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, November 30, 2010

Inn Season Cafe in Royal Oak presents ‘Food is Medicine’

Inn Season Cafe chef presents ‘Food is Medicine’

George Vutetakis, founding chef of the Inn Season Cafe in Royal Oak, will discuss “Food is Medicine” from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8, at the Wellness Training Institute, 39242 Dequindre, Ste. 104 in Sterling Heights. The cost to attend is $20 and includes the talk, cooking demonstration and tasting. Vutetakis will demonstrate how to prepare quinoa corn arepas with cranberry chocolate salsa and pepita cilantro pesto garnish. Seating is limited. For reservations, call 586-795-3600.

Sargent Appliance names Karen Newman as spokeswoman

The Skolas family of Sargent Appliance announced Karen Newman as its official spokesperson.
Newman, a Rochester native is a professional singer, well-known for her singing of the National Anthem before Red Wings’ home games. She also has produced several CDs and is in her 10th year of producing and performing in her popular, family friendly holiday show at various venues throughout the Detroit metro area.

SMZ selected as HTC Global Services marketing partner

Troy-based HTC Global Services, a leading global IT solutions and services provider, announced its choice of Simons Michelson Zieve Inc. (SMZ) of Troy as its partner to refresh the HTC brand and develop marketing materials. Established in 1990, HTC is an Inc. 500 Hall of Fame company with headquarters in Troy and satellite offices in India, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, Germany, the Middle East and Canada.
SMZ is a multi-discipline communications company, in its 81st year helps a variety of clients with branding including the Michigan Lottery, Flagstar Bank, the Detroit Tigers, Taubman Centers, the Detroit Red Wings, and the Michigan Dental Association. For more information, visit

White Star Movers honored

White Star Movers Inc. of Sterling Heights, an agent of the nationwide household goods carrier Mayflower, was honored recently by the van line for exceptional professional performance during Mayflower’s 2010 convention in Maui, Hawaii.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Business calendar

Nov. 29 Detroit Economic Club show

The Detroit Economic Club will host U.S. Congressman Mike Pence, of Indiana, for a presention of “Restoring American Exceptionalism: A Vision for Economic Growth and Prosperity” from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 29 at The Townsend Hotel, 100 Townsend St., Birmingham. Call 313-963-8546 or visit

Nov. 30  Michigan Career Expo will sponsor the Empowering Michigan Career Expo  to link job seekers with hiring companies from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30, at the Doubletree Hotel, 5801 Southfield Freeway, Dearborn. Several local companies will be present and ready to interview and discuss hiring opportunities. Businesses interested in registering for a booth should contact at 734-956-4550.

Dec. 1 Foreclosure opportunities seminar

Thav, Gross, Steinway & Bennett and The Financial Crisis Talk Center will host a free seminar “The Foreclosure Crisis & Its Opportunities,” 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1 at 30150 Telegraph Rd., Suite 360, Bingham Farms. Call 248-645-1700.

Dec. 1 Becoming a Government Contractor

The Procurement Technical Assistance Center of Schoolcraft College will present “How to Become a Government Contractor” 8 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, Dec. 1 at Washtenaw Community College-Morris Lawrence Building, Room 104, Schoolcraft College PTAC, Ann Arbor. Admission is $40, advanced registration is required. Call 734-462-4438.

Dec. 1 SCORE business workshop
SCORE’s “Could I, Should I Start My Own Business” workshop will be 8:45 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, Dec. 1 at Southfield Public Library, 26300 Evergreen Rd., Southfield. Cost is $10. Call 313-226-7947 or visit to register.

Dec. 1 Free business planning seminar

“Breathing Life into the Strategic Plan” business planning seminar is 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1 at Waterford Public Library,  5168 Civic Center Dr., Waterford Township. The free seminar includes coffee and appetizers. Register with Jim Grant at 248-613-1439 or e-mail

Dec. 1 CREW Detroit holiday party

The Detroit chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW Detroit) announces its annual holiday party will be 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1 at The Rattlesnake Club, 300 Riverplace, Detroit. The networking event is open to all. The cost is $50 for members and $65 for non-members, (members may register a guest at the member rate). This includes two drink tickets and an assortment of hors d’oeuvres and mini desserts.  Attendees are encouraged to bring a retail or Visa gift card in an increment of $15 to $25 to help provide holiday gifts for Detroit-based Alternatives For Girls. For information, visit or call 785-832-1808.

Dec. 1 Marketing & Sales meeting

Lynn Tilton, chief executive officer and principal of Patriarch Partners will speak at the Marketing & Sales Executives of Detroit meeting 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1 at Somerset Inn, 2601 W. Big Beaver Rd., Troy. Tilton will discuss the future of the automotive industry and rebuilding America’s manufacturing base. The event begins with registration at 5 p.m., followed by Tilton’s presentation, a Q & A session at 6 p.m. and dessert at 7 p.m. Cost is $40 for members and $50 for nonmembers. Call 248-643-9685 or visit

Dec. 2, 8 & 16 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 Rd., Waterford Township. For pre-registration, visit, or call 248-858-0783.
• Fundamentals of Starting a Business is 6- to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2. Fee is $30.
• Sales I: Effective Networking, presented by Denise Roberts, Sales Partners-Troy will be 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Dec. 8. Fee is $40.
• Pre-Business Research will be 6 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9. This workshop is free, but pre-registration is required.
• Fundamentals of Writing a Business Plan workshop will be 6 to 9 p.m.Thursday, Dec. 16. Fee is $40, which includes all materials. No refunds.

Dec. 2 Free tax planning webinar

Southfield-based certified public accounting and business advisory firm Plante & Moran will hold a webinar titled, “Tax Planning to Prepare for Today and Tomorrow,” from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2.
The free webinar provides an overview of the current tax environment, top tax changes that will impact businesses and individuals and tax planning strategies for the future. To register, visit

Dec. 3 Great Start Collaborative

Great Start Collaborative-Oakland Business Forum will be from 8 to10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 3 at Auburn Hills Marriott at Centerpoint, 3600 Centerpoint Parkway, Pontiac. The free event discusses early childhood education. Event speakers include Dr. Timothy Bartik and Shaun Wilson. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 248-209-2588. The event includes a breakfast buffet. Visit

Dec. 3 Detroit Area Woodworking Show

The 5th annual Detroit Area Woodworking Show will be from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3 at Performance Line Tool Center, 130 S. Telegraph, Waterford Township. The show will feature product displays and  “show-only” specials from Jet, Powermatic, Festool, Fastcap, Little Giant, Bosch, Porter-Cable, Delta, DeWalt, Fein, Carvewright, Kreg, Freud, Senco, Makita, and more.

Dec. 3 Small Business Conference

The city of Southfield will host the 7th annual Small Business Conference from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 3 in the meeting room at the Southfield Public Library, 26300 Evergreen Rd., Southfield. Free conference will include Kirk Armstrong of Gerry Weinberg & Associates speaking on “Effective networking techniques.” A roundtable discussion will follow. Continental breakfast provided.
Reservations are required at or call 248-796-4161.

Dec. 7 Estate planning class offered

“Estate Planning and Asset Protection,” class will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7 at Rochester Community House, 816 Ludlow, Rochester. To register, call 248-651-9754 or visit

Dec. 7 Chamber’s Perking Up

Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce will host Perking Up Waterford business networking from 8 to 9 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7 at Waterfall Jewelers, 5649 Dixie Hwy., Waterford Township. Call 248-666-8600. Continental breakfast included.

Dec. 8 SCORE workshop
SCORE Planning Your Own Business Workshop will be from 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8, at Southfield Public Library, 26300 Evergreen Rd., Southfield. Featured are discussions with SCORE counselors sharing their business experiences in management, marketing, manufacturing, and IT systems.
Admission is $45. Call 313-226-7947 to register.

Friday, November 26, 2010

ABC Warehouse selling mattresses

ABC Warehouse selling mattresses

ABC Warehouse, a leading Midwest retailer of appliances, TV, video/audio, electronics and computers, is adding mattresses to its product offerings.
Mattresses from manufacturers Bassett and Spring Airhave been introduced in stores in Brighton, Center Line, Chesterfield, Farmington, Mt. Clemens, Novi, Pontiac, Southfield and Troy.
For more information, visit

Timberland Group moves office

 The Timberland Group, an Employee Benefits & Consulting agency plans to relocating its Center Line office to 1707 W. Big Beaver, Troy, Nov. 23. For more information, visit or call 800-695-2921.

Free holiday recipe book offered

The Michigan Food and Beverage Association has published its 15th annual free “Favorite Holiday Recipes.” It consists of many holiday favorites published in cooperation with the “Ask Your Neighbor” radio program and menus phoned in or mailed to host Bob Allison and the association. To get your copy, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to Holiday Recipes, c/o MFBA, 27700 Hoover Road, Warren, MI 48093 or call 586-393-8800.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Macy’s opens at 4 a.m. Friday

Macy’s opens at 4 a.m. Friday
Macy’s stores nationwide will open their doors at 4 a.m. Nov 26. Macy’s Facebook page has a list of the 200 morning specials.
This year, Macy’s has new gift-giving options for every customer’s need: first ever grab-and-go “Gift Shops” that offer a variety of limited edition gifts exclusive to Macy’s including the latest techie gadgets to accessories for you and your pets. Visit .

Free appetizers at Partridge Creek

The Mall at Partridge Creek kicks off the holiday shopping season with its Appetizer Giveaway. Several restaurants will offer one free appetizer for any party seated between
11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 26, with no purchase necessary.  They are: Bar Louie, Brio Tuscan Grille, Max & Erma’s, Nordstrom CafĂ© Bistro, P.F. Chang’s China Bistro. Tin Fish and California Pizza Kitchen. For information, visit

Free Slurpees on Friday
7-Eleven is offering a free small Slurpee drink on Friday as part of the “Purple Friday” campaign at all participating stores including those in Metropolitan Detroit.
To receive the free Slurpee, consumers will need to print off the coupon that will be only available Friday on the Slurpee Facebook page at

Three-day grand opening planned at Tapper’s Somerset

Giveaways, gourmet treats and a Hearts on Fire diamond necklace raffle is planned for Black Friday weekend as Tapper’s Diamonds & Fine Jewelry celebrates its Somerset opening, offering 50 items under $500.
Tapper’s, a local family-owned jeweler, also has locations at Orchard Mall in West Bloomfield Township and Twelve Oaks Mall in Novi.  As part of the grand opening celebration, each Tapper’s store will raffle off one “Fulfillment” Hearts on Fire diamond pendant, each valued at $6,990. Customers may enter to win at any Tapper’s store on Nov.  26-28. Tapper’s Somerset store will offer giveaways, catered treats and more during the Grand Opening weekend.
Call 248-932-7700 or visit

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

First Preferred Mortgage seeks applicants

First Preferred Mortgage Co. seeks qualified candidates

Port Huron-based First Preferred Mortgage Company, a full-service residential mortgage bank is seeking qualified applicants for a variety of positions at both First Preferred and its wholesale company, Michigan Mutual Inc. The company is looking to hire underwriters, underwriting assistants, call center loan originators and outside loan originators to work in Southfield.
Those interested, should call 800-700-5839 or e-mail

Simek Joins Walsh College as major gifts officer

St. Clair Shores resident Stanley Simek Jr., has been named major gifts officer in the Walsh College Department of Development and Alumni Relations. Prior to joining Walsh, Simek was a personal giving officer for The Children’s Hospital of Michigan and corporate development officer for Detroit Institute of Arts. Simek chairs the St. Clair Shores Cultural Committee and is on the Board of Directors for Leadership Macomb. He is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy and the Planned Giving Roundtable of Southeast Michigan.
Simek earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in radio and television and a Master of Arts degree in public relations and organizational communications, both from Wayne State University. He completed a Certificate in Fundraising Management at the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University.

Denise Asker appointed executive director of chamber

Denise Bateman Asker has been named executive director of the Auburn Hills Chamber of Commerce. Asker, 41, who is the chamber’s first full-time employee, was appointed Oct. 1. Her duties include overseeing operations, marketing, event planning, membership management and governmental relations.
Before joining the chamber Asker developed and directed The Cultural Concierge, a regional program of the Cultural Alliance of Southeastern Michigan. From 1998 to 2010 she also owned Asker Consulting, LLC, a marketing communications firm based in Rochester Hills.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Business Resource Centers open in Oakland

Business Resource Centers open in Oakland

The Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center has created several new Business Resource Centers in Wayne, Oakland and Monroe counties. Tools available include the latest computer technology; hardware and software addressing diverse business needs; and a small business reference library of books and publications.
The southeastern Michigan region now has seven resource centers in operation, including newly operating locations in the Southfield Public Library, 26300 Evergreen Road, Southfield, Oakland County One Stop Shop and Oakland County Business Center in Waterford Township. Call 734-487-0355.

Entrepreneurs invited to pitch a Beringea venture capitalist

Entrepreneurs are invited to pitch a Beringea venture capitalist during 15-minute sessions at sites around the state. Beringea, Michigan’s largest venture capital firm, is introducing an open investor-pitch forum known as “Office Hours” in a months-long tour of Michigan’s entrepreneurial hotspots.
Similar to the office hours format used by university professors, these sessions will provide the Michigan entrepreneurial community open access to Beringea venture capitalists for their perspective, feedback and advice on topics ranging from business ideas, fundraising and to the market opportunity for technologies or services.
Entrepreneurs of any type, from students with innovative ideas to professionals with established businesses, are invited to meet with Beringea investment professionals in 15 minute time slots (pre-registration at is required) at any stop on the statewide tour.
The Oakland County stops are in Farmington Hills on January 11, 2011 and Troy on February 23, 2011.
Visit or

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Oakland County holds December business workshops

Oakland County holds December 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.
Fundamentals of Starting a Business is 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2. The fee is $30.
Sales I: Effective Networking , presented by Denise Roberts, Sales Partners-Troy is 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Dec. 8. The fee is $40, which includes all materials.
Pre-Business Research is 6 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9. This workshop is free, but pre-registration is required.
Fundamentals of Writing a Business Plan workshop is 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 16. The fee is $40, which includes all materials. No refunds.

Monthly Rise and Shine held

BNA Monthly Rise and Shine is 8 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 23 at Masserman Photography, 2900 Orchard Lake Road Suite #7, Keego Harbor. Coffee and morning snacks provided while networking and learning about area businesses. The cost is $5 per person.

Retired federal employees meeting is Nov. 24

The National Association of Retired Federal Employees Chapter 1532 will hold its monthly meeting at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 24 in the activities room at the Clawson Community Building (Hunter School), 509 Fisher Ct., Clawson. Refreshments will be served and all retired and current federal employees are welcome.

Empowering Michigan Career Expo is Nov. 30 will sponsor the Empowering Michigan Career Expo in Wayne County with plans to link job seekers with hiring companies. “Dearborn/Detroit Job Fair, Plans To Hire 100’s of Local Residence”
The next “Empowering Michigan Career Expo” will take place on 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30, at the Doubletree Hotel, 5801 Southfield Freeway, Dearborn, Michigan. Several local companies will be present and ready to interview and discuss hiring opportunities.
Companies hiring on-site will be ready to interview candidates on the spot. Businesses interested in registering for a booth should contact at 734-956-4550.

CREW Detroit holiday party is Dec. 1

The Detroit chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW Detroit) announces its annual holiday party will be 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1 at The Rattlesnake Club, 300 Riverplace, Detroit.
The networking event is open to all. The cost is $50 for members and $65 for non-members,(members may register a guest at the member rate).
This includes two drink tickets and a delicious assortment of hors d’oeuvres and mini desserts; attendees are encouraged to bring a retail or Visa gift card in an increment of $15 to $25 to help provide holiday gifts for Detroit-based Alternatives For Girls. For information, visit or call 785-832-1808.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Rainy Day Hobbies celebrates first anniversary

Rainy Day Hobbies celebrates first anniversary with open house
Rainy Day Hobbies’ first anniversary open house is 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at 22961 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. Festivities include: sandwiches, popcorn and refreshments, radio-controlled helicopter and car demonstrations, presentations of vintage railroad footage and special merchandise discounts. The event is free. Call 248-545-5667. Metered parking is behind the store.

Dykema gains new associate
Lauren M. Phillips has joined Dykema as an associate in the litigation department. Her practice focuses on general litigation, with an emphasis on business and commercial litigation. In law school, Phillips was a Dean’s Scholar and Lombard Fellow. Phillips interned for Chief Justice Marilyn Kelly of the Michigan Supreme Court and Chief Judge Gerald Rosen of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. She also spent a summer working at the Michigan State Housing Development Authority. A resident of St. Clair Shores, Phillips received a bachelor’s degree with distinction from the University of Michigan and a juris doctorate, cum laude, from Wayne State University.
For more information, visit

Guarini elected to Leader Dogs Board of Directors
Steve Guarini, accounting and audit partner for Godfrey Hammel, Danneels & Co. in St. Clair Shores, was elected to the Leader Dogs for the Blind Board of Directors and will serve as chairman of the Audit Committee.
The mission of Leader Dogs for the Blind, based in Rochester, is to enhance the lives of people who are blind and visually impaired by partnering them with guide dogs.

Last Call provides ride home
Last Call Services in Warren provides transportation for people and their vehicles to be sure everyone travels safely.
Last Call Services sends two of its associates to pick up clients anywhere in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties. One associate will drive the client home in his or her vehicle while the second follows in the company vehicle. Service is provided daily from 7 p.m.-3 a.m. and by appointment. Pick-ups are confidential. Pricing begins at $40 for up to five miles and then is based on miles traveled. Gift certificates are available. Call 586-552-8989 or visit

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Tweetup today at Somerset

Tweetup today at Somerset
Vision Fuel Media is assisting Fist of Detroit Apparel and the Detroit Shoppe at Somerset Collection in hosting a Tweetup 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18. A Tweetup is an event for people that use Twitter to come together to meet offline and network. All the proceeds from sales of merchandise go to local charities. Visit

ITC declares dividend
ITC Holdings Corp. on Wednesday announced that its Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend on ITC common stock of $0.335 per share payable on Dec. 15 to shareholders of record on Dec. 1.

Chase plans job fair
Chase will host a mortgage operations job fair from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at the Troy Marriott, 200 W. Big Beaver Road. Chase plans to hire up to 200 full-time regular and temporary employees for its Troy and Bloomfield Hills mortgage operations centers. Available positions include: administrative assistants, processors, closers, closing support staff, closing supervisors, underwriters, underwriting managers and processing team managers. Applicants should have one year of mortgage lending industry experience, bring resumes and come prepared for interviews. Visit

‘Bra Whisperer’ opens store
Susan Nethero, known nationally as the “Bra Whisperer,” is opened her 13th intimacy store. It opened in Troy at the Somerset Collection Nov. 15. Nethero will be in town through Friday to do bra fittings and help with the store’s grand opening.

Business workshop held
“Everything You Need to Know About Starting Your Own Business” is 8:30-11:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 18 at the Jewish Community Center, 15110 W. 10 Mile Road, Oak Park. Call 248-233-4274 or e-mail

Resume building course held
Global Consulting is hosting a course, “Savvy Search: Honing Your Resume, Prospects, Who You Are and more,” 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday at 32985 Hamilton Ct., Suite 205, Farmington Hills. For information, call 1-866-JOBS-456.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Main Street Bank acquires mortgage division of Paramount Bank

Main Street Bank acquires mortgage division of Paramount Bank

Main Street Bank, formerly known as Nstar Community Bank, last month closed on its purchase of the Home Lending Division of Farmington Hills-based Paramount Bank.
Joel Dorfman, Main Street Bank co-founder and chairman of the board, said the acquisition has enabled the Bingham Farms-based bank to provide economies of scale in the mortgage sector.
According to Dorfman, all of the Paramount employees working in its mortgage division were offered positions with Main Street Bank.
The bank serves small- to- medium sized business and individual accounts with an emphasis on personalized service, a broad spectrum of products, and operating standards that emphasize and support the region. It is at 31780 Telegraph Road, north of 13 Mile, in Bingham Farms.

Grant Thornton named to Working Mother 100 Best

The Working Mother 100 Best Companies initiative has selected Grant Thornton LLP, the U.S. member firm of Grant Thornton International Ltd., one of the six global audit, tax and advisory organizations, as one of the nation’s top companies for family-friendly benefits. This is the fifth consecutive year that Grant Thornton has made the list.

Senior Helpers expands service area

Senior Helpers, a national provider of in-home care for seniors, now offers help to families across Macomb and St. Clair counties, with the opening of the new Senior Helpers office at 69289 Main St., Richmond.
Senior Helpers offers noncontractual care for as little as an hour per day for seniors, providing nonmedical services such as meal preparation, transportation to the doctor’s office, running errands, light housekeeping or being a companion. For more information, visit

Forte Belanger launches new event design division

Forte Belanger, a special event design and catering firm, announces the launch of a new design division to expand its services and add value to its off-premises catered events. New services include floral centerpieces, room design, customized themes, and tailored service and food delivery methods.
Lead designer Natalie Matovski will be in charge of the new design division, and recently added two staff members to her team due to immediate client demand. For more information, visit

New medical building contract awarded

Schonsheck Inc. of Lenox Township was awarded a design/build contract for a new medical office building in Lenox Township.
Preliminary plans call for a state-of-the-art, 20,000-square-foot building which will house a family practice and include areas for physical therapy, diagnostics, laboratories and a pharmacy. Construction is slated to begin in the spring of 2011.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Accelerate Michigan launched

Accelerate Michigan launched

Business Leaders for Michigan and the University Research Corridor announced the formation of a new partnership called Accelerate Michigan, to help support efforts to make Michigan a “top ten” state for economic growth. Based on benchmarking performed by McKinsey & Company, the partnership will become one of the largest of its kind between a state’s largest businesses and research universities.
Accelerate Michigan already has started work in three areas and set additional goals to accelerate the state’s economy: Championing entrepreneurship and innovation, growing capacity to scale ideas and catalyzing clusters of innovation. Visit for more information.

Perry’s Tents wins gold award

Perry’s Tents & Events of Pontiac has won the 2010 Pinnacle Gold Award from the International Festival and Event Association for Best Vendor for their work at the Target Fireworks (Detroit Freedom Festival).
This award resulted from their nomination by The Parade Company of Detroit. Perry’s Tents & Events was selected Best Vendor from over 200 submitted World Class Events. Additionally, Perry’s Tents & Events won second place in the 2010 WDIV Vote for the Best Competition sponsored locally in the Detroit area.
For information, call 248-334-1577 or visit

Achatz offers online ordering for Thanksgiving pies

Chesterfield Township-based Achatz Handmade Pie Company has revamped its website — — to allow customers to order their Thanksgiving pies online and specify which of the seven area store locations and what day they want to pick up their pie.
Orders are prepaid online, so there will be no need to wait in line at the store. Customers have until Nov. 19 to visit the website and pre-order their Thanksgiving dessert needs from the 37 different flavors available, including Sweet Potato, and Sweet Potato with Marshmallow Meringue.

Medical center names new human resources vice president

Mount Clemens Regional Medical Center announced that Laura Gibbard joined its management executive team as vice president of Human Resources.
Previously, Gibbard was vice president of Human Resources at POH Regional Medical Center. In addition to serving as a human resource generalist at the Detroit Medical Center, she was a regional manager of Human Resources for American Medical Response and The Becker Group.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Main Street Oakland County hosts downtown workshop

Main Street Oakland County hosts downtown workshop Thursday
Main Street Oakland County is hosting a workshop “MakeYour Business & Downtowns Better Now.” The first of two sessions will be held 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18 at The Crofoot, 1 South Saginaw in downtown Pontiac. Registration is $55 and includes conference materials, continental breakfast, lunch and snack. Main Street Oakland County and Michigan Main Street representatives attend for only $25 each. To register, visit or call Karla Richey at 248-858-1099. The second workshop is scheduled for Jan. 27, 2011.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Recreational Equipment participates in Facebook Deals

Recreational Equipment participates in Facebook Deals beta launch

Recreational Equipment Inc., a national retailer providing outdoor gear and clothing, is one of the participating companies in the beta launch of Facebook Deals. For every customer who checks in at the Troy and Northville REI stores through Facebook Places, the co-op will donate $1 to the Clinton River Watershed Council. It’s a way for those who are interested in helping maintain local trails and parks just by using the social networking site, to check in to either location.

Delta PowerSystems forms alliance with Mister Sparky franchisor

Delta PowerSystems, a full service Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) solutions provider headquartered in Clarkston, has announced a new alliance with Mister Sparky, a franchisor based in Sarasota, Fla., that focuses on residential electrical contracting. This business venture will allow Delta PowerSystems and Mister Sparky to be at the forefront of EVSE installation, a new technology-driven field created by the introduction of electric vehicles like the Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf. The collaboration will make the electrical power sources for electric cars easily available and user-friendly for businesses and electric vehicle homeowners. Powered by master electricians, engineers, service partners and a dedicated team of associates, Delta PowerSystems offers full service EVSE solutions for residential, municipal, industrial and commercial destinations, including multi-tenant facilities and retail/manufacturing complexes. For more information visit

Friday, November 12, 2010

Panel focuses on business opportunities with Mexico

Expert panel focuses on business opportunities with Mexico
Oakland University’s School of Business Administration will present “Mexico: A Multifaceted NAFTA Partner — What you need to know about doing business in/with Mexico,” from 9 a.m. to noon, Friday, Nov. 19, at Elliott Hall on the campus of Oakland University.
This panel discussion, featuring a slate of expert speakers, will focus on broadening understanding between the United States and Mexico in trade relations, political framework, international law, business innovation, education and cross-cultural communications.
With a population of more than 103 million people, Mexico has become the 14th largest economy in the world and the top exporter in Latin America. The country boasts more than 125 research and development centers and 1,200 universities, and is emerging as a knowledge economy power.
For reservations, contact Lisa Desmet at 248-370-2957 or

MACOMB COUNTYRE/MAX provides free report for homeowners facing foreclosure
Macomb County homeowners struggling with mortgage payments can visit and view an informational report prepared by Rick Giese of RE/MAX Advisors comparing the consequences of a short sale and foreclosure. It provides an explanation of how a short sale may potentially improve a homeowner’s future financial stability.

Rep. Candice Miller receives Michigan Boating awardU.S. Rep. Candice Miller received the Michigan Boating Industries Association’s 2010 Mayor’s Cup Award for her career in public service and advocacy on behalf of Michigan’s water resources, fisheries and boating industry. Miller also received the award in 1988 when she was Secretary of State.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Short sale expert joins Complete Title

Short sale expert joins Complete Title

Ellen Mahoney is no stranger to the real estate community, having 27 years experience in the industry. She was recently named the president of Complete Title’s new loss mitigation consulting services division.
“Mahoney brings an understanding of the legal nuances of the foreclosure process as well as a depth of knowledge and expertise in distressed property sales,” said Bill Haider, director of sales for Complete Title.
Complete Title Services is a full-service title agency, providing title insurance and closings for both residential and commercial property. Both are located at Complete Title, 33200 Woodward Ave. Birmingham. For more information, visit or or call 248-647-3600.

Anton Art Center holds annual Christmas market

Those looking for special items for the holidays can visit the Anton Art Center’s annual Christmas Market, beginning Friday, Nov. 19. The Anton Art Center is located at 125 Macomb Place, Mount Clemens.
This year’s market is called “Starry, Starry Night” and is open through Dec. 22. All the handmade works in all media are for sale and many items are $30 or less.
It will be open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and noon-4 p.m. Sundays. The center is closed on Mondays and will also be closed Nov. 24
and Nov. 25 in observance of Thanksgiving. For more information, call 586-469-8666 or visit

Metro Detroit
Just Baked introduces Faygo-flavored cupcakes

Beginning Thursday, Nov. 11, Metro Detroiters with a sweet tooth will now be able to have their cake and drink it too.
Just Baked, a specialty cupcake and bakery shop, has signed a special licensing agreement with Faygo to use the company’s iconic name as well as its flavored syrups to create the Just Baked and Faygo co-branded cupcakes.
The Faygo cupcakes, including Red, Grape and Orange Pop flavors, will initially be available at area Busch’s and Hiller’s stores. Just Baked is also currently in discussions to offer the cupcakes at additional retail locations throughout Michigan.
For more information, visit or call 248-255-1441.

Credit union opens new office

Michigan Schools and Government Credit Union opened a new office at 48945 Hayes Road, Shelby Township on Nov. 8. It is the ninth location for the expanding credit union.
The facility provides better services for members in northern Macomb County.
The office features two drive-thru lanes, Internet kiosk for member usage, coffee bar and a 24-hour access automated teller machine.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

TradeFirst hosts Barter Expo

TradeFirst hosts Barter Expo

The Fall Barter Expo is 4 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11 at the Southfield Civic Center, 26111 Evergreen Road, Southfield.
Over a half million dollars worth of business transactions are projected to take place without a traditional dollar being spent at’s Fall Barter Expo.
Oak Park-based is a privately-held barter company with over 5,000 members in Michigan. The company has offices in Ohio and Florida also. For information, call 248-544-1350 or visit

Labor forum slated for Nov. 12

 23rd Annual Labor, Employment, and Immigration Law Forum is 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 12 at The Dearborn Inn, 20301 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn. Registration is $145 and includes continental breakfast, lunch, reception, and seminar materials. For information, visit or call 313-983-7486.

Homeless pets on database

4 Paws 1 Heart of Mount Clemens has joined other animal welfare organizations in the area that list their homeless pets on, the oldest and largest database of adoptable animals on the Internet. More than 13,500 animal welfare organizations in the United States, Canada, and other countries post their pets on the site. 4 Paws I Heart may be viewed at

Attorney Simasko hosts seminar for veterans

 Elder law attorney Patrick Simasko is hosting a free educational seminar for military veterans on getting the Veterans Administration “aid and attendance improved pension” benefit from 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10 at the Century Banquet Center, (located within the American Polish Century Club), 33204 Maple Lane, Sterling Heights. This underutilized benefit helps veterans and their surviving spouses obtain tax free income services. Veterans, surviving spouses and their families may attend.

Minority Supplier council honors job creators

The Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council of Detroit hosted its 27th annual awards recently in Detroit, highlighting successful economic diversification and job creation in Michigan. The following are among those awarded in categories: Minority Supplier of the Year Class II: Webrunners, Inc. (dba W3R Consulting); Corporation of the Year—Construction: Barton Marlow; Corporation of the Year —Information Technology: IBM; Corporation of the Year— Professional Services: Kelly Services; Corporate Buyer of the Year — National: Robin Hammer—Chrysler; Jethro Joseph Advocate of the Year—Local National: Brenda Marshall of Kelly Services. For more information call 313-873-3200 or visit

Monday, November 8, 2010

Women in Communications names president

DETROITWomen in Communications names president
Adrienne Lenhoff has been named president of the Detroit Chapter of The Association of Women in Communications. Lenhoff is president of Shazaaam! LLC Public Relations of Novi.

Trott & Trott, P.C. adds two attorneys, receives NARCA award

 Farmington Hills-based Trott & Trott, P.C., announced the addition of attorneys Timothy Chervenak and Jennifer Hawthorne to the firm’s title department. Timothy Chervenak joins Trott & Trott as a title attorney. Jennifer Hawthorne joins Trott & Trott as a title attorney from Hoffert & Associates in Farmington Hills, where she reviewed and assessed property tax assessment notices.
The law firm also has been named the recipient of the National Association of Retail Collection Attorneys (NARCA) 2010 Community Service Award. The Community Service Award, presented annually at the NARCA Fall Conference, is given to the law firm that best demonstrates an implementation of activities and overall firm commitment toward the betterment of its community. In honor of the award, NARCA will donate $1,000 to Trott & Trott’s charity of choice.

Associate attorney picked as vice chair of Bar Association committee

Anthony Bologna, associate attorney with Bloomfield Hills-based Ackerman Ackerman & Dynkowski, P.C., was elected vice chair of the Condemnation Committee of the Real Property, Trust & Estate Law Section of the American Bar Association.

Land O’Frost uses high-tech vision to aid drivers’ safety

Land O’Frost, a leading lunchmeat provider, will be using SafeTraK3 vision system provided by TK Holdings Inc., a North American subsidiary of Takata Corp. The SafeTraK3 vision system is equipped with advanced electronic safety features, including Lane Departure and Driver Alertness Warning systems. Both features can greatly reduce the possibility of accidents or fatalities, plus monitor driver performance.

Steve Wozniak to speak at Macomb Community College

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak will discuss the importance of creativity, innovation and education as well as his experiences in the early personal computer industry during a Nov. 12 visit to Macomb Community College. Wozniak’s visit is part of the college’s American Ingenuity: Embracing the Freedom to Dream program series that is ongoing at the Lorenzo Cultural Center through Nov. 21. The Chat with Steve Wozniak begins at 7 p.m. Nov. 12 with NBC technology reporter Mike Wendland facilitating. Tickets are $15, or $5 for seniors, students and military personnel and can be purchased by calling 586-286-2222 or visiting The presentation will be held at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, which is adjacent to the cultural center, 14500 E. 12 Mile Road, Warren.

Real estate forum
convenes at Riverfront
The 24th annual University of Michigan/Urban Land Institute Real Estate Forum will be convened at The Riverfront Center, One Riverfront Center in downtown Flint, Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 10 and 11. Registration starts at 7 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10. Continental breakfast and lunch are provided both days of the conference. For information, visit or call 517-403-4469.

Patrick Lynch named funeral director association president
The National Funeral Directors Association has installed Patrick E. Lynch as president. Lynch is owner and operator of Lynch and Sons Funeral Directors of Clawson, one of seven Lynch family-owned firms in the suburban Detroit area.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Sunday Business Calendar

TROY Social media topic of lunch
A workshop about how social media can improve your marketing strategies is 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9. It is hosted by the Michigan Homeland Security Consortium. The workshop is part of a Lunch & Learn Series held each month at Automation Alley Headquarters at 2675 Bellingham Drive in Troy. This is geared toward the homeland security and defense sectors. The cost is $20 for members and $40 for nonmembers. Registration is required. Visit

Veterans Entrepreneur Conference on horizon
The fifth 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 also be a Vets Night Out networking event from 7 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 9, 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 keynote speakers. Among the topics to be covered will be 10 steps to doing business with TACOM, starting a business, financing a business and selling to the Army Corps of Engineers.
Registration is $45 for the conference. Visit or call 810-767-8387.

Legal aspects of e-commerce discussed
A seminar about the legal aspects of e-commerce and online marketing will be presented by John T. Carter, of Carter and Affiliates, P.C. The seminar is 5:30 to 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. For a reservation, call 248-364-4723 or visit

Amcon Design and Contract Manufacturing expo set
Amcon Design and Contract Manufacturing expo is 9:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9, and 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10, at Rock Financial Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave., Novi. Admission and parking is free. Exhibitors include job shops and contract manufacturers from throughout the U.S. and Canada. Visit for information or call 800-829-7467.

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.
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.
Visit, or call 248-858-0783.

Business planning workshop slated
SCORE presents “Planning Your Own Business” 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Nov. 10, at Southfield Public Library  26300 Evergreen Road, Southfield. In one of a series of workshops for small businesses, Detroit SCORE Chapter 18, this workshop discusses how entrepreneurs do the research and planning necessary for writing a comprehensive business plan and starting a successful business. The cost is $45 per person. Call 313-226-7947 to register.

CREW discusses opportunities in distressed properties
The Detroit chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women, (CREW), luncheon meeting will focus on “Golden Opportunities Hidden in the Tidal Wave of Distressed Properties” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10, at Schoolcraft College, VisTaTech Center, room W210B, 18600 Haggerty Road, Livonia.
Steve Morris, executive managing director and principal at Newmark Knight Frank and adjunct professor of finance at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, will provide insights into opportunities in the repositioning of distressed real estate assets from both a business school and “street” approach. Admission is $35 for CREW members; $50 for nonmembers.

Ladies Night Out benefits Parkinson foundation
Metro You and Closet NV are hosting Ladies Night Out, an evening of shopping, wine, appetizers, raffle prizes and more. It is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, at 2010 Closet NV, 6889 Orchard Lake Road in West Bloomfield Township.
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Michigan Parkinson Foundation. For information, call 248-626-9996.

Chamber hosts business expo
The Clarkston Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting the 24th annual Best of the Best Business Expo
6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, at Clarkston High School, 6093 Flemings Lake Road, Clarkston. Admission is free. Nearly 100 exhibitors will be present. Oakland Technical Center’s Culinary Arts program will prepare and serve refreshments.
For information, call 248-625-8055 or visit

Walsh College Leadership awards presented
The Walsh College Leadership Awards Dinner is 7 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Royal Park Hotel, 600 East University Dr.
WDIV-TV Channel 4 news anchor Devin Scillian will act as master of ceremonies at the event. All proceeds from the awards dinner benefit the Jeffery W. Barry Scholarship Fund and the General Scholarship Fund.
Tickets for the event, which includes dinner, a silent auction and raffle, are $250 per person. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information, contact Andrea Richards at 248-823-1204, or

Former U.S. Secretary William S. Cohen keynotes gala
William S. Cohen, former U.S. Secretary of Defense and senator from Maine, is the keynote speaker for the seventh annual It’s A Wonderful Life Gala. The dinner and gala is  6 p.m. Nov. 12 at The Westin Book Cadillac, 1114 Washington Blvd., Detroit.
Serving as the event’s master of ceremonies is Chuck Stokes, editorial/public affairs director at WXYZ-TV/Channel 7.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Presbyterian Villages of Michigan Foundation residents and community seniors.
The gala is themed Made in Michigan, and it will highlight products, companies, destinations and people. It will also feature an auction, dinner and program.
Tickets are $200 and include a general cocktail reception at 6 p.m., dinner and program. Patron tickets are $325 and include a private VIP reception at 5 p.m. with Cohen, prime seating at dinner and recognition in the event program. For more information, see or contact Megan Keup at 248-281-2044 or

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Job seekers workshop is Wednesday in Sterling Heigts

Job seekers workshop to be held Wednesday
Job seekers looking to develop more marketable resumes can attend a workshop hosted by St. Jane Frances de Chantal Catholic Community from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at St. Jane’s Hall 1 (south entrance), 38750 Ryan Road, Sterling Heights. Joe Bieth, vice president with Astra Recruiting Solutions, will share resume writing tips. Participants will also receive a resume review and personal coaching from human resource professionals. Admission is free, but seating is limited. For reservations, e-mail

Palace Sports names VP of public relations
Jeff Corey of Beverly Hills was promoted to vice president of public relations for Palace Sports & Entertainment.
He will be responsible for public relations efforts for The Palace, DTE Energy Music Theatre, Meadow Brook Music Festival including concerts, family shows, and sporting events as well as for the group of venues.
Corey joined the Detroit Pistons organization in 1980 as a public relations intern before serving on the sales staff as an account representative later in the year. He has been a member of The Palace Marketing Department since 1993 when he was named publicity coordinator. Corey also serves as a statistician on the Detroit Pistons scoring crew.

Auburn Hills
UCoat It America partners with NASCAR
UCoat It America LLC, a leading provider of commercial-grade epoxy floor coating systems for consumer and trade markets, has reached an agreement with the National Association of Stock Car Auto Racing Inc. (NASCAR) to become “The Exclusive Floor Coating of NASCAR Performance.”

Friday, November 5, 2010

TradeFirst hosts Fall Barter Expo

TradeFirst hosts Fall Barter Expo
The Fall Barter Expo is 4 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11 at the Southfield Civic Center, 26111 Evergreen Road, Southfield.
Over a half million dollars worth of business transactions are projected to take place without a traditional dollar being spent at’s Fall Barter Expo.
Oak Park-based is a privately-held barter company with over 5,000 members in Michigan.  For information, call 248-544-1350 or visit

Labor forum slated for Nov. 12
23rd Annual Labor, Employment, and Immigration Law Forum is 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 12 at The Dearborn Inn, 20301 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn. Registration is $145 and includes continental breakfast, lunch, reception, and seminar materials. For information, visit or call 313-983-7486.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Administrative professionals network

Administrative professionals networking event planned

The Macomb Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals is hosting an informational and networking event for administrative professionals at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10,
at Vintage House, 31816 Utica Road in Fraser. The cost is $15 per person for food, beverage and the program. Reservations and payment is due by Friday, Nov. 5. Checks may be made payable to Macomb Chapter IAAP and mailed to 50718 Shamrock Drive West, New Baltimore, MI 48047. For information, call Michelle at 586-566-0749 or e-mail

Jules Olsman named adjunct law professor
Jules Olsman has been named an adjunct professor at Michigan State University College of Law.
Olsman is teaching the recently added medical malpractice litigation course. Olsman is president of Olsman, Mueller, Wallace & MacKenzie of Berkley.
Olsman has 31 years of experience in all aspects of personal injury litigation including medical malpractice and nursing home liability.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Little Caesars Pizza brings back ‘Pizza Pizza’

Little Caesars Pizza brings back ‘Pizza Pizza’ to metro Detroit
Little Caesars Pizza brings back its two-for-one concept to metro Detroit. “Pizza Pizza Pantastic,” a combination of the convenience of Hot N’ Ready pizzas with an added feature. There are two rectangular pizzas, one is pepperoni and the other is Ultimate Supreme, with five toppings. The pizzas have six slices each and are packed side by side in one convenient box. The crusts are thicker than original round and thinner than deep dish. The new product offering became available Nov. 1. For information, call 800-553-5776 or visit
— From staff reports

Ford CEO Alan Mulally to keynote benefit dinner
President and CEO Alan Mulally of Ford Motor Co. will be the keynote speaker Nov. 11 at the Hyatt Regency Dearborn. WJR-AM drive-time host Paul W. Smith will be emcee for the event. Proceeds benefit homes for people with developmental disabilities served by Angels’ Place. The evening starts at 6 p.m. with a patron reception with Mulally and a general reception at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner and a raffle at 7:30 p.m. Raffle tickets are $100 and include a chance to win a two-year lease on a 2011 Ford Fiesta. Dinner tickets range from $100 to $250. Call 248-350-2203 for information.
— Staff writer Jerry Wolffe

Accelerating economy luncheon benefits scholarship

A program and luncheon event titled, “Accelerating Southeast Michigan’s Economy: Embracing Innovation and Entrepreneurship” is 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Lorenzo Cultural Center, 44575 Garfield Road, Clinton Township.  Speakers include Rich Sheridan, co-founder and president of Menlo Innovations in Ann Arbor; Sam Singh, senior consultant to the New Economy Initiative  for Southeast Michigan; Pamela Hurtt, consultant with the Kauffman Foundation and Jim Jacobs, president of Macomb Community College. The luncheon is a fundraiser for a special scholarship fund at Macomb Community College. Tickets are $50 and guests can tour the exhibits of the American Ingenuity series before or after the luncheon. Register at 586-445-7024.
— From staff reports

Historic business program offered
The Richmond Historical and Genealogical Society will  host “Historic Richmond: The Businesses,” a  program presented by Ursula Adamson at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Michigan State Police Post, 36725 Division Road, Richmond. For information, call C. Rowley at 586-727-7773 or e-mail at
— From staff reports

Monday, November 1, 2010

Plex Systems reports 32 percent revenue increase

Plex Systems reports 32 percent revenue increase
Plex Systems Inc., provider of the No. 1-rated manufacturing Enterprise Resource Planning software, announced record financial results for its third quarter ending Sept. 30. Total revenue for the quarter increased 32 percent, while recurring revenue increased 25 percent. The company also added 11 new customers. Mark Symonds, chief executive officer at Plex Systems, said, “The demand for manufacturing ERP in the cloud continues to increase dramatically. Additionally, new industries have responded positively to the manufacturing-centric design of our solution, driving success among companies in food and beverage processing, alternative energy manufacturing, and consumer product manufacturing.” More information is online at

Rehmann to merge with Wright Griffin Davis and Co.

Rehmann, CPA and consulting firm, announced plans of intent to merge with Ann Arbor-based Wright Griffin Davis and Co., effective Jan. 1, 2011.
Rehmann has more than 625 professionals in 16 locations in Florida, Michigan and Ohio with annual revenues exceeding $73 million. Wright Griffin Davis, which will assume the Rehmann name, employs 45 professionals with annual revenues of $6.5 million. Visit

Lawrence Tech wins grant for powerful microscope

Lawrence Technological University will acquire the first environmental scanning electron microscope in the Metro Detroit area with a $769,744 grant from the National Science Foundation.
The new microscope to be housed in Lawrence Tech’s College of Engineering will be used for both research and education at Lawrence Tech.
The electron microscope can be used to scientifically characterize wet, oily, porous and soft materials, which are traditionally considered impossible to study using conventional microscopy techniques.

Seco Tools offers carbide recycling program

Seco Tools is offering its customers the option of selling used cemented carbide back to Seco. By 2014, Seco will recycle 50 percent of the carbide inserts it sells. Tungsten, which comprises 75 percent of cemented carbide content, can be recycled, reducing reliance on mined tungsten ore. Today, China produces 80 percent of the global tungsten ore and has 70 percent of the geological reserve.
Only 30 percent is recycled at present.
According to Seco, when an operator replaces a carbide insert, typically less than five percent of the tool is actually worn away, leaving 95 percent of the carbide intact and capable of being recycled.
Seco Tools Inc. at 2805 Bellingham Drive, Troy, is part of Seco Tools AB (Fagersta, Sweden), a world leader in metalworking technologies.
For more information, visit or call 800-832-8326.