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, October 31, 2011

Gap between employer needs and applicant skills

 Downers Grove, IL—More than 14 million Americans are looking for work, yet 3.1 million jobs remain unfilled because hiring managers at top U.S. companies are unable to find qualified candidates, according to a recent study by the Career Advisory Board, established in 2010 by DeVry University of New York,
There will be a live blog chat on new research and actionable advice for job seekers on Tuesday, November 1, 2011 at 10:00 AM CST. Career Advisory Board member, author and speaker, Jason Seiden, will offer insights on the Job Preparedness Indicator and its implications for succeeding in the job search. Visit CareerAdvisoryBoard.com to participate.
 The Job Preparedness Indicator assessed the value of key skills to determine what attributes employers consider most important but are least common among job seekers. Nearly 550 hiring managers at top U.S. companies and more than 730 job seekers were surveyed. Key findings include:

Many job seekers are overconfident and do not display skills that are important to hiring managers.
72 percent of job seekers are very confident or confident they know what qualifications are required for employment
Only 14 percent of hiring managers say job seekers have had the skills their company looks for in a potential employee
There is a striking difference between the skills most important to hiring managers and the skills job seekers portray to hiring managers.
For example, 70 percent of hiring managers picked interviewing skills as a top 5 important factor in finding a job, compared to just 54 percent of job seekers
Managerial candidates are most out of sync with employers’ needs.
Hiring managers report they rarely see three out of the top five skills required at this level
Managerial candidates are describing themselves in terms most important to hiring managers for entry level positions, automatically taking them out of the running

To view a full report. visit www.careeradvisoryboard.com.

Strategies to Improve Job Search Success
Career Advisory Board member and business and workplace consultant, Alexandra Levit, recommends gaining valuable experience and improving workplace competencies to succeed.
Levit offers the following strategies to help job candidates improve their marketability:
Demonstrate a mastery of critical skills. Before diving into a job search, it’s important to take a step back and examine your capabilities from the perspective of a hiring manager:
Think about the job and how your qualifications meet the specific needs of the position, and identify areas where you can illustrate quantifiable results
If entering a new field, create a skills-based resume that highlights specific capabilities relevant for the job  
 Increase repertoire of capabilities. To obtain valuable and relevant experience, take ownership of your development by looking for opportunities to improve your core competencies and learning those skill sets that are valued by employers.

If you are unemployed:
Seek an internship or volunteer opportunity to gain critical real-world knowledge and expand your professional network
Clearly demonstrate your proficiency of these newly-acquired skills to your prospective employer and explain how they can be transferred to the workplace


If you are employed:
Take advantage of corporate training programs to improve communication skills and problem-solving abilities
Pursue stretch assignments that will challenge you to learn and grow in your field                            
Develop a personal brand. A strong and memorable personal brand that captures the attention of prospective employers on social networking sites, such as LinkedIn, will set you apart from the competition.
Identify your unique talents, what you are passionate about and the type of expertise you can bring to employers
Ensure that your social media profile and in-person networking reflects your personal brand while fostering relationships through alumni and peer-to-peer networks
Seek mentorship. Developing a mentoring relationship will help you build a foundation and set the pace for your career. Mentors can help you learn about a realistic career path and what it takes to succeed.
Build a mentoring relationship with a person who works in a similar or related field – both online and offline
Find mentors through professional organizations, alumni associations and non-profit organizations


For more information on the Job Preparedness Indicator at www.careeradvisoryboard.com. Submitted by Sean McCarthy, MSL Chicago, www.mslgroup.com

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Local attorney pens book, 'Blood & Money'

Most laymen believe that greed is at the heart of family blood fights over an inheritance, but attorney and author P. Mark Accettura – expert on inheritance conflict resolution and elder abuse – says it is a myth that selfish motives are the driving force behind family blood baths after a parent has died.“The fight for money and things, such as Dad’s watch or Mom’s wedding ring, is not about the object or money itself, but is really about what the money or object symbolizes – importance, love, security, self-esteem, connectedness and immortality,” says Accettura whose conclusions are based on three decades in the legal trenches aided by five years of research in social psychology, evolutionary psychology, psychiatry, gerontology, and neuropsychology.

That life experience and research culminated with the August 2011 release of Blood & Money: Why Families Fight Over Inheritance and What to Do About It (ISBN 978-0-9669278-4-9, Collinwood Press, Farmington Hills, MI, 2011, www.BloodAndMoneyBook.com 283 pages, $21.95).

Blood & Money not only details the psychological reasons why families fight but provides practical legal remedies to prevent such blood-letting disputes after Mom or Dad die. The author’s fourth book offers an unprecedented understanding of family dynamics as applied to estate planning.
Accettura offers some 60 specific recommendations to help parents, offspring, and their advisors prevent inheritance squabbles and preserve the most valuable legacy of all – the family itself. The concluding chapter outlines appropriate legal remedies to minimize the damage caused by bad actors and toxic wills.
Whenever a spouse dies and the surviving spouse remarries, Accettura stresses it is critical for a new will and trust to be drawn to protect the interests of the new spouse and the natural children. “When a remarried parent is negligent and does not draw up a new will and trust,” says Accettura, then the blood is on the parent’s hands for not taking care of the business necessary to keep peace in the family after death.”
The author says the role of an estate planning attorney when family members are fighting is to serve as a counselor and find a means to resolve the inheritance conflict. “An attorney must be sincere, transparent, honest and fair but most of all be a peacemaker,” adds Accettura. “The goal is to resolve the family conflict, not to identify a breach of responsibility or breach of law and file a lawsuit which will serve to heighten the conflict rather than producing family peace.”
Peter Lichtenberg, PhD of the Institute of Gerontology at Wayne State University, Detroit, says that “Blood & Money takes a multidisciplinary approach to inheritance disputes. It explains the psychological reasons that families fight, why dementia opens the door to foul play, and the legal implications of bad behavior…it will no doubt be a reference for years to come.”
Accettura said he was inspired to write Blood & Money because of an increase in elder abuse, because of the growing epidemic of Alzheimer’s disease, because 65 percent of Americans fail to plan for their death, and to uncover the reasons why families fight at the death of a loved one.
In Blood & Money, the author explores the impact of dysfunctional families and personality disorders on inheritance disputes and contrasts the toxic, bitter battles involving super-rich personages such as Leona Helmsley, Summer Redstone and Brooke Astor with the conspicuously philanthropic such as Bill Gates and Warren Buffet.

P. Mark Accettura has practiced law in the firm of Accettura and Hurwitz in Farmington Hills and Royal Oak since 1982. As senior partner of a large and thriving estate planning and elder law practice, he has handled the wills and trusts of thousands of people in Michigan. For five years, Accettura hosted LawTalk, a regular television series seen via cable in 37 cities in Michigan. Besides Blood & Money, Accettura has written Medicaid and Long Term Care in Michigan (2005), The Michigan Estate Planning Guide (2002) and Lost and Found: Finding Self-Reliance after the Death of a Spouse (2001).

Submitted by Scott Lorenz, President of Westwind Communications, scottlorenz@westwindcos.com
 

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Professional job fair is Oct. 27

JobFairGiant.com is sponsoring the Empowering Michigan Job Fair, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, October 27 at the Holiday Inn Hotel, 17123 North Laurel Park Drive in Livonia. The following local companies will be ready to interview and discuss hiring opportunities:
Delta Connection - Hiring Flight Attendants
Hallite Seals
Rainbow Rehabilitation
Harvey Industries
JP Morgan Chase Mortgage
Citigroup Mortgage
Harley-Davidson - Hiring Engineers
George Johnson & Company
Proper Group International
Trinity Transportation
Sears Home Improvement
AT&T

The Livonia Michigan Job Fair event is free to the public and will offer attendees an opportunity to visit with business representatives about job openings. Businesses interested in registering for a booth should contact JobFairGiant.com at 734-956-4550. Additional expo information is available at www.JobFairGiant.com or call 734-956-4550.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Business events this week

CLAWSON
Oct. 25: Women seminar
Women, Money & Power Seminar is 5:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 25
at Leon & Lulu Lifestyle Shop, 96 W. 14 Mile Road, Clawson. An opportunity to shop and learn your financial personality. The event is free, light refreshments will be served. To register, email trisia.e.gotham@flagstar.com or call 248-312-5815.

BIRMINGHAM
Oct. 25: Marketing & Sales Executives of Detroit gala
Scott Monty, manager of global and multimedia communications for Ford Motor Company, will be the first recipient of the Marketing & Sales Executives of Detroit’s (MSED) new Trailblazer award at the organization’s annual Black-Tie Gala to be held  Oct. 25 at The Townsend Hotel in Birmingham. Proceeds from this event benefit scholarships, educational seminars and charitable contributions. Tickets for the black-tie event cost $150 for MSED members, $195 for non-members. The price includes an elegant cocktail reception, dinner and afterglow reception. For information, call 248-643-6590 or visit www.msedetroit.org.

NOVI
Oct. 25-27: Battery show
The Battery Show is Oct. 25-27 at the Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave., Novi. The show offers conferences on battery business models and technologies and a 160-booth exhibition with the latest battery technologies for electric vehicles, utility storage, mobile power, personal electronics and health care applications. It is free to attend, visit thebatteryshow.com to register.

BIRMINGHAM
Oct. 26
“Reimagining Detroit: The Role of Philanthropy Changing Detroit,” presented by Rip Rapson, president and CEO, The Kresge Foundation is 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26 at The Community House, 380 South Bates Street, Birmingham. The event is free. To register, contact 248-644-5832, or visit www.communityhouse.com

TROY
Oct. 27: Getting to NO
The Troy Chamber of Commerce continues its Fall Educational Series, 8 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, with a session titled, “Getting to NO.” The event will be held at the Troy Chamber office, lower level training room 4555 Investment Dr. Troy.

WATERFORD TWP.
Oct. 27: Area chambers host annual Bulls Eye! Right on Target
The Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Clarkston, Auburn Hills and Pontiac Regional Chamber will host the 5th Annual Bulls Eye! Right on TargetSmall Business Conference, 8:15 a.m. to noon Oct. 27 at Oakland Schools, 2111 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford Township. The speaker line-up includes Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, Gerard van Grinsven - President & CEO of Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital, Tim Green - President of the Referral Institute and Terry Bean - Author and founder of Motor City Connect. The half-day conference, sponsored by HAP, Comcast, Safety Technology, YourSource Management Group and The Oakland Press, includes breakfast and networking. Table exhibit space is available. Call 248-666-8600. Attendees can register at www.waterfordchamber.org and the Pontiac, Auburn Hills or Clarkston Area Chamber of Commerce. The cost before Oct. 16 is $40. Afterward, it is $75.

WATERFORD TWP.
Oct. 27: Fundamentals of Marketing Your Business
Oakland County Business Center offers the Fundamentals of Marketing Your Business, 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, Oct. 27 at Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, Building 41 West, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township. The cost is $40. Register at 248-858-0783 or visit oakgov.com/peds/calendar.

DETROIT
Oct. 28: Michigan procurement process
DTMB- Purchasing Operations presents Elements of a Quality Proposal, a seminar providing businesses an overview of the Michigan procurement process, and information to help increase their chances of submitting a quality bid when trying to win a state contract. 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28 at Cadillac Place Building, Room L-150, 3044 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit. The Small Business Administration, VetBiz Central, Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center and the MEDC Pure Michigan Business Connect will be represented. The event is free, register at www.michigan.gov/buymichiganfirst or call 517-335-6633.

ROCHESTER
Oct. 29: Walsh College Leadership Awards
Walsh College Leadership Awards Dinner is Saturday, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 29 at Royal Park Hotel, 600 East University Dr., Rochester. The event includes a cocktail reception and silent auction, followed by dinner, award presentations, and a dessert afterglow. Huel Perkins of WJBK-FOX Detroit will be the emcee for the evening. Michael Brennan, President & CEO of United Way for Southeastern Michigan, receiving The Jeffery W. Barry Award for Educational Excellence & Community Service. The 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award will be awarded to Paul Glantz, MST ’84, President of Emagine Entertainment; and President & CEO of Proctor Financial. The 2011 Distinguished Graduate of the Last Decade Award will be awarded to Stephanie Baron, MBA ’10, Communications Manager, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. Tickets are $250. For information, call Amber Kaipio at 248-823-1261 or visit www.walshcollege.edu/leadershipawards.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Job fairs set for engineering job seekers

Engineering jobseekers can attend the Engineering Society of Detroit’s 2011 Fall Engineering and Technology Job Fair, 2 to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24 at Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave. in Novi. Visit http://ww2.esd.org/EVENTS/2011/2011-10-24-JobFair.htm.
The Empowering Michigan Job Fair, is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27 at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Livonia. It will feature careers from the following fields: retail, engineering, information technology, healthcare, sales, automotive, manufacturing, technical, banking/finance, machining, robotics, wireless technology, management, call center and customer service.
The Economic Development Authority of St. Clair County is hosting a Regional Job Fair is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4 at the M-TEC Building in Port Huron. Visit http://www.stclairjobhub.myevent.com/index.php

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Business success with social media events

TROY
Oct. 19: Social media strategies
Automation Alley is hosting “Case Studies: Integrating Social Media with Your Business Strategies,” from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19 at Automation Alley Headquarters, at 2675 Bellingham, in Troy. Presented by Automation Alley’s Business Growth Committee, this event will feature presentations by Janet Tyler, president of Airfoil Public Relations, and Microsoft Senior Public Relations Manager Amy Messano. The event begins at 11:30 a.m., followed by the presentation at noon and question and answer. The cost for members is $20 with pre-registration or $30 at the door. The cost for non-members is $40 with pre-registration or $50 at the door. There is no cost for foundation members. Call 1-800-427-5100 or email info@automationalley.com.

BIRMINGHAM
Oct. 20: Social media for business
The Social Media Navigation Guide For Small Business owners and individuals is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, at the Community House, 380 South Bates Street, Birmingham. For the big picture of social media and how stops such as blogging, social bookmarking, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, as well as niche profiles, instructor Emily A. Hay, the owner of Emily A. Hay There, a Social Media Consulting Company, will share social media insight and best practices. To register, contact, 248-644-5832, or visit www.communityhouse.com. The cost is $34.

DETROIT
Oct. 20: Constant Contact event
Constant Contact is hosting a special free event for small businesses and nonprofits in Detroit, "Empowering Small Business with Online Marketing" beginning at 9 a.m. Oct. 20 at Cobo Hall, 1 Washington Blvd., Detroit. There is a $10 parking fee. For information, visit www.empoweringdetroit.com10

Area chambers host annual small business conference

The Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Clarkston, Auburn Hills and Pontiac Regional Chamber will host the 5th Annual Bulls Eye! Right on Target Small Business Conference, 8:15 a.m. to noon Oct. 27 at Oakland Schools, 2111 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford Township.
The speaker line-up includes Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, Gerard van Grinsven - President & CEO of Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital, Tim Green - President of the Referral Institute and Terry Bean - Author and founder of Motor City Connect.
Patterson will present the welcome address. van Grinsven will share how his philosophy of employee and customer engagement helps outperform the competition. He has opened 20 Ritz-Carlton hotels worldwide. 
The half-day conference, sponsored by HAP, Comcast, Safety Technology, YourSource Management Group and The Oakland Press, will include the speakers, breakfast and networking. Table exhibit space is available. Call 248-666-8600. Attendees can register at www.waterfordchamber.org and the Pontiac, Auburn Hills or Clarkston Area Chamber of Commerce. The cost before Oct. 16 is $40. Afterward, it is $75.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Business calendar

 Oct. 17: Inforum panel
Inforum and Inforum Center for Leadership will host a panel to boost the number of women on Michigan’s corporate boards to create a competitive edge. The event, “Claiming Corporate Leadership: Michigan Women’s Leadership Index and the Future of Our State,” is noon to 1:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17. at the Westin Hotel, 1500 Town Center, Southfield. Tickets for Inforum members is $50; and for nonmembers, it is $65. To register, visit www.InforumMichigan.org.

Oct. 18: Insurance coverage
“Crash Course in Insurance Coverage” will be presented by Instructor Jody Lipton, a personal injury attorney, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18. There is no charge, RSVP requested. To register, contact The Community House, 380 South Bates Street, Birmingham. Call 248-644-5832 or visit www.communityhouse.com.

Oct. 18: Sales workshop
Sales Mastery from the Top Down is 8:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18 at Automation Alley, 2675 Bellingham Dr., Troy. This workshop is for owners, managers and team leaders focused on realizing organization-wide results. Call 1-800-427-5100 or visit www.automationalley.com.

Oct. 18: Entrepreneur lecture
Alan Haase, president and CEO of AGC Composites Group and AGC Aerospace & Defense, will speak in the Entrepreneurial Lecture Series at 5:45 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, at Lear Auditorium (T429) of the University Technology and Learning Center at Lawrence Technological University, 21000 W. 10 Mile, Southfield. The event is free and features Krispy Kreme doughnuts.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Calling all inventors and entrepreneurs!

The Inventors Council of Mid-Michigan is holding its monthly meeting, Thursday Oct. 13 at Walli's Restaurant & Banquet Center,in the upper level, 1341 S. Center Road in Burton. The speaker will be Dave Allen of Wow Products USA of Caro, Mich., a company that provides manufacturing, marketing, and consulting for inventors and small businesses. The council will be continuing the development of the “Cubicle Cop,” group project. They are now ready to make the tools and get ready for production. The cost to attend the meeting is $5. For information, call Mike Ball at 810-245-5599.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Business calendar

ROCHESTER
Oct. 11: Marketing Plan Design
“Designing a Marketing Plan to Grow Your Business” is a seminar presented by Andrew Reyntjes, General Motors Alternate Energy Fleet Sales Manager. It will be held 6:30 p.m. Oct. 11 at Rochester First Assembly of God, 4435 N. Rochester Road. The seminar is free and pizza and soft drinks are provided. For information, call 248-652-3353 ext 322. Visit www.RochesterFirst.org.

KEEGO HARBOR
Oct. 11: Bloomfield North Rise & Shine
Bloomfield North Area Chamber Monthly Rise & Shine is 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11 at Back to Wellness, 2920 Pridham St., Keego Harbor. The cost is $3 for members and $5 for nonmembers.

SOUTHFIELD
Oct. 12: Global Market’s Impact
John Augustine, CFA and Chief Investment Strategist for Fifth Third Private Bank will share his views on the global economy, 8:30 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12 at The Skyline Club, 2000 Town Center, 28th floor, Southfield. Call 248-603-0304 for information.

LAKE ORION
Oct. 12: Chamber networking event
The Orion Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a networking event is 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12 at Indianwood Golf and Country Club in Lake Orion. Admission includes soft drinks, coffee, hors d’oeuvres, networking and cash bar. Attendees can enter raffle for tickets to the 2012 Senior Open. The cost is $20 at the door. Call 248-693-6300 or infor@orionareachamber.com.

TROY
Oct. 13: Paul Glantz speaks at chamber event
The Troy and Royal Oak Chambers of Commerce present, “Emagine Making Your Avocation Your Vocation,” 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, at the Emagine Theater Royal Oak, 200 N. Main St., Royal Oak. The speaker will be Paul Glantz, Founder/Chairman, Emagine Entertainment, Inc., and CEO of Proctor Financial, Inc. The cost to attend is $12 for Troy/Royal Oak Chamber members and $17 for non-members. Lunch will be served. Proceeds will benefit the Troy Nature Society and the Royal Oak Nature Society. To register, call 248-641-8151 or visit www.troychamber.com/cal.


MADISON HEIGHTS
Oct. 13: Rehab properties
Jerry Norton presents "How To Rehab and Flip properties for  Profit," sponsored by Real Estate Investors Assoc. of Oakland is 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday Oct. 13 at Club Venetian, 29310 John R. Road, north of 12 Mile Road on John R., Madison Heights. Seminar free to members and $20 for nonmembers.

ROYAL OAK
Oct. 13: Society of Auto Analysts financial planning
Society of Auto Analysts “YPN” Happy Hour: Financial Planning is 5:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 13 at BlackFinn, 530 S. Main St., Royal Oak. The Society of Automotive Analysts' "Young Professionals Network" is hosting a networking opportunity for automotive industry professionals. The speaker is Mark Rodgers, financial advisor with Wells Fargo Advisors LLC. Light appetizers and first beverage is provided. Register at www.saaautoleaders.org or call 248-804-6433.

WATERFORD TWP.
Oct.13: Starting a business
Fundamentals of Starting a Business is 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13 at Oakland County Business Center offers the Fundamentals of Starting a Business, 6 to 9 p.m., Oct. 13 at Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, Building 41 West, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township. Pre-registration is required. $30 per person. Call 248-858-0783 or visit oakgov.com/peds/calendar.

DETROIT
Oct. 14: Automation Alley Awards Gala
Automation Alley 2011 Annual Awards Gala is 6 to 11 p.m. Oct. 14 at MGM Grand Detroit. The Awards Gala honors technology organizations and their leaders. Members pay $150, Non-members pay $200. To register, email to info@automationalley.com, visit www.automationalley.com or call 1-800-427-5100.

EAST LANSING
Oct. 16-18: Trade summit
Great Lakes International Trade and Transport Hub Summit "Developing an Action Agenda to Create Jobs" is Sunday through Tuesday, Oct.16-18 at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, 55 South Harrison Road, East Lansing. The fee includes dialogue with a broad network who will expedite the export economy between the U.S. and Canada, and admittance to all Summit sessions along with two breakfast meetings, two network receptions, one dinner program, two keynoted lunches and one refreshment break. The Summit is sponsored by the Great Lakes International Trade and Transport Hub (GLITTH) Initiative. Registration costs $150. Register at http://bit.ly/pi4nGMd organization.

SOUTHFIELD
Oct. 17: Inforum panel
Inforum and Inforum Center for Leadership will host a panel to boost the number of women on Michigan’s corporate boards to create a competitive edge. The event, “Claiming Corporate Leadership: Michigan Women’s Leadership Index and the Future of Our State,” is noon to 1:30 p.m.Monday, Oct. 17. at the Westin Hotel, 1500 Town Center, Southfield. Tickets for Inforum members is $50; and for nonmembers, it is $65. To register, visit www.InforumMichigan.org.

BIRMINGHAM
Oct. 18: Insurance coverage
“Crash Course in Insurance Coverage” will be presented by Instructor Jody Lipton, a personal injury attorney, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18. There is no charge, RSVP requested. To register, contact The Community House, 380 South Bates Street, Birmingham. Call 248-644-5832 or visit www.communityhouse.com.

TROY
Oct. 18: Sales workshop
Sales Mastery from the Top Down is 8:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18 at Automation Alley, 2675 Bellingham Dr., Troy. This workshop is for owners, managers and team leaders focused on realizing organization-wide results. Call 1-800-427-5100 or visit www.automationalley.com.

BIRMINGHAM
Oct. 18: Marketing workshop
The Business Improvement Team presents “How to market in a recession,” 4 to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at Birmingham Tower, 280 N. Old Woodward, LL Conference Room, Birmingham. Coffee and snacks provided. Register at www.bizimpteam.com/events or call Paulette for reservations at 248-641-8400.

FARMINGTON HILLS
Oct. 19: Investing in China
UHY LLP, a certified public accounting firm is hosting China Investment—another installment of its complimentary international roundtable discussions from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 19 at the new Farmington Hills office at 27725 Stansbury Blvd., Suite 100. This interactive breakfast seminar highlights ways U.S. companies can take advantage of the increasing inbound investments by China-based businesses. The event will be hosted by William Kingsley and Dennis J. Petri, International Liaison and Partner, UHY LLP with special guest presenter, Tim Leuliette, Managing Director of FINNEA Group. Breakfast and networking begin at 7:30 a.m. The program starts promptly at 8 a.m. The event concludes with an open discussion. Pre-registration for this complimentary event is required, call 248-204-9354 or email eyounan@uhy-us.com.

TROY
Oct. 19: Social media strategies
Automation Alley is hosting “Case Studies: Integrating Social Media with Your Business Strategies,” from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 19 at Automation Alley Headquarters, at 2675 Bellingham, in Troy. Presented by Automation Alley’s Business Growth Committee, this event will feature presentations by Janet Tyler, president of Airfoil Public Relations, and Microsoft Senior Public Relations Manager Amy Messano. The event begins with registration, lunch and networking at 11:30 a.m., followed by the presentation at noon and question and answer at 12:45 p.m. The cost for members is $20 with pre-registration or $30 at the door. The cost for non-members is $40 with pre-registration or $50 at the door. Pre-registration ends Oct. 17. There is no cost for foundation members. Call 1-800-427-5100 or email info@automationalley.com.

SOUTHFIELD
Oct. 19: Women in Defense annual meeting
The Women in Defense (WID) Michigan Chapter, a networking and development organization for those who contribute to the national defense and security industries, will host its Annual Meeting and Speed Networking event on Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 5 p.m. at the Automotive Industry Action Group located at 26200 Lasher Road, Suite 200 in Southfield. The cost is $45 for members and $55 for non-members, which includes appetizers and beverages. For more information about the event and to register, visit www.wid-mi.org, contact the event organizers at meetings@meeting-coordinators.com or call 248.643.6590.

BIRMINGHAM
Oct. 20: Assessing real estate
Amicus Management Inc. has organized a free seminar on “Assessing Real Estate Values” with five Detroit-area experts from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20 at the Townsend Hotel, 100 Townsend St., Birmingham. The presentation will be moderated by Cathy LaMont with LaMont Title Corp. in Detroit. Cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres will be provided. Registration is required. Call 616-301-8250 or event@amicusmanagement.com.

BIRMINGHAM
Oct. 20: After-Hours mixer
The Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce Business After-Hours Mixer is 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20. This event is hosted in partnership with the Highland and White Lake Business Association. The event features appetizers and cash bar. The cost is $15 advance registrations for non-members and $10 for pre-registered members. Register at www.waterfordchamber.org or call 248-666-8600.

BIRMINGHAM
Oct. 20: Social media for business
The Social Media Navigation Guide For Small Business owners and individuals is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, at the Community House, 380 South Bates Street, Birmingham. For the big picture of social media and how stops such as blogging, social bookmarking, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, as well as niche profiles, instructor Emily A. Hay, the owner of Emily A. Hay There, a Social Media Consulting Company, will share social media insight and best practices. To register, contact, 248-644-5832, or visit www.communityhouse.com. The cost is $34.

BIRMINGHAM
Oct. 25: Marketing & Sales Executives of Detroit gala
Scott Monty, manager of global and multimedia communications for Ford Motor Company, will be the first recipient of the Marketing & Sales Executives of Detroit’s (MSED) new Trailblazer award at the organization’s annual Black-Tie Gala to be held  Oct. 25 at The Townsend Hotel in Birmingham. Proceeds from this event benefit scholarships, educational seminars and charitable contributions. Tickets for the black-tie event cost $150 for MSED members, $195 for non-members. The price includes an elegant cocktail reception, dinner and afterglow reception. For information, call 248-643-6590 or visit www.msedetroit.org.


WATERFORD TWP.
Area chambers host annual Bulls Eye! Right on Target
The Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Clarkston, Auburn Hills and Pontiac Regional Chamber will host the 5th Annual Bulls Eye! Right on TargetSmall Business Conference, 8:15 a.m. to noon Oct. 27 at Oakland Schools, 2111 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford Township. The speaker line-up includes Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, Gerard van Grinsven - President & CEO of Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital, Tim Green - President of the Referral Institute and Terry Bean - Author and founder of Motor City Connect. The half-day conference, sponsored by HAP, Comcast, Safety Technology, YourSource Management Group and The Oakland Press, includes breakfast and networking. Table exhibit space is available. Call 248-666-8600. Attendees can register at www.waterfordchamber.org and the Pontiac, Auburn Hills or Clarkston Area Chamber of Commerce. The cost before Oct. 16 is $40. Afterward, it is $75. Visit www.waterfordchamber.org

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Taste of Auburn Hills is tonight

The Auburn Hills Chamber of Commerce hosts Taste of Auburn Hills, 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6 at the Walter P. Chrysler Museum. Besides a vast array of local eateries on tap, this year’s Taste will feature a chef action station by Hilton Suites Great American Bar & Grill; live musical entertainment by the Oakland University Jazz Band; and Chrysler’s unique collection of antique, custom and concept vehicles. New this year, a percentage of the event’s proceeds will support the Blessings in a Backpack program through the Avondale School District. The nonprofit organization helps supplement the nutritional needs of elementary school children who have little or no access to food on the weekends. Food establishments serving up their specialties include: Alfoccino Restaurant, Bar Louie, bd’s Mongolian Barbeque, Costco Wholesale, Culver’s, Fieldstone Golf Club, King’s Court Castle, Lelli’s of Auburn Hills, Longhorn Steakhouse, Max & Erma’s, Mr. Pita, Olga's Kitchen, O’Malley’s Tavern, Palace Grille, Palm Palace, Panera Bread, Post Bar, Sam’s Club, Santa Fe Mexican Restaurant, and Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill. A cash bar featuring select Detroit Beer Company and Fieldstone Winery offerings will also be available. Tickets are $25 each for adults and $10 for children ages 5-12. For information, visit www.auburnhillschamber.com.

Electronics disposition drive in Royal OakThe Royal Oak School District is teaming up with 5R Processors, Ltd. to help Royal Oak and the surrounding communities properly dispose of their household electronics equipment at no cost. They will be set up from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8 in the Royal Oak High School parking lot, 1500 Lexington Blvd. The event will raise money for the school district. 5R Processors is donating $2 to the school district for every car that recycles an electronic. The event is open to the public and small businesses and 5R is accepting residential equipment only. 5R will be accepting most consumer electronics, home office equipment, large household appliances and more. For a complete list of acceptable items, visit www.5Rprocessors.com or call 847-354-5324.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Fall Remodeling and Design expo is in Novi

The Fall Remodeling & Design Expo 2011 is Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 6-9 at the Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Avenue, Novi. Anything and everything to remodel and design a home can be found under one roof. The show is open 2 to 9 p.m., Thursday and Friday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission for adults, ages 13 and up is $8, senior admission is $7, and children 12 and under get in free. Fall Remodeling & Design Expo ticket will also get you into MARVAC’s Fall Detroit Camper & RV Show in adjacent arena, Thursday through Sunday. A coupon is available on www.novihomeshow.com, southeast Michigan ACO Hardware stores, and in The Oakland Press. It is good for $1 off any adult or senior admission. For information, visit www.novihomeshow.com.