Showing posts from November, 2010

Inn Season Cafe in Royal Oak presents ‘Food is Medicine’

Inn Season Cafe chef presents ‘Food is Medicine’

George Vutetakis, founding chef of the Inn Season Cafe in Royal Oak, will discuss “Food is Medicine” from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8, at the Wellness Training Institute, 39242 Dequindre, Ste. 104 in Sterling Heights. The cost to attend is $20 and includes the talk, cooking demonstration and tasting. Vutetakis will demonstrate how to prepare quinoa corn arepas with cranberry chocolate salsa and pepita cilantro pesto garnish. Seating is limited. For reservations, call 586-795-3600.

Sargent Appliance names Karen Newman as spokeswoman

The Skolas family of Sargent Appliance announced Karen Newman as its official spokesperson.
Newman, a Rochester native is a professional singer, well-known for her singing of the National Anthem before Red Wings’ home games. She also has produced several CDs and is in her 10th year of producing and performing in her popular, family friendly holiday show at various venues throughout the Detroit…

Business calendar

Nov. 29 Detroit Economic Club show

The Detroit Economic Club will host U.S. Congressman Mike Pence, of Indiana, for a presention of “Restoring American Exceptionalism: A Vision for Economic Growth and Prosperity” from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 29 at The Townsend Hotel, 100 Townsend St., Birmingham. Call 313-963-8546 or visit

Nov. 30  Michigan Career Expo will sponsor the Empowering Michigan Career Expo  to link job seekers with hiring companies from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30, at the Doubletree Hotel, 5801 Southfield Freeway, Dearborn. Several local companies will be present and ready to interview and discuss hiring opportunities. Businesses interested in registering for a booth should contact at 734-956-4550.

Dec. 1 Foreclosure opportunities seminar

Thav, Gross, Steinway & Bennett and The Financial Crisis Talk Center will host a free seminar “The Foreclosure Crisis & …

ABC Warehouse selling mattresses

ABC Warehouse selling mattresses

ABC Warehouse, a leading Midwest retailer of appliances, TV, video/audio, electronics and computers, is adding mattresses to its product offerings.
Mattresses from manufacturers Bassett and Spring Airhave been introduced in stores in Brighton, Center Line, Chesterfield, Farmington, Mt. Clemens, Novi, Pontiac, Southfield and Troy.
For more information, visit

Timberland Group moves office

The Timberland Group, an Employee Benefits & Consulting agency plans to relocating its Center Line office to 1707 W. Big Beaver, Troy, Nov. 23. For more information, visit or call 800-695-2921.

Free holiday recipe book offered

The Michigan Food and Beverage Association has published its 15th annual free “Favorite Holiday Recipes.” It consists of many holiday favorites published in cooperation with the “Ask Your Neighbor” radio program and menus phoned in or mailed to host Bob Allison and the association. To …

Macy’s opens at 4 a.m. Friday

Macy’s opens at 4 a.m. Friday
Macy’s stores nationwide will open their doors at 4 a.m. Nov 26. Macy’s Facebook page has a list of the 200 morning specials.
This year, Macy’s has new gift-giving options for every customer’s need: first ever grab-and-go “Gift Shops” that offer a variety of limited edition gifts exclusive to Macy’s including the latest techie gadgets to accessories for you and your pets. Visit .

Free appetizers at Partridge Creek

The Mall at Partridge Creek kicks off the holiday shopping season with its Appetizer Giveaway. Several restaurants will offer one free appetizer for any party seated between
11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 26, with no purchase necessary.  They are: Bar Louie, Brio Tuscan Grille, Max & Erma’s, Nordstrom Café Bistro, P.F. Chang’s China Bistro. Tin Fish and California Pizza Kitchen. For information, visit

Free Slurpees on Friday
7-Eleven is offering a free small Slurpee drink on Friday as part of t…

Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time to be grateful for what we have and share that appreciation with the ones that are closest to us. We want to thank you for using and recommending our products and helping us continue to provide solutions that help businesses through technology.

The entire Azox team joins in wishing you, your family and friends a Happy Thanksgiving. We truly appreciate working with you and once again we wish you the best this holiday.Sincerely,Azox

First Preferred Mortgage seeks applicants

First Preferred Mortgage Co. seeks qualified candidates

Port Huron-based First Preferred Mortgage Company, a full-service residential mortgage bank is seeking qualified applicants for a variety of positions at both First Preferred and its wholesale company, Michigan Mutual Inc. The company is looking to hire underwriters, underwriting assistants, call center loan originators and outside loan originators to work in Southfield.
Those interested, should call 800-700-5839 or e-mail

Simek Joins Walsh College as major gifts officer

St. Clair Shores resident Stanley Simek Jr., has been named major gifts officer in the Walsh College Department of Development and Alumni Relations. Prior to joining Walsh, Simek was a personal giving officer for The Children’s Hospital of Michigan and corporate development officer for Detroit Institute of Arts. Simek chairs the St. Clair Shores Cultural Committee and is on the Board of Directors for Leadership Ma…

Business Resource Centers open in Oakland

Business Resource Centers open in Oakland

The Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center has created several new Business Resource Centers in Wayne, Oakland and Monroe counties. Tools available include the latest computer technology; hardware and software addressing diverse business needs; and a small business reference library of books and publications.
The southeastern Michigan region now has seven resource centers in operation, including newly operating locations in the Southfield Public Library, 26300 Evergreen Road, Southfield, Oakland County One Stop Shop and Oakland County Business Center in Waterford Township. Call 734-487-0355.

Entrepreneurs invited to pitch a Beringea venture capitalist

Entrepreneurs are invited to pitch a Beringea venture capitalist during 15-minute sessions at sites around the state. Beringea, Michigan’s largest venture capital firm, is introducing an open investor-pitch forum known as “Office Hours” in a months-l…

Oakland County holds December business workshops

Oakland County holds December business workshops

Business owners and entrepreneurs are invited to attend seminars offered by the Oakland County Business Center at Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township. For pre-registration, visit, or call 248-858-0783.
Fundamentals of Starting a Business is 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2. The fee is $30.
Sales I: Effective Networking , presented by Denise Roberts, Sales Partners-Troy is 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Dec. 8. The fee is $40, which includes all materials.
Pre-Business Research is 6 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9. This workshop is free, but pre-registration is required.
Fundamentals of Writing a Business Plan workshop is 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 16. The fee is $40, which includes all materials. No refunds.

Monthly Rise and Shine held

BNA Monthly Rise and Shine is 8 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 23 at Masserman Photography, 2900 Orchard La…

Rainy Day Hobbies celebrates first anniversary

Rainy Day Hobbies celebrates first anniversary with open house
Rainy Day Hobbies’ first anniversary open house is 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at 22961 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. Festivities include: sandwiches, popcorn and refreshments, radio-controlled helicopter and car demonstrations, presentations of vintage railroad footage and special merchandise discounts. The event is free. Call 248-545-5667. Metered parking is behind the store.

Dykema gains new associate
Lauren M. Phillips has joined Dykema as an associate in the litigation department. Her practice focuses on general litigation, with an emphasis on business and commercial litigation. In law school, Phillips was a Dean’s Scholar and Lombard Fellow. Phillips interned for Chief Justice Marilyn Kelly of the Michigan Supreme Court and Chief Judge Gerald Rosen of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. She also spent a summer working at the Mich…

Tweetup today at Somerset

Tweetup today at Somerset
Vision Fuel Media is assisting Fist of Detroit Apparel and the Detroit Shoppe at Somerset Collection in hosting a Tweetup 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18. A Tweetup is an event for people that use Twitter to come together to meet offline and network. All the proceeds from sales of merchandise go to local charities. Visit

ITC declares dividend
ITC Holdings Corp. on Wednesday announced that its Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend on ITC common stock of $0.335 per share payable on Dec. 15 to shareholders of record on Dec. 1.

Chase plans job fair
Chase will host a mortgage operations job fair from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at the Troy Marriott, 200 W. Big Beaver Road. Chase plans to hire up to 200 full-time regular and temporary employees for its Troy and Bloomfield Hills mortgage operations centers. Available positions include: administrative assistants, processors, closers, closing support staff…

Main Street Bank acquires mortgage division of Paramount Bank

Main Street Bank acquires mortgage division of Paramount Bank

Main Street Bank, formerly known as Nstar Community Bank, last month closed on its purchase of the Home Lending Division of Farmington Hills-based Paramount Bank.
Joel Dorfman, Main Street Bank co-founder and chairman of the board, said the acquisition has enabled the Bingham Farms-based bank to provide economies of scale in the mortgage sector.
According to Dorfman, all of the Paramount employees working in its mortgage division were offered positions with Main Street Bank.
The bank serves small- to- medium sized business and individual accounts with an emphasis on personalized service, a broad spectrum of products, and operating standards that emphasize and support the region. It is at 31780 Telegraph Road, north of 13 Mile, in Bingham Farms.

Grant Thornton named to Working Mother 100 Best

The Working Mother 100 Best Companies initiative has selected Grant Thornton LLP, the U.S. member firm of Grant Thorn…

Azox Products Now Featured on LinkedIn

Azox has now posted its products on its LinkedIn company page. Each of our major product offerings are now displayed on that page and visitors can also click on each product to discover more information as well as YouTube videos specific to each product. LinkedIn users can also provide recommendations for products that they use and have these recommendations seen by others across LinkedIn. If you are using any of Azox solutions and are happy we would greatly appreciate your recommendation. If you would like to recommend any of our solutions please visit the Azox LinkedIn product page.

For our customers who have company pages setup on LinkedIn we highly recommend they do the same with their page and add their products and services. By placing products on these pages companies can enhance their visibility online as well as offer additional credibility to their network of connections that may be looking for recommendations before they make any purchases. To learn more about these great ne…

Importance of Using a PA-DSS Certified Solution

Read our recent post on ERP Software Blog that goes over why companies need to look closley at using payment application software that is secure and PA-DSS certified. Learn how products like Azox Credit Card Extension can help companies with the overall goal of implementing a PCI compliant environment. Read the full post here.

Accelerate Michigan launched

Accelerate Michigan launched

Business Leaders for Michigan and the University Research Corridor announced the formation of a new partnership called Accelerate Michigan, to help support efforts to make Michigan a “top ten” state for economic growth. Based on benchmarking performed by McKinsey & Company, the partnership will become one of the largest of its kind between a state’s largest businesses and research universities.
Accelerate Michigan already has started work in three areas and set additional goals to accelerate the state’s economy: Championing entrepreneurship and innovation, growing capacity to scale ideas and catalyzing clusters of innovation. Visit for more information.

Perry’s Tents wins gold award

Perry’s Tents & Events of Pontiac has won the 2010 Pinnacle Gold Award from the International Festival and Event Association for Best Vendor for their work at the Target Fireworks (Detroit Freedom Festival).
This award resulted fr…

Main Street Oakland County hosts downtown workshop

Main Street Oakland County hosts downtown workshop Thursday
Main Street Oakland County is hosting a workshop “MakeYour Business & Downtowns Better Now.” The first of two sessions will be held 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18 at The Crofoot, 1 South Saginaw in downtown Pontiac. Registration is $55 and includes conference materials, continental breakfast, lunch and snack. Main Street Oakland County and Michigan Main Street representatives attend for only $25 each. To register, visit or call Karla Richey at 248-858-1099. The second workshop is scheduled for Jan. 27, 2011.

Recreational Equipment participates in Facebook Deals

Recreational Equipment participates in Facebook Deals beta launch

Recreational Equipment Inc., a national retailer providing outdoor gear and clothing, is one of the participating companies in the beta launch of Facebook Deals. For every customer who checks in at the Troy and Northville REI stores through Facebook Places, the co-op will donate $1 to the Clinton River Watershed Council. It’s a way for those who are interested in helping maintain local trails and parks just by using the social networking site, to check in to either location.

Delta PowerSystems forms alliance with Mister Sparky franchisor

Delta PowerSystems, a full service Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) solutions provider headquartered in Clarkston, has announced a new alliance with Mister Sparky, a franchisor based in Sarasota, Fla., that focuses on residential electrical contracting. This business venture will allow Delta PowerSystems and Mister Sparky to be at the forefront …

Panel focuses on business opportunities with Mexico

Expert panel focuses on business opportunities with Mexico
Oakland University’s School of Business Administration will present “Mexico: A Multifaceted NAFTA Partner — What you need to know about doing business in/with Mexico,” from 9 a.m. to noon, Friday, Nov. 19, at Elliott Hall on the campus of Oakland University.
This panel discussion, featuring a slate of expert speakers, will focus on broadening understanding between the United States and Mexico in trade relations, political framework, international law, business innovation, education and cross-cultural communications.
With a population of more than 103 million people, Mexico has become the 14th largest economy in the world and the top exporter in Latin America. The country boasts more than 125 research and development centers and 1,200 universities, and is emerging as a knowledge economy power.
For reservations, contact Lisa Desmet at 248-370-2957 or

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Short sale expert joins Complete Title

Short sale expert joins Complete Title

Ellen Mahoney is no stranger to the real estate community, having 27 years experience in the industry. She was recently named the president of Complete Title’s new loss mitigation consulting services division.
“Mahoney brings an understanding of the legal nuances of the foreclosure process as well as a depth of knowledge and expertise in distressed property sales,” said Bill Haider, director of sales for Complete Title.
Complete Title Services is a full-service title agency, providing title insurance and closings for both residential and commercial property. Both are located at Complete Title, 33200 Woodward Ave. Birmingham. For more information, visit or or call 248-647-3600.

Anton Art Center holds annual Christmas market

Those looking for special items for the holidays can visit the Anton Art Center’s annual Christmas Market, beginning Friday, Nov. 19. The Anton Art Center is located at 12…

TradeFirst hosts Barter Expo

TradeFirst hosts Barter Expo

The Fall Barter Expo is 4 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11 at the Southfield Civic Center, 26111 Evergreen Road, Southfield.
Over a half million dollars worth of business transactions are projected to take place without a traditional dollar being spent at’s Fall Barter Expo.
Oak Park-based is a privately-held barter company with over 5,000 members in Michigan. The company has offices in Ohio and Florida also. For information, call 248-544-1350 or visit

Labor forum slated for Nov. 12

23rd Annual Labor, Employment, and Immigration Law Forum is 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 12 at The Dearborn Inn, 20301 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn. Registration is $145 and includes continental breakfast, lunch, reception, and seminar materials. For information, visit or call 313-983-7486.

Homeless pets on database

4 Paws 1 Heart of Mount Clemens has joined other animal welfare organizations in the area that …

Women in Communications names president

DETROITWomen in Communications names president
Adrienne Lenhoff has been named president of the Detroit Chapter of The Association of Women in Communications. Lenhoff is president of Shazaaam! LLC Public Relations of Novi.

Trott & Trott, P.C. adds two attorneys, receives NARCA award

Farmington Hills-based Trott & Trott, P.C., announced the addition of attorneys Timothy Chervenak and Jennifer Hawthorne to the firm’s title department. Timothy Chervenak joins Trott & Trott as a title attorney. Jennifer Hawthorne joins Trott & Trott as a title attorney from Hoffert & Associates in Farmington Hills, where she reviewed and assessed property tax assessment notices.
The law firm also has been named the recipient of the National Association of Retail Collection Attorneys (NARCA) 2010 Community Service Award. The Community Service Award, presented annually at the NARCA Fall Conference, is given to the law firm that best demonstrates an implementation of activitie…

Sunday Business Calendar

TROYSocial media topic of lunch
A workshop about how social media can improve your marketing strategies is 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9. It is hosted by the Michigan Homeland Security Consortium. The workshop is part of a Lunch & Learn Series held each month at Automation Alley Headquarters at 2675 Bellingham Drive in Troy. This is geared toward the homeland security and defense sectors. The cost is $20 for members and $40 for nonmembers. Registration is required. Visit

TROY Veterans Entrepreneur Conference on horizon
The fifth annual Southeastern Michigan V.E.T. Conference begins at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10, at the Michigan State University Management Education Center, 811 W. Square Lake Road, Troy.
There will also be a Vets Night Out networking event from 7 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 9, at the Management Education Center and there is no admission fee. Refreshments and a cash bar will be available. This year’s conference will feature 16 breakout sessions and a pa…

Job seekers workshop is Wednesday in Sterling Heigts

Job seekers workshop to be held Wednesday
Job seekers looking to develop more marketable resumes can attend a workshop hosted by St. Jane Frances de Chantal Catholic Community from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at St. Jane’s Hall 1 (south entrance), 38750 Ryan Road, Sterling Heights. Joe Bieth, vice president with Astra Recruiting Solutions, will share resume writing tips. Participants will also receive a resume review and personal coaching from human resource professionals. Admission is free, but seating is limited. For reservations, e-mail

Palace Sports names VP of public relations
Jeff Corey of Beverly Hills was promoted to vice president of public relations for Palace Sports & Entertainment.
He will be responsible for public relations efforts for The Palace, DTE Energy Music Theatre, Meadow Brook Music Festival including concerts, family shows, and sporting events as well as for the group of venues.
Corey joined the Detroit Pistons org…

End of Year Promos & November Webinars

Now through December 31, 2010 Azox is offering 15% off both its e-commerce and credit card processing software. If you want to learn more about our e-commerce and credit card processing solutions don’t miss our webinars for November.

On November 23 you can attend a free webinar that will go over our latest e-commerce engine, eSource 2, that allows for faster and easier to design web environments complete with search engine optimization and seamless integration to Microsoft Dynamics GP. Attend here.

On November 30 we will be having a webinar that goes over credit card processing in Microsoft Dynamics GP featuring our Credit Card Extension product. Attend here.

TradeFirst hosts Fall Barter Expo

TradeFirst hosts Fall Barter Expo
The Fall Barter Expo is 4 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11 at the Southfield Civic Center, 26111 Evergreen Road, Southfield.
Over a half million dollars worth of business transactions are projected to take place without a traditional dollar being spent at’s Fall Barter Expo.
Oak Park-based is a privately-held barter company with over 5,000 members in Michigan.  For information, call 248-544-1350 or visit

Labor forum slated for Nov. 12
23rd Annual Labor, Employment, and Immigration Law Forum is 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 12 at The Dearborn Inn, 20301 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn. Registration is $145 and includes continental breakfast, lunch, reception, and seminar materials. For information, visit or call 313-983-7486.

Administrative professionals network

Administrative professionals networking event planned

The Macomb Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals is hosting an informational and networking event for administrative professionals at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10,
at Vintage House, 31816 Utica Road in Fraser. The cost is $15 per person for food, beverage and the program. Reservations and payment is due by Friday, Nov. 5. Checks may be made payable to Macomb Chapter IAAP and mailed to 50718 Shamrock Drive West, New Baltimore, MI 48047. For information, call Michelle at 586-566-0749 or e-mail

Jules Olsman named adjunct law professor
Jules Olsman has been named an adjunct professor at Michigan State University College of Law.
Olsman is teaching the recently added medical malpractice litigation course. Olsman is president of Olsman, Mueller, Wallace & MacKenzie of Berkley.
Olsman has 31 years of experience in all aspects of personal injury litigation includi…

Little Caesars Pizza brings back ‘Pizza Pizza’

Little Caesars Pizza brings back ‘Pizza Pizza’ to metro Detroit
Little Caesars Pizza brings back its two-for-one concept to metro Detroit. “Pizza Pizza Pantastic,” a combination of the convenience of Hot N’ Ready pizzas with an added feature. There are two rectangular pizzas, one is pepperoni and the other is Ultimate Supreme, with five toppings. The pizzas have six slices each and are packed side by side in one convenient box. The crusts are thicker than original round and thinner than deep dish. The new product offering became available Nov. 1. For information, call 800-553-5776 or visit
— From staff reports

Ford CEO Alan Mulally to keynote benefit dinner
President and CEO Alan Mulally of Ford Motor Co. will be the keynote speaker Nov. 11 at the Hyatt Regency Dearborn. WJR-AM drive-time host Paul W. Smith will be emcee for the event. Proceeds benefit homes for people with developmental disabilities served by Angels’ Place. The evening st…

Oxford recognized as Five Star Community by U-M

Oxford recognized as Five Star Community by U-M
Oxford has been recognized for its work to foster entrepreneurial growth and economic development in a study by researchers at the University of Michigan-Dearborn’s Center for Innovation Research (iLabs). Oxford was honored as a Five Star community along with 55 other communities across Michigan.
There are 190 businesses in the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) district. Since September 2008, with assistance from the DDA Façade and Sign Grant program, there has been more than $2,700,000 in total investments made (public and private combined) in the physical improvement of the DDA district.

Riverwalk master plan receives award
Auburn Hills received the Planning Excellence 2010 Award from the Michigan Association of Planning for the city’s Riverwalk master plan. The plan envisions a riverfront park system linked to the regional Clinton River Trail network and connected to the city’s downtown core that will ho…

Plex Systems reports 32 percent revenue increase

Plex Systems reports 32 percent revenue increase
Plex Systems Inc., provider of the No. 1-rated manufacturing Enterprise Resource Planning software, announced record financial results for its third quarter ending Sept. 30. Total revenue for the quarter increased 32 percent, while recurring revenue increased 25 percent. The company also added 11 new customers. Mark Symonds, chief executive officer at Plex Systems, said, “The demand for manufacturing ERP in the cloud continues to increase dramatically. Additionally, new industries have responded positively to the manufacturing-centric design of our solution, driving success among companies in food and beverage processing, alternative energy manufacturing, and consumer product manufacturing.” More information is online at

Rehmann to merge with Wright Griffin Davis and Co.

Rehmann, CPA and consulting firm, announced plans of intent to merge with Ann Arbor-based Wright Griffin Davis and Co., effective Jan. 1, 2011.