— The Community House has assembled a group of subject matter experts
for seminars. The first seminar, “Fundamentals of Michigan
Entrepreneurship” is 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22 at The Community
House, 380 South Bates St., Birmingham. Michael Witzke and John Carter,
Witzke Berry Carter & Wander, PLLC and franchise placement
specialist Mark Cory, FranNet of Michigan will offer to help
entrepreneurs deliver their products and services to various customers,
help them identify and secure their intellectual property and teach them
how to minimize the many risks associated with hiring employees and
independent contractors. There is no charge to attend, light
refreshments will be served. To register, contact The Community House,
380 South Bates Street, Birmingham, 248-644-5832, or www.tchserves.org.
— Steven Case of Financial Independence, LLC in Bloomfield Hills will
give presentations on Social Security income planning. The three
presentations will be at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 22 at the Management
Education Center in Troy; 6 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 23 at The Community
House in Birmingham and 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 24 at the Management
Education Center in Troy. In the seminars, Case will discuss the
fundamentals and little-known claiming techniques for individuals to
maximize their lifetime Social Security income and survivor benefit. The
seminars are free, but space is limited. Call Laura at 248-282-9905 or
email firstname.lastname@example.org by Jan. 17.
— Staff writer Kathy Blake
— Nemeth Burwell’s Raising the Bar, an educational series raising
employer awareness of current issues in employment and labor law and
offered by Detroit-based employment law firm Nemeth Burwell, P.C., will
present its 2013 Labor and Employment Law Update, 8:30 a.m. to 11:45
a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23 at the Troy Marriott, 200 W. Big Beaver Road,
Troy. A continental breakfast will be served at 8 a.m.
of a new year provides the perfect opportunity to consider recent
rulings and trends in employment law and a forward look at where this
sector of the law is going, according to Patricia Nemeth of Nemeth
Topics will include developments in discrimination law; wage
and hour law; disability, family medical leave and workers compensation
law and labor law including at-will provisions in jeopardy and
Michigan’s new right to work law. The cost of the event is $60 per
person and pre-registration is required. To register, email Amanda
Galetti or call 313-567-5921.
FLINT — ORBIT Start-up
Launch Training. ORBIT Launch! is the introductory workshop series
Kettering TechWorks offers to help technology entrepreneurs plan and
start their ventures. This highly popular program has graduated more
than 400 Michigan startup leaders, employees and advisors. It is made
possible through the support of the Michigan Economic Development
Corporation, Kettering University and the C.S. Mott Foundation.
January 23-March 20, 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Kettering University, Campus
Center, Room-A, 4th floor, Flint. For information, visit
TROY - Doing
Business in Mexico information meeting is 8-11:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan.
24 at Automation Alley, 2675 Bellingham, Troy. Looking to learn how your
business can benefit from expanding beyond Southeast Michigan to reach
customers, partners and clients in Mexico? Speakers include Eve Lerman,
senior international trade specialist at US Commercial Service. Kurt
Saldana, President of Quality Metalcraft, Robert Ruffini, President of
Fluxtrol, Consul General Vicente Sanchez from Mexico and Jeanne Broad,
international trade manager for MEDC. For information, visit
STERLING HEIGHTS - The Mobile
Explosion – How Can Your Business Take Advantage of Mobile Technologies
to Increase Productivity and Profitability? Lunch and Launch is noon to
1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24 at Macomb-OU INCubator at Velocity, 6633
Eighteen Mile Road, Sterling Heights. Linda Daichendt, executive
director of the Mobile Technology Association of Michigan will conduct a
presentation regarding the surge in mobile technology, and how it is
impacting businesses today in more ways than just the next new "app." macINC@Oakland.edu.
AUBURN HILLS - Auburn
Hills Mayor James McDonald will present the State of the Community
address to residents and business owners, 8 to 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 24
in the Piston’s VIP Lounge at the Palace of Auburn Hills.
of the Community includes a presentation from the Mayor, and an update
from Chamber leadership who will also introduce the 2013 Board slate.
New this year is the inclusion of a Community Expo, sponsored by the
Palace’s Come Together Foundation. Through the expo, several non-profit
organizations will present their community service offerings.
ticketed event is open to the public and includes breakfast and local
entertainment. Registration is required at www.auburnhillschamber.com.
The cost is $35 for chamber members and $45 for non-members. Corporate
sponsorships are available from $250 and include tickets and varying
levels of recognition. For more information, contact the chamber at
248-853-7862 or email@example.com.
CLARKSTON - It
will be a Mad Men-themed party on Jan. 25, when Clarkston Area Chamber
of Commerce celebrates the Chamber’s 25th Anniversary at Deer Lake
Athletic Club, 6167 White Lake Road in Clarkston.
The party begins at
6 p.m. with a martini bar cocktail hour sponsored by Bowman Chevrolet.
Guests will enjoy Rat Pack song favorites sung by local artist TJ Craven
courtesy of LaFontaine Automotive Group, entertainment sponsor. Along
with a celebration of the Chamber’s 25 years, the Gala will include
special guest and keynote speaker Dan Gilmartin, Michigan Municipal
League. His topic is “The Economics of Placemaking.”
chamber at 248-625-8055 or visit www.clarkston.org for tickets. The cost
is $75 per person or $500 for a table of eight. Proceeds from the gala
will be used for Chamber economic development initiatives.
— The Marketing and Sales Executives of Detroit (MSED) will host a
professional development seminar, “Locking Out the Competition: Ten Ways
to Build Customer Loyalty,” on Friday, Jan. 25 at the Management
Education Center located at 811 West Square Lake Road in Troy.
Weinberg, founder and CEO of Gerry Weinberg & Associates, will
discuss the dynamics of customer relationships. The program will explore
ways to keep customers from looking at the competition and ensure
customer loyalty, and limit competitors’ advantages to price only. The
event will begin with registration, networking and breakfast at 8 a.m.,
followed by the presentation at 8:30 a.m. and ending with a
question-and-answer session at 10 a.m. The cost is $45 for MSED members
and $60 for non-members and includes breakfast. To register, contact
Meeting Coordinators at 248-643-6950 or visit www.msedetroit.org.
HILLS — Better Health Market to host a free seminar, “Winning the Sugar
Game” at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26 at the market, 2053 South Telegraph
Road in Bloomfield Hills. Renee Heigel, a weight loss coach will discuss
how to quit sugar cravings, tips to help you kick your sugar addition
and lose weight in a 60 minute speech with Q&A at the end. Renee
Heigel, CHHP, AADP is an international No-Diet Weight Loss Coach,
Lifestyle Coach, writer, speaker, cook. For reservations, call
248-334-9500 or visit www.thebetterhealthstore.com.