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, October 31, 2010

Conference for women seeking careers Nov. 5

Conference for women seeking careers scheduled for Nov. 5
Women in Transition conference is 9 a.m. Friday, Nov. 5, at Baker College, 1500 University Dr. The conference provides information on choosing and preparing for a career, getting into college or job training and obtaining financial and study skills help. The cost is $15, which includes continental breakfast, lunch and door prizes. For further information, call 248-340-0600.

Troy Chamber presents annual ‘Simply Shopping’ 

The Women’s Business Forum of the Troy Chamber presents its annual Simply Shopping event, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4, at the Somerset Collection, 2800 West Big Beaver Road, Troy. Cost to attend is $50 per shopper. As a part of the morning program, attendees will receive valet parking, a delicious breakfast, and an exclusive fashion presentation —
all compliments of Nordstrom. Shoppers will also receive discounts/giveaways throughout the day, and 4-6 p.m. networking, prizes & hors d’oeuvres in the South Rotunda. To register, call 248-641-8151 or e-mail

Legal aspects of e-commerce to be discussed at seminar
A seminar about the legal aspects of e-commerce and on-line marketing will be presented by John T. Carter, Esq. of Carter and Affiliates, P.C. The seminar is 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9, in the Oakland Room of the Oakland Center on the campus of Oakland University, 2200 N. Squirrel Road, Rochester.
It is sponsored by the OU Branch of the MSU Federal Credit Union.
Refreshments will be served. Seating is limited, to reserve your spot, call 248-364-4723 or visit

Veterans Entrepreneurial Training Conference set for Nov. 10
The 5th Annual Southeastern Michigan V.E.T. conference begins at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10, at the Michigan State University Management Education Center, 811 W. Square Lake Road, Troy.
There will be a Vets Night Out networking event from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9.
 The Vets Night Out will also be held at the Management Education Center and there is no admission fee. Refreshments and a cash bar will be available.
This year’s conference will feature 16 breakout sessions and a pair of dynamic keynote speakers. Among the topics to be covered in the workshops will be 10 steps to doing business with TACOM, selling to DLA, starting a business, financing a business and selling to the Army Corps of Engineers.
General Dynamics Land System, Citizens Bank and the Karmanos Cancer Institute, are sponsoring the conference.
Registration is $35 by Nov. 1 and $45 for the conference afterwards. Visit or call 810-767-8387.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Short sale class held at Seaholm High School

Short sale class held at Seaholm High School
A one-day class, “Short Sale — Selling Your House When The Mortgage is Upside-Down is 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3 at Seaholm High School, Room F105, 2436 W Lincoln St., Birmingham. Materials fee of $10 is payable to the instructor in class. It is $20 for school area residents and $25 for non-residents. Register at or call 248-203-3800.

Hansen IP celebrates first anniversary
Hansen IP Law PLLC, a law firm specializing in intellectual property matters, recently celebrated its one year anniversary. The firm focuses on patent, trademark, and copyright prosecution, licensing, counseling, and opinion work and handles a wide variety of technologies, including medical devices, automotive and other mechanical components, chemical compositions and processes, and software.
The firm’s principal, Steve Hansen, is a registered patent attorney and Harvard Law School graduate with over a decade of intellectual property experience. Prior to founding Hansen IP Law, Hansen was a partner with a well known national business litigation firm in Los Angeles and a well known Detroit-area intellectual property law firm. For more information, call 248-599-9184 or visit

UHY Advisors promotes Kovach to senior manager
UHY Advisors Inc., a national tax and business consulting firm with offices in Sterling Heights and Southfield, has promoted Veronica A. Kovach to senior manager, based at the location in Southfield.
Kovach has extensive knowledge of internal controls and operating policies and procedures related to business processes and information systems. Her duties include providing UHY clients with internal control services such as SAS 70 attestations, IT audits and risk assessments, SOX testing, PCI assessments and Disaster Recovery Planning.
As senior manager, Kovach will also be responsible for growing the service line  and identifying ways to integrate internal controls with UHY’s traditional service offerings.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Chase relocates bank branch

Chase relocates bank branch 

On Monday, Chase will move its branch two miles north to a new, 4,230-square-foot facility at 39450 Woodward Ave. on the southeast corner of Long Lake Road.
The current location at 37000 Woodward will close at 2 p.m. Saturday. Chase has four other Bloomfield Hills branches and two locations in nearby Birmingham. For information, call 248-642-1851 or visit

hiredMYway presents 3,000 job opportunities

Career website and recruitment company hiredMYway is offering a career expo Nov. 4 at the Rock Financial Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave., Novi. The event is an opportunity for Michigan job seekers to connect with companies that are collectively hiring for more than 3,000 jobs.
Companies attending the career expo include American Income Life, Payroll One, MET Life, Trialon and Cleary University.
Job seekers can attend free workshops and pre-register for hiredMYway’s VIP Sessions to meet with representatives from up to two companies before the expo doors open.
hiredMYway also will be rolling out a new website in November. The VIP session is 9 to 10 a.m. Pre-registration is required. General admission is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For more information, visit or call Erinn O’Connor at 248-565-5400 or e-mail

Tapper’s opens at Somerset

 Michigan-based jeweler Tapper’s Diamonds & Fine Jewelry recently added a third store to the company, a 5,600-square-foot showroom at Somerset Collection, 2800 W. Big Beaver Road, Troy. The new location joins Tapper’s flagship store in West Bloomfield Township and the second store at Twelve Oaks Mall in Novi location.
Founded in 1977 by brothers Howard and Steven Tapper, the company’s Somerset location boasts the world’s finest designers and watch brands, including Rolex, Chopard, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Tag Heuer, Roberto Coin, Charles Krypell, Ippolita, Gregg Ruth, Hearts on Fire and Charriol. Designer events and trunk shows are held throughout the year at all Tapper’s locations. For information, call 248-932-7700 or visit

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Baker College hosts Women in Transition conference

College hosts Women in Transition conference

Baker College of Auburn Hills, in partnership with Oakland Community College, the American Association of University Women and Best Source Credit Union, will host the seventh annual Women in Transition conference, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5, at Baker College of Auburn Hills, 1500 University Drive. The event, titled “Everything you ever wanted to know about getting ahead,” is designed to assist and support women.
Attendees will learn about recognizing skills and interests, choosing and preparing for a career, getting into college or entering a trade, and obtaining financial and study skills assistance.
The $15 enrollment fee includes a continental breakfast, lunch, all sessions and handouts. Scholarships are available. To register, call 248-340-0600. Registration deadline is Oct. 29.

Malven elected State Bar IT law chairman

Mark G. Malven, the leader of Dykema’s technology transactions practice, has been elected Chairman of the Information Technology Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan.
Malven is known for his skill in the negotiation of technology transactions and the representation of technology-based businesses. He has experience as outside general counsel and strategic advisor for organizations in a variety of industries, with a particular focus on information technology, biotechnology, entertainment and manufacturing. Malven was recognized as a Michigan Super Lawyer by the publishers of “Law & Politics.”
A resident of Commerce Township, Malven splits his time between Dykema’s Ann Arbor and Bloomfield Hills offices. For information, visit

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Oakland County holds November business workshops

Oakland County holds November business workshops
Business owners and entrepreneurs are invited to attend seminars offered by the Oakland County Business Center at Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township. For pre-registration, visit, or call 248-858-0783.
Pre-Business Research  9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 2. This workshop is free.
Women's Business Certification Orientation is 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 3. The fee is $25, make checks payable to WBEC-GL.
Small Business Loan Workshop  is 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, Nov. 4. The fee is $20 per person, make checks payable to S.C.O.R.E. Includes handouts and SBA Source Book.
Fundamentals of Starting a Business is 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Nov. 10. The fee is $30.
Fundamentals of Writing a Business Plan is 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, Nov. 18. The fee is $40, which includes all materials.

Short sale class held
A one-day class, Short Sale - Selling Your House When The Mortgage is Upside-Down is 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3 at Seaholm High School, Room F105, 2436 W Lincoln St., Birmingham. Materials fee of $10 is payable to the instructor in class. It is $20 for school area residents and $25 for non-residents. Register at or call 248-203-3800.

SCORE & SBA present “Small Business Loan Workshop.”
In one of their series of workshops for small business, Detroit SCORE Chapter 18 and the SBA Michigan District Office, in cooperation with Oakland County, show entrepreneurs what a banker looks for in a loan application. They will also learn the 5 “C’s” of credit and details of the SBA loan guarantee programs. From 8:45 a.m. to noon Thurs., Nov. 4 at Oakland County EOB Bldg. 41 West, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township. Admission is $20 per person. Call 313-226-7947 or visit to register.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Oakland TiE20 announces winners

Oakland TiE20 announces winners
TiECon Midwest 2010, the Midwest’s  conference on entrepreneurship and presented by TiE Detroit, announced the winners of the TiE20 Midwest Industry Awards on Monday. The following TiE20 Winners 2010 winners are from Oakland County: Mobile Category, GoPoint Technology of Rochester Hills and Software Category, Zferral of Royal Oak.
Online registration and more information are available for TiECon Midwest 2010 at For more information, contact Jessica Matthews, conference coordinator of TiE Detroit at 248-254-4013 or via e-mail at

Automation Alley breaks ground on building expansion
Automation Alley has broken ground on expansion construction at its headquarters in Troy. The 3,200-square-foot expansion will provide a ‘soft landing center’ for international guests interested in conducting business in Southeast Michigan. The new addition will feature a private entrance, three conference rooms, three private offices and an open office area. The project also includes additional parking.
The project was funded by a U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development grant sponsored by Congressman Gary Peters and U.S. Senators Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow. The expansion is expected to be completed by spring 2011 and is being constructed by Synergy Group, Inc., of Bloomfield Hills.

Monday, October 25, 2010

CJPS Medical Systems completes relocation

CJPS Medical Systems completes relocation

CJPS Medical Systems has completed its move of the Remote Patient Monitoring Business that it acquired from Delphi into a new facility in Auburn Hills. Assets purchased from Delphi were relocated from Colorado and Indiana to Michigan where the company will headquarter its homecare business.
Except for growing its sales force and its clinical team, the company has the manpower to handle the manufacturing, testing and shipping of the product at this time. However, according to CEO Christophe Sevrain, if the business grows according to plan, the company should be creating significant jobs.
The product is a small monitor, which is placed at the home of chronically-ill patients, such as patients with congestive heart failure, end-stage renal disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes or other ailments.
The company moved into its new 50,000-square-foot facility at 2333 E. Walton Blvd. in Auburn Hills earlier this month.
For more information, e-mail, or visit

DGE, SLW announce strategic allianceRochester Hills-based engineering services supplier DGE Inc. and automotive pump manufacturer SLW of Sallisaw, Oklahoma, have announced a strategic alliance. DGE will provide electronics hardware and software design services, including test system development, to complement SLW’s pump design, development and manufacturing expertise.
DGE Inc., founded in 1984, provides electrical engineering design and consulting services to automotive OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers.  SLW Automotive Inc is a joint venture with BorgWarner that was established in 2009 following the acquisition of a majority share of the BorgWarner oil pump business by the rapidly expanding Chinese Shenglong Group.

City recognized as five star community by eCities 2010

The City of Auburn Hills was honored as a five star city by eCities 2010 in recognition of city efforts to foster entrepreneurial growth and economic development. The eCities research surveyed over 100 communities in Michigan that collectively are home to 128,242 entrepreneurs who earned $3.4 billion in annual income. These communities also had $1.2 billion in commercial development last year and account for nearly half the state’s commercial property.
For more information, visit

Ross named chief executive group chair

Daniel Ross of Troy has been named a new chief executive group chair by Vistage Michigan of St. Clair Shores, a membership based organization that helps business leaders make decisions and generate results through tools.
Ross is the founder of Sensible Leader, a coaching business. He will act as the group’s adviser, mentor and business coach, conducting one-on-one coaching sessions with each of his chief executive group members. He will also facilitate nine group workshops per year with his chief executive members.
Vistage Michigan currently operates 12 chief executive groups in Southeast Michigan.

O’Quinn, McCormick named to diversity council board

The Oakland County Employment Diversity Council has selected two new members to its Board of Directors. Kathleen O’Quinn and Kevin McCormick were appointed to the board with a unanimous board vote.
O’Quinn is the founder and president of Quintessential Presentations Inc., an organizational development firm located in Oakland County.
McCormick is president and CEO of Alchemedia Creative, a communications firm that specializes in content development, marketing strategy and social media implementation for clients.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Health care for small business seminar slated
The Changing Face of Health Care for Small Business seminar presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is Tuesday, Oct. 26. WWJ/FOX 2’s Business Editor Murray Feldman moderates. Continental breakfast and registration is 7:30-8:15 a.m. and program is 8:15-9:30 a.m. at Lawrence Technological University, UTLC Gallery, 21000 W. 10 Mile Road. Advanced reservations are recommended for this free seminar. Call 248-455-7236.

Sales workshop for staffing industry
UHY LLP, an accounting firm, will host a full-day workshop on Wednesday, Oct. 27, that will focus on intensive sales techniques geared toward the staffing industry titled, Michigan Sales Workshop.
Training will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at UHY LLP offices, 26200 American Dr., Third Floor Training Facility.
Presented by staffing industry expert, Tom Erb, the workshop addresses the entire sales process from prospecting to closing.
The cost for the workshop is $299 per participant and includes lunch, refreshments, USB flash drive, materials and a reception following the workshop. With three confirmed registrations, the fourth one is free.
For information, visit

Tax-planning seminar highlights tax changes
Plante & Moran, PLLC is offering a seminar and webinar on tax changes that will affect individuals and businesses.
The firm will host the live seminar at 2 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27, at the Crowne Plaza, 27000 Sheraton Drive.
The general session on “Tax Planning in a Rising Tax Environment” begins at 2:30 p.m. Attendees will be able to choose from three 45-minute breakout sessions, which begin at 3:25 p.m.
The seminar, which will earn attendees two-and-a-half continuing professional education credits is free, but registration is required, visit or call 248-223-3109.

Bulls Eye conference offers insight on energy initiatives
Bulls Eye Business Conference is 8:15 a.m.-noon Wednesday, Oct. 27, at Oakland Schools, 2111 Pontiac Lake Road. Sponsored by HAP and The Oakland Press, the keynote speaker is John G. Russell, president and chief executive officer of CMS Energy. Also speaking will be Chris Morrisroe of Chris Morrisoe Communications and Walt Stasinski of Potential Unlimited.
Topics include Michigan’s newest energy inititiatives, increasing employee productivity and effective communication strategies. Call 248-625-8055 or visit
The cost is $79 at the door. The student rate is $20. The cost includes networking and continental breakfast. Call 248-625-8055 or visit

Trade event features Google executive
The 2010 International District Export Council conference, attended by business leaders, entrepreneurs and government officials will gather at the Marriott Renaissance, 400 Renaissance Dr., Detroit and also at the Windsor Hotel & Casino in Windsor, Ontario, Canada Oct. 24-27. The conference titled, “Capitalizing on America’s Export Advantages: Green and Innovation” seeks to stimulate the economy and create high paying jobs by boosting exports and expanding international trade.
Michael Ducker, COO and executive vice president of Memphis-based FedEx Express and Michal Lorenc, online sales and operations manager for Google, will speak at the conference. With Google since 2003, Lorenc helped establish Google’s regional offices in Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Turkey, Greece and Egypt.
For more information, visit or call 800-USA-TRADE.

NextWave shows how to make the cut
NextWave is hosting a seminar on how local businesses can get involved in the film industry, 8 to 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 28 at NextWave Digitorium, 950 Stephenson Hwy.
With more and more movies being produced in Michigan, this seminar shows how to showcase a business and service to production companies across the state. The film industry utilizes businesses from retail space and rental cars to accountants and everything in between.
The cost is $25 for Troy Chamber of Commerce members and $35 for non-members on the day of the event. RSVP to 248-641-8151 or

Fenner, Melstrom & Dooling open house
Fenner, Melstrom & Dooling, PLC, an accounting and tax advisory firm is holding an open house 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, at their new Birmingham offices at 355 S. Old Woodward, Suite 200. For information, call 248-258-8900 or visit

Marketing & Sales Executives networking
“Work the room: A guide to effective networking” at a special meeting of the Marketing & Sales Executives of Detroit is 6-10 p.m. Oct. 28 at Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle, 310 S. Troy St. Gerry Weinberg, president of Gerry Weinberg will speak at 6:30 p.m. followed by a comedy show with Collin Moulton and Tim Rowlands at 8 p.m.  The cost for the event, which includes a pizza dinner is $45 for affiliate members and $60 for non-members. To register, visit or call 248-643-6590.

Chamber hosts Sunrise Pinnacle Awards
The Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce announced that PNC Bank will be the presenting sponsor for the fourth annual Sunrise Pinnacle Awards 8 to 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, at the Royal Park Hotel, 600 E. University Dr.
The awards will honor area businesses and leaders for their innovation, success and contributions to the quality of life in the community.
Tickets are $25 for chamber members and $30 for nonmembers. Reservations are required. Call 248-651-6700 or visit

TiECon Midwest held at The Henry
The Detroit Chapter of TiE (Talent, Ideas and Enterprise) is hosting 2010 TiECon Midwest on October 28-29 at The Henry, 20900 Oakwood Blvd.
Bill Birdsall, CEO, president and chairman of MicroMed Cardiovascular, will deliver a keynote speech. This year’s theme is Business Karma 3.0. developed by Kasturi Bagchi of Farmington Hills, an attorney at Maddin, Hauser, Wartell, Roth & Heller P.C. Her program “Extreme Power Connect,” where entrepreneurs will meet in small discussion groups  is 2-3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28.
Tickets can be purchased at a fixed rate for the two-day conference including the Gala Dinner, or for individual days and the Gala Dinner separately. For information, visit

Free job expo offered
The next Empowering Michigan Career Expo is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, at the Auburn Hills Marriott, 3600 Centerpoint Parkway, Pontiac. Companies hiring on-site include 1-800-Hanson, Convergys, Hope Network, Minacs, Ameristaff Nursing, Metlife, Local Retailers and others. The expo is free. Businesses interested in registering for a booth should contact at 734-956-4550. For information, visit

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Employee of the Year nominations sought

Employee of the Year nominations sought

Nominations close Nov. 1 for the Auburn Hills Chamber of Commerce “North Oakland Employee of the Year Contest,” which offers as its grand prize, a six day Caribbean Cruise and airfare. The contest is expected to become an annual event.
Every employee nominated by their employer for “Employee of the Year” status will be feted at a Meadowbrook Hall reception on Dec. 1. Pilchak Cohen & Tice, P.C., a management-side labor and employment law firm, is co-sponsoring the contest. The contest is open to all employers with offices, facilities or operations in Northern Oakland County, north of Big Beaver Road/Quarton Road. Nomination forms can be obtained at

Free auto inspection open house held
Body by Bruce, 6200 East 11 Mile Road, Warren,  is hosting their free Winter Prep Inspection Open House from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today. The facility’s experts will provide attendees with a free five point vehicle inspection, which includes checks on tires, wiper blades, lock functionality, battery life and the vehicle’s fluids. They will also provide free body repair estimates and 10 percent of the profits from any repairs resulting from the day’s estimates will be donated to the University New Gratiot Lions Club. There will also be free cider, donuts and coffee and a Halloween ready pumpkin for those that attend. A drawing will also be held every hour for a free auto detailing package, valued at $200. For more information, call 586-758-2277 or visit

LTU holds Entrepreneurship Week competition

Lawrence Technological University will host the SpurNewBiz Video Pitch Competition as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week, Nov. 15-21. Open to all Michigan residents 18 and over, the competition encourages entrepreneurs to take their ideas to the next level with three-minute pitch videos demonstrating the potential of their proposed products. By Nov. 1, entrants must submit their video pitch and fill out a company profile on the SpurNewBiz group page,, a video-based website where entrepreneurs pitch their new business concepts to the world. Between Nov. 12-15, entrants must post their three-minute pitch video to the site. The winning pitches will be selected Nov. 18 and announced at an awards ceremony at Lawrence Tech. All SpurNewBiz entries will be reviewed by a panel of investors seeking to be paired with potential start-up companies. For information, contact Katie Hayes at 248-204-2415 or

Friday, October 22, 2010

Advance Auto Parts store opens doors

Advance Auto Parts store opens doors

Advance Auto Parts Inc. opened its first store in Waterford Township at 4879 Dixie Hwy. on Thursday. Steve Sulenski is the new general manager and works with nine other team members. A 29-year veteran of the automotive and retail sales industries, Sulenski has been with the Advance Auto Parts Team for almost seven years. The new store offers auto parts and national brands as well as several free services, such as windshield wiper and battery installation. Customers also can drop off used motor oil and batteries for recycling. The store is open 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and  9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.

BBB, GreenPath Debt hosting shred event

The Better Business Bureau, (BBB) and GreenPath Debt Solutions are hosting a Secure Your ID Day community shred event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, at the BBB offices at the City Center Building, 26777 Central Park Blvd., Southfield. Attendees may bring up to three normal sized boxes or bags of sensitive paper documents to be shredded on the spot for free. A $10 donation per box/bag exceeding the promotion will be charged to support the BBB Educational Foundation. All shredded paper from the event will be recycled. Visit or call Patrick Bennett at 248-799-0326.

Chamber hosts marketing seminar

The Eastpointe-Roseville Chamber of Commerce is hosting an “E-mail Marketing Seminar” from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, at Roseville Recreation Center, Room B, 18195 Sycamore St., Roseville. The cost is $5 for members or $10 for nonmembers and will include coffee and a light breakfast. Attendees may make reservations by Oct. 26 by calling 586-776-5520.

Chamber decks the halls with auction

The Eastpointe-Roseville Chamber of Commerce is hosting its 19th annual “Deck the Halls” Christmas auction from 5:30-10 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 3, at Eastpointe Manor, 24611 Gratiot Ave., Eastpointe. Cost is $20 per person if tickets are purchased in advance, which also provides preferred seating, or $25 per person at the door. A silent auction will start at 5:30 p.m. and a live auction at 6:30 p.m. There will be an open bar, soft drinks, hors d’oeuvres, pasta station and desserts. To get tickets, call 586-776-5520.

Mount Clemens Medical Center adds doctor to staff

Dr. Christina A. Richardson has joined the medical staff of Mount Clemens Regional Medical Center as a specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation. She is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation by American Osteopathic College of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She practices with Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at 8180 26 Mile Road, Ste. 105 in Shelby Township.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

International trade event Oct. 24-27

International trade event features Google executiveThe 2010 International District Export Council conference, attended by business leaders, entrepreneurs and government officials, will be at the Marriott Renaissance, 400 Renaissance Drive, Detroit and also at the Windsor Hotel & Casino in Windsor, Ontario, Canada Oct. 24-27. The conference titled, “Capitalizing on America’s Export Advantages: Green and Innovation” seeks to stimulate the economy and create high paying jobs by boosting exports and expanding international trade.
Michael Ducker, COO and executive vice president of Memphis-based FedEx Express, and Michal Lorenc, online sales and operations manager for Google, will speak at the conference. With Google since 2003, Lorenc helped establish Google’s regional offices in Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Turkey, Greece and Egypt. For more information, visit or call 800-USA-TRADE.

Rochester Hills
OU offers business intelligence certificate programOakland University’s School of Business Administration is partnering with Altair — a global provider of technology — to offer a new data mining and business intelligence certificate program. Utilizing 60 hours of classroom instruction from OU faculty and Altair staff, this post-baccalaureate certificate program will focus on theory, case studies and using HiQube business intelligence software to make competitive business decisions.
The program also incorporates a 100-hour, on-site internship, which allows students to apply newly acquired skills, all while making  professional contacts.Prospective students must hold a bachelor’s or masters of science degree, preferably in the fields of IT, computer science, engineering, business, sales, marketing, operations management, procurement or finance. Classes begin on Thursday, Nov. 4.
For more information or to register, call 248-370-3177 or visit and select “Business Intelligence (BI) and Data Mining/Altair Certificate” from the Professional Development drop down menu.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Panel talks education’s role in economic growth

Panel talks education’s role in economic growth

The Pontiac Regional Chamber is hosting a discussion on education and its vital role  in economic development, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21 at Lafayette Grande, 1 Lafayette, Pontiac.
Some of the panelists  include: U.S. Rep. Gary Peters, Lt Gov. candidate Brenda Lawrence, state Rep. Tim Melton, Leon Jukowski, Pontiac mayor, and Carol Turpin of the Pontiac school board. The event starts with networking, followed by an awards ceremony, lunch and then a panel discussion. Sponsors include Great Start Collaborative - Oakland and InTouch Credit Union.
The cost is $45 per person. For information, call 248-335-9600 or visit

Andiamo Group purchases Splendid Plates Catering

The Warren-based Andiamo Restaurant Group has acquired Splendid Plates Catering and Events of Troy. Stewart Davidson, president of Splendid Plates Catering and Events said his Troy company has been in the national and regional event management business for 25 years. Splendid Plates Catering and Event Management was created six years ago and provides for corporations, major festivals and private events. Davidson will remain with the company as vice president. Splendid Plates plans to maintain its current employees and remain at 1490 Premier Drive, Suite A, Troy.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Metalsa receives MEGA tax credit to expand R&D

Metalsa receives MEGA tax credit to expand R&D
The state MEGA board has approved a seven-year High-Tech MEGA tax credit to Metalsa, a supplier of structural components for light and commercial vehicle markets.
Metalsa has 6,300 employees worldwide and has a sales facility in Novi employing nine. This MEGA project will add 65 professional jobs to Novi, with 65 more possible spin-off jobs, and will include a capital investment of $1.9 million.
As part of the recent acquisition of Dana Holding Corporation’s Structural Products Business, Metalsa was assessing where to locate its R&D operations (currently in Pennsylvania). For more information, visit

Paul Davis Restoration names production manager
Paul Maysura has been named business production manager of Paul Davis Restoration in Macomb Township. He will be responsible for sharing Paul Davis Restoration’s emergency mitigation and restoration services with insurance agents, adjusters and property owners. He also will be responsible for implementing promotional campaigns, marketing presentations and professional seminars and workshops. Maysura will continue to assist the firm with construction estimating and project management, as well as ongoing customer service.

Automation Alley to host 2-part health care IT conference
Automation Alley will present a two-part conference on “The Potential of Health Care IT” on Wednesday, Oct. 20, and Wednesday, Oct. 27, at the Walsh College Troy Campus. The need to improve health information technology (HIT) is tied to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) in 2009 and the money to be spent to provide incentives for HIT adoption and to recruit students and train them.
The first conference will focus on “Important Facts to Know about Health Care IT.” It will cover critical HIT information  and how it can be applied to business.
Oct. 27 will cover “Implementation and Know-How,” on how to use HIT to grow business. It will feature HIT panelists talking about implementations and will cover how one can get trained in the industry.
Registration on each day begins at 8:30 a.m., and the program is 9 a.m.-noon. Walk-in price is $30 for members, $50 for nonmembers. Pre-registration for the
Oct. 27 session is available through Oct. 25. To attend both days, register separately for each conference. For more information or to register, go to Automation Alley’s website at, call 800-427-5100 or e-mail

Chambers host Bulls Eye conference
The annual Bulls Eye Business Conference is 8:15 a.m.-noon Wednesday, Oct. 27, at Oakland Schools, 2111 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township. It is hosted by the Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce, the Pontiac Regional Chamber and the Clarkston Area Chamber of Commerce, and sponsored by HAP and The Oakland Press. The keynote speaker is John G. Russell, president and chief executive officer of CMS Energy. Also speaking will be Chris Morrisroe of Chris Morrisroe Communications and Walt Stasinski of Potential Unlimited. Topics will include Michigan’s newest energy initiatives, increasing employee productivity and effective communication strategies.
The cost is $40, before Oct. 20 and $79 at the door. The student rate is $20. The cost includes networking and continental breakfast. Call 248-625-8055 or visit

Monday, October 18, 2010

Small Business Association seeks nominations

Small Business Association seeks nominations

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Michigan District Office is seeking nominations for its 2011 Small Business Awards, including the Michigan Small Business Person of the Year. Nominators submit a one-page nomination letter, in any format, to the SBA District Office by Nov. 1. Those who advance to the final selection stage will be asked to submit a more comprehensive nomination packet. “These awards help showcase Michigan’s small businesses, which are more important than ever in this time of economic uncertainty,” said Richard Temkin, Michigan District director. Award winners will be honored at the 7th annual Michigan Celebrates Small Business awards event to be held on April 28, 2011. Nominations will be accepted for numerous categories. For more information, visit or call 313-226-6075, ext. 225.

Independent Bank has new mortgage officer

Robert McCarthy has joined Independent Bank as a senior mortgage loan officer at the Shelby Township banking office. He will also be responsible for the Bloomfield and Beverly Hills offices, assisting customers with their mortgage needs in Macomb, Oakland, Monroe, St. Clair Washtenaw and Wayne counties.

Charter One names new director

Melissa Overton has assumed the role of director of community investment at Charter One and is responsible for managing the bank’s Community Investment program in Michigan. She will work in the Southfield office. Prior to joining Charter One, she was a CRA affiliate manager at Fifth Third Bank Eastern Michigan.

Hertz Schram names new partner

The law firm Hertz Schram PC of Bloomfield Hills has hired Christopher H. Tovar as a partner in its securities law practice. Along with firm founder Bradley J. Schram, and partners Robert Geller and Lisa Kavalhuna, Tovar will lead Hertz Schram’s Securities Team in offering litigation and arbitration defense, as well as regulatory compliance, firm risk management and transactional support. Tovar was formerly General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer to Investment Professionals Inc., a San Antonio, Texas-based brokerage and investment advisory firm. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School.

Wal-Mart surprises teachers

The Wal-Mart Super Center of Chesterfield Township surprised 11 teachers at Green Elementary School in Chesterfield Township with teacher appreciation gift certificates and bouquets of flowers. Michaela Causley, a resource room teacher, received a $250 gift certificate that she plans to use to purchase educational board games for the kindergarten through fifth-grade students she supports. The others received $100 gift certificates that will be used to purchase headphones for books on tape and other school supplies.

Kelly Services named ‘Military Spouse Friendly Employer’

Kelly Services of Troy is the only Michigan-based company to be named to the top 10 “Military Spouse Friendly Employers.” Kelly was chosen for its efforts and success in recruiting military spouses and for offering both traditional and non-traditional perks for its employees through its employee portal, The list is in the October 2010 issue of Military Spouse magazine.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Marketing solutions presented expo-style

Marketing solutions presented expo-style
Quik Web Solutions announces the marketing communications event, “Build Your Business,” which consists of three presentations and expo-style tables featuring marketing communications products and services. The event is open to the public and will take place from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22, at Automation Alley Headquarters, 2675 Bellingham Drive. The cost is $20 each and features a continental breakfast. To register, visit quikwebsolutions. com/businessbuilder.html.

Learn to make money in real estate at workshop
Real Estate Investing of Oakland is offering a workshop on making money in real estate in current economy from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, at the Royal Oak Senior Center, 3500 Marias Ave. Cost is $20. Visit or call 800-747-6742.

Chamber presents Community Awards
The Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce and Citizens Bank present the 63rd annual Community Awards on Wednesday, Oct. 20, at Red Run Golf Club, 2036 Rochester Road. Doors open at 6 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. The awards presentation is at 7 p.m. Cost is $45 per person. Reservations are required. Call 248-547-4000 or e-mail
Learn tax benefits of home-based businesses
Learn how starting a homebased business can reduce taxes in this free seminar presented by Cheryl Bida, a certified public accountant with Gordon Advisors and G&C Accounting Services in Troy. The seminar will take place from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19, at the Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce, 71 Walnut Blvd. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Call 248-453-5163.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Entrepreneurs Organization honored for growth

Entrepreneurs Organization Detroit honored for growth

Entrepreneurs Organization Detroit has been recognized by its global parent organization for the greatest growth worldwide. The announcement was made by the Detroit board member and Identity Marketing and Public Relations managing partner Mark Winter. “We have 119 chapters in 38 countries,” says Winter. “We are showing the U.S. and the world that the entrepreneurial spirit is not only living, but thriving in Michigan.” The organization has added more than 40 Southeast Michigan members during the last 14 months, taking its membership to 112--78 of which are in Oakland County. The organization’s objective is to support, educate and encourage entrepreneurs to succeed in growing their companies by providing peer-to-peer networking opportunities, world-class learning events, and monthly forum “board” meetings. For more information, visit or call 248-258-2333.

Raymond James forms advisory group

James J. Marchand, first vice president, investments and Tina J. DeKiere, senior registered client service associate joined Raymond James and Associates in Macomb Township to form the Marchand Advisory Group of Raymond James and Associates, Inc. The group focuses on long term investment strategies to help meet their clients financial planning, insurance planning and estate planning needs. Prior to joining Raymond James, Marchand spent 17 years at A.G. Edwards/Wells Fargo where he specialized in investment planning, insurance and retirement planning. DeKiere spent 11 years at A.G. Edwards/Wells Fargo as a senior registered client service associate.

Physician Organized Healthcare System changes name

Physician Organized Healthcare System, a nonprofit organization, has changed its name to McLaren Physician Hospital Organization. MPHO is responsible for the negotiation, development and administration of a variety of managed care contracts for its network of physicians, ancillary facilities and hospitals. They serve as a liaison between the hospitals, health plans, employers, physicians and patient enrollees. The organization began in 1994 by serving Pontiac Osteopathic Hospital. It currently represents physicians associated with POH Regional Medical Center (formerly Pontiac Osteopathic Hospital), Mount Clemens Regional Medical Center and McLaren Medical Group, as well as independent specialty and primary care physicians and McLaren’s various regional medical centers. For information, call 248-338-5353.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Suburban Collection donates Ford Transit vans to food pantry

Suburban Collection donates Ford Transit vans to food pantry

Last year, more than 50 percent of food pantries in Macomb and Oakland Counties turned away hungry people because of an insufficient amount of food. To combat the hunger problem, the Troy-based Suburban Collection is donating two Ford Transit vans for the Ford Mobile Food Pantry initiative.
The specially-equipped vans will be used to collect and distribute food to those in need in partnership with Gleaners Community Food Bank and The United Way of Southeastern Michigan.
“The Suburban Collection is dedicated to eliminating hunger and today we’re taking the first steps to do that,” said David Fischer, The Suburban Collection CEO.
“These two vans join seven already on the road in service, combating hunger in southeast Michigan,” said Jim Vella, president, Ford Motor Company Fund.

Shannan Heaman joins Basso Design Group

Basso Design Group has hired Shannan Heaman to the executive sales team. Heaman, who is vice president, Customer Relationship Management and Loyalty, will work with prospective clients to build and grow their business through interactive marketing and online customer retention programs.
Before joining Basso, Heaman spent much of her career at BBDO Detroit where she was accountable for direct marketing data and programming strategy, implementation, accuracy and verification for both Corporate and Brand programs.
Heaman also has more than 15 years experience in marketing account management, public relations, and sales. She lives in Lake Orion with her husband and twin daughters.
Basso Design Group is an award-winning interactive marketing agency. For more information, go to

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Seminar teaches how to manage e-mail

Seminar teaches how to manage e-mail
The Business Improvement Team consultants are hosting “Managing E-mail Versus E-mail Managing You,” from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19, at Birmingham Tower, 280 N. Old Woodward, LL Conference Room.
Coffee and danish provided.
To register for the free seminar, visit or call 248-641-8400.

Experts teach how to procure business
The 2010 Bid & Brunch Matchmaking Event is 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20, at the Southfield Pavillion, 26000 Evergreen Road.
A panel of three business owners will explain how they prepared themselves for government, corporate and export business.
Also, a panel of three buyers will discuss what they look for in small business vendors.
The purpose of the event is to introduce business owners to procurement specialists on corporate, government, municipal and institutional levels in an effort to build and diversify their businesses.
The target audience is minority- and women-owned small businesses, however, the event is open to all.

Forum teaches social media responsibility
The Troy Chamber presents the forum, “You Posted What? Legal Limits of Social Media in the Workplace,” noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22, at the Troy Chamber office, 4555 Investment Drive., suite 300.
Andrey Tomkiw, principal with the Royal Oak law firm of Tomkiw Law Group, PLC, will host an interactive discussion on the legal implications employers face with the increasingly popular use of social media in the workplace.
Topics include what limits employers need to set for employees and what privacy rights employees should expect.
Choose Troy Friday Forums are free, informal sessions, where Troy Chamber members will pick topics and answer questions.
Attendees may bring questions and their lunch.
For information, call 248-641-8151 or visit

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

ImageSoft plans to relocate

ImageSoft plans to relocate

ImageSoft, Inc. of Southfield has finalized the purchase of the ground floor of the former Wagon Building in Southfield. The company plans to relocate its 45-member corporate staff to the new space and expects to add an additional 30 new jobs during the next five years.
ImageSoft purchased the space, located at 25900 Eleven Mile Road near American Road, from Southfield Properties, LLC. ImageSoft owns and will occupy 15,000 square feet on the building’s main level, nearly tripling the size of its current leased offices at 40 Oak Hollow in Southfield.

Workshop offers job advice

Job seekers can learn more about when where and how to network at a free workshop from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13, sponsored by St. Jane Frances de Chantal Catholic Community at St. Jane’s Hall 1, 38750 Ryan Road, Sterling Heights.
In addition to covering the do’s and don’ts of networking, the session will offer job hunters tips on how to create an “elevator speech,” a concise personal commercial that will help them to be memorable. It will also include a speed networking session for participants to have a chance to practice skills that were covered. Admission is free, but seating is limited. To reserve a seat, e-mail Joann Lademan at

Charter One adds loan officers

Charter One has added two mortgage loan officers to its Sterling Heights office: Sandra Kresnak of Shelby Township and Michael Labara of New Baltimore. Ken Sullivan of Clinton Township has joined the Clinton Township office.
Kresnak originates home financing programs, including conventional and government loans. She is a graduate of Walsh College with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and finance and came to Charter One from Meadowbrook Mortgage Co., where she was a senior loan officer. She has been in the business for 13 years.
Labara has been in the mortgage business for nine years. He specializes in financing for first time home buyers and loans guaranteed by the Federal Housing Administration. He originates home financing programs, including conventional and government loans.
Sullivan came to Charter One from Chase Bank, where he was a loan officer. He has been in the mortgage business for more than 25 years. He originates a wide range of home financing programs, including both conventional and government loans and construction loans.

Amsdell acquires third self-storage center in area

Amsdell Storage Ventures I, LLC of Cleveland has acquired a third self storage center in the Detroit area. Located at 32000 John R. Road in Madison Heights, the facility was built in 2002 and was previously operated as Premium Self Storage.
It is a 664-unit facility with 75,075 net rentable square feet of climate and non-climate controlled self-storage space. The facility will be operated by Compass Self Storage, LLC, a member of the Amsdell family of companies.
Amsdell also recently purchased a self-storage center in Rochester Hills and one in Novi. For more information, visit and

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Comcast to hire 80 people

Comcast to hire 80 people
Comcast Corp. is hiring 80 full- and part-time technician and warehouse representatives, the Southfield-based cable giant announced. The next career open house is 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13, at ITT-Technical Institute in Troy. The company is looking for communications technicians and warehouse specialists to support Comcast customers in Metro Detroit and surrounding areas. A high school diploma and/or equivalent work experience is required. All participants must apply for a position online through the “Careers” section at before the open houses. Call 888-760-4223.
— Staff writer Jerry Wolffe

Officials celebrate 10 years without time-loss accident at Umicore
Joerg von Roden, vice president, North America, Umicore Autocat USA (left), greets U.S. Congressman Gary Peters, serving Michigan’s 9th Congressional District in Oakland County, prior to the start of the celebration of 10 years without a lost-time accident by Umicore’s Automotive Catalyst Technical Center in Auburn Hills on Thursday.

Ladies Night Out offers treats and shopping
More than 40 Royal Oak stores and salons will create a night of fun on Ladies Night Out, 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14. Presented by the Royal Oak Association of Retailers, the evening will treat ladies to art, fashion, fortune tellers, gifts, prizes, salon services, food, beverages and savings. The website,, offers a coupon worth 25 percent off one item in each participating store.

SCORE business planning meeting scheduled
In one of a series of workshops for small businesses, Detroit SCORE Chapter 18, (Counselors to America’s Small Business) presents “Planning Your Own Business,” 8:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 13, at Michigan Business & Professional Association, 27700 Hoover Road, Warren. This workshop will explain how entrepreneurs do the research and planning necessary for writing a comprehensive business plan and starting a successful business. The cost is $45. Call 313-226-7947 to register.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Free job expo offered

Free job expo offered
The next “Empowering Michigan Career Expo” is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, at the Marriott Hotel, 3600 Centerpointe Pkwy. in Pontiac. Companies hiring on-site include 1-800-Hanson, Convergys, Hope Network, Minacs, Ameristaff Nursing, Metlife, Local Retailers and others. Job Seekers should dress for success and bring résumés. The expo is free. Businesses interested in registering for a booth should contact at 734-956-4550. Additional information available at

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Wayne State conference focuses on business success in lean economy

Wayne State hosts conference
E2 Detroit 2010 conference, “The Lean Launch: Creating a Business in a Down Economy” is 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13, at Wayne State University.
The event will bring together entrepreneurs, business leaders, authors, investors and others for networking.
Business experts and CEOs of local startups will share their successes and challenges to provide real-world insight to entrepreneurs seeking practical knowledge and advice on how to be successful in a lean economy.
For more information about E2 Detroit 2010, visit For reservations, contact Julie O’Connor at or 313-577-3626.

Chamber to host business mixer
A business after-hours mixer for area businesses is 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, at Applebee’s, 2553 Elizabeth Lake Road.
Cost is $10 for Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce members and $15 for nonmembers.
Contact Ashley Bohner at or 248-666-8600.

Learn tax benefits of home-based business
Learn how starting a home-based business can reduce taxes in a free seminar presented by Cheryl Bida, a certified public accountant with Gordon Advisors and G&C Accounting Services in Troy.
The seminar will take place from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19, at the Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce, 71 Walnut Blvd.
It will conclude with a brief business opportunity sponsored by Donna Kuper Worldwide, LLC, an independent distributor for SendOutCards. Seating is limited.
Reservations are required by Friday, Oct. 15. Call 248-453-5163.

Fraud awareness seminar being offered
“Fraud Awareness and Prevention: Is Your Company at Risk?” is 8 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19, at the Troy Marriott, 200 W. Big Beaver Road.
Topics include what every company should know to protect itself from the rising risk of embezzlement, information security breaches and cyber fraud.
This event brings together a former FBI special agent and leading-edge experts in fraud, information technology security, risk management and law.
Space is limited. Registration is required by Tuesday, Oct. 12. Call 248-293-7172.