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, December 29, 2010

Time is running out for charitable donations for 2010

Making charitable donations by Dec. 31, can help not only charities but also the tax situation of individuals and businesses that are donating.
The state of Michigan offers special tax credits to donations made to certified organizations providing overnight accomodations, food or meals to indigents. The Michigan tax credit is 50 percent of the contribution — or up to $100 on a single return and up to $200 on a joint return. These credits also can be combined with any federal tax deduction, which may reduce the out-of-pocket cost of a contribution by up to 85 percent.
This means a gift of $400 from a couple in the 35 percent federal tax bracket could actually have a net cost of just $60 after all credits and deductions are applied. Donors should see their accountants for specific details.
There are a number of organizations providing matching grants. Gleaners’ Board of Directors is matching dollar for dollar, the first $50,000 donated to Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan. Visit www.gcfb.org. Huntington Bank is matching dollar for dollar, for every donation made to Forgotten Harvest, until a total of $25,000 has been reached by donors. Visit www.forgottenharvest.org.

Dec. 31
If you have stuff to donate, like furniture and clothing, the Salvation Army and other thrift stores are open Dec. 31 for donations.
It's technically too late to pay property taxes, unless your local office is open, most are not. However, a township official said that as long as you don't claim that payment on your following year's taxes, you will be fine, unless you get audited.
Most mortgage companies are not open today.
— The Oakland Press

Jet’s Pizza rises in the ranks

STERLING HEIGHTS
Jet’s Pizza rises in the ranks

Sterling Heights-based Jet’s Pizza moved from 24 to 18 in gross sales nationwide, according to Pizza Today magazine’s 2010 ranking of the nation’s Top 100 Pizza Companies. The jump of six places was the greatest increase of all Michigan-based pizza companies and one of the most substantial sales increases among the Top 40 pizza companies, nationwide. Jet’s 2010 gross sales placed them fourth among seven pizza companies with headquarters in Michigan.

MADISON HEIGHTS
Site Development awarded contract

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded Site Development Inc. of Madison Heights a $2,157,293 contract to oversee sewer separation and improvements for Red Run Drain in Macomb County and a sewer separation project in Oakland County. The contractor will eliminate a sewer cross connection at the 12 Mile Road and John R. intersection and construct 415 feet of new line ranging from 48 to 60 inches in diameter to separate existing combined sewers and storm drains. It also includes the repair of 26 stormwater discharge points to the Red Run Drain open channel and slope repairs at various locations to improve bank stability.

ROCHESTER HILLS
United Solar earns certified green business designation

United Solar, a wholly owned subsidiary of Energy Conversion Devices, Inc. and a global manufacturer of light-weight, flexible thin-film solar modules, received the Certified Green Business designation.
The company’s Auburn Hills plants recycled 125,000 pounds of cardboard in 2009 and 150,000 pounds in 2010, equivalent to saving 1,194 cubic yards of landfill space—plus 6,103 gallons of oil were saved. Visit www.gbcertified.org.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Tera Networks acquires new business

NORTHVILLE
Tera Networks acquires new business

Tera Networks, a division of DataFactZ that provides managed hosting, managed services and disaster recovery solutions, secured new business with Challangoe & Jabro, CPA’s of Madison Heights. Tera Networks provides managed IT services for Challangoe & Jabro, and supports critical IT asset infrastructure and users with remote-managed IT solutions for the firm. For information, call 877-TERA-444 or visit www.teranetworks.com.

TROY
InStar Services hires 7 new employees
Troy-based InStar Services Group, a national disaster restoration and reconstruction firm with 22 offices throughout the country, recently hired seven new employees. Four of them will work in Troy, including: Chris Larsen, capital projects manager; Mary Ellen Seymour, human resources; Michelle Stanton, account manager and Thomas Denomme, executive vice president of operations. Visit www.instar.com.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Firefighters’ Helping Hands gets $8,000

AUBURN HILLS
Firefighters’ Helping Hands gets $8,000

Auburn Hills Firefighters’ Helping Hands will continue to make a difference in the community this holiday season as a result of the generous support of Continental AG. The city’s fifth-largest employer made an $8,000 donation on Dec. 21 to help the charitable organization provide assistance to families in need.

STERLING HEIGHTS
LinkedIn workshop offered for job hunters

Job hunters can take advantage of a free workshop to learn how to use the business-oriented social network LinkedIn to find employment. The workshop is from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12, at St. Jane’s Hall 1 (south entrance), 38750 Ryan Road, Sterling Heights. Job search expert Thomas A. Bertin has used LinkedIn extensively throughout his career and will share his expertise. Admission is free, but seating is limited, so attendees are required to make reservations by sending an e-mail to jo@brandlure.com

BLOOMFIELD HILLS
Plunkett Cooney adds Bloyer, Iannotta to team

Plunkett Cooney is expanding its Banking, Bankruptcy & Creditor’s Rights Practice Group with the hiring of attorneys Mark W. Iannotta and Natalie N. Bloyer.
Iannotta joined the firm as a senior attorney in the Columbus office. He focuses his practice in the areas of bankruptcy, debtor/creditors’ rights and commercial litigation.
An associate attorney in Plunkett Cooney’s Bloomfield Hills office, Bloyer focuses her practice on loan workouts, loan originations and real estate matters. She represents regional and national financial institutions, including special servicers and lenders, as well as corporate clients in a variety of financing, real estate and commercial transactions.
For more information call 248-901-4008.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Bacon, Eggs & Resumes! workshop is Jan. 8

SOUTHFIELD
Jan. 8 resume workshop

Bacon, Eggs & Resumes! 2011 Resume Workshop Series presented by AwesomeU! is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8 at Hilton Garden-Inn/Southfield, 26000 American Dr., Southfield. The workshop offers interview tips and a professionally prepared resume. The cost is $50 each. For information, visit awesomedesignstudio.com or call 248-875-2583.

WATERFORD TWP.
Oakland County holds January workshops

Business owners and entrepreneurs are invited to attend seminars offered by the Oakland County Business Center at Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township. For pre-registration, visit oakgov.com/peds/calendar, or call 248-858-0783.
Small Business Loan Workshop, including how to develop a winning loan proposal presented by the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE), the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Oakland County Business Center is 9 a.m. to noon, Jan. 6. The cost is $20 per person, make checks payable to S.C.O.R.E. Pre-registration is required, call 248-858-0783.
Pre-business research workshop is 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 11. This workshop is free, pre-registration is required.
Fundamentals of Starting a Business is 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, Jan. 13. Fee is $30.
Fundamentals of Writing a Business Plan is 9 a.m. to noon Thursday Jan. 20. Fee is $40, which includes all materials.
Legal & Financial Basics for Small Business is 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Jan. 25. This workshop is free, pre-registration is required.
Fundamentals of Marketing Your Business is 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Jan. 26. The fee is $40. No refunds.

SOUTHFIELD
Jan. 12 Microloan orientation

Microloan orientation, presented by the Center for Empowerment & Economic Development, (C.E.E.D.) is 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12 at Southfield Public Library, 26300 Evergreen Road, Southfield. This workshop is free, pre-registration is required.

BIRMINGHAM
Jan 12 Community House book chat

The Community House, 380 South Bates Street, Birmingham, is offering a unique book series which focuses on popular books dealing with the economy.
The next book discussion is 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12. It will feature “The Zeroes: My Misadventures in the Decade Wall Street Went Insane” by Randall Lane.
The group will be led by Bill Whitehouse, Vice President, Trust Administrator, and Bruce Kridler, Senior Vice President, Private Financial Group, both of Huntington National Bank.
The event is free, reservations requested. Call 248-644-5832, or e-mail frannieg@communityhouse.com.

DETROIT

Jan 13 Inforum Annual Auto Show Breakfast

Inforum Annual Auto Show Breakfast,Transforming the Auto Industry into the Destination of Choice for High-Talent Women is 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 13 at Detroit Marriott, Renaissance Center, 400 W. Renaissance Drive, Detroit.
The event will feature speeches from automotive CEOs Dan Akerson of GM, Sergio Marchionne of Chrysler and Alan Mulally of Ford, along with a line-up of speakers with insights about the future role of women in the automotive industry. The cost is $45 for Inforum members and $55 for non-members. For information, visit www.inforummichigan.org or call 877-633-3500.

WHITE LAKE
Jan. 13 Waterford Chamber awards dinner

The Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce, “A Night at the Derby,” 12th annual meeting and awards dinner is 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 13 at White Lake Oaks Country Club, 991 N. Williams Lake Road, White Lake. The cost is $48 per person. Call 248-666-8600.

DETROIT
Jan. 19 Inforum hosts Detroit Works executive

The City of Detroit’s Karla Henderson will discuss Detroit’s efforts to re-think its physical footprint 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19 at the Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit.
Inforum will host Karla Henderson, group executive of planning and facilities and one of the leaders of the Detroit Works Project.
Henderson’s presentation will be the second event in Inforum’s IN4M, after-hours speaker’s series, which highlights women who test the limits in work, recreation, and lifestyle.
The cost is $29 for Inforum members and $39 for nonmembers.
Visit www.inforummichigan.org or call 877-633-3500.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Forgotten Harvest donations have added tax credits

OAK PARK
Huntington National Bank matches donations to Forgotten Harvest
Huntington National Bank announced that through the rest of 2010, it will provide a matching grant, dollar for dollar, for every donation made to Forgotten Harvest until a total of $25,000 has been reached by donors.

The state of Michigan offers special tax credits to donations made to certified hunger relief organizations.
Gifts to Forgotten Harvest qualify for this and other federal tax credits and may reduce the out-of-pocket cost of a contribution by up to 85 percent.
The Michigan tax credit is 50 percent of the contribution — or up to $100 on a single return and up to $200 on a joint return. These credits also can be combined with any federal tax deduction.
This means a gift of $400 from a couple in the 35 percent federal tax bracket could actually have a net cost of just $60 after all credits and deductions are applied. Donors should see their accountants for specific details. Visit www.forgottenharvest.org.

TROY
Detroit Regional Chamber’s president to speak at MSED meeting
Sandy K. Baruah, president and CEO of the Detroit Regional Chamber, will blend optimism with honesty as he discusses the future of Detroit in his presentation titled “Five Observations and a Path Forward” at the monthly meeting of the Marketing & Sales Executives of Detroit (MSED) on Thursday, Jan. 27.
Baruah, who assumed leadership of the chamber in March 2010, brings exclusive business and national policy experience to Detroit. A former U.S. assistant secretary of commerce, he was one of the senior officials involved in shaping the federal government’s response to the 2008-2009 credit crisis and assisting the U.S. automotive industry. Earlier, Baruah was the administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration.
The meeting will be held at the Management Education Center, on Square Lake Road between Crooks and Coolidge Roads in Troy, and will begin with registration/networking/hors d’oeuvres at 5 p.m., speaker presentation at 6 p.m. and dessert/networking at 7 p.m.
Cost for the event is $45 for MSED members and $60 for nonmembers. For more information, contact Meeting Coordinators at 248-643-9685 or visit the MSED website at www.msedetroit.org.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Prlanta Fine Jewelry launches online store

TROY
Prlanta Fine Jewelry launches online store

Prlanta Fine Jewelry announces the launch of their online shopping site. The fine jeweler’s online store offers fashionable and trendy jewelry. The website allows customers to learn about Prlanta events; browse the stores wide variety of jewelry including Religious, Galatea and Metalsmiths Sterling and make purchases. Visit www.prlanta.com or call 248-362-3888.

WIXOM
Acromag creates New Technology Community Page

Acromag Inc. of Wixom created a new Technology Community Page to provide a centralized website location for researching, understanding and analyzing advanced measurement and control solutions. The community page contains white papers, tech briefs and articles to aid engineers, programmers and manufacturers integrate signal conditioning, industrial PCs, high speed networks and embedded I/O processing into their products.
The technology addresses engineers, technicians, programmers and manufacturers involved in automation and mission-critical applications in the industrial manufacturing, engineering design, research, aerospace, defense, energy and environmental industries.
Visit www.acromag.com/community or call 248-522-6235.

AUBURN HILLS
Genisys now offers private student loans

Genisys Credit Union is excited to now offer private student loans to its members to help fill the funding gap in the ever-rising costs of a college education.
Genisys recently partnered with Credit Union Student Choice to offer a competitive private Genisys student loan to families who have exhausted other financial options. They are committed to helping all of their youth members by providing additional value through their new student loans and College Rewards program.
This easy-to-use program starts with an online application, and once approved, ends with having additional funds to assist members in achieving their educational goals. Additional unique features of the program include multiple draws from a line of credit up to $75,000, no origination fees. Visit www.genisyscu.org.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

OCC holds orientation for 911 dispatch academy

AUBURN HILLS
OCC holds orientation for 911 dispatch academy

 Michigan’s first 911 dispatch academy will hold its spring session at Oakland Community College’s Auburn Hills campus from March 22 to May 5. The 911 academy is an entry level training program for dispatchers employed by public safety agencies or individuals seeking employment as 911 telecommunicators.
Tuition is $2,150 and financial assistance is available through the Michigan Works program for those who qualify. All classes have been approved for the use of State 911 Committee training funds.
The program consists of 168 hours, which includes classroom instruction as well as hands-on computer aided dispatching, multi-line and radio console training.
A free mandatory orientation and testing session will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 11 at the Auburn Campus CREST site, 2900 Featherstone Road, Auburn Hills.
Advance registration is required. Call 248-232-4220.

ST. CLAIR SHORES
Christmas with Santa Claus event offered on Dec. 26

GTJ Consulting LLC of Roseville, Lakeland Manor and The Closet in St. Clair Shores have partnered to host a Christmas with Santa event for 250 needy family members at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 26, at Lakeland Manor, 21801 Nine Mile Road, St. Clair Shores.
Following a complete Christmas supper with Santa and entertainment, family members will be shuttled to The Closet, located in the old Pare Elementary School to select free toys and clothes.
For more information, contact Blake Johnson at 586-293-9600 or via e-mail at Blake.Johnson@gtjonline.com.

TROY
Automation Alley executive director appointed to Trade Advisory Committee

Automation Alley Executive Director Ken Rogers of Clarkston was appointed to the Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Information and Communications Technologies, Services, and Electronic Commerce by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke.
The Committee provides policy and technical advice, information and recommendations to Secretary Locke and the USTR regarding trade barriers, negotiations of trade agreements, and implementation of existing trade agreements affecting its sectors.
Rogers was nominated to serve on the Committee by U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI). Stabenow is a member of the Senate Finance Committee on International Trade and Global Competitiveness and was appointed to the President’s Export Council in March 2010.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Oakland County holding business workshops

WATERFORD TWP.
Oakland County holding business workshops

Business owners and entrepreneurs are invited to attend seminars offered by the Oakland County Business Center at Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township. For pre-registration, visit oakgov.com/peds/calendar, or call 248-858-0783.
Small Business Loan Workshop, including how to develop a winning loan proposal presented by the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE), the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Oakland County Business Center is 9 a.m. to noon, Jan. 6. Cost is $20 per person, make checks payable to S.C.O.R.E. Pre-registration is required, call 248-858-0783.
Pre-business research workshop is 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 11. This workshop is free, pre-registration is required.
Fundamentals of Starting a Business is 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, Jan. 13. The fee is $30.
Fundamentals of Writing a Business Plan is 9 a.m. to noon Thursday Jan. 20. The fee is $40, which includes all materials.
Legal & Financial Basics for Small Business is 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Jan. 25. This workshop is free, pre-registration is required.
Fundamentals of Marketing Your Business is 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Jan. 26. The fee is $40. No refunds.

SOUTHFIELD
Jan. 12 Microloan orientation

Microloan orientation, presented by the Center for Empowerment & Economic Development, (C.E.E.D.) is 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12, at Southfield Public Library, 26300 Evergreen Road, Southfield. This workshop is free, pre-registration is required.

BIRMINGHAM
Community House offers book discussion

The Community House, 380 South Bates Street, Birmingham, is offering a unique book series which focuses on popular books dealing with the economy. The next book discussion is 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 12. It will feature “The Zeroes: My Misadventures in the Decade Wall Street Went Insane” by Randall Lane. The event is free, reservations requested. Call 248-644-5832, or e-mail frannieg@communityhouse.com.

DETROIT
Jan. 13 Inforum Annual Auto Show Breakfast

Inforum Annual Auto Show Breakfast, Transforming the Auto Industry into the Destination of Choice for High-Talent Women is 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 13, at Detroit Marriott, Renaissance Center, 400 W. Renaissance Drive, Detroit.
The event will feature speeches from automotive CEOs Dan Akerson of GM, Sergio Marchionne of Chrysler and Alan Mulally of Ford, along with a lineup of speakers with insights about the future role of women in the automotive industry. The cost is $45 for Inforum members and $55 for non-members. For information, visit www.inforummichigan.org or call 877-633-3500.

Monday, December 20, 2010

COMPLEX mega-boutique opens

BIRMINGHAM
Mega-boutique opens

COMPLEX recently opened in the heart of Birmingham’s principle shopping district. The mega-boutique houses the Lab, Annex, Metallic, Garment Society, David & Davis Home and Pop-up Retail with more to come. It is a multi-concept fashion maze, with specialty retailers that feature contemporary women’s apparel, home furnishings, lifestyle products, unique gadgets, trendy and designer accessories. The in-shop boutique collaboration is two levels, 6,000-square-foot gallery style space at 168 W. Maple Road in Birmingham. Call 248-792-2495 or visit www.ComplexBoutique.com

CLAWSON
Interior Partnership Group awarded construction projects

Interior Partnership Group Inc., a comprehensive design, construction and building services firm in Clawson, has been awarded three design-build construction projects: the renovation and updating of 11,000 square feet in the Administrative Office Building of ArvinMeritor in Troy; a new 4,300-square-foot Spine Center in the Mendelson Kornblum Orthopedic and Spine Surgeons suite at the St. John’s Macomb Hospital Medical Building in Warren; and the renovation and updating of 3,100 square feet in the Adult Services and Geriatric Care facility at Easter Seals of Michigan in Southfield.

DETROIT
Miller Canfield advises Chinese company in Nexteer deal

The law firm of Miller Canfield represented Pacific Century Motors Inc. of China, which bought Nexteer Automotive from General Motors. The transaction represents the single largest Chinese investment in the global automotive supplier industry.
The Miller Canfield legal team was led by Shusheng Wang, Brad B. Arbuckle and Richard A. Walawender, principals in the firm’s International/Emerging Markets practice.
The practice also was involved in Mexico’s Metalsa Automotive’s $140 million acquisition of Dana Holding Corporation’s Structural Products business. The firm also  represented Kongsberg Automotive ASA of Norway in its $560 million acquisition of Teleflex Global Motion Systems.
Visit www.millercanfield.com.

ROSEVILLE
Rosen joins Vistage Michigan

Sandy Rosen, CEO of Great Lakes Recycling in Roseville, has become a member of Vistage Michigan, a chapter of the world’s leading chief executive organization.
Vistage Michigan offers peer workshops, one-to-one business coaching, speaker presentations from industry experts, social networking, webinars and an extensive online content library.
Rosen is a member of the Macomb County Solid Waste Planning Committee and Michigan Recycling Coalition. He is a resident of Bloomfield Township.

STERLING HEIGHTS
Reinhart elected to government financial association

 Leslie Reinhart, controller for the city of Sterling Heights, has been elected president of the Michigan Government Financial Officers Association for 2010-11. Reinhart has served as controller for Sterling Heights since December 2001. A certified public accountant, Reinhart earned her bachelor’s degree from Oakland University with a double major in accounting and management information systems.

PORT HURON
Lozen names new shareholders

Anna M. Kovar and Matthew C. Lozen have become shareholders in the law offices of Timothy J. Lozen, P.C. The firm is now known as Lozen, Kovar and Lozen, P.C. and is headquartered at 511 Fort Street, Suite 402, Port Huron. Kovar’s practice areas include family law, civil litigation and alternative dispute resolution. Lozen’s practice areas include civil litigation, collections and criminal law.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Meijer installs electric car recharging stations

WARREN
Meijer installs electric car recharging stations at stores

Meijer of Grand Rapids has installed electric car recharging stations in its Warren, Allen Park and Holland stores. The grocer plans to add 10 to 20 electric car recharging stations at select stores in the near future. Meijer is Michigan’s first grocer to offer this complimentary service.
For information, visit www.meijer.com.

DETROIT
Dec. 16, YP Best
of Awards Gala
The Inaugural YP Best of Awards Gala is 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 16, at the new historically-placed Prive’ Lounge, 237 Jos Campau in Detroit. The event will feature Channing Pierce, Miss Michigan USA 2011, as the honorary event MC and will be co-hosted by William Malcolm of the William Malcolm Luxe Collection and Local 4 News Reporter Heather Zara.
Semifinalists have been announced and are available on the YP Best of Awards and Gala website: www.detroityoungprofessionals.org/ypbestof. The event features a dynamic awards presentation, complimentary and exclusive cocktails, complimentary hors d’oeuvres and an afterglow with music by DJ Slopoke.

Waterford Twp.
Dec. 16, holiday mixer

Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce holiday after-hours mixer is 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 16, at Fountains Golf & Banquet, 6060 Maybee Road, Clarkston. To register, e-mail info@waterfordchamber.org or call 248-666-8600. Appetizers and cash bar included. Members pay $10 in advance and nonmembers pay $15.

WATERFORD TWP.
Dec. 16,
“Fundamentals of Writing a Business Plan”
Business owners and entrepreneurs are invited to attend a “Fundamentals of Writing a Business Plan” workshop from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 16, offered by the Oakland County Business Center at Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township. The fee is $40, which includes all materials. No refunds. For pre-registration, visit oakgov.com/peds/calendar, or call 248-858-0783.

PONTIAC
Jan. 25, Auto Alley Accelerate 2011

“Automation Alley’s Accelerate 2011: Learning. Connecting. Growing.” is Tuesday, Jan. 25, at Auburn Hills Marriott, 3600 Centerpoint Parkway, Pontiac. The keynote speaker is Mark Symonds, president and CEO of Plex Systems Inc.
The event will feature breakout sessions on executive and leadership growth, sales and marketing, and the future of Michigan innovation and growth.
Register at www.automationalley.com or call 248-457-3200.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Small business loans available through SBA

Link to The Oakland Press stories

Small business loans available
High tech companies bring 1,000 jobs to Rochester Hills


Auburn Hills
Giffin Inc. expands, relocates

 Giffin Inc., an industry leader in surface finishing systems, is moving its headquarters from Farmington to Auburn Hills.
Giffin president, Donald Giffin said the modern, 125,000-square-foot facility at 1900 Brown Road will allow Griffin to design, fabricate and distribute industrial process and surface finishing equipment from one location.
“We have a dedicated group of employees and were determined to stay in southeast Michigan,” Giffin said. “Having our workforce under one roof will improve the ability to interact and provide a more efficient environment to support our global customer base,” he said.
The additional space enhances Giffin’s specialty manufacturing potential and significantly increases the capacity for future expansion. In addition to their manufacturing growth, Giffin will continue to support on-site customer operations for the installation and service of process equipment from their new home.
At the same time, Giffin plans to consolidate administrative, engineering, manufacturing and logistics at the building on Brown Road.

MACOMB COUNTY
Business survey deadline looms

 Monday, Dec. 20 marks the deadline for participation in the latest “Business Climate Survey,” an electronic poll that gauges the outlook of the Macomb County business community.
The survey is the third in a series of surveys, launched in December 2009, as a joint project of Oakland University, the Macomb County chambers and the county Planning and Economic Development Department. These surveys constitute the largest of their kind ever undertaken in Macomb County.
The results outline business owners’ concerns and needs, and the outcome is presented to county officials and community leaders. The polls are conducted every six months as a baseline to measure progress toward improving the business climate in Macomb County and to assist in identifying opportunities for economic development.
The current survey, which takes about 10 minutes to complete and allows respondents to remain anonymous, can be found online at: surveymonkey.com/s/MacombClimateSurvey. For more information, call 586-469-5285.

FARMINGTON HILLS
Tanner Friedman wins awards

The Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals has honored Tanner Friedman Strategic Communications for creative client achievement with three 2010 International MarCom Awards. The Tanner Friedman team received one platinum and two gold awards for work on behalf of Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit, Forgotten Harvest and Yatooma’s Foundation for the Kids. Tanner Friedman and client Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit received platinum recognition for a multi-disciplinary communication campaign supporting the “Scoopy D” Detroit Top 10 Video designed to generate awareness for Goodwill Industries’ efforts to fight Metro Detroit unemployment. Tanner Friedman is a strategic communications firm located in Farmington Hills. Visit tannerfriedman.com.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Level One Bank acquires assets of Paramount Bank

FARMINGTON HILLS
Level One Bank acquires assets of Paramount Bank

The Michigan Office of Financial and Insurance Regulation announced recently that Level One Bank has acquired all the deposits and the majority of the assets of Paramount Bank, both of which are based in Farmington Hills.
Paramount Bank was wholly owned by Paramount Bancorp Inc and was headquartered in Farmington Hills as well as operating additional branches in Clinton Township, Birmingham and Ferndale.
Paramount Bank’s offices will be open for business as usual and checks drawn on Paramount Bank will continue to be processed. Level One has assumed approximately $19 million of brokered deposits held by Paramount Bank. These funds will be paid by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation to the broker of the funds. Customers who placed their deposits through brokers show contact their brokers show contact their brokers about the status of their deposits. Call 800-881-7816.

STERLING HEIGHTS
New Dollar Castle opens

Dollar Castle is opening a new location at 44773 Schoenherr Road, Sterling Heights at 9 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 16. The first 10 customers can purchase a Haier LED HD 19-inch television with remote control for $1 and the next 100 in line that day can purchase a coffee maker for $1.
On Friday, Dec. 17, the first 100 people in line can purchase a slow cooker for only $1 and on Saturday the first 100 in line can purchase a Laso and Holmes Space Heater for $1.

OAK PARK
Kroger chicken donation helps Forgotten Harvest
Kroger donated 10,000 pounds of frozen chicken, Dec. 8 to Forgotten Harvest as part of the grocer’s “Bringing Hope to the Table” campaign to help feed the hungry. The contribution results from a generous donation by Orland, Indiana-based Miller Amish Country Poultry, a distributor to Kroger’s Michigan stores. Partnering with Forgotten Harvest since 2000, 76 Kroger stores in the Detroit tri-county area support the organization through food and monetary donations. Kroger is on target to deliver over 4.0 million pounds of food to Forgotten Harvest in 2010.

ROCHESTER HILLS 
3-Dimensional Services food drive aids Children’s CenterThe employees of 3-Dimensional Services Group of Rochester Hills, a leading prototype and low-volume production firm, raised more than $1000 in cash and “goods” in a week-long food drive to help stock the shelves of the Children's Center of Detroit.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Made in Michigan Movement releases free holiday guide

WATERFORD TWP.
Made in Michigan Movement releases free holiday guide

The Made in Michigan Movement of Waterford Township has launched its second annual Michigan HolidayGuide. The free guide, available to download at www.madeinmichiganmovement.com, offers a list of quality products made in Michigan by Michigan-based businesses.
“We believe we can be a driving force behind the shifting movement to buy local and hope this becomes a sustainable part of Michigan’s culture,” Made in Michigan Movement CEO Neil Yaremchuk said. Each company in the guide either produces premium food products that are Michigan-made or goods that are high quality and affordable gift-giving ideas.
Featured companies include Dip Sensations, The Vegetarian Express, Upper Crust Candle Co., Pitt & Co., Bon-a-Rose, Hook to Cook, CompanySoap, Wrigley’s Rewards, Selestial Soap, Will Cole Company, and Schaws. For information, call 586-783-9487 or visit madeinmichiganmovement.com.

TROY
Automation Alley promotes three staff members

Automation Alley, Michigan’s largest technology business association, has restructured and promoted three staff members. Charles DeVries has been promoted to senior director, Business Development. DeVries’ previous title was director, Government Affairs.
Alysia Green, formerly the Workforce Development supervisor, now holds the new position of manager, Talent Development. She is responsible for administering Automation Alley programming and managing all workforce development initiatives.
Additionally, Katie Mullin is now serving as the Alley’s new manager, marketing and communications. Her previous title was marketing and communications coordinator.

BIRMINGHAM
Thornton & Grooms receives safety award

Thornton & Grooms of Birmingham and Farmington Hills received the Federated Insurance Safety First! Contractor of the Year Award on Oct. 30, during the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling-Contractors—National Association’s convention, CONNECT 2010, held in Las Vegas.

CLINTON TWP.
Bon-Ton Stores collects $6.5 million for charity

Bon-Ton Stores Inc, which includes the Parisian locations: Partridge Creek Mall in Clinton Township; The Village at Rochester Hills in Rochester Hills and Laurel Park Place in Livonia raised more than $6.5 million for local non-profit organizations and agencies through its annual Community Day event on Nov. 13. The stores sold $5 discount savings booklets which included a $10 coupon and multiple discounts that could be used that day.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Oakland County-20.3 percent decline in homes for sale

BIRMINGHAM
Real estate inventory in tri-county area continues to improve

Real estate inventory across the tri-county area of Greater Detroit continued to improve, according to a study by Residential Real Estate Concepts & Consultants, an independent research and consulting company. Collectively the three counties saw a 2.7 percent decline in homes for sale from Oct. 1 to Nov. 1, and a 12.6 percent decline from year ago levels. Since the first of the year the number of homes for sale in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties has declined modestly but are down 42.8 percent from 2008 and an even higher 54.7 percent from 2007 levels.
Of the three counties, Oakland County recorded a 20.3 percent year over year decline in homes for sale with the biggest decline in existing homes of a little less than 1,400 homes as the number of foreclosed properties for sale continues to decline. Condominiums declined just under 600 units, but represented an almost 30 percent decline. New construction declined as well.
Macomb County saw a year-over-year decline in inventory of 14 percent, with the number of existing homes dropping by a little more than 400 units or 11.2 percent, with condos for sale decreasing by just under 400 units but equaling a 26.8 percent decrease. New homes for sale in Macomb actually increased year over year.
Wayne County, including the city of Detroit, saw a one-year inventory decline of 3.4 percent but is still well below 2007 levels by almost 56 percent. Of the homes for sale, existing homes were down by 3.2 percent, condos by 2 percent, and new construction by 7.1 percent from the same period in 2009.

LAKE ORION
Holiday Market will be hosted at Diamond Dave’s

The Orion Art Center is hosting the 10th annual Holiday Market at Diamond Dave’s Creative Jewelry, 424 S. Lapeer Road, Lake Orion, across from McDonalds through Dec. 19. The hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Market items include items made by local artists including: pottery, jewelry, glass, ornaments, wood, cards, photography, paintings, wearable art, books, Pewabic pottery, edible art, ceramic wall hangings and more. Call 248-693-4986 or visit www.orionartcenter.org

NOVI
Novi’s economic development director appointed to board

Ara Topouzian, economic development director for the city of Novi, has been appointed to the 2011 Michigan Economic Developers Association Board of Directors. Topouzian’s three-year term will begin Jan. 1. A member of the association since 2007, he has served on the education committee, 50th anniversary committee, and as a speaker and moderator for training seminars.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Baker College’s CISCO Healthcare IT Program

AUBURN HILLS
Baker College’s CISCO Healthcare IT Program granted approval
The accelerated CISCO Healthcare Information Technology certificate program at Baker College of Auburn Hills has been granted approval by the U.S. Department of Education. Students enrolled in the program are eligible for financial aid through the U.S. Department of Education.
“We’ve doubled the number of weekly classes,” said Ken Piggott, Baker College of Auburn Hills dean of technology, “therefore students who enroll for winter 2011 quarter will be able to complete their technical requirements and earn the required 60 credit hours by the end of August 2011.”
The CISCO Healthcare Information Technology program is a partnership between Baker’s Auburn Hills campus and the CISCO Network Academy. CISCO has created the curriculum, implemented Web resources, and is developing internship/job placement opportunities specific to the healthcare IT industry.
Contact Jan Bohlen at jan.bohlen@baker.edu, or 248-340-0600.

STERLING HEIGHTS
Women in Defense hosts free breakfast gathering
The Women in Defense Michigan chapter, a networking and development organization for those who contribute to national defense and security professions, is hosting a free breakfast gathering 8:30 to 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14 at the Best Western Sterling Inn, 34911 Van Dyke Ave., Sterling Heights. The meeting will focus on the success the chapter achieved in 2010 and the organization’s plans for the upcoming year. Membership details and how to become involved will also be shared. Call 248-643-6590 or visit www.wid-mi.org to register.

SHELBY TWP.
Ram’s Horn hosts Toys for Tots
The Ram’s Horn restaurant at 48865 Hayes Road, Shelby Township is hosting a Toys for Tots fundraiser Wednesday, Dec. 15. Santa will be there to pose for photos, 6-8 p.m. The Marines will be helping to decorate cookies and there will be raffles and other activities. All proceeds benefit Toys for Tots. Toys can be dropped off at the restaurant through Dec. 18. Call 586-566-5370.

TROY
Basso Design Group wins W3 Award
Basso Design Group, an interactive marketing agency, is a 2010 Silver W3 winner for its agency work (www.bassodesigngroup.com). The group was awarded based on its interactive campaigns as well as highly customized websites. The W3 Awards honors creative excellence on the Web, and recognizes the creative and marketing professionals behind award-winning sites, videos and marketing programs. The W3 is the first major web competition to be accessible to the biggest agencies, the smallest firms, and everyone in between. Small firms are as likely to win as Fortune 500 companies and international agencies.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Neighborhood Service group collecting clothes for men

FARMINGTON HILLS
Neighborhood Service group collecting clothes for men

The Neighborhood Service Organization recently re-opened its Clothes Closet for men involved in its programs and The Shirt Box at 32500 Northwestern Hwy. in Farmington Hills. The group is collecting gently used men’s professional clothing and customers are encouraged to bring in used garments, including suits, dress shirts, slacks, ties and sport coats to help the nonprofit’s clients dress for success when applying for new jobs and making the transition back into the workforce. The Shirt Box is a permanent drop-off location for clothing donations. “People have been hit hard by this economy and we need to do all that we can to help,” says Ron Elkus of The Shirt Box. “We’ve been hosting various clothing and fundraising drives for local charities for over 25 years. We are very happy to continue.”

FERNDALE
Fresard Buick GMC collects for U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots

Fresard Buick GMC of Ferndale has a truck loaded with toys collected for the U.S. Marine Corps Toys For Tots program. The dealership is at 21800 Woodward Ave. Donations are accepted during regular business hours.

TROY
Automation Alley welcomes 13 new members in November

Automation Alley, Michigan’s largest technology business association, announced that 13 new members joined the organization in November. For more information, go to www.automationalley.com.

New members in November include:
  •  J.S. Clark Agency, Inc., Southfield
  •  HiredMYway.com, Birmingham
  •  l33t labs LLC, Warren
  •  Azure Dynamics, Oak Park
  •  DornerWorks, Commerce Township
  •  MDS International, Inc., Burton
  •  Detroit International Auto Salon, Waterford Township
  •  MetalFab Sales, Novi
  •  Synaptin LLC, Ann Arbor
  • Traxx Mobility Systems, Farmington
  •  Fleet Enterprises, Troy
  •  J& J Truck Bodies and Trailers, Warren
Robotics and Automation
  •  Lightware USA/High Resolution Systems, Clarkston

CLINTON TWP.
Macomb residents offered free ‘becoming a homeowner’ workshop

Macomb County residents are being offered a free, two-hour workshop designed to help them decide about becoming a homeowner from 10 a.m.-noon Monday, Dec. 13,
at the VerKuilen Building, 21885 Dunham Road, Entrance E, Clinton Township. Participants will learn about renting versus buying, budgeting, credit, affordable neighborhoods, loans and down payment requirements and special home buying assistance programs. To register, call 586-469-7614.

SOUTHFIELD
‘Bacon, Eggs & Resumes!’ workshop is Saturday

Bacon, Eggs & Resumes! 2010 Resume Workshop Series by AwesomeDesignStudio.com is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11 at Hilton Garden-Inn, 26000 American Dr., Southfield. There will be a continental breakfast served, and participants will receive a professional written resume and interview instruction. AwesomeDesignStudio.com is a Premier design studio and one-stop shopping site for resumes of any kind. The cost is $50.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Transway Data enters Pepsi Refresh Project

TROY
Transway Data enters Pepsi Refresh Project for ‘Green IT’

The Pepsi Refresh Project, a groundbreaking effort that funds ideas, announced that Troy-based Transway Data, a privately-owned web hosting and design company founded in 2004, received the most votes in October and is on track to be collectively awarded a $25,000 grant.
The organization’s idea is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the purchase of six state-of-the-art, energy-efficient servers and an awareness campaign to educate the public about the benefits of environmentally sustainable computing.
In 2010, Pepsi is awarding more than $20 million to ideas that will move the world forward. To vote, visit www.refresheverything.com/greenservers by Dec. 31.

Banka appointed to Employee Benefit Plans Expert Panel
 Theresa Banka, CPA, of Farmington Hills, the lead technical partner in Plante & Moran’s Employee Benefit Plan Audit practice, was appointed to the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ Employee Benefit Plans Expert Panel for a one-year term.
Banka is responsible for the development of the firm’s employee benefit plan audit approach and oversees the technical group that performs quality control reviews. She joined the company in 1993 and was named partner in 2003.

SOUTHFIELD
Primerica rep promoted to regional VP
Primerica, headquartered in Duluth, Georgia, promoted Roderick Threets to Regional Vice President, after one year on the job. Threets is based in the Southfield location. He said, “I am very gratified by this promotion, it means that a lot of long hours and hard work have begun to pay off. But the most satisfying aspect of being a Primerica representative is knowing that you are helping other people take control of their personal finances. I look forward to expanding our business in order to serve even more people in the community.”

Salesin named to Super Lawyers
Lowell D. Salesin, a shareholder and Executive Management Committee member at Southfield-based Maddin, Hauser, Wartell, Roth & Heller P.C., has been recognized in Law & Politics Michigan Super Lawyers 2010 issue as one of the top 100 attorneys in Michigan.
A resident of Bloomfield Hills, Salesin was included in the Top 100 list for the third year in a row. The list includes the lawyers who received the highest point totals in the nomination, research and blue ribbon review process. He was listed as a top practitioner in Real Estate.

BIRMINGHAM
Agents join Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel
Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel recently welcomed a number of new agents to the rapidly growing company. They are Ann Peterson, Birmingham/Bloomfield North; Becky Livernois, Macomb Center; Beth Dever, Clarkston/North Oakland; Jeff Kue and George Perry, Commerce/West Bloomfield; Mary Aldis, Michael Cutsinger and Jessica Tremonti, Plymouth/Canton; Joanne McMurry and Larry Patterson, Rochester; and Norm Lussier, The Grosse Pointes. Visit www.cbweirmanuel.com.

DETROIT
Legal Aid appoints new VP of Human Resources
Gail M. Wilson of Lathrup Village is the new Vice President of Human Resources for the Legal Aid and Defender Association, Inc. of Detroit. Wilson was previously director of human resources and labor relations for Southfield Public Schools, director of human resources for the 36th District Court in Detroit and a division human resources manager for Home Depot, U.S.A. Wilson is also an attorney who practiced labor and employment law, including practice with the law firm of Miller Cohen, PLLC.

BLOOMFIELD HILLS
Leadership Detroit selects Zana Tomich
Zana Tomich of Birmingham, a partner at the Bloomfield Hills-based law firm Dalton, Tomich & Pensler, PLC, was selected to participate in Leadership Detroit Class XXXII. Leadership Detroit is a yearlong community leadership program to enhance leadership skills and gain insight and knowledge of regional issues among senior-level executives in southeast Michigan.
Tomich is one of 63 local leaders selected to participate in the program this year. Participants represent a cross-section of the community, including business, organized labor, government, education, media, civic groups, health services and community organizations. Visit www.detroitchamber.com.

BLOOMFIELD HILLS
Brown named to International Insurance group
Stephen P. Brown, a partner of Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest law firms, was recently selected for membership in the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC), an international organization whose members dedicate their practice to the representation of corporations and insurance companies in the defense of civil litigation.
In addition, Brown, who is a member in the firm’s Bloomfield Hills office, has extensive experience handling bad faith and failure to settle claims on behalf of insurance companies.

BLOOMFIELD HILLS
Mattieson joins Plunkett Cooney’s Litigation Practice
Chiara Mattieson has joined Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest law firms, as a member of the firm’s Litigation and Commercial Litigation practice groups. Mattieson will concentrate her practice on litigation defense in the areas of retail law, business law, and premises, motor vehicle and general liability.
An attorney in the firm’s Bloomfield Hills office, Mattieson’s clients include insurance companies, national retail chains, financial institutions and other businesses involved in litigation ranging from standard collection cases to complex claims seeking multi-million dollar awards.

ROCHESTER HILLS
HireGenics, Inc. appoints sales officer
HireGenics, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of American CyberSystems and a leading provider of workforce compliance and risk mitigation services, appointed Brian Soderholm as Chief Sales Officer. Soderholm will be responsible for driving strategic sales nationwide for the company’s contract labor payroll offerings and other services focusing on independent contractor classification and compliance. A resident of Savage, Minnesota, Soderholm has 25 years of experience leading sales efforts leading workforce management and staffing companies. He was a recognized sales leader in the human capital industry.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Kathy Coon named Realtor of the Year

ROCHESTER
Kathy Coon named Realtor of the Year

The Metropolitan Consolidated Association of Realtors has named Kathy Coon its 2010 Realtor of the Year and beginning Jan. 1, she will serve as association president. Coon works with Real Living Great Lakes in Rochester. She formerly served as director, vice-president, secretary-treasurer and president-elect for the association.

SOUTHFIELD
Collins, Einhorn, Farrell & Ulanoff among best law firms

 Collins, Einhorn, Farrell & Ulanoff, P.C. has been recognized by U.S. News — Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” in its inaugural rankings. The Southfield-based law firm was listed for this honor as a Tier 1 firm in the Detroit metropolitan rankings in professional malpractice law — defendants; and as a Tier 2 firm in product liability litigation — defendants. The Professional Liability defense team at Collins Einhorn represents professionals in the legal, medical/dental, insurance, accounting, architectural, engineering and real estate fields. Visit www.ceflawyers.com.

BIRMINGHAM
Charter One adds mortgage officer

Marvin Rankin of Canton has joined Charter One as a mortgage loan officer. His office is in Birmingham. He has been in the mortgage business for 22 years and has worked in a wide range of home financing programs, including both conventional and government loans. He specializes in construction financing and is a certified construction analyst.

SHELBY TWP.
Mattress to Go donates pillows

Mattress To Go in Shelby Township has donated new pillows to Abigayle Ministries in Sterling Heights through its Mattress To Go’s Comfort for Everyone program. Donations of new pillows are made on a quarterly basis to local shelters for every mattress set purchased at Mattress To Go.

AUBURN HILLS
Sheppard joins Murray Percival

Murray Percival, electronics distributor and process specialist, has hired Matt Sheppard as an outside sales representative. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Michigan State University’s Eli Broad College of Business and has also completed doctorate course work in economics at Wayne State University with a concentration in urban economics and industrial organization.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Delta Staffing moves to new location

CLARKSTON
Delta Staffing moves to new location
Delta Staffing, a full service staffing and recruiting provider has moved to a new location in Clarkston. It is at 5730 Bella Rosa Blvd, Suite 300.
Delta Staffing’s positive work environment earned the firm the designation of one of Metro Detroit’s 101 Best & Brightest Companies to Work for this year.
For more information, call 248-394-3940 or visit www.delta-staffing.com.

DETROIT
Ambassador duty-free store donates to Forgotten Harvest
The Ambassador Bridge Co. has partnered with Forgotten Harvest to donate a portion of every transaction made at its Ammex Global Marketplace duty-free store, located at the bridge’s U.S. plaza, through Dec. 31. Forgotten Harvest delivers food free of charge to 158 agencies in the tri-county area six days a week. It collects surplus prepared and nonperishable food from 455 sources, including grocery stores, fruit and vegetable markets, restaurants, caterers, dairies, farmers, wholesale food distributors and other health department-approved sources.

STERLING HEIGHTS
Chamber to hold Christmas party Wednesday
The Sterling Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry is holding its annual Christmas party from 5-9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8, at Villa Penna, 43985 Hayes, Sterling Heights. Cost is $45 per person and will include food and premium bar. Register online at www.shrcci.com or contact Sandy Hennessey at 586-731-5400, ext. 10, or via e-mail at shennessey@shrcci.com. You may also contact Lisa Edwards at 586-731-5400, ext. 13, or via e-mail at ledwards@shrcci.com.

MOUNT CLEMENS
Used Car Co. adds U-Hauls
Pierre and Patrick Abu-Joudeh, owners of Used Car Co., 132 Northbound Gratiot in Mount Clemens, have added U-Haul truck and trailer rentals to the used car dealership they have been operating since 2004.
The business can now offer customers a variety of moving equipment and supplies designed specifically for moving household furnishings, including moving vans, open trailers, furniture pads, appliance dollies, tow dollies and auto transports. Call 586-239-0922.

WARREN
‘Driving Out Hunger’ food drive will start Friday
The Tri County Flea Market-East, 14401 Frazho, Warren, is holding a “Driving Out Hunger” event Friday, Dec. 10, through Sunday, Dec. 12. Donations of nonperishable goods are being accepted to help feed the hungry during the holidays. Those who bring in five goods or more will receive a free hot dog. All goods will be donated to Gleaners Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan. For more information, visit www.tricountyfleamarketeast.com.

WARREN
U-M robot squad wins challenge
The University of Michigan’s “Team Michigan” robot squad that worked together in a complicated mapping exercise won the inaugural Multi-Autonomous Ground-robotic International Challenge (MAGIC 2010) in Australia.
The challenge is a joint initiative of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command’s Tank
Automotive Research Development and Engineering Center in Warren and Australia’s Defense Science and Technology Organization. It was designed to further the development of robot teams that can operate autonomously in dangerous situations, keeping soldiers out of harm’s way.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Oakland Press executive editor and WWJ station manager present 'Keys to Successful Community Marketing'

BERKLEY
Dec. 7-9 Marketing presentations

Community Marketing Associates is hosting “Keys to Successful Community Marketing,” a one-hour PowerPoint presentation for local small businesses. Glenn Gilbert, executive editor of The Oakland Press and Pete Kowalski, station manager, WWJ/vice-president of sales at CBS Radio will discuss how local businesses are selected for news stories. The free presentations are only available to business owners/managers of Berkley businesses. The three presentations will be held: 10:30 a.m., Tuesday Dec. 7; 6 p.m. Wednesday Dec. 8 and 1:30 p.m. Thursday Dec. 9 at Berkley Public Library, 3155 Coolidge in downtown Berkley. Kowalski will give the Tuesday presentation and Gilbert will present on Wednesday and Thursday. Visit www.communitymarketingassoc.com.

WATERFORD TWP.
Oakland County December workshops

Business owners and entrepreneurs are invited to attend seminars offered by the Oakland County Business Center at Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township. For pre-registration, visit oakgov.com/peds/calendar, or call 248-858-0783.
Sales I: Effective Networking , presented by Denise Roberts, Sales Partners-Troy is 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Dec. 8. The fee is $40, which includes all materials.
Pre-Business Research is 6 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9. This workshop is free, but pre-registration is required.
Fundamentals of Writing a Business Plan workshop is 6 to 9 p.m.Thursday, Dec. 16. The fee is $40, which includes all materials. No refunds.

ROCHESTER
Dec. 7 Estate planning class

“Estate Planning and Asset Protection,” class will be offered 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7 at Rochester Community House, 816 Ludlow, Rochester. To register, call 248-651-9754 or visit www.rochestercommhouse.org.

WATERFORD TWP.
Dec. 7 Perking Up

Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce hosts Perking Up Waterford business networking 8 to 9 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7 at Waterfall Jewelers, 5649 Dixie Hwy., Waterford Township. Call 248-666-8600. Continental breakfast included.

WEST BLOOMFIELD
Dec. 8 Detroit Rotary Club

Yoga Shelter founder and guru Eric Paskel, a licensed therapist and inspirational leader will speak to the Detroit Rotary Club at noon Thursday, Dec. 8. The luncheon event is at the Detroit Athletic Club, 241 Madison Ave. Detroit, open to the public, $15 per person. For information, or to reserve your spot, call 313-438-2355 or visit www.detroitrotary.org.

SOUTHFIELD
Dec. 8 SCORE workshop

SCORE Planning Your Own Business Workshop is 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8, at Southfield Public Library, 26300 Evergreen Road, Southfield. Featured are interactive discussions with SCORE counselors sharing their years of business experiences in management, marketing, manufacturing, and IT systems.  From 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 8. Admission is $45. Call 313-226-7947 to register.

FARMINGTON HILLS
Dec. 8 Resume building

Savvy Search: Honing Your Resume, Prospects, Who You Are and more is 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8 at Global Consulting Inc., 32985 Hamilton Ct., Suite 205, Farmington Hills. Call 866-JOBS-456.

TROY
Dec. 9 Traffic in Arms Regulations

The Procurement Technical Assistance Center of Schoolcraft College holds an overview of International Traffic in Arms Regulations, (ITAR), 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 9. The workshop will be led by Joseph D. Gustavus of Miller Canfield of Troy. The cost is $25 per person and includes continental breakfast. Reservations required at 734-462-4438.

DETROIT
Dec. 9 Detroit Economic Club

 The Detroit Economic Club presents Gail McGovern, president and CEO, American Red Cross- “How Business Skills Helped Turn Around the American Red Cross” 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9 at Westin Book Cadillac Detroit, 1114 Washington Blvd., Detroit.

FRANKLIN
Dec. 9  "Entrepreneurs at Heart"

 Michigan International Professional Association hosts “Entrepreneur at Heart” 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec 9 at The Franklin Grill, 32760 Franklin Road, Franklin. Visit www.mipadetroit.org.

MADISON HEIGHTS
Dec. 9 Speed Networking

Speed Networking monthly meeting of new investors, suppliers and contractors, presented by Real Estate Investors Association of Oakland 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday Dec. 9; at Club Venetian, 29310 John R. Road, Madison Heights. The seminar is free to members and $20 for nonmembers. Call 800-747-6742 or visit www.REIAofOakland.com.

GRAND BLANC
Dec. 10 Holly Chamber Extravanganza

The Holly Chamber of Commerce Holly Holiday Extravaganza is 6 p.m. Dec. 10 at The Captain’s Club, Woodfield Country Club, 10200 Woodfield Dr. Grand Blanc.
There will be a buffet dinner with a cash bar, music, dancing, entertainment and blind auction. Members are asked to provide a wrapped gift with a minimum value of $50. The cost is $30 per person. Reservations requested. Tickets are also available at Winglemire Furniture and Elements Day Spa of Holly or by e-mail staffhollychamber@yahoo.com.

SYLVAN LAKE
Dec. 14 BNA monthly mixer, holiday party

 BNA monthly mixer and holiday party is Tuesday, Dec. 14, hosted by Italia Fresca—Tuscan Grill & Wine Bar, 2440 Orchard Lake Road, Sylvan Lake. The party includes wine and appetizers with music by Dan Warren. Admission is $15.Call 248-681-2778 or visit www.italiafresca.com.

SOUTHFIELD
Dec. 14 SCORE marketing workshop
SCORE Basic Marketing Workshop is 8:45 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Dec. 14 at Southfield Public Library, 26300 Evergreen Road in Southfield. The cost is $45. Call 313-226-7947 to register.

SOUTHFIELD
Dec. 15 SCORE business plan

Detroit SCORE Chapter 18, “How to Write a Successful Business Plan” is 8:45 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Dec. 15 at Southfield Public Library, 26300 Evergreen Road in Southfield. The cost is $45. Call 313-226-7947 to register.

TROY
Dec. 15 ‘Leading During Challenging Times'
The Detroit Economic Club presents, “Leading During Challenging Times” with Richard J. Dugas, Jr., chairman, president and CEO of PulteGroup, Inc., 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Dec. 15 at Detroit Marriott Troy, 200 West Big Beaver Road, Troy.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Free Introduction to Java programming

TROY
Free Introduction to Java programming at Walsh College in Troy

Learn web development design and techniques at a free monthly meeting of the Walsh College Open Source Community on Saturday, Dec. 11, at the Troy Campus in Room 128, 10 a.m. to noon. Participants should visit www.walshcollegeopensource.com to register.
Tom Petz, Walsh College Information Assurance adjunct instructor, IT developer, consultant, and programmer, will present a hands-on introduction to Java programming for web development. Petz, most recently director of the Walsh College Division of Online Learning, will walk participants through the basics of Java Programming language, including installation of the Java SDK, setting up environment variables, writing code and compiling a simple application. Resources to learn more will be passed out to participants and those wanting to follow along are encouraged to bring a laptop.
The Walsh Open Source Community is a group of professionals and community members who share knowledge for all topics related to Internet technology. The group participates in open source, or shared, web-based projects and holds monthly meetings where attendees can learn various aspects of web design, development, project management, digital imaging and other useful topics to be successful in the web business. The group is also a discussion forum for how technology changes society.
For more information, contact Nan Poulios, director of the Walsh College Information Assurance Center and associate professor, at npoulios@walshcollege.edu or 248-823-1369.

ALLEN PARK
Institute offers new film industry training courses with S3 entertainment group

The Stautzenberger Institute (SI), Allen Park-based, nationally accredited occupational education provider, has added the new SI Film Industry Training classes to its curriculum beginning Monday, Dec. 13. To introduce the courses to perspective students, SI will host an information sessions at 6 p.m. today at the Allen Park campus, 16630 Southfield Road in Allen Park. The curriculum is in association with S3 Entertainment Group, a Ferndale-based production company that helps to bring film productions into Michigan.
For more information, visit www.sitoday.com.

BERKLEY
Oakland Press executive editor and WWJ’s station manager speak at marketing presentations

Community Marketing Associates is hosting “Keys to Successful Community Marketing,” a one-hour PowerPoint presentation for local small businesses. Glenn Gilbert, executive editor of The Oakland Press and Pete Kowalski, station manager, WWJ/vice-president of sales at CBS Radio will be the guest speakers, discussing how local businesses are selected for news stories. The free presentations are only available to business owners/managers of a Berkley business. The presentation outlines the marketing advantages for local businesses linking together to promote the community and their businesses. The three presentations will be held: 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 7; 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8 and 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9 at Berkley Public Library, 3155 Coolidge in downtown Berkley. Kowalski will give the Tuesday presentation and Gilbert will present on Wednesday and Thursday. Visit www.communitymarketingassoc.com.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Denise Ilitch Designs launches Luxe Pillow line

BIRMINGHAM
Denise Ilitch Designs launches Luxe Pillow line

Enhance your home design while paying homage to the Motor City. Denise Ilitch Designs, a new jewelry and gift boutique, located at 2253 Cole Street, Birmingham, has added a premier pillow collection. Local Detroit artist Julie Istvan was inspired by graffiti displayed in downtown Detroit and collaborated with Denise to launch the Fall 2010 line, bringing “the essence of the city” into homes and businesses. Each pillow is signed by the artist and has already gained attention from the local style set seeking to support their neighborhood.
For more information, go to www.DeniseIlitchDesigns.com or in the  Call 248-203-6789.

ROCHESTER
OU launches energy management certificate program

Oakland University's School of Business Administration and School of Engineering and Computer Science are partnering to deliver an integrative professional certificate program in energy management.
The Energy Management Certificate Program will prepare engineering and business professionals to help their organizations become sustainable enterprises.
Cost of the six-week program is $1,500, which includes all materials and lunches. Classes are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays beginning on Jan. 14, 2011.
Those interested in registering or learning more should contact Maureen Callaghan at mpcallag@oakland.edu or 248-412-3235, or visitwww.oakland.edu/energymgmt.

MADISON HEIGHTS
RLE International appoints Richard Parks, Director of Business Development

 RLE International, a supplier of design, engineering and consulting services to the automotive, aerospace, military, alternative energy and adjacent industries, has appointed Richard E Parks as Director of Business Development. RLE International, Inc. operates in Madison Heights as a subsidiary of the Germany based RLE GmbH Group.
Parks has held business development positions with automotive suppliers such as ASC Inc, Robert Bosch LLC, Magna and Altran where he worked in design/concept development, complete vehicle development, specialty/niche vehicles, and complex engineering systems such convertible/ sunroofs, engine cooling fan modules and hybrid powertrain development.
Call 248-498-5200 or email Richard.parks@rleusa.com

Thursday, December 2, 2010

‘Fashion for Compassion’ show is Friday

STERLING HEIGHTS
‘Fashion for Compassion’ show and scholarship competition is Friday

The Dante Alighieri Society of Michigan is holding a “Fashion for Compassion” event at 6 p.m. Friday at Penna’s of Sterling, 38400 Van Dyke, Sterling Heights. The event will feature membership awards, a fashion show by Roma Sposa Atelier and the young designer scholarship competition. Ticket prices are: $50 for members; $65 for nonmembers and $25 for students with a valid ID. The price includes dinner and an open bar. Add $10 to buy tickets at the door. For reservations, visit dantemichigan.org/events.htm, call 248-250-8928 or e-mail treasurer@dantemichigan.org.

PORT HURON
First Michigan Bank promotes Roberta Leibinger

First Michigan Bank has promoted Roberta Leibinger to banking center manager at its Port Huron Township Banking Center. Leibinger was promoted from the assistant banking center manager position at the Fort Gratiot Banking Center, where she was responsible for consumer loans, branch management activities, training of the new account platform system and the training and evaluation of staff.

SOUTHFIELD
Farbman Group wins Alfred P. Sloan award for flexibility

Farbman Group/NAI Farbman, a full-service real estate firm, announced the company has been named the recipient of the Alfred P. Sloan Award for Excellence in the Workplace for the fourth consecutive year.
Farbman Group/NAI Farbman was recognized for willingness to offer part-time employment, job sharing, allowing employees to work from home, support of staff pursuing higher education through flex-time hours, and their ability to integrate family into the workplace.
Visit www.Farbman.com.

ROCHESTER HILLS
Expetec hires 2 consultants

Expetec Technology Services of Rochester Hills, an IT service provider, recently announced the addition of Brian Shaw and Daniel LaNoue as Business Technology Consultants at their Troy location. Shaw obtained his bachelor’s in business administration at Western Michigan University, and LaNoue has technical certifications as a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer and a Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator. Call 248-218-5018 or visit www.expetecrochester.com

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Oakland Press executive editor speaks at Berkley marketing presentations

BERKLEY
Oakland Press executive editor and WWJ’s station manager speak at marketing presentations

Community Marketing Associates is hosting “Keys to Successful Community Marketing,” a one-hour PowerPoint presentation for local small businesses. Glenn Gilbert, executive editor of The Oakland Press and Pete Kowalski, station manager, WWJ/vice-president of sales at CBS Radio will be the guest speakers, discussing how local businesses are selected for news stories. The free presentations are only available to business owners/managers of a Berkley business. The presentation outlines the marketing advantages for local businesses linking together to promote the community and their businesses. The three presentations will be held: 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 7; 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8 and 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9 at Berkley Public Library, 3155 Coolidge in downtown Berkley. Kowalski will give the Tuesday presentation and Gilbert will present on Wednesday and Thursday. Visit www.communitymarketingassoc.com.

DETROIT
DADA selects new officers

The Detroit Automobile Dealers Association has selected new officers for 2010-2011. James T. Seavitt of Village Ford in Dearborn moved up to become president, Robert R. Shuman of Shuman Chrysler-Jeep in Walled Lake became vice president and Scott LaRiche of Lou LaRiche Chevrolet in Plymouth became treasurer-secretary. Shuman, a third-generation dealer/owner, is president of Shuman Chrysler-Jeep in Walled Lake. Holding an accounting degree from Michigan State University and a law degree from the University of Michigan, Shuman practiced law with the firm of Beier Howlett in Bloomfield Hills, eventually becoming a partner in the firm. Shuman gave up law to take over the family dealership in 1997. LaRiche is executive manager/vice president of Lou LaRiche Chevrolet in Plymouth. LaRiche is active in the Plymouth-Canton and Northville communities.


CLINTON TWP.
Program helps people take charge of their credit situation

The Michigan State University Extension Service and United Way are sponsoring a free program called “Taking Charge of Credit for the Holidays” from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 4 at the VerKuilen Building, 21885 Dunham, Clinton Township. The program teaches how to determine how much debt you can afford, how to be debt-free during the holidays, how to set a budget for holiday shopping and how to enjoy your holiday for less. Call 586-469-7614.

ROCHESTER HILLS
Jewelers holds trunk show

 Gramercy Park Jewelers, at 3152 Walton Blvd. is holding a Chamilia Trunk Show, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 4 and noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 5. The jeweler is offering a bracelet give-away and a special — buy four charms and get one free. Call 248-375-9823.