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.

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

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