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 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

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