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, February 28, 2011

Michigan Made Art Fair Fever coming Saturday

BERKLEY
Michigan Made Market shares Art Fair Fever on Saturday
More than 60 local artists and authors are coming together to create a fun, art fairlike shopping experience. Yellow Door Art Market is hosting an Art Fair Fever open house 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 5. There will be a large variety of garden goods, photography, clothing and handbags, creative jewelry, pottery and sweet smelling soaps, candles and more. Many of the artists will be present to talk about their crafts, including Dena Gillespie of Clawson who creates cool wire sculptures.
In addition, Michigan authors will be signing copies of their books, including writer and photographer Pete Wurdock, who will be signing copies of his book, “Places I Hide,” 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Margaret Mason will also be debuting her latest release, “These Hands,” which is about African-Americans who worked at the Detroit Wonder Bread factory in the 1950s. Mason will be present from 1 to 3 p.m. Other festivities include free artist-made goodies with purchases greater than $30, 15 percent off all items and Michigan-made sips and snacks served throughout the day.

TROY
A ‘Bigger Taste’ of Leadership Oakland coming March 10
The annual Taste of Leadership Oakland, is being billed this year as a “Bigger Taste,” with added attractions and displays that highlight some of the topics covered in the Leadership Oakland program. “Taste” will take place from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 10, at the Townsend Hotel, One Townsend Drive, Birmingham. Since networking has become a powerful part of this event, additional time and activities to facilitate this are also part of the plan, including the presence of the Oakland County Commissioners to meet and greet their constituency. Hors d’oeuvres will be served and a cash bar is available. Tickets are $23 per person. Visit www.leadershipoakland.com/index.php/our-store or call 248-952-6880. Taste of Leadership Oakland is sponsored by HAP, DTE Energy Foundation, Mercedes-Benz Financial, Corp!, Townsend Hotel, Humana, Baker College of Auburn Hills, TTI Global, ITC, Oakland County and Monroe Products.

FARMINGTON HILLS
Eternal Image launches KISS burial caskets
Eternal Image Inc., a public company engaged in the design, manufacturing and marketing of officially licensed memorial products such as caskets, urns, monuments, vaults and gift items, announced that two of its official KISS burial casket models are now available. These burial caskets are made of 20-gauge steel and feature iconic KISS images with a striking black interior fabric. Both head panels display classic KISS logos. Call 248-932-3333 or visit www.eternalimage.net.

WIXOM
Detroit Public Television announces new chairwoman
Detroit Public Television (DPTV) announced the election of Melonie Colaianne as new Board of Trustees chairwoman. Colaianne is president and director of corporate affairs of MASCO Corp. Foundation. Also, DPTV announced at the public station’s annual board meeting the addition of three new board members: Tim Nicholson of PVS Chemicals, Hannan Lis of The WW Group and Arthur Horwitz of Renaissance Media/The Detroit Jewish News.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Oakland County workshops include social media marketing

Oakland County Business Center is offering its monthly workshops starting with a social media marketing class. The classes will be held 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.
Social Media Marketing Part 1 is 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, March 2 at The fee is $40.
Pre-Business Research is 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, March 3. This workshop is free, but pre-registration is required.
FastTrac Growth Venture (Venture Forward) is a 10-week program designed for owners, CEOs and top management team members of businesses with at least two years of operating experience. The class is 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Fridays, March 4 through May 6. The fee is $140. Applicants need to be pre-qualified.
CEED Microloan Orientation is 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 9. This workshop is free, but pre-registration is required.
Fundamentals of Starting a Business is 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, March 10. The fee is $30.
Five Keys to Successful Financial Management for Small Business is 8 a.m. to noon Wednesday, March 16. The fee is $25.
Fundamentals of Writing a Business Plan is 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, March 17. The fee is $40, which includes all materials.
QuickBooks Essentials is 9 to 11:30 a.m. or 12:30 to 3 p.m. Thursday, March 24. Session I is $40 per person and Session II is $40 per person. Both Sessions are $75 per person.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Business events plan for success

ROCHESTER
Feb. 22: Community outlook luncheon

Elected leaders of Rochester, Rochester Hills and Oakland Township are keynote speakers at Community Outlook Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 22 at the Oakland University Banquet Rooms on the campus of Oakland University, 2200 N. Squirrel Road, Rochester.
City of Rochester Mayor Jeff Cuthbertson, Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett and Oakland Township Supervisor Jim Creech will address residents and business people.
 Tickets are $35 for chamber members, $40 for nonmembers. A corporate table for 10 includes discounted rate and priority seating. Lunch is included. Make reservations at www.rrc-mi.com or call 248-651-6700.

SYLVAN LAKE
Feb. 22: Bloomfield North Chamber networking

Bloomfield North Area Monthly Rise & Shine is 8 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22, at Burger King, 2140 Orchard Lake Road, Sylvan Lake.

TROY
Feb. 23:
Chamber economic development plans will be discussedSandy K. Baruah, president and CEO of the Detroit Regional Chamber, will blend optimism with honesty as he discusses the chamber’s economic development plans for Southeast Michigan in his presentation, “Five Observations and a Path Forward” at the monthly meeting of the Marketing & Sales Executives of Detroit. The event is 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23, at MSU Management Education Center, 811 W. Square Lake Road, Troy. The event begins with hors d’oeuvres and networking at 5 p.m., the speaker presentation at 6 p.m. and dessert and networking at 7 p.m. Admission is $45 for members and $60 for nonmembers. Call 248-643-9685 or visit www.msedetroit.org. 

SOUTHFIELD
Feb. 23: Business plan workshop

Detroit SCORE Chapter 18 presents “How to Write a Successful Business Plan,” is 8:45 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Feb. 23 at Southfield Public Library, 26300 Evergreen Road, Southfield. The cost is $45. Call 313-226-7947 to register.

DETROIT
Feb. 26-27
Detroit Business Festival has something for everyone
The Russell Bazaar will be honoring Detroit area entrepreneurs and small-businesses at the 3rd annual Detroit Business Festival, 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 27, at 1600 Clay Ave., Building No. 3, Detroit. Industry leaders from various backgrounds will also lead seminars about critical business skills. Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh will deliver a keynote address at 2 p.m. Sunday. The festival will feature all-ages entertainment, including food court, live music, raffles and children’s activities. “Reveal: Inside the Artists’ Vision,” a gallery exhibit featuring local African American artists, will be running throughout the weekend. Entrepreneurs and area businesses are welcome to reserve space at the festival. Admission is free. Booths of various sizes will be available to interested participants for $25 to $75, which includes admission to all seminars and discussions. Registration forms are available at www.RussellBazaar.com/dbf.

DETROIT
Feb. 28: Detroit Economic Club

The Detroit Economic Club presents: Economy 2011: Reality Check, with featured panelists: Diane Swonk, Chief Economist and Senior Managing Director of Mesirow Financial and Mark Zandi, Chief Economist of Moody’s Analytics, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 28 at Cobo Center, 1 Washington Blvd., Detroit.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Events next week offer 'A path forward'

TROY
SE Michigan Economic Development Plans to be discussed
Sandy K. Baruah, president and CEO of the Detroit Regional Chamber, will blend optimism with honesty as he discusses the Chamber's economic development plans for SE Michigan in his presentation, "Five Observations and a Path Forward" at the monthly meeting of the Marketing & Sales Executives of Detroit 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23 at MSU Management Education Center, 811 W. Square Lake Road, Troy. The event begins with hors d'oeuvres and networking at 5 p.m., the speaker presentation at 6 p.m. and dessert and networking at 7 p.m. Admission is $45 for members and $60 for non-members. Call 248-643-9685 or visit www.msedetroit.org.

ROCHESTER
Engineers and IT Professionals sought
The Oakland Macomb Job Hub 2011: Where Oakland Macomb Employers Meet SE Michigan Job Seekers is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24 at Oakland University Student Center, 2200 N. Squirrel Road, Rochester. Engineer-seeking companies signed up to participate in the Oakland Macomb Job Hub 2011 include Bright Automotive, Dow Corning, FANUC Robotics, Magna eCar, Gibbs Technology, ALTe, and Rayconnect. There is a $100 non-refundable registration fee for employers. Employers and applicants may register at www.mijobhub.com.

DEARBORN
Volt marketing director to give marketing presentation
The Detroit Chapter of the American Marketing Association is hosting a marketing presentation by Tony DiSalle, director of product marketing for the Volt. He will describe the multifaceted marketing strategies used for launching the Chevy Volt, the 2011 Motor Trend Car of the year. It is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24 at Quad E North, University of Michigan: Dearborn, 19000 Hubbard Drive, Dearborn. The event includes networking, hors d'oeuvres and door prizes. Visit www.amadetroit.com.

CLINTON TWP.
Job fair slated
JobFairGiant.com will sponsor the Empowering Michigan Career Expo, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25 at Concorde Inn Hotel 44315 Gratiot Ave, Clinton Township. Visit www.jobfairgiant.com.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Women business owners gather

National Association of Women Business Owners Greater Detroit Chapter 19th Annual Networking Session is 4:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 17 at SI/S3 Entertainment Studios, 16630 Southfield Road, Allen Park. "NAWBO Women Take the Stage: Fashion, Cars & Stars" evening of networking featuring a panel discussion on how to do business with or get involved in the film industry, a fashion show, strolling buffet, vehicle and exhibitor displays and tour a real-life movie set — The Wannabees. Admission is $35 at the door. enter at Entrance Five. For information, visit www.nawbogdc.org.

Oakland County workers are getting ahead

Oakland County workers are being hired and promoted. The economy might not be the best it's ever been, but things are brightening up for many.
Unfortunately, there is still a great deal of joblessness. A friend of mine said, "It's a depression for those who have lost their job." It's a recession for families who have had reduced or threatened income.
For those who have been spared "lost wages," many are working to reduce their debt and get in better shape financially.
Business really seems to be picking up, judging by the number of e-mails The Oakland Press receives about  people starting new businesses, expanding, hiring and promoting. If you have a new business or expansion in Oakland or Macomb county, be sure to e-mail to business.news@oakpress.com.
Read about Oakland County movers and shakers People on the Move on The Oakland Press website.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Detroit Business Festival IS Big Deal

DETROIT
Detroit Business Festival
The Russell Bazaar will be honoring Detroit area entrepreneurs and small-businesses at the Third Annual Detroit Business Festival, 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26 and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 27 at 1600 Clay Ave., Building #3, Detroit. Industry leaders from various backgrounds will also lead seminars about critical business skills. Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh will deliver a keynote address at 2 p.m. Sunday. The festival will feature all-ages entertainment, including food court, live music, raffles, and children’s activities. “Reveal: Inside the Artists’ Vision,” a gallery exhibit featuring local African-American artists will be running throughout the weekend. Entrepreneurs and area businesses are welcome to reserve space at the festival. Admission is free. Booths of various sizes will be available to interested participants for $25-75, which includes admission to all seminars and discussions. Registration forms are available at www.RussellBazaar.com/dbf.

This year’s festival will be similar to the previously successful events in 2009 and 2010, which included 100+ small businesses in participation and over 1,500 attendees from Detroit and the surrounding metropolitan area. Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh will return again this year to deliver the keynote address.

Entrepreneurs and area businesses are welcome to reserve space at the festival, where they may promote their brand’s services and network with other professionals. The festival is an opportunity for entrepreneurs to learn more about the initiatives and opportunities available to new businesses as well as participate in educational seminars. Interested participants may register for space at the festival by downloading the proper forms from the DBF website,www.RussellBazaar.com/dbf

Marty West, Director of the Russell Bazaar is enthusiastic about the potential of this year’s event, “We’re committed to the continued growth of the festival and are excited about the list of diverse businesses participating this year. This festival gives us an exciting opportunity to celebrate the success of the Russell Industrial Center as a world class art and small business collective, “ she says. “We invite the community to learn about existing businesses and the future of Detroit entrepreneurship.”

The 2011 Detroit Business Festival will also feature additional all-ages entertainment, including live music, raffles, and children’s activities. “Reveal: Inside the Artists’ Vision,” a gallery exhibit featuring local African-American artists will be running throughout the weekend. The gallery exhibit includes work from Mario Moore, Sabrina Nelson, Harold Allen, and M. Saffell Gardner.

The Russell Bazaar, a retail marketplace in the Russell Industrial Center, provides an excellent setting for the festival, as it was transformed from an empty warehouse space to a small business incubator. The 65,000 square foot space that now houses the Russell Bazaar sat empty for years after the manufacturing business it once housed was closed. In 2008, the space was reopened as an indoor marketplace where individual vendors can lease affordable retail space on a weekly basis. In providing a space for entrepreneurs to develop their businesses with little start-up cost, the Russell Bazaar has stimulated economic growth within the city.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Business calendar for Oakland County

BINGHAM FARMS
Free family law advice forum
Annette J. Benson & Associate, PC, to host recurring Conversation Circles, free family law forums for people with questions regarding custody, divorce, pre-nuptial agreements and any other family law topic. Beginning March 1, the practice will open its doors from 6 to 8 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at 30600 Telegraph Road, Suite 4290, Bingham Farms. The monthly event will feature light refreshments.  Reservations are encouraged, e-mail to liz@bensonfamilylaw.com or call 248-646-2600.

BIRMINGHAM
Feb. 16: Business card exchange
Better Business Bureau Business Card Exchange is 8 to 10 a.m. Feb. 16 at at 26999 Central Park Blvd., Suite 165, Southfield. Free networking event and continental breakfast. Dan Russell of the DEM Group will speak about annual business “check-up" for a successful 2011. Contact Patrick Bennett at pbennett@easternmichiganbbb.org or 248-799-0326.


DETROIT
Feb. 17: Detroit Economic Club
The Detroit Economic Club Presents: Josh Linkner, Chairman & Founder, ePrize, "Unleashing Creativity," 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 17 at Westin Book Cadillac, 1114 Washington Blvd., Detroit. Josh Linkner to sign copies of his latest book, “Disciplined Dreaming: A Proven System to Drive Breakthrough Creativity.” Admission is $45 for members, $55 for guests and $75 for non-members. Visit www.econclub.org/Meetings or call 313-963-8547.

WATERFORD TWP.
Feb. 17: Waterford chamber mixer
Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce Business After-Hours Mixer is 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17 at Lindell AC Sports Pub, 3150 Elizabeth Lake Road, Waterford. Admission is $15 for nonmembers and $10 for members. Register at www.waterfordchamber.org or call 248-666-8600.

TROY
Feb. 17: Financial strategies for women
Financial Strategies for Women is 7 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 17 at Congregation Shir Tikvah, 3900 Northfield Pkwy., Troy. Carol Balagur, MBA, CFP, of Ameriprise Financial Services will be the speaker. The cost is $5 per person. Free parking.

NOVI
Feb. 17: MEGA Conference
The Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants sponsors Winter CPE MEGA Conference for Industry is 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 17 at Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave., Novi. Designed specifically for professionals in business and industry, conferences with sessions in accounting and auditing, ethics, taxation and technology will be offered. The cost is $215 for members and $315 for nonmembers. Visit www.michcpa.org.

SOUTHFIELD
Feb. 17: Financial lecture series
The city of Southfield and Huntington National Bank will present the latest installment of the Treasurer’s Financial Lecture Series at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17 at the Southfield Public Library, 26300 Evergreen Road, Southfield.
The first installment, Your Money matters: An Overview of Budgeting, Banking and Successful Cash Flow Management is 6 to 6:45 p.m. The second installment, Owning Your Own Home: An Overview of the City of Southfield’s Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP), Renting Vs. Buying, and the Mortgage Process is 7 to 7:45 p.m.
The program is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Register by calling Southfield City Treasurer Irv Lowenberg’s office at 248-796-5210 or e-mail ilowenberg@cityofsouthfield.com.

Feb. 18: SolidWorks Webcast
SolidWorks Corporation is hosting a free Webcast series to introduce products for business needs. The first session will begin at noon, Friday, Feb. 18. Register at www1.gotomeeting.com/register/564311721. For information, visit www.dasisolutions.com.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Recession over? Ask Cupid

“Are there more marriage licenses or divorce cases filed on Valentine’s Day?”
 Professor Cunningham asks his students every year at this time.
James Cunningham
While topics dealing with the legal and financial fallout of relationships that go bad are the standard fare of Family Law, the course James P. Cunningham teaches as adjunct Professor at Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Auburn Hills campus, “students are disappointed to hear that couples actually break up around what is supposed to be the most romantic time of year.”
Usually, says Cunningham, who has been tracking this for years, “you get about the same number of couples seeking to marry and those seeking to divorce.”
But last year, in Oakland County at least, things were dramatically different. On the last workday before Valentine’s Day and the day after (Valentine’s Day was on a Sunday in 2010), while  36 marriage licenses were issued by the Oakland County Clerk, more than the year before,  48 Complaints for Divorce were filed as well. Can this be good news for the romantic and heartbroken alike?
 “It’s antidotal, of course, but its one more encouraging sign that the worst of the recession is over in Michigan.”
 “Historically, when the economy is doing well, you see higher and higher divorce rates.  People are optimistic about their future and are willing, and can afford to start over.” And if it’s true that a rise in divorce filings is an ironic sign of an improving economy, even in the once beaten down Michigan, might it be the same nationwide?
“Studies have been consistent over the past several years that divorces have been dipping along with the economy”, says Cunningham, citing a 2008 survey of over 800 fellows of the   American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, (AAML) an organization comprised of the nation’s top matrimonial attorneys.
We may have bottomed out.
According to caseload reports published by the Michigan Supreme Court, divorce filings in Oakland County, which fell steadily from 2005 through 2008 increased by over 7% in 2009. 2010 saw filings inch up even a little more, exceeding over 5,000 for the first time since 2004. (Oakland is the second busiest circuit in Michigan, exceeded only by Wayne County (Detroit).)
Professor Cunningham’s interest in the subject is more than just academic. A partner in the Birmingham law firm of Williams, Williams, Rattner & Plunkett, he has specialized in family law for over 30 years. He is Past-President of the Michigan Chapter of the AAML.
So what about the increase in marriage licenses?
“Love is recession proof” says Cunningham.  248-642-0333.

Friday, February 11, 2011

SAE hosts State of the Industry dinner

TROY
SAE hosts State of the Industry meeting
The Detroit Section of SAE International will host a panel of automotive experts to discuss the current industry conditions at their State of the Industry Section Meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 15 at the San Marino Club in Troy. The program will begin with a social hour at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. The State of the Industry panel discussion will commence at 7:30 p.m. Confirmed panelists include Dr. David Cole, Chairman Emeritus, Center for Automotive Research; Neil De Koker, President and CEO, Original Equipment Suppliers Association; Lonnie Miller, Vice President, Marketing and Industry Analysis, Polk; and Jason Stein, Editor, “Automotive News.” David L. Schutt, PhD, Chief Executive Officer, SAE International will serve as the moderator. Tickets are $40 for SAE members, $55 for non-members and $15 for SAE student members. Call 248-324-4445, or visit www.sae-detroit.org.

BIRMINGHAM
Feb. 15: Entrepreneur series begins
The Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber is partnering with the Miller Canfield law firm for a four-part series to help a new wave of entrepreneurs find the necessary capital to either launch a new venture or grow it to the next level. The first segment is  4 to 6 p.m. Feb. 15 at The Townsend Hotel, 100 Townsend St., Birmingham. Visit www.bbcc.com or call 248-644-1700.

OAKLAND COUNTY
Feb. 16: Tax assessment workshops offered
Oakland County will host three workshops to provide residents vital information about appealing property tax assessments for the March Board of Review. The workshops will be held: 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16 at Novi City Hall, 45175 West Ten Mile Road, Novi; 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24 at Oakland Community College—Royal Oak Campus, Lilla Jones-Johnson Theater, Bldg D, 2nd floor, 739 S. Washington, Royal Oak and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 2 at Oakland County Board of Commissioners, 1200 N. Telegraph Road, Pontiac. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Call 248-975-4417 or visit www.oakgov.com/equal.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Fifth Third Bank picks VP

SOUTHFIELD
Fifth Third Bank picks VP

 Fifth Third Bank named Tamra Tobin Teno vice president at Fifth Third Bank Eastern Michigan of Southfield. She previously worked for Comerica Bank.

PONTIAC
Grace Centers given $25K

 Grace Centers of Hope in Pontiac has been awarded $25,000 from the Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program. The funds will be used to support the nonprofit’s newly created Grace to the Finish program, which provides job training and life skills development for clients who are emerging from homelessness.

SOUTHFIELD
Lawyer takes partnership

 Warner Norcross & Judd LLP has hired Nazli G. Sater to its Southfield office. Sater, who joins the law firm as a partner, concentrates her practice in the Family Law/Divorce Practice Group. She was a partner in the litigation department of Hyman Lippitt, P.C., where she concentrated her practice in divorce and family law. A native of Bloomfield Hills, she resides there with her two daughters. To learn more, visit www.wnj.com.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Just Baked offers cupcake bouquet

ROYAL OAK/NOVI
Just Baked offers cupcake bouquets
For those tired of the same old chocolates and flowers, there’s a new twist on Valentine’s Day gifts. Just Baked Valentine cupcake bouquets in chocolate or vanilla flavor are available in packages of 10 and can be delivered with a card to the valentine of choice. Or they can be picked up at one of five Just Baked locations, including 32828 Woodward Ave. in Royal Oak and Twelve Oaks Mall in Novi. To order, call 248-255-1441. Visit www.justbakedshop.com.



SOUTHFIELD
Fifth Third Bank introduces credit builder program
While the country continues toward economic recovery, millions of Americans face the unfortunate reality of poor or impacted credit. To help consumers, Fifth Third Bank has introduced its Credit Builder Program, a full suite of financial tools designed to help consumers establish or reestablish credit, available at the bank’s 89 Michigan banking center locations
With the program, participants will work one-on-one with a financial professional to review their credit profile, choose the appropriate checking and savings packages and establish a savings plan. Program participants receive access to their ongoing credit information at all three major credit reporting agencies through Fifth Third Identity Alert.
Additionally, the Fifth Third eBus tours the bank’s markets throughout 2011. The eBus is a 40-foot bus that doubles as a mobile classroom providing credit counseling, financial literacy, homeownership and foreclosure prevention services directly to the community.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

People on the move

FARMINGTON HILLS
Kenneth J. Dalto adds business consultant
Lou Peters has joined Kenneth J. Dalto & Associates of Farmington Hills as a consultant in business management and corporate finance. He has held executive positions as a commercial banker with over 30 year's experience. He previously held the position of executive vice president at Paramount Bank.


ROYAL OAK
Law firm adds partners
Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC announced that Stephen P. Dunn, Michael O. Fawaz and Melanie T. Frazier have become shareholders in the firm. They all practice out of the firm’s Royal Oak Office.

DETROIT
Attorney Steven Migliore joins Honigman’s
Migliore
Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP announces that Steven J. Migliore has joined the firm as an attorney in the Corporate and Securities Department. Migliore concentrates his practice on stock/asset purchases, acquisitions and general corporate work. He previously worked at Evans & Luptak, P.L.C. in Farmington Hills. Visit www.honigman.com.






SOUTHFIELD
David Mully joins Charter One 
Mully
David Mully of Novi, has joined Charter One as a Senior Mortgage Loan Officer. His office is in Novi.   
He originates a wide range of home financing programs, including both conventional and government loans. He specializes in financing for high-end homes and also helps first-time home buyers obtain home financing.
 Mully has been in the mortgage business for 21 years. He came to Charter One from Midtown Financial, where he was a senior loan officer. He has been a volunteer youth football and baseball coach in the Novi community for several years.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Business events in Oakland County

WATERFORD TWP.
February: Oakland business workshops

The Oakland County Business Center offers seminars for business owners and entrepreneurs at Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township. To register, visit oakgov.com/peds/ calendar or call 248-858-0783.
Working for Yourself: The Ins & Outs of Becoming a Consultant, a Contractor, or Service Provider is 9 a.m.-noon, Tuesday, Feb. 8. The fee is $40.
Pre-Business Research is 6-9:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 8. This workshop is free, but registration is required.
Social Media Marketing-Part 1 is 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15. The fee is $40.
Fundamentals of Starting a Business is 6-––9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16. The fee is $30.

AUBURN HILLS
Feb. 8: Ignite Automotive

Ignite Automotive 2  is 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Feb. 8 at Walter P. Chrysler Museum, One Chrysler Drive, Auburn Hills. Ignite is a high-energy evening of five-minute talks by people who have an idea. The talks are connected through the global Ignite network, via video streaming and archives. Tickets are $5 and must be purchased in advance at www.igniteautomotive.org. All proceeds will be donated to the museum. Call 248-325-8009.

SOUTHFIELD
Feb. 8: Free sneak preview event for compact luxury hybrid

Meade Lexus of Southfield has announced an opportunity for drivers to experience the world’s first compact luxury hybrid before its release. The Lexus 2011 CT200h will debut amidst a trendy event atmosphere aimed at a younger, tech-savvy crowd 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 8 at Meade Lexus of Southfield, 28300 Northwestern Hwy, Southfield. Additional event highlights include red carpet photo opportunities, hor d’oeuvres, a giveaway, a chance to be featured on a Lexus website, and more. To attend this free event, RSVP to www.tinyurl.com/23nlyyc.

BLOOMFIELD HILLS
Feb. 8: CEO Roundtable

Detroit SCORE Chapter 18 presents CEO Roundtable: Sharing Insights with Other CEOs 9:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8, at Bloomfield Township Library, 1099 Lone Pine Road, Bloomfield Hills. To register, call 313-226-7947.

FARMINGTON HILLS
Feb. 8: Economic Outlook Meeting

The Association for Corporate Growth Detroit Chapter and the Risk Management Association team to present “2011 Economic Outlook Meeting” 7 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 8 at Glen Oaks Golf & Country Club, 30500 W. 13 Mile Road, Farmington Hills.
Paul Traub, business economist with the Detroit Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank Chicago will present his analysis of the economy.
The meeting will begin with networking, registration and breakfast.
The cost is $25 for members of either assocation and $45 for guests. Call Sharon Kimble at 877-894-2754 or acgdetroit@comcast.net.

SOUTHFIELD
Feb. 9: SCORE workshops

Detroit SCORE Chapter 18 is offering its monthly series of workshops:
“Planning Your Own Business,” is 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 9. The cost is $45.
“Basic Marketing Concepts” is 8:45 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Feb. 16. The cost is $45.
These workshops take place at Jewish Vocational Services, 29699 Southfield Road, Southfield. Call 313-226-7947 to register.

NOVI
Feb. 9: Business women’s meeting

American Business Women’s Association, (ABWA), Novi Oaks Monthly Meeting is 6:15 to 8:45 p.m. Feb. 9 at DoubleTree Hotel, 42100 Crescent Blvd., Novi. Registration required at www.abwa.org/Events. Admission is $16, dinner included.

MADISON HEIGHTS
Feb. 10: Real estate seminar

A seminar discussing the changes in the tax laws, presented by Real Estate Investors Assoc. of Oakland is 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday Feb. 10 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.

TROY
Feb. 10: Entrepreneur Initiative forum

The Entrepreneurial Initiative of Southeast Michigan 2011 forum is 8:30 to 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 10 at Automation Alley Headquarters, 2675 Bellingham, Troy. Registration begins at 8 a.m. The free event features presentations by local emerging companies. Amjad Hussain of SilkRoute Global is the keynote speaker. Visit www.automationalley.com or call 248-457-3200.


BIRMINGHAM
Feb. 15 Series begins for entrepreneurs

The Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber is partnering with the Miller Canfield law firm for a four-part series to help a new wave of entrepreneurs find the necessary capital to either launch a new venture or grow it to the next level. The first segment is Feb. 15, will focus on financing options available at banks, credit unions and venture capital firms. Scheduled panelists include LeAnn Auer, executive director of the Michigan Venture Capital Association; Scott Wolffis, senior vice president and business banking market manager for Huntington Bank and M.B. Ducher, vice president of buiness services for Central Corporate Credit Unions.
The second session, set for May 24, will explore the myriad government loan and grant programs available to startup and second stage businesses. It will be followed on July 26 with the program will delve into diversity and financing, and how to tap into specialty and ethnic markets, while the fourth session on Sept. 27 will address global financing options and how to attract foreign capital to your business venture. All four programs in the series will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. at The Townsend Hotel, 100 Townsend St., Birmingham. Visit www.bbcc.com or call 248-644-1700.

BIRMINGHAM
Feb. 16: Benefit for JVS Women to Work

Cynthia J. Pasky, founder, president and CEO of Strategic Staffing Solutions, (S3) will share how she built an international business at 6 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Townsend Hotel, Birming­ham, benefiting the JVS Women to Work program. Dinner is included. There will be raffle prizes, including an 18 carat white gold diamond bracelet valued at $3,500 donated by Tappers Fine Jewelry,” said co-chair Hadas Bernard, who is vice chair of the JVS board. The cost is $360 for Amethyst tickets, which includes an interactive speed networking opportunity with local employers for 16 women. Topaz tickets are $250 and provide one-on-one interview coaching and resume writing instruction. Opal tickets are $125 and provide basic computer skills training for one woman. Call Sharon Snyder at 248-233-4290 or visit www.jvsdet.org.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Clark Hill hosts employment policy webinar

Clark Hill PLC presents free employment policy webinar for Michigan business owners 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16.  
“Dust Off That Employee Handbook: The Five Employment Policies You Need to Update in 2011” will be led by Clark Hill Associate Ellen Hoeppner and Member Jeffrey A. Steele.
According to Hoeppner and Steele, employee handbooks are the most important communication tool between businesses and employees and can be critical in avoiding expensive litigation. The webinar will offer participants information on how to protect businesses in light of recent developments in this area, including policies being targeted by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).
To register, visit http://www.clarkhill.com/seminars.aspx. Clark Hill PLC  has offices in Detroit, Birmingham, Grand Rapids, Lansing and around the country.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Yahoo job workshop offered

STERLING HEIGHTS
Yahoo job workshop offered

Job seekers can attend a free workshop “Yahoo! Groups from the Ground Up” from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 9 at St. Jane’s Hall 1, 38750 Ryan Road, Sterling Heights. Yahoo! Groups is an announcement board used by many area job seeker support organizations. The workshop will cover how to find, join or leave a group; manage accounts, including changing delivery options, searching a database for previously posted messages and find lost attachments in forwarded e-mails. Admission is free, but space is limited. To reserve a seat, e-mail edourdpiche@yahoo.com.

WATERFORD TWP.
February Oakland County business workshops

The Oakland County Business Center offers seminars for business owners and entrepreneurs at Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township. To register, visit oakgov.com/peds/calendar or call 248-858-0783.
Working for Yourself: The Ins & Outs of Becoming a Consultant, a Contractor, or Service Provider is 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, Feb. 8. The fee is $40.
Pre-Business Research is 6 to 9:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 8. This workshop is free, but pre-registration is required.

AUBURN HILLS
Feb. 8 Ignite Automotive

 Ignite Automotive 2  is 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Feb. 8 at Walter P. Chrysler Museum, One Chrysler Dr., Auburn Hills. Ignite is a high-energy evening of five-minute talks by people who have an idea. The talks are connected through the global Ignite network, via video streaming and archives. Tickets are $5 and must be purchased in advance at www.igniteautomotive.org. All proceeds will be donated to the museum. Call 248-325-8009.

STERLING HEIGHTS
Yahoo job workshop offered

 Job seekers can attend a free workshop “Yahoo! Groups from the Ground Up” from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 9 at St. Jane’s Hall 1, 38750 Ryan Road, Sterling Heights. Yahoo! Groups is an announcement board used by many area job seeker support organizations. The workshop will cover how to find, join or leave a group; manage accounts, including changing delivery options, searching a database for previously posted messages and find lost attachments in forwarded e-mails. Admission is free, but space is limited. To reserve a seat, e-mail edourdpiche@yahoo.com.

SOUTHFIELD
Feb. 9 SCORE workshops

 Detroit SCORE Chapter 18 is offering its monthly series of workshops:
“Planning Your Own Business,” is 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 9. The cost is $45.
“Basic Marketing Concepts” is 8:45 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Feb. 16. The cost is $45.
These workshops take place at Jewish Vocational Services, 29699 Southfield Road, Southfield. Call 313-226-7947 to register.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

New to online trading?

New to online trading? Here's a link to help get you started:  The Oakland Press

WATERFORD
Oak Electric Service selling Volt electric charging stations

Oak Electric Services, Inc. at 5492 Dixie Highway in Waterford has been certified by GM's preferred partner for home charging products. SPX Service Solutions will be one of their independent sales contractors for the sales and installation of the Chevrolet Volt electric vehicle charging stations. For more information call 248-623-4900.

TROY
Ann Duke named VP at Save on Everything

Ann Duke has been named the vice president of sales and marketing at Save On Everything in Troy. Duke joined Save on Everything, a direct-mail marketing and advertising programs in October 2010. It is a monthly publication mailed to 1.3 million homes in the Detroit tri-county region. Prior to her work with Save on Everything, she had been advertising director for Hour Media in Royal Oak and had been with the company in various management positions since its inception in 1996.

NOVI
StanPro adds new injection molded components

StanPro, a division of Cooper Standard of Novi, recently launched a new product segment—injection molded components. The StanPro line of injection molded components is applicable for a wide range of fluid management designs and applications, such as tube, hose and conduit connections, mounting clips and fasteners, as well as a variety of other applications. The new line will be manufactured at the company’s East Tawas facility.
Call 800-333-3265 or visit www.StanPro.com.

DETROIT
Rejuve3 Hair Care hosts Super Bowl events in Texas

Detroit-based Derjers International, hair care manufacturer and developer of all-natural solutions, unveiled its Super Bowl XLV Extravaganza Campaign, using the platform of the biggest sports event in America to expose its all-natural Rejuve3 Hair & Scalp Care Line.
For the third year, the company’s line, Rejuve3, has been selected to not only be featured at exclusive Super Bowl affairs, but this time requested to host an entire week of VIP events during Super Bowl week in North Texas.
The festivities are being held Feb. 1 through Feb. 6 at the Hurst Convention Center in North Texas. For information, visit www.derjers.com.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

CREW Detroit announces 2011 board of directors

BLOOMFIELD HILLS
CREW Detroit announces 2011 board of directors

Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW), Detroit announces its new board members for 2011 as it prepares to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the chapter’s founding.
The following CREW Detroit members will serve on the 2011 CREW Detroit Board of Directors:
Marilyn Nix of Bloomfield Hills, principal of Marilyn P. Nix & Associates, LLC will serve as president; Jan Purcell of Bloomfield Hills, employed with eTitle of Troy will serve as director of marketing and communications; Donna Hanson of Lake Orion, CPA, Partner, Plante & Moran, PLLC of Auburn Hills will serve as treasurer; Nicole Dombrowski of Sterling Heights, vice president for Luna Tech Designs, LLC of Plymouth will serve as secretary/communications director; Alicia E. Buisst of Brighton, president for Next Level Consulting of Brighton will serve as Membership Director; Mary LeFevre of Livonia, business development for Turner Construction Company of Detroit will serve as programs director.
Janet Gekiere of West Bloomfield Township, business development and marketing manager for Ronnisch Construction Group of Royal Oak will serve as Outreach Director; Leslie Zawada P.E. of Attica Township, Senior Project Manager for Giffels-Webster Engineers of Rochester Hills will serve as Golf Director; Toni Gasperoni of Shelby Township, sales representative for Landscape Forms, Inc. of Kalamazoo will serve as IMPACT Real Estate Awards Director.
Rachele Downs of Farmington Hills, director of corporate relations of United Way for Southeastern Michigan of Detroit is past president.
Visit www.crewnetwork.org.

MADISON HEIGHTS
Scenic Prop and Design forms relationships with national film, TV and stage union

Hollywood has come knocking for Madison Heights-based, Scenic Prop and Design. The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, (IATSE), has formed a manufacturing relationship with Scenic Prop and Design that will make the Madison Heights-based company the only manufacturer in Michigan producing custom prop and scenery applications for set production and application.
IATSE is a “trade union” labor union representing technicians, artisans and craftsperson’s in the entertainment industry, including live theatre, motion picture and television production, and trade shows.
Jonathan Krueger, president and founder of Scenic Prop and Design Scenic has developed specific formulas that IATSE members will help produce from lightweight brick, stone, and tree bark applications to custom effects for film, television and stage.
The alliance was developed between officers at IATSE, along with Scenic Prop and Design managing partners Jack Grushko and Mort Meisner, who also own the Center for Film Studies based in Madison Heights.
Meisner added, “IATSE holds the national contract for film so this incredible association will further develop a manufacturing base here in Michigan and give the necessary infrastructure to supply the Michigan Film Industry.”
For information, call 313-429-5900.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Oakland County business workshops

WATERFORD TWP.
February Oakland business workshops

The Oakland County Business Center offers seminars for business owners and entrepreneurs at Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township. To register, visit oakgov.com/peds/calendar or call 248-858-0783. 
Effective Networking is 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2. The fee is $40. 
Working for Yourself: The Ins & Outs of Becoming a Consultant, Contractor, or Service 
Provider is 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, Feb. 8. The fee is $40.
Pre-Business Research is 6 to 9:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 8. This workshop is free, but registration is required.
 
ROCHESTER
Binson’s Health Care of Center Line plans gala
Binson’s Health Care of Center Line has teamed up with the Muscular Dystrophy Association for the eighth annual Beating the Odds Gala, “A Casino Royale” beginning at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11 at the Royal Park Hotel, 600 East University Drive, Rochester.
Corporate and individual tickets are available and the attire is semiformal/black tie optional. The evening will feature casino style gambling, live entertainment, a silent auction, fine dining and cocktails. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Natalie Fotias at 586-274-9000.

AUBURN HILLS
Camille Nicita named COO at Gongos Research
Camille Nicita has been appointed Chief Operating Officer of Gongos Research. The move comes after two years of substantial growth for the company, including a 40 percent growth in revenue, the launch of a Financial & Diversified research practice, and a 35 percent expansion in its employee base. Nicita began leading the research practice groups in 2009. Prior to that, she led the Retail & Services team. Visit gongos.com.

CLINTON TWP.
Credit union awards $25,000 in educational mini-grants
Michigan Schools and Government Credit Union awarded 105 mini-grants totaling more than $25,000 to help educators in Macomb and Oakland Counties with classroom projects.

TROY
Hershey Insurance Group donates to Head Start
Employees of Hershey Insurance Group in Troy paid $2 for the option of wearing jeans to work on Fridays. The money is collected and a nonprofit is chosen to benefit from the funds.
The company’s 2010 donation was made to the Head Start program at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Detroit. The contributions raised enough to purchase a book and a toy for each of the 66 children enrolled in the program as well as a large kitchen playset and an indoor basketball hoop for the children to enjoy.