services as well as masonry, interior building, finish/rough carpentry and concrete for commercial, governmental and military clients. 

TROY
Inspection company named ‘Supplier of the Year’

H&S Inspection Service, Inc. of Troy has been recognized by Beaver Aerospace and Defense as a Supplier of the Year. H&S plays a key role in the quality and reliability of all manner of mission critical systems, by acting as a third party source of manufactured and service part inspection. Components inspected by H&S  enter service in the aerospace, defense, marine and medical industries, as well as any other application that is mission critical in nature.

WARREN
Verizon improves their coverage

Verizon Wireless has activated a new cell site in Warren. The site, which has a backup generator, improves voice and data coverage in Warren along 9 Mile and 10 Mile roads between Van Dyke and Ryan roads.

SOUTHFIELD
TV show saves high school

Southfield-based Statewide Disaster Restoration is donating $100,000 in manpower and services for the NBC “School Pride” restoration project at the Communication and Media Arts High School in Detroit, according to Statewide’s Project Manager Seth Helfman. The Communication and Media Arts High School was originally slated to close this summer due to lack of funds to repair the building. It’s being saved after being selected to receive a major overhaul, thanks to the “School Pride” show, said spokesman Jason Brown. The show will air sometime this fall during the show’s regular time slot of 8 p.m. Friday nights, Brown said.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Teacher certification seminar offered

PORT HURON
Teacher certification seminar offered
Saginaw Valley State University will present a teacher certification seminar from 5 to 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 16, at St. Clair Community College’s Port Huron Campus, 323 Erie Street, Port Huron in Room 150 of the Citizens First Michigan Technical Education Center. The seminar is for those who already have a bachelor’s degree or higher and want to obtain initial certification in elementary or secondary education from the State of Michigan. The meeting is free, but attendees are asked to reserve a spot by calling Lisa Kramp at 810-982-5530 from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Monday-Thursday or via e-mail at lmkramp@svsu.edu.


WARREN
New Domino’s Pizza location opens
Domino’s Pizza franchisees Ron Asmar and Jason Dally opened a new location in Warren, at 6115 E. 10 Mile Road. The shop is open for delivery and take out from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 11 a.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday.

WARREN
FedEx driver to compete
Rick Bailey, a driver for FedEx Freight, based in Warren and a resident of Macomb Township, will be among the more than 450 professional drivers competing in the “National Truck Driving Championships in Columbus, Ohio. He will compete in the 4-Axle class, one of nine vehicle classes.

Troy
Attorney elected to Harvard post

Miller Canfield principal, Matthew F. Leitman, who works in the Troy office, was recently elected to a four-year term on the Harvard Law School Association Council.
Leitman, who graduated from Harvard Law School magna cum laude in 1993, has also served as the president of the Harvard Law School Association of Michigan for the past three years.
At Miller Canfield, Leitman practices in the areas of criminal defense, complex commercial litigation, and appellate litigation.

TROY
Automation Alley plans barbecue

Automation Alley Summer BBQ Blast is 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Aug. 17 at Automation Alley Resource Center in Troy. For information, call 800-427-5100 or e-mail info@automationalley.com. There is no charge.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Chamber hosts seminar on online marketing, e-commerce

ROCHESTER HILLS
Chamber hosts seminar on online marketing, e-commerce
The Rochester Regional Chamber is hosting a seminar titled “Legal Pitfalls Around E-Commerce and Online Marketing” featuring Troy-based attorney John T. Carter of Carter & Affiliates PC. The seminar is 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 6, at the city of Rochester Hills, 1000 Rochester Hills Drive. To register contact the Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce at 248-651-6700 or visit www.rrc-mi.com. The seminar is free.

WATERFORD
Golf Classic is Aug. 13
The Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Chamber Golf Classic is Aug. 13 at Pontiac Country Club, 4335 Elizabeth Lake Road. Registration and continental breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. and shotgun scramble start is 8:30 a.m. It includes 18 holes golf with cart, buffet dinner, prizes and drink tickets. The cost is $125 per golfer, and $50 for dinner only.

BIRMINGHAM
Birmingham/Bloomfield annual golf event slated for Aug. 16
The Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber golf event at the Birmingham Country Club is Aug. 16. Registration, networking and lunch begin at 11:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 1 p.m.
The event includes 18 holes of golf, lunch, refreshments served on the course, after-golf networking and a silent auction presented by The Sports Gallery.
The cost is $100 per person. Space is limited and registration is required by Aug. 11. To register, visit www.bbcc.com/events/chamber.

SOUTHFIELD
Another way to view local cable
The City of Southfield’s municipal channel, Southfield Cable 15 is now available over AT&T U-Verse TV. Combined with Comcast Cable, Southfield residents now have two options to view Southfield Cable 15 programming.
AT&T U-Verse customers throughout Southfield can now view Southfield Cable 15 programming by selecting Channel 99 on their electronic programming guide. The station is listed alphabetically as City Cable 15 - Southfield, which viewers can locate by looking under “C.”
The launch of AT&T U-Verse in Southfield is projected to provide a new level of integration, convenience and control to its subscriber base by bringing together TV, broadband and wireless services under one technological umbrella. AT&T offers 100 percent IP-based television service.
Southfield’s municipal television programming is still available on Comcast Cable Channel 15 and Channel 915 for Comcast Digital customers. Live video streaming and on-demand videos of Cable 15 programming are also available on the city’s website at www.cityofsouthfield.com. For more information, call 248-796-4500.

BIRMINGHAM
Lori Jaglois joins Coldwell Banker

 Lori Jaglois, a full-time Realtor since 1984, has joined Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel of Birmingham as sales manager of their Macomb Center office. “Lori is a superb addition to our management team as we prepare to expand our presence in Macomb County,” said Kelly Sweeney, CBWM CEO. “She brings with her a wealth of real estate experience, and she also possesses impressive leadership skills. It’s a winning combination for us.”


SOUTHFIELD
SCORE offers workshops

 Detroit SCORE Chapter 18, Counselors to America’s Small Business is hosting its monthly series of business workshops. The following will be held at the Southfield Public Library, 26300 Evergreen Road in Southfield. Call 313-226-7947 to register. For more information, visit scoredetroit.org. Could I ... Should I Start My Own Business? is offered from 8:45 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 4. The cost is $10. Planning Your Own Business is  offered from 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Aug. 11. The cost is $45. Basic Marketing Concepts is offered from 8:45 a.m. to noon Aug. 18. The cost is $45. Writing A Successful Business Plan is from 8:45 a.m. to noon Aug. 25. The cost is $45.

HOLLY
Task force, chamber offer professional development series
 The Holly Area Economic Development Task Force, in conjunction with the Holly Area Chamber of Commerce, presents a professional development series: Promoting What you Do. All seminars begin at 7 p.m. at the Fire Station 1 training room, 5051 Grange Hall Road in Holly.
The cost is $5 at the door for each class. For information, visit www.hollychamber.com or call 248-215-7099.
Spinning a Sticky Web (site) presented by Ryan Bladzik, owner/principal of Great Lakes Creative Marketing & Communications LLC, is Thursday, Aug. 5. Will You Be My Friend? also presented by Bladzik is Aug. 12.
Stop the Presses! presented by Janet Leslie, writer and activist, is Aug. 19. Making Value Your Hottest Product, presented by Bladzik, is Aug. 26.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Mango Languages doubles its size

FARMINGTON HILLS
Mango doubles its size, relocates offices
Mango Languages, a leading provider of online language learning services to libraries, government agencies, corporations and the general public, recently announced that it has relocated its offices and has more than doubled the size of its space to accommodate the company’s continued growth. Mango Languages is now located in Farmington Hills at 30445 Northwestern Highway, Suite 300. For more information visit www.mangolanguages.com.

COMMERCE
Florist named top member
Florists’ Transworld Delivery has named Wesley Berry, owner of Wesley Berry Flowers of Commerce Township, as one of its prestigious “top members” for the sixth year in a row. To be named one of FTD’s top members is one of the highest achievements in the floral industry, and is based on monthly order volume, membership qualifications, and purchases of business and product support. To find a Wesley Berry Flowers location, call 800-937-5397 or visit www.800wesleys.com.

FARMINGTON HILLS
United Van Lines recognizes Corrigan drivers
The following Michigan drivers for Corrigan Moving Systems received United Van Lines prestigious Safe Driving and Excellent Performance Award for 2009: Eric Yerkes of Ortonville, Harjeet Bains of Milan, Terry Rieger of Kentwood, and Robert Bradshaw of Flint. They received the award for having accumulated the best safe driving and overall performance records during 2009. For more information, visit www.corriganmoving.com.

BLOOMFIELD HILLS
Pink Pump aims to aid schools with T-shirts
 Pink Pump, a growing women’s shoe and apparel business based in Bloomfield Hills, has launched its special edition “Rep Your City” shirts, aimed at helping local schools. Each shirt will have a zip code unique to each store’s location, and $10 from each purchase of these shirts will be donated to the school district in that city. Pink Pump has locations in Bloomfield Hills, Birmingham and Royal Oak. For more information, visit www.pinkpump.com.

SOUTHFIELD
Oakland County Bar names new president
Jennifer M. Grieco, a partner with Southfield-based Neuman Anderson, P.C., has been elected president of the Oakland County Bar Association. Grieco is one of the youngest attorneys to ever be elected president of the association and one of only six women in the association’s 76-year history to lead the organization. She will serve a one-year term. A frequent speaker and published author, Grieco currently serves as a trustee of the Oakland County Bar Foundation and as a member of the State Bar of Michigan Negligence Council, American Bar Association and Michigan Association for Justice. For more information, visit www.neumananderson.com.

TROY
Walsh adds adviser for international students
Rochester resident Liesl Scullen has joined Walsh College as international student adviser in the admissions and academic advising office. Prior to joining Walsh, Scullen was interim international student adviser in the International Office at Oakland Community College; program coordinator at The American University in Washington, D.C. and taught Spanish courses at Wayne State University. For information, visit www.walshcollege.edu.