Showing posts from February, 2011

Michigan Made Art Fair Fever coming Saturday

Michigan Made Market shares Art Fair Fever on Saturday
More than 60 local artists and authors are coming together to create a fun, art fairlike shopping experience. Yellow Door Art Market is hosting an Art Fair Fever open house 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 5. There will be a large variety of garden goods, photography, clothing and handbags, creative jewelry, pottery and sweet smelling soaps, candles and more. Many of the artists will be present to talk about their crafts, including Dena Gillespie of Clawson who creates cool wire sculptures.
In addition, Michigan authors will be signing copies of their books, including writer and photographer Pete Wurdock, who will be signing copies of his book, “Places I Hide,” 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Margaret Mason will also be debuting her latest release, “These Hands,” which is about African-Americans who worked at the Detroit Wonder Bread factory in the 1950s. Mason will be present from 1 to 3 p.m. Other festivities include free …

Oakland County workshops include social media marketing

Oakland County Business Center is offering its monthly workshops starting with a social media marketing class. The classes will be held at Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township. For pre-registration, visit, or call 248-858-0783.
Social Media Marketing Part 1 is 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, March 2 at The fee is $40.
Pre-Business Research is 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, March 3. This workshop is free, but pre-registration is required.
FastTrac Growth Venture (Venture Forward) is a 10-week program designed for owners, CEOs and top management team members of businesses with at least two years of operating experience. The class is 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Fridays, March 4 through May 6. The fee is $140. Applicants need to be pre-qualified.
CEED Microloan Orientation is 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 9. This workshop is free, but pre-registration is required.
Fundamentals of Starting a Business is 9 a.m. to n…

Azox Customer Showcase Page

View just some of the work Azox has done by visiting the Azox customer showcase page. There you will find sites Azox has worked on. All of these websites are integrated with Microsoft Dynamics GP, allowing for one point of maintenance for inventory, pricing and order processing. Check them out here.

Business events plan for success

Feb. 22: Community outlook luncheon

Elected leaders of Rochester, Rochester Hills and Oakland Township are keynote speakers at Community Outlook Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 22 at the Oakland University Banquet Rooms on the campus of Oakland University, 2200 N. Squirrel Road, Rochester.
City of Rochester Mayor Jeff Cuthbertson, Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett and Oakland Township Supervisor Jim Creech will address residents and business people.
 Tickets are $35 for chamber members, $40 for nonmembers. A corporate table for 10 includes discounted rate and priority seating. Lunch is included. Make reservations at or call 248-651-6700.

Feb. 22: Bloomfield North Chamber networking

Bloomfield North Area Monthly Rise & Shine is 8 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22, at Burger King, 2140 Orchard Lake Road, Sylvan Lake.

Feb. 23:
Chamber economic development plans will be discussedSandy K. Baruah, president and CEO of the Detroit Regional Cham…

Events next week offer 'A path forward'

SE Michigan Economic Development Plans to be discussed
Sandy K. Baruah, president and CEO of the Detroit Regional Chamber, will blend optimism with honesty as he discusses the Chamber's economic development plans for SE Michigan in his presentation, "Five Observations and a Path Forward" at the monthly meeting of the Marketing & Sales Executives of Detroit 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23 at MSU Management Education Center, 811 W. Square Lake Road, Troy. The event begins with hors d'oeuvres and networking at 5 p.m., the speaker presentation at 6 p.m. and dessert and networking at 7 p.m. Admission is $45 for members and $60 for non-members. Call 248-643-9685 or visit

Engineers and IT Professionals sought
The Oakland Macomb Job Hub 2011: Where Oakland Macomb Employers Meet SE Michigan Job Seekers is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24 at Oakland University Student Center, 2200 N. Squirrel Road, Rochester. Engineer-seeking companies signe…

Women business owners gather

National Association of Women Business Owners Greater Detroit Chapter 19th Annual Networking Session is 4:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 17 at SI/S3 Entertainment Studios, 16630 Southfield Road, Allen Park. "NAWBO Women Take the Stage: Fashion, Cars & Stars" evening of networking featuring a panel discussion on how to do business with or get involved in the film industry, a fashion show, strolling buffet, vehicle and exhibitor displays and tour a real-life movie set — The Wannabees. Admission is $35 at the door. enter at Entrance Five. For information, visit

Oakland County workers are getting ahead

Oakland County workers are being hired and promoted. The economy might not be the best it's ever been, but things are brightening up for many.
Unfortunately, there is still a great deal of joblessness. A friend of mine said, "It's a depression for those who have lost their job." It's a recession for families who have had reduced or threatened income.
For those who have been spared "lost wages," many are working to reduce their debt and get in better shape financially.
Business really seems to be picking up, judging by the number of e-mails The Oakland Press receives about  people starting new businesses, expanding, hiring and promoting. If you have a new business or expansion in Oakland or Macomb county, be sure to e-mail to
Read about Oakland County movers and shakers People on the Move on The Oakland Press website.

Detroit Business Festival IS Big Deal

Detroit Business Festival
The Russell Bazaar will be honoring Detroit area entrepreneurs and small-businesses at the Third Annual Detroit Business Festival, 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26 and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 27 at 1600 Clay Ave., Building #3, Detroit. Industry leaders from various backgrounds will also lead seminars about critical business skills. Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh will deliver a keynote address at 2 p.m. Sunday. The festival will feature all-ages entertainment, including food court, live music, raffles, and children’s activities. “Reveal: Inside the Artists’ Vision,” a gallery exhibit featuring local African-American artists will be running throughout the weekend. Entrepreneurs and area businesses are welcome to reserve space at the festival. Admission is free. Booths of various sizes will be available to interested participants for $25-75, which includes admission to all seminars and discussions. Registration forms are available at www.Russ…

Business calendar for Oakland County

Free family law advice forum
Annette J. Benson & Associate, PC, to host recurring Conversation Circles, free family law forums for people with questions regarding custody, divorce, pre-nuptial agreements and any other family law topic. Beginning March 1, the practice will open its doors from 6 to 8 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at 30600 Telegraph Road, Suite 4290, Bingham Farms. The monthly event will feature light refreshments.  Reservations are encouraged, e-mail to or call 248-646-2600.

Feb. 16: Business card exchange
Better Business Bureau Business Card Exchange is 8 to 10 a.m. Feb. 16 at at 26999 Central Park Blvd., Suite 165, Southfield. Free networking event and continental breakfast. Dan Russell of the DEM Group will speak about annual business “check-up" for a successful 2011. Contact Patrick Bennett at or 248-799-0326.

Feb. 17: Detroit Economic Club
The Detroit Economic Club …

Recession over? Ask Cupid

“Are there more marriage licenses or divorce cases filed on Valentine’s Day?”
 Professor Cunningham asks his students every year at this time.
While topics dealing with the legal and financial fallout of relationships that go bad are the standard fare of Family Law, the course James P. Cunningham teaches as adjunct Professor at Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Auburn Hills campus, “students are disappointed to hear that couples actually break up around what is supposed to be the most romantic time of year.”
Usually, says Cunningham, who has been tracking this for years, “you get about the same number of couples seeking to marry and those seeking to divorce.”
But last year, in Oakland County at least, things were dramatically different. On the last workday before Valentine’s Day and the day after (Valentine’s Day was on a Sunday in 2010), while  36 marriage licenses were issued by the Oakland County Clerk, more than the year before,  48 Complaints for Divorce were filed as well. Can this be go…

Additional Gateways for Azox Credit Card Extension

Azox Credit Card Extension is now compatible with two additional gateways out of the box; Chase Paymentech, and Global Payments.

SAE hosts State of the Industry dinner

SAE hosts State of the Industry meeting
The Detroit Section of SAE International will host a panel of automotive experts to discuss the current industry conditions at their State of the Industry Section Meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 15 at the San Marino Club in Troy. The program will begin with a social hour at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. The State of the Industry panel discussion will commence at 7:30 p.m. Confirmed panelists include Dr. David Cole, Chairman Emeritus, Center for Automotive Research; Neil De Koker, President and CEO, Original Equipment Suppliers Association; Lonnie Miller, Vice President, Marketing and Industry Analysis, Polk; and Jason Stein, Editor, “Automotive News.” David L. Schutt, PhD, Chief Executive Officer, SAE International will serve as the moderator. Tickets are $40 for SAE members, $55 for non-members and $15 for SAE student members. Call 248-324-4445, or visit

Feb. 15: Entrepreneur series begins
The Birmingham Bl…

Fifth Third Bank picks VP

Fifth Third Bank picks VP

Fifth Third Bank named Tamra Tobin Teno vice president at Fifth Third Bank Eastern Michigan of Southfield. She previously worked for Comerica Bank.

Grace Centers given $25K

Grace Centers of Hope in Pontiac has been awarded $25,000 from the Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program. The funds will be used to support the nonprofit’s newly created Grace to the Finish program, which provides job training and life skills development for clients who are emerging from homelessness.

Lawyer takes partnership

Warner Norcross & Judd LLP has hired Nazli G. Sater to its Southfield office. Sater, who joins the law firm as a partner, concentrates her practice in the Family Law/Divorce Practice Group. She was a partner in the litigation department of Hyman Lippitt, P.C., where she concentrated her practice in divorce and family law. A native of Bloomfield Hills, she resides there with her two daughters. To learn more, visit

Just Baked offers cupcake bouquet

Just Baked offers cupcake bouquets
For those tired of the same old chocolates and flowers, there’s a new twist on Valentine’s Day gifts. Just Baked Valentine cupcake bouquets in chocolate or vanilla flavor are available in packages of 10 and can be delivered with a card to the valentine of choice. Or they can be picked up at one of five Just Baked locations, including 32828 Woodward Ave. in Royal Oak and Twelve Oaks Mall in Novi. To order, call 248-255-1441. Visit

Fifth Third Bank introduces credit builder program
While the country continues toward economic recovery, millions of Americans face the unfortunate reality of poor or impacted credit. To help consumers, Fifth Third Bank has introduced its Credit Builder Program, a full suite of financial tools designed to help consumers establish or reestablish credit, available at the bank’s 89 Michigan banking center locations
With the program, participants will work one-on-one with a financial pr…

People on the move

Kenneth J. Dalto adds business consultant
Lou Peters has joined Kenneth J. Dalto & Associates of Farmington Hills as a consultant in business management and corporate finance. He has held executive positions as a commercial banker with over 30 year's experience. He previously held the position of executive vice president at Paramount Bank.

Law firm adds partners
Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC announced that Stephen P. Dunn, Michael O. Fawaz and Melanie T. Frazier have become shareholders in the firm. They all practice out of the firm’s Royal Oak Office.

Attorney Steven Migliore joins Honigman’s
Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP announces that Steven J. Migliore has joined the firm as an attorney in the Corporate and Securities Department. Migliore concentrates his practice on stock/asset purchases, acquisitions and general corporate work. He previously worked at Evans & Luptak, P.L.C. in Farmington Hills. Visit


Business events in Oakland County

February: Oakland business workshops

The Oakland County Business Center offers seminars for business owners and entrepreneurs at Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township. To register, visit calendar or call 248-858-0783.
Working for Yourself: The Ins & Outs of Becoming a Consultant, a Contractor, or Service Provider is 9 a.m.-noon, Tuesday, Feb. 8. The fee is $40.
Pre-Business Research is 6-9:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 8. This workshop is free, but registration is required.
Social Media Marketing-Part 1 is 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15. The fee is $40.
Fundamentals of Starting a Business is 6-––9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16. The fee is $30.

Feb. 8: Ignite Automotive

Ignite Automotive 2  is 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Feb. 8 at Walter P. Chrysler Museum, One Chrysler Drive, Auburn Hills. Ignite is a high-energy evening of five-minute talks by people who have an idea. The talks are connected through the gl…

Clark Hill hosts employment policy webinar

Clark Hill PLC presents free employment policy webinar for Michigan business owners 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16. “Dust Off That Employee Handbook: The Five Employment Policies You Need to Update in 2011” will be led by Clark Hill Associate Ellen Hoeppner and Member Jeffrey A. Steele. According to Hoeppner and Steele, employee handbooks are the most important communication tool between businesses and employees and can be critical in avoiding expensive litigation. The webinar will offer participants information on how to protect businesses in light of recent developments in this area, including policies being targeted by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). To register, visit Clark Hill PLC  has offices in Detroit, Birmingham, Grand Rapids, Lansing and around the country.

Yahoo job workshop offered

Yahoo job workshop offered

Job seekers can attend a free workshop “Yahoo! Groups from the Ground Up” from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 9 at St. Jane’s Hall 1, 38750 Ryan Road, Sterling Heights. Yahoo! Groups is an announcement board used by many area job seeker support organizations. The workshop will cover how to find, join or leave a group; manage accounts, including changing delivery options, searching a database for previously posted messages and find lost attachments in forwarded e-mails. Admission is free, but space is limited. To reserve a seat, e-mail

February Oakland County business workshops

The Oakland County Business Center offers seminars for business owners and entrepreneurs at Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township. To register, visit or call 248-858-0783.
Working for Yourself: The Ins & Outs of Becoming a Consultant, a Contractor…

New to online trading?

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Oak Electric Service selling Volt electric charging stations

Oak Electric Services, Inc. at 5492 Dixie Highway in Waterford has been certified by GM's preferred partner for home charging products. SPX Service Solutions will be one of their independent sales contractors for the sales and installation of the Chevrolet Volt electric vehicle charging stations. For more information call 248-623-4900.

Ann Duke named VP at Save on Everything

Ann Duke has been named the vice president of sales and marketing at Save On Everything in Troy. Duke joined Save on Everything, a direct-mail marketing and advertising programs in October 2010. It is a monthly publication mailed to 1.3 million homes in the Detroit tri-county region. Prior to her work with Save on Everything, she had been advertising director for Hour Media in Royal Oak and had been with the company in various management positions since its…

CREW Detroit announces 2011 board of directors

CREW Detroit announces 2011 board of directors

Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW), Detroit announces its new board members for 2011 as it prepares to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the chapter’s founding.
The following CREW Detroit members will serve on the 2011 CREW Detroit Board of Directors:
Marilyn Nix of Bloomfield Hills, principal of Marilyn P. Nix & Associates, LLC will serve as president; Jan Purcell of Bloomfield Hills, employed with eTitle of Troy will serve as director of marketing and communications; Donna Hanson of Lake Orion, CPA, Partner, Plante & Moran, PLLC of Auburn Hills will serve as treasurer; Nicole Dombrowski of Sterling Heights, vice president for Luna Tech Designs, LLC of Plymouth will serve as secretary/communications director; Alicia E. Buisst of Brighton, president for Next Level Consulting of Brighton will serve as Membership Director; Mary LeFevre of Livonia, business development for Turner Construction Company of Det…

Enhancing Microsoft Dynamics GP with E-Commerce

Our most recent post on ERP Software Blog discusses the benefits of integrating e-commerce with an ERP system like Microsoft Dynamics GP. From allowing customers the ability to browse products, shop, and place orders on‐line at anytime around the world to streamlining shipping orders, this post explains real world benefits of connecting an e-commerce storefront with Microsoft Dynamics GP

Check out the full post on ERP Software Blog and find out how The Salvation Army was able to solve global logistical challenges and tap into new markets with Azox E-Commerce solutions for Microsoft Dynamics GP.

Oakland County business workshops

February Oakland business workshops

The Oakland County Business Center offers seminars for business owners and entrepreneurs at Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township. To register, visit or call 248-858-0783.
Effective Networking is 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2. The fee is $40.
Working for Yourself: The Ins & Outs of Becoming a Consultant, Contractor, or Service 
Provider is 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, Feb. 8. The fee is $40.
Pre-Business Research is 6 to 9:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 8. This workshop is free, but registration is required.

Binson’s Health Care of Center Line plans gala
Binson’s Health Care of Center Line has teamed up with the Muscular Dystrophy Association for the eighth annual Beating the Odds Gala, “A Casino Royale” beginning at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11 at the Royal Park Hotel, 600 East University Drive, Rochester.
Corporate and individual tickets are available and…