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 Presents: Josh Linkner, Chairman & Founder, ePrize, "Unleashing Creativity," 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 17 at Westin Book Cadillac, 1114 Washington Blvd., Detroit. Josh Linkner to sign copies of his latest book, “Disciplined Dreaming: A Proven System to Drive Breakthrough Creativity.” Admission is $45 for members, $55 for guests and $75 for non-members. Visit or call 313-963-8547.

Feb. 17: Waterford chamber mixer
Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce Business After-Hours Mixer is 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17 at Lindell AC Sports Pub, 3150 Elizabeth Lake Road, Waterford. Admission is $15 for nonmembers and $10 for members. Register at or call 248-666-8600.

Feb. 17: Financial strategies for women
Financial Strategies for Women is 7 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 17 at Congregation Shir Tikvah, 3900 Northfield Pkwy., Troy. Carol Balagur, MBA, CFP, of Ameriprise Financial Services will be the speaker. The cost is $5 per person. Free parking.

Feb. 17: MEGA Conference
The Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants sponsors Winter CPE MEGA Conference for Industry is 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 17 at Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave., Novi. Designed specifically for professionals in business and industry, conferences with sessions in accounting and auditing, ethics, taxation and technology will be offered. The cost is $215 for members and $315 for nonmembers. Visit

Feb. 17: Financial lecture series
The city of Southfield and Huntington National Bank will present the latest installment of the Treasurer’s Financial Lecture Series at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17 at the Southfield Public Library, 26300 Evergreen Road, Southfield.
The first installment, Your Money matters: An Overview of Budgeting, Banking and Successful Cash Flow Management is 6 to 6:45 p.m. The second installment, Owning Your Own Home: An Overview of the City of Southfield’s Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP), Renting Vs. Buying, and the Mortgage Process is 7 to 7:45 p.m.
The program is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Register by calling Southfield City Treasurer Irv Lowenberg’s office at 248-796-5210 or e-mail

Feb. 18: SolidWorks Webcast
SolidWorks Corporation is hosting a free Webcast series to introduce products for business needs. The first session will begin at noon, Friday, Feb. 18. Register at For information, visit


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