Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Pirate party launches new Caribbean menu

Pirate party launches new Caribbean menuT.G.I. Friday’s is hosting free pirate parties to launch its new Caribbean menu, 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 1 at 591 West Big Beaver in Troy.
Activities will include live calypso bands, free tastes of the new Caribbean menu, pirate trivia contest for a chance to win prizes and an appearance by radio station 89X at the Troy event and HOT 102.7 at the Livonia store from 4 to 6 p.m., both locations.
Volunteer donations in the form of doubloons and/or pieces of eight will also be collected to benefit Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan. Visit for more information.

Apply for ‘Dream Team’Walsh College is accepting applications for a free “Dream Team” assessment and recommendation for Troy small businesses.
The “Dream Teams” are attorneys, accountants, bankers, marketers, innovators, and technology specialists who are part of “Take Off With Troy,” a partnership between Walsh College, the City of Troy, and the Troy Chamber of Commerce. At least five companies selected will advance to the next round of interviews in August. Two winning companies will be named in September. To be considered for a free “Dream Team” assessment and recommendation, businesses must: be fully based in Troy; employ at least five people; have been in business at for least three years and gross an average of $500,000 in sales, not including 2009. Applications are due July 7.
For information, visit or call  John Shepherd at 810-614-3520.

Monday, 28 June 2010

Oakland County offers July business workshops

County offers July business workshops
Business owners and entrepreneurs are invited to attend seminars in July offered by the Oakland County Business Center. All classes are held at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road. For pre-registration and location specifics, visit or call 248-858-0783. All class fees are nonrefundable.
The Pre-Business Research workshop is offered 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursday, July 8. It is free, but registration is required. The Fundamentals of Starting a Business workshop is offered 9 a.m.-noon Thursday, July 15, with a $30 fee. The Legal and Financial Basics for Small Business workshop is offered 9 a.m.-noon Tuesday, July 20. It is free, but pre-registration is required. Fundamentals of Writing a Business Plan is offered 9 a.m.-noon Thursday, July 22. The fee is $40, which includes all materials. Sales II: Is Following Up Your Best Sales Strategy? is offered 9 a.m.-noon Wednesday, July 28, with a $45 fee. Fundamentals of Marketing Your Business is offered 9 a.m.-noon Thursday, July 29, with a $40 fee.

Local PBS program wins Emmy Award
“Due Process,” a long-running weekly legal program airing on PBS, has won an Emmy Award for best Public/Current/Community Affairs program for its “Treatment Court” episode. The award was announced at the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences 2010 Michigan Emmy Awards at the Royal Oak Music Theatre.
The show is hosted by Birmingham attorney Henry Baskin and produced by Mitch Jacobs of Jacobs Productions. It is a weekly half-hour program that features leading attorneys, noted experts and prominent public figures brought together to provide viewers simple and helpful information about common legal issues and processes in its 26th season.

Staples teams with You-Shred
Local Staples stores are debuting commercial strength cross-cut document shredders for public use for identity theft prevention. The cash-operated You-Shred machines are a low-cost alternative to home shredders. The machines have been placed in 12 Staples locations throughout the metro Detroit. Business partners, Jeff Beard and Tom Stutting of Chandler, Arizona, are the owners of the new self-service document shredding kiosk business.
For a few dollars, several pounds of paper can be destroyed in minutes. The shredders cross-cut paper, making it unreadable for would-be thieves. The machines also shred credit cards, DVDs, CDs and staples (no need to separate pages), is jam-resistant, does not overheat and automatically bags shredded confetti for recycling. For more information, visit

Innovative Learning Group, a Michigan economic bright spot
Innovative Learning Group, Inc., of Royal Oak, which creates training solutions to improve results of Fortune 1000 companies was selected by “Corp!” magazine as a 2010 Michigan Economic Bright Spots award winner. The award is given to companies in Michigan that are thriving and creating growth in the state. Visit

Saturday, 26 June 2010

LINX2Funds offers innovative fundraising solutions

LINX2Funds offers innovative fundraising solutions
A leading direct sales company based in Rochester, N.Y., 5LINX Enterprises Inc. has created a revenue generation solution for struggling charities and civic organizations, called LINX2Funds. Dalicia Henry of Oak Park is the local representative for the company. 5LINX is a one-stop shop for Internet, telecommunications, entertainment and home security products that can turn the dollars that members and supporters spend on these items into revenue for participating organizations. LINX2Funds allows organizations to receive income from the products and services consumers use on a daily basis. 5LINX offers GLOBALINX Digital home and business phone services with a line of videophone technology, which allows callers to see each other as they speak. For more information, call Henry at 313-570-1032 or e-mail

ImageSoft selected as an economic bright spot

For the third consecutive year, ImageSoft Inc. of Troy was honored by Corp! Magazine as one of Michigan’s Economic Bright Spots. ImageSoft was one of 50 Michigan-based businesses chosen for the award. ImageSoft provides technology solutions to automate, streamline and improve workplace processes, increase productivity, reduce operating costs, and save time and money. Despite Michigan’s stagnant economy, ImageSoft grew revenue by 11 percent and hired 19 new people; the majority of which work in Michigan in 2010.
Allstate agency expands
Allstate Insurance Company recently opened a new office, owned by Allstate Exclusive agent Kevin Mlynarek and operated by Todd Dawson. The Mlynarek-Dawson agency is at 4477 Collins Road, Goodison. For more information, call 248-453-5523. Mlynarek also owns and operates an Allstate agency in Lake Orion. For information, visit

Friday, 25 June 2010

Azox Announces Integration with Blue Moon's SOP Auto Invoice

Azox is pleased to announce complete integration with Blue Moon's SOP (Sales Order Processing) Auto Invoice. SOP Auto Invoice provides the ability to post-authorize the SOP invoice batch automatically before it gets posted in Microsoft Dynamics GP. This saves time by removing unnecessary manual processes from your customer service team. SOP Auto Invoice allows for automatic transfer of sales orders, invoice printing, and posting within the Microsoft Dynamics GP SOP entry system. Azox Credit Card Extension integrates with this product and allows for automatic charging in between the invoice and posting stages of Sales Order Processing.

Azox is committed to finding new ways to improve upon its products and believes integrating with Blue Moon's SOP Auto Invoice will provide new opportunities and efficiencies for users wanting to automate the sales order transfer processes in Microsoft Dynamics GP. For more information on Blue Moon's SOP Auto Invoice, follow this link. To find more information on Azox Credit Card Extension, visit this link.

SCORE offers business workshops

SCORE offers business workshops
SCORE, “Counselors to America’s Small Business,” continues its business workshop series at Southfield Public Library, 26300 Evergreen Road in Southfield. Call 313-226-7947 to register. “Could I, Should I Start My Own Business?” is 8:45 to 11 a.m. Wednesday. The cost is $10. “Planning Your Own Business” is 8:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. July 14. The cost is $45. “How to Write a Successful Business Plan” is 8:45 a.m.-noon July 28. The cost is $45.

America’s IRA Centers hosts workshop
America’s IRA Centers is hosting a free workshop offering strategies to help protect retirement savings from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at 525 N. Main St., Suite 270 in Milford. For information, call 248-438-1010.

Guido’s opens 11th location
Guido’s Premium Pizza, an Oxford pizzeria which began in 1993, has opened its 11th operating franchise location at 545 E. Grand Blanc Road in Grand Blanc. David Harris is the owner. For more information, call 810-695-6000 or visit

Santa Rosa Consulting raises $25 million equity capital

Santa Rosa Consulting Inc., a national provider of consulting services to the health care industry completed a $25 million equity capitalization. Santa Rosa Consulting supplies health care clients a complete range of strategy and advisory services, information technology planning and implementation consulting, and staffing and recruitment services. The $25 million equity investment comes from Vineyard Capital Group of Southfield, Camden Partners of Baltimore, Maryland and Century Capital Management of Boston. For information, visit

Agency top 10 in growth

The Wolf Hulbert Co. of Bingham Farms has been named one of the top 10 growth agencies for Auto-Owners Insurance Company in the Eastern Michigan Region for 2009. The agency was recognized at a luncheon meeting in Lansing and at a reception with all regional associates where they and other recipients were presented with a plaque commemorating their accomplishment.  The Wolf Hulbert Company has represented Auto-Owners since 1999. Visit

Thursday, 24 June 2010

Career fair boasts 3,000 Michigan jobs’s inaugural career fair boasts 3,000 Michigan jobs is hosting its inaugural career fair, showcasing more than 40 companies and 3,000 Michigan jobs at the Rock Financial Showplace, at 9 a.m. July 1 at Rock Financial Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave. in Novi.  Candidates interested in becoming pre-qualified for one-on-one interviews should e-mail

Friedman Real Estate Group negotiates sales and leases
Friedman Real Estate Group, Inc., a Farmington Hills-based commercial real estate organization, recently negotiated the sale of 78,529 square feet of office space at 23777 Southfield Road in Southfield. The seller, Schoolhouse Finance, sold the property to Edison Oakland Public School Academy. The building will be used as a kindergarten through 12th grade charter school, which will accommodate approximately 1,000 students.
Friedman also negotiated the sale of 3,408 square feet of retail/office space at 5 N. Washington in Oxford. The seller, PNC Bank, National Association, sold the property to TMJ Realty Management, LLC who will be using the space for his business, Funky Monkey Toys, Inc., a specialty toy store with a focus on classic and hard to find toys, which plans to open in August.
Friedman recently negotiated new and renewed leases for the following in the Penobscot Building, Detroit; Farmington Hills Corporate Center I, Northville; industrial space at 24404 Catherine Industrial Drive in Novi and 17,430 square feet of office space at 755 Tower Drive in Troy. For more information, visit

Chipotle expands produce program
Chipotle Mexican Grill is expanding its locally grown produce program. The company began serving produce from local farms in all of its restaurants two years ago.
Chipotle is working with some 50 local, family owned farms to provide romaine lettuce, green bell peppers, jalapeƱo peppers, red onions, oregano and tomatoes to restaurant locations around the country. The produce generally comes from within about 250 miles of Chipotle’s distribution centers. On average, produce eaten in America travels some 1,500 miles from where it is grown to where it is consumed. Chipotle will serve about 5 million pounds of produce from local farms this year. For more information, visit

Credit Union ONE branch receives award
 Credit Union ONE has been selected the 2010 New Business of the Year for its West Bloomfield branch by the Greater West Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce. The award was presented recently at an event titled The Future is Ours — Moving Forward 2010 to Credit Union ONE’s President/CEO Gary Moody. Credit Union ONE is based in Ferndale. For more information go to

Wednesday, 23 June 2010

Merrill Lynch advisers named

Merrill Lynch advisers named to Barron’s list

Don Gill and Frank Migliazzo of Rochester, Jon Vigi of Farmington Hills and John Kulhavi of White Lake were recognized in Barron’s magazine list of “America’s Top 1,000 Advisors.”
Migliazzo is a private wealth adviser and senior vice president of investments at Merrill Lynch’s Auburn Hills office. Vigi is a private wealth adviser and first vice president of investments at Merrill Lynch’s Auburn Hills office. Gill is a wealth management adviser and senior vice president of investments at Merrill Lynch’s Bloomfield Hills office. Kulhavi is a wealth management adviser and senior vice president of investments at Merrill Lynch’s Farmington Hills office. For more information, visit

Attorneys selected to  ‘Best Lawyers’
Three attorneys from Williams, Williams, Rattner, Plunkett, P.C., in Birmingham have been selected for inclusion in “The Best Lawyers in America” 2010 edition. Thomas G. Plunkett is a partner whose law practice focuses on commercial litigation. Richard D. Rattner, is a partner whose law practice focuses on real estate, land use, zoning and corporate law. John F. Mills is a partner whose law practice focuses on family law, with an emphasis on family law alternative dispute resolution and adoption law.

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Palm Beach Patio celebrates grand reopening

Palm Beach Patio celebrates grand reopening

Members of the business community joined Palm Beach Patio & Casual Furniture owner Jane Fedrigo at a grand reopening ribbon cutting ceremony. A staple on the Waterford Township retail scene for more than 25 years, the store’s recent renovations include a brand new brick facade and awning, fresh exterior paint and a revitalized roof. It is at 7350 Highland Road.

AGIS to host HIPAA seminar
AGIS, a full-service employee benefits brokerage agency headquartered in Birmingham will host a free seminar on the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act entitled, “HIPAA and the HITECH Act of 2009” at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, June 24, with breakfast followed by the seminar from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Troy Community Center, 3179 Livernois Road in Troy. For information, visit

Winning Futures receives $10,000 from Comcast
Comcast has awarded a $10,000 grant to Winning Futures, an organization that teaches students life skills through mentoring and innovative workshops to help develop tomorrow’s leaders. Made available through the Comcast Foundation, the grant will help support Winning Futures’ staff and mentors. The program impacts youth in Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties through its school-based “Winning Futures” mentoring programs. For information, contact 586-294-8449 or visit

New Gongos team focused on financial research
Gongos Research has added a fourth team to its Research Group, the Financial & Diversified team. The new team will be led by research practitioner and strategist Katherine Ephlin. The team will concentrate on qualitative and quantitative research initiatives for several companies in the banking and financial services industries, including U.S. Bank and Visa. In addition to five researchers who join Ephlin on this new team, Gongos Research has added two new hires: Alfred Ishak as Project Director and Marisa Paruch as Senior Project Coordinator. For information, visit

Saturday, 19 June 2010

Michigan Energy Fair moves to Rock Financial Showplace

Annual Michigan Energy Fair moves to Rock Financial Showplace
The Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association is holding the fifth annual Michigan Energy Fair June 25-June 27 at the Rock Financial Showplace in Novi.
In previous years the Michigan Energy Fair has taken place at the Manistee County Fairgrounds in Onekama.
The Michigan Energy Fair has traditionally hosted 6,000 attendees over the course of a weekend, 150 exhibitors, over 75 seminars and involved Gov. Jennifer Granholm and Lt. Gov. John Cherry as keynote speakers.
Workshops are presented on a variety of topics including energy efficiency improvements, controlling energy costs, green building guidelines, wind siting, climate change, and tax credits for home and business energy systems. Visit or call 517-646-6269.

Career Bootcamp offered for job seekers in 2 workshops

Career Bootcamp will be held in two workshops: 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. June 26 at 725 S. Adams, Suite 185 in Birmingham.
The workshop, led by Kelly Olin, a professional career and life coach, covers developing a resume and cover letter, interviewing skills, job search techniques, networking skills and professional communication and presence.
The cost is $75 for one session or $100 for both. Visit or call 248-703-4024.

Friday, 18 June 2010

Catch Us and Former President Bill Clinton at WPC

Former President of the United States, Bill Clinton, has been announced as the official Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) 2010 guest speaker. He is scheduled to have a keynote speech titled “Embracing Our Common Humanity” on Wednesday, July 14 in Washington D.C. The WPC is an annual gathering of Microsoft partners that allows for networking opportunities, sharing of best practices, and the latest product innovations and releases. The five day event runs from July 11 – 15 and it will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Big themes of this year’s event include Microsoft’s cloud services strategy and how partners can take advantage of the opportunities offered by the cloud to improve their business. Other keynote speakers include Microsoft Executives Steve Balmer, Kevin Turner, and Allison Watson. Even though we are not an exhibitor at the event, our Sales and Marketing Director, Giuseppe Ianni, will be present. If you are attending the WPC and would like to schedule a meeting to learn more about Azox feel free to contact Giuseppe.

Friday, 11 June 2010

Azox Announces Support for Encore Business Solutions’ Recurring Contract Billing

We are pleased to announce Azox Credit Card Extension now works seamlessly with Encore Business Solutions’ Recurring Contract Billing. These combined solutions provide the user with the ability to process credit cards for SOP batches that are created by Encore’s Recurring Contract Billing. With this solution, saving different credit cards with different contracts and facilitating the process of handling recurring orders is more efficient and manageable. The combination of these solutions helps eliminate many of the manual processes that occur throughout the billing process. Azox President, Bernie Huang says, “Encore’s Recurring Billing works seamlessly and Azox Credit Card Extension (CCE) is the perfect solution to process SOP batches created by Encore’s Recurring Billing. In addition, Azox CCE also provides faster batch processing, credit card approval and decline reports with the ability to print all transaction receipts and invoices from batch processing with one click.” COO of Encore Business Solutions, Ken Chartand, says “"We are enthusiastic to partner our two solutions together as one. Billing and collections can be tedious and time consuming tasks so we are happy to be able to offer our clients an integrated solution to help make their processes more efficient."

Thursday, 10 June 2010

Prepare Yourself for the July 1st PCI Compliance Deadline

With the compliance mandates being enforced beginning in July we thought it would be a good idea to hold a webinar and go over what this all means. With this webinar we aim at educating people about the requirements needed to adhere to the PCI-DSS mandates, and how Azox PA-DSS validated Credit Card Processing solution for Microsoft Dynamics GP can help your organization gain compliance. The webinar is to be held June 16th. Attendees will also receive a free assessment guide that goes over the 12 requirements of becoming compliant, and how to assess whether or not your network is properly maintained and secure. To attend the webinar click here.

Tuesday, 8 June 2010

PCI Data Security Standards Rock

With the July 1st PCI Compliance deadline fast approaching we thought this video from the PCI Security Standards Council did a good job of going over the 12 requirements that must be met in order to gain compliance in an informative and entertaining way. Check it out. And then feel free to contact Azox and find out how our PA-DSS certified Credit Card Extension product can help achieve compliance mandates.

Friday, 4 June 2010

Azox Announces Compatibility with Credit Card Processing Products and Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010

Azox has just achieved compatibility with Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 for its Credit Card Extension (CCE) product. Azox is excited to expand its' solutions in support of the Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 product line and believes the new features of Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 will help businesses with a list of new features that will include workflow integration between other Microsoft applications, such as Microsoft Office Suite and Microsoft Dynamics CRM. Fully integrated with Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 Azox CCE products provide credit card processing, transaction management and tracking in the Microsoft Dynamics GP Sales Order Processing and Receivable Management modules. In addition, CCE is also a PA-DSS (Payment Application Data Security Standard) certified application that conforms to industry best practices when handling, managing and storing payment related information.