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.
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Thursday, December 2, 2010

‘Fashion for Compassion’ show is Friday

‘Fashion for Compassion’ show and scholarship competition is Friday

The Dante Alighieri Society of Michigan is holding a “Fashion for Compassion” event at 6 p.m. Friday at Penna’s of Sterling, 38400 Van Dyke, Sterling Heights. The event will feature membership awards, a fashion show by Roma Sposa Atelier and the young designer scholarship competition. Ticket prices are: $50 for members; $65 for nonmembers and $25 for students with a valid ID. The price includes dinner and an open bar. Add $10 to buy tickets at the door. For reservations, visit, call 248-250-8928 or e-mail

First Michigan Bank promotes Roberta Leibinger

First Michigan Bank has promoted Roberta Leibinger to banking center manager at its Port Huron Township Banking Center. Leibinger was promoted from the assistant banking center manager position at the Fort Gratiot Banking Center, where she was responsible for consumer loans, branch management activities, training of the new account platform system and the training and evaluation of staff.

Farbman Group wins Alfred P. Sloan award for flexibility

Farbman Group/NAI Farbman, a full-service real estate firm, announced the company has been named the recipient of the Alfred P. Sloan Award for Excellence in the Workplace for the fourth consecutive year.
Farbman Group/NAI Farbman was recognized for willingness to offer part-time employment, job sharing, allowing employees to work from home, support of staff pursuing higher education through flex-time hours, and their ability to integrate family into the workplace.

Expetec hires 2 consultants

Expetec Technology Services of Rochester Hills, an IT service provider, recently announced the addition of Brian Shaw and Daniel LaNoue as Business Technology Consultants at their Troy location. Shaw obtained his bachelor’s in business administration at Western Michigan University, and LaNoue has technical certifications as a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer and a Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator. Call 248-218-5018 or visit

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