Showing posts from May, 2011

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June 1: SCORE helps answer entrepreneur questions
Detroit SCORE Chapter 18, with Southfield Public Library, helps potential entrepreneurs answer the question; “Could I, Should I Start My Own Business?” 8:45 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, June 1 at Southfield Public Library, 26300 Evergreen Road, Southfield. The cost is $10. Call 313-226-7947 to register. Visit

June 2: Pre-Business Research workshop
Pre-Business Research Workshop/FastTrac is 6 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, June 2 at Oakland County Business Center MI-SBTDC, Executive Office Building, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township. Are you thinking of starting your own business and want to research your business idea? Are you a new business owner who wants to understand which research sources to use for your business plan or loan proposal, and where to find the information you need? Then plan to attend this business pre-planning workshop. Attendees will also receive an orientation to the FastTrac NewVenture program. Thi…

Action Speaks! conference slated in Farmington Hills

Leadership Oakland’s Class of XXI and Oakland Community College will host “Action Speaks!” Community Outreach Conference, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday June 8 at Smith Theater located at Oakland Community College Farmington Hills Campus in Farmington Hills. The event will bring together community leaders and change activists to inspire, motivate, and engage individuals to make a difference in their communities. The conference will include presentations and discussions on local government issues, media influence, business and entrepreneurship, public education, and heath care services. L. Brooks Patterson, Oakland County Executive will be one of the many speakers. Tickets are $28 per person and include lunch. Visit to purchase tickets or call 248-952-6880.

Batch Processing in Microsoft Dynamics GP

We would like to thank Rose Business Solutions for putting together an educational video that goes over how to quickly create and process credit card payments for a group of batch documents in Microsoft Dynamics GP using Azox Credit Card Extension. Check out the video below.

Business start-up workshop

Pre-Business Research Workshop/FastTrac is 6 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, June 2 at Oakland County Business Center MI-SBTDC, Executive Office Building, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township. For those thinking of starting their own business who want to research their business idea? For new business owners who wants to understand which research sources to use for a business plan or loan proposal, and where to find the information needed. Attendees will also receive an orientation to the FastTrac NewVenture program. This makes them eligible to receive a scholarship to the next 10 week program. The scholarship reduces the cost of FastTrac NewVenture from $700 to just $140. Pre-Registration is advised. Seating is limited. Call 248-858-0783. For other workshops offered by Oakland County Business Center, visit

Wayne State networks at new Emagine theatre

The Wayne State University School of Business Administration Alumni Association will host its annual alumni appreciation is 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. today, May 25, at the new Emagine Theatre in Royal Oak.
The event will celebrate the achievements of Wayne State alumnus and Emagine owner Paul Glantz and will provide an opportunity for members of the metropolitan Detroit business community to tour the new facility and make new connections with other professionals, including many Wayne State business alumni.

Seven Leadership Mistakes

Is Your Team Failing Elegantly? Seven Leadership Mistakes That Wear Away at Your Company’s Will to Win

By Dottie DeHart, DeHart & Company Public Relations

For any team, the only acceptable result should be winning. But all too often, things don’t go as planned—and when first this project and then that project veer off course, teams start showing signs of a disease that can kill execution. John Hamm describes how the disease of “failing elegantly” can infect your organization and how to cure it.
San Francisco, CA (May 2011)—No one wants to lose. That’s true whether you’re talking about the Super Bowl, a friendly basketball game with the neighbors, or a footrace between eight-year-olds. Yes, the desire to win is embedded in the human psyche. So why is it that in the business world the “win or (almost) die trying” principle seems to falter? Why do so many talented, well-led teams, enterprises, and organizations—many of them with clear, reasonable goals—fail to win victories that should …

“Connect, engage and discover” around Green Economy

The Michigan International Professional Association hosts “connect, engage and discover” around The Green Economy, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, June 2, upstairs at the Franklin Grill, 32760 Franklin Road, Franklin. Speakers include Mark Cryderman, faculty at Cleary University and Scott Meloeny, co-founder of Distributed Power LLC. Tim Marsh, will present his exhibit on "eco-expressionism." A full dinner, including wine, will be served. Register at $35 per person.

J.S. Clark Agency to explain Health Care Reform

The J.S. Clark Agency of Southfield is hosting a free educational seminar for businesses about health care reform developments.
The seminar, led by J.S. Clark President, Joel Clark is open to local businesses and will be held noon to 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 25 at at the San Marino Club, 1685 E. Big Beaver Road in Troy. Call 248-996-1845 or email for reservations.

Mobile Space using PhoneGap

Refresh Detroit meeting discusses an introduction to Phonegap, and how it can be used to build cross-platform native mobile apps using web tech. The meeting is 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 26 at Quicken Loans (Compuware Building), One Campus Martius, Detroit. It is free and open to the public. Register at or visit

Trade Opportunities in South Korea

The U.S. Commercial Service and the East Michigan District Export Council present a program on doing business in South Korea and the benefits of the pending US-Korea Free Trade Agreement, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 25 at the Management Education Center, MSU, 811 West Square Lake Road, Troy. Visit

Keystrata IT Social networking event Wednesday

Keystrata, a specialized provider of Enterprise Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence consulting services, is hosting a networking event, IT Social 5:01, 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 25 at Mirchi Indian Cuisine Bar & Grille, 43317 Grand River Ave., Novi. The event is a premiere networking group comprised of IT, Data Warehousing, and Business Intelligence professionals from the high tech corridors of Ann Arbor, Automation Alley, Tech Town and Metropolitan Detroit. There is a 20 percent discount off meals, compliments of Mirchi management. Visit

Azox Earns Gold ERP Competency in Microsoft Partner Network

We are pleased to announce that we have achieved a Gold Competency in Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) through Microsoft's Partner Network (MPN).

Under the new Microsoft partner program launched in November 2010 competencies changed and are more specific to a companies skill set. Partners can now be Gold or Silver certified in over 28 competencies in the Microsoft Partner Network, with Gold being the highest level certification.

This competency establishes Azox as having the skills and resources to demonstrate the highest and most consistent capability in delivering e-commerce and e-payment solutions for the Microsoft Dynamics market.

To achieve this competency Azox had to pass a combination of technical exams, revenue requirements and product software tests to meet Gold Certification Level status.

Read the full press release here

MSED Automotive Roundtable “The Supplier Revolution”

A roundtable panel discussion, themed “The Supplier Revolution,” will be hosted by the Marketing and Sales Executives of Detroit (MSED) at its monthly dinner meeting on is 5 to 8 p.m. May 24, at the Marriott Hotel, 200 W. Big Beaver Road, Troy. The panel will discuss how implementing good relationship practices between OEMs and suppliers are proving to be valuable in the new age of automobile manufacturing. Automotive News Editor Jason Stein will moderate the panel, which includes: Dan Knott, senior vice president of purchasing and supplier quality, Chrysler Group LLC; Michael Martini, president of OE division, Bridgestone Americas; Jay Phillion, chief purchasing and quality officer, TI Automotive; and Dan Vivian, director of engineering design, Hyundai Motor Group. The cost for the dinner event is $45 for members, $60 for non-members. Sponsorships are available. To register visit MSED or call 248-643-6590.

Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel celebrates new office with career fair

Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel announced that it will be holding a career fair open to the public at its new location in Birmingham during its office opening celebration. The event begins with outside entertainment and light fare at 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 25, at 294 East Brown Street, Birmingham, the site of the newly built office which was designed by noted Birmingham architect Victor Saroki.
At 4 p.m., a ribbon-cutting ceremony will officially open the building and the public will be invited to tour the facility.
At 5 p.m., a career fair begins with Michigan companies offering opportunities in the fields of mortgage, home warranty, home inspection, real estate education, moving and storage, marketing and real estate sales.
Career fair attendees will also experience a “Taste of Michigan” from Michigan-based companies offering specialty food and beverages. The event, in conjunction with AMP 98.7FM, is sponsored by 2-10 Home Warranty.
“The event is the first of its kind in our area,” said Jame…

Sales management workshop

Gerald W. Bricker, managing principal and founder of business consultancy Aadvise Consulting, LLC of Northville will continue his series of management seminars with: “Sales Management Workshop. Difficult Times. Better Results.” Bricker will collaborate with another sales professional, Andrew Blain of Selling Solutions. The seminar will be offered 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Monday, May 23, at the Crowne Plaza, 1500 N. Opdyke Road in Auburn Hills and Tuesday, May 24 at the Hampton Inn, 20600 Haggerty Road in Northville Township. The cost is $149 if paid before May 16 and $199 thereafter. To register, visit or or call 248-974-1537.

You Got the Job – How Do You Negotiate Salary?

Expert Recruiter Reveals Insider’s Secrets To Getting Paid What You Want
Submitted by Ginny Grimsley, National Print Campaign Manager,
As the job market recovers, a unique phenomenon is beginning to happen, and one expert warns it could cost you money.

“As people who have been looking for work a long time start to get back into the workforce, many of them are so happy just to get a job that they sometimes accept a lower salary than they have to,” said Bill Humbert, author of RecruiterGuy’s Guide to Finding a Job. “Some employers feel that they can probably get away with a lowball offer, and many job hunters will grab it just so they can have a job. The truth is there are ways to get the job and still get what you want.”

Humbert isn’t a career coach, but rather his expertise comes from working the opposite side of the job stream as a recruiting consultant for corporations. He knows how companies calculate salary, and how to judge their threshol…

Azox Launches New Online Support Portal

Azox is excited to announce the launch of our new support portal which aims to improve and resolve all support related issues Azox partners and customers may have in one central place. Now support issues will be resolved faster and more efficiently all on an easily accessible website. In the future we plan to open up a knowledge base section which will provide articles, user guides and answers to frequently asked questions for people that use Azox software.

If you are a customer or reseller who are current on their support contract and have purchased or deal with customers who use Azox software you may fill out the form and request a user ID. We have also included a video that walks through the support portal and will take you through how to submit support cases and view existing cases. If you have any questions regarding the support portal please contact our team at 734.928.6020.

Social Media Marketing class

Oakland County Business Center is offering Social Media Marketing: Establish your Footprint and Get Your Customers Talking, 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, May 17 at Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Building 41 West, Waterford Township. For pre-registration, visit, or call 248-858-0783.The fee is $40.

New York Times President speaks in Birmingham

The Detroit Economic Club Presents: Janet L. Robinson, President & CEO, The New York Times Company, “When Traditional Companies Meet the Realities of the Digital Era” 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 11 at The Townsend Hotel, 100 Townsend St., Birmingham.
The challenges facing media companies and the journalism profession go beyond web sites offering aggregated news content for free. Robinson discusses the hard choices and new strategies required to manage a trusted brand and legacy in a world that is transforming dramatically and rapidly.
The cost is $45 for members, $55 for guests and $75 for non-members. Register at

Seminar on problem employees

Nemeth Burwell’s Raising the Bar Series Presents: Strategies for Dealing with the Problem Employee is 8:30 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 11 at the Troy Marriott, 200 W. Big Beaver Road, Troy. Continental breakfast will be served at 8 a.m. The cost is $60 per person. Registration is required, email Amanda Galletti at or call 313-567-5921.

Post Convergence 2011 Recap

It’s been a whirlwind here at the office following Convergence 2011. This has probably been one of our busiest shows just judging by the amount of booth traffic we experienced at our own booth and what we saw at others. Hopefully this is an indication of where the economy is heading as more people who stopped by were looking for solutions to buy and help their business grow. Sure, the bike we had on display and were raffling away didn’t hurt either.

(Electra Bicycle's awesome looking Rat Rod, congrats to our lucky winner!)

(The team putting together booth at Convergence the day before the event)

We had a great time connecting with partners and customers throughout the four day experience, especially at our sponsored party, Rock-N-Rave, which was an awesome time as usual. Please check out all of the great pictures at the Rock-N-Rave Facebook page here and also find out about upcoming events.

Big announcements at the show included the announcement of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 which is …

Workshops help businesses get started

SCORE helps ask, Should I start a business?
Detroit SCORE Chapter 18, with Southfield Public Library, helps potential entrepreneurs answer the question; “Could I, Should I Start My Own Business?” 8:45 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, May 4 at Southfield Public Library, 26300 Evergreen Road, Southfield. The cost is $10. Call 313-226-7947 to register. Visit

Oakland County offers pre-business research workshop
Oakland County Business Center is offering its monthly workshops, including Pre-Business Research workshop, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Thursday, May 5, at Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, Building 41 West, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township. The cost is $30 per person Pre-registration is required. Call 248-858-0783 or visit