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, October 30, 2012

Job fair offers speed interviews

Oct. 31
SOUTHFIELD—Speed-Interview Job Fair sponsored by HiredInDetroit.com, scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 31 at the Westin Hotel-Southfield allows both the interviewee and hiring company to assess the potential match of candidate to corporation. More than 40 companies are ready to interview and hire candidates; it is mandatory candidates dress for success. Participating employers will hire in the following industries: Engineering, Manufacturing, Sales, Finance, Customer Service, Management, Retail, Information Technology, Machining, Restaurant, Medical and many other great industries. The event is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31 at Westin Hotel, 1500 Town Center, Southfield. Businesses interested in registering for career expo should contact Lucy Wade at lucy@hiredindetroit.com or 734-956-4550. For more information, visit www.HiredInDetroit.com.

Nov. 1
WATERFORD TWP.—Demystifying the Cloud is 9 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 1 at the Waterford Township Library, 5168 Civic Center Dr, Waterford. The conference is to be presented by Dan Izydorek, PC Miracles, Inc. Registration is $10 chamber early bird rate and $25 per person for non-members and at the door. Register online at www.waterfordchamber.org or call 248-666-8600.

Nov. 1
BLOOMFIELD HILLS—Butzel Long attorney and shareholder Sean H. Cook will be a featured speaker during the Walsh Institute Leadership Center’s Business Transitions Annual Conference from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 1 at Walsh College’s Troy campus. Butzel Long is a sponsor of the Leadership Center. Cook’s presentation is titled, “Skeletons in the Closet or Hidden Treasure Trove?” This session will discuss the importance of discovering the true facts about one’s company before the official due diligence process begins. The Conference will focus on business transitions from all angles – preparation, process and preferred results. To register, visit www.thewalshinstitute.com/businessLIVE.

Nov. 1
TROY—Walsh Leadership Center Transitions Conference is 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 1 at the College’s Troy campus, 3838 Livernois Road. The conference will look at business transitions and include insights by a panel of business owners from Core3 Solutions, HMS Products Inc., Harvey Hohauser and Associates and Painter’s Supply Company. The companies have seen transitions in recent years; some well-planned, others not. Tickets for the conference are $15 for students, $45 for Walsh alumni and partners, and $90 for all others. Ticket price includes breakfast, lunch and all materials as well as a chance to win door prizes. Register at www.thewalshinstitute.com/businessLIVE or call 248-823-1392.

Nov. 1
FARMINGTON HILLS—UHY LLP, a full service public accounting firm, will host its annual Manufacturing Outlook, 8:30 to 11:45 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 1 at the Farmington Hills office training room as well as via webcast. The event features a panel of manufacturing professionals discussing the latest industry trends including global manufacturing, exploring the new shale oil and gas paradigm and patent protection for medical devices. Breakfast will be provided. For reservations, contact Courtney Gray at cgray@uhy-us.com or 586-843-2533.

Nov. 1
NOVI—Business Research: Feasibility to Expansion is 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1 at Novi Public Library, 45255 10 Mile Rd  Novi. This workshop is for those thinking of starting a business and want to research an idea and for business owners who wants to benchmark profit margins against similar size businesses and identify market trends. It is presented by Oakland County Market Research and an Oakland County Public Library business reference librarian. This workshop is free, but pre-registration is required. Register at www.AdvantageOakland.com/expand or call 248-858-0783.

Nov. 1
ROYAL OAK—The Marketing and Sales Executives of Detroit (MSED) will host a fall networking bowling event, “Emagine the Connections,” beginning at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1 at Star Lanes at Emagine Royal Oak, 200 North Main Street, Royal Oak. All proceeds from the event will contribute to MSED’s scholarship program. The cost for the event is $45 for both members and non-members and includes bowling, shoe rental, food and soft drinks. A cash bar will be available. To register or obtain more information, contact Meeting Coordinators at 248-643-6590 or visit the MSED website at www.msedetroit.org.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Oakland County to offer November business workshops

Business owners and entrepreneurs who need assistance are invited to attend the following seminars offered by the Oakland County One Stop Shop Business Center. To register, visit www.AdvantageOakland.com/expand or call 248-858-0783.

Business Research: Feasibility to Expansion is 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1 at Novi Public Library, 45255 10 Mile Rd  Novi. This workshop is for those thinking of starting a business and want to research an idea and for business owners who wants to benchmark profit margins against similar size businesses and identify market trends. It is presented by Oakland County Market Research and an Oakland County Public Library business reference librarian. This workshop is free, but registration is required.
QuickBooks Essentials is an introduction to small business financial management with an overview of accurate recordkeeping, report interpretation and utilization, and management of the variety of QuickBooks tools. It is presented in two sessions on Wednesday, Nov. 7, by Kildal Services, LLC at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford Township. Session I is 9 to 11:30 a.m. It covers basic accounting terminology, new company file setup, customizing forms and letters, working with bank accounts. Session II is 12:30 to 3 p.m. It covers invoicing customers, receiving payments and making deposits, entering vendor bills/paying vendor bills, using credit card accounts. The cost is $40 for one session or $75 for both, per person. Laptop is recommended.

CEED Microloan Orientation is for those who need alternative financing. This workshop discusses 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.), 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14 at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford Township. The workshop is free but registration is required.
Fundamentals of Writing a Business Plan is 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, Nov. 15 at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford Township. This workshop is for small business owners who are developing their plan to success.The fee is $40 per person.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Cloud conference to offer virtual enlightenment

WATERFORD TWP.—Demystifying the Cloud is 9 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 1 at the Waterford Township Library, 5168 Civic Center Dr, Waterford. The conference is to be presented by Dan Izydorek, PC Miracles, Inc. Registration is $10 chamber early bird rate and $25 per person for non-members and at the door. Register online at www.waterfordchamber.org or call 248-666-8600.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Business women's events happening this week

Women’s network hosts Get Your Body and Business in Shape Expo
SOUTHFIELD—The Michigan Professional Women’s Network will present its 21st annual Get Your Body and Business in Shape Expo,10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25 at the Garden Atrium in the 2000 Town Center Building in Southfield. The free event is scheduled to feature more than 100 exhibitors on the ground floor plus a special area for women’s needs on the balcony. Special events include free health screenings, tips on personal health, fitness and weight management, as well as business health support in the areas of marketing, finance, and networking. Expo goers will enjoy Caribbean music by the Gratitude Steel Drum Band, and food and beverages available for purchase. For more information, call 248-559-3359, or visit
www.mpwn.org/

Autumn Brunch with auction planned
NOVI—The members of the Novi Oaks Charter Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) will hold their 8th Annual “Autumn Brunch With Auction” to benefit the chapter’s Scholarship and Education Fund at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27.
More than 125 area business women are expected to attend, and the group plans to fill the ballroom of the Sheraton Hotel, 21111 Haggerty Road, Novi, with more than 150 items for bid. Many of the auction items are donated by area businesses such as Salon Agape, Benito’s Pizza, and Emagine Theatre. Each table is decorated by a member or supporter. The cost is $25, including brunch. For more information, visit
www.abwa-novi.org/ or email publicity@abwa-novi.org.

Monday, October 22, 2012

How to Work Smarter seminars offered

BIRMINGHAM—The Community House is hosting a business symposium, “How to Work Smarter,” 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25 at The Community House, 380 S. Bates St., Birmingham. Stephen Polk, president and CEO of R.L. Polk & Co. is the keynote speaker. The conference includes three seminars with expert panelists: Smart Sales and Marketing; Everything Wireless/Internet and Planning for Now and the Future. The cost is $50 and includes breakfast and lunch. The event raises money to fund programs for at risk youth and children in need. Register at www.tchsymposium.org.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Workshop addresses brand image

SOUTHFIELD—People increasingly make decisions — whether to do business with people or purchase products — based on information on the internet. Join the Association for Women in Communications Detroit Chapter at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG), to explore this topic with an expert: Adrienne Lenhoff, president and CEO of Novi-based Shazaaam! PR and Marketing, Buzzphoria Social Media, and Promo Marketing Team. The evening will begin with networking and light refreshments, followed by the program. The cost is $25 for AWC members and $35 for nonmembers. AIAG is located at 26200 Lahser Road, Suite 200, in Southfield. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit www.womcomdetroit.org/UpcomingEvents.htm or call 866-385-1784.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Farbman hosts speed networking event

In a spin-off of speed dating, Farbman Group will host a business-to-business networking event, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30 in the Riverside Center in Southfield. During the event attendees can network with other business people, rotating through a new introduction approximately every five minutes. The sessions will allow participants to meet potential new customers, clients and vendors. For registration and further information, call Judy Smith at 248-351-4381, or email at smith@farbman.com. To register online, visit www.farbman.com/FG/networking.html. The Riverside Center is located at 25925 Telegraph Road in Southfield.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Have you ever been bullied at work?

 Anybody who has ever been made fun of, maliciously, understands the feeling of being the target of bullying. The old saying, “what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger,” is only partially true. Sometimes, if it doesn’t kill you, it just makes you meaner. I believe bullying can be contagious and it is something we all need to guard against.
People should try to be civil to one another, especially when they spend time together, day in and day out. What made high school so miserable for so many was the bullies with the attitude that, “you are not worthy.” We’re adults now and don’t have to put up with it. Then again, why should students have to endure it either?
My thoughts were inspired by the following submission:

How to Detect and Protect Against Workplace Bullying
By: Rakesh Malhotra,
founder of Five Global Values (www.FiveGlobalValues.com). Malhotra  is a world-traveled, business leader who specializes in organization behavior. 

Stories of workplace bullying are commonplace throughout the United States.
Here are examples:

Mavis: “When I started there, I was told that someone had been acting in the position and had expected to get the job. This person continually undermined me and turned other staff against me. I endured 12 months of hell, and felt as if I was sinking in quicksand.” 

A male employee at a different company: “The misery took over my whole life. I turned nasty and bitter and treated my wife and kids like whipping posts. After many visits to a psychologist, I was able to think of all the positive things in my life. Now I look back and think I wouldn’t want to go through that experience again.”

In general, there are no legal repercussions for non-physical bullying except in specific cases, such as sexual harassment. In fact, bullying is a character trait that tends to be condoned in American society.  
Bullies win by controlling situations and people around them. They crave power and the attention that comes from getting what they want.

The effects of working with a bully
Adults have a difficult time performing their jobs effectively when subjected to bullying by a co-worker. It takes a toll physically because of our physiological responses to emotional stress. Typically, victims endure feelings of depression, guilt and shame, and they suffer sleep loss and fatigue. In some cases, victims begin to believe the bully’s behavior is warranted, and they develop feelings of worthlessness. They cannot complete tasks at the same level as others in their units.

Are you a bully?

Being accused of being the bully can be difficult to accept. You may believe your actions were unintentional, or a justified emotional response to provocation. Perhaps, you see yourself as the only one in the office qualified to do anything right.  However, whatever you have said or done, whether purposefully or not, you have created a culture of negativity for at least one person and you need to honestly assess the situation and your role in it.

Symptoms that YOU may be the bully include:
 Insulting a coworker (remember, one person’s “joke” may be another’s insult).
• Undermining another employee’s work by creating a hostile environment or perhaps by consistently calling their attention to “flaws”. (Bullies focus on a person, while constructive criticism focuses on a task.)
 As an employer, ignoring your employees’ suggestions.
 Humiliating your employee in front of others.

If any of these sound like something that you may be doing, it is important to address this immediately with your victim. You may want to speak with your doctor about getting help, such as counseling, sensitivity training, anger management and other seminars.
It is important to understand the signs and symptoms of a bully in order to help the victim and the victimizer deal with and exterminate the behavior.
If you are a victim, diligently record workplace bullying events. If you choose to make a formal complaint, you will be responsible for providing information should there be charges brought against the bully.

Troy Chamber hosts Dubai trip informational meeting

The Troy Chamber of Commerce has negotiated with its travel company for travel to Dubai in March 2013. Group members will now fly out of Detroit Metropolitan Airport rather than the original Chicago departure location. In light of this new development, the Chamber has extended its early bird pricing until Oct. 19.
For as low as $2195 per person, participants will enjoy deluxe accommodations, airfare, meals, a variety of attractions and more. The trip includes memorable sites, both ancient and modern. Travelers will even have an opportunity to ride a camel, dress in traditional Bedouin robes and sand surf.
A free Dubai informational sessions is at noon Tuesday, Oct. 16 at the Troy Chamber office, 4555 Investment Drive, Troy, (off Crooks Road, between Wattles and Long Lake Road). Answers to questions about tipping or taxis, luggage or lunches, safety, customs or restrooms will be addressed.
This event is being promoted in partnership with the Arab American and Chaldean Council. To register, call 248-641-8151 or visit www.troychamber.com/cal/




Sunday, October 7, 2012

Oakland County Business Center hosts Facebook training

Oct. 10
WATERFORD - Facebook for Business workshop series is Oct. 10, 17 and 24 at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford Township. Facebook for Business, Introduction to Social Media Marketing and using Facebook for Business is 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10. Facebook for Business (Intermediate) is 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17. Facebook for Business Create and Launch your Facebook Campaign is 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24. The fee is $40 each per class.  For registration and information, visit www.AdvantageOakland.com/expand or call 248-858-0783.


Oct. 11
Fundamentals of Starting a Business is 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11 at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford Township. The fee is $30 person. For registration and information, visit www.AdvantageOakland.com/expand or call 248-858-0783.

Oct. 18
Fundamentals of Writing a Business Plan is 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18 at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford Township. The fee is $40 per person. For registration and information, visit www.AdvantageOakland.com/expand or call 248-858-0783.