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.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Oakland County business workshops offered

Business owners and entrepreneurs who need assistance are invited to attend seminars in May, offered by the Oakland County Business Center at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford. For pre-registration, visit or call 248-858-0783.
Women's Business Certification (WBE) Orientation is 9 to 11 a.m.Wednesday, May 5. The fee is $25. Make checks payable to C.E.E.D., no refunds.
Pre-Business Research is 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 11. This workshop is free, but pre-registration is required.
Team SBA Financing Roundtable is 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, May 12. This workshop is free, but pre-registration is required.
Fundamentals of Starting a Business is 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, May 13. The fee is $30, no refunds.
Fundamentals of Writing a Business Plan is 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, May 20. The fee is $40, which includes all materials, no refunds.
Small Business Loan Workshop is 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, May 27. The fee is $20 per person, no refunds, checks made payable to S.C.O.R.E., includes handouts and SBA Source Book.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Oakland County Boat Club hosts ‘In-water’ Boat ShowThe Oakland County Boat Club is hosting its annual “In-water” Boat Show 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 1, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 2, at 2330 Ferndale Ave. in Sylvan Lake. The event will start at the end of the “Sylvan Shuffle,” a 5-kilometer race organized by the City of Sylvan Lake. It is free to the public and participating vendors. Marinas and sporting goods stores will be displaying the latest models of pontoon boats, ski boats, personal water craft and water sports equipment. Weather permitting, there will be wake boarding demonstrations and boat demonstration rides. Food and beverage will be available for purchase from Rib City Grill of Troy. For more information, call 248-682-9870.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Panera Bread

Panera Bread offers discount to International Women’s Show
Panera Bread of Southeast Michigan is partnering with the International Women’s Show to offer coupons for $1 off admission to the show. The coupons are available at all metro Detroit Panera Bread locations while supplies last. The show will be held April 29-May 2 at the Rock Financial Showplace in Novi. On May 2, Panera Bread will pass out complimentary mini Strawberry & Cream Scones to the first 200 people who enter the show. Additionally, Panera will hold a cooking demonstration highlighting ways to utilize bread at 12:30 p.m. at the celebrity cooking stage. To learn more about the Michigan International Women’s Show, visit 

Club honors “Women Firsts”
The National Association of Negro Business & Professional Women Inc. Pontiac Club honored the following women in their annual “Women Firsts” program: Portia McIntosh-Cade — first African-American woman to serve as clinical leader in the Adult Intensive Care Unit at St. Joseph Hospital-Pontiac; Tara Long Scott, DPM — first African-American woman to hold the position of chief of podiatry at Providence Hospital in Southfield and Novi; and Cheryl Strong — first African-American woman physical therapist and coordinator of clinical education at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak.

Huntington Bank named Michigan’s best overall lender

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Michigan District Office presented its fiscal 2009 lender awards recently. Huntington National Bank was named Michigan Lender of the Year, SBA’s award for the best overall performance. Huntington National Bank approved 184 SBA loans worth more than $24 million in fiscal 2009. Huntington also received the SBA’s Express Lender of the Year award.
Citizens Bank received the PLP Lender of the Year award for the most loans approved by a preferred lender. mBank received the Business Development Lender of the Year award and the Community Lender of the Year award. Chase Bank received the SBA 504 Lender of the Year award and the New Markets Lender of the Year award. In fiscal 2009, the Michigan District Office guaranteed 1,285 loans worth more than $312 million. Over the past five years, SBA has provided guaranties on 13,615 loans worth almost $2.4 billion to small businesses in Michigan. For more information, visit

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Johanna H. Allen, PC

Rochester lawyer holds open house today
Rochester Hills firm Johanna H. Allen, PC will be holding open house hours 2 to 4 p.m. today. The law firm holds the open houses on the third Thursday of each month allowing the community the chance to meet one-on-one with a legal professional at no charge. The firm is at 71 N. Livernois Road in Rochester Hills. For more information or to schedule a session, call 248-652-7779 or e-mail

Small business forum provides entrepreneurs with information
Oakland County CRA Association Small Business Money Smart Forum is 8 a.m. to noon Friday, April 23. The financial forum is sponsored by the Oakland County Community Reinvestment Act Association and is intended to provide entrepreneurs with up-to-date information on sources of funds and valuable resources to support their small businesses. Continental breakfast will be served. Seating is limited. To register, call 248-858-0783 or visit

United Way president & CEO to keynote nonprofit conference
The Troy Chamber of Commerce and its Non-Profit Network are presenting the fifth annual Nonprofit Management Conference, sponsored by Walsh College and Doeren Mayhew, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at Walsh College, 3838 Livernois, Troy.
The conference is for nonprofit professionals, board members and volunteers. Michael J. Brennan, president & CEO of United Way for Southeastern Michigan, will be the luncheon keynote speaker.
The cost is $50 for Troy Chamber members and $95 for non-members. Space is limited. To register, call the Troy Chamber at 248-641-8151 or visit

Attorney Barbara Johannessen to be honored at tribute roast
The Family Mediation  Council — Michigan is hosting “MEDIATION: A Love Story — A Tribute in Honor of Barbara Johannessen” at 6:30 p.m. today at the Peking House in Royal Oak. Johannessen is an attorney from Rochester Hills who is known nationally for her many contributions to dispute resolution generally and to family mediation specifically. Appetizers and drinks will be followed by a dinner and tribute roast. Dress is casual. For registration information, call Nina Abrams at 248-932-3540 ext 337 or e-mail

Event brings automotive repair companies, suppliers together
Autometric Collision will host the Devil’s in the Details event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 24, at 1728 Maplelawn Drive, Troy. The event features automotive repair and supply companies, food and drinks, raffles and goodie bags. Featured companies include: Munk’s Motors, Autometric Collision, Alloy Wheel Repair, AutoZone Hobbies, Dynamic Dents, John R Glass, Karmann Classics, Mobil 1, Motor City AutoSpa Paint Shield, Paul’s Interiors and Window Tinting by Kristan. For more information or to have your car featured, e-mail, call 248-637-7700 or visit

Monday, April 19, 2010

Center for Yoga

Center for Yoga celebrates new studio space
City of Birmingham Mayor Rackeline Hoff and members of the Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber kicked off their shoes and ventured into the main studio to celebrate Center for Yoga’s new studio space with a ribbon cutting ceremony kicking off a 24-hour continuous yoga event recently. The new studio is at 555 S. Old Woodward Ave. Pictured (from left) are Linda Hatfield, Birmingham Bloomfield Credit Union; Jonah Kest; Bob Kupfer, Tiffany Florist; Rackeline Hoff, city of Birmingham mayor; Benjy Kest; Jonny Kest, Center for Yoga founder; Nathan Kest; Milana Kest; Milla Kest, Center for Yoga founder; John Heiney, director of Birmingham Principal Shopping District; Janice Morgan, Judson Center; Eva Barren, Valpak; and Carrie Zarotney, president of Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber.

WWJ Newsradio 950 presents money summit
The 2010 Spring WWJ Newsradio 950 Michigan Money Summit is a free event being hosted by WWJ Newsradio 950/FOX 2 Business Editor Murray Feldman. Registration opens at 7:15 a.m. Saturday and the program is 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Walsh College, 41500 Gardenbrook Road in Novi, featuring an opening panel round table with Ken Ross, commissioner of the Office of Financial and Insurance Regulation for the State of Michigan. The seminar is free; register at, then click on events.

Business seminar focuses on social media
The Business Performance Improvement 2.0 Series meets the third Tuesday of each month to discuss topics related to business ownership. “Social Media: From Click to Clique - How To Expand Your Company’s Reach” seminar is 4-6 p.m. Tuesday at Birmingham Tower, 280 N. Old Woodward, LL Conference Room in Birmingham. For more information, call 248-641-8400.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Chazzano Coffee

Chazzano Coffee Roasters brews deal with King Coffee
Chazzano Coffee Roasters has signed a ten-year partnership agreement with King Coffee to roast several different types of artisan, single origin, fair trade and organic specialty coffees and Chazzano’s special espresso blend that will be distributed throughout Michigan, Indiana and Ohio. Chazzano Coffee owner, Frank Lanzkron Tamarazo, says that he expects to roast as much as an additional eight to ten thousand pounds of coffee each month. Chazzano coffees will now be served in some of Metro Detroit’s more prominent restaurants that offer Chazzano’s gourmet coffees including Bacco Ristorante in Southfield, and Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Hills, What Crepe in Royal Oak and The Lunch Cafe in Berkley. The Chazzano coffee roasting and retail location is at 1737 E. Nine Mile Road in Ferndale. For more information, call 248-691-4256.

Chamber to host expo
Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce Business & Home Expo 2010 is 5-8 p.m. April 22 at Waterford Mott High School, 1151 Scott Lake Road, Waterford. There will be 120 exhibitors of local home and business services and products. For more information, call 248-666-8600 or visit

Thursday, April 15, 2010

West Bloomfield Township Building Authority

Building authority completes $1.6 million bond sale
West Bloomfield Township Building Authority has completed a $1.6 million tax exempt municipal bond sale. Bond proceeds of the bonds will be used to refund the May 1, 2011, and the May 1, 2012 , maturities of the Building Authority’s 1997 Building Authority Bonds for the West Bloomfield Public Library, dated November 1, 1997, and to pay associated costs of issuance on the bonds. The placement agent was Leonard Capital Markets, a division of Leonard & Company, Michigan’s largest full-service independent brokerage firm. Mike Gresens of Thrun Law Firm in East Lansing served as bond counsel. The average interest rate on the last two payments on the 1997 bonds was 5.92 percent. The average rate on the new bonds is 1.11 percent. The savings to the library on its final two bond payments is more than $50,000.

FutureMidwest digital conference coming up

FutureMidwest is 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, April 16, and 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 17, at Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St. in Royal Oak. FutureMidwest is the fusion of two successful conferences held in Michigan in 2009: the Module Midwest Digital Conference and TechNow. The conference and networking reception aim to educate and inform companies looking to successfully implement digital strategies into their marketing and business plans. Attendees will be provided with practical information and effective use of readily available digital tools that are leading the evolution of Michigan business. Highlights will include a demo pit showcasing new technology developed in Michigan, a nationally recognized keynote speaker and a video montage dedicated to the innovation and technology being developed in Michigan. For more information visit: www.

Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth ranks among top restaurants
Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth, the 1,500-seat family restaurant located in Frankenmuth, was named one of the top-grossing independent restaurants in the country in 2009 by Restaurant & Institutions, a restaurant trade publication. Zehnder’s is ranked 39th in the nation with gross sales of $13,824,875. The restaurant also served nearly 1 million guests, and had the lowest average dinner check amount of $14.06 among all the top- grossing 100 independent restaurants. In addition, Zehnder’s served 983,120 guests which placed them second among the top 100.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010


Weingartz holds grand opening, riding mower giveaway
Weingartz is going to be giving away a Cub Cadet LTX1046 lawn tractor, valued at over $2,000 on Saturday, April 17 at its Clarkston store grand opening and Field of Dreams Giveaway. The Clarkston Field of Dreams Giveaway, which runs from noon to 2 p.m., will be emceed by Chuck Edwards from WYCD and includes free hot dogs and popcorn for all attendees. The new location on Dixie Highway, which is housed in a former automotive dealership, is 1.5 miles from a previous Weingartz store in Waterford.
The winner, who will compete against seven other finalists, must draw the key that unlocks the tractor. The eight finalists will be selected randomly from in-store and online entries as well as from the crowd at the April 17 event. Runners-up will receive a $50 Weingartz gift card.
To enter to win, stop in Weingartz’s Clarkston store at 6585 Dixie Highway or visit any of the other store locations at Utica, Farmington Hills and Cedar Springs. Customers can also enter online at

Waterford Chamber holds mixer
Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce is holding a business after-hours mixer 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 15 at Irish Tavern, 4703 Elizabeth Lake Road with appetizers and cash bar. The cost is $15 per person, members pay $10 with advance reservations. For more information, call 248-666-8600.

Flagstar Bank hosts mini-expo

Flagstar Bank will host a free relaxation day expo 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, April 15 at 5105 Highland Road in Waterford. Attendees can enjoy hand treatments, chair massages, courtesy of Calypso’s Hair and Nail Salon; learn about Michigan Chiropractic Specialists of Waterford, shop with Accent Flower & Gifts, Gold Canyon Candles, Avon and Pampered Chef; plan a trip with Penny’s Personal Travel, or get fitness goals on track with FitZone of Waterford.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Twelve Oaks Mall

Twelve Oaks Mall expands
Construction at Twelve Oaks Mall is good news for shoppers, as the premier regional shopping center welcomes several new and expanded stores this year as well as the Tin Fish Restaurant, which opened March 30. Pandora, the Danish brand of handcrafted jewelry, also opened recently at the mall. Known for its customizable charm bracelets with its selection of more than 600 silver and 14-carat gold charms, many with precious stones. Opening in June is Michael Kors, the namesake lifestyle store for luxury accessories and sportswear. Forever 21, For Love 21 and Heritage 1981 stores will combine and expand upon the offerings of the three existing stores. The new store is expected to open by late summer.
Coming in October to Twelve Oaks is BCBGMAXAZRIA. Taking its name from the French phrase bon chic, bon genre, Parisian slang for “good style, good attitude.” It offers designer women’s clothing and accessories. Twelve Oaks Mall is located at the intersection of I-96 and Novi Road. The center features more than 200 shops and services along with Nordstrom, Macy's, Lord & Taylor, JCPenney, Sears and the
Lifestyle Café Food Court. For more information, visit

Carl’s Golfland makes best list
For the 25th consecutive year, GolfWorld has published its selection of the "100 Best Golf Shops," a collection of those private, resort, public and off-course golf shops that have excelled in retail operations. This year Carl’s Golfland was honored with the Silver Anniversary Award for being the only off-course golf shop elected to the 100 Best all 25 years. Opened in 1958 Carl’s Golfland has two retail locations at 1976 S. Telegraph Road in Bloomfield Hills and in Plymouth. For more information, visit or call 248-335-8095.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Clarkston Area Chamber of Commerce

Women's seminar followed by Beer University event
Clarkston Area Chamber of Commerce Women in Business, True Colors seminar is 2 to 5 p.m. Thursday, April 29 at Oakhurst Golf & Country Club, 7000 Oakhurst Lane in Clarkston. The event is sponsored by Elga Credit Union and Clarkston Flower Shoppe. The cost is $50 per person for nonmembers and $30 for chamber members, pre-paid. Those paying for the seminar receive free entrance to Beer University, the same day at 8:30 p.m. The beer event will feature up to eight styles of Michigan beers. Tickets are $50 per person and include a take home souvenir. Tickets can be purchased in advance from the Chamber (or online at Earlybird price of $35 is available through April 23. For more information, call 248-625-8055. The beers will be paired with appetizers prepared by Oakhurst's Chef Joseph Morin. Beer University is open to the public.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

CREW Detroit

CREW Detroit calls for Impact Awards entries
The Detroit chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women, (CREW Detroit) is calling for entries for its 9th annual Impact Awards, honoring commercial properties with a positive impact on Southeast Michigan. The Impact Awards recognize three recently completed, multi-disciplinary projects in Southeast Michigan that demonstrate a significant, positive impact on the communities where they are built: a new development, a redevelopment and a special impact project. The $100 entry fee is due June 1 and the completed entry packages are due June 30. For entries, call Lynn Trevor at 248-354-5100. For sponsorship or general questions, call Mary LeFevre at 313-596-0516 or visit

Whole Foods hosts Recycle 4/11
Earth Month event, Recycle 4/11 is noon to 3 p.m. April 11 at Whole Foods Market, 2918 Walton Blvd. in Rochester Hills in partnership with The Village of Rochester Hills and Natural Awakenings magazine. Customers can stop by to learn new trends in being green and pick up free samples and information from local eco-conscious businesses. The first 200 people to recycle 10 plastic grocery bags or any three
other items on the following list receive a free tote bag or other prizes.
The items are: batteries, plastic grocery bags, wine corks, sneakers, cell phones, printer cartridges, #1-#5 and #7 plastics, used books, (collection drive for the Rochester Public Library), compact fluorescent light bulbs.

Free workshops planned for evolving executives
Sensible Business Career and Training Institute is hosting its free Executive in Transition workshops to help evolving executives and managers transfer their talents and skills to a new industry. The first two workshops are 9-10:30 a.m. at Troy Community Center, 3179 Livernois Road, Troy. “From Comfortable to Uncomfortable, Inventing your Next Practice,” about business plan Implementation is April 13 and “Creating Global Value by Following Customer’s Footprint,” is April 22. The last in the series is called “Executive Energy Redeployed,” with date to be determined. Space is limited. For more information visit or call 734-620-9461.
— From staff reports