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.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Driver's Wanted

Reliance One, a Clarkston-based job placement firm, is looking to hire dozens of people for temporary jobs as test drivers.
Chad Toms, a Reliance One spokesman, said Wednesday the temporary employees will work from Auburn Hills on a large-scale test for a major automotive supplier.
Reliance One is not allowed to identify the supplier, but the test could run until next summer and will involve hundreds of hours of driving.
“Retirees and students are ideal for this program,” he said.
However, many of the drivers hired for the program will be hired for 40 hours per week, he said.
“There are two shifts available, and a part-time schedule is possible. By December, we may need to hire closer to 500 test drivers for this client for the test, which could involve as many as 350 vehicles.
“Ideally, they want to start by next week,” Toms said.
Toms said driver candidates can send a resume to or fax it to 248-922-5660.
Candidates must be at least 18 years old, have a valid driver’s license and no more than 2 points on their driving records, he said.
They also have to pass a drug screen, a criminal background check and a written driving test, as well as know how to drive vehicles with manual transmissions.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

DTE Energy names new chief executive

DTE Energy names new chief executive to take over Oct. 1
DTE Energy President and Chief Operating Officer Gerard M. Anderson will become president and take over as chief executive officer Oct. 1.
The 52-year-old Anderson is taking over from Anthony F. Earley Jr., DTE’s current CEO, who will remain with the company as executive chairman of the board with particular responsibility for relationships with external constituents, DTE said.
Anderson, who has served as DTE Energy president and chief operating officer since 2005, has assumed increasing responsibility for key business functions over the last few years and was elected to the board last year, Earley said.
Anderson joined DTE in 1993 as vice president of non-utility businesses. He became executive vice president of DTE Energy in 1997, directing the company’s power generation, power marketing, fuel supply and marketing activities.
Earley has been CEO and chairman of the board since 1998.
— Joseph Szczesny for Journal Register Newspapers

Walsh seeks hosts for foreign business owners
Walsh College is seeking business owners from southern Oakland County or Macomb County to host family business owners visiting from the Middle East on Oct. 8. The local business owners will be asked to provide tours of their companies and take the visitors to lunch.
The Middle Eastern business owners are visiting the U.S. through Oct. 23 as part of their month-long trip to study business systems and dynamics in family-owned enterprises.
Local businesses owners should sign up by Oct. 1 by contacting Jan Hubbard, director of the Walsh Institute Leadership Center at or 248-823-1392.
“We believe the exchange of information will be illuminating for our local family businesses, as well as for our guests,” said Hubbard.
Delegates and hosts will meet at the Walsh Troy campus at 10 a.m. Following an introductory session, hosts will be asked to take the visitors to lunch and back to their offices before returning them to their hotel by 4 p.m. The delegates return to Walsh at 6 p.m. to participate in the Business 360 workshop on Problem Solving.
While spending most of their time in Toledo, the representatives will also visit Lansing, Chicago and Columbus, Ohio.
The delegation represents industries such as engineering consulting, retail, pharmaceutical technology, and computer sciences, from the countries of Jordan, Lebanon, and UAE.
— From staff reports

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Information technology company launches HireGenics

Information technology company launches HireGenics
Atlanta-based American CyberSystems Inc., a multinational information technology services company, has formed HireGenics Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary, based in Rochester Hills, to expand payrolling and workforce risk mitigation services.
HireGenics will offer workforce compliance, risk mitigation, payrolling services and related consolidated payments.
HireGenics employs five local professionals in Rochester Hills and is supported by a team of more than 300 American CyberSystems employees.
HireGenics’ president is Barry Olson, who possesses more than 30 years of experience and innovation in the professional services industry. Charles Halash is executive vice-president.
For information, visit or call 248-809-4854.

Innovative Learning Group awarded consulting projectInnovative Learning Group Inc. has been awarded a consulting project to assist new client Terumo Cardiovascular Systems Corporation with the identification, acquisition, and implementation of a learning management system.
Terumo Cardiovascular Systems Corporation is a global manufacturer and marketer of medical devices for cardiac and vascular surgery. The company has its headquarters in Ann Arbor. Visit
Headquartered in Royal Oak, Innovative Learning Group Inc. helps employees of Fortune 1000 companies perform better by creating training solutions that are designed to improve business results. Founded in 2004 by President Lisa Toenniges, ILG is privately held and a Women’s Business Enterprise-certified company. Visit

Monday, September 27, 2010

DG Technologies holds open house

DG Technologies holds open house
DG Technologies, provider of vehicle network solutions for automotive, heavy-duty truck and bus, military, construction, and agricultural vehicles, held an open house at their 33604 W. Eight Mile Road headquarters in Farmington Hills Sept. 23 with presentations relating to their 45 percent growth over the past two years. Speakers: Mark Zachos, DG Technologies, president and CEO, SAE Board of Directors; Greg Main, president of the  Michigan Economic Development Corp. and Michigan Economic Growth Authority; Gilda Jacobs, State Senator 14th District; Udi Naamani, University of Michigan Dearborn Connected Vehicle Proving Center; Rick Rachner, SAE International Automotive Center. The event had vehicle demonstrations relating to Controller Area Networks, Local Interconnect Networks, FlexRay, and wireless vehicle data. For information, visit

Henry Ford names new human resources VP
Jason Desentz is the new vice president of human resources at Henry Ford Macomb. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University, a master’s degree in business administration from Central Michigan University and is currently pursuing a doctorate in business administration from Lawrence Technological University.

Henry Ford fills backpacks
Henry Ford Macomb Hospitals has teamed up with the Macomb County Intermediate School District to provide school supplies to the county’s homeless children. This year they filled 212 backpacks, collected more than 200 pounds of additional supplies and donated cash and Little Caesar’s pizza gift cards. This enabled the MISD to provide assistance to more than a quarter of the county’s homeless children.

Huntington Insurance adds Betsy Reich as assistant sales VP
Huntington Insurance Inc., as part of their new expansion initiative with Huntington Bank, has added Betsy Reich as their newest assistant vice president of sales for personal and commercial insurance lines. She joins Huntington Bank’s Private Financial Group at their location in downtown Birmingham. Reich brings 15 years of insurance and sales experience, including ownership of her own insurance agency for 13 years in the Birmingham-Bloomfield area. She holds licenses in Property and Casualty, Life and Health and is a graduate of the University of Michigan, holding both bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

Eisbrenner promotes Melissa Zula to controller
Eisbrenner Public Relations, a Royal Oak-based marketing communications firm, has promoted Melissa Zula of Sterling Heights from accounting manager to controller. Zula is responsible for the accounting operations of the firm, including the production of periodic financial reports, maintenance of accounting records and implementation of a set of controls. Her counsel effectively mitigates risk and enhances accuracy while managing the financial records of the firm and its clients. Prior to joining Eisbrenner Public Relations in 2007, Zula worked for Adams Automation in Southfield for 15 years.

Automotive Hall of Fame names new presidentWilliam R. Chapin was named the new president of the Automotive Hall of Fame. Chapin was previously on the board of directors. The Automotive Hall of Fame also has elected four new board members to its 21-person board: John J. Bailey, chairman of John Bailey & Associates Public Relations, a Lambert, Edwards & Associates Co.; Bruce Brownlee, senior executive administrator, external affairs-Toyota Technical Center; Thomas J. Manganello, partner and chair of Warner Norcross & Judd’s Automotive Industry Group; Michael K. Simonte, executive vice president, finance and chief financial officer of American Axle & Manufacturing.

Allstate names Dave Wagner  ‘Startup Agent of the Year’
Allstate Insurance Co. has named Dave Wagner of Chesterfield Township as its Startup Agent of the Year for Michigan in recognition of his agency’s superior achievements in customer loyalty, sales and business growth throughout 2009. His agency is located at 52334 Gratiot Ave. in Chesterfield Township.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Novi company donates laptops to entrepreneurs

Novi company donates laptops to entrepreneurs

Macprofessionals, a Novi-based computer integration and servicing company, has donated 26 Apple Macbook laptops to the Detroit-based entrepreneurial training program, Bizdom U.
Bizdom U is a program that is focused on empowering entrepreneurs to start-up and lead successful Detroit-based businesses. The program was founded in January 2007 by Dan Gilbert, founder and chairman of Quicken Loans Inc. and majority owner of the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers.
Macprofessionals, located in Novi, donated the new Macbooks to supply entrepreneurs and program leaders with state-of-the-art technology with the goal of enhancing local community business development.
This year, the program includes 15 local entrepreneurs who will work together through the intensive and challenging boot camp that includes a series of training and feedback sessions aimed at developing a business plan for a real Detroit-based business.
Upon completion of the program, participants may present a plan to the Bizdom U fund. If their plan is accepted, they can receive seed money up to $100,000. Bizdom U maintains a share of ownership in the new business, channeling their share of the proceeds back into the program and generating more opportunity for other entrepreneurs and jobs. For more information about Bizdom U, visit

Career expo on tap
Job seekers or those looking for career advancement can attend the CareerBoost: Job Opportunities Expo beginning with check-in and refreshments at 5 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Wayne State University Macomb Education Center, 16480 Hall Road, Clinton Township.
The cost is $10 for Wayne State University Alumni Association members and currently enrolled Wayne State University students; $5 for alumni association student members and $15 for nonmembers.
Representatives from more than 15 local businesses, including Compuware, Quicken Loans/Rock Financial, State Farm Insurance and Visteon will be on hand to discuss employment opportunities.
There will also be consultants on hand for one-on-one resume and cover letter reviews and an “Ask the Expert” forum to address job search questions. Appointments are required for the resume and cover letter reviews and those can be made by calling 313-577-2167.

Federal tax workshop offered on Sept. 30
The Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants will host its “Federal Tax Camp” with Jack Surgent, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30, at the Somerset Inn, 2601 West Big Beaver Road, Troy.
Admission is $219 for association members and $319 for others. For more information, contact the Michigan Association of CPAs, CPE Department at 888-877-4273 or visit

Thursday, September 23, 2010

ArvinMeritor to invest in China, Europe

ArvinMeritor to invest in China, Europe

ArvinMeritor Inc. plans to invest nearly $60 million in Europe and China to expand its sales of components for heavy-duty vehicles.
The Troy-based maker of vehicle components plans to invest $42 million in Europe to solidify its leadership position in foundation brakes and in the development of future generation braking technology and new manufacturing processes, as well as customer service, ArvinMeritor officials said.
The company recently announced plans to invest $15 million to expand its capabilities in Nanjing, China, with a technical center and manufacturing facility.

Financial advisor honored

Marie A. Vanerian, an institutional consultant at Merrill Lynch’s Detroit Office, was named to the Barron’s 2010 list of “Top 100 Women Financial Advisors.” Vanerian has been ranked on the list consecutively the past few years. Rankings were based in part on the volume of assets under management, quality of service and revenue generated.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Weingartz teams with Gleaners to ‘Mow Down Hunger’

Weingartz teams with Gleaners to ‘Mow Down Hunger’
Weingartz is accepting nonperishable food donations to benefit Gleaners Community Food Bank through Oct. 18 at 6585 Dixie Hwy. in Clarkston. With its “Mow Down Hunger” program, Weingartz is also matching monetary donations made to Gleaners through that date. For information, call 248-620-5258. Donations can be made by phone at 866-GLEANER or by mail to: Gleaners Community Food Bank, P.O. Box 1380, Troy, MI 48099-1380, include Mow Down Hunger in the memo and make check payable to: Gleaners Community Food Bank.

FBI appoints Cooley Law School professor to advisory board
FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III has appointed Cooley Law School Associate Professor Alan Gershel to the Criminal Justice Information Services Advisory Policy Board. Gershel will represent the prosecutorial sector of the criminal justice community. Gershel joined Cooley’s faculty in 2008 after serving the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Michigan in Detroit for nearly 30 years. He was the chief of the criminal division at the time of his departure.

Regional Medical Center adds orthopedic doctor
Dr. Andrew F. Ajluni, D.O.,  has joined the staff at Mount Clemens Regional Medical Center as a specialist in orthopedics. He received his medical degree from Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his internship and residency in orthopedic surgery at Mount Clemens Regional Medical Center and a fellowship in hip and knee reconstruction at Joint Implant Surgeons in New Albany, Ohio. He practices with Associated Orthopedists of Detroit, 24715 Little Mack, St. Clair Shores.

Stylist Bill Ristov takes scissors to Sydney Blake
Hair Stylist Bill Ristov has moved to Sydney Blake beauty spaces in downtown Birmingham. Ristov formerly owned and operated Red - The Salon in Birmingham for eight years. The last four years, he has been styling in downtown Ferndale.
Ristov has attended some of the most prestigious programs and academies of hairstyling such as Bumble and Bumble academy, Toni and Guy, Redken 5th Avenue, Pivot Point, and Privé. Ristov has been invited to style hair for New York Fashion Week at Bryant Park styling for such shows as Michael Kors, Carolina Herrara, Rosa Cha, and John Varvados to name a few. Locally his work has been featured in photo-shoots for Hour magazine, Clear Magazine, Fitness Magazine, The Metrotimes and RealDetroit.
Ristov has a reputation for making women look beautiful before leaving his chair, thus the nick name Stylish Scissor Man. Sydney Blake beauty spaces is located at 330 Hamilton Row in downtown Birmingham. For more information call 248-723-8181.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

TiE Detroit presents Midwest startup awards

TiE Detroit presents TiE20 Midwest startup awards

The Detroit chapter of TiE, also known as Talent, Ideas, Enterprise presents its annual TiE Midwest: Business Karma 3.0, 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Oct. 28 and 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Oct. 29 at The Henry Hotel, 300 Town Center Drive, Dearborn.
TiECon 2010 Midwest features various activities throughout the two-day event; including Extreme Power Connect; multiple sessions based on a mixture of content areas including technology, healthcare and emerging businesses; TiE 20 awards, keynote speakers from numerous organizations and the annual Business Plan Competition. Keynote speakers include: Sandy K. Baruah, president and CEO of the Detroit Regional Chamber and Gururaj “Desh” Deshpande is the chairman of Sparta Group LLC. TiECon Midwest 20 Awards acknowledge excellence among 20 Early Stage Startups within four industry verticals: Internet, Software, Mobile, and Media. The last date for nominations is Thursday, Sept. 23. Visit or call 248-254-4013.

State Sen. Alan Sanborn named Guardian of Small Business

State Senator Alan Sanborn, R-Richmond Township, was recognized as a Guardian of Small Business by the National Federation of Independent Business for his record of small business support. According to the federation’s 2009-2010 Session Small Business Voting Record, Sanborn scored 100 percent, a perfect small business score.
The voting record is based on a series of votes on issues deemed important to small businesses, ranging from tax and budget to regulatory and labor legislation.

New hotel opens under A Victory flag

A Victory Hotels International opens a new hotel at 23300 Telegraph Road in Southfield. The 65-room, two-story hotel is minutes from LEAR, DENSO International, IBM, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, BASF and several other Fortune 500 companies. For more information, call 877-235-7362 or visit

Social media workshop offered

A Facebook, Twitter, and Skype workshop is 8-9:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, at Waterford Township Library, 5168 Civic Center Drive, Waterford Township. The cost is $10 per person.
Participants should bring a laptop. The workshop is sponsored by the Waterford School District and Skyline Properties.

Cooley Law School adds Lisa DeMoss to insurance law program

Cooley Law School has hired attorney and health-care consultant Lisa DeMoss, of Rochester to lead its new Master of Laws in Insurance Law program at the school’s Lansing campus.
The program, which begins in January 2011, is part of a partnership program with Olivet College. DeMoss will serve as director of the Graduate Insurance Program and as a visiting professor. Previously, she served as senior vice president, general counsel, and corporate compliance officer for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan in Detroit.

Grant Thornton named among Best and Brightest

Grant Thornton LLP has been named one of Metro Detroit’s 101 “Best and Brightest Companies to Work For” by the Michigan Business and Professional Association for the fourth year in a row.
The honor recognizes companies that treat their employees as their greatest asset. Grant Thornton credits employee-focused programs such as its Healthy Lifestyle, Women @GT, Work Life Balance, and the GT CARES community outreach committee for the recognition.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Vo2 Ventures hosts training

Vo2 Ventures hosts training

Vo2 Ventures LLC, a newly formed venture capital firm, will be hosting research proposal preparation training on Thursday, Sept. 23, and Friday, Sept. 24, which will be led by Ann Arbor-based Biotechnology Business Consultants, a business that develops life science companies.
The Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer Research proposal preparation training will take place at Vo2’s new 14,000-square-foot facility at 30375 Northwestern Hwy., Farmington Hills. Vo2 Ventures LLC is a spin-off from Davis and Davis CPAs.
To register online, visit or call Kris Bergman at 734-930-9741.

Free health care seminar offered

AGIS, a full-service insurance agency in Birmingham, will host a free seminar titled “Health Care Reform: Impact on Employers,” Tuesday, Sept. 21, at the Troy Community Center, located at 3179 Livernois Road, Troy. Breakfast and registration are from 8:30-9 a.m., with the event directly following from 9-11:30 a.m. These informational seminars will examine a wide range of issues relating to the health care reform bill and its impact on employers who sponsor group health plans.

Bec & Sam’s children’s couture boutique moves

Bec & Sam’s, a children’s clothing, bedding and accessory boutique, is moving from its Bloomfield Hills location to a new space in downtown Birmingham at 142 W. Maple. The new location opened
Sept. 17.
Owner Julie Grippo is holding a Bat Mitzvah trunk dress show at the new location Sept. 23-26 featuring nationally recognized designers such as Tony Bowls, Sweetie Pie and Joan Calabrese, and dresses from Blush and other major dress labels. Grippo says they ensure originality by not selling the same design to another girl from the same synagogue.
The store offers fine playwear for girls up to size 16 and boys up to size 7 and specializes in special occasion clothing, including a large selection of christening gowns, rompers and accessories, flower girl dresses, Communion dresses and Bat Mitzvah outfits.
Children’s bedding line brands include Bella Notte, Elizabeth Allen Etalier, Sterline Annabella, House Inc., My Blankee, and Little Giraffe Bedding.
A designer specializing in children’s rooms is available upon request. For information, call 248-593-8650.

Panera Bread collects for breakfast drive
Panera Bread has partnered with the United Way for Southeastern Michigan’s Emergency Food and Shelter Program for “Feed Families in Knead,” a nonperishable breakfast food drive Wednesday, Sept. 22-Saturday, Sept. 25. All 43 metro Detroit Panera Bread locations will collect breakfast items, including cereal, oatmeal and granola. Donations will benefit more than 30 emergency food providers located throughout the region. Each person to drop off an item will receive a coupon for a free Panera Bread bagel on their next visit. 

Sunday, September 19, 2010

HIPAA workshop for health care providers offered

HIPAA workshop for health care providers offered

Practice management panelists present “Are You HIPAA Compliant?” is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 22 at The Westin Hotel, 1500 Town Center, Southfield.
Panelists will discuss HIPAA’s newest regulations and how to meet them, practical and effective routes to HITECH dollars and effectively implementing electronic health records.
Panelists include Deborah Williamson, JD, health care law attorney at Warner Norcross & Judd with special expertise in HIPAA; Nathan Steed, JD, attorney at Warner Norcross & Judd with expertise in federal health privacy compliance and technology law; Michele Morlock, RN, JD, of Morlock-Noren with expertise in the legal, business and clinical aspects of health care administration and operations and Melissa Noren, BS, of Morlock-Noren with extensive expertise in health care information technology.
 Admission is $50 each, ($25 for clients of Warner Norcross or Molock-Noren). The workshop is hosted by Warner Norcross & Judd Attorneys at Law and Morlock-Noren Medical Billing and Compliance Management. For information, contact Sharon Sprague at 616-753-2326 or
Center for Professional Studies puts professionals back into the workforce
The Center for Professional Studies of Troy has a program that is putting technical professionals back into the workforce making in the $100,000 salary range and paying taxes again.
Since 1993 the center has certified over 7,000 technical professionals at over 400 corporations with hands-on application of key tools, techniques and methodologies in multiple industries. It is a State of Michigan licensed vocational school.
Since June 2009, the center has taken this corporate training curriculum and applied it to retool unemployed automotive, experienced technical professionals who already have Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees with targeted certificate based training credentials.
Since June 2009: 130 unemployed technical professionals enrolled; 90 students have graduated and completed their certification; 85 (94.4%) graduates are now employed in their chosen career; 59 different companies have hired graduates and 34 of these companies are not in the automotive industry. For information, call 248-844-9090 or visit

Coldwell Banker relocates

Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel announced its relocation and property management divisions expanded and moved to a new location. The divisions, headed by Carolyn Bowen-Keating, moved to the CBWM Troy Sales Office, 4700 Rochester Road, Troy.
Carolyn Bowen-Keating, vice president of relocation said, “Our staff will remain intact. Cathy Jo Anderson, Marcia Montgomery, Andrea Vlcko, Andrea Sleek, Shari Dewan and Mike Chmura will continue to serve our clients with the same excellent service from this centralized location.”

Catching Fireflies celebrates 10th year

Catching Fireflies, a gift shop with locations in Berkley and Rochester, will celebrate their tenth anniversary 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25. They will be offering 20 percent off all items in the entire store and five percent of sales will be donated to Alternatives For Girls of Detroit, which serves homeless and at risk girls and young women. For more information, visit

AMA Detroit kicks off new programming year

 The Detroit Chapter of the American Marketing Association announced that “Made in Michigan” is the theme for the 2010-2011 programming year. AMA Detroit is kicking off its new programming year at 6-8 p.m. Sept. 30 at the Embassy Suites in Southfield. They will be joined by the masterminds of the nationally renowned Pure Michigan marketing campaign- George Zimmermann and Christine Cowan who will discuss the campaign that has earned four Mercury Awards by the National Council of State Tourism Directors. Admission is $35 for AMA members, $45 for nonmembers and $20 for students. For information, visit

City holds commercial property open house

The City of Auburn Hills, is holding a commercial property open house to showcase the available commercial offerings listed in the downtown area. Sponsored by the Auburn Hills Tax Increment Finance Authority, the event is 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, beginning at the city’s downtown satellite office, 3395 Auburn Road, Suite A.
According to Tom Tanghe, Auburn Hills’ Assistant City Manager, the city seeks to connect potential owners and lessees with the unoccupied storefronts, office space and lots currently available to develop into viable, thriving establishments in Downtown Auburn Hills.
City representatives and property owners will be on hand throughout the open house and refreshments will be served for the duration of the event. For a detailed list of available commercial properties and locations downtown, visit and click on the “Downtown Auburn Hills” tab. To participate, RSVP to Stephanie Carroll at or 248-364-6802.

Metric-X celebrates 10 years in business

Metric-X, an IT consulting firm in Rochester Hills, recently celebrated its 10th anniversary of business. The company is based in Perrysburg, Ohio and serves clients spanning various industries in Northeast Ohio and Southeast Michigan with offices in Rochester Hills. Metric-X also provides project management services, custom software development and specialized staffing services. For more information visit

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Macomb college forges apprenticeship agreements

Macomb college forges apprenticeship agreements

Macomb Community College has reached an agreement with construction union groups, Detroit Carpenter Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee, Local 80 Sheet Metal Training Center, Michigan Laborers Training and Apprenticeship Institute, Millwright Local 1102 Apprenticeship Program and Greater Detroit Cement Masons Joint Apprenticeship Committee. Under the agreement, each of the organizations will provide credit to apprentice workers for training received by the opposite partner, so that a graduate apprentice could receive up to 32 credit hours at Macomb for completion of the apprenticeship training. Students who complete engineering and advanced technology courses at Macomb and then enter an apprenticeship program with one of the partners could  receive credit of up to one year of related training instruction.

LEGO Store opens at Somerset Collection

Shoppers can help a Master Model Builder construct an eight-foot tall model of Buzz Lightyear out of LEGO bricks during the LEGO Store grand opening this weekend at Somerset Collection at North Grand Court. Builders get a free LEGO brand Toy Story Certificate of Achievement for helping, while supplies last. Visit the LEGO Store during the event to enter for a chance to win a $50 LEGO Store gift card. No purchase necessary to enter. Today, the first 300 customers to spend $35 receive an exclusive, limited-edition LEGO old fashioned car set. On Sunday, the first 300 customers to spend $35 will receive an exclusive, limited-edition LEGO Minifigure T-Shirt. Shirts are available in child’s sizes only. Visit for more information.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Symposiums on marketing, doing business in 21st century

Symposiums to focus
on marketing, doing business in 21st centuryThe Sterling Heights Regional Chamber presents two symposiums: “Marketing in the 21st Century 2.0” is 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 6 and “Doing Business in the 21st Century” is 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 19. The symposiums will be held at Macomb Intermediate School District,  44001 Garfield Road, Clinton Township. The Oct. 6 symposium highlights social network marketing, website optimization and newspaper advertising. The social media segment will be presented by Kevin Outland, president of Pure Energy Advertising. Don Holland, president of Five Sparrows LLC, will share how to get the most from your business website. Changes in newspaper advertising will be presented by Roger Hages, advertising director of The Macomb Daily and The Daily Tribune newspapers.
The Oct. 19 symposium covers topics such as the effect and tax ramifications of the new health care bill on business, the need for a business plan, the best ways to interview new employees and the new ways to sell presented by Gerry Weinberg, president of Gerry Weinberg and Associates.
The cost for  chamber members is $40 per session or $65 for both. The cost for nonmembers is $60 per session or $100 for both. Both sessions include breakfast and lunch. For more information, call the chamber at 586-731-5400, ext. 10, or visit

Prima Civitas presents employer internship training sessions

The Prima Civitas Foundation is presenting two sessions on employer internship programs 8:30-10 a.m. or 3:30-5 p.m. Sept. 28 at the University of Michigan - Flint, Harding Mott University Center, Happenings Room, 303 E. Kearsley Street, Flint.
The Genesee Regional Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the sessions. This employer internship training session is one of many occurring around the state. Topics covered include information on setting goals, recruiting, and managing interns. The sessions are free and available to any Michigan employer seeking to begin or enhance their organization’s internship program. Attendees can choose a morning or afternoon session. To register or for more information, visit

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Dynamic Advisory opens new location

Dynamic Advisory opens new location

Dynamic Advisory Solutions will open its second office in Ann Arbor. Business professional and outdoor adventurer Rob Marshall will serve as managing director of the Ann Arbor office. The company offers businesses a comprehensive financial management solutions, helping clients plan for the future, manage overall business performance and achieve their growth and profitability goals. Marshall will be celebrating the launch of his new office by giving away 250 copies of Ren Carlton’s new book “Profitpreneurship – Creating a Business that Produces Outstanding Financial Results” at the Ann Arbor Chamber of Commerce office 7:30-10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21. Carlton is president of Dynamic Advisory Solutions and works at the Troy location.
For more information, call 734-417-2624 or visit

Dentist marks first year with new name

RK & Associates is hosting a one-year anniversary and the launch of a new name for the practice, “Patient Empowered Dentistry,” from 4-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 22, at the practice, located at 24840 Gratiot Avenue, Eastpointe. There will be refreshments and a raffle drawing. Three guests will receive a free comprehensive exam and cleaning.

Great Clips opens

Centro Properties Group announced that a 1,200 square foot Great Clips. Hair Salon opened in the 18 Mile Road and Ryan Shopping Center in Sterling Heights. David Hexane of Landmark Commercial Real Estate Services, Farmington Hills, represented Great Clips and Brian Mychajluk represented Centro Properties Group.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Free student tickets for social media forum

Free student tickets for social media forum

The 140 Characters Conference, which explores the effects of the emerging real-time Internet on business, is coming to The Fillmore Detroit on Wednesday, Oct. 20, and its founder, Jeff Pulver, is offering at least 250 student tickets for free. Graduate and undergraduate students with a valid university or college e-mail address are invited to register for the conference at Similar conferences have been held in cities around the world, including Los Angeles, Boston, Tel Aviv, London and New York City. Nonstudent tickets are available for $140. To view a list of scheduled speakers for the Detroit event, visit

Elite Ink Tattoo holds Pink Ink fundraiser

Elite Ink Tattoo Studio at 25543 Van Dyke in Center Line is sponsoring the second annual Pink Ink fundraiser, taking place on Sept. 23 at Elite Ink Tattoo Studio, 25543 Van Dyke Avenue, Center Line.
Customers can get a pink ribbon tattoo for a donation to The Pink Fund. The Pink Fund is an organization dedicated to helping those who are in active treatment or recovering from breast cancer.
There will be baskets raffled off as well and Powerhouse Gym, which is helping to sponsor the event this year, will give a 90-day membership to participants to any of the participating gyms in Michigan. For more information, or to make an appointment, call 586-759-8446 or visit or

Better Business Bureau offers networking

The Better Business Bureau serving Eastern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula will be holding its monthly Business Card Exchange 8-9:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 16 in the Better Business Bureau Conference Room at 26999 Central Park Blvd., Suite 165. Michael Jeffreys, president and founder of the Yes Network!, is the featured speaker. There is no cost to attend. For information, call 248-799-0305.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Northwestern Mutual donates $10,000 to South Oakland Shelter

Northwestern Mutual donates $10,000 to South Oakland Shelter
Birmingham resident and  Peter Kreher was named a top volunteer by Northwestern Mutual for his dedication to the South Oakland Shelter in Royal Oak. Northwestern donated a $10,000 grant on his behalf. Kreher is a financial representative with The Wilshire Financial Group in Troy. He is one of 25 financial representatives being recognized nationally as top volunteers by the Northwestern Mutual Foundation.

Miller Canfield lawyer inducted into Litigation Counsel of America
Miller Canfield principal Irene Bruce Hathaway has been selected as a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America for her effectiveness and accomplishment in litigation and trial work. In more than 25 years of practice as a litigator, she has handled more than 100 trials, dozens of arbitrations and more than 200 appeals or applications. She works in the Detroit office.

Centro Properties Group announces lease with Emagine Theatres
Centro Properties Group announced that a 47,884-square-foot lease has been executed with Emagine Theatres at Hampton Village Centre, north of M-59, on Rochester Road between Auburn Road and Barclay Circle in Rochester Hills. Emagine Theatres is scheduled to open its doors to the Rochester Hills community in November. The 10-screen state-of-the-art facility will feature 1,900 seats. The former AMC Star facility will undergo a renovation to include a new lobby, concession stand and stadium seating in all auditoriums. Call 248-703-0997 or visit

Women in leadership seminar presented by Young Professionals
Detroit Young Professionals presents “Women and Leadership” 6:30-9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, at Mon Jin Lau, 1515 E. Maple Road, Troy. The seminar will be by Dr. Patricia Bernard, who recently did a study on women in leadership positions, the unique challenges they face and how they solve problems. For information, contact Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and drink specials will be offered.

Monday, September 13, 2010

U-M unveils lineup for Entrepalooza 2010

U-M unveils lineup for Entrepalooza 2010 
Bringing together members of the business community and leaders in entrepreneurship and venture capital, The Samuel Zell & Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business will host Entrepalooza, its annual Entrepreneurial Symposium, Sept. 16-17 at the University’s Blau Auditorium.
This year’s expanded event will offer attendees inspirational success stories from serial entrepreneurs, Fortune 100 executives and venture capital leaders. Panel discussions and keynote presentations will provide insight into the current exit climate, opportunities for innovation and entrepreneurial success, as well as perspectives on emerging trends such as social entrepreneurship and alternative financing.

JoMomma’s Kitchen opens, with offerings of home cooking

JoMomma’s Kitchen has opened at 39 Main St., across from the Macomb County Courthouse in Mount Clemens, featuring home-cooked-style meals and sandwiches. Everything is made from scratch daily using fresh ingredients. After 10 visits, customers can post a picture of their mom or a famous mom on a restaurant wall. It is open 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Detroit Young Professionals host lifestyle coach Barry Demp

Detroit Young Professionals presents an evening with Barry Demp from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, at Mon Jin Lau, 1515 E. Maple Road, Troy.
Professional coach Demp will review his “Success Best Practices” and give tips and tools to help advance careers or personal lifestyles. The cost is $15. For information, contact

Shoppers World opens new location in Eastland Center

Shoppers World has opened a location in Eastland Center in Harper Woods in the space formerly occupied by Steve and Barry’s. Shoppers World carries a full line of casual and dress wear for men, women and children of all ages from newborn to juniors. It also carries home furnishings, linens, shoes and lingerie, as well as school uniforms and accessories and seasonal holiday merchandise. For more information, visit

Chamber of Commerce adds board member

The Clarkston Area Chamber of Commerce recently announced the addition of Dr. Bryan Cornwall of Advanced Pet Care of Oakland to the chamber’s board of directors. Cornwall has owned a business in Clarkston for more than 17 years and has served on the Clarkston Business EXPO and Halloween Howl committees.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Inforum hosts women making transformation

Inforum hosts women making transformation
Detroit business forum, Inforum, is hosting “Extreme Change: Four Women, Four Sectors, Total Transformation,” featuring four women leaders, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17 at Motor City Casino Hotel, 2901 Grand River Ave, Detroit.
Carol Cain, business and politics columnist for the “Detroit Free Press,” will moderate. Featured speakers are: Susie Ellwood, CEO of Detroit Media Partnership; Carol Goss, president and CEO of The Skillman Foundation; Barbara L. McQuade, attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan and Mary Zuckerman, chief operating officer of the Detroit Medical Center. The cost is $55 for Inforum members; $65 for non-members. Register at or call 313-578-3244.

Moran Chevrolet hosts child safety event
Moran Chevrolet is hosting Operation Kidsafe National Safety Tour from 2-7 p.m. Friday and 9-3 p.m. Saturday at the dealership at 35500 South Gratiot Ave., in Clinton Township. The event offers parents a chance to get their child's digital fingerprints and a photo taken that can then be used by law enforcement if needed. No database or records of children are maintained. The only record of the visit will go with the parent for safekeeping and use if needed. For additional information, call Operation KidSafe at (866) 962-5487.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Panera Bread and United Way hold free family fun day

Panera Bread and United Way hold free family fun day
Panera Bread of Southeast Michigan and United Way for Southeastern Michigan will host a free family fun day from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, at Panera Bread in the Troy Commons Plaza at 823 E. Big Beaver Road. The event is open to all ages. United Way will share information with parents about the free resources available through its Early Learning Communities — a program that helps ensure children start school prepared and ready to learn. Children will have the opportunity to participate in reading activities and craft projects. To learn more about United Way for Southeastern Michigan, visit

Dr. Nouha Alammar joins medical center staff
Dr. Nouha Alammar, D.O., has joined the medical staff of Mount Clemens Regional Medical Center as an ear, nose and throat specialist. She also performs facial plastic surgery. Dr. Alammar received her degree from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, completed  a general surgery internship at Mount Clemens Regional Medical Center and a residency in ENT in facial plastic surgery at Henry Ford Macomb Hospital’s Warren Campus. She practices with Institute for ENT Surgery, 17901 Hall Road, Macomb Township.

Allstate names agent of the year
Allstate Insurance Company has named John Ivkov of Sterling Heights its exclusive agent of the year for Michigan, in recognition of his superior standards in customer loyalty and dedication to community relationships and business growth throughout 2009. Ivkov’s agency is located at 42770 Van Dyke, Suite 1, in Sterling Heights.

New Dollar General opens
Dollar General is opening a new location on Saturday, Sept. 11, at 33165 23 Mile Road in Chesterfield Township. There will be special deals and prizes at the grand opening. Dollar General Stores offer convenience and value with a selection of national brands and private brands of food, housewares, seasonal items, cleaning supplies, basic apparel and health and beauty care products.

Michael Spillum joins Security Financial Management
Security Financial Management, Inc., a wealth management company located in Clarkston announces that Michael Spillum has joined the firm as a financial consultant. Spillum, also of Clarkston has 19 years of experience in the areas of life, health and long term care insurance as well as annuities and other investment options.

Great Clips opens new location
Great Clips Hair Salon has opened a location at 41713 Garfield Road, Clinton Township. They offer value-priced haircuts for the entire family with no appointments necessary.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel collects backpacks for students

Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel collects backpacks for students
Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel’s Northville/Novi office collected nearly 40 backpacks for children and teens heading back to school. The backpacks were presented to the Northville Civic Concern, an organization that provides services and distributes goods to those in need in the Northville area.
Lori Crysler, sales manager of the Northville/Novi office said, “The Northville Civic Concern wants to let people know, however, that they are always in desperate need of food and monetary donations. The address of the organization is 42951 Seven Mile Northville, MI 48167, and their phone number is 248-344-1033.

Gibb named communications VP for CPA association
The Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants announced Debbie Gibb of Lake Orion has joined the association as vice president of communications.
Gibb is responsible for the oversight of association communications and public relations initiatives including media relations, image campaigns, marketing, and management of departmental staff. Prior to joining the association,
Gibb was previously associate executive director of the Student & Youth Travel Association in Lake Orion and director of channel marketing at Entertainment Publications in Troy.

Consumers Energy employee’s volunteer effort recognized
The Consumers Energy Foundation has awarded a $600 grant to a Macomb County organization to recognize outstanding volunteerism by a utility employee.
Terrance D. Conklin, a gas service worker at the Macomb service center, performed
180 hours of volunteer service over the past 12 months with the Macomb Cougars, an AAU basketball team in Clinton Township. He served as an assistant coach.
The Volunteer Investment Program grant will be used for uniforms and basketball equipment. The grant reflects a doubled amount through the foundation.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

DTE named one of nation's top utilities

DTE named one of
nation’ top utilities
DTE Energy recently was named among the nation’s top utilities for economic development by Site Selection magazine.
The designation is based on calendar year 2009 performance in four categories — capital investment, job creation, capital investment per capita and jobs per 10,000 in population. It also takes into account innovative programs and services that meet the needs of industrial customers, creativity and flexibility in working with corporate clients to facilitate project activity, the input of leading site selection consultants, and extensive interviews with company executives who have located deals.

Comerica Bank contributes to Oakland County nonprofits

As part of an ongoing commitment to communities in Michigan, Comerica Bank recently announced its contribution of more than $1.4 million to Michigan nonprofits during the first half of 2010, including several Oakland County-based organizations. Donations to local organizations included the Michigan Colleges Foundation and JVS Detroit in Southfield and Pontiac-based St. Joseph Mercy and the Greater Pontiac Community Coalition.
Through Comerica Bank and the Comerica Charitable Foundation, Comerica gives to organizations and programs that support education, economic self-sufficiency, neighborhood revitalization, health care access, diversity and inclusion, and civic and community programs.
So far during 2010, Comerica has contributed $1,472,848 and provided about 14,199 hours, or $296,040 worth of employee volunteer labor hours to organizations throughout the state.

Corace awarded customer assistance certificate

Clinton Township resident Maria Corace was awarded a certificate of appreciation for customer assistance from the Michigan branch of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. Corace is employed at Walsh College in Troy as an executive assistant. She has worked at Walsh College for 23 years, 14 of which were at the University Center campus at Macomb Community College in Clinton Township.

PTM Fraser expands reach

Prototype Tooling and Manufacturing, now known as PTM Fraser, is combining with PTM Corp. in Fair Haven to reach more clients in the metal forming industry. PTM Fraser will be an asset with their large press capacity, boosting capabilities from 200 to 1,000 tons, adding Kirksite, steel dies and other upgrades. PTM Corp. is an industry leader in small- to large-size metal stampings, prototype, assemblies, tools and dies.

Cracker Barrel honored

Cracker Barrel Old Country store in Roseville has been named “Best” in the 2010 Zagat Fast Food Survey for the best breakfast available at a full service chain restaurant. More than 6,500 regular chain restaurant diners shared their opinions on 39 full service restaurants.

$1,000 raised for multiple sclerosis

Better Made Snack Foods and National Coney Island teamed up for a one day chip sale at 20 National Coney Island locations throughout metropolitan Detroit in August for multiple sclerosis and were able to raise $1,000 for the Michigan chapter.

Monday, September 6, 2010

College students welcomed back with free food, music

Auburn Hills
College students welcomed back with free food, music

The City of Auburn Hills is welcoming back all college students who attend the five colleges and universities based in Auburn Hills with a celebration on Sept. 17. College Fest will feature free food and live music from 3 to 8 p.m. at Riverside Park, near the corner of Squirrel and Auburn Roads in downtown Auburn Hills.
“College Fest gives us the opportunity to show our appreciation for the hard-working students that make up our college community — Baker College, Central Michigan University–Auburn Hills Center, Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Oakland Community College and Oakland University,” said Stephanie Carroll, Auburn Hills coordinator of community relations and legislative affairs.
The outdoor event will feature the retro musical talents of That 80’s Band, as well as free food from Stan’s Bar and Grill and The Post Bar. Beverages will be provided by Pepsi. Students who attend college in Auburn Hills will be required to show their student ID before entering the party. No alcohol is allowed. Signs designating parking areas will be posted near the park on the day of the event.  In addition, Oakland University’s “Bear Bus” will be located on the OU campus in the parking circle between Hamlin and Vandenberg Halls to shuttle OU students to and from the event.
“This event aims to bring our extensive college community together as we welcome them back to school and show them the amenities that our nearby downtown has to offer, including shopping, restaurants, cafes/coffee shops, the farmer’s market and free wireless,” Carroll concludes.

Nemeth named to Best Lawyers

Patricia Nemeth, a founding partner of Nemeth Burwell, P.C., and a resident of St. Clair Shores, has been named to the 2011 edition of the Best Lawyers in America in their specialty area of labor and employment law. Nemeth Burwell was founded in 1992 and is now the largest women-owned law firm in Michigan to exclusively represent management in the prevention, resolution, and litigation of labor and employment disputes.

Pushtwentytwo is growing

Pushtwentytwo, a public relations/marketing agency at 22 W. Huron in Pontiac, is hiring, according to Mike Verville, a partner in the firm. The plan is to expand the company’s online presence and go more into Web development and social media. Two positions were recently added, and the company is looking for two more in administration and graphic design. Pushtwentytwo now employs 14 people, and may hire 2-4 more over the next 12 months. For more information, go to

Buffalo Wild Wings opens new location at 23 Mile, Gratiot

Buffalo Wild Wings has opened a new location at 23 Mile Road and Gratiot Avenue in Chesterfield Township. This marks the 18th location for the chain.

Aerodynamics Inc. chooses ZenaComp

ZenaComp Inc. recently added Aerodynamics Inc. of Waterford Township to its list of managed technology clients. ADI chose ZenaComp to manage the information technology of their team, which consists of 245 plus aviation professionals, operating out of seven satellite bases in six states. Visit or

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Automation Alley event to educate entrepreneurs

Event to educate entrepreneurs

Automation Alley will hold its “Capital Successes: Educating Entrepreneurs on Funding Solutions” event on Sept. 16 at Automation Alley’s Headquarters in Troy.
Jeffrey Prough, president and CEO of Critical Signal Technologies (CST), will talk about the avenues he chose while searching for funding, what worked and what didn’t, and the obstacles encountered along the way. Attendees will learn what plans must be place, what to ask and what to present to an investor in order to secure funding.
As the nation’s largest independent provider of personal emergency response systems and one of the most innovative and respected providers of telehealth monitoring systems, CST is inventing cost-effective solutions for better health care. Prior to forming CST, Prough was president of one of the country’s largest independent security companies, Guardian Alarm Company, and president of their three subsidiaries.
The event is sponsored by Hennessey Capital; registration and networking begin at 5 p.m. The program runs from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Pre-registration cost is $20 for Automation Alley members and $40 for nonmembers. At-the-door price is $30 for members and $50 for nonmembers. Pre-registration closes at the end of business on Sept. 14.
For additional information or to register for the event, contact the Resource Center at 800-427-5100 or

Bloomfield Hills husband, wife to be honored at Walsh ceremony

Bloomfield Hills residents Anthony and Sarah Earley will be honored at the Walsh College Leadership Awards. They will each receive the Jeffery W. Barry Award for Educational Excellence and Community Service on Nov. 13 at the Royal Park Hotel in Rochester. Anthony Earley is chairman and CEO of DTE Energy and Sarah Earley is founder and president of the Belle Isle Women’s Committee. The Barry Award is given annually to individuals who demonstrate leadership in business and a philanthropic commitment to the community.
Also being honored are:
— Troy resident Dennis Harder, managing director and head of Michigan middle markets, The Private Bank; with the 2010 Walsh College Distinguished Alumni Award.
— New Baltimore resident Alexander Schwallbach, chairman and CEO, A.G. Schwallbach Inc.; with the 2010 Walsh College Distinguished Graduate of the Last Decade Award.
The event is 7-8 p.m. Tickets are $250. A silent auction and raffle will benefit the Jeffery W. Barry Scholarship Fund and the General Scholarship Fund.
Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, contact Andrea Richards at 248-823-1204 or

Metro Detroit Entrepreneurship Institute meeting at library

The Metro Detroit Entrepreneurship Institute meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Clinton Macomb Public Library, 40900 Romeo Plank Road, Clinton Township. The meeting will feature a lecture by TV and radio personality Stacey DuFord. For more information, contact Dr. David J. Castle via e-mail at or by calling 586-549-0178.

MINDs Eye store opens

The MINDs Eye Bookstore and Learning Center has opened in Mount Clemens, at 81 Macomb Place. They offer a variety of books, DVD’s and CD’s on spirituality, religion and wellness, which ties into Mount Clemens history as the medicinal mineral bath capital of the United States. They also carry books and multimedia offerings on alternate health and wellness methods and an array of gifts from India, Nepal and Bali. There will also be monthly lectures and workshops on a variety of topics. The first one will take place at 7 p.m. Sept. 24 on Primordial Sound Mediation. For more information, contact Jennifer  Rossi at 586-468-6463 or visit

Friday, September 3, 2010

Colossal Closeouts sells brand names for less

Waterford Twp.
Colossal Closeouts sells brand names for less

With the economy being stressful to consumers in the Detroit area, Colossal Closeouts was created to provide customers a place to shop for new brand name merchandise at very low pricing. They said they do not compare their store to the big box discounters like Kmart and Walmart or resale shops.
The shop carries many items that upscale boutiques, department stores, university sport shops, and golf clubs carry at closeout prices. The owners purchase goods from stores that have closed or manufacturers that overproduced. The store’s inventory is constantly changing, they said.
Colossal Closeouts is at 4396 Dixie Hwy in Waterford Township, just west of Sashabaw Road in the Rite Aid Center next to Papa Romano’s. For more information, call 248-461-6170.

Huron Valley Schools names new human resources director

Huron Valley Schools recently appointed Jim Baker as the new executive director of human resources. Baker comes from Romulus Community Schools where he was the director of human resources. He has also worked as a secondary teacher, assistant principal and high school principal.

Wireless Network names new general manager

Wireless Network, a Verizon Wireless retailer, recently announced the naming of Marty Rosen as the new general manager of the organization. In his new position, Rosen will be in charge of generating sales leads and customers in Bloomfield Hills, White Lake Township, Rochester, Warren, Oxford and Sterling Heights. He has more than 20 years of cellular sales experience.

C&L Ward a top remodeling company

C&L Ward, headquartered in Davison, was recently ranked 96th among the top 500 remodeling companies in the nation by Qualified Remodeler magazine. The company recently opened a fourth showroom in Novi. C&L specializes in the installation of windows, doors, siding, roofing and Hunter Douglas interior window treatments. For more information, visit

National Enclosure, MERO Structures join forces

National Enclosure Company LLC of Ypsilanti announces the formation of a business alliance with MERO Structures Inc., the new American division of German-based MERO-TSK, a company with international experience in the design, engineering and development of advanced facades and structures. Together, National Enclosure and MERO Structures will provide technologically advanced structures and facade systems in the United States to commercial developments. The first official, joint effort will be the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Phase II renovation and expansion, a contract valued at $7 million. For more information, visit

Bosco named one of top bars in nation

The Bosco lounge of Ferndale recently celebrated its ninth anniversary of business. The nightclub has been recognized by Nightclub & Bar magazine as one of the nation’s top 100 bars/nightclubs, and by the “Fine Living Network” as one of the top 10 places to have a drink. For more information, call 248-541-8818 or visit

Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel expands to Troy

Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel (CBWM) recently announced that its relocation and property management divisions are expanding to a new location on Sept. 7 to better serve its clients. The divisions, headed by Carolyn Bowen-Keating, will be moving to the CBWM Troy Sales Office, 4700 Rochester Road, in Troy.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Chamber ‘Fall Grub Crawl’ is Sept. 22

Chamber offers ‘Fall Grub Crawl’
Eleven restaurants will offer samples of their fare at the Sterling Heights Regional Chamber’s Fall “Grub Crawl” on Sept. 22. This year’s fall event features top restaurants along Hall Road and M-59 west of Schoenherr. The restaurants will offer their specialties to those attending from 5:30 through 9:30 p.m.
“This is one of the most fun events that our chamber puts on,” said chamber President Wayne Oehmke. “We want to invite all members of the community to join us.”
There is a free shuttle service going between all the restaurants or you can drive to each. The cost is $25 per person. Register online at and click on the “Grub Crawl” banner or call
the Chamber at 586-731-5400 extensions 10 or 13, before 3 p.m. the day of the event.

Business association names title company among ‘best and brightest’
Troy-based eTitle Agency, Inc., a full-service title and closing company, has been named one of Metropolitan Detroit’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For by Warren-based Michigan Business and Professional Association. eTitle was recognized for its high level of employee satisfaction and overall work environment.
“We are honored to be selected for this award by the MBPA,” said eTitle President Alison Orlans. “It’s great to be recognized for the benefits, initiatives, programs and culture we have developed to attract and retain outstanding employees and provide them with an energetic and collaborative work environment.”
In addition to surveys which were completed by employees anonymously, eTitle as a firm was evaluated in categories such as communication, community initiatives, compensation and benefits, employee education and development, employee engagement and commitment, recognition and retention, recruitment and selection, and work-life balance.
For more information, go to

KMT Robotic Solutions, Inc. celebrates 25 years in business
KMT Robotic Solutions, Inc. is celebrating 25 years of providing global companies with robotic automation solutions to improve the safety and competitiveness of their manufacturing operations.
President and CEO Kevin McManus presented mementos to the founders of the original company Robotic Production Technology: Chuck and Melinda Russo, along with former VP-Sales Jim Wogan, Sr.
Two employees, Mary Roberts and Keith Miller, were honored for their 25 years of service.
KMT Robotic Solutions was formed in December of 2006 with the union of KMT Cutting Systems in Ronneby, Sweden and Robotic Production Technology in Auburn Hills.  KMT Robotic Solutions has more than 3,600 robots installed around the world and more than 25 years experience developing, designing, building, servicing and supporting robotic cutting, trimming and cleaning solutions for manufacturing customers. For more information, go to

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Detroit SCORE offers business starter workshop

SCORE offers business starter workshop

Detroit SCORE Chapter 18, in cooperation with Michigan Business and Professional Association, presents a workshop for people thinking about starting their own business.
“Could I Should I Start My Own Business” will be held 8:45-11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 7, at 27700 Hoover Road in Warren. The cost is $10. To register, call 313-226-7947.

Automation Alley holds funding solutions seminar

“Capital Successes: Educating Entrepreneurs on Funding Solutions” is 5 p.m. Sept. 16 at Automation Alley Headquarters, 2675 Bellingham in Troy. The evening’s speakers include Jeffery Prough, president and CEO of Critical Signal Technologies, and his finance team. Hors d’oeuvres and cocktails will be served.
Pre-registration is $20 for Automation Alley members and $40 for non-members. At the door, the cost is $30 for members and $50 for non-members. For information, call 248-457-3200 or visit

Tom Ford trunk show held at 20/20 Vision

The eyeglass retailer, 20/20 vision, is hosting a trunk sale for Tom Ford designer glasses from 1-6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. l4, at 3110 Walton Blvd. in Rochester Hills.
Customers can pop a balloon and get a free Tom Ford frame or a special prize at time of purchase.
Some proceeds help supply eyeglasses to people who are trying to return to the workforce. For information, call 248-375-0040.

Design Systems, Inc. joins Automation Alley

Design Systems, Inc. of Farmington Hills, an engineering and integration service provider to varied industrial, manufacturing and federal agencies, has joined Automation Alley. Services include all aspects of program management and manufacturing engineering.
For information, visit

Cornerstone Development Authority announces relocation

The Cornerstone Development Authority of Southfield has moved its headquarters to 18000 W. Nine Mile Road, Suite 320. The new office is located in the 15-story Southfield Centre, commonly referred to as the IBM Building.
Cornerstone’s move from the Millennium Centre Theatre on J.L. Hudson Dr. stems from the transfer of the theatre’s lease to Triumph Entertainment LLC, along with a desire to increase their visibility among business owners, developers and residents.
Last month, Cornerstone moved its annual Southfield Farmers Market from the Millennium Theatre site to a more visible location in the Northland Shopping Center parking lot along J.L. Hudson Dr.