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.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Automation Alley hosting global economic outlook for 2016

Automation Alley is hosting Global Economic and Industry Outlook for 2016 and Beyond, 8-11:30 a.m. Jan. 27 at Automation Alley Headquarters, 2675 Bellingham Drive, Troy. 
The Oakland County tech association and a group of international business experts will gather to discuss the global economy and how companies can take advantage of opportunities and meet challenges of doing business overseas. Topics will include the eurozone, China’s GDP growth rate, geopolitical threats, shale oil discoveries, technological innovations. Advance registration is $20 for members and $40 for nonmembers.For more information and to register, visit automationalley.com or call 800-427-5100.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Birmingham leadership breakfast to feature business coach

"A Leadership Perspective: Getting the Right People into the Right Seats" is 7:30- 9 a.m. Friday, Dec. 18 at Birmingham Country Club, 1750 Saxon Drive, Birmingham.
Hosted by CBRT/The Business Round Table, the breakfast will feature Mike Kotsis, founder of GPS For Small Business. Kotsis is a certified EOS Implementer, (business coach). He has worked with his family business, Atlas Wholesale Food Co.m was involved in a software startup, Optiant Supply Chain Solutions, and also worked at Dell Computer.
The cost for the event is $25 per person in advance ($30 at the door). The cost for a table of eight seats with company recognition is $200. Registration begins at 7 a.m. and breakfast will be served at 7:30 a.m. Register at www.thebusinessrt.org. For more information, call 269-685-7829.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Oakland County Business Center offers December workshops

Business owners and entrepreneurs are invited to attend Oakland County Business Center seminars at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, west of Telegraph, in Waterford Township, www.AdvantageOakland.com/businessworkshops, 248-858-0783. These workshops are free.
  • Starting A Business workshop is 9-11:3- a.m. Dec. 8.
  • CEED Lending Small Business Loan Orientation workshop is 9-11 a.m. Dec. 9.
  • Business Research: Feasibility to Expansion workshop is 9-11 a.m. Dec. 9. 
  • Walk-In-Start-Up Thursdays is 9:30 a.m. to noon and 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. every Thursday, non holiday, for individuals who want to launch a business. There is no fee. Walk-in sessions are available on a first come, first served basis and each session is limited to 15 minutes.



Saturday, December 5, 2015

Tech248 Meetup is Dec. 10 in Southfield

Tech248 Meetup is 2-4 p.m. Dec. 10 at Lawrence Technological University, Technology and Learning Center, Gallery Building #9, Room T210, 21000 W. 10 Mile Road, Southfield, free admission, Connect with potential IT/Tech partners, suppliers and customers in Oakland County, AdvantageOakland.EVENTBRITE.com, 248-858-5437.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Nominations sought for Oakland County 40 under 40

Nominations are now being accepted for the Oakland County Executive's Elite 40 under 40 Class of 2016. It is open to residents and individuals who work in Oakland County, who were born after Dec. 31, 1976.Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson started the program in 2012 to honor young professionals and thought leaders.Dec. 2 is the deadline for nominations and entries. After judging by a panel, public voting will take place Jan. 25-29 and the finalists will be announced Feb. 10.To enter, visit app.wizehive.com/webform/elite40entry2016.To nominate someone, visit app.wizehive.com/webform/elite40nomination2016

Monday, November 9, 2015

Tech248 Meetup is Nov. 12 in Royal Oak

Tech248 November Meetup, an Oakland County initiative for accelerating growth in the IT/Tech industry is 5-7 p.m. Nov. 12 at Vectorform, 123 W 5th St., Royal Oak, Register at Tech248.com or call 248-858-5437.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

SCORE to host business workshops in Lathrup Village

SCORE Detroit is hosting business improvement workshops in November at Michigan First Credit Union, 27000 Evergreen Road in Lathrup Village.
  • "Create Your Business Website" is 5:30-8:30 p.m. Nov 5. The cost is $45 per person.
  • Business Plan Series is 8:45 a.m.-noon, Mondays, Nov 9, Nov. 18, Nov. 23. The series provide the basics for preparing and writing a business start-up plan, three workshops, $100.
  • "Get Visitors to Your Website and Turn Them into Customers" is 5:30-8 p.m. Nov. 12. The cost is $45 per person.
  • "Marketing Campaigns-Offers and Promotions" is 9-10:30 a.m. Nov. 19. The cost is $45 per person.
Register at detroit.score.org or call 313-226-7947.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

CEED Lending to host financial management forum in Pontiac

"Grow your Business through Financial Management” is 8:30 a.m.-noon, Oct. 28 at The Crofoot, 1 S. Saginaw, Pontiac. The forum is presented by Oakland County CRA Association members and guest speakers and hosted by Center of Empowerment and Economic Development (CEED) Lending. The forum features a presentation about The Oakland County One Stop Shop Business Center.The event is free to attend and features continental breakfast. For more information please call 734-677-1400.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Business Success Conference to feature L. Brooks Patterson, Sue Novak and more

Business Success Conference is 7:30 a.m.-noon Oct. 23 at Oakland Schools, 2111 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township. The half day event will feature exhibitor, continental breakfast and speakers including L. Brooks Patterson, Oakland County Executive; Sue Novak, managing partner Plant Moran; Caroline Grech-Clapper, executive partner Secrest Wardle and James Goebel, founding partner Menlo innovations. Register at 248-666-8600 or www.clarkston.org, $40 adv.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Seminar to focus on Affordable Care Act compliance

J.S. Clark Agency’s free “Critical ACA Updates for Compliance Success” seminar is 1 p.m. Oct. 21 at the San Marino Club in Troy, J.S. Clark Agency President Joel Clark and Corporate Compliance Officer Jennifer Young will offer insights on Affordable Care Act compliance. Registration begins at noon, lunch will be served until the program starts. Admission is free, RSVP to Jane Berger at 248-663-1193 or jane@jsclarkagency.com. For more information, visit jsclarkagency.com.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Business leader panelists discuss how they adapt to changing market conditions

“Master Class Evening” featuring top business leaders is 6-8:30 p.m. Oct. 8 at The Community House, 380 S. Bates St., Birmingham. Panelists include: Heath Carr, COO, Shinola; Alan Whitman, CEO-Elect, Baker Tilly; Ric DeVore, Regional President, PNC; Linda Orlans, Founder & Executive Chair, Orlans Group; Dr. Tom Rifai, Medical Director, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland; and Patricia Mooradian, President, The Henry Ford. Dr. Michael Mazzeo, Dean of the Business School at Oakland University will serve as moderator for the panel. The event features wine & hors d’oeuvres, networking, Q & A. Tickets are $20 and include one drink ticket. Register at www.tchserves.org or call 248-644-5832.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Leadership Oakland celebrates Michigan products

Leadership Oakland “Oktoberfest-A Celebration of Local Abundance” is 6-8 p.m. Oct. 7 at Lafayette Market, 154 N. Saginaw St., Pontiac. It features Michigan wines and craft beer along with snacks representing businesses in Michigan and specifically Oakland County. For more information, visit www.leadershipoakland.com or call 248-952-6880.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Troy symposium to showcase progressive talent management practices

The American Society of Employers is presenting its first annual Talent Symposium, showcasing progressive talent management practices. The event is 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. Sept. 29 at the MSU Management Education Center, 811 W. Square Lake Road, Troy. Richard Sheridan, CEO of Menlo Innovations of Ann Arbor will speak on, “Engaging Your People and Growing Your Business,” There will be break-out sessions and a panel discussion, "Creatively Solving the Skill Shortage" with Damien Rocchi, CEO & Co-Founder, Grand Circus Detroit; Barbara Palmer, Vice President Employee Relations, Services, Beaumont Health and Ken Mall, Managing Director-EDSI Consulting, EDSI. Admission is $219. For more information, call Dan Van Slambrook at 248-223-8008 or Ed Holinski at 248-223-8017 or visit www.aseonline.org.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Florine Mark and Denise Ilitch to discuss women's business issues at forum

The Northwood University 2015 Distinguished Women Forum is 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 25 at Royal Park Hotel, 600 E. University Drive in Rochester. Honorees of Northwood University will discuss issues of women business owners. Linda Solomon is the moderator and the panelists include Florine Mark, President & CEO of Weight Watchers International Inc. and Denise Ilitch, President & CEO Ilitch Holdings, Inc. The event includes a complimentary lunch. RSVP required at www.northwood.edu/dw or contact Ashleigh Summers at 989-837-4465 or email summersa@northwood.edu.

Monday, September 14, 2015

The Battery Show in Novi to feature latest technology advances

The Battery Show, Critical Power Expo and Electric and Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo, is Tuesday-Thursday, Sept. 15-17 at the Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave in Novi. The Battery Show is a showcase of the latest advanced battery technology. It includes the Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo and Critical Power Expo. Hours are 9:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Sept. 15-16 and 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 17,www.thebatteryshow.com.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Business Aviation Expo to be held at Oakland County Airport

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson is inviting corporate executives to attend Michigan’s first Business Aviation Expo 11 a.m.– 4:30 p.m. Sept. 25 at Oakland County International Airport, 6500 Highland Road, Waterford Township. Admission is $49 per person. To register, visit www.OakGov.com/airports. Admission tickets may be purchased at the event.

Monday, August 31, 2015

SCORE to host workshop series in Lathrup Village

SCORE Business Plan Series workshops are 8:45 a.m.-noon, Wednesdays, Sept. 9, Sept. 16 and Sept. 23 at Michigan First Credit Union, 27000 Evergreen Road, Lathrup Village. The series provide the basics for preparing and writing a business start-up plan. The cost of the three workshops is $100. SCORE is a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration Visit detroit.score.org.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Free marketing workshop is Sept. 10 in Southfield

TiE Detroit, global non-profit organization for entrepreneurs, will host “What Drives Customers’ Choices” workshop, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10 at Lawrence Technological University, 21000 West 10 Mile Road in Southfield. TiE Detroit will welcome Joe Urbany, Ph.D., professor of marketing at the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame, and Entrepreneur Gary Gigot to the workshop. co-founders of Vennli, Inc. The workshop is free but registration is required. Register at www.detroit.tie.org. For more information, contact Sarah Myrand at 248-254-4043 or sarahm@kyyba.com.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Oakland County offers free business advice on Thursdays

Walk-In-Start-Up Thursdays is 9:30 a.m.-noon and 1:30-4:30 p.m. every Thursday at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township.It is a small business counseling initiative for individuals who want to launch a business. They will receive confidential, one-on-one advice from an experienced business consultant with no appointment necessary, first come, first served basis and each session is limited to 15 minutes. There is no fee. www.AdvantageOakland.com, 248-858-0783.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

UHY hosting internet sales tax forum in Farmington Hills

Public accounting firm, UHY LLP, will host a complimentary breakfast forum on the future of internet sales tax and Michigan’s new legislation which takes effect Oct. 1. The event is 7:30–9:30 a.m. Aug. 25 at UHY’s Farmington Hills training facility, 27725 Stansbury St #200. CPE credit will be offered. RSVP to Jessica Dalessandro via email jdalessandro@uhy-us.com or call 586-843-2507.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Oakland County hosting small business workshops, Aug.18-19

• Create Your Marketing Plan is 9 a.m.-noon, Aug. 18 at Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township, register atwww.AdvantageOakland.com, 248-858-0783, $40 per person.
• 5 Steps to LinkedIn Mastery is 9-11:30 a.m. Aug. 19 at Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township, register atwww.AdvantageOakland.com, 248-858-0783, $40 per person.
• Business Start-up Marketing is 8:45 a.m.-noon, Aug. 19 at Michigan First Credit Union, 27000 Evergreen, Lathrup Village. Hosted by Detroit SCORE, $25 per person, 313-226-7947, detroit.score.org.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Oakland County tech248 to meet at Google in Birmingham

Oakland County tech248 MeetUp is Aug. 13 at Google, Inc. in Birmingham. Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson formed tech248 in 2014 to promote Oakland County as a global technology hub and increase tech-based business, skilled tech labor and collaboration in the county. For more information, visit MItech248.com or contact Chris Olzem at olzemc@oakgov.com or 248-858-1354.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

SCORE hosting networking and marketing workshop in Pontiac

SCORE Detroit is hosting "Marketing Your Business for Growth and Profitability," 6-8:30 p.m. Aug. 12 at Downtown 51 Grill, 51 N. Saginaw, Pontiac, 248-858-2021, detroit.score.org. The workshop is free and includes hors d'oeuvres and time for networking. SCORE is a nonprofit, with a network of mentors who volunteer to help entrepreneurs and new business owners. detroit.score.org/mentors

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Troy and area chambers to host after-hours mixer

The Troy Chamber of Commerce is hosting an after-hours mixer in partnership with Rochester Regional and Auburn Hills Chambers of Commerce, 5-6:30 p.m. Aug. 11 at Royal Park Hotel, 600 E. University, Rochester, 248-641-0031,www.troychamber.com/events/after-hours-mixer. The cost is $25 per person.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Pontiac business forum is Aug. 7-8

 Greater Pontiac Community Coalition Second Business Forum Conference Series is Aug. 7-8 at Oakland University, School of Business Administration, 242 Elliott Hall (Auditorium), Rochester. The event is for small business owners. An Open Forum and Panel with discussion on start-up business planning, marketing, capital resources and lending is 6-8 p.m. Aug. 7. Break-out sessions with discussions with experts and opportunity to qualify for OU’s i2B (ideas to Business) is 9 a.m. – noon, Aug. 8. Register at www.eventbrite.com.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Macomb-OU INCubator pitch application deadline nears

The Macomb-Oakland University INCubator pitch competition deadline for applications is 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 3. With support of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and local businesses and partners, the Macomb-OU INCubator will award $20,000 in cash and in-kind prizes to winning Michigan high-growth technology businesses with $2.5 million or less in revenue and in business for thre years or less. In-kind prizes include legal aid from Butzel Long. Finalists will be announced, Aug. 24 and the Finalist’s Live Competition is Oct. 8. Visit wwwp.oakland.edu/macombouinc.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Starting a business at 50 and up

Detroit SCORE and Entrepreneurs Network Of Michigan are presenting an interactive seminar for ages 50 and up, to consider starting a business. The seminar is 6-8 p.m. July 29 at Next Center 2121 Midvale, Birmingham. It offers resources from the SCORE and the Small Business Association's Encore Entrepreneurs. A growing number of entrepreneurs ages 50 and up, are using interests, hobbies or skills to start a small business.To sign up for free, contact Ike Engelbaum, founder of Entrepreneurs Network Of Michigan at 313-929-6105.

Monday, July 20, 2015

SCORE Detroit hosting 'Social Media for Small Business Owners'

SCORE Detroit is presenting “Social Media for Small Business Owners,” 8:45 a.m.-noon, July 25 at 28200 Orchard Lake Road, Farmington Hills, detroit.score.org, 313-226-7947.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

TiE Detroit hosting interactive workshop in Southfield

TiE Detroit, the Detroit chapter of the global non-profit organization for entrepreneurs, will host “Interactive Growth Strategy Workshop with Raj Vattikuti” 5:30-8:30 p.m. July 23 at Engineering Society of Detroit, 20700 Civic Center Drive, Suite 450, Southfield. The event will begin with networking, appetizers and introductions. A fireside chat with Vattikuti, a philanthropist, entrepreneur and founding charter member of TiE Detroit, will begin at 6:30 p.m. Hosted by Ford Credit’s Global Project Manager Anu Gopalakrishnan, Vattikuti will discuss how to move a company’s top line forward and redefine and expand the addressable market. Attendees are encouraged to submit their past, current and future business challenges and questions for Raj ahead of time online atwww.surveymonkey.com/s/37JLS5M.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Michigan women entrepreneurs invited to 'pitch competition'

The Michigan Women’s Foundation is hosting the annual Entrepreneur YOU pitch competition for women. The organization will select 20 finalists to participate in coaching and compete for prizes of cash and in-kind services. This year, finalists will participate in Dolphin Tank, a milder version of the television show Shark Tank.
Female entrepreneur applicants must enter a two-page concept paper by 5 p.m. July 13 at miwf.fluidreview.com. A $10 processing fee is required. The Entrepreneur You Business Plan and Pitch Competition applicants can select either the Grand Rapids or SE Michigan competition.
Finalists will be announced in August and will present at the Entrepreneur YOU Pitch Competition in either Southeast Michigan on Oct. 9 or in West Michigan on Oct. 16.
For more information, visit www.miwf.org.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Oakland County business workshops slated for July

Business owners and entrepreneurs are invited to attend Oakland County Business Center seminars at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, west of Telegraph, in Waterford Township, www.AdvantageOakland.com/businessworkshops, 248-858-0783. These workshops are free.
  • CEED Small Business Loan Orientation is 9-11 a.m. July 8
  • Starting a Business is 9-11:30 a.m. July 9 and Business Research
  • Feasibility to Expansion is 9-11:30 a.m. July 14.
  • Walk-In-Start-Up Thursdays is 9:30 a.m. to noon and 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. every Thursday, non holiday, for individuals who want to launch a business. There is no fee. Walk-in sessions are available on a first come, first served basis and each session is limited to 15 minutes.


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Networking beer and wine tasting set for Pontiac's Lafayette Market



"Connecting for a Cause" is 5-7:30 p.m. June 25 at The Lafayette Market, 154 N Saginaw St. Pontiac, 248-392-2100. Young professional networking event with Michigan beer and wine tasting, information about Community Housing Network, www.communityhousingnetwork.org/activek/connecting, $10 adv. $15 at the door. (Includes 10 drink tickets (each good for one 3 oz. sample), appetizers, and live music.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

June 23 business leadership 'boot camp' is in Novi

The Leadership Training and Certification seminar is 8 a.m.-3 p.m. June 23 at the Sheraton Detroit Novi Hotel, 21111 Haggerty Road in Novi. It is an interactive “boot camp-like” seminar conducted by Dr. Andrea Lee, Certified Life and Business Coach. She will guide participants to develop the skills to manage their businesses effectively. The program includes exploring the five practices of exemplary leadership skills and taking steps to keep staff and customers happy. Register at www.andreabizcoach.com or call 248-880-8336, $499 per person.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Women in Mobile Tech event set for June 22

Women in Mobile/Wireless Tech: An Exploration of Opportunity with Successful Women Leaders is 6-8:30 p.m. June 22 at the Iroquois Club, 43248 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills, hosted by The Mobile Technology Association of Michigan. Krischa Winright, CIO for Priority Health, will join five women leaders in the mobile/wireless tech space from a variety of industries to participate in the first ‘Women in Mobile Tech’ event, $40, GoMobileMichigan.org.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Google analytics workshop to be hosted by Troy Chamber of Commerce

 Google Workshop: Measure Success with Website Analytics is 3-4:30 p.m. June 16 at Northwood University, 1500 W. Big Beaver Road, Troy, 248-641 0031, www.troychamber.com. $15 per person.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Social media and image workshops planned for Auburn Hills

• Auburn Hills Getting Social: Social Media Practices is 8:30 - 10 a.m. June 9 at University Center, 3350 Auburn Road, Auburn Hills,  $15 per person.
• Auburn Hills Chamber of Commerce Leadership Development Series workshop to sharpen skills in business etiquette, civility and image is 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. June 10 at Public Safety Building - Community Room, 1899 N. Squirrel Road, Auburn Hills, $45 each.

Register for the workshops at business.auburnhillschamber.com or call 248-853-7862.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Lighting choices are becoming easier

Lighting accounts for 20-33 percent of the average household's electricity consumption, according to DTE Energy and Consumer's Energy.
Replacing incandescent bulbs with CFL (Compact Flourescent Light) or LED (Light Emitting Diode) bulbs can make a big difference in energy consumption. CFL or LED bulbs use 75 to 80 percent less watts than corresponding incandescent bulbs, according to DTE Energy.
Plus, using CFL's or LED's, decreases the frequency of bulb replacement. LED bulbs can last 15-20 years. CFL's can last five years.

Now that the price of LED bulbs is cheaper, it is more cost effective to make the switch. The Home Depot is selling 2 packs of LED (12 watt) 60 watt equivalent bulbs for $4.97. The website has a guide for lighting choices, www.homedepot.com.

Lowes, Menards, Meijer, Target and Walmart also offer low prices on LED bulbs and membership clubs like Sam's Club and Costco have bulk deals on bulbs.
The average household has 30 light fixtures. So replacing that many bulbs, would cost around $75 using the previously mentioned LED 2-pack. The savings in light bulb replacement over 15 years would be approximately $150. 
The average usage cost savings would be $173 per year x 15 years equals $2,595. Usage cost, based on 3 hours per day, is $7.23 per year for an incandescent bulb, while an LED bulb is $1.45 per year, according to DTE Energy.
CFL bulbs are cheaper than LED bulbs, but they don't last as long and don't work well with dimmers. CFL's are close to be being as efficient as LED's.
CFL's have a tiny amount of mercury – 4 milligrams – within the glass tubing. All fluorescent lights have mercury. In comparison, there are 1 to 3 grams of mercury in a home thermometer. These items should not be thrown into trash. The Home Depot, Lowe’s and other participating retailers have CFL recycling bins available to consumers, or visit search.earth911.com for how to recycle anything.
As LED light bulbs become cheaper and as more shades of brightness become available:  it makes increasingly more sense to switch to LED lighting.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Oakland County hosting business workshops in Waterford

Business owners and entrepreneurs who need assistance are encouraged to attend seminars offered by the Oakland County One Stop Shop Business Center. Unless otherwise noted, all programs are held at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, west of Telegraph, in Waterford. Register at www.AdvantageOakland.com/businessworkshops or call (248) 858-0783.

Capital Raise
June 9, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
For startup or early-stage growth-based business looking for funding.
Fee: This workshop is free but registration is required.

CEED Small Business Loan Orientation
June 10, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
For small business owners trying to obtain a business loan, they might qualify for the Center for Empowerment and Economic Development (CEED) Small Business Loan Program.
Fee: This workshop is free but registration is required.

Business Research: Feasibility to Expansion
June 10, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 
For those  thinking of starting a business and want to research business ideas, identify market trends and opportunities, find new customers or to diversify market base.
Fee: This workshop is free but registration is required.

Starting a Business
June 11, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
This workshop is designed for individuals who are at the beginning stages of starting a business.
Fee: This workshop is free but registration is required.

Introduction to QuickBooks
June 11, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
This introduction class will provide an overview of QuickBooks.
Fee: $60 per person

Government Contracting 101
June 18, 9 a.m. to noon
Find out what it takes to sell  goods and services to the federal government and the state of Michigan.
Fee: $45 per person

Legal Basics for Small Business
June 23, 9 a.m. to noon
The program addresses how to select the best legal entity for a business, how to protect business interests when dealing with customers, suppliers or independent contractors, and important information and guidelines for establishing short- and long-term succession plans for a business.
Fee: $25 per person

Walk-In-Start-Up Thursdays
Thursdays, non holiday, 9:30 a.m. to noon and 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Walk In Start Up Thursdays Small Business counseling initiative is for individuals who want to launch a business. Confidential, one-on-one advice is offered from an experienced business consultant with no appointment necessary. There is no fee. Walk-in sessions are available on a first come, first served basis and each session is limited to 15 minutes.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

CREW luncheon to focus on area redevelopment

CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) Detroit is inviting local professionals to lunch to learn more about upcoming redevelopment opportunities in the area, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. May 12 at the GEM Theatre, 333 Madison Avenue in Detroit, $45 for CREW members and $65 for nonmembers. Lunch is included, and parking will be available in the GEM’s garage, www.crewdetroit.org.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

West Bloomfield Chamber awards dinner is May 12

• Greater West Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce 9th Annual Key to the Township Awards Dinner is 6-9 p.m. May 12 at Shenandoah Country Club, West Bloomfield Township. Guy Gordon, WDIV Local 4 anchor/reporter, will be master of ceremonies for the night. The cocktail reception will begin at 6 p.m., followed by dinner promptly at 7 p.m., $125, www.westbloomfieldchamber.com248-626-3636.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

'LinkedIn Mastery' is among Oakland County's upcoming workshops

• Business Research: Feasibility to Expansion is 9-11:30 a.m. May 5 at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford, www.AdvantageOakland.com/businessworkshops248-858-0783, free.

• Five Steps to LinkedIn Mastery is 9-11:30 a.m. May 6 at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford, www.AdvantageOakland.com/businessworkshops248-858-0783, $40.

• Walk-In-Start-Up Thursdays is 9:30 a.m. to noon and 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. every Thursday, non holiday at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township. Walk In Start Up Thursdays Small Business counseling initiative is for individuals who want to launch a business. They will receive confidential, one-on-one advice from an experienced business consultant with no appointment necessary. There is no fee. Walk-in sessions are available on a first come, first served basis and each session is limited to 15 minutes. Visit www.advantageoakland.com/StartABusiness or call 248-858-0783.

• CEED Small Business Loan Orientation is 9-11 a.m. May 13 at at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford, www.AdvantageOakland.com/businessworkshops248-858-0783, free, but registration required.

• FundingPost’s Angel Investor & Venture Capitalist Event for Entrepreneurs is 2-6 p.m. May 14 at Oakland County Executive Office Building, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Building 41W, Waterford Township. Hear directly from investors on what they do and don’t like to hear from early-stage entrepreneurs and get immediate answers to your questions. Entrepreneur Attendees: $49, investor/service provider attendees: $59, Exhibitor Table (Including two tickets): $300, 248-238-8766customerservice@venditaco.com

• QuickBooks for Business Owners is 9 a.m.-1 p.m. May 12 at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford, www.AdvantageOakland.com/businessworkshops248-858-0783, $60.

• Starting a Business is 9-11:30 a.m. May 14 at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford, www.AdvantageOakland.com/businessworkshops248-858-0783, free but registration required.

• Break the Rules, Close More Sales is 10 a.m.-1 p.m. May 14 at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford, www.AdvantageOakland.com/businessworkshops248-858-0783, $40.

• Team SBA Financing Roundtable is 9 a.m.-noon May 21 at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford, www.AdvantageOakland.com/businessworkshops248-858-0783www.miceed.org, free but registration required.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Shop Local Expo is May 7 in Lake Orion

The 11th annual Shop Local Expo is 4-7 p.m. Thursday, May 7 at the Lake Orion High School Field House. It is organized by the Orion Area Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Birmingham Sealcoat, Crittenton Hospital, Golling Buick GMC, James C. Komendera DDS & Associates, Knights Tent and Party Rental, Legal Shield, Millage Family Chiropractic, Northern Flooring, Oakland Press, The Lake Orion Review and Wally Edgar Chevrolet.
The expo will feature more than 100 businesses offering information about their products and services and selling merchandise.
The expo is a collaboration between the Orion Area Chamber and the Lake Orion High School DECA Club. DECA is an international association that prepares emerging entrepreneurs for careers. Visit orionareachamber.com or call 248-693-6300 for more information.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Technical career fair is April 27 in Farmington Hills

Technical Career Night is 7-9 p.m. Monday, April 27 at the Costick Center, 28600 Eleven Mile Road, Farmington Hills. Participants will learn about an array of post-secondary education options. It includes information about vocational and technical occupations and how to obtain skills that create work-force readiness. Lisa Katz, Executive Director of the Workforce Intelligence Network (WIN) of Southeast Michigan, will give the keynote address, "Middle Skills Careers -- The Promising Future." WIN is a consortium of seven Michigan Works! Agencies and nine community colleges formed to create a talent system for regional employers.
Attendees will receive a resource packet with information about local technical education programs. Refreshments will be served. Registration is not required. For more information call 248-661-5114, or email echerkinsk@aol.com.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Oakland tech248 to meet April 21 at county airport

Oakland County tech248 MeetUp is 2-4 p.m. April 21 at Oakland County International Airport-Terminal Building, 6500 Highland Road, Waterford Township,  It is a monthly meeting for the Northwest District and is free to attend.
Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson formed tech248 in November to promote Oakland County as a global technology hub and increase tech-based business, skilled tech labor and collaboration in the county. For more information, visit MItech248.com or contact Chris Olzem at Oakland County: olzemc@oakgov.com or call 248-858-1354.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Oakland Community College Emergency Services Career Fair is Tuesday

Oakland Community College Annual Emergency Services Career Fair is noon-4 p.m. April 14 at the Auburn Hills Campus Student Center, Building: G Room: 240, 2900 Featherstone, Auburn Hills. The fair includes information about employment opportunities related to public service, including; law enforcement, firefighting, emergency medical service and military service. Representatives from each agency will be present, 248-232-4583, www.oaklandcc.edu

Monday, April 6, 2015

French Chamber to host annual gala and awards in Bloomfield Hills

The French-American Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Chapter (FACC Michigan) will host its annual gala and awards ceremony on Friday, April 24 at Oakland Hills Country Club, 951 W Maple Road, Bloomfield Hills. A portion of the proceeds from the evening will be donated to Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors without Borders. The FACC Michigan gala and awards ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m. with cocktails and a silent auction, dinner at 8 p.m. and speakers beginning at 9 p.m. An afterglow with live music will begin at 10 p.m. Gala tickets are $160 for FACC members and $190 for non-members. To purchase tickets for the black-tie optional gala or to donate items for the silent auction, contact Stephanie Salvadero, executive director of FACC Michigan, at salvaderos.faccmi@gmail.com.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Chief executives invited to Vistage Michigan event in Southfield

Vistage Michigan is hosting “Open Day” breakfast event for chief executives, 7-10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 21 at the Southfield Westin, 1500 Town Center, Southfield. The event is free. Guest speaker Hunter Lott will present, "Leadership 2015-Be a Destination for Top Performers and a Departure for Non-performers. Register at 586-443-5880, ext. 205.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Chaldean Chamber to host annual awards dinner

The Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce is hosting its 12th Annual Awards Dinner, 6 p.m. April 17 at Shenandoah Country Club, 5600 Walnut Lake Road, West Bloomfield Township, 248-996-8340, email info@chaldeanchamber.com.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Oakland County's tech248 MeetUp is March 26

Oakland County's "tech248" Southwest District MeetUp is 2:30-3:30 p.m. March 26 at Detroit Public TV Riley Broadcast Center, 1 Clover Ct., Wixom. The guest speaker is Thanh Tran,  founder and CEO of Kidpreneur,
Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson formed tech248 in November to promote Oakland County as a global technology hub and increase tech-based business, skilled tech labor and collaboration in the county. For more information, visit MItech248.com or contact Chris Olzem at Oakland County: olzemc@oakgov.com or call 248-858-1354.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Free income tax help for seniors

AARP offers free income tax assistance for those 50 years of age and older with low-mid income, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. March 31 and April 14 at the Richardson Community Center, 1485 E. Oakley Park, Commerce Township, 248-926-0063.
• City of Wixom free income tax assistance is 9 a.m.-noon Mar. 24 by appointment, 248-624-0870.
• Dublin Community Senior Center in partnership with AARP is offering free tax counseling/preparation to low and middle income taxpayers, especially ages 60 years+ on Mondays. Call for appointment 248-698-2394.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

When is it better to bite your tongue at work?

By Diane Gottsman, a national modern manners and etiquette expert, author, speaker and the owner of The Protocol School of Texas.
Here are 7 tips and reminders from Diane Gottsman to avoid turmoil with peers in the workplace:
1. You don’t always need to be “right.” It’s unrealistic to think you will never make a mistake. How you handle it says a great deal about who you are as a professional. Don’t try and shift the blame or go radio silent, hoping no one will notice. Own your error, come up with a solution and apologize for the inconvenience it may have caused.
2. It’s not necessary to one up your coworker. Friendly competition is healthy and challenges others to step up their pace. However, hostile competition and undermining a coworker in front of others is a bad business move. Make every effort to congratulate a peer on a job well done and keep the conversation focused on their success. Steer away from bringing the conversation back to you and your own achievements.
3. You learn more by listening. It’s critical you don’t miss a lesson in business because you are too busy talking! If someone is taking the time to offer you constructive criticism, mentor you, or give you a piece of sound business advice, take advantage of the opportunity to listen and learn. Jot down notes to review later.
4. Don’t over commit. It’s the beginning of the holiday season and things are going to start getting extremely hectic. Your coworkers all have great causes they support and would like to get you involved. Prepare what you will say when asked to volunteer for the toy drive, bake sale, community diaper collection, and Santa’s volunteer clean up project. Pick and choose carefully what and who you will support. Say to the others, “I’m sorry, I’ve already committed to another project but it sounds like a wonderful outreach.” Be polite but firm.
5. Know-it-alls are annoying. If you are good at your job, there is no need to brag about your expert status. Your reputation will speak for itself loud and clear.
6. No one respects a gossip. Being part of the “in the know” crowd may seem exciting and fun, until you are the subject of conversation. Rest assured, if they are trash talking someone else with you, they are surely talking about you when you are gone. Avoid water cooler chit chat and aspire to be the person who can be counted on to keep their mouth shut. At the end of the day your associates will view you as a trustworthy friend and coworker.
7. Keep your language clean. Cursing in the workplace is a habit worth breaking. Even if your boss regularly uses curse words at the office, you can't go wrong by keeping a civil tongue. If tough situations bring out the profanity, find other ways to cope.
Diane Gottsman specializes in executive leadership and etiquette training, with clients ranging from university students to Fortune 500 companies. She has a Master’s Degree in Sociology with an emphasis on adult behavior.  Visit http://dianegottsman.com/ and http://www.protocolschooloftexas.com/

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Oakland County One Stop Business Center workshops

Walk-In-Start-Up ThursdaysWalk-In-Start-Up Thursdays is 9:30 a.m. to noon and 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. every Thursday, non holiday at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township. Walk In Start Up Thursdays Small Business counseling initiative is for individuals who want to launch a business. They will receive confidential, one-on-one advice from an experienced business consultant with no appointment necessary. There is no fee. Walk-in sessions are available on a first come, first served basis and each session is limited to 15 minutes.

For the following workshops, reservations are required, visit www.advantageoakland.com/StartABusiness or call 248-858-0783.

Business expo
Get a Grip on Your Business is 9-11 a.m. March 5 at Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Bldg 41W, Waterford Township, free.

Business Research
Business Research: Feasibility to Expansion is 9-11:30 a.m. March 10 at Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Bldg 41 W, Waterford Township.

CEED Small Business Loan Orientation
CEED Small Business Loan Orientation is 9-11 a.m. March 11 at Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Bldg 41 W, Waterford Township.

Starting a business
Starting a Business is 9-11:30 a.m. March 12 at Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Bldg 41 W, Waterford Township.

Sales workshop
Break the Rules, Close More Sales is 10 a.m.-1 p.m. March 12 at Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Bldg 41 W, Waterford Township.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Michigan Green Industry trade show is March 3-4 in Novi

The Michigan Green Industry Association 28th annual trade show and convention is March 3-4 at the Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave. Novi. Call 248-646-4992 or visit www.landscape.org
The show features 150,000 square feet of exhibit space with lawn and landscape equipment, snow equipment, trucks, nursery stock, hardscapes, irrigation, water features, lighting supplies and more.
Educational seminars for Landscape,Tree Care, Irrigation, Lawn Maintenance & Hardscape Professionals.
MDA (Pesticide), ISA, GCSAA, CFSM, CTSP, CLT, CSP and IA Re-Certification Credits and certifications in the following:
  • Concrete Paver Installer Program
  • Landscape Professional (CLP)
  • Irrigation Contractor (CIC)
  • Irrigation Designer (CID)

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Vodka distillery in Ferndale to host business networking event

Marketing & Sales Executives of Detroit is hosting a networking event for sales and marketing professionals, 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25 at Valentine Distilling Co., 161 Vester Street in Ferndale. The event will provide an opportunity to make new connections with marketing and sales professionals in Michigan at the tasting room of Valentine Vodka. The cost for the event is $35 for members and $50 for non-members. The event includes pizza, networking and cash bar featuring unique cocktail concoctions. To register, call 248-643-6590 or visitwww.msedetroit.org.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Waterford expo set for March 19

The Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce will host the Live-Work-Play Expo 2015, 5-8 p.m., Thursday, March 19 at Waterford Mott High School, 1151 Scott Lake Road, Waterford Township. Exhibitors are sought for the expo. Early bird pricing deadline for registration is Feb. 9.
The chamber is hosting a workshop prior to the Expo, 8:30-10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 13 at Covert Center, 1150 Scott Lake Road, Waterford Township. The cost is $10, which is waived for registered exhibitors for the Expo. For more information, call 248-666-8600 or visit www.waterfordchamber.org/.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Business start-up workshops offered in Waterford

Oakland County Business Center offers monthly workshops to help entrepreneurs on their road to business ownership. "Starting A Business" workshop is 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Feb. 12  and "Business Research: Feasibility to Expansion" is 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18. Both workshops are free and take place at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township. Register at www.advantageoakland.com/StartABusiness or call 248-858-0783.
The business center also offers "Walk-In-Start-Up Thursdays" which take place 9:30 a.m. to noon and 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. every Thursday, non holiday. Entrepreneurs receive confidential, one-on-one advice from an experienced business consultant with no appointment necessary. There is no fee. Walk-in sessions are available on a first come, first served basis and each session is limited to 15 minutes.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Business Builders Series starts Feb. 4 in Auburn Hills

The Auburn Hills Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with OU Inc., launches its four-part Business Builders Series on Wednesday, Feb. 4. Monthly topics include social media practices, strategic planning, healthcare options and improving work environment. Event tickets are $15 for members and $25 for non-members. Those interested in attending the entire series can do so for $40. To register, or for information, visit auburnhillschamber.com or call 248-853-7862. 

Sunday, January 25, 2015

'Nothin But Net' business lectures planned in Birmingham

"Nothin' But Net," a monthly business lecture series is noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3, March 3 and April 7 at The Community House, 380 South Bates Street, Birmingham. The lectures will feature local professionals presenting an array of topics aimed at improving business effectiveness. The series will focus on net profits and networking. Each "Nothin' but Net" will include networking for the first 20 minutes, followed by a 30 minute speaker presentation and 10 minutes of Q and A. The fee is $20 per lecture and includes a box lunch. To register, contact The Community House 248-644-5832 or visit www.tchserves.org.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Author: 7 WARNING signs of career distress

By Peter C. Diamond, certified executive coach and author

Midlife, it’s supposed to be the time when you have it all. In actuality it’s more like, “My life is more complicated than I ever imagined and my career is not turning out as I had hoped. I’m at a crossroads.”

Perhaps the most difficult part about finding your career in flux is that this is the time when you have the most to give. And yet, you are feeling the most vulnerable grappling with knowing if your company considers you valuable.


The 7 W.A.R.N.I.N.G. Signs of Career Distress:

1. Wavering Self-Confidence You have put pressure on yourself to succeed as defined by others, but you have never felt completely satisfied in your career choice, instead questioning the benefit you provide. After years of doing something you don’t love, often with unrealistic expectations, you have a diluted sense of worth. In turn, you are uncertain about your value and cautious about finding the career you want.
Tip: Create your own definition of success that highlights your value and the contribution you bring to your organization.

2. At Sea You are no longer learning and feeling challenged. In many cases, your career has lulled you into complacency. You have been a good soldier, performing as expected and, thus, allowing others to control your destiny. In doing so, you have not actively managed your career. But when something (such as a significant company change) forces you to finally look around, you discover your job has become something you never wanted it to be.
Tip: Reassess your career goals and ambitions. This may be the time for reinvention by learning new skills or potentially finding a new employer.

3. Relinquished Control Scratching and clawing your way to the top can result in losing sight of who you are. Your eagerness to be successful can be blinding. Without a good early role model you can quickly latch on to how others in status positions behave. You begin to sacrifice yourself in order to fit in and be part of the club.
Tip: Clearly articulate the leader you want to be. What are your beliefs? How do you want to be treated? How do you want to treat others?

4. Neglected Have you ended up in a career or job where you no longer feel as though you have any control over how your job is performed? Do you feel as though you are drifting in the swirl of corporate despair, neglected and shunted to the side by your team, superiors or board? Now, you are struggling to make yourself relevant.
Tip: Get reacquainted with your best assets. List your top five strengths and the key contributions you’ve made in your current position.

5. Idling Idling is characterized by the inability to make progress on decisions that affect you. You have become emotionally paralyzed and your life feels stuck. It begins when you lose sight of what you want and others become your focus. You feel the weight of every personal decision and the impact on those around you. But there is a slow simmer that is happening inside. The frustration is mounting, and you feel like you are losing bits and pieces of yourself.
Tip: Think of yourself first. Determine what you need for yourself in order to feel fulfilled and energized.

6. No Focus You might experience this if you enthusiastically imagine lots of potential career options but, like a kid in a candy store, can’t quite decide which one you want. Ultimately, you are overwhelmed with all the choices and every day you come home with a new exciting possibility. While this is encouraging because you can see the opportunities, it is frustrating for you and those around you because there is a lot of talk and little action.
Tip: Create a checklist of specific criteria for your career. What would you be doing? Why would you be doing it? Who would you be doing it with? How would you be doing it?

7. Growing Discontent By all accounts you have a great job. The title. The money. The office. The prestige of working for a respected company. But still, you are not feeling fulfilled, and it’s wearing you down. During your ascent through the company, you collected all the trinkets of success, but you lost sight of what really gets you excited. Now you know what you want to be doing, but you haven’t yet found the path forward. Something or someone (the organization) is holding you back.
Tip: Clearly and succinctly articulate how a change for you would also be a positive change for your company. Identify a champion or mentor who can help support and navigate this change.

If your current situation is not working for you, you do not have to accept it as your fate. You can set forth a new vision. It takes not only awareness of where you are today but self discipline to start taking a series of small action steps to initiate the change you want in your career and life.

Peter C. Diamond, “The Amplify Guy”, is the author of Amplify Your Career and Life: 4 Steps to Evaluate, Assess and Move Forward. He is a professionally trained, certified coach. For more information, please visitwww.petercdiamond.com and connect with him on Twitter, @petercdiamond.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Job fair with 50 employers set for Jan. 29

You're Hired Job Fair is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29 at the Marriott Hotel, 3600 Centerpointe Parkway in Pontiac. Job Fair Giant, which is marking its 10th anniversary, hosts monthly job fairs in Michigan featuring numerous employers.
For the Jan. 29 fair, more than 50 companies will be onsite, ready to interview potential applicants for positions in Engineering, Information Technology, Skilled Trades, Seasonal, Manufacturing, Production, Industrial, General Labor, Customer Services, Retail, Management, Restaurant, Accounting, Banking, Office Support, Clerical, Data Entry, Call Center, Installation, Technical, Machining, Electrical, Mortgage, Financial Planning, Insurance, Education, Truck Driving, Real Estate, Nursing, Rehabilitation and Human Services.
The fair will feature representatives from Get Covered America to answer questions about the new healthcare laws.
"Our mission is to provide resources for job seeker at our job fair events, anyone that would like to enroll or receive information about government healthcare insurance can meet with representatives from Get Covered America," Community Outreach Director CJ Eason said. "We understand that many job seekers do not have telephone service this can make follow-ups with recruiters impossible, we have partnered with Budget Mobile to provide eligible job seekers with free government cellphoneservices."
The fair also features free workshops, held throughout the day to assist job seekers with resume writing, interviewing, salary negotiation and job searching; industry experts will keynote topics and answer related questions.
Additional job fair series dates are scheduled for Feb. 26 in Troy and March 31 in Sterling Heights. For more information, visit JobFairGiant.com or call 734-956-4550.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Waterford chamber invites business professionals to get hypnotized

Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce 2015 Annual Meeting & Awards Dinner with JimmyG’s Hypnotic Comedy Show is 5-9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22 at White Lake Oaks, 991 North Williams Lake Road, White Lake. The cost is $48 per person or $360 for a table of eight. Register at www.waterfordchamber.org or call 248-666-8600.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Waterford chamber hosting meeting and awards dinner

Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce 2015 Annual Meeting & Awards Dinner with JimmyG’s Hypnotic Comedy Show is 5-9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22 at White Lake Oaks, 991 North Williams Lake Road, White Lake. The cost is $48 per person or $360 for a table of eight. Register at www.waterfordchamber.org or call 248-666-8600.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Michigan Works! hosting resume revamp workshop in Troy

Optimize Your Job Search: Library Resume Revamp is 1:30-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21 at the Troy Public Library. Led by the Troy staff of Michigan Works!, this free workshop covers how to customize a resume for a modern job search and stand out as a sought-after candidate. Register at Troypl.org/jobsearch.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

12 types of bosses

There are 12 types of bosses, each with a different management style, says Geoffrey James, columnist and author of Business Without the Bullsh*t: 49 Secrets and Shortcuts You Need to Know.
"Everyone needs a field guide to identify which type of boss they've got and how to get the most out of the experience," he explains.
Here are the 12 types of bosses:

1. The Visionary 
Visionaries are more concerned with the future than with what's going on here and now. They manage by creating (or trying to create) a reality-distortion field that makes a team believe they can accomplish the impossible.
While visionaries can be fun to work for, they can also be intolerant, overly critical, and sometimes throw tantrums when they don't get their way.
If you're working for a visionary, drink the Kool-Aid, work the long hours, and learn to repeat this mantra: "This product will change the world."
2. The Climber 
Climbers are interested in you only insofar as you can help or hinder their ascent to the corner office. They spend most of their time and effort figuring out how to win status, claim credit, and build alliances.
Because they're obsessed with their own career, they see you (and everyone else) only as either a help or a hindrance to achieving their personal goals.
If you're working for a climber, become the person who "has his back" when his fellow climbers try to stab it.
3. The Bureaucrat 
Bureaucrats want everything run by the book. They are resistant to change because they see their current situation as the best of all possible worlds.
Bureaucrats thrive inside "large enterprises" but falter in smaller firms because the lack of a crowd makes it too obvious that they really aren't doing all that much.
If you're working for a bureaucrat, document everything you do and limit your activities to what's been done in the past. Warning: Bureaucrats can grind your creativity into dust.
4. The Propellerhead 
When engineers get into the management chain, they bring a technology-oriented worldview with them. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but it does mean you'll be judged almost entirely on your technical competence.
The propellerhead boss prefers employees who are experts in some technical field—the more obscure the better. They consider all nontechnical types (like MBA holders) equally stupid and useless.
If you're working for a propellerhead, become fluent in nerdy pop culture references. If possible, illustrate business points by quoting lines from specific Star Trek episodes.
5. The Fogey 
Fogeys have been around since the days when "secretaries" used "typewriters". They're wise in the ways of the world but clueless about what's actually going on.
Fogeys who are close to retirement are often quite jovial and easy-going; those who must continue to work because they can't afford to retire can be meaner than dyspeptic weasels.
If you're working for a fogey, don't assume that every duffer is a doofus. Reassure your boss that he's still relevant and then recruit him as a mentor.
6. The Whippersnapper 
The flip side of the fogey is the barely-out-of-college go-getter who's assigned to manage a group of seasoned employees.
Whippersnappers are energetic, enthusiastic, but secretly afraid that nobody is taking them seriously.
If you're working for a whippersnapper, respond enthusiastically to the energy they bring to their job and never, ever remind them of their relative inexperience.
7. The Social Director 
Social directors consider the personal interactions that happen in the workplace as important as (and sometimes more important than) the work itself.
Social directors manage by consensus. They call a LOT of meetings and spend a LOT of time letting people air their opinions and ideas.
If you're working for a social director, build alliances and garner supporters before trying to get any decision made. Also, be the one who brings the donuts to the meeting.
8. The Dictator 
While most people find the "my way or the highway" boss irritating, working for a dictator has some advantages. They make decisions quickly, without over-analyzing.
On the other hand, dictators are impervious to outside opinion and brittle when it comes to change. When they fail, it's usually on an epic scale.
If you're working for a dictator, simply follow orders and hope for the best. But be ready to job hunt before the dictator drives your organization over a cliff.
9. The Sales Star 
Selling is part of every job, and every boss should be able to sell his or her ideas. The problem with sales stars is that's the only thing they know how to do.
Sales star bosses are usually created when top sales professionals are promoted into management, which is stupid because managing people requires a different skill set from selling to customers.
If you're working for a sales star, encourage them to sell for you! Bring them into situations where a deal must be closed or terms negotiated.
10. The Hatchet Man 
Hatchet men (or women) are brought into an organization to fire people as quickly as possible, usually to make the company more attractive to investors.
There are only two roles available for people who work for a hatchet man: henchman or victim. Ultimately the favored role, that of henchman, is temporary: They often get canned too.
The best way to deal with a hatchet man is to be long gone by the time he or she arrives.
11. The Lost Lamb 
Sometimes people who have no management talent end up in a position of authority, usually because a manager left and the organization needs somebody to "hold the fort."
Lost lambs continue whatever policies were previously in place and dread doing anything that will be held against them once they're pushed back into the ranks.
If you're working for a lost lamb, move your projects forward without forcing your manager to make any difficult decisions.
12. The Hero 
Heroes prefer to coach others than to do things themselves. They have a knack for figuring out exactly what their employees need in order to do a superlative job and then how to get that for them.
Heroes always give their teams credit for the wins but take personal responsibility for the losses.
If you're working for a hero, enjoy it while it lasts, because chances are the hero will get promoted upward or be recruited to work elsewhere.