Wednesday, 28 December 2011
The state of Michigan offered special tax credits to donations made to certified organizations providing overnight accommodations, food or meals to indigents. This Michigan tax credit, which will be eliminated in 2012, is 50 percent of the contribution — or up to $100 on a single return and up to $200 on a joint return.
These credits also can be combined with any federal tax deduction.
Food banks are at www.gcfb.org or www.forgottenharvest.org.
2. Donations of unwanted furniture and clothing, should be made to the Salvation Army or other thrift stores by Dec. 31.
3. Homeowners should pay property taxes and mortgage payments so that the funds are received by Friday, Dec. 30.
4. Homeowners in need of a new appliance such as a refrigerator, dishwasher, washer or dryer should purchase it by Dec. 31, before the tax breaks expire.
5. Self-employed and small-business owners should make business equipment purchases that are needed, by Dec. 31. Small businesses can deduct the costs of qualifying business equipment and software as an expense rather than depreciating that cost over many years.
For more information, visit www.irs.gov.
Friday, 23 December 2011
1. Adventure is just bad planning. Have you had enough of the rollercoaster, fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants method? Try planning instead, there is a simple three-step process. First, you have to set written goals. What do you want to achieve in 2012? It seems like such a simple question, but many business people go year after year without ever deciding exactly what they want to achieve. Amazingly, these business owners are often surprised when results are disappointing. What are your revenue goals? What profit percentages do you want and need to make? Do you want to expand operations or launch a new product line? Commit your specific goals to writing.
Second, develop a plan to achieve your business objectives. What do you need to do differently in 2012 to meet these goals? Map out a step-by-step process that will result in achieving the goals you set. The plan should consist of a clear set of action items, completion dates and the name of the one person responsible for each action step. When more than one person is responsible, no one is accountable. Resist the temptation to assign more than one person to any single action step.
Finally, execute your plan and review progress periodically. These reviews must be scheduled and they must be a priority. Executing your plan and holding people accountable for results is very important, but it may not be considered urgent. Without discipline, the urgent will always overtake the important. Don t fall into this trap.
2. Start with good people. It has become a cliche to say that our people are our greatest asset. While perhaps cliche, it is also true. You need good people with great skills to serve your customers and/or make your products. One hurdle we see small business people struggle with is acting on difficult employee issues. These can include underperformance, poor attitudes and mismatched skills. It is especially difficult when a loyal employee can no longer perform well because the job has outgrown his or her abilities. We have seen entrepreneurs reluctant to remove or layer a long-term employee, or worse, a family member or friend who is struggling to perform in a job to which they are not well suited. The situation is bad for all concerned. The employer, the employee and customers suffer.
In 2012, first review your goals and action steps. Next, imagine the roles, skills sets, behaviors and cognitive capabilities you will need to achieve your goals successfully. Finally, take a hard look at the individuals on your team. Be brutally honest when you consider whether they have or could reasonably acquire the skills and other attributes necessary to help you complete your plan. If not, you will need to make some difficult decisions.
Don't delay. We have never heard anyone say, I think I fired Mary too soon. I should have given her several more chances. On the other hand, we have often heard small business people lament, I wasted so much time giving Mary chance after chance. Why did I wait so long to make that change? You need good people to execute your plan. You must help your folks develop the skills they need or get folks that already have them.
3. Don't fall into the insanity trap. You have probably heard the quote that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, expecting a different result. The truth is that poor processes breed poor results and the results won't change until the processes are improved. If you want to do things faster, at a lower cost, and with better quality in 2012 you will need to develop better processes.
The first step is to document your existing processes. Write them down. It's not sexy and no one is going to pay you an extra nickel because you have documented processes, but this is the only way to ensure consistency across the organization and it's the only way to launch a process improvement initiative. You can't improve a process until there is agreement on how things are currently done.
Once processes are documented, look for ways to streamline the operation. Can waiting time be removed? Generally, this is where most of the opportunity lies. Can steps currently performed in series be done in parallel? Can steps be eliminated altogether because they are simply unnecessary? Is it possible to automate pieces of the operation? Answering these questions will help you identify ways to do things more quickly and at a lower cost.
Finally, when a problem arises, first fix the immediate situation. Make it right for the customer. This has to be the priority. But, your work isn't done when the customer is satisfied. Don't miss the opportunity to fix the underlying cause. Ask the question, what do we have to do to ensure that this problem never happens again? Fixing the root cause of the problem will improve quality in the future.
4. Measure more than once. When we begin working with an entrepreneur one of the first things we do is review their financials and other metrics. Frequently, we notice two opportunities for improvement: the financial statements can be enhanced to enable more effective management decision making and metrics other than financial statements can be developed.
First, for management decision making, financial statements should generally be prepared on an accrual basis rather than on a cash basis (small businesses may well choose the cash method for taxes). The reason is that accrual accounting does a better job of matching expenses with the revenue they generated. Second, P&Ls that simply have revenue, a number of cost categories and a bottom line profit are generally less useful for management decision making than they could be. It is often useful to separate the cost of delivering a product or service from overhead. Third, if the company has managers that are responsible for expenses and/or revenue, the specific areas of responsibility for each manager should be broken out separately. This allows clear accountability. Finally, to be useful for management decision making, financial statements must be completed in a timely manner. Many small businesses go months without producing financials. This is a huge mistake because problems can go unnoticed. At most, the books should be closed within two weeks of the end of the month.
When a business reaches the size that the owner can no longer be involved in every transaction, additional metrics, beyond financial statements, will be required. When the owner isn't involved in every transaction, he or she can't possibly know everything that is going on in the business. By the time problems turn up in the financial statements, it can be too late. Consider a business that ships products to customers. If shipments start to go out late, this will eventually show up in the financials in the form of lower revenue because customers have become frustrated and taken their business elsewhere. Unfortunately, the damage is done. The customers are gone. What's needed is a metric that alerts the owner to late shipments while there is still time to correct the problem.
Doug and Polly White are Principals at Whitestone Partners; a management-consulting firm that helps small businesses build the infrastructure they need to grow profitably. They are also coauthors of the groundbreaking new book, Let Go to GROW; why some businesses thrive and others fail to reach their potential (Palari Publishing 2011). The book explains how entrepreneurs can avoid the most common pitfalls as their businesses grow and is available at www.WhitestonePartnersInc.com.
Thursday, 22 December 2011
Happy holidays from the team at Azox. We would like thank all of our partners and customers for your business in 2011 and wish you a terrific holiday season and a prosperous 2012. We look forward to exciting new announcements and updates in 2012, as our e-commerce solution, eSource, will be updated early next year.
Your Friends at Azox
Wednesday, 21 December 2011
Check out all the best tools for your kitchen at www.savoirfare.com. Whether it's cutlery, glassware, bakeware or cookware you can find the products that can help create legendary fine dining experience for your home at Savoir Fare. While you're there read some of their special recipes for chilli, pumpkin soup, chocolate heathbar cookies, cajun shrimp and more.
Monday, 19 December 2011
Cash flows pose an unending challenge to business owners and managers because they have to be carefully managed. Here are 11 things to do to for good cash flow:
1. Respect and understand financial statements. According to some surveys, 25 percent of businesses don’t even maintain accounting records (let alone produce financial statements).
“The bottom line for small business owners is simple,” says Tracy. “If you don’t make an effort to prepare, review, and completely understand your financial statements, then you need to ask yourself why you’re in business in the first place. And this especially holds true for the statement of cash flows, because an abundance of invaluable information is available from this most commonly overlooked and mismanaged financial statement.”
2. Plan, do projections, and plan some more. Proper planning is essential to the launch, growth, management, and ultimate success of your business as measured by the ability to generate profits and, just as important, to avoid running out of cash. According to Tracy, “Having access to sound financial plans structured for different operating scenarios is an absolute must.”
3. Focus on capital and cash—the lifeblood of your business. One of the most common reasons small businesses fail is that they lack adequate cash or capital, not only to survive difficult times, but also to prosper during growth opportunities.
“Remember, one of the greatest losses a small business can realize is that of lost opportunity, which has its roots in not being prepared to properly capitalize on market opportunities,” explains Tracy. “The harsh reality is that this great loss is never accounted for or presented in any way, shape, or form on the business’s financial statements. Rather, missed market and business opportunities lurk in the torturous thought, Imagine what I could have achieved!”
4. Understand your selling cycle. The length of the complete selling cycle is often much longer than the aspiring entrepreneur projects and/or wants to believe.
“The selling cycle in its entirety spans the time from the very start of the process when a product or service is first visualized and developed to supporting customers after the sale and developing additional products or services that may be in demand,” says Tracy. “And if not properly managed, the selling cycle generally becomes one of the largest consumers of cash in a business. Without fail, almost every aspiring business owner, at one point or another, will experience delays in the selling cycle.”
5. Manage your disbursements cycle. To counteract the selling cycle cash consumption machine, businesses need to understand that the disbursement cycle (managing expenditures and cash payments to vendors, employees, and other creditors) can be leveraged and managed to be a primary source of cash for your business.
“Invoke what’s called the matching principle,” advises Tracy. “That is, similar to properly matching revenue and expenses to ensure that an accurate measurement of a business’s profit or loss is obtained, you should be able to match cash inflows and outflows.”
6. Be creative to generate cash. The following three areas offer significant opportunities for creativity when looking to improve cash flows:
Turn your assets over more quickly. The more quickly you can turn over assets, the more quickly they turn into cash. It’s as simple as that.
7. Leverage your vendors, suppliers, and financing sources. They don’t want to lose your business, so placing just the right amount of leverage on these groups can result in enhanced cash flows because liabilities offer a source of cash.
8. Manage external sources of cash proactively. Proactively manage your relationships with banks, leasing companies, and even the federal government to ensure that cash is made available when needed.
9. Balance the balance sheet. Many businesses overlook the concept of properly managing the financial structure of their balance sheet, which has gotten more than a few businesses in trouble.
“Your business needs to strike a proper balance between making sure that current assets are financed or supported with current liabilities,” notes Tracy, “and making sure that long-term assets are financed or supported with long-term sources of capital such as a five-year note payable or equity. Every business should strive to achieve a financial condition that ensures constant maintenance of adequate levels of both solvency—the ability to pay all just debts—and liquidity—the ability to quickly access cash to support business operations.”
10. Understand external capital markets. When it comes to external capital markets, think well ahead. In today’s economic climate, it takes a long time to identify external sources of capital and to secure them. So plan well ahead to make sure that you’ll have cash available when needed, because it’s not a process you can rush.
11. Protect cash at all times. Cash has a unique characteristic unlike other assets that makes it highly susceptible to additional risk of loss: Cash is an extremely liquid and marketable asset.
Always think of CART. CART equals complete, accurate, reliable, and timely. Your company’s financial and accounting information system needs to produce complete, accurate, reliable, and timely financial information, reports, data, and so on, which management can use to make informed business decisions.
“When you have the proper systems in place and know what to look for, you can keep cash flowing, helping you to grow a successful business,” says Tracy. “Let 2012 be the year you place a renewed focus on properly managing your cash flows.”
About the Authors:
Tage C. Tracy is principal owner of TMK & Associates, an accounting, financial, and strategic business planning consulting firm. John A. Tracy is professor of accounting at the University of Colorado in Boulder and the author of Accounting For Dummies.
About the Book:
Cash Flow For Dummies (Wiley, 2011, ISBN: 978-1-1180-1850-7, $26.99) is available at bookstores nationwide, major online booksellers, or directly from the publisher by calling 877-762-2974.
Friday, 16 December 2011
Six Reasons It’s Not Just About Talking Behind the Wheel AnymoreWhen the BlackBerry was introduced in 2002, people began conducting business from anywhere. That led to an increase of lawsuits in which employers incurred significant liability for accidents caused by employees talking on a cell phone while driving. To avoid that liability, employers began implementing and enforcing policies defining when and how employees may use a cell phone for work while they are driving.
Pepper Hamilton LLP labor and employment attorney Robert C. Ludolph notes, “If an employee had a car accident while talking on a cell phone, those policies helped employers establish that they were not vicariously liable, because the employee was not carrying out their job duties by talking on the phone, and/or that the employer wasn’t negligent by permitting their employees to use a cell phone while driving.”
But “smartphones” now dominate the market, and their functions encompass text messaging, e-mail, Internet access, media players, cameras and gaming. Ludolph says, “Smartphones have infiltrated almost every aspect of our lives, including our work lives. So implementing a workplace smartphone policy that goes above and beyond any original policies that covered just phone conversations, is more important now than ever.”
Ludolph recommends the following considerations for employers revising their phone policies or drafting one for the first time:
1. Accident Prevention/Risk Avoidance - If a policy was necessary to minimize employer risks associated with talking on a cell phone while driving, consider that using text messaging and other smartphone functions today is even more dangerous. A recent study by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute revealed that a driver texting while operating a heavy vehicle increases the chance of an accident by 23 times! If your company doesn’t already address this risk, implement a policy prohibiting the use of smartphones and other hand-held devices while driving.
2. Smartphone Etiquette - How many meetings have you attended in which someone is constantly looking at or reaching for a smartphone? It may be acceptable in an internal firm meeting to monitor smartphone activity for important messages that require prompt attention. “But, if an employee is preoccupied with a smartphone while meeting with a client, the client could be offended – and could decide to become a former client,” Ludolph says. So employers should consider a policy that addresses when an employee can and cannot use a smartphone in any work setting, not just when driving.
3. Record Keeping - While texting for business purposes may be quick and efficient, one drawback is the inability to file or archive the texts. “Deleted texts are difficult, and sometimes impossible, to retrieve. A smartphone policy should address how a record of the text communications will be stored so that, if necessary, the communications can be retrieved,” Ludolph notes. “Such a policy will also assist in refuting a false claim that a text had been sent.”
4. Company Property/No Expectation of Privacy - A smartphone policy should also state that any communications sent on employer-distributed smartphones (or other electronic devices) are company property, that the employee should not expect that those communications are private, and that the communications are subject to review by the employer. The policy should also emphasize that the employer owns the smartphone’s telephone number. This will minimize invasion of privacy claims and prevent a departing employee from later using the number to unfairly solicit the employer’s customers, Ludolph adds.
5. “Textual” Harassment - The use of smartphones at work has already bred litigation in response to a new trend – “textual harassment.” For example, an intern filed a lawsuit in 2010 against her former supervisor claiming he sent texts that created a “raunchy, intimidating and sexualized work environment.” Because of this, a smartphone policy should emphasize that any activity on a smartphone is subject to the company’s anti-harassment policies, including the sexual harassment policy. The anti-harassment policies should also be revised to state that inappropriate text messages or other inappropriate uses of a smartphone may be considered a form of harassment and will not be tolerated.
6. Productivity - Surveys have shown that employees typically waste two hours per day at work, excluding their lunch break – and this does not include time spent on a smartphone. Smartphones now have most of the capabilities of a desktop computer, including the ability to access the Internet. “Thus, in addition to addressing how and when an employee is permitted to use a smartphone, a smartphone policy should also state that the use of smartphones is subject to the employer’s social media, Internet and other computer-related policies,” says Ludolph. “If an employer doesn’t have such policies, it should strongly consider adopting them.”
“Complete insulation from liability can never be guaranteed,” Ludolph says. “But a well-written and well-enforced smartphone policy will do much toward preventing liability in a number of different areas and improving employee performance and productivity that could be jeopardized if smartphones are abused.”
Ludolph concludes that it is essential, however, that employees be trained on the smartphone policy: “Indeed, a policy that employees don’t understand or, worse yet, are not aware of, is useless and perhaps unenforceable.”
Submitted by Megan Hanks, Buchanan Public Relations LLC, www.buchananpr.com
For information, visit www.pepperlaw.com.
Thursday, 15 December 2011
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Tuesday, 13 December 2011
Southfield Area Chamber of Commerce will host its 1st Annual Holiday Brunch 9 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 14, Regency Manor, 25228 West 12 Mile Road, Southfield. It will feature Colin McConnell, president of BizMatch Connect. The cost is $10 for chamber members and $15 for non members. Visit www.southfieldchamber.com/brunch or call 248-557-6661 or email email@example.com
Social Media is a Party in Detroit on Thursday
Social Media is a Party is hosting a panel discussion, “How We Can Create a Thriving Future for Detroit.” It starts with registration at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 15 at The Red Grape Lounge in The Kresge Building, 1201 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Featured panelists include: Karen Dumas, Former Chief of Communications & External Affairs for the City of Detroit; Toby Barlow, Executive Creative Director at Team Detroit; Rabbi Jason Miller, Rabbi at Congregation T’chiyah and Phillip Cooley, Owner of Slows Bar BQ. The night includes an charity showcase, twitter games and giveaways, silent auction and mixer. The event is free to attend. Donations are requested of warm clothing, hygiene products and nonperishable food items to be distributed to Social Good Detroit which benefits Christ Child House, Crossroads of Michigan, Capuchin Soup Kitchen, Burners Without Borders Detroit or to the charity of donor’s choice. Visit www.SocialGoodDetroit.com for a list of acceptable donations. Register at www.wepay.com/tickets/SocialGoodDetroit.
Oakland County holds business planning workshop, Thursday
Fundamentals of Writing A Business Plan is 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15 at Oakland County Business Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township. The cost is $40 per person. To register, contact Karen Deaver-Lear at 248-858-0783 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Automation Alley Blood Drive is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 19 at Automation Alley Headquarters, 2675 Bellingham Drive, Troy. To schedule an appointment, visit www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code: autoalley or call Anna at 313-549-7058. Walk-ins will also be accepted.
Monday, 12 December 2011
Beginning in 2012, Reuters will expand its nine-month London-based training program to include New York and Asia. University graduates, working journalists and other professionals wanting to move into journalism can apply for the highly competitive program that involves hands-on training in the classroom and on the newsroom floor. Trainees who meet Reuters rigorous standards will be placed in staff jobs and assigned mentors to guide their careers at the company.
”We are reinvesting in journalism through this highly competitive training program and, at the same time, strengthening our position as an industry leader,” said Stephen Adler, Reuters editor-in-chief. ”While other news organizations have discontinued similar efforts, Reuters has more than doubled the size of its program. This year, we are proud to offer 15 jobs for trainees who successfully complete the program.”
Active recruitment across universities and top journalism schools is underway to find exceptional talent committed to journalistic excellence. Applicants should exhibit a passion for news, a competitive instinct, and speak and write fluently in English. Advanced skills in other languages, financial and data expertise, and multimedia will be given special consideration.
Applicants can apply at www.thomsonreuters.com, and click on careers until December 31, 2011.
Friday, 9 December 2011
You don’t have to tell Barry Frangipane that the Internet has made the world a little smaller.
Frangipane, a software engineer, was used to telecommuting from his home in Tampa Bay, but he didn’t realize how far telecommuting could reach until he read Under the Tuscan Sun, a book about an American who chucked it all to live in Italy.
“The key about Under the Tuscan Sun was that they had a ton of money,” said Frangipane, author of The Venice Experiment (www.veniceexperiment.com), a memoir that chronicles their year living in Europe while he telecommuted to his software job in the states. “Shoot, anyone could move to a foreign country with a ton of money. We wanted to see if a typical middle-class couple could do it, with a job. We looked at the realities of it, and theorized it could work. On the downside, my wife Debbie wouldn’t be able to keep her job, as she did not telecommute. On the upside, we could sell both cars and eliminate the monthly tab for two car payments and the associated insurance. Further, we both prided ourselves on being great cooks, so we’d be able to experiment with European dishes in our own kitchen – in Europe!”
They settled on Venice, and lived 13 months, sending emails to their friends about their experiences. Those emails served as the inspiration for the book. Through their experience, they devised the following tips on how others could make an American living while living abroad.
• Telecommuting – The changes over the past 10 years for telecommuters have been subtle, but together they have produced a tipping point making the idea of extreme telecommuting a reality. Advances in the quality of videoconferencing make meetings as effective as they would be in person. Google and Facebook have both launched free high quality videoconferencing in the past year. I was gone for 13 months, and most of my clients never even knew I had left.
• Housing – Accept the fact the living quarters are a little smaller, and a little older. American housing, like just about everything else in America, is big compared to the rest of the civilized world. Having said that, you’ll wind up spending your non-work time seeing sights and exploring your new hometown.
• Cars – Choose a place in which travel by car is not necessary. In Venice, everything is connected by the small tributaries and waterways that thread through the city. Most everything you need – shopping, groceries, business services – was a brisk walk or gondola ride away.
• Cook – You could spend a small fortune eating in the tourist trap restaurants, or you could buy fresh groceries every day and live as the locals do, creating your own meals and stopping by the smaller, lesser known eateries and cafes frequented by the locals.
“For those of us who telecommute to work, we can now live out our dreams, and live most anywhere in the world,” Frangipane said. “And I have heard all the excuses, with people saying, ‘I can’t just up and move to another country.’ Well, ask yourself. Do you have any real concrete reasons you can’t go? Or is it just that you’re afraid you might like it too much?”
About Barry Frangipane
Barry Frangipane is an author and blogger from Florida. His first book, The Venice Experiment, was published in August, 2011. The son of middle-class Italian immigrants, Barry has lived in Venice, Italy, Paris, France, and Boulder, Colorado. Barry has been a software engineer for more than 30 years. He has two children, Stephanie and Amber, and currently lives in Tampa, Florida, pending his next adventure.
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Thursday, 8 December 2011
Wednesday, 7 December 2011
|Exchange information with other investors, contractors and other professionals. Sponsored by Real Estate Investors Assoc. of Oakland, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday Dec.8 at Club Venetian, 29310 John R. Road, north of 12 Mile Rd on John R., Madison Heights. Seminar is free to members. $20 nonmembers. Visit www.REIAofOAKLAND.com or call 800-747-6742.|
Tuesday, 6 December 2011
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Thursday, 1 December 2011
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Wednesday, 30 November 2011
Not only were Black Friday sales up, but Cyber Monday sales were up significantly over last year at 33 percent higher. More and more shoppers are turning towards online stores, due to convenience and ability to compare numerous sites effortlessly to find the cheapest price.
Enjoy some comic relief with our video that pokes fun at Black Friday and its pitfalls like long lines, angry people and getting up early. See why it's a good idea for retailers to offer their customers an online shopping alternative to avoid the mess of shopping on Black Friday and simultaneously expand their sales channels and reach more customers. View our Black Friday video by clicking the image below.
Notice the first word in Business Holiday Party is Business. Your goal is to get a business opportunity not "win the party."
1. Leave the cellphone/Droid/iPad/Blackberry/iPad/iPhone/iMac/.
2. Bring your own name badge. Yes this sounds a little weird, but if the adhesive or clamp on the back of your name badge has ever ruined your clothes you know what I mean. Your name sloppily handwritten with a heavy black sharpie does not make a good first impression either.
3. My mom always said to stay away from religion, cars and politics when trying to be a good conversationalist and my mother was always right. Quoting Rush Limbaugh or Rachel Maddow will not win you many friends.
4. Watch the drinks — no one does business with the life of the party they are merely amused by them. If it's cocktails only, drink ginger ale or club soda and let 'em wonder what's really in your glass.
5. Unless you are Will Ferrell don't try to be funny — you are at a business meeting trying to make a professional connection that can help grow your business.
6. Arrive early/leave early. The host (or your desired target) will be accessible early in the evening and you will have access to a decision-maker before it gets crowded.
7. Forget what your mother told you and talk to strangers. Engage the first person you make eye contact with in a conversation and see where it takes you. Their is nothing worse than hovering around "Mr./Ms. Big" waiting to lay your witty line on them along with everyone else.
8. As for eye contact, don't let your eyes wander around the room looking for a "better" contact — have the courtesy to give your undivided attention. Excuse yourself politely if the conversation is strained or they are not a suitable target for business.
9. Be a good listener — people are often more impressed and will open up when you pay attention to what they have to say (feign attention if they are boring the bejesus out of you).
10. If an opportunity presents itself, wait until your conversation ends then find a quiet place to write down as many details from your conversation as you can on the back of the individual's business card or a index card, yes it sounds crazy but it works. If you do not recap the conversation at that moment you will mess it up the next morning when you try to reconstruct the conversation.
While you are at it try to write down the folks you chatted with even if you didn't get their business card.
11. Drop all contacts a hand written note (not an email) the next day and include your business card (assume they lost it or "mistakenly" pitched it).
Tuesday, 22 November 2011
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Friday, 18 November 2011
Here are five key steps for snagging a potential employer's interest and landing an interview. They come from Tucker Mays and Bob Sloane, who are the principals of OptiMarket, an executive job search coaching firm.
They also are co-authors of the book, Fired at 50: How to Overcome the Greatest Executive Job Search Challenge.
1. Address the age issue and don't be defensive. Offer examples in your career history that reinforce your “agelessness" by offering examples of your ability to solve problems, manage people, exercise good judgment and offer leadership.
2. Show you are flexible. Describe how you have modified your approach to fit different challenges and varied business cultures. Talk about the times you've had to adjust to changing priorities, make quick decisions with limited information, produce with fewer resources, and manage individuals on a team that did not report to you.
3. Cite your success working for a younger boss. Talk about times when you enabled a younger boss or bosses to succeed, grow and advance their careers. You will be less likely to be considered a threat when you demonstrate that you respect authority and are committed to advancing the career of younger supervisors -- as well as advancing your own career.
4. Be flexible about pay. Be willing to accept less salary up front in exchange for a greater performance-based bonus and or equity. When asked what your salary requirements are, mention that once you learn more about the job requirements and the company’s full compensation structure (salary, bonus, profit sharing, perks, equity etc) you will be in a better position to answer. Also, say that given your strong interest in the job, you will be flexible and are confident that you will reach an agreement comfortable for both parties.
5. Demonstrate that you are entrepreneurial. Stress your ability to combine large company experience with small company skills.
From the Michigan Economic Development Corporation michiganadvantage.org
Thursday, 17 November 2011
While you can’t distribute money you don’t have, according to Todd Patkin, you can take decisive steps to make your employees feel happier and more appreciated. And all you have to do is tap into the Thanksgiving spirit.
“People will never admit it, but money is not the thing they desire most from their work. Instead, showing appreciation, respect, and, yes, even love are the three most important ways to make your people feel great about their work,” points out Patkin, author of the new book "Finding Happiness: One Man’s Quest to Beat Depression and Anxiety and—Finally—Let the Sunshine In."
Five of Patkin’s show-the-love strategies that you can use to say “thanks for a job well done!” to any employee, any time…without spending a cent:
1. Writing and sending a thank-you note is standard practice when you receive a gift. When you notice that an individual has done an excellent job or has achieved an important goal, send a specific handwritten (not typed!) note conveying your most sincere appreciation and admiration.
“When you’re a leader, you’re busy and often overwhelmed,” Patkin acknowledges. “It’s understandable that you might overlook saying the words ‘thank you,’ much less writing them. Remember, though, that positive reinforcement and sincere gratitude will increase the respect your team has for you and will improve their opinion of your entire organization. Also, it will encourage them to likewise say ‘thank you’ more often to their own subordinates within your company.
2. Distribute inspiration. Our society tends to think of work as a place of drudgery, obligation, and boredom, as exemplified in the now-iconic movie Office Space. People certainly don’t think of receiving inspiration and rejuvenation between nine and five. According to Patkin, though, buoying your team’s spirits should be one of your daily goals. If you help them to see the world as a sunnier place and to improve their attitudes and ways of thinking about their entire lives, their professional and personal productivity will increase too.
3. Tell success stories. Even if they brush off praise or downplay their achievements, everybody loves to be recognized and complimented. When someone in your organization has done something great, tell her that you noticed her outstanding work, and tell the rest of the team, too! Whether correctly or incorrectly, many employees feel that their leaders take them for granted and only point out their mistakes, so make it your daily mission to prove that perception wrong.
4. Identify stars. According to Patkin, identifying stars is taking the concept behind telling success stories to the next level. Yes, recognize achievements whenever you see them, but also make celebrating your stars a regular event. Sure, some team members will roll their eyes at “Employee of the Week/Month” programs, but you can rest assured that no one is going to turn down this honor. “Instead of singling out just one person, you might even consider recognizing multiple individuals every month,” Patkin suggests.
5. Make it a family affair. Whenever possible, engage your employees’ families when praising them. Having a leader validate all the hours each team member spends at work will be remembered far longer than a bonus (really!). Plus, when spouses and kids know what Mom or Dad does at work and are “on board” with it, your employee’s performance will be buoyed by support from the ones he or she loves the most.
“For example, if an employee did something really tremendous, I would call his home, generally trying to get the answering machine and not a person,” Patkin shares. “Then I’d leave a voicemail like this one:
About the Author:
Todd Patkin grew up in Needham, Massachusetts. After graduating from Tufts University, he joined the family business and spent the next eighteen years helping to grow it to new heights. After it was purchased by Advance Auto Parts in 2005, he was free to focus on his main passions: philanthropy and giving back to the community, spending time with family and friends, and helping more people learn how to be happy. Todd lives with his wonderful wife, Yadira, their amazing son, Josh, and two great dogs, Tucker and Hunter.
About the Book:
Finding Happiness: One Man’s Quest to Beat Depression and Anxiety and—Finally—Let the Sunshine In (StepWise Press, 2011, ISBN: 978-0-9658261-9-8, $19.95, www.findinghappinessthebook.com) is available at bookstores nationwide, from major online booksellers, and at www.findinghappinessthebook.com.
Wednesday, 16 November 2011
Thursday, 10 November 2011
2. How to increase your chances of getting a grant: Never apply for a grant without contacting the foundation first
As much as you might want to believe that grants are awarded simply due to the fit of the program and the excellence of the application, it simply isn’t true. In fact in our experience the odds of getting a grant that you send in without contacting the foundation are about 5-10%. Just as in individual (and all!) fundraising, developing relationships is critical. Program officers care deeply about the work they are funding and consider it an advantage to be able to scope out potential grantees.
3. How to secure a donation: Make specific and direct asks for moneyPeople give because they are asked –- if you don’t ask, the answer will always be “no.” It can be tough to look someone in the eyes and ask for money, but somewhere in your pitch, some variation of the words, “I’d like to invite you to invest $100 in our work” need to find their place, ideally followed by as long a pause as it takes to get an answer. Ask with pride for the cause you are so committed to raising money for, and be honored to be the potential bridge for that donor from need to impact -- donation to solution.
4. How to build loyal, happy donors: Map donations to impactPeople don’t give to you because you have needs; they give to you because you meet needs. Donors and prospects don’t want to hear about the woes of the economy or your organizational struggles — no one wants to join a sinking ship. Instead, they want to know exactly where their donation will go, or has gone, and what impact your work is having on their community and the issues they care about. Use the power of personal stories to demonstrate how critical and important their support is to your work. Emphasize impact and stories in all your communications with donors, both in person and in your written materials.
AFP National Philanthropy Day Dinner is 5:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17 at Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center – Renaissance Ballroom 400 Renaissance Dr., Detroit.
The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) 20th annual dinner to recognize award recipients for exceptional philanthropic contributions and commitment to enhancing Southeastern Michigan.
Partners need to be registered 501(c)(3) nonprofits who have been working within the city limits of Detroit for at least three years. For information, visit
Tuesday, 8 November 2011
Monday, 7 November 2011
Building customer loyalty
A seminar titled “How to Measure & Build Customer Loyalty” will be presented by Robert Carlstedt, President of Birch International Ltd. 6:30 p.m. Tuesday Nov. 8 at Rochester First Assembly of God, 4435 North Rochester Road, Rochester. The seminar is free and includes a pizza and soft drink meal. For information, call 248 652-3353 ext 322. Visit RochesterFirst.org.
Friday, 4 November 2011
- How to apply payments to SOP orders/invoices in Dynamics GP
- How PCI compliance standards affect merchants and those accepting payments online
- How to accept payment transactions across multiple sales channels, call centers and e-commerce stores
- Importance of using PA-DSS payment processing solutions and tokenization
Also, don't forget that Rock-N-Rave will be throwing a party on November 9th at 7:00 p.m. There will be a DJ, Karaoke, Elvis, Showgirls and a magician. Stop by the Rock-N-Rave Booth #516 and pick up your party invite.
Thursday, 3 November 2011
Automation Alley hosts a sales seminar called "Fill your pipeline, feed your success," 8:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8 at Automation Alley Headquarters, 2675 Bellingham, Troy. The cost is $20 in advance and $30 at the door $30 for members. It is $40 in advance and $50 at the door for nonmembers. Call 800-427-5100 or visit automationalley.com.
Nov. 16: Writing press releases
A workshop on writing effective press releases presented by Matt Friedman of Tanner Friedman Strategic Communications is 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16 at Automation Alley Headquarters, 2675 Bellingham, Troy. Call 800-427-5100 or visit automationalley.com.
Tuesday, 1 November 2011
Nov. 2: Social media
A workshop to help businesses, nonprofit organizations and individuals develop social media programs is 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Nov. 2 at Vogel Social Media, 1500 N. Stephenson Highway, Suite 235, Royal Oak. Eric Vogel, president of Vogel Social Media, and Colin McConnell, president of Biz Match Connect will conduct the workshop's three sessions. The first will be an overview of social media, including Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. It will be followed by two detailed sessions on how to use Facebook and LinkedIn. Refreshments will be served. The fee for the workshop is $60. Register in advance at socialmediatrainingworkshop.eventbrite.com or call 248-562-7685 or at the door.
Nov. 2: Walsh College president to speak at Influential Women
Stephanie Bergeron President and CEO, Walsh College will be the featured guest speaker for the Influential Women Series is 7:30 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 2, at The Community House, 380 South Bates Street, Birmingham. Her topic is “Shifting gears from ‘car guy’ to college president: Recognize the signs on your career road—and enjoy the ride!” Influential Women is sponsored by Raymond James & Associates. The series is open to the public. The event charge is $16 in advance, $20 at the door, and includes a light breakfast. For reservations, call The Community House at 248-644-5832, or visit www.communityhouse.com.
Nov. 3: Chamber holiday extravaganza
The Women’s Business Forum of the Troy Chamber presents its annual Simply Shopping event at The Somerset Collection, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3. Start the day on the north side where you can drop off donations of clean, gently-used business attire for charity. This year, men and women’s professional clothing will be accepted by Jackets for Jobs, Inc. (a Michigan WORKS! affiliate). The cost to attend is $50 per shopper. As a part of the morning program, attendees will receive valet parking, breakfast and fashion presentation—all compliments of Nordstrom. Each shopper will also receive a Simply Shopping signature bag, free gift-wrapping compliments of Somerset Collection, discounts/giveaways throughout the day, and 4 to 6 p.m. networking, prizes & hors d’oeuvres in the South Rotunda. To register, call 248-641-8151 or e-mail: email@example.com.
Nov. 3: Luncheon awards
Huron Valley Chamber of Commerce Annual Community Awards Luncheon is noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3 at Prestwick Village Golf Club, 136 Inverness, Highland. The cost is $20 per person. Reservations are required, call 248-685-7129.
Nov. 3: Pre-business research
Pre-Business Research is 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3 at Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, Building 41 West, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township. The workshop is free. Register at 248-858-0783 or visit oakgov.com/peds/calendar.
Nov. 4: Turkey drive
The Michigan Homeland Security Consortium is accepting donations to support the Michigan State Police's efforts to provide Thanksgiving turkeys to families in need, throughout Michigan. Each CST will present turkey certificates to families in need within the communities they serve. They are accepting donations at the next Lunch & Learn event, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, in which the police will be conducting a special robotics demonstration. at Altair Engineering, 1820 E. Big Beaver Road, Troy. Visit www.mihsc.org
Nov. 8: Sales seminar
Automation Alley hosts a sales seminar called Fill your pipeline, feed your success, 8:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8 at Automation Alley Headquarters, 2675 Bellingham, Troy. The cost is $20 in advance and $30 at the door $30 for members. It is $40 in advance and $50 at the door for nonmembers. Call 800-427-5100 or visit automationalley.com.
Nov. 10: UHY LLP hosts manufacturing outlook discussion
UHY LLP, a leading certified public accounting firm providing professional services to domestic and international companies, is hosting its Manufacturing Outlook 2012, 8:15 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 10 at 27725 Stansbury Blvd., Suite 100 in Farmington Hills. The forecast will also be available via live webcast beginning at 8:35 a.m. EST. Attendees will learn how the current economic landscape impacts the outlook for manufacturing companies in a variety of key sectors.
Monday, 31 October 2011
There will be a live blog chat on new research and actionable advice for job seekers on Tuesday, November 1, 2011 at 10:00 AM CST. Career Advisory Board member, author and speaker, Jason Seiden, will offer insights on the Job Preparedness Indicator and its implications for succeeding in the job search. Visit CareerAdvisoryBoard.com to participate.
The Job Preparedness Indicator assessed the value of key skills to determine what attributes employers consider most important but are least common among job seekers. Nearly 550 hiring managers at top U.S. companies and more than 730 job seekers were surveyed. Key findings include:
Many job seekers are overconfident and do not display skills that are important to hiring managers.
72 percent of job seekers are very confident or confident they know what qualifications are required for employment
Only 14 percent of hiring managers say job seekers have had the skills their company looks for in a potential employee
There is a striking difference between the skills most important to hiring managers and the skills job seekers portray to hiring managers.
For example, 70 percent of hiring managers picked interviewing skills as a top 5 important factor in finding a job, compared to just 54 percent of job seekers
Managerial candidates are most out of sync with employers’ needs.
Hiring managers report they rarely see three out of the top five skills required at this level
Managerial candidates are describing themselves in terms most important to hiring managers for entry level positions, automatically taking them out of the running
To view a full report. visit www.careeradvisoryboard.com.
Strategies to Improve Job Search Success
Career Advisory Board member and business and workplace consultant, Alexandra Levit, recommends gaining valuable experience and improving workplace competencies to succeed.
Levit offers the following strategies to help job candidates improve their marketability:
Demonstrate a mastery of critical skills. Before diving into a job search, it’s important to take a step back and examine your capabilities from the perspective of a hiring manager:
Think about the job and how your qualifications meet the specific needs of the position, and identify areas where you can illustrate quantifiable results
If entering a new field, create a skills-based resume that highlights specific capabilities relevant for the job
Increase repertoire of capabilities. To obtain valuable and relevant experience, take ownership of your development by looking for opportunities to improve your core competencies and learning those skill sets that are valued by employers.
If you are unemployed:
Seek an internship or volunteer opportunity to gain critical real-world knowledge and expand your professional network
Clearly demonstrate your proficiency of these newly-acquired skills to your prospective employer and explain how they can be transferred to the workplace
If you are employed:
Take advantage of corporate training programs to improve communication skills and problem-solving abilities
Pursue stretch assignments that will challenge you to learn and grow in your field
Develop a personal brand. A strong and memorable personal brand that captures the attention of prospective employers on social networking sites, such as LinkedIn, will set you apart from the competition.
Identify your unique talents, what you are passionate about and the type of expertise you can bring to employers
Ensure that your social media profile and in-person networking reflects your personal brand while fostering relationships through alumni and peer-to-peer networks
Seek mentorship. Developing a mentoring relationship will help you build a foundation and set the pace for your career. Mentors can help you learn about a realistic career path and what it takes to succeed.
Build a mentoring relationship with a person who works in a similar or related field – both online and offline
Find mentors through professional organizations, alumni associations and non-profit organizations
For more information on the Job Preparedness Indicator at www.careeradvisoryboard.com. Submitted by Sean McCarthy, MSL Chicago, www.mslgroup.com
Thursday, 27 October 2011
That life experience and research culminated with the August 2011 release of Blood & Money: Why Families Fight Over Inheritance and What to Do About It (ISBN 978-0-9669278-4-9, Collinwood Press, Farmington Hills, MI, 2011, www.BloodAndMoneyBook.com 283 pages, $21.95).
Blood & Money not only details the psychological reasons why families fight but provides practical legal remedies to prevent such blood-letting disputes after Mom or Dad die. The author’s fourth book offers an unprecedented understanding of family dynamics as applied to estate planning.
Accettura offers some 60 specific recommendations to help parents, offspring, and their advisors prevent inheritance squabbles and preserve the most valuable legacy of all – the family itself. The concluding chapter outlines appropriate legal remedies to minimize the damage caused by bad actors and toxic wills.
Whenever a spouse dies and the surviving spouse remarries, Accettura stresses it is critical for a new will and trust to be drawn to protect the interests of the new spouse and the natural children. “When a remarried parent is negligent and does not draw up a new will and trust,” says Accettura, then the blood is on the parent’s hands for not taking care of the business necessary to keep peace in the family after death.”
The author says the role of an estate planning attorney when family members are fighting is to serve as a counselor and find a means to resolve the inheritance conflict. “An attorney must be sincere, transparent, honest and fair but most of all be a peacemaker,” adds Accettura. “The goal is to resolve the family conflict, not to identify a breach of responsibility or breach of law and file a lawsuit which will serve to heighten the conflict rather than producing family peace.”
Peter Lichtenberg, PhD of the Institute of Gerontology at Wayne State University, Detroit, says that “Blood & Money takes a multidisciplinary approach to inheritance disputes. It explains the psychological reasons that families fight, why dementia opens the door to foul play, and the legal implications of bad behavior…it will no doubt be a reference for years to come.”
Accettura said he was inspired to write Blood & Money because of an increase in elder abuse, because of the growing epidemic of Alzheimer’s disease, because 65 percent of Americans fail to plan for their death, and to uncover the reasons why families fight at the death of a loved one.
In Blood & Money, the author explores the impact of dysfunctional families and personality disorders on inheritance disputes and contrasts the toxic, bitter battles involving super-rich personages such as Leona Helmsley, Summer Redstone and Brooke Astor with the conspicuously philanthropic such as Bill Gates and Warren Buffet.
P. Mark Accettura has practiced law in the firm of Accettura and Hurwitz in Farmington Hills and Royal Oak since 1982. As senior partner of a large and thriving estate planning and elder law practice, he has handled the wills and trusts of thousands of people in Michigan. For five years, Accettura hosted LawTalk, a regular television series seen via cable in 37 cities in Michigan. Besides Blood & Money, Accettura has written Medicaid and Long Term Care in Michigan (2005), The Michigan Estate Planning Guide (2002) and Lost and Found: Finding Self-Reliance after the Death of a Spouse (2001).
Submitted by Scott Lorenz, President of Westwind Communications, firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, 26 October 2011
Delta Connection - Hiring Flight Attendants
JP Morgan Chase Mortgage
Harley-Davidson - Hiring Engineers
George Johnson & Company
Proper Group International
Sears Home Improvement
The Livonia Michigan Job Fair event is free to the public and will offer attendees an opportunity to visit with business representatives about job openings. Businesses interested in registering for a booth should contact JobFairGiant.com at 734-956-4550. Additional expo information is available at www.JobFairGiant.com or call 734-956-4550.
Monday, 24 October 2011
Oct. 25: Women seminar
Women, Money & Power Seminar is 5:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 25
at Leon & Lulu Lifestyle Shop, 96 W. 14 Mile Road, Clawson. An opportunity to shop and learn your financial personality. The event is free, light refreshments will be served. To register, email email@example.com or call 248-312-5815.
Oct. 25: Marketing & Sales Executives of Detroit gala
Scott Monty, manager of global and multimedia communications for Ford Motor Company, will be the first recipient of the Marketing & Sales Executives of Detroit’s (MSED) new Trailblazer award at the organization’s annual Black-Tie Gala to be held Oct. 25 at The Townsend Hotel in Birmingham. Proceeds from this event benefit scholarships, educational seminars and charitable contributions. Tickets for the black-tie event cost $150 for MSED members, $195 for non-members. The price includes an elegant cocktail reception, dinner and afterglow reception. For information, call 248-643-6590 or visit www.msedetroit.org.
Oct. 25-27: Battery show
The Battery Show is Oct. 25-27 at the Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave., Novi. The show offers conferences on battery business models and technologies and a 160-booth exhibition with the latest battery technologies for electric vehicles, utility storage, mobile power, personal electronics and health care applications. It is free to attend, visit thebatteryshow.com to register.
“Reimagining Detroit: The Role of Philanthropy Changing Detroit,” presented by Rip Rapson, president and CEO, The Kresge Foundation is 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26 at The Community House, 380 South Bates Street, Birmingham. The event is free. To register, contact 248-644-5832, or visit www.communityhouse.com
Oct. 27: Getting to NO
The Troy Chamber of Commerce continues its Fall Educational Series, 8 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, with a session titled, “Getting to NO.” The event will be held at the Troy Chamber office, lower level training room 4555 Investment Dr. Troy.
Oct. 27: Area chambers host annual Bulls Eye! Right on Target
The Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Clarkston, Auburn Hills and Pontiac Regional Chamber will host the 5th Annual Bulls Eye! Right on TargetSmall Business Conference, 8:15 a.m. to noon Oct. 27 at Oakland Schools, 2111 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford Township. The speaker line-up includes Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, Gerard van Grinsven - President & CEO of Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital, Tim Green - President of the Referral Institute and Terry Bean - Author and founder of Motor City Connect. The half-day conference, sponsored by HAP, Comcast, Safety Technology, YourSource Management Group and The Oakland Press, includes breakfast and networking. Table exhibit space is available. Call 248-666-8600. Attendees can register at www.waterfordchamber.org and the Pontiac, Auburn Hills or Clarkston Area Chamber of Commerce. The cost before Oct. 16 is $40. Afterward, it is $75.
Oct. 27: Fundamentals of Marketing Your Business
Oakland County Business Center offers the Fundamentals of Marketing Your Business, 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, Oct. 27 at Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, Building 41 West, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township. The cost is $40. Register at 248-858-0783 or visit oakgov.com/peds/calendar.
Oct. 28: Michigan procurement process
DTMB- Purchasing Operations presents Elements of a Quality Proposal, a seminar providing businesses an overview of the Michigan procurement process, and information to help increase their chances of submitting a quality bid when trying to win a state contract. 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28 at Cadillac Place Building, Room L-150, 3044 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit. The Small Business Administration, VetBiz Central, Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center and the MEDC Pure Michigan Business Connect will be represented. The event is free, register at www.michigan.gov/buymichiganfirst or call 517-335-6633.
Oct. 29: Walsh College Leadership Awards
Walsh College Leadership Awards Dinner is Saturday, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 29 at Royal Park Hotel, 600 East University Dr., Rochester. The event includes a cocktail reception and silent auction, followed by dinner, award presentations, and a dessert afterglow. Huel Perkins of WJBK-FOX Detroit will be the emcee for the evening. Michael Brennan, President & CEO of United Way for Southeastern Michigan, receiving The Jeffery W. Barry Award for Educational Excellence & Community Service. The 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award will be awarded to Paul Glantz, MST ’84, President of Emagine Entertainment; and President & CEO of Proctor Financial. The 2011 Distinguished Graduate of the Last Decade Award will be awarded to Stephanie Baron, MBA ’10, Communications Manager, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. Tickets are $250. For information, call Amber Kaipio at 248-823-1261 or visit www.walshcollege.edu/leadershipawards.
Thursday, 20 October 2011
The Empowering Michigan Job Fair, is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27 at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Livonia. It will feature careers from the following fields: retail, engineering, information technology, healthcare, sales, automotive, manufacturing, technical, banking/finance, machining, robotics, wireless technology, management, call center and customer service.
The Economic Development Authority of St. Clair County is hosting a Regional Job Fair is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4 at the M-TEC Building in Port Huron. Visit http://www.stclairjobhub.myevent.com/index.php
Tuesday, 18 October 2011
Oct. 19: Social media strategies
Automation Alley is hosting “Case Studies: Integrating Social Media with Your Business Strategies,” from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19 at Automation Alley Headquarters, at 2675 Bellingham, in Troy. Presented by Automation Alley’s Business Growth Committee, this event will feature presentations by Janet Tyler, president of Airfoil Public Relations, and Microsoft Senior Public Relations Manager Amy Messano. The event begins at 11:30 a.m., followed by the presentation at noon and question and answer. The cost for members is $20 with pre-registration or $30 at the door. The cost for non-members is $40 with pre-registration or $50 at the door. There is no cost for foundation members. Call 1-800-427-5100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oct. 20: Social media for business
The Social Media Navigation Guide For Small Business owners and individuals is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, at the Community House, 380 South Bates Street, Birmingham. For the big picture of social media and how stops such as blogging, social bookmarking, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, as well as niche profiles, instructor Emily A. Hay, the owner of Emily A. Hay There, a Social Media Consulting Company, will share social media insight and best practices. To register, contact, 248-644-5832, or visit www.communityhouse.com. The cost is $34.
Oct. 20: Constant Contact event
Constant Contact is hosting a special free event for small businesses and nonprofits in Detroit, "Empowering Small Business with Online Marketing" beginning at 9 a.m. Oct. 20 at Cobo Hall, 1 Washington Blvd., Detroit. There is a $10 parking fee. For information, visit www.empoweringdetroit.com10.
The speaker line-up includes Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, Gerard van Grinsven - President & CEO of Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital, Tim Green - President of the Referral Institute and Terry Bean - Author and founder of Motor City Connect.
Patterson will present the welcome address. van Grinsven will share how his philosophy of employee and customer engagement helps outperform the competition. He has opened 20 Ritz-Carlton hotels worldwide.
The half-day conference, sponsored by HAP, Comcast, Safety Technology, YourSource Management Group and The Oakland Press, will include the speakers, breakfast and networking. Table exhibit space is available. Call 248-666-8600. Attendees can register at www.waterfordchamber.org and the Pontiac, Auburn Hills or Clarkston Area Chamber of Commerce. The cost before Oct. 16 is $40. Afterward, it is $75.
Friday, 14 October 2011
Inforum and Inforum Center for Leadership will host a panel to boost the number of women on Michigan’s corporate boards to create a competitive edge. The event, “Claiming Corporate Leadership: Michigan Women’s Leadership Index and the Future of Our State,” is noon to 1:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17. at the Westin Hotel, 1500 Town Center, Southfield. Tickets for Inforum members is $50; and for nonmembers, it is $65. To register, visit www.InforumMichigan.org.
Oct. 18: Insurance coverage
“Crash Course in Insurance Coverage” will be presented by Instructor Jody Lipton, a personal injury attorney, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18. There is no charge, RSVP requested. To register, contact The Community House, 380 South Bates Street, Birmingham. Call 248-644-5832 or visit www.communityhouse.com.
Oct. 18: Sales workshop
Sales Mastery from the Top Down is 8:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18 at Automation Alley, 2675 Bellingham Dr., Troy. This workshop is for owners, managers and team leaders focused on realizing organization-wide results. Call 1-800-427-5100 or visit www.automationalley.com.
Oct. 18: Entrepreneur lecture
Alan Haase, president and CEO of AGC Composites Group and AGC Aerospace & Defense, will speak in the Entrepreneurial Lecture Series at 5:45 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, at Lear Auditorium (T429) of the University Technology and Learning Center at Lawrence Technological University, 21000 W. 10 Mile, Southfield. The event is free and features Krispy Kreme doughnuts.
Thursday, 13 October 2011
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