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, 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

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