Showing posts from January, 2011

Loyalty Solutions offers workshop

Loyalty Solutions offers workshop
Loyalty Solutions is presenting a workshop, “The Power of Customer Loyalty: Points of Connection,” 8-11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 1, at Heritage Church, 44625 Schoenherr Road, Sterling Heights. The workshop will include how to connect a customer with an organization, effective delivery systems, listening to your customers and why customer complaints are critical to your organization. The cost is $50 in advance or $55 at the door. Space is limited. RSVP by calling 586-431-9311 or e-mail

Wells Fargo Ventures, Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel join forces
Wells Fargo Ventures, LLC, a subsidiary of Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., and Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel Realtors have agreed to the terms of a joint venture to originate, process and fund mortgage loans for Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel customers.
The joint venture, Bankers Home Loan LLC, is co-owned by Wells Fargo Ventures LLC and Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel. Terms of the agreemen…

Convergence 2011 is Coming

Azox will be a Bronze Sponsor again this year at Convergence 2011 in Atlanta, GA, April 10-13. Don't miss it! Convergence is the meeting point for the Microsoft Dynamics customer community. There attendees can learn, discover and connect with industry experts to get the most out of their Microsoft Dynamics products.

This annual gathering of business professionals is where new product releases are announced, where best practices are shared and learned, and where business relationships and partnerships are forged and renewed.

We will also be giving away passes, so stay tuned to find out how you can get your free pass. If you plan on attending and would like to schedule a one-on-one meeting with us please contact us at

Pistons host job fair

Pistons host job fair
The Detroit Pistons’ 11th annual Career Fair is 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4 at The Palace of Auburn Hills. The event brings together industry leaders of professional sports, college athletics, minor league sports, marketing and finance organizations, broadcasting companies and other business hiring in Michigan. About 40 companies in total will be participating.
Admission to the fair is $10 for the event alone or $15, which includes the event plus a ticket for that day’s Detroit Pistons vs. New Jersey Nets game at 7:30 p.m.
In addition, there is an option of attending an Executive Panel Q&A session from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. featuring some of the top decision-makers from Palace Sports & Entertainment who will speak about their career paths and provide advice on getting into sports and entertainment. This session has limited availability and admission is $20. Tickets are available on, or by contacting Cassie Wilkinson at 248-371-2030…

Rob Gifford joins National Restaurant Association

Rob Gifford joins National Restaurant Association
The Michigan Restaurant Association announced that longtime president and chief executive officer Rob Gifford is leaving to accept a position at the National Restaurant Association. He will become executive vice president of political advocacy at the national association. Michigan Restaurant Association Chairman Matt Durack has named Penny Papantonopoulos as interim chief executive officer and formed a search committee to select a permanent president and CEO.

Honigman elects 2 new partners from Oakland office
Detroit-based Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP’s Board of Directors has elected two of its attorneys from Oakland County office as partners in the firm.
Julie E. Kretzschmer practices in the corporate and securities department in the firm’s Oakland County office. She provides legal and business guidance on global brand protection and intellectual property management and has experience managing national and mu…

Oakland Press hosts free search engine marketing workshop

Newspapers host free search engine marketing workshop

Free online and search engine marketing workshop is Thursday, Feb. 3, at the Courtyard Marriott Auburn Hills, 1296 Opdyke Road, Auburn Hills. There are three times available: 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., 2 to 3:30 p.m. and 4 to 5:30 p.m.
The workshop offers information on search engine optimization and improving websites. It is hosted by The Oakland Press, The Macomb Daily, The Daily Tribune, Advisor Source and The Voice Newspapers
Space is limited. RSVP requested by Friday, Jan. 28. Visit

Firm brokers sales of industrial buildings

L. Mason Capitani, a Troy-based real estate brokerage firm, announced the recent sale of three Macomb County industrial properties to local firms.
L. Mason Capitani brokered the sale of two buildings consisting of 53,366 square feet on Industrial Drive in St. Clair Shores to GTJ Consulting. GTJ is relocating its corporate headquarters to the location.
The firm b…

Macprofessionals Inc. receives MEGA Tax Credit

Macprofessionals Inc. receives MEGA Tax Credit to expand
The State of Michigan MEGA Board approved a state tax credit valued at $568,578 over five years to encourage Macprofessionals Inc. to expand in Michigan over a competing site in Texas.
Since its formation, Macprofessionals Inc. has been one of the leading computer support businesses in the Midwest Region, employing the largest staff of Apple-certified technicians in the U.S. Since January 2000 the company has realized a 40 percent year-over-year growth, with an expansion to over 40 engineers, sales executives, specialists, and administrative staff. The company expects to invest $2.2 million for the project creating up to 119 direct new jobs. Visit

Chamber announces 2011 board chairman and officers

John Tagle, president of John Tagle Associates Inc., has been appointed its 2011 Troy Chamber of Commerce Board chairman. Tagle is president and owner of John Tagle Associates, Inc., an architect and planning fi…

Business events save the planet, teach and connect

Jan. 24 Detroit Economic Club
Detroit Economic Club presents: "The Nature of Business: A Groundbreaking Collaboration to Help Save the Planet," 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 24 at Detroit Marriott, 400 Renaissance Dr. Detroit. Guest speakers will be Mark Tercek, president & CEO of The Nature Conservancy and Andrew N. Liveris, Chairman & CEO of The Dow Chemical Company. The cost for members is $45, $55 for guests and $75 for non-members.

Jan. 25 WordPress introduction
Refresh Detroit meeting WordPress - It's Not Just For Blogging Anymore is 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 25 at 30445 Northwestern Hwy., Suite 300, Farmington Hills. This is the last presentation in the organization’s content management series. Registration is required for the free meeting at

Jan. 25 Job Seekers Bootcamp
Job Seekers Bootcamp—Coping with Unemployment is 7 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 25 at Farmington Community Library Main Branch, 32737 W. 12 Mile…

Jan. 26 Oakland Chamber Network mixer

Jan. 26 Oakland Chamber Network mixer
Oakland Chamber Network is a collaborative of 30 Chambers serving Oakland County is 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.  Wed. Jan 26 at Tin Fish, 27862 Novi Road in Novi. Call 248-349-3743 to register. The event features accoustic entertainment by Robin Horloc, appetizers and cash bar. The cost is $10 for chamber members in advance and  $15 at the door. The non-member rate is $25.

End of The Month Webinars

Attend Azox end of the month webinars. We will be hosting three webinars next week.

Product Webinars

Webinar- Credit Card Processing for Microsoft Dynamics GP.

Looking for a software solution that processes credit card orders securely, reliably and easily. Attend this webinar and learn more about this solution that allows you to process credit cards directly within Microsoft Dynamics GP. Register Here.

Webinar - Integrated E-Commerce for Microsoft Dynamics GP

Find out how this e-commerce solution can help get your business online all while being completely integrated with Microsoft Dynamics GP. Learn how consumers, distributors and customer service representatives can place orders online while having orders flow through to Microsoft Dynamics GP real-time. Enjoy greater website features such as search engine optimization management, Content Management and easier web design capabilities with drag and drop web parts and skinning. Register Here.

Partner Program Webinar

Azox Partner Program - New… offers app-based web meeting platform

FARMINGTON HILLS offers app-based web meeting platform
In the wake of news that acquired web conference provider DimDim for $31 million — effectively ending its free platform to users — invites all to use its app-based web meeting platform, Just before the new year, the company enhanced its options to include video and audio, telephony and session recording capabilities.
ShowDocument was created by HBR Labs LLC, of Farmington Hills, a web-based collaboration services provider. The company’s platforms are being used for live support, web meetings, document sharing sessions and to address various multi-media collaborations.

Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America raises $15,500
Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America, Inc. raised over $15,500 for the Redford Union Oral Program for Children with Hearing Impairments and the Cooke School Special Education program at its third annual Hallway Golf Event.
The two-day event w…

Real estate investing seminar offered

Real estate investing seminar offered
Michigan Real Estate Investors free monthly networking seminar, “Getting Michigan Back on Track—One home at a time,” is 6 to 9 p.m. Jan. 20 at 811 W. Square Lake Road, Troy. Call 248-394-0150 or  visit

Financial Matters Tax and Bookkeeping Solutions holds grand opening
Financial Matters Tax and Bookkeeping Solutions of Ferndale is holding their grand opening celebration 4 to 7 p.m. Friday Jan. 21. The firm is located at 559 East Nine Mile Road and offers a hassle-free parking lot.
The grand opening offers those who attend a chance to have their 2010 individual income tax return, (excluding Schedule C) completed free of charge. Light refreshments will be served, courtesy of Dino’s Restaurant and Treat Dreams.
“Our goal is to be able to provide a high level of quality while offering affordability,” says President and CEO, Robert Bennett, who is also a CPA.

Food makers team up for Super Bowl contest

Food makers team up for Super Bowl contest

National Coney Island and Better Made Snack Foods have partnered up with Detroit Popcorn and Ackroyd’s Scottish Bakery to provide the Ultimate Super Party for one lucky contest winner and 24 of their friends and family members. Register at, or’s. The winner gets two coney kits from National Coney Island which will make 48 coneys; one case of one-ounce regular and barbecue chips from Better Made Snack Foods, two tins filled with gourmet popcorn, cheese corn and caramel corn from Detroit Popcorn Co. and shortbreads and other Scottish dessert favorites from Ackroyd’s Scottish Bakery.

Legal Aid and Defender to hold free legal clinic

Legal Aid and Defender Association, Inc. will conduct a free outreach clinic on civil legal services for income eligible residents of Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties, including the city of Detroit, f…

Reality TV show looks for potential litigants

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Reality TV show looks for potential litigants

S1/S3 Entertainment Group, a film and TV production company is looking for potential litigants to appear on its new reality-based judicial television show “Domestic Justice.”
To be considered, potential litigants must be embroiled in some sort of ongoing domestic dispute that is not currently active on any court’s docket.
Additionally, the show’s producers are in the process of casting the key roles of bailiff, clerk and commentator. All casting is at the SI/S3 Studios, on the campus of Stautzenberger Institute in Allen Park.
For information or to submit a personal dispute, visit

Magna expecting growth

Magna International Inc., one of Southeast Michigan’s big suppliers, expects significant growth during 2011 and it plans to increase spending on fixed assets including acquisitions to almost $1 billion.
Meanwhile, Magna Seating, one of the automotive supplier’s big …

Upcoming business workshops

The following are business events and workshops taking place within the next 2 weeks in the area. If you have a business event that you would like printed in The Oakland Press, you can submit it at The Oakland Press business calendar. To view the calendar without the link, go to and scroll down to the bottom right and click on the calendar link. It will take you to the calendar page.

Jan. 18 Bloomfield chamber mixer

Bloomfield North Area Chamber Monthly Mixer is 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18 at Bellacino’s Pizza and Grinders, 2465 Orchard Lake Road, Sylvan Lake. Members pay $10 for admission.

Jan. 18 Job Seekers Bootcamp

Job Seekers Bootcamp—Job Interview Workshop is 7 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 18 at Farmington Community Library Main Branch, 32737 W 12 Mile Road, Farmington Hills. Preston Banks from Resume Solutions LLC, offers tips in this discussion series for job seekers. Call 248-553-0300 to register.

Jan. 19
Ties Like Me networking

Social Media is a Party! holds networking recruiting event

Social Media is a Party! holds networking event

Social Media is a Party! is holding a business networking event and “Mobile Technology” panel from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.Thursday, Jan. 27 at D’amato’s and Goodnite Gracie’s in Royal Oak. The event will include a panel discussion on mobile marketing and provide attendees with simple but actionable business advice. This event will showcase jobs through the organization’s Hire ME concept, during which businesses will present open job opportunities to the audience. After the presentation, attendees will be able to send a text, American Idol style, to a designated group number in order to receive additional information about a given position and ultimately apply for the job. Attendees who are interested in speaking directly with an HR rep at the event will have the opportunity to do so. Register at

Love Funding refinances $14.5 for senior complex

Love Funding closes $14.5 million refinancing for senior residence complex

Love Funding, one of the nation’s leading providers of multifamily housing loans, announced the closing of a nonrecourse $14.5 million substantial rehabilitation loan for Oakland Senior Living, a 161-unit senior living complex in Pontiac. For Love Funding, it was the second loan secured in as many months for property owner American House, which operates 27 senior residences in Southeastern Michigan.
Bruce Gerhart, first vice president and Midwest regional director, and Mickey Rist, vice president and senior loan originator, secured the loan through the Federal Housing Administration’s 221(d)(4) loan program. FHA financing enabled American House to lock in a low, fixed interest rate with a 40-year term.
Combining the loan with Low Income Housing Tax Credits produced more than $3,000,000 in additional funding, which allowed the owner to make considerable improvements to the property and restructure rents to p…

Azox Mentioned in Redmond Channel Partner

Redmond Channel Partner has recently published an article mentioning how Azox has leveraged Microsoft PinPoint to help interested customers find solutions for e-commerce and credit card processing solutions. Read the full article here.

BorgWarner expecting good 2011

BorgWarner expecting good 2011

Auburn Hills-based BorgWarner Inc. expects earnings to increase by 35 percent to 40 percent in the coming year..
“Robust growth in global vehicle production is expected in 2011, and we expect our sales growth to significantly outpace the market,” said Tim Manganello, BorgWarner Chairman and CEO.
BorgWarner gave 2011 earnings guidance of $3.85 to $4.15 per share compared to 2010 earnings guidance of $2.85 to $2.95 per share. The company expects 2011 operating margins to be 10.5 percent or better, which is higher than its historical operating margin guidance range of 8.5 percent to 9 percent.

Wesley Berry celebrates King’s birthday with free flowers

Wesley Berry Flowers hosts their annual Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration event Monday, Jan. 17. Between 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., they will be giving 12,000 roses in bunches of a dozen, free to any adult who visits the shop. The florist wants everyone who takes a dozen roses to make a promise to keep…

Affinity Group and Kensington Valley Credit Unions merge

Affinity Group  and Kensington Valley Credit Unions merge

Affinity Group Credit Union, based in Pontiac, and Kensington Valley Community Credit Union, based in Highland Township, will merge. State regulators have approved the merger, and Kensington Valley members voted unanimously in favor of the partnership.
“I am very pleased that Kensington Valley Community Credit Union chose to join Affinity Group Credit Union as part of our unique Credit Union Family,” said Thomas M. Miller, president and CEO of Affinity Group Credit Union.
Using the Affinity business model will allow Kensington Valley Community to continue to market the KVC brand as a part of Affinity Group Credit Union. In addition, three members of the KVCCU board will join the AGCU board; all KVCCU staff will become employees of AGCU; and the Highland office will remain open to serve all current and new members in the surrounding community.
The combined credit union will have assets of $134 million, 5 branches, and more th…

Free workshop, Managing Difficult Employees

CARE offers managing employees workshop

CARE’s WorkLife Solutions is hosting a free workshop, “Managing Difficult Employees and Workplace Challenges,” 8 to 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25, at 31900 Utica Road, Fraser, in the lower level conference room. Setting the stage for creating effective responses to difficult employees and workplace challenges will be covered as well as a variety of de-escalation techniques and assertive time-bound strategies. A continental breakfast will be provided. Advance registration is required at or call 866-888-1555, ext. 214.

AAM takes ownership of Sona Axle in India

Detroit-based American Axle & Manufacturing (AAM), has announced that it has assumed full ownership of the AAM Sona Axle Private Limited Joint Venture — AAM Sona Axle in Pantnagar, India. AAM Sona Axle, previously a joint venture between AAM and Sona Koyo Limited to manufacture passenger car and SUV axle assemblies for the India market, is now…

FastTrac offers business program

FastTrac offers business program

FastTrac New Venture Entrepreneurial Training is offering a 10-week program that helps evaluate business opportunities and develop an action plan for owning a business.
Classes will be from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Mondays beginning Jan. 31 at the Macomb County Administration Building, 1 S. Main, 9th Floor conference room, Mount Clemens.
Registration fee is $100, which will be reimbursed at the end of successful completion of course requirements.
For more information or to register, call 586-469-5118 or send an e-mail to

Beaumont Hospitals names new services company

Jones Lang LaSalle has entered a services partnership with Beaumont Hospitals to manage Beaumont’s health care real estate, facilities and equipment services delivery.
Jones Lang LaSalle at Beaumont Hospitals will provide all of Beaumont’s health care facility services, including facility management, construction program management, utility operations,…

Mobile Monday and other business events

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

Jan. 11 ACG Detroit automotive outlook
The Association for Corporate Growth Detroit Chapter and the Original Equipment Suppliers Association will team to present a meeting Tuesday…

Syntel named to Forbes ‘Best Small Companies’

Syntel named to Forbes ‘Best Small Companies’
Syntel, a global information technology services and Knowledge Process Outsourcing company, has been named to Forbes Magazine’s “100 Best Small Companies” list.
In order to be named to the list, firms with annual revenues between $5 million and $750 million are evaluated based on a number of criteria, including sales, profit, and earnings per-share growth rates, return on equity, and stock price. Syntel, which has been named to the list for four consecutive years, was ranked 38th overall. Syntel’s ranking was driven by 27 percent growth in earnings per share and a 34 percent jump in return on equity. Visit

Allcare Dental closes suddenly
The Better Business Bureau of Eastern Michigan has been informed by consumers that Allcare Dental with locations across Michigan, including Auburn Hills, has closed without notice. When patients showed up for their appointment or called, there was no one available. A note on the…

Chamber of commerce holds first awards gala

Chamber of commerce holds first awards gala

The Oxford Chamber of Commerce is hosting its first annual Chamber and Community Dinner and Awards Gala at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15.
A buffet style dinner will be served followed by desserts and the awards ceremony. Tickets are $15.
Call 248-628-0410 for reservations or view the Oxford Chamber and Community Dinner on Facebook.

WYCD Cares for St. Jude Kids Radiothon raises over $330,000

Capping off its 11th year, the WYCD Cares for St. Jude Kids Radiothon, held Dec. 9 and 10 raised $338,700 — nearly $50,000 more than in 2009 — for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.
Over the past decade, WYCD Cares for St. Jude Kids Radiothon has raised more than $5.5 million from listeners’ donations, benefitting the hospital that treats children suffering from cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

Your People receives marketing excellence award

Your People, LLC received a 2010 Gold MarCom Award for excellence i…

Oakland County and SCORE host January workshops

SOUTHFIELD/WATERFORD TWP. SCORE Detroit hosts workshopsDetroit SCORE “Counselors to America’s Small Business” Chapter 18 and the SBA Michigan District Office, in cooperation with Oakland County are hosting a series of workshops for small business. To register for these sessions, call 313-226-7947.
“Could I...Should I Start My Own Business?” is 8:45 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Jan. ,5 at Southfield Public Library, 26300 Evergreen Road, Southfield. The cost is $10 in advance.
“Improve Your Odds When Seeking a Small Business Loan” is 8:45 a.m. to noon Thurs., Jan. 6, at Oakland County EOB Bldg. 41 West, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township. The cost is $20 in advance.
“Planning Your Own Business” is 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12, at Southfield Public Library. The cost is $45 in advance.

Oakland County holds January business workshops
Business owners and entrepreneurs are invited to attend seminars offered by the Oakland County Business Center at Oakland County Exec…

O2 Investment acquires chemical manufacturer

O2 Investment acquires chemical manufacturer
O2 Investment Partners of Bloomfield Hills, a private equity firm, has acquired all outstanding shares of Silbond Corporation, a specialty chemical manufacturing business based in Weston, near the Ohio border. Jay Hansen, president of O2, announced the deal and added that the transaction included partnering with Silbond’s management team. 
Founded in 1994, Silbond employs 50 people and is a leading supplier of “tetra ethyl ortho silicate,” a specialty chemical used in industries such as semiconductors and electronics, protective coatings, investment casting, and chemical processing.
In addition to Silbond, other portfolio companies owned by O2 Investment principals include: Rhe-Tech, Inc., a Michigan based plastics compounding and coloring business and New Horizons Northeast, a New York based computer and software training and education provider to consumers and businesses. Visit

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LIghthouse offers free mortgage counseling

Free mortgage counseling
Free one-on-one mortgage delinquency and foreclosure counseling is 6-8 p.m. Jan. 25 at Pontiac Public Library, 60 E Pike St. It is sponsored by Lighthouse of Oakland County (HUD Certified Housing Counseling Agency). Call Sheila Howard,, at 248-920-6060 ext 241.

Law firm receives Expatriate Management Award
Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy LLP, a global law firm specializing in immigration law, received an Expratriate Management Award for Most Innovative Use of Technology in Global Mobility.
Chairman and Managing Partner Austin Fragomen was recognized for his outstanding contribution to global mobility and was inducted into the Forum for Expatriate Management Hall of Fame at the 2010 Global Mobility Summit’s EMMA Awards in New York. There were more than 240 nominations for the EMMA awards this year.
During the course of his career in immigration, Fragomen has served as staff counsel to the U.S. House of Rep…