The Oakland County area has an abundance of opportunities for existing businesses and new ventures.
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Friday, January 7, 2011

Mobile Monday and other business events

Jan. 10 Mobile Apps in the Marketplace
Mobile Monday Detroit presents, “Mobile Apps in the Marketplace” 5:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 10 at the Compuware Building at One Campus Martius in Detroit. Registration is required for the free event. Visit The networking portion begins at 5:30 p.m. with presentations beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Speakers presenting include: Fred Jacobs, president and Paul Jacobs, VP/General Manager of Jacobs Media; Scott Holiday, Head Developer for jacAPPS, a division of Jacobs Media, a media research and application development firm and Mobile Monday Michigan co-founder and Mobile Technology Association of Michigan Founder, Linda Daichendt, CEO of Strategic Growth Concepts. E-mail or visit

Jan. 11 ACG Detroit automotive outlook
The Association for Corporate Growth Detroit Chapter and the Original Equipment Suppliers Association will team to present a meeting Tuesday, Jan. 11 at Glen Oaks Golf & Country Club, 30500 W. 13 Mile Road, Farmington Hills.
The meeting will begin with networking, registration and breakfast at 7 a.m., followed by a presentation, “Automotive Outlook for 2011.”
Steve Hilfinger, Foley & Lardner, LLP, Managing Partner, Detroit Office is the moderator. Speakers include: Jim Gillette, Director of Financial Services, IHS Automotive; David Andrea, Vice President, Industry Analysis and Economics, Original Equipment Suppliers Association.
The cost is $25 for ACG members and $45 for guests. Contact Sharon Kimble at 877-894-2754 or

Jan. 11 Job Seekers Bootcamp
Job Seekers Bootcamp—Job Search Workshop is 7 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 11 at Farmington Community Library Main Branch, 32737 W 12 Mile Road, Farmington Hills. Preston Banks from Resume Solutions LLC, offers tips in this discussion series for job seekers. Call 248-553-0300 to register.

Jan. 12 Microloan orientation
Microloan orientation, presented by the Center for Empowerment & Economic Development, (C.E.E.D.) is 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12 at Southfield Public Library, 26300 Evergreen Road, Southfield. This workshop is free, pre-registration is required.

Jan 12 Community House book discussion
The Community House, 380 South Bates Street, Birmingham, is offering a unique book series which focuses on popular books dealing with the economy. The next book discussion is 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12. It will feature “The Zeroes: My Misadventures in the Decade Wall Street Went Insane” by Randall Lane.
The group will be led by Bill Whitehouse, Vice President, Trust Administrator, and Bruce Kridler, Senior Vice President, Private Financial Group, both of Huntington National Bank. The event is free, reservations requested. Call 248-644-5832, or e-mail

Jan 13 Inforum Annual Auto Show Breakfast
Inforum Annual Auto Show Breakfast, “Transforming the Auto Industry into the Destination of Choice for High-Talent Women” is 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 13 at Detroit Marriott, Renaissance Center, 400 W. Renaissance Drive, Detroit.
The event will feature speeches from automotive CEOs Dan Akerson of GM, Sergio Marchionne of Chrysler and Alan Mulally of Ford, along with a line-up of speakers with insights about the future role of women in the automotive industry. The cost is $45 for Inforum members and $55 for non-members. For information, visit or call 877-633-3500.

Jan. 13 Waterford Chamber awards dinner
The Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce, "A Night at the Derby," 12th annual meeting and awards dinner is 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 13 at White Lake Oaks Country Club, 991 N. Williams Lake Road, White Lake. The cost is $48 per person. Call 248-666-8600.

Jan. 13 Tips on appealing property values
Real Estate Investors Association of Oakland presents David E. Nykanen Esq., offering tips on appealing assessed property values at local boards of review, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday Jan. 13 at Club Venetian, 29310 John R. Road, Madison Heights. The seminar is free to members and $20 to nonmembers. Call 800-747-6742 or visit

Jan. 13 multicultural media luncheon
Multicultural Media Luncheon is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 13 at Westin Book Cadillac Hotel,1114 Washington Blvd., Detroit. The theme is "Building Brands Through Urban Markets." The keynote speaker is Earvin "Magic" Johnson. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Haitian charity Project Medishare and Orchards Children's Services in Michigan. Call 248-223-0904.

Jan. 13 Waterford Chamber awards dinner
Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce hosts A Night at the Derby—12th Annual Meeting & Awards Dinner 5 to 9 p.m. Jan. 13 at White Lake Oaks, 991 N Williams Lake Road, Waterford Township. The cost is $48 per person. To register, call 248-666-8600 or visit

Jan. 13 Improvisation workshop
The MIPA - Ready for the Unexpected? Improvisation Theater Workshop is 6:30 to 9 p.m.Thursday, Jan. 13  at The Franklin Grill, 32760 Franklin Road, Franklin. The cost is $35. Call 248-787-0136 or visit

Jan. 14 Economic Club hosts Sprint CEO
The Detroit Economic Club presents Sprint CEO Dan Hesse 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 14 at Detroit Marriott, 100 Jefferson Ave., Detroit. He will discuss how advanced mobile technology can play a pivotal role in the future of the American automotive industry. Call 313-963-8546 or e-mail
Jan 15 Chamber awards gala
Oxford Chamber and Community Dinner and Awards Gala is 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15. A buffet style dinner will be served followed by desserts and the awards ceremony. Tickets are $15. Call 248-628-0410 for reservations.

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