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.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Reclaiming the American Dream

Expert Calls for ‘Economic Disobedience’

Submitted by Ginny Grimsley of News and Experts,

The national mood remains anxious, worried. We have millions of Americans out of work, many of them Baby Boomers who’ve seen what they worked for these past 30 years disappear:  a predictable career, financial security, home equity, retirement savings. The foundation they’ve worked so hard to build seems to have collapsed before their very eyes.
“They feel lost. They see hedge-funders and investment bankers as having hijacked the American Dream from the middle class,” says Peter Weddle, former CEO of Job Bank USA, Inc., and author of A Multitude of Hope: A Novel About Rediscovering the American Dream (
“Boomers – and all working Americans, for that matter – feel as if all of the opportunity has been sucked out of the land of opportunity, and they don’t know how or even if they can succeed in this changed world.”
But America is still the leader of the global economy and its future is as bright as it ever was, Weddle says. Why? Because Americans are individually prone to innovation and creativity, and collectively, the most diverse pool of workers in the world, he says.
“For all the unresolved immigration issues we have in the United States, we still have the best workforce on the planet.  Our diversity gives us a huge advantage over the competition in the global economy,” Weddle says. “We have every kind of talent the world has to offer, while other countries such as China, India and Japan have very homogenous cultures so everyone basically brings the same talent to the table.”
That talent, however, is being wasted.  The U.S. workplace has become an investor-driven market, a place where workers are treated as disposable cogs who are costs to be minimized rather than capabilities to be maximized on-the-job, Weddle says. The only way out, therefore, is something he calls “economic disobedience.”  If every American stands up and demands their right to be employed as a person of talent – and if they then elevate that talent and bring it to work with them – they can reclaim the American Dream, Weddle says.
He sees Baby Boomers already beginning to do this. The number of 50- to 64-year-olds enrolled in college jumped 17 percent from 2007 to 2009, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
“These are the people who see this time as a moment of liberation – a chance to reinvigorate their talent so they can perform at their peak on-the-job,” Weddle says. “And that self-reliance and individual determination is how our country will recapture its mojo.”
A national human resources expert, Weddle says people don’t necessarily have to go back to school or reinvent themselves. But they do need to identify their talent – their innate capacity for excellence – and take a proactive approach to integrating it into their career.
“It may be a gift for getting things organized, for resolving conflicts, for explaining complex topics in simple terms,” he says. “Every single one of us has a talent and when we apply it at work, our job satisfaction – and our pay – goes up.
“Instead of work being a four-letter word, it becomes something to get excited about and to feel good about. We rekindle our self-confidence, self-respect and determination and we produce an economic revolution that restores democratic capitalism.”

About Peter Weddle
Peter Weddle, a former recruiter and human resource consultant, is the CEO of the International Association of Employment Web Sites, a trade organization. He has written or edited more than two dozen non-fiction books regarding careers and employment; “A Multitude of Hope” is his first work of fiction. Weddle is the founder and former CEO of Job Bank USA, Inc electronic employment services company.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Ketel One searches for business ideas

Ketel One has launched a nationwide search for one business idea worth the investment of $100,000. In an effort to bring the nation’s most ambitious entrepreneurs out of the shadows, Ketel One has teamed up with GQ Magazine to launch “A Gentleman’s Call,” a program that will invest $100,000 in one business idea that successfully displays entrepreneurship, craftsmanship or philanthropy.
Visit to submit an idea. Five ideas will be shortlisted before one person is selected to turn their idea into a reality.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Lack of money is root of evil

The quote, "Money is the root of all evil," may be true, but the lack of money can also cause trouble. Many arguments at home and in board rooms have centered on where money should be spent or not spent, due to the limit of available funds.
According to an American Institute of CPAs telephone survey, couples who are married or living together, argue about finances an average of three times per month.
In the survey, 27 percent of those interviewed said money was most likely to cause an argument. The American Institute of CPAs, 
Three out of ten interviewed admitted to being potentially deceitful about money.
The survey also found that lack of communication is contributing to this lack of money trouble: 55 percent don't schedule time to discuss finances.
While it may sound like an easy solution to set aside time with a partner, many couples believe they are too busy. Also, many people have an unhealthy aversion to the word "budget." Maybe it could be called "spending plan" instead. It is better to look at things from a perspective of what you "can have," rather than what you "can't have."
The American Institute of CPAs recommends having a money meeting once a month minimally and splitting duties associated with paying bills and keeping track of how much is left or "balancing the checkbook," or keeping a Quicken ledger.
The institute has special section of financial advice for couples at

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Events focus on manufacturing

May 15
SAA OEM Purchasing Summit - Planning Perspectives  OEM Supplier Working Relations Study Report is 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 15 at AAM Headquarters, Detroit. The SAA will examine the state of OEM-supplier relations. Findings from John Henke's 2012 OEM-Supplier Working Relations Study will be presented, and purchasing executives from Ford, GM, Chrysler, Nissan and Toyota will discuss the findings and the state of supply chain relations. Call 248-804-6433 to register.

May 15-16
Annual Michigan Industrial Base Expo is Tuesday and Wednesday, May 15-16, hosted by National Defense Industrial Association Michigan Chapter is 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. May 15 at Macomb Community College Sports and Expo Center, 14500 E. 12 Mile Road, Warren. This event brings an abbreviated version of NDIA national's defense exposition to the backyard of the Detroit Arsenal, allowing attendees to experience hands-on educational product and service demonstrations. Congressman Hansen Clarke (13th District), House Committee of Homeland Security is a featured speaker. For information, visit

Monday, May 7, 2012

Time might be right to invest in real estate

There are signs that the housing market is improving in the metro Detroit area. Some figures say sales have increased this year. While figures and statistics can vary, there are indications of improvement.
Metro Detroit home sales for December 2011 were up 5.8% from 2010, according to

Part of the increase in sales is due to investors who are buying up homes. There is money to be made, but the old adage prevails, "it takes money to make money." Having cash in hand, gives the buyer much more negotiating power.

The Real Estate Investors Association of Oakland is hosting CNN/Fox News real estate expert, Robert Shemin. He will will share “The 7 new rules for making your fortune in real estate in 2012,” 5:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 10 at the Real Estate Investors meeting at Club Venetian, 29310 John R. Road, Madison Heights. Dinner is at 6:30 p.m.
The meeting cost is free to members plus $16 for dinner in advance. The meeting is $20 for nonmembers plus $18 for dinner.
Shemin will also present an all day workshop 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 12 at Royal Oak Senior Center, 3500 Marais Ave. Royal Oak, with lunch, the cost is $29.

Robert Shemin is the New York Times bestselling author of “How come That Idiot’s Rich and I’m Not?“ Shemin says, “ Usually when you are in a market you can’t see an opportunity because you’ve seen how bad it is in many areas in metro Detroit. But group of outside investors are coming in and buying for cash-flow and long term appreciation. "
Shemin will discuss the current market conditions, go over advanced business strategies such as negotiating and effective time management as well as share how to get financing in today’s challenging market.
Shemin said, “A while ago Donald Trump told me that the government and the country won’t let Detroit go down. It seems he’s right and a lot of investors are right. Many areas have seen the fastest price and sales appreciation in the nation and a massive reduction of supply. It’s all about jobs and while the metro area is doing pretty well, certain areas also still have some of the best rent to price ratios in the country. Many areas have been and should be a good real estate bet. ”

For information or to make reservations, call 800-747-6742 or visit  For information about Shemin, visit