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.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Loyalty Solutions offers workshop

STERLING HEIGHTS
Loyalty Solutions offers workshop
Loyalty Solutions is presenting a workshop, “The Power of Customer Loyalty: Points of Connection,” 8-11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 1, at Heritage Church, 44625 Schoenherr Road, Sterling Heights. The workshop will include how to connect a customer with an organization, effective delivery systems, listening to your customers and why customer complaints are critical to your organization. The cost is $50 in advance or $55 at the door. Space is limited. RSVP by calling 586-431-9311 or e-mail billgriff9@att.net.

BIRMINGHAM
Wells Fargo Ventures, Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel join forces
Wells Fargo Ventures, LLC, a subsidiary of Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., and Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel Realtors have agreed to the terms of a joint venture to originate, process and fund mortgage loans for Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel customers.
The joint venture, Bankers Home Loan LLC, is co-owned by Wells Fargo Ventures LLC and Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
The alliance will give customers of Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel a wide range of home-financing products and services through Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, enabling Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel’s to provide one-stop shopping for all real estate related services.
Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel recently experienced rapid growth, expanding from 125 sales agents to more than 450 in the last 24 months.

DETROIT
Detroit Medical Center working on various hospital projects
Detroit Medical Center officials are working on hospital construction projects totaling more than $60 million just four days after DMC’s landmark partnership with Vanguard Health Systems was sealed.
Architectural/engineering firms are being announced on eight DMC projects and construction management firms are being announced on two. Contracts totaling $50 million went to the DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan Specialty Center and to private-room renovation at DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital. Brinker LLC was awarded the Children’s construction contract and Shepley, Bulfinch, Richardson and Abbott was awarded the A/E contract. Auch/Mig was awarded the Huron Valley construction contract and Stuckey Vitale was awarded the A/E contract. The two major architectural projects, the Cardiovascular Institute and Multispecialty Building, awarded to Harley Ellis Devereaux, a five-story building of 150,000 square feet; and the Sinai-Grace Hospital Emergency Department expansion, awarded to Smith Group, which will double the emergency room and add 46 new ICU beds. The five-level, 105,550-square-foot Children’s specialty center will house a pediatrics clinic, adolescent medicine, outpatient rehabilitation, specialty clinics and 200 physician office suites to meet growing demand for outpatient services. Visit www.DMC.org.

BEVERLY HILLS
WOW company expands
WOW internet, cable and phone company has completed installing fiber optic cable network in Beverly Hills, giving residents and business owners an additional choice of service. WOW has invested more than $2 million with this expansion and is expected to expand into the cities of Birmingham and Grosse Pointe Woods in the coming months.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Pistons host job fair

AUBURN HILLS  
Pistons host job fair
The Detroit Pistons’ 11th annual Career Fair is 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4 at The Palace of Auburn Hills. The event brings together industry leaders of professional sports, college athletics, minor league sports, marketing and finance organizations, broadcasting companies and other business hiring in Michigan. About 40 companies in total will be participating.
Admission to the fair is $10 for the event alone or $15, which includes the event plus a ticket for that day’s Detroit Pistons vs. New Jersey Nets game at 7:30 p.m.
In addition, there is an option of attending an Executive Panel Q&A session from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. featuring some of the top decision-makers from Palace Sports & Entertainment who will speak about their career paths and provide advice on getting into sports and entertainment. This session has limited availability and admission is $20. Tickets are available on Pistons.com, or by contacting Cassie Wilkinson at 248-371-2030 or cwilkinson@palacenet.cfom.

SYLVAN LAKE
Ryan to chair Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission
Thomas J. Ryan, a lawyer with offices in Sylvan Lake, has been elected to serve as chairman of the Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission. He was first elected to the Tenure Commission in 2004. Ryan served as president of the State Bar of Michigan September 2000 to 2001 and president of the Oakland County Bar Association’s Board of Directors 1993 to 1994. He is the attorney for the Village of Beverly Hills, City of Keego Harbor, City of the Village of Clarkston and City of Orchard Lake Village.

STERLING HEIGHTS
UHY Advisors MI Inc. announces 2 new principals
UHY Advisors, a financial, tax and business consulting firm with Michigan offices in Southfield and Sterling Heights, recently announced that two senior managers, Joshua Kirkbride and Pamela May, have been promoted to principals.
 Based in the Sterling Heights office, Kirkbride has been an active member of the firm’s Assurance Department since 2003.
May has been a member of the firm’s Tax Department in Sterling Heights since 1997, focusing largely on the construction, retail, and real estate development industries.
For more information visit www.uhy-us.com.

TROY
Intercollegiate contest is on
The Association for Corporate Growth Detroit Chapter, a non-profit business networking organization, is hosting its fourth annual ACG Detroit Cup intercollegiate competition for MBA students from Walsh College, Troy; Broad College of Business, Michigan State University; Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan; Wayne State University School of Business Administration; and University of Michigan Flint. The competition begins in January with the finals being judged March 5 at Walsh College in Troy. Each school has been invited to submit teams of three to five MBA students per team for the competition. First prize will be a $10,000 scholarship with second a $5,000 scholarship, and $1,000 for the remaining finalists. The global law firm of Pinsent Masons will offer an expenses paid internship in either England, Asia or the Middle East. All ACG Cup participants are eligible to apply for the internship. Visit www.acg.org/detroit.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Rob Gifford joins National Restaurant Association

LANSING
Rob Gifford joins National Restaurant Association
The Michigan Restaurant Association announced that longtime president and chief executive officer Rob Gifford is leaving to accept a position at the National Restaurant Association. He will become executive vice president of political advocacy at the national association. Michigan Restaurant Association Chairman Matt Durack has named Penny Papantonopoulos as interim chief executive officer and formed a search committee to select a permanent president and CEO.

OAKLAND COUNTY
Honigman elects 2 new partners from Oakland office
Detroit-based Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP’s Board of Directors has elected two of its attorneys from Oakland County office as partners in the firm.
Julie E. Kretzschmer practices in the corporate and securities department in the firm’s Oakland County office. She provides legal and business guidance on global brand protection and intellectual property management and has experience managing national and multinational brand and trademark portfolios. Salmaan T. Quader practices in the litigation department in the firm’s Oakland County office. He concentrates his practice on intellectual property litigation, including patent, trade secrets and other technology-related subjects. He advises clients on strategies related to patents, including infringement, validity and patentability. Visit www.honigman.com.

DETROIT
Mr. Rooter Corp. ranks 122 in Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500
Entrepreneur Magazine included Mr. Rooter Corp., which has a franchise in Detroit, in its “Franchise 500” listing for 2011. The plumbing company moved up 25 slots from last year and sits now at 122. Mr. Rooter also ranks 32 in “Top Home Based Franchises” and No. 103 in America’s Top Global Franchises “Top Global Franchises.”

HAP names Derick Adams to VP-human resources
West Bloomfield Township resident Derick Adams was named Health Alliance Plan vice president, human resources. Adams is a governor’s appointee to the Council for Labor and Economic Growth. Adams joins HAP from Amerisure Mutual Insurance Company in Farmington Hills, Michigan where he served the same role.

American Express workers honor Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Sarah Dettloff of Roseville was one of more than 150 American Express employees, students and community members who honored Martin Luther King Jr. by spending the day at Cody High School in Detroit. Dettloff helped paint one of the murals that will be installed in the school. Walls were painted, classrooms were cleaned and volunteers also created welcome kits for Freedom House Detroit, a temporary home for survivors of persecution from around the world seeking legal shelter.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Oakland Press hosts free search engine marketing workshop

AUBURN HILLS
Newspapers host free search engine marketing workshop

Free online and search engine marketing workshop is Thursday, Feb. 3, at the Courtyard Marriott Auburn Hills, 1296 Opdyke Road, Auburn Hills. There are three times available: 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., 2 to 3:30 p.m. and 4 to 5:30 p.m.
The workshop offers information on search engine optimization and improving websites. It is hosted by The Oakland Press, The Macomb Daily, The Daily Tribune, Advisor Source and The Voice Newspapers
Space is limited. RSVP requested by Friday, Jan. 28. Visit fyioakland.eventbrite.com.

TROY
Firm brokers sales of industrial buildings

 L. Mason Capitani, a Troy-based real estate brokerage firm, announced the recent sale of three Macomb County industrial properties to local firms.
L. Mason Capitani brokered the sale of two buildings consisting of 53,366 square feet on Industrial Drive in St. Clair Shores to GTJ Consulting. GTJ is relocating its corporate headquarters to the location.
The firm brokered the sale of an 18,476-square-foot industrial building on Shafer Street in Romeo to Express Gage. Express Gauge specializes in engineering, manufacturing, quality and certification of checking fixtures, models and tooling for all industries. The company is expanding its Sterling Heights operations to Romeo. The firm also brokered the sale of a 13,356 square-foot building on Yearago Drive in Sterling Heights to Ultimate Hydroform. Ultimate Hydroform plans to expand its presence by adding another building near its headquarters in Sterling Heights.

DETROIT
Infinity Primary Care Joins Henry Ford Physician Network

 Infinity Primary Care, a group of 52 family and internal medicine physicians located in Brighton, Canton, Livonia, Novi and West Bloomfield, has joined the Henry Ford Physician Network.

Kevin Deighton, M.D., president of Infinity Primary Care, is serving as the Regional Care Collaborative Medical Director for the network in Oakland County. As part of that role, he will also join the Henry Ford Physician Network board of directors.
He is the medical director for Livonia Family Practice and program director for the St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Livingston Family Medicine Residency Program.
Initial plans are for the Henry Ford network and Infinity to partner with Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital on programs focused on quality and efficiency, such as improving care for patients with diabetes and reducing patient readmissions.
The Henry Ford Physician Network is a physician-led partnership and includes the Henry Ford Medical Group.

STERLING HEIGHTS
UHY partner named to board

Steven P. McCarty, a partner at UHY LLP in Sterling Heights, has been appointed to the board of directors for the Employer Services Assurance Corporation. He will serve as professional advisory director, where he will be responsible for acting as the board’s accounting resource. The designation of professional advisory director is new for 2011 and McCarty is one of the first technical accounting experts to be appointed to the board as a professional resource.
McCarty is a managing director of UHY Advisors MI Inc. and is a member of the firm’s transaction service group and audit and assurance department.

WEST BLOOMFIELD TWP.
North Bloomfield Properties acquires Share Net Realty

North Bloomfield Properties announced the acquisition of Share Net Realty of Birmingham. Previous owner Don Knapke and his entire staff will be staying on with North Bloomfield Properties in order to ease the transition. “Acquiring ShareNet has broadened our base of operations in Southeast Michigan, as well as combining the talents of North Bloomfield Properties and ShareNet for over 50 years of property management experience. This will translate into better and more efficient customer service for both owners and tenants,” said Al Morris of North Bloomfield Properties.
North Bloomfield Properties has locations in West Bloomfield Township and Auburn Hills. For information, call 248-366-8484 or 248-409-2689. Visit www.northbloomfield.com.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Macprofessionals Inc. receives MEGA Tax Credit

NOVI
Macprofessionals Inc. receives MEGA Tax Credit to expand
The State of Michigan MEGA Board approved a state tax credit valued at $568,578 over five years to encourage Macprofessionals Inc. to expand in Michigan over a competing site in Texas.
Since its formation, Macprofessionals Inc. has been one of the leading computer support businesses in the Midwest Region, employing the largest staff of Apple-certified technicians in the U.S. Since January 2000 the company has realized a 40 percent year-over-year growth, with an expansion to over 40 engineers, sales executives, specialists, and administrative staff. The company expects to invest $2.2 million for the project creating up to 119 direct new jobs. Visit www.InvestNovi.org.

TROY
Chamber announces 2011 board chairman and officers

John Tagle, president of John Tagle Associates Inc., has been appointed its 2011 Troy Chamber of Commerce Board chairman. Tagle is president and owner of John Tagle Associates, Inc., an architect and planning firm. His 38 years of experience encompass architectural design, master planning, project management and construction expertise, specializing in churches and faith-based nonprofit organizations. His work includes projects in several U.S. states, as well as abroad in South Africa, Mozambique and India.
The Troy Chamber also announced its other 2011 board officers: Scott Foster, president of Wellco Corporation and Greg Clark, director of external affairs for AT&T were named the 2011 Troy Chamber Vice Chairman and Secretary, respectively. Bob Gigliotti, CPA and principal of Rehmann will serve as the 2011 Treasurer.

SOUTHFIELD
Plante & Moran named to Fortune list of ‘100 Best’

Plante & Moran, PLLC, the nation’s 12th largest certified public accounting and business advisory firm, has been named to Fortune Magazine’s list of “100 Best Companies to Work For” for the 13th consecutive year. The winners list, which ranks Plante & Moran 26, will appear in the Feb. 7 issue of Fortune magazine (www.fortune.com).
“The story goes that co-founder Frank Moran was adamant that the firm wouldn’t hire or tolerate jerks,” said Managing Partner Gordon Krater. “The concept ended up memorialized in the personnel manual decades ago and remains there — and in our hiring practices — to this day.”
Since first appearing on the Fortune Best Places to Work list in January 1999, Plante & Moran has grown from 900 staff to 1600 and opened offices in Chicago and Elgin, Ill., Cincinnati, Flint, Monterey, Mexico, Shanghai, China and Mumbai, India. For more information go to www.plantemoran.com.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Business events save the planet, teach and connect

DETROIT
Jan. 24 Detroit Economic Club
Detroit Economic Club presents: "The Nature of Business: A Groundbreaking Collaboration to Help Save the Planet," 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 24 at Detroit Marriott, 400 Renaissance Dr. Detroit. Guest speakers will be Mark Tercek, president & CEO of The Nature Conservancy and Andrew N. Liveris, Chairman & CEO of The Dow Chemical Company. The cost for members is $45, $55 for guests and $75 for non-members.

FARMINGTON HILLS
Jan. 25 WordPress introduction
Refresh Detroit meeting WordPress - It's Not Just For Blogging Anymore is 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 25 at 30445 Northwestern Hwy., Suite 300, Farmington Hills. This is the last presentation in the organization’s content management series. Registration is required for the free meeting at http://guestli.st/40053.

FARMINGTON HILLS
Jan. 25 Job Seekers Bootcamp
Job Seekers Bootcamp—Coping with Unemployment is 7 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 25 at Farmington Community Library Main Branch, 32737 W. 12 Mile Road, Farmington Hills. Preston Banks from Resume Solutions LLC, offers tips in this discussion series for job seekers. Call 248-553-0300 to register.

PONTIAC
Jan. 25 Mortgage counseling
Free one-on-one mortgage delinquency and foreclosure counseling is 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 25 at Pontiac Public Library, 60 E Pike St, Pontiac. It is sponsored by Lighthouse of Oakland County (HUD Certified Housing Counseling Agency). Contact Sheila Howard at showard@lighthouseoakland.org or 248-920-6060 ext 241.

PONTIAC
Jan. 25 Automation Alley conference
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. It begins with registration, networking and breakfast at 8 a.m. followed by breakout sessions and lunch and a networking reception at 2:50 p.m.
Featuring breakout sessions on executive and leadership growth, sales and marketing and the future of Michigan innovation and growth.
For members, the cost is $69 in advance and $89 at the door. For non-members, the advance cost is $99 and $119 at-the-door. Register at www.automationalley.com or call 248-457-3200.

SOUTHFIELD
Jan. 25 Dress for Success event offered
The National Council of Jewish Women, Greater Detroit Section will host its second annual event for job seekers, Dress For Success, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25 at the Royal Oak Council Resale Shop, 1221 E. Lincoln Road, Royal Oak.
Karen Gutman, an employment specialist from the Jewish Vocational Service will be on hand to provide tips on resume writing, networking and job search skills. Topics of her presentation, which will be at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., and will include: the value of image in a successful job search, attire and appearance and how your image fits with your company.
A spokesperson from the ORT Hermelin Resource Training Center will offer information on computer skills for job training. Claudia from Salon Spargo will be available to provide tips on hair styling and makeup.
The free event is open to the public. Call 248-542-2600.

WATERFORD TWP.
Jan. 25 Chamber mixer
Bloomfield North Area Chamber Monthly Rise & Shine is 8 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25 at Karagosian Jewelers, 2266 Orchard Lake Rd, Waterford Township.

NOVI
Jan. 26 Oakland Chamber Network mixer
Oakland Chamber Network is a collaborative of 30 Chambers serving Oakland County is 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wed. Jan 26 at Tin Fish, 27862 Novi Road in Novi. Call 248-349-3743 to register. The event features accoustic entertainment by Robin Horloc, appetizers and cash bar. The cost is $10 for chamber members in advance and  $15 at the door. The non-member rate is $25. Visit www.oaklandchambernetwork.org.

FARMINGTON HILLS
Jan. 26  Taste of Twitter
Marx Layne & Company, a marketing, public relations and digital media agency, will host a “Taste of Twitter,” 5:30 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 26 at Marx Layne, 31420 Northwestern Hwy., Ste. 100 in Farmington Hills. Designed for small- to medium-sized businesses with little or no prior Twitter experience, this event will teach attendees how to establish an account for their business, understand the basic language of the online tool, find followers of value, and participate intelligently in the online dialogue.
Reservations are required for this free event and can be made by calling Matt Schuler or Patrick Sullivan at 248-855-6777. Networking begind at 5 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

SOUTHFIELD
Jan. 26 Writing a business plan
SCORE Writing A Successful Business Plan is 8:45 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Jan. 26 at Southfield Public Library, 26300 Evergreen Road, Southfield. The cost is $45 in advance. Call 313-226-7947 to register. Visit www.scoredetroit.org.

FARMINGTON HILLS
Jan. 26 Business roundtable
SCORE Business Plan Roundtable is 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 26 at Farmington Community Library Farmington Hills, 32737 W. 12 Mile Road, Farmington Hills. Free admission. Visit www.scoredetroit.org.

WATERFORD TWP.
Jan. 26 Business marketing workshop
The Oakland County Business Center hosts Fundamentals of Marketing Your Business is 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Jan. 26  at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township. The fee is $40. Visit www.oakgov.com/peds/calendar.

WATERFORD TWP.
Jan. 26 BNA Monthly Rise & Shine
Bloomfield North Area Chamber’s BNA Monthly Rise & Shine is 8 a.m., Jan. 26 at Karagosian Jewelers, 2266 Orchard Lake Road, Waterford Township. Visit www.bnachamber.com.

ROYAL OAK
Jan. 27 Social Media is a Party!
Social Media is a Party! is holding a business networking event and “Mobile Technology” panel from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.Thursday, Jan. 27 at D’Amato’s and Goodnite Gracie’s Martini Bar in Royal Oak. The event will include a panel discussion on mobile marketing and provide attendees with simple but actionable business advice. This event will showcase jobs through the organization’s Hire ME concept, during which businesses will present open job opportunities to the audience. After the presentation, attendees will be able to send a text, American Idol style, to a designated group number in order to receive additional information about a given position and ultimately apply for the job. Attendees who are interested in speaking directly with an HR rep at the event will have the opportunity to do so. Register at socialmediaisaparty.eventbrite.com.

HOLLY
Jan. 28 Chamber breakfast
The Holly Chamber of Commerce Networking Breakfast for 2011 will be 7:30 a.m. Friday Jan. 28 at Villager's Restaurant, Holly. Kent Barnes, Superintendent for Holly Area Schools will give an update on the State of the Schools. The cost is $5 per person. E-mail staffhollychamber@yahoo.com.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Jan. 26 Oakland Chamber Network mixer

NOVI
Jan. 26 Oakland Chamber Network mixer
Oakland Chamber Network is a collaborative of 30 Chambers serving Oakland County is 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.  Wed. Jan 26 at Tin Fish, 27862 Novi Road in Novi. Call 248-349-3743 to register. The event features accoustic entertainment by Robin Horloc, appetizers and cash bar. The cost is $10 for chamber members in advance and  $15 at the door. The non-member rate is $25. www.oaklandchambernetwork.org.

ShowDocument.com offers app-based web meeting platform

FARMINGTON HILLS
ShowDocument.com offers app-based web meeting platform
In the wake of news that Salesforce.com acquired web conference provider DimDim for $31 million — effectively ending its free platform to users — ShowDocument.com invites all to use its app-based web meeting platform, showdocument.com. Just before the new year, the company enhanced its options to include video and audio, telephony and session recording capabilities.
ShowDocument was created by HBR Labs LLC, of Farmington Hills, a web-based collaboration services provider. The company’s platforms are being used for live support, web meetings, document sharing sessions and to address various multi-media collaborations.

NORTHVILLE
Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America raises $15,500
Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America, Inc. raised over $15,500 for the Redford Union Oral Program for Children with Hearing Impairments and the Cooke School Special Education program at its third annual Hallway Golf Event.
The two-day event was organized by the Mitsubishi Electric PEACE Committee and was held in the fall at its facility in Northville.
Atypical of your standard golf tournament, the Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America Hallway Golf event was not held at a golf course. Instead, the hallways of the Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America offices in Northville were transformed into a miniature golf course.
Visit www.specmystarter.com.

FARMINGTON HILLS
Realcomp expands public record data
Realcomp II Ltd., real estate Multiple Listing Service (MLS) provider, recently finished incorporating all Lower Peninsula counties into its public record data module.
The additional public data allows Realtors to more accurately list new properties and research sales in the area for comparable prices, among other benefits.
County public record data can include owner name, taxable value, tax amounts, homestead exemption, school district and SEV, among other information.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Real estate investing seminar offered

TROY
Real estate investing seminar offered
Michigan Real Estate Investors free monthly networking seminar, “Getting Michigan Back on Track—One home at a time,” is 6 to 9 p.m. Jan. 20 at 811 W. Square Lake Road, Troy. Call 248-394-0150 or  visit www.MichiganRealEstateInvestors.com.

FERNDALE
Financial Matters Tax and Bookkeeping Solutions holds grand opening
Financial Matters Tax and Bookkeeping Solutions of Ferndale is holding their grand opening celebration 4 to 7 p.m. Friday Jan. 21. The firm is located at 559 East Nine Mile Road and offers a hassle-free parking lot.
The grand opening offers those who attend a chance to have their 2010 individual income tax return, (excluding Schedule C) completed free of charge. Light refreshments will be served, courtesy of Dino’s Restaurant and Treat Dreams.
“Our goal is to be able to provide a high level of quality while offering affordability,” says President and CEO, Robert Bennett, who is also a CPA.
Visit www.financialmatterstax.com.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Food makers team up for Super Bowl contest

DETROIT
Food makers team up for Super Bowl contest

National Coney Island and Better Made Snack Foods have partnered up with Detroit Popcorn and Ackroyd’s Scottish Bakery to provide the Ultimate Super Party for one lucky contest winner and 24 of their friends and family members. Register at www.nationalconeyisland.com, www.bettermadesnackfoods.comwww.detroitpopcorn.com or www.facebook.com/ackroyd’s. The winner gets two coney kits from National Coney Island which will make 48 coneys; one case of one-ounce regular and barbecue chips from Better Made Snack Foods, two tins filled with gourmet popcorn, cheese corn and caramel corn from Detroit Popcorn Co. and shortbreads and other Scottish dessert favorites from Ackroyd’s Scottish Bakery.

FRASER
Legal Aid and Defender to hold free legal clinic

Legal Aid and Defender Association, Inc. will conduct a free outreach clinic on civil legal services for income eligible residents of Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties, including the city of Detroit, from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Jan. 26 at Hope Center, 33222 Groesbeck Highway, Fraser. Attendees are asked to register before 10 a.m. as Legal Aid staff will assist only those who have registered by that time. Call Shawniece Clark, paralegal at Legal Aid’s Macomb County office in Mount Clemens at 586-465-1344 ext. 5003.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Reality TV show looks for potential litigants

Livestream video from the Auto Show in Detroit

ALLEN PARK
Reality TV show looks for potential litigants

S1/S3 Entertainment Group, a film and TV production company is looking for potential litigants to appear on its new reality-based judicial television show “Domestic Justice.”
To be considered, potential litigants must be embroiled in some sort of ongoing domestic dispute that is not currently active on any court’s docket.
Additionally, the show’s producers are in the process of casting the key roles of bailiff, clerk and commentator. All casting is at the SI/S3 Studios, on the campus of Stautzenberger Institute in Allen Park.
For information or to submit a personal dispute, visit www.domesticjustice.tv.

TROY
Magna expecting growth

Magna International Inc., one of Southeast Michigan’s big suppliers, expects significant growth during 2011 and it plans to increase spending on fixed assets including acquisitions to almost $1 billion.
Meanwhile, Magna Seating, one of the automotive supplier’s big operating units, announced it had acquired the automotive seat supplier Pabsa S.A, which will operate as Magna Seating Argentina.
Pabsa, previously part of the L’Equipe Monteur Group, is based in Buenos Aires, Argentina and in 2010, it recorded sales of approximately $110 million.
The acquisition—which includes two production facilities in Buenos Aires and one in Cordoba, Argentina, and has approximately 960 employees— increases Magna Seating’s global footprint and further positions the company as a leading supplier of automotive seating in South America.
For the full year 2011, Magna expects total sales to be between $25.6 billion and $27.1 billion without adding the revenue from acquisitions.

TROY
Altair Engineering acquires ACUSIM Software

 Altair Engineering, Inc., a  global provider of simulation technology and engineering services, has acquired ACUSIM Software, Inc. Founded in 1994 and headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., ACUSIM is a leading developer of massively scalable, high-fidelity computational fluid dynamics (CFD) solver solutions. ACUSIM’s CFD technology and staff will be incorporated into Altair’s HyperWorks computer-aided engineering software portfolio and operations. For more information, visit www.acusim.com and www.altair.com.

DETROIT
Honigman’s Kubic named to ‘Michigan Top Executives’

Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP’s Chief Operating Officer Robert D. Kubic have been selected as one of Corp! magazine’s 2010 “Michigan Top Executives.” Corp! magazine identified 21 leaders throughout the state who are driving innovation, bringing business to Michigan and generally making business happen here, even in this challenging economy. Kubic came to Honigman in November 2008 from Mintz Levin, a national law firm based in Boston. Honigman is a business law firm headquartered in Detroit with offices in Lansing, Oakland County, Ann Arbor and Kalamazoo. Visit www.honigman.com.

NEW HUDSON
Icom wins EPA approval for bi-fuel propane engines
Icom North America, the leading innovator, developer and manufacturer of liquid injection propane systems for commercial and consumer vehicles, has attained the first U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approval for its Liquid Injection Propane bi-fuel systems for the Ford 6.8 liter engines, produced for Ford Econoline vans. Perpetuini said Icom will add 8 to 10 new positions later this year at its manufacturing facility in New Hudson, where the company already has begun production of the EPA-certified bi-fuel conversion system for existing customers. Visit www.icomnorthamerica.com.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Upcoming business workshops

The following are business events and workshops taking place within the next 2 weeks in the area. If you have a business event that you would like printed in The Oakland Press, you can submit it at The Oakland Press business calendar. To view the calendar without the link, go to www.theoaklandpress.com and scroll down to the bottom right and click on the calendar link. It will take you to the calendar page.



SYLVAN LAKE
Jan. 18 Bloomfield chamber mixer

Bloomfield North Area Chamber Monthly Mixer is 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18 at Bellacino’s Pizza and Grinders, 2465 Orchard Lake Road, Sylvan Lake. Members pay $10 for admission.

FARMINGTON HILLS
Jan. 18 Job Seekers Bootcamp

Job Seekers Bootcamp—Job Interview Workshop is 7 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 18 at Farmington Community Library Main Branch, 32737 W 12 Mile Road, Farmington Hills. Preston Banks from Resume Solutions LLC, offers tips in this discussion series for job seekers. Call 248-553-0300 to register.

DETROIT
Jan. 19
Ties Like Me networking
Ties Like Me professional networking monthly event is 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan.19. at the historic Whitney Mansion, 4421 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Azenza Salon & Spa of Birmingham will sponsor with complimentary appetizers. The event features a cash bar, hair fashion show from Azenza Salon and a tour of The Whitney. Visit www.tieslikeme.org or call Robert Lalicki at 248-379-9527.

WATERFORD TWP.
Jan. 20 Writing a business plan workshop

The Oakland County Business Center hosts Fundamentals of Writing a Business Plan is 9 a.m. to noon Thursday Jan. 20 at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township. The fee is $40, which includes all materials. Visit www.oakgov.com/peds/calendar.

TROY
Jan. 21 Small business workshop

Small Business Success Club Workshop free business effectiveness seminar is 1:30 to 4 p.m. Jan. 21 at ITT Tech, 1522 Big Beaver, Troy. Contact Francine Guice at francine.guice@sbcglobal.net or 512-797-4336.

DETROIT
Jan. 21 Detroit Economic Club Big 4

The Detroit Economic Club presents: “The New Big Four and a New Michigan” is 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 21 at Cobo Center, 1 Washington Blvd., Detroit. The New Big Four features Mark Hackel, Macomb County Executive; L. Brooks Patterson Oakland County Executive; Robert Ficano Wayne County Executive and Dave Bing Mayor City of Detroit. Contact Allison Czarnik at aczarnik@econclub.org or 313-963-8547.

FARMINGTON HILLS
Jan. 25 Job Seekers Bootcamp

Job Seekers Bootcamp—Coping with Unemployment is 7 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 25 at Farmington Community Library Main Branch, 32737 W. 12 Mile Road, Farmington Hills. Preston Banks from Resume Solutions LLC, offers tips in this discussion series for job seekers. Call 248-553-0300 to register.

PONTIAC
Jan. 25 Mortgage counseling

Free one-on-one mortgage delinquency and foreclosure counseling is 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 25 at Pontiac Public Library, 60 E Pike St, Pontiac. It is sponsored by Lighthouse of Oakland County (HUD Certified Housing Counseling Agency). Contact Sheila Howard at showard@lighthouseoakland.org or 248-920-6060 ext 241.

PONTIAC
Jan. 25 Automation Alley conference

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. It begins with registration, networking and breakfast at 8 a.m. followed by breakout sessions and lunch and a networking reception at 2:50 p.m.
Featuring breakout sessions on executive and leadership growth, sales and marketing and the future of Michigan innovation and growth.

For members, the cost is $69 in advance and $89 at the door. For non-members, the advance cost is $99 and $119 at-the-door. Register at www.automationalley.com or call 248-457-3200.

SOUTHFIELD
Jan. 25 Dress for Success event offered

The National Council of Jewish Women, Greater Detroit Section will host its second annual event for job seekers, Dress For Success, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25 at the Royal Oak Council Resale Shop, 1221 E. Lincoln Road, Royal Oak.
Karen Gutman, an employment specialist from the Jewish Vocational Service will be on hand to provide tips on resume writing, networking and job search skills. Topics of her presentation, which will be at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., and will include: the value of image in a successful job search, attire and appearance and how your image fits with your company.
A spokesperson from the ORT Hermelin Resource Training Center will offer information on computer skills for job training. Claudia from Salon Spargo will be available to provide tips on hair styling and makeup.
The free event is open to the public. Call 248-542-2600.

WATERFORD TWP.
Jan. 25 Business basics workshop

The Oakland County Business Center hosts Legal & Financial Basics for Small Business is 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Jan. 25  at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township. This workshop is free, pre-registration is required. Visit www.oakgov.com/peds/calendar.

FARMINGTON HILLS
Jan. 26 Business roundtable

SCORE Business Plan Roundtable is 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 26 at Farmington Community Library Farmington Hills, 32737 W. 12 Mile Road, Farmington Hills. Free admission. Visit www.scoredetroit.org.

FARMINGTON HILLS
Jan. 26  Taste of Twitter workshop

Marx Layne & Company, a marketing, public relations and digital media agency, will host a “Taste of Twitter,” 5:30 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 26 at Marx Layne, 31420 Northwestern Hwy., Ste. 100 in Farmington Hills. Designed for small- to medium-sized businesses with little or no prior Twitter experience, this event will teach attendees how to establish an account for their business, understand the basic language of the online tool, find followers of value, and participate intelligently in the online dialogue.
Reservations are required for this free event and can be made by calling Matt Schuler or Patrick Sullivan at 248-855-6777. Networking begind at 5 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

SOUTHFIELD
Jan. 26 Writing a business plan

SCORE Writing A Successful Business Plan is 8:45 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Jan. 26 at Southfield Public Library, 26300 Evergreen Road, Southfield. The cost is $45 in advance. Call 313-226-7947 to register. Visit www.scoredetroit.org.

WATERFORD TWP.
Jan. 26 Business marketing workshop

The Oakland County Business Center hosts Fundamentals of Marketing Your Business is 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Jan. 26  at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township. The fee is $40. Visit www.oakgov.com/peds/calendar.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Social Media is a Party! holds networking recruiting event

ROYAL OAK
Social Media is a Party! holds networking event

Social Media is a Party! is holding a business networking event and “Mobile Technology” panel from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.Thursday, Jan. 27 at D’amato’s and Goodnite Gracie’s in Royal Oak. The event will include a panel discussion on mobile marketing and provide attendees with simple but actionable business advice. This event will showcase jobs through the organization’s Hire ME concept, during which businesses will present open job opportunities to the audience. After the presentation, attendees will be able to send a text, American Idol style, to a designated group number in order to receive additional information about a given position and ultimately apply for the job. Attendees who are interested in speaking directly with an HR rep at the event will have the opportunity to do so. Register at http://socialmediaisaparty.eventbrite.com.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Love Funding refinances $14.5 for senior complex

PONTIAC
Love Funding closes $14.5 million refinancing for senior residence complex

Love Funding, one of the nation’s leading providers of multifamily housing loans, announced the closing of a nonrecourse $14.5 million substantial rehabilitation loan for Oakland Senior Living, a 161-unit senior living complex in Pontiac. For Love Funding, it was the second loan secured in as many months for property owner American House, which operates 27 senior residences in Southeastern Michigan.
Bruce Gerhart, first vice president and Midwest regional director, and Mickey Rist, vice president and senior loan originator, secured the loan through the Federal Housing Administration’s 221(d)(4) loan program. FHA financing enabled American House to lock in a low, fixed interest rate with a 40-year term.
Combining the loan with Low Income Housing Tax Credits produced more than $3,000,000 in additional funding, which allowed the owner to make considerable improvements to the property and restructure rents to provide assistance to 40 percent of the residents. Gerhart and Rist employed the same approach in helping American House secure an $11.5 million rehabilitation loan for a similar senior living facility in Hazel Park in November.
Visit www.lovefunding.com.

PONTIAC
Priscilla Perkins named Lighthouse of Oakland County chief development officer

Lighthouse of Oakland County has named Priscilla Perkins of Troy as its new chief development officer.
Perkins has more than 20 years of experience in the nonprofit community as a fundraiser and has served on various community boards and committees. In addition to her board and volunteer work with Lighthouse, Perkins has  worked with William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, The United Way, The Community House and the Junior League of Birmingham Michigan Inc., where she was president from 2000-2001.
At Lighthouse, Perkins will be responsible for running the organization’s development department and actively recruiting new corporate and individual donors, volunteers and other supporters. She is married to FOX 2 Detroit television news anchor Huel Perkins.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

BorgWarner expecting good 2011

AUBURN HILLS
BorgWarner expecting good 2011

 Auburn Hills-based BorgWarner Inc. expects earnings to increase by 35 percent to 40 percent in the coming year..
“Robust growth in global vehicle production is expected in 2011, and we expect our sales growth to significantly outpace the market,” said Tim Manganello, BorgWarner Chairman and CEO.
BorgWarner gave 2011 earnings guidance of $3.85 to $4.15 per share compared to 2010 earnings guidance of $2.85 to $2.95 per share. The company expects 2011 operating margins to be 10.5 percent or better, which is higher than its historical operating margin guidance range of 8.5 percent to 9 percent.

COMMERCE
Wesley Berry celebrates King’s birthday with free flowers

 Wesley Berry Flowers hosts their annual Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration event Monday, Jan. 17. Between 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., they will be giving 12,000 roses in bunches of a dozen, free to any adult who visits the shop. The florist wants everyone who takes a dozen roses to make a promise to keep one rose for themselves and give the others away to 11 different people.
The Commerce-based florist is offering the roses at two Oakland County locations: 6677 Orchard Lake Road in West Bloomfield Township and 2985 Haggerty Road in Commerce. Visit wesleyberryflowers.com or call 248-668-2881.

Herbert named director of Beaumont Physician Partners
Michael Herbert has been named executive director of the Beaumont Physician Partners.
Herbert will be responsible for Beaumont’s physician-hospital strategic plan, including clinical integration between Beaumont’s hospitals, outpatient sites of care and physician practices. In addition, he will oversee the physician practice plan, support the recruitment and retention of faculty with proven experience in clinical care, education and research.
Herbert comes to Beaumont from Physicians Practice Group Inc. of Augusta, Ga., where he served as interim president and chief executive officer since July 2010, and the Medical College of Georgia, also of Augusta, where he held the position of executive associate dean for administration since 2007.
Herbert has ties to the metro Detroit area having served as associate dean of finance and administration, and executive director and treasurer, with the Wayne State University School of Medicine, University Physician Group.
Beaumont Hospitals is a three-hospital, regional health care system with 1,711 licensed beds and 3,700 physicians representing 91 medical and surgical specialties.

BLOOMFIELD HILLS
Attorneys co-author article on ‘Green’ tax incentives

Butzel Long attorneys and shareholders Richard P. Manczak (in Ann Arbor) and Jeffrey D. Moss (Bloomfield Hills) co-wrote an article that appears in the January 2011 edition of the Michigan Bar Journal. The article is titled, “‘Green’ Tax Incentives—A Guide to Federal and Michigan Tax Incentives for Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency.” To read the article, visit www.michbar.org/journal/pdf/pdf4article1802.pdf.


Marx Layne hosts a 'Taste of Twitter'
Marx Layne & Company—a full-service marketing, public relations and digital media agency—will host a “Taste of Twitter,” 5:30 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 26, at Marx Layne, 31420 Northwestern Hwy., Ste. 100 in Farmington Hills.
Designed for small- to medium-sized businesses with little or no prior Twitter experience, this event will teach attendees how to establish an account for their business, understand the basic language of the online tool, find followers of value, and participate intelligently in the online dialogue.
Reservations are required for this free event and can be made by calling Matt Schuler or Patrick Sullivan at 248-855-6777. Networking begins at 5 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Affinity Group and Kensington Valley Credit Unions merge

PONTIAC
Affinity Group  and Kensington Valley Credit Unions merge

Affinity Group Credit Union, based in Pontiac, and Kensington Valley Community Credit Union, based in Highland Township, will merge. State regulators have approved the merger, and Kensington Valley members voted unanimously in favor of the partnership.
“I am very pleased that Kensington Valley Community Credit Union chose to join Affinity Group Credit Union as part of our unique Credit Union Family,” said Thomas M. Miller, president and CEO of Affinity Group Credit Union.
Using the Affinity business model will allow Kensington Valley Community to continue to market the KVC brand as a part of Affinity Group Credit Union. In addition, three members of the KVCCU board will join the AGCU board; all KVCCU staff will become employees of AGCU; and the Highland office will remain open to serve all current and new members in the surrounding community.
The combined credit union will have assets of $134 million, 5 branches, and more than 20,000 members, the majority of which live in Southeast Michigan.
Affinity Group Credit Union is at 144 E Pike St, Pontiac. Visit www.affinitygroupcu.com or call 248-334-0568.
Kensington Valley Community Credit Union  is at 290 N. John Street, Highland. Visit www.kvccu.com or call 248-887-0666.

FERNDALE
Fresard Buick celebrates 37th

Fresard Buick GMC is celebrating its 37th anniversary by inviting the community to come in to its new location on Woodward, just south of Nine  Mile Road in Ferndale, for food, beverages and music.
The first 250 guests will receive a complimentary trunk organizer, and all guests will have the opportunity to win a 42-inch flat-screen television. The anniversary event will run from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 13, and will showcase two vintage vehicles from the Royal Pontiac Club of America: a 1967 GTO and a 1962 Grand Prix. Guests will also have the opportunity to view the new 2011 Buick Regal and GMC Terrain. For information, call 248-547-6100.

FARMINGTON HILLS
Jan. 18 Job Seekers Bootcamp

Job Seekers Bootcamp—Job Interview Workshop is 7 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 18 at Farmington Community Library Main Branch, 32737 W 12 Mile Road, Farmington Hills. Preston Banks from Resume Solutions LLC, offers tips in this discussion series for job seekers. Call 248-553-0300 to register.

DETROIT
Jan. 19 Professional networking

Ties Like Me professional networking monthly event is 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan.19. at the historic Whitney Mansion, 4421 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Azenza Salon & Spa of Birmingham will sponsor with complimentary appetizers. The event features a cash bar,  hair fashion show from Azenza Salon and a tour of The Whitney. Visit www.tieslikeme.org or call Robert Lalicki at 248-379-9527.

WATERFORD TWP.
Jan. 20 Writing a business plan workshop

 The Oakland County Business Center hosts Fundamentals of Writing a Business Plan is 9 a.m. to noon Thursday Jan. 20 at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township. The fee is $40, which includes all materials.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Free workshop, Managing Difficult Employees

FRASER
CARE offers managing employees workshop

CARE’s WorkLife Solutions is hosting a free workshop, “Managing Difficult Employees and Workplace Challenges,” 8 to 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25, at 31900 Utica Road, Fraser, in the lower level conference room. Setting the stage for creating effective responses to difficult employees and workplace challenges will be covered as well as a variety of de-escalation techniques and assertive time-bound strategies. A continental breakfast will be provided. Advance registration is required at www.caresworklifesolutions.com or call 866-888-1555, ext. 214.

ROCHESTER HILLS
AAM takes ownership of Sona Axle in India

Detroit-based American Axle & Manufacturing (AAM), has announced that it has assumed full ownership of the AAM Sona Axle Private Limited Joint Venture — AAM Sona Axle in Pantnagar, India. AAM Sona Axle, previously a joint venture between AAM and Sona Koyo Limited to manufacture passenger car and SUV axle assemblies for the India market, is now an independent company wholly owned by AAM. The change will not affect day-to-day operations at AAM Sona Axle. “I am counting on continued good relations with the Sona Group, whose local expertise has been very important to AAM as we have established our business in India,” said David C. Dauch, president and chief operating officer of AAM, which has a technical center in Rochester Hills.

WIXOM
Schonsheck Inc. celebrates 25 years

Schonsheck Inc. of Wixom celebrated its 25th anniversary. The design/build construction company was founded In October of 1985. Since then, the firm has completed more than a thousand projects, built three corporate offices of our own, developed industrial parks, retail centers, and various other facilities. Recent clients include Severstal North America, Ventower Industries, Lutheran High School South, Bill Snethkamp Dodge and the First Presbyterian Church of Howell. In 2005, the company was sold to the employees through an employee stock ownership plan.

Monday, January 10, 2011

FastTrac offers business program

MOUNT CLEMENS
FastTrac offers business program

FastTrac New Venture Entrepreneurial Training is offering a 10-week program that helps evaluate business opportunities and develop an action plan for owning a business.
Classes will be from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Mondays beginning Jan. 31 at the Macomb County Administration Building, 1 S. Main, 9th Floor conference room, Mount Clemens.
Registration fee is $100, which will be reimbursed at the end of successful completion of course requirements.
For more information or to register, call 586-469-5118 or send an e-mail to susan.bates@macombcountymi.gov.

TROY
Beaumont Hospitals names new services company

Jones Lang LaSalle has entered a services partnership with Beaumont Hospitals to manage Beaumont’s health care real estate, facilities and equipment services delivery.
Jones Lang LaSalle at Beaumont Hospitals will provide all of Beaumont’s health care facility services, including facility management, construction program management, utility operations, energy and sustainability services, property management, biomedical equipment maintenance and service management, lease administration, portfolio strategy and real estate transaction services. The partnership is aimed at saving costs and improving quality, service and efficiency.
The new entity will exclusively serve an 8.5-million-square-foot portfolio, including three hospital campuses, 5.1 million square feet of acute care hospital space, 1,744 licensed acute care patient beds and 101 owned or leased off-campus patient care or business sites located in metro Detroit.
Ted Spicer of Jones Lang LaSalle and Jim Safran from BSC will lead service operations for the new venture. It will launch in the first quarter of 2011. Visit www.joneslanglasalle.com.

SOUTHFIELD
HAP opens Southfield lobby

Health Alliance Plan has opened its Southfield Lobby Customer Service Center, 21700 Northwestern Hwy.
Members will be able to make individual and group payments, receive billing, claims and open enrollment information, order ID cards and access SOLO individual plan online services.
Hours are 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Visit www.hap.org.

TROY
Basso Design Group wins award

Basso Design Group has been declared the People’s Choice winner in the fifth annual Pixel Awards in the Agency category for their agency work, and most specifically their Aftermath website, aftermath.bassodesigngroup.com.
The Pixel Awards annually honor compelling sites that have shown excellence in web design and development. Only 24 exceptional sites will win.
“We are truly honored just to be recognized among such talented agencies all over the world — winning People’s Champ was an added bonus,” says Greg Basso, managing partner at Basso Design Group.
Basso Design Group is an award-winning interactive marketing agency recognized as one of the top interactive design agencies in Michigan.
For more information, visit Basso Design Group at www.bassodesigngroup.com.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Mobile Monday and other business events

DETROIT
Jan. 10 Mobile Apps in the Marketplace
Mobile Monday Detroit presents, “Mobile Apps in the Marketplace” 5:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 10 at the Compuware Building at One Campus Martius in Detroit. Registration is required for the free event. Visit meetup.com/Mobile-Monday-Detroit. The networking portion begins at 5:30 p.m. with presentations beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Speakers presenting include: Fred Jacobs, president and Paul Jacobs, VP/General Manager of Jacobs Media; Scott Holiday, Head Developer for jacAPPS, a division of Jacobs Media, a media research and application development firm and Mobile Monday Michigan co-founder and Mobile Technology Association of Michigan Founder, Linda Daichendt, CEO of Strategic Growth Concepts. E-mail Linda@MobileMondayMichigan.org or visit MobileMonday.net.

FARMINGTON HILLS
Jan. 11 ACG Detroit automotive outlook
The Association for Corporate Growth Detroit Chapter and the Original Equipment Suppliers Association will team to present a meeting Tuesday, Jan. 11 at Glen Oaks Golf & Country Club, 30500 W. 13 Mile Road, Farmington Hills.
The meeting will begin with networking, registration and breakfast at 7 a.m., followed by a presentation, “Automotive Outlook for 2011.”
Steve Hilfinger, Foley & Lardner, LLP, Managing Partner, Detroit Office is the moderator. Speakers include: Jim Gillette, Director of Financial Services, IHS Automotive; David Andrea, Vice President, Industry Analysis and Economics, Original Equipment Suppliers Association.
The cost is $25 for ACG members and $45 for guests. Contact Sharon Kimble at 877-894-2754 or acgdetroit@tc3net.com.

FARMINGTON HILLS
Jan. 11 Job Seekers Bootcamp
Job Seekers Bootcamp—Job Search Workshop is 7 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 11 at Farmington Community Library Main Branch, 32737 W 12 Mile Road, Farmington Hills. Preston Banks from Resume Solutions LLC, offers tips in this discussion series for job seekers. Call 248-553-0300 to register.

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 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. 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.

MADISON HEIGHTS
Jan. 13 Tips on appealing property values
Real Estate Investors Association of Oakland presents David E. Nykanen Esq., offering tips on appealing assessed property values at local boards of review, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday Jan. 13 at Club Venetian, 29310 John R. Road, Madison Heights. The seminar is free to members and $20 to nonmembers. Call 800-747-6742 or visit www.REIAofOakland.com.

DETROIT
Jan. 13 multicultural media luncheon
Multicultural Media Luncheon is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 13 at Westin Book Cadillac Hotel,1114 Washington Blvd., Detroit. The theme is "Building Brands Through Urban Markets." The keynote speaker is Earvin "Magic" Johnson. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Haitian charity Project Medishare and Orchards Children's Services in Michigan. Call 248-223-0904.

WATERFORD
Jan. 13 Waterford Chamber awards dinner
Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce hosts A Night at the Derby—12th Annual Meeting & Awards Dinner 5 to 9 p.m. Jan. 13 at White Lake Oaks, 991 N Williams Lake Road, Waterford Township. The cost is $48 per person. To register, call 248-666-8600 or visit www.waterfordchamber.org.

FRANKLIN
Jan. 13 Improvisation workshop
The MIPA - Ready for the Unexpected? Improvisation Theater Workshop is 6:30 to 9 p.m.Thursday, Jan. 13  at The Franklin Grill, 32760 Franklin Road, Franklin. The cost is $35. Call 248-787-0136 or visit www.mipadetroit.org

DETROIT
Jan. 14 Economic Club hosts Sprint CEO
The Detroit Economic Club presents Sprint CEO Dan Hesse 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 14 at Detroit Marriott, 100 Jefferson Ave., Detroit. He will discuss how advanced mobile technology can play a pivotal role in the future of the American automotive industry. Call 313-963-8546 or e-mail aczarnik@econclub.org.
   
OXFORD
Jan 15 Chamber awards gala
Oxford Chamber and Community Dinner and Awards Gala is 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15. A buffet style dinner will be served followed by desserts and the awards ceremony. Tickets are $15. Call 248-628-0410 for reservations.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Syntel named to Forbes ‘Best Small Companies’

TROY
Syntel named to Forbes ‘Best Small Companies’
Syntel, a global information technology services and Knowledge Process Outsourcing company, has been named to Forbes Magazine’s “100 Best Small Companies” list.
In order to be named to the list, firms with annual revenues between $5 million and $750 million are evaluated based on a number of criteria, including sales, profit, and earnings per-share growth rates, return on equity, and stock price. Syntel, which has been named to the list for four consecutive years, was ranked 38th overall. Syntel’s ranking was driven by 27 percent growth in earnings per share and a 34 percent jump in return on equity. Visit www.syntelinc.com.

SOUTHFIELD
Allcare Dental closes suddenly
The Better Business Bureau of Eastern Michigan has been informed by consumers that Allcare Dental with locations across Michigan, including Auburn Hills, has closed without notice. When patients showed up for their appointment or called, there was no one available. A note on the door read: “Effective December 31, the office of Allcare Dental & Dentures has been closed. We are currently working to find dentists to continue your care. For further information, go to allcareinfo.com or allcare.com.”
A website posting at www.allcareinfo.com apologizes to patients that they closed operations and there were no plans to reopen the offices. It states that they were working hard to transfer patient records and unfinished dental work to dentists with offices located close to the now-defunct offices.

WARREN
MSU Extension offers 8-week money management class
Michigan State University Extension is offering a free eight-week money management class Thursdays, Jan. 13 through March 3. Sessions are from 6:30-9 p.m. at Leaps and Bounds Family Services, Mount Calvary Community Center, 8129 Packard, Warren. The class will cover basic activities around money including setting goals, organizing paperwork, using a budget, cleaning up credit, purchasing insurance and saving. To register, call 586-469-7614.

WARREN
Home buying seminar offered
Michigan State University Extension is offering a seminar titled, “Are You Ready to Buy a Home?” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 27, at Warren City Hall, 1 City Square, Warren. The class is geared for first time home buyers or people who have not owned a home in at least three years.  For more information or to register, call 586-469-7614.

TROY
Malace and Associates hires CFO
Malace & Associates has hired Benny LaRocca, graduate of Oakland University, as the company’s new chief financial officer at the management headquarters in Troy. He previously was managing director with FEC Inc. Automation Systems in Macomb. For more information, visit www.malacehr.com.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Chamber of commerce holds first awards gala

OXFORD
Chamber of commerce holds first awards gala

The Oxford Chamber of Commerce is hosting its first annual Chamber and Community Dinner and Awards Gala at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15.
A buffet style dinner will be served followed by desserts and the awards ceremony. Tickets are $15.
Call 248-628-0410 for reservations or view the Oxford Chamber and Community Dinner on Facebook.

FERNDALE
WYCD Cares for St. Jude Kids Radiothon raises over $330,000

Capping off its 11th year, the WYCD Cares for St. Jude Kids Radiothon, held Dec. 9 and 10 raised $338,700 — nearly $50,000 more than in 2009 — for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.
Over the past decade, WYCD Cares for St. Jude Kids Radiothon has raised more than $5.5 million from listeners’ donations, benefitting the hospital that treats children suffering from cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

SOUTHFIELD
Your People receives marketing excellence award

Your People, LLC received a 2010 Gold MarCom Award for excellence in marketing. Administered by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals in Arlington, Texas, the MarCom award recognized the business-to-business marketing booklet created by Your People, LLC, for Acupuncture Healthcare Associates of Michigan, Inc. titled, “Acupuncture and Western Medicine: Complementary Treatments.”

FRASER
zipLogix provides digital signature solution

zipLogix of Fraser has extended its partnership with the South Carolina Association of Realtors. zipLogix is the creator of zipFormÆ 6, a real-estate industry contract software that provides electronic real estate forms and secure signature with zipLogix Digital Ink.
The partnership is a multi-year agreement provided for the association’s 15,000 agents and brokers.
With zipLogix Digital Ink digital signature solution, a document is signed and that digital signature is permanently embedded within the document.
For more information, call 888-318-2660 or e-mail wwaldrep@ziplogix.com.

TROY
Citizens awards Troy’s Hershey Insurance Group

Citizens Insurance Company of America has honored Hershey Insurance Group, Inc., of Troy, with its Top Agency Award for Eastern Michigan. Citizens is a company of The Hanover Insurance Group, Inc., a property and casualty insurance provider.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Oakland County and SCORE host January workshops

SOUTHFIELD/WATERFORD TWP.
SCORE Detroit hosts workshopsDetroit SCORE “Counselors to America’s Small Business” Chapter 18 and the SBA Michigan District Office, in cooperation with Oakland County are hosting a series of workshops for small business. To register for these sessions, call 313-226-7947.
“Could I...Should I Start My Own Business?” is 8:45 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Jan. ,5 at Southfield Public Library, 26300 Evergreen Road, Southfield. The cost is $10 in advance.
“Improve Your Odds When Seeking a Small Business Loan” is 8:45 a.m. to noon Thurs., Jan. 6, at Oakland County EOB Bldg. 41 West, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township. The cost is $20 in advance.
“Planning Your Own Business” is 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12, at Southfield Public Library. The cost is $45 in advance.

WATERFORD TWP.
Oakland County holds January 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, Thursday, 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. The fee is $30.

SOUTHFIELD
AwesomeU! presents monthly résumé workshop
“Bacon, Eggs & Résumés! 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 Drive, Southfield. The workshop offers interview tips and a professionally prepared résumé. The cost is $50 each. For information, visit awesomedesignstudio.com or call 248-875-2583.

Monday, January 3, 2011

O2 Investment acquires chemical manufacturer

BLOOMFIELD HILLS
O2 Investment acquires chemical manufacturer
O2 Investment Partners of Bloomfield Hills, a private equity firm, has acquired all outstanding shares of Silbond Corporation, a specialty chemical manufacturing business based in Weston, near the Ohio border. Jay Hansen, president of O2, announced the deal and added that the transaction included partnering with Silbond’s management team. 
Founded in 1994, Silbond employs 50 people and is a leading supplier of “tetra ethyl ortho silicate,” a specialty chemical used in industries such as semiconductors and electronics, protective coatings, investment casting, and chemical processing.
In addition to Silbond, other portfolio companies owned by O2 Investment principals include: Rhe-Tech, Inc., a Michigan based plastics compounding and coloring business and New Horizons Northeast, a New York based computer and software training and education provider to consumers and businesses. Visit www.o2investment.com.

MADISON HEIGHTS
Ross Medical holds book drive
Ross Medical Education Center campuses throughout Michigan held a book drive to benefit hospitalized kids recently. The Madison Heights campus, 29429 John R. Road, led the drive with 80 books for the Children’s Hospital of Michigan and 40 books came from the New Baltimore campus, 51133 Birch Street. The 10 campuses collected 360 books that benefited six different hospitals.

STERLING HEIGHTS
Cityside Management donates to hunger relief
Cityside Management in Sterling Heights is a new asset management company for Housing and Urban Development. Their employees decided to forgo the holiday party this year and donate the money to a local food bank to stop hunger. The donation they made will provide meals for 1,500 people, as opposed to a lavish party for 16.


SOUTHFIELD
Mary Covington named Tax Preparer of the Year
Jackson Hewitt Tax Service Inc. of Southfield announced that Mary Covington was honored as a Jackson Hewitt 2010 Tax Preparer of the Year. Visit www.jacksonhewitt.com.


ORCHARD LAKE
Chef Mark Dixon, CEC, named state Chef of Year
The Michigan Chefs de Cuisine, the state’s top culinary organization that includes executive chefs, sous chefs, pastry chefs and culinary workers, has named Mark Dixon, CEC, executive chef at Orchard Lake Country Club, as its Chef of the Year.
In addition to being awarded the prestigious Chef of the Year trophy, a special dinner will be held in his honor by the Michigan Chefs de Cuisine in 2011.
Dixon, who lives in Novi, has been executive chef at Orchard Lake Country Club since 2008, after 17 years at Dearborn Country Club. He earned his certified executive chef (CEC) degree from Oakland Community College and has taught culinary arts at the school since 1991.
The club has an 18-hole golf course and was host to the 2009 and 2010 Michigan Open. Visit www.orchardlakecountryclub.com.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

LIghthouse offers free mortgage counseling

PONTIAC
Free mortgage counseling
Free one-on-one mortgage delinquency and foreclosure counseling is 6-8 p.m. Jan. 25 at Pontiac Public Library, 60 E Pike St. It is sponsored by Lighthouse of Oakland County (HUD Certified Housing Counseling Agency). Call Sheila Howard, showard@lighthouseoakland.org, at 248-920-6060 ext 241.

TROY
Law firm receives Expatriate Management Award
Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy LLP, a global law firm specializing in immigration law, received an Expratriate Management Award for Most Innovative Use of Technology in Global Mobility.
Chairman and Managing Partner Austin Fragomen was recognized for his outstanding contribution to global mobility and was inducted into the Forum for Expatriate Management Hall of Fame at the 2010 Global Mobility Summit’s EMMA Awards in New York. There were more than 240 nominations for the EMMA awards this year.
During the course of his career in immigration, Fragomen has served as staff counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee on immigration, citizenship and international law and as an adjunct professor of law at New York University School of Law.

MACOMB TWP.
Save On Everything names VP of auto dealer publication
Save On Everything, a Troy-based direct-mail marketing and advertising business has named Bill Davis of Macomb Township vice president of “Save On Cars and Trucks,” a monthly publication mailed to 1.2 million homes in the Detroit tri-county region. Davis was previously vice-president of sales for Save on Everything and has been with the company for more than 21 years.

STERLING HEIGHTS
Chamber to host tri-community luncheon and annual address
The Sterling Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce & Industry will hold its annual tri-community luncheon and address at Cherry Creek Golf Club on Wednesday, Jan. 26. The event will feature Mayor Jacqueline Noonan of Utica, Mayor Richard Notte of Sterling Heights and Supervisor Richard Stathakis of Shelby Township. Each will re-cap their 2010 year projects and their 2011 expectations.
Check in begins at 11:30 a.m., lunch is at noon. Cherry Creek Golf Club is  at 52000 Cherry Creek Drive, Shelby Township. RSVP to 586-731-5400, ext. 10 or 13 or e-mail events@shrcci.com. Admission is $30 for chamber members and $40 for non-members.

MADISON HEIGHTS
Henkel Corporation donates to Capuchin Soup Kitchen
Henkel Corporation of Madison Heights has donated $5,000 to the Capuchin Soup Kitchen to help feed the hungry during the holidays. Instead of the annual certificates given to employees to purchase turkeys, the employees chose to donate the funds to the soup kitchen. The funds provided will enable the soup kitchen to provide a hot meal for at least 3,500 people.

ROCHESTER HILLS
DPro Marketing hires Tanner Friedman to promote web division
DPro Marketing, an online marketing and web development company based in Rochester Hills, has hired Tanner Friedman Strategic Communications of Farmington Hills to promote its new division, DPro Video Productions, to meet an increasing focus on and demand for video production content for the web.
DPro’s video media strategy is more than two years in the making and one poised to double the company’s revenue over the next one to two years. This will necessitate the need to add video editors and motion graphics professionals for the creation of video vignettes and movies for company websites and social media platforms that offer high-production value at affordable price points.
 “What we are essentially doing is creating customized ‘movie trailers,’ aimed at enticing viewers into wanting to see more of a particular product or service. This allows companies in virtually any industry to more effectively and visually tell their stories to an audience (and search engines) eager for new content,” says DPro founder Noel Thompson.
For more information, visit: www.dpromarketing.com.