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.

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

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