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, August 29, 2011

Production assistant bootcamp slated

Specs Howard School is hosting a production assistant bootcamp, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10 at Specs Howard School of Media Arts, 19900 W. Nine Mile Road, Southfield. The seminar features a lecture and interactive demonstration followed by a panel discussion with local professionals.
Michigan Production Alliance’s Mark Adler and other film professionals will provide an overview of what is expected of Production Assistants on both film and video sets. It will include a include set and client etiquette, use of radios and forms, as well as knowledgeable industry speakers. The cost is $105 which covers a manual, one year membership in Michigan Production Alliance and funding for the alliance. Visit www.mpami.org for information.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Door to Door Organics launches innovative new program

Shopping by recipe is next step in pursuit of “Good Food”

LIVONIA — As part of their commitment to make “Good Food” fit into the lives of the people of Michigan and beyond, Door to Door Organics is launching an innovative web-based tool, Door to Door Organics Kitchen, where customers can “shop by recipe” and have the ingredients delivered straight to their doorsteps. With this new product offering, Door to Door Organics aims to change how people plan, shop and cook - helping them save time, eat more fresh food, reduce food waste, and stay inspired to eat great healthy meals.   
 Each week, customers will find recipes customized to their produce and grocery selections. When a customer selects a recipe they’d like to make, the interface will point them to the rest of the ingredients needed to make it.  With a few clicks, a customer will have great recipes and everything needed to make them.  
 The online planning tools also allow customers to print an additional shopping list for any items Door to Door Organics doesn’t carry, customize recipe recommendations based on ingredients they already have at home, and refine their recipe search by dietary restrictions, such as gluten-free or vegan.
 “Our primary goal is to help people eat “Good Food,” said president Chad Arnold. “We’re already sourcing and delivering a wide variety of healthy, organic produce and products to folks.  Now, with Door to Door Organics Kitchen, it’s even easier to incorporate “Good Food” into your life.”
 “I love it because you waste less, save more, and can skip a trip to the store,” said Marketing Director Andrea Daily, mother to a toddler.  “Door to Door Organics Kitchen makes it easier to juggle all the demands on your time so you don’t sacrifice “Good Food” for yourself or your family.”
 Door to Door Organics Kitchen offers the following online tools and features:
               *“Take a tour”, a step by step video to explain the features of the program
*Recipes created by local food bloggers and chefs
*Recipe Book, with “frequently made” and bookmarked recipes
               *My Pantry, to record items you already have
               *Search functions including meal type, ease of preparation and dietary restrictions
 Door to Door Organics is working to add new online features to make Door to Door Organics Kitchen even easier.  For more information, visit Recipes.DoorToDoorOrganics.com.
 For more information about Door to Door Organics, visit www.doortodoororganics.com.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Workplace morale: improved or stayed the same


MENLO PARK, Calif. — The still uncertain economy hasn't kept some workers from smiling a little more at the office. Four in 10 (42 percent) chief financial officers (CFOs) interviewed for an Accountemps survey said employee morale has improved at least somewhat in the last 12 months. Fifty-three percent of respondents said the mood among their teams is unchanged from a year ago.
The survey was developed by Accountemps, the world's first and largest specialized staffing service for temporary accounting, finance and bookkeeping professionals. It was conducted by an independent research firm and is based on telephone interviews with more than 1,400 CFOs across the United States.
CFOs were asked, "How has employee morale in your organization changed, if at all, from 12 months ago?" Their responses:
Significantly improved
8%

Somewhat improved
34%

No change
53%

Somewhat worsened
4%

Significantly worsened
1%


100%


"Companies have been taking steps to increase job satisfaction and boost employee motivation among teams that have been through a difficult few years," said Max Messmer, chairman of Accountemps and author of Motivating Employees For Dummies® (John Wiley & Sons, Inc.). "Businesses that recognize and address the concerns of staff members during the extended recovery can instill greater loyalty over the long term."
Messmer explained, "Managers play a key role in ensuring workers stay productive and do not become overburdened by providing the necessary resources, from technology to additional personnel."

Accountemps highlights the top five morale busters and boosters:
Buster
Booster

Assuming employees are lucky to have a job
Thanking staff for jobs well done: Make sure they have the support tools they need to perform at a high level and advance within the company.

Not answering emails or voicemails from employees in a timely fashion
Staying in communication. If you're busy at the time the message is received, set expectations of when you will answer the person's questions.

Ignoring rumors about the business
Sharing information about how the company is performing, even if the news isn't positive: Have an open-door policy to answer staff questions.

Creating a "no" zone where new ideas languish because they lack support
Encouraging staff to be creative: If you can't immediately implement a proposed initiative, explain why and let the team know you value their input.

Failing to recognize staff accomplishments
Acknowledging employees for their contributions to the organization's success: Celebrate top performers by hosting recognition lunches and publicly praising them in front of colleagues and company leaders.




Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Insurance Dialogue holds job fair in Troy

Insurance Dialogue, a division of Dialogue Marketing, will hold walk-in job interviews 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. today through Thursday, Aug. 25 at their office at Insurance Dialogue Office, 300 East Big Beaver Road, 4th Floor, Troy.
They seek to recruit 90 licensed and non-licensed insurance agents by September. Agents will sell service and enroll those that are eligible for Medicare into plans during the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period.
Preferred qualifications for applicants include sales experience and contact center experience. A health or life insurance license is preferred but not required (Insurance Dialogue will cover licensing costs if necessary.)
Extensive and resume-building job training will be provided to employees. No appointment is required. Applicants are asked to bring resumes and supporting documentation to demonstrate relevant experience. For information, visit www.insurance-dialogue.com.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Home trade-in program proves successful

A unique sales program that allows homeowners to trade in their homes on the purchase of another is succeeding beyond expectations at the Resorts of Tullymore & St. Ives in Stanwood, outside of Mt. Pleasant.
In just over two months, the resort recorded the sixth sale from its property inventory of homes and condominiums.
“We have sold three condos and three houses and the program seems to be gaining momentum,” said Terry Schieber, Tullymore’s chief executive officer. “We’re very happy with the effort, and would like to sell the other 12 left in the inventory before the end of the summer.”
The sales concept was borrowed from the auto industry where used cars are routinely traded in for new models, and the value of the used car is applied as a down payment for the purchase of a new one. If you commit to buying a house or condominium at Tullymore, the resort will buy your home for its appraised value.
While the resort would ideally like to see buyers trading up to a home of more value at Tullymore, Schieber said  those with homes valued higher than the one they chose at Tullymore are not ruled out of making a deal.    
    Schieber said some buyers were from the area but others were from West Bloomfield and the Detroit area, Mt. Pleasant, and further north in the state.
    Terry and Karen Plaxton of West Bloomfield traded in a home they had been trying to sell since 2006. The Plaxtons were very familiar with the Resorts of Tullymore & St. Ives. They owned a house at nearby Canadian Lakes for 23 years until they sold it this spring.
    “When we heard about the Tullymore program we jumped at it,” Terry Plaxton said.” It was just a very good deal for us.”
    Their West Bloomfield home was 2,600 square feet and the condo they purchased at Tullymore has 1,900 square feet on the first level. By finishing off the lower level their new home will be 3,600-square feet, Plaxton said.
    Plaxton who was self employed said he is moving to Tullymore to enjoy retirement.
    “I’m going to play a lot of golf and Karen and I are going to enjoy living there,” he said.
    Steve and Lana Bach moved to Remus, outside Mt. Pleasant in 1996, bought 80 acres and built their three-level dream home with the half acre pond out back. Steve Bach said he enjoyed hunting on his land or throwing a fishing line into the pond when felt like it.
        “As I got older, however, the idea of the stairs in our home didn’t appeal to me,” he said. Bach, a semi-retired pastor and church executive also dabbles in real estate. He bought a lot at Tullymore years earlier and became intrigued by the idea of trading their home.
    He said he and Lana were also impressed with the owners of the resort and their concept of building a community in which all property owners could be proud to live. He traded in his home and 10 acres around it for a 2,500 square-foot ranch house. He too will finish the lower level
    “They really want to grow a community, not just have a collection of homes,” Bach said. We wanted to be part of that community and I wanted to live somewhere that would be safe for my wife as she got older.”
     The resort is owned by brothers Richard, Robert, and Ronald Marino. In the past three years the developers have invested more than $50 million in the resort that is anchored by two award-winning golf courses. A dramatic $7 million clubhouse was nationally recognized as one of the country’s best when it opened two years ago.
    In addition to houses and condominiums, Tullymore also offers fractional ownership in four luxurious villas that make up the Residence Club. The club is part of the Registry Collection of exclusive vacation properties around the world. Owners of Tullymore units have access to this global network of the finest vacation properties and services.
    The Tullymore golf course was designed by top architect, Jim Engh, of Colorado. It has won numerous national awards and is ranked 15th among U.S. public resort courses by Golf Digest magazine. The older St. Ives course, designed by veteran architect Jerry Matthews of Lansing, has also won an impressive number of awards.
For more information visit Resort’s of Tullymore & St. Ives at www.tullymoregolf.com.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Social Media is a Party!

Social Media is a Party! announces its upcoming business networking event, ‘The Future of Media,’ 6:30 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18 at Rosie O’Grady’s, 279 West Nine Mile Road, Ferndale. Local media professionals will discuss the changing media landscape and share their long term visions. They will also explore the implications of recent changes on businesses. is presented in partnership with PRSA Detroit. Confirmed panelists are Buck Head, Social Media Marketing Director at CBS Radio; Seth Myers, New Media Director at WXYZ-TV and Ashley Elyse, On-Air personality at Channel 955 and Stephen Clark, News Anchor/Multimedia Journalist at WXYZ-TV. Appetizers will be served, along with half price drinks. Advance tickets are $10 and admission is $20 at the door. Visit www.SocialMediaIsaParty.com/Sponsors for information.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Local events lead to business success

BIRMINGHAM
Aug. 16: Business Performance meeting
The Business Performance 2.0 Executive Series monthly meeting is 4 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16 at Birmingham Tower, 280 N. Old Woodward, LL Conference Room, Birmingham. Coffee and danish will be provided. Register at bizimpteam.com/events or call 248-641-8400.

YPSILANTI
Aug. 17: Square One Synergy Summit
Creating tomorrow's Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics leaders is critical to America's economic future. The Synergy Summit is a one-day conference focused on creating tomorrow's inspired, well-prepared technology oriented workforce. It will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17 at Eastern Michigan University Student Center, 900 Oakwood St., Ypsilanti. Economist Lou Glazer will be a speaker. Visit squareonenetwork.org/summit.

TROY
 Aug. 17: Social Media, Protecting Your Brand
Automation Alley’s in-depth series Social Media: A Deep Dive for Business Owners and Marketers is holding its next session, Social Media: Protecting Your Brand and Other Legal Considerations. Kathy Ossian of Miller Canfield will speak. It is sponsored by New Horizons Computer Learning Centers noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17. The cost for members is $20 in advance and $30 at-the-door. Non-members pay $40 in advance and $50 at-the-door. Pre-registration closes July 18. Automation Alley Resource Center, 2675 Bellingham, Troy. Call 800-427-5100 or email info@automationalley.com.

NOVI
Aug. 17: Novi golf outing
Novi Chamber of Commerce Challenge Cup Golf Outing is 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 17 at Tanglewood Golf Course, 53503 Ten Mile Road, South Lyon. Shotgun start is 9 a.m. The outing is a two-man scramble where teams will be formed according to skill level. The fee of $145 per golfer includes: light breakfast, Carrabba's Italian Grill lunch at the turn, and awards banquet. Hole sponsorships are available for $150. Register by July 15 at 248-486-3355.

FERNDALE
Aug. 17: Networking
Ties Like Me Professional Networking is 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17 at Via Nove 344 W. Nine Mile Road, Ferndale. "Project Runway" Alumni Joe Faris of Motor City Denim Co will be showcasing his new Detroit clothing line. Business networking mixer with no admission charge, complimentary appetizers and cash bar. Visit www.tieslikeme.org.

WEST BLOOMFIELD TWP.
Aug. 17: Urban League’s 20th annual golf outing
The Urban League of Detroit & Southeastern Michigan’s 20th annual golf outing is Monday, Aug. 17 at the Shenandoah Country Club in West Bloomfield Township. Foursome and individual slots are still available, starting at $150 per person. To register, call 313-831-5532.


FERNDALE
Aug. 18: Social Media is a Party!
Social Media is a Party! announces its upcoming business networking event, ‘The Future of Media,’ 6:30 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18 at Rosie O’Grady’s, 279 West Nine Mile Road, Ferndale. Local media professionals will discuss the changing media landscape and share their long term visions. They will also explore the implications of recent changes on businesses is presented in partnership with PRSA Detroit. Confirmed panelists are Buck Head, Social Media Marketing Director at CBS Radio; Seth Myers, New Media Director at WXYZ-TV and Ashley Elyse, On-Air personality at Channel 955 and Stephen Clark, News Anchor/Multimedia Journalist at WXYZ-TV. Appetizers will be served, along with half price drinks. Advance tickets are $10 and admission is $20 at the door. Visit www.SocialMediaIsaParty.com/Sponsors for information.

MADISON HEIGHTS
Aug. 18: E-Lounge loan programs
The City of Madison Heights in partnership with Biggby Coffee is hosting the next E-Lounge at Biggby Coffee, 31055 John R in Madison Heights, 8 to 9 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 18. Titled “Show Me The Money,” the E-Lounge will focus on loan programs that target small businesses and startups. Experts from the Oakland County Business Center and other financial institutions will lead the discussion. For information, contact Linda Williams, Economic Development Coordinator at 248-837-2612.

ROYAL OAK
Aug. 18: "What are you broadcasting?"
Six-time EMMY winner Shawne Duperon presents “What are you Broadcasting? How to Leverage Traditional & Social Media featuring instruction on social media strategies that kickstart consumer engagement; how to look and feel comfortable and authentic on the small screen such as with Youtube and strategic uses for one minute flip cam videos. The event is 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, Aug. 18 with  registration at 8:30 a.m. at Beaumont Hospital, Administration Building, Auditorium, 3601 W. Thirteen Mile Road, Royal Oak. The cost is $27. Visit shawnetv.com or call 1-877-759-4599

NOVI
Aug. 22: Marketing and Sales Executives meeting
The luncheon will begin with registration and networking 11:30 a.m., lunch at 12 p.m. and speaker presentations followed by a question-and-answer session at 12:45 p.m. Aug. 22 at Sheraton Novi, 21111 Haggerty Road, Novi. The Marketing and Sales Executives of Detroit is hosting a summer tailgate-themed business/marketing luncheon on Aug. 22 in Novi. The event will feature David Brandon, athletic director, University of Michigan, and Mark Hollis, athletic director, Michigan State University, who will discuss “The Business of Branding College Athletics.” For information, call 248-643-6590 or visit www.msedetroit.org.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Your time is now: Women top social revolution

Submitted by Dottie DeHart, DeHart &Company Public Relations

Eight Factors Propelling Women to the Top in the Social Revolution and How They Can Take Advantage of Them
Hoboken, NJ (August 2011)—Despite status quo statistics—women earn 75 percent of what men earn; women hold only 15 percent of C-level positions in the U.S.—and a challenging economy, the almost-constant changes to the way we communicate, interact, innovate, and do business today are setting up an opportunity-filled future for women. Why? Because the qualities that are valued in today’s socially driven culture—participation, engagement, collaboration, relationship-building, an appreciation for the greater good—come naturally to most women, points out Vickie Milazzo. She says women simply have to be willing to reach out and grab the coming opportunities.

“Inside every woman are the skills and forces necessary for being successful today,” says Milazzo, author of the new book Wicked Success Is Inside Every Woman (Wiley, 2011, ISBN: 978-1-1181-0052-3, $21.95, WickedSuccess.com). “Ninety percent of success is showing up. Whether you’re selling an idea, trying to land a new job, or learning to paint, the bottom line is that you have to show up. Women today have to be up to the task of inserting themselves into the big picture.”

Unfortunately, many of the same societal barriers that have blocked women for years continue to be in place. A recent report from McKinsey Quarterly listed four main barriers cited by those surveyed: structural obstacles—a lack of networks and role models for women; lifestyle issues—an aversion to the 24/7 nature of corporate leadership; imbedded institutional mindsets; and imbedded individual mindsets. In response to these challenges, the report notes, many women simply temper their expectations. Instead of going after a promotion, they stay in their current position or make a lateral move to a different company.

Naturally, Milazzo wants to end this tendency. She encourages women to look within and use their innate qualities to be successful, qualities that have never been more relevant than now with the rise in social networking and the changes it’s bringing to the way we do business.

“No wickedly successful woman ever got anywhere waiting for the economy to get better or for women to suddenly become as valued as men in the workplace,” says Milazzo. “The rise in social media and most importantly a growing appreciation for collaboration, participation, and relationship-building have created a perfect storm for entrepreneurial and enterprising women. These qualities are at the very heart of what women do best.

“Men certainly exhibit many of these qualities. But women synthesize these strengths into a potent energy that is distinctively female, and we should not be afraid to express them. Women have every advantage right now. It’s time for more women to harness their strengths. We’ve never been better positioned to make our mark.”

Read on for a few feminine factors that make women primed to succeed in the social revolution and how you can take advantage of them:

Women aren’t afraid to take action. Whether it’s getting worldwide attention for a new product through a viral video, building support for an important cause through Twitter, or using Facebook to report a nation’s revolution, there’s no denying that social media has made taking action easier than ever before. “Successful women know how and when to take action,” says Milazzo. “They know that success is not about what you do when the road ahead is golden and every dip and turn smoothes your way. It’s about how you respond when you hit the biggest, nastiest roadblock of all time. By taking action every day, you develop the habits and discipline to make your vision a reality. When you focus not just on the idea but on making it happen, you stay in motion, not merely dreaming your passions but living them.”

Women aren’t afraid to ask for help. Be it through message boards, questions posted on Facebook, or informative YouTube videos, much of what makes social media so appealing is its capacity to help us help each other. And because women have often had to fight for everything they’ve achieved in the business world, helping each other has become a common practice.

“I pioneered the industry of legal nurse consulting, so there was no one to teach me how to do what I set out to do,” says Milazzo. “Yet I didn’t feel alone. I gathered the biggest CEOs and successful business owners in the country—at least those who’d written a book—and devoured everything I could find about launching a business. I became a successful student of business strategy for life. Some of the best advice I received when I started my business was ‘Vickie, you will encounter many challenges you will not know how to handle. But there’s always someone out there who has already successfully handled that very challenge.’ Intelligent women know what they don’t know and when to seek answers. Smart women appreciate that what works today won’t necessarily work tomorrow, and aggressive learning is a competitive advantage to achieving any desired goal.”

Women know how to trust their intuition. The concept that women are more in touch with instinctive inner guidance is so intrinsic to our culture that most people (even men) accept it without expecting any scientific explanation. On the side of science, the larger splenium of the corpus callosum accounts for greater interconnectivity between the left and right hemispheres of women’s cognitive brains. Some scientists believe this broader connection enables women to access both sides faster and easier than men. Women are not more “right-brained,” as is the myth; their brain functions are actually more holistic and generalized. Women fluently engage the limbic brain, where higher emotions are stored, and the instinctive brain, which is responsible for self-preservation. This holistic combination of emotion, instinct, and cognition equates to women’s intuition.

“Many of our social interactions are driven by intuition,” notes Milazzo. “We can instinctively sense if we should or shouldn’t ask a friend why she’s upset or whether to continue a conversation that is heading down the wrong path.

Women are great relationship-builders. Most women want to give their all to every relationship they have, be it with a coworker, significant other, child, family member, friend, client, etc.—and when they can’t, they often feel guilty. Our complex society of family, friends, career, and spiritual and social obligations constantly pulls us in different directions. Social media adds yet another layer of complexity, and our always-on devices give us instant access to the world via email, texting, and Skype, but they also give the world instant access to us. Opportunities to commit bombard us at every turn. For many women, it leads them to over-commit in relationships, but when tempered to a manageable scale, this willingness to build relationships sets women up for great success today.

“When you’re in pursuit of a great opportunity, one source you can count on for harvesting more energy is positive relationships,” says Milazzo. “We all know at least one person who lifts our spirits and makes us feel more alive. It might be your mother, your spouse, a good friend, your children, or, if you’re truly fortunate, all of them. Surround yourself with positive relationships, especially with those who support your passions, and you will be eternally rechargeable.”

Women are natural multi-taskers. How many things can you do at once? How many things can your spouse or significant other do at once? Chat up any group of women with a variety of talents, emotions, and intelligence and you’ll find most of them are juggling a dozen different projects, a handful of important relationships, and at least one pressing dilemma. Women excel at multi-tasking—a true leg up in a world that is constantly asking us to do more, more, more.

“Flexible and adaptable, women handle unexpected change gracefully,” says Milazzo. “We’re not thrown by 10 things hitting us at once—that won’t wreck our day. We’re wired for agility. Hand a woman an iPhone and you turn her into a captain of high-tech industry. She’ll set appointments, answer email, snap and send photos to friends and family, update Facebook, arrange a party, make dinner reservations, and text her husband to pick up the dry cleaning. We’ve learned to bend technology to fit our needs and increase our agility for handling more complex situations at increasingly higher and faster levels.”

Women know how to collaborate. The rising use of Wikis and other collaborative software indicates the rapid acceptance of a growing need to share knowledge, ideas, and energies. Office technology has advanced to provide a platform for sharing, reviewing, editing, and completely rethinking documents or graphics. Documents that were passed around in brown office envelopes from desk to desk for sign-off can be accessed by workers anywhere there’s a computer. As our workforce has gone global, software has permeated the vacuum created when we are unable to meet simultaneously.

“It’s only when we come together and engage in conversation that we raise new questions and think of possibilities at a collective level we would not have considered on our own,” notes Milazzo. “Collaboration is not just connecting with people. It’s also an attitude of helpfulness. Wickedly successful women know that playing nice is a sign of strength. Inside every woman is a natural collaborator. That’s a wicked advantage we have as women, an intellectual edge we can leverage for using our genius at the highest possible level.”

Women know the importance of mutual support.
Fusion occurs when you merge diverse, distinct, or separate elements into a unified whole. More and more that is exactly what is happening in our highly connected global society. Women, it seems, benefit from this connectedness more than men. According to a landmark UCLA study on managing stress, the bonds women form with each other also benefit their health and longevity. The hormone oxytocin, enhanced by estrogen and released as part of their stress response, encourages them to gather with other women. The bond that forms helps to fill emotional gaps and lowers the risk of early death. Men experiencing stress go into a fight-or-flight response. Women’s broader response system may explain why they consistently outlive men.

“When women come together and share their passions, visions, experiences, fears, and promises, an amazing bond occurs,” says Milazzo. “From that bond emerge sparks of brilliance and insight that none of these women alone, or in any other combination, could have inspired. Female fusion is a truly powerful force.”
Women understand the power of giving. Milazzo writes that one of her favorite things about social media is that within seconds you can lift up a person’s day, and in doing so lift yours up too.
“One of my best friends will often Facebook, text, or leave me quick voicemail messages reminding me she’s thinking about me,” says Milazzo. “She always ends them with ‘Love you.’ I get a big smile from each one. She makes my day.
“Giving does not always mean pulling out your wallet. Time is a valuable gift. Mentoring is a valuable gift. Spiritual or emotional support is a valuable gift. Sending a person positive thoughts costs nothing and benefits you as much as the people you’re thinking about. If there’s something you want more of, give it away. If you want more money, encouragement, or love, give it today and you will receive it tomorrow, but not necessarily from the people you give it to. It comes through other manifestations. By giving back, I have received more abundance in every aspect of my life than I ever dreamed possible.”
In her book, Milazzo writes about an East African tribe that became famous for its rain dances because they were 100 percent successful. Members of rival tribes with low to mediocre success rates jealously theorized that the tribe had better dancers, special steps, more powerful chants, or more sincere prayers, or that their costumes, feathered accoutrements, and masks made the difference. Finally, they claimed it was simply luck that made the gods smile on that one fortunate tribe but not on their own.
After observing the “lucky” tribe’s practices, an anthropologist uncovered the secret to their success rate. He was surprised that it was so simple. They had no special powers, no magical interventions. They simply danced their rain dance until it rained.
“They never quit, never gave in to their exhaustion, and never grew despondent over how long it took for the rain to come,” notes Milazzo. “They expected it would always rain when they danced, and their experience supported their belief. They just kept dancing, knowing that sooner or later the gods would be satisfied and reward their persistence with rain. Rewarded they were—every single time.
“This is one of the most basic and simple secrets to wicked success,” she concludes. “It’s always easier to quit the dance but much more rewarding to dance on. And that’s what most of us women have been doing for centuries. We’ve fought for everything we’ve achieved. Now, as the world becomes more and more flat, as consumers become more engaged in the way companies do business, as diversity programs open doors for more women and minorities, it’s about to start raining. To take advantage, you simply need to have the wherewithal to keep dancing and go for your wicked success.”
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About the Author:
Vickie Milazzo, RN, MSN, JD, is author of Wicked Success Is Inside Every Woman (Wiley, 2011, ISBN: 978-1-1181-0052-3, $21.95, WickedSuccess.com). From a shotgun house in New Orleans to owner of a $16-million business, Wall Street Journal best-selling author Milazzo shares the innovative suc¬cess strategies that earned her a place on the Inc. list of Top 10 Entrepre¬neurs and Inc. Top 5000 Fastest-Growing Companies in America.
Vickie is the owner of Vickie Milazzo Institute, an education company she founded in 1982. Featured in the New York Times as the pioneer of a new profession, she built a professional association of 5,000 members.
Vickie has been featured or profiled in numerous publications, including the New York Times, Entrepreneur, Houston Chronicle, Ladies’ Home Journal, Texas Bar Journal, Los Angeles Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, and in more than 220 newspapers. Vickie has appeared on national radio and TV, including the National Public Radio program This I Believe and more than 200 national and local radio stations.
She is the author of the Wall Street Journal bestseller Inside Every Woman: Using the 10 Strengths You Didn’t Know You Had to Get the Career and Life You Want Now.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Detroit Lions’ Tom Lewand speaks at Troy Chamber

Detroit Lions’ President Tom Lewand will share his message, “Getting Your Team Super Bowl Ready!” at the Troy Chamber’s August membership luncheon. The event, presented by Health Alliance Plan, is 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 4, at the MSU Management Education Center, 811 W. Square Lake Road, Troy. From 10:30-11:30 a.m., there will be a pre-luncheon tailgate networking expo (without the tailgate). It’s a great way to get involved, meet fellow business people and score some new leads. From 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., lunch will be served, listen to the keynote address and ask questions. The cost is $29 for Troy Chamber members and $34 for non-members. The cost for an exhibit table during the networking business expo, which includes one lunch ticket, is $125. To register, call 248-641-8151 or email theteam@troychamber.com.