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.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Oakland County Business Workshops

Business owners and entrepreneurs who need assistance are invited to attend seminars in July offered by the Oakland County One Stop Shop/Business Center. Business Basics workshops are offered in the evenings on alternating months.
The following workshops take place at Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, west of Telegraph, Waterford Township. For registration, visit www.oakgov.com/peds/calendar or call 248-858-0783.
• The CEED Microloan Orientation program is 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 11. It covers the requirements and process necessary to apply and obtain a microloan. It is presented by the Center for Empowerment & Economic Development (C.E.E.D.) This workshop is free but pre-registration is required.
• Business Research: Feasibility to Expansion is 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, July 12. For those thinking of starting a business or who want to benchmark profit margin and other measures against similar size businesses in the industry? Presented by Oakland County’s Business Center, Market Research Division and an Oakland County Public Library business reference librarian. This workshop is free but pre-registration is required.
• 5 Keys to Achieving Fiscal Fitness is 8 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, July 18. Fiscal management tools for the non-financial manager. This workshop provides the business owner an in-depth look at the essentials of using financial information to make effective decisions about improving their business performance. Topics include ways to improve a company's cash flow, How to use the balance sheet and income statement to diagnose business problems and opportunities, how breakeven analysis can help improve pricing and business decisions and how to insure there’s enough working capital to support growth. The fee is $25 per person.
• Fundamentals of Writing a Business Plan is 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, July 19. A workshop for small business owners who are developing a plan. Workshop participants learn what elements are commonly found in effective plans and work on developing each of these for their own business. Assistance in the process as well as information on resources is provided.
The cost is $40 per person. No refunds.
• Legal & Financial Basics for Small Business is 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, July 31. It provides new and existing Michigan entrepreneurs an understanding of the "key” legal and financial considerations when starting and operating a business in Michigan. The workshop is presented by Witzke Berry & Carter PLLC. It his workshop is free, but pre-registration is required.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Upcoming June business events

Submit your calendar events at theoaklandpress.com/calendar/

June 21
SOUTHFIELD
Bank executive John Bultema to address Young Professionals
Skyline Club Committees Emerging Leaders Club and Women’s Committee are presenting Amped-Up, Networking for Professionals, sponsored by South East Michigan Entrepreuners Association, Dale Carnegie, 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 21 at The Skyline Club, 2000 Town Center, Southfield. The guest speaker will be John Bultema, Executive Vice President and Head of Fifth Third Bank’s Business Banking group. The event features a 15 minute speed networking activity. The cost is $20 per person and includes hors d’oeuvres and cash bar. For reservations, call the Skyline Club at 248-350-9898.

June 21
Midwest Job Expo at Affirmations in Ferndale
Affirmations, metro Detroit’s community center for lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender people and their allies (LGBT), is hosting Michigan’s first ever LGBT Midwest Job Expo, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, June 21. The event will take place at the Ferndale community center, 290 W Nine Mile Road, Ferndale. Participating companies include: Metlife, Merrill Lynch, General Motors, Chrysler, Comerica Bank, Deloitte and Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. For more information, call 248-398-7105 or visit www.GoAffirmations.org.

June 21
Fundamentals of Writing a Business Plan is 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, June 21 at Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, west of Telegraph, Waterford Township. Register at oakgov.com/peds/calendar or call 248-858-0783. The cost is $40 per person. No refunds.

June 26- 29
The National Veterans Small Business Conference and Expo is Tuesday through Friday, June 26 to 29, while the VA for Vets Hiring Fair and Open House is 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, June 26 to 28 at Detroit’s Cobo Center, 1 Washington Blvd # 401, Detroit. For more information, visit www.vaforvets.va.gov/Detroit or www.nationalveteransconference.com or call 517-481-8141.

June 27
Detroit Economic Club member reception is 4:30 to 7 p.m. June 27 at Rattlesnake - Detroit. For informaiton, email info@econclub.org or call 313-963-8547. The event features cocktails, strolling dinner and live music before and after a brief program at 5:30. Complimentary valet parking available. The cost is $45 for members; $100 for guests of members and $100 for non-members.

June 27
IT Social 5:01 Announces Premiere  Summer Networking Event
IT Social 5:01, a networking group comprised of Information Technology and Business executives from the high tech corridors of metropolitan Detroit, announces its premier summer social networking event is 5:01 to 8 p.m. Wednesday June 27 at Chen Chow Brasserie at 260 N. Old Woodward in Birmingham.
IT Social 5:01 events are targeted toward IT professionals but are open to anyone interested in social networking.
Sponsored by Alcove9, the event will offer participants the opportunity to enjoy complimentary appetizers, delicious cuisine, and discounted beverages. There will also be a raffle of Detroit Tiger tickets.

June 27
Future automotive trends will be discussed by a panel of experts at the Annual Automotive Roundtable Luncheon hosted by the Marketing and Sales Executives of Detroit Wednesday, June 27 at the Management Education Center located at 811 West Square Lake Road in Troy. It begins with registration and networking at 11:30 a.m., lunch at noon and the panel discussion at 12:45 p.m. The panel, comprising key automotive industry professionals, will discuss automotive trends expected into the next decade. Moderated by Chris Theodore, president, Theodore & Associates, the panel will include Bob Lee, vice president, engine and electrified propulsion engineering, Chrysler Group LLC; and Jeff Klei, president, NAFTA, Continental Automotive. The cost for the event is $45 for MSED members and $60 for non-members. For more information, visit www.msedetroit.org or call Meeting Coordinators at 248-643-6590.

June 28
QuickBooks Essentials Session One is 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Session Two is 12:30 to 3 p.m. Thursday, June 28 at Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, west of Telegraph, Waterford Township. For pre-registration and location specifics, visit oakgov.com/peds/calendar or call 248-858-0783. The cost is $40 per session or both sessions for $75. Laptop highly recommended.

June 28
The Association for Women in Communications Detroit Chapter is hosting its annual Matrix Awards dinner at 6 p.m., Thursday, June 28, at Mario’s, 4222 Second Ave., in Detroit. It features a reception and silent auction. Dinner will be served at 6:45, followed by the awards ceremony and keynote address by Karen Dumas, communications professional and former chief of Communications and External Affairs for Mayor Dave Bing and the City of Detroit.
Honors will be given to the following individuals and organizations:
The Headliner award: AWC Detroit member Marilyn Barnett, a pioneer in consumer advertising on a national level, will be honored for her career in the communications field. She is the president of MARS Advertising in Southfield.
Diamond Award: Zonta International – District 15, will be recognized for improving conditions for women in the workplace.
Vanguard Award: Danielle Cantin, marketing director of American House.
Tickets are $45 for AWC-Detroit members, $55 for non-members and $40 for students, which includes valet parking. For more information, or to reserve tickets, visit www.womcomdetroit.org/matrix.htm or call 866-685-1784.

June 28
Professionals Career Fair in Livonia
JobFairGiant.com and HiredInMichigan.com announced a new synergy to connect companies with professionals. The 2012 Professionals Career Fair is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, June 28 at Livonia/Detroit Holiday Inn. Candidates who wish to participate are invited to submit their resumes at www.JobFairGiant.com by June 28. Participating employers can select candidates from the proprietary online database and hold interviews at the fair. Companies may register until June 27. For further information, email pressteam@jobfairgiant.com.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Upcoming business events

June 20
The Women’s Fund, an endowed fund owned and administered by the Community Foundation of Greater Rochester is hosting its third annual commUNITY lunch, Wednesday June 20 at the Royal Park Hotel in Rochester. Doors open at 11 a.m., lunch will begin at noon and the program is at 12:30 p.m. featuring guest speaker Pastor Lisa Ilitch Murray of Mt. Zion Church of Clarkston. The cost for tickets is $50. Mail checks to, The Women’s Fund, PO Box 80157, Rochester, Michigan 48308-0157. For more information, email the Fund at womensfundrochester@gmail.com or call 248- 812-0763.

Waterford Chamber is hosting an Oakland County Chamber mixer is 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 20 at at Shark’s Club, 6665 Highland Road, Waterford Township. Tickets are $10 for Advanced Member Reservations, $15 at the door and $25 for non-members. Sign-up at www.waterfordchamber.org.

June 21
Midwest Job Expo at Affirmations in Ferndale.Affirmations, metro Detroit’s community center for lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender people and their allies (LGBT), is hosting Michigan’s first ever LGBT Midwest Job Expo, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, June 21. The event will take place at the Ferndale community center, 290 W Nine Mile Road, Ferndale. Participating companies include: Metlife, Merrill Lynch, General Motors, Chrysler, Comerica Bank, Deloitte and Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. For more information, call 248-398-7105 or visit www.GoAffirmations.org.

Fundamentals of Writing a Business Plan is 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, June 21 at Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, west of Telegraph, Waterford Township. Register at oakgov.com/peds/calendar or call 248-858-0783. The cost is $40 per person. No refunds.

June 25
Automation Alley’s 2012 Golf Outing is 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday, June 25 at The Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth. Golfers at last year’s event were treated to a special video round-up of the day.

June 26- 29

The National Veterans Small Business Conference and Expo is Tuesday through Friday, June 26 to 29, while the VA for Vets Hiring Fair and Open House is 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, June 26 to 28 at Detroit’s Cobo Center, 1 Washington Blvd # 401, Detroit. For more information, visit www.vaforvets.va.gov/Detroit or www.nationalveteransconference.com or call 517-481-8141.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Opt out for privacy should be standard

The right to privacy should have its own amendment to the Bill of Rights. It is hinted at in several of the top amendments such as the first which protects freedom of speech and religion. Also, it may be covered under the ninth, which protects rights not enumerated in the constitution. But privacy, which affects all rights and freedom, isn't specifically covered.
In the digital age, it is being taken for granted and needs more protection.
Customers readily give up email addresses and cell phone numbers for small rewards such as a discount on every 10th pair of shoes purchased. People sign up for social networking sites that store and share tons of information about them. That is in addition to the information that people broadcast about themselves on Facebook and other sites.

When signing up for a loan, bank account or credit card: consumers receive a privacy notice which states they have to "opt out" of the institution's policy for sharing information with everybody. Even with opt out, the institution will still share with their partners.

People shouldn't have to opt out for privacy, it should be standard. If consumers want to share information, they can opt for it. This should apply to social networking too.
The threat to privacy is rampant on the internet. Here is a Newsweek article with some good tips for protecting privacy online. 10 Ways to Protect Your Privacy Online/

If people speak up for the right to privacy, then businesses and government, will be more likely to step up to the plate to give them what they want. 
There's a new privacy protecting internet service and telephone provider that is planning to offer ubiquitous encryption (encrypted by default) for mobile phone service. Here's a link for more information. 

Monday, June 4, 2012

Business events for June

June 12
The Verizon African American Small Business Empowerment Series is 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, June 12 at Atheneum Suite Hotel, 1000 Brush St. in Detroit’s Greektown. Business and technology experts from Verizon Wireless and partnering companies will discuss how small businesses can leverage wireless solutions and the Internet to increase productivity, improve efficiency, and better manage customer relations to improve their bottom line. Detroit native, Len Burnett, Co-CEO & Group Publisher, Uptown Media Group & Vibe Lifestyle Network, will speak. The program will also feature hands-on demos of Verizon’s 4G LTE tablets and smartphones and solutions from other vendors. Presentations will include “Wireless Payment Solutions,” “Managing Your Brand Online,” “Apps to Help Grow your Business” and more. Dinner will be served. One attendee will win a 4G LTE MiFi Jetpack and free service for one year from Verizon. Space is limited. Register at www.VerizonInsider.com/SmallBizSeries.

June 12
IP in Product Development  is 8 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 12 at Automation Alley Headquarters. The Automation Alley Technology Committee seminar is part of our Product Development series. The morning will begin with a keynote address by Azam Khan, deputy chief of staff at the United States Patent and Trademark Office, who is responsible for the Detroit satellite office. The session will conclude with a panel discussion and Q&A. The cost is $20 for members and $40 for nonmembers in advance. For information, email info@automationalley.com or call 800-427-5100.

June 12
Inforum Emerging Leaders Meet & Greet is 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 12 at Blackfinn restaurant, 530 S. Main St, Royal Oak. Network with other emerging leaders and prominent business women and men featuring Bettye Daly who moved from the west coast of Michigan. An accomplished entrepreneur and business owner of a multimillion dollar raw chemical distributor, Bettye has emerged into a career in real estate and coaching. Space is limited.The cost is $10. RSVP through Paypal by June 10 to InforumEmergingLeaders@gmail.com. For more information, contact Stephanie Squires at Stephanie.Squires@tfsn.net.


June 13
The Community House will continue its successful monthly Bulletproof Your Success Business Lectures, presented by Camille Jayne, President and CEO. The next lecture, “People Who 'Get' People Get Results,” is 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 13 at The Community House, 380 South Bates St., Birmingham. “June 13's lecture will focus on the WHO:  People Leadership and Management Excellence. The fee per lecture is $35, add $10 for lunch. For more information and to register, visit www.tchbulletproof.org or call 248-644-5832.

June 13
Auburn Hills Chamber of Commerce presents Automative Update: What Will Gen Y Buy? is 8 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 13 at The Royal Park Hotel. Keynote Breakfast. Hear from experts at Deloitte Consulting and Michigan State University as they discuss recent research regarding this important audience. The cost is $25 for Auburn Hills Chamber of Commerce members; $35 non-chamber members. For more information call 248-853-7862.

June 13
LinkedIn for Business, beginner  is 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 13 at Oakland County Business Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township. Introduction to Social Media Marketing and using LinkedIn for Business. A second class which is offered to those that attend the first class is: LinkedIn for Business (Intermediate). It is 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 20. For information, email Karen Deaver-Lear, smallbusiness@oakgov.com or call 248-858-0783. The cost for each session is $40 per person.

June 13
ABWA Novi Oaks - June Meeting and Program is 6:15 to 8:45 p.m. Wednesday, June 13 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Novi. The Novi Oaks Charter Chapter of the American Business Women's Association presents "Anti-Aging from the Inside Out: Be a New You in 2012" by Pamela R. Benitez, M.D. Networking begins at 6:15 with dinner and presentation following. Visit www.abwa-novi.org for registration and payment information.

June 13
Build a Board of Advisors is 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 13, at Walsh College, 3838 Livernois Road, Troy. Ursula Scroggs, CPA, Managing Director, DKSS CPAs This interactive session is limited to 15 small business owners. There is no charge for this session, However registration is required.

June 14
Fundamentals of Starting a Business  is 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, June 14 at Oakland County Business Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township. Topics of discussion include business feasibility, licensing and permits, business formation, and more. The cost is $30 per person. Call 248-858-0783 or visit www.oakgov.com/peds/calendar.

June 15
Using Your Search Engine Beyond Just Search is noon to 1 p.m. Friday, June 15 at the Troy Chamber office, 4555 Investment Dr., Troy. Part of the Choose Troy Friday Forum Series, this event features Sam Abu-Hamdan, president and CEO of Alcove9. Prior to founding Alcove9, Sam ran the Aerospace and Defense business unit at Tata Technologies in North America.

June 16
Renowned keynote speaker and life coach, Tiffany Peterson will present a seminar, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 16 at the Royal Park Hotel, Rochester. Peterson is a seasoned success trainer, speaker and coach. Tickets are $197 and include lunch. A portion of all ticket sales will be donated to Turning Point Ministries. Reservations are required. Visit empowerevents.eventbrite.com or call 810-523-9853.

June 18
Tee Off FORE Troy Golf Outing begins at 11 a.m. Monday, June 18 at Red Run Golf Club, 2036 Rochester Road, Royal Oak. In partnership with the Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce, the event features a shotgun start and lunch is at 12:30 p.m. Call 248-641-8151 or e-mail theteam@troychamber.com.

June 18
DreamWorks Capital Management LLC presents its quarterly financial seminar “401k/403b Rollovers,” at 7 p.m. Monday, June 18 at The Community House, 380 South Bates St., Birmingham. In this seminar Paul Fenner, President of DWCM discusses what options you have when it comes to one of your most precious assets, your 401k/403b retirement account. DreamWorks Capital Management LLC is a Michigan corporation offering Investment Advisory Services and is a Registered Investment Advisor. There is no cost to attend, RSVP requested. To register, call 248-644-5832, or visit www.tchserves.org.

June 19
Business Performance Improvement 2.0 Series meets 4 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 19 at Birmingham Tower, 280 N. Old Woodward, LL Conference Room Birmingham. This segment includes “Cost management, effective negotiation,” presented by Wesley Thompson of Expense Reduction Analysts and “Building win-win relationships with customers, contractors and suppliers” presented by John T. Carter, Esq. of Witzke Berry Carter & Wander,  PLLC. Coffee and snacks provided. Register at http://www.bizimpteam.com.                               
For information, email info@bizimpteam.com or call 248-642-3287.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Press mentions Facebook more than Google

Even before Facebook offered its stock IPO, it was getting more media attention than Google.
According to HighBeam Research, Google received more media mentions during the first four years of Facebook, 2004 through 2008. But in 2009, Facebook took over with 27,000 mentions and so far this year, Facebook's media hits have grown to 42,000 compared with Google's 13,000.
As a social networking website, Facebook is the most popular of any of them. But how much is their advertising really worth? And does it compare with Google's? An advertiser can start out fairly cheap with either. The more clicks by users, the more it costs.

Here's a blog post regarding the two sites' advertising.
http://www.wordstream.com/blog/ws/2012/05/15/ipo-facebook-vs-google-display-advertising

Here's an interesting blog post comparing the two internet giants.
 http://blogs.imediaconnection.com/blog/2012/05/30/facebook-vs-google-infographic/