Showing posts from August, 2011

Production assistant bootcamp slated

Specs Howard School is hosting a production assistant bootcamp, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10 at Specs Howard School of Media Arts, 19900 W. Nine Mile Road, Southfield. The seminar features a lecture and interactive demonstration followed by a panel discussion with local professionals.
Michigan Production Alliance’s Mark Adler and other film professionals will provide an overview of what is expected of Production Assistants on both film and video sets. It will include a include set and client etiquette, use of radios and forms, as well as knowledgeable industry speakers. The cost is $105 which covers a manual, one year membership in Michigan Production Alliance and funding for the alliance. Visit for information.

Door to Door Organics launches innovative new program

Shopping by recipe is next step in pursuit of “Good Food”
LIVONIA — As part of their commitment to make “Good Food” fit into the lives of the people of Michigan and beyond, Door to Door Organics is launching an innovative web-based tool, Door to Door Organics Kitchen, where customers can “shop by recipe” and have the ingredients delivered straight to their doorsteps. With this new product offering, Door to Door Organics aims to change how people plan, shop and cook - helping them save time, eat more fresh food, reduce food waste, and stay inspired to eat great healthy meals.  Each week, customers will find recipes customized to their produce and grocery selections. When a customer selects a recipe they’d like to make, the interface will point them to the rest of the ingredients needed to make it.  With a few clicks, a customer will have great recipes and everything needed to make them.    The online planning tools also allow customers to print an additional shopping list for any items D…

New Features Coming to Azox E-Commerce Product

Azox will soon be releasing new features for its e-commerce product that will help provide users with greater enhancements built on a Microsoft .NET 4.0 framework. These enhancements will improve everythings from site management to product search, allowing users to find what they are looking for quicker and easier. Here are just a few of the enhancements that will be available with Azox future e-commerce platform release.

Attributes/values can be linked together and allow for improved search results for particular items like vehicle parts. For example, say a customer is searching for car parts. Typically they will ahve a particular vehicle with a specific make/model/year and only want parts that fall under their search parameters. With Azox improved catalog engine customers can now search through items by their make/model/year and only want parts that fall under their search parameters. With Azox improved catalog engine customers can now search through items by their make/model/year an…

Workplace morale: improved or stayed the same

MENLO PARK, Calif. — The still uncertain economy hasn't kept some workers from smiling a little more at the office. Four in 10 (42 percent) chief financial officers (CFOs) interviewed for an Accountemps survey said employee morale has improved at least somewhat in the last 12 months. Fifty-three percent of respondents said the mood among their teams is unchanged from a year ago.
The survey was developed by Accountemps, the world's first and largest specialized staffing service for temporary accounting, finance and bookkeeping professionals. It was conducted by an independent research firm and is based on telephone interviews with more than 1,400 CFOs across the United States.
CFOs were asked, "How has employee morale in your organization changed, if at all, from 12 months ago?"Their responses:

Significantly improved 8%

Somewhat improved 34%

No change 53%

Somewhat worsened 4%

Significantly worsened 1%


"Companies have been taking steps to increase job satisfaction and boos…

Insurance Dialogue holds job fair in Troy

Insurance Dialogue, a division of Dialogue Marketing, will hold walk-in job interviews 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. today through Thursday, Aug. 25 at their office at Insurance Dialogue Office, 300 East Big Beaver Road, 4th Floor, Troy.
They seek to recruit 90 licensed and non-licensed insurance agents by September. Agents will sell service and enroll those that are eligible for Medicare into plans during the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period.
Preferred qualifications for applicants include sales experience and contact center experience. A health or life insurance license is preferred but not required (Insurance Dialogue will cover licensing costs if necessary.)
Extensive and resume-building job training will be provided to employees. No appointment is required. Applicants are asked to bring resumes and supporting documentation to demonstrate relevant experience. For information, visit

Home trade-in program proves successful

A unique sales program that allows homeowners to trade in their homes on the purchase of another is succeeding beyond expectations at the Resorts of Tullymore & St. Ives in Stanwood, outside of Mt. Pleasant.
In just over two months, the resort recorded the sixth sale from its property inventory of homes and condominiums.
“We have sold three condos and three houses and the program seems to be gaining momentum,” said Terry Schieber, Tullymore’s chief executive officer. “We’re very happy with the effort, and would like to sell the other 12 left in the inventory before the end of the summer.”
The sales concept was borrowed from the auto industry where used cars are routinely traded in for new models, and the value of the used car is applied as a down payment for the purchase of a new one. If you commit to buying a house or condominium at Tullymore, the resort will buy your home for its appraised value.
While the resort would ideally like to see buyers trading up to a home of more value at…

Social Media is a Party!

Social Media is a Party! announces its upcoming business networking event, ‘The Future of Media,’ 6:30 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18 at Rosie O’Grady’s, 279 West Nine Mile Road, Ferndale. Local media professionals will discuss the changing media landscape and share their long term visions. They will also explore the implications of recent changes on businesses. is presented in partnership with PRSA Detroit. Confirmed panelists are Buck Head, Social Media Marketing Director at CBS Radio; Seth Myers, New Media Director at WXYZ-TV and Ashley Elyse, On-Air personality at Channel 955 and Stephen Clark, News Anchor/Multimedia Journalist at WXYZ-TV. Appetizers will be served, along with half price drinks. Advance tickets are $10 and admission is $20 at the door. Visit for information.

Local events lead to business success

Aug. 16: Business Performance meeting
The Business Performance 2.0 Executive Series monthly meeting is 4 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16 at Birmingham Tower, 280 N. Old Woodward, LL Conference Room, Birmingham. Coffee and danish will be provided. Register at or call 248-641-8400.

Aug. 17: Square One Synergy Summit
Creating tomorrow's Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics leaders is critical to America's economic future. The Synergy Summit is a one-day conference focused on creating tomorrow's inspired, well-prepared technology oriented workforce. It will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17 at Eastern Michigan University Student Center, 900 Oakwood St., Ypsilanti. Economist Lou Glazer will be a speaker. Visit

 Aug. 17: Social Media, Protecting Your Brand
Automation Alley’s in-depth series Social Media: A Deep Dive for Business Owners and Marketers is holding its next session, Social Media: Prot…

E-Commerce Spending Up Despite Economy

Despite the sluggish economy it seems more people are continuing the trend of buying online. comScore recently reported that U.S. online spending hit $37.5 billion in the second quarter of this year, up 14% from one year ago. Read the full report here. comScore chairman Gian Fulgoni said, "It's clear that consumers are continuing to shift to the online channel, with almost $1 in every $10 of discretionary spending now occurring online". What's more impressive is this growth rate represented the seventh consecutive quarter of positive year-over-year growth and third consecutive quarter of double-digit growth rates.

Convenience and competitive prices are believed to be two of the key reasons driving this surge in e-commerce spending. At Azox we know how important an online selling environment can be for a company, and we have helped contribute to this upward movement in online spending by helping leading companies across retail, distribution, and non-profit industries…

Your time is now: Women top social revolution

Submitted by Dottie DeHart, DeHart &Company Public Relations

Eight Factors Propelling Women to the Top in the Social Revolution and How They Can Take Advantage of Them
Hoboken, NJ (August 2011)—Despite status quo statistics—women earn 75 percent of what men earn; women hold only 15 percent of C-level positions in the U.S.—and a challenging economy, the almost-constant changes to the way we communicate, interact, innovate, and do business today are setting up an opportunity-filled future for women. Why? Because the qualities that are valued in today’s socially driven culture—participation, engagement, collaboration, relationship-building, an appreciation for the greater good—come naturally to most women, points out Vickie Milazzo. She says women simply have to be willing to reach out and grab the coming opportunities.

“Inside every woman are the skills and forces necessary for being successful today,” says Milazzo, author of the new book Wicked Success Is Inside Every Woman (Wiley, 20…

Detroit Lions’ Tom Lewand speaks at Troy Chamber

Detroit Lions’ President Tom Lewand will share his message, “Getting Your Team Super Bowl Ready!” at the Troy Chamber’s August membership luncheon. The event, presented by Health Alliance Plan, is 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 4, at the MSU Management Education Center, 811 W. Square Lake Road, Troy. From 10:30-11:30 a.m., there will be a pre-luncheon tailgate networking expo (without the tailgate). It’s a great way to get involved, meet fellow business people and score some new leads. From 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., lunch will be served, listen to the keynote address and ask questions. The cost is $29 for Troy Chamber members and $34 for non-members. The cost for an exhibit table during the networking business expo, which includes one lunch ticket, is $125. To register, call 248-641-8151 or email