Showing posts from September, 2011

Royal Oak Business Internship Program offers internship opportunities

Our Credit Union and Royal Oak Forward announce the extension of the Royal Oak Business Internship Program with five additional internship opportunities.
The Royal Oak Business Internship Program matches Michigan State University and other state university students with local area businesses to complete deliverable based projects/internships.
With more than 50 percent of graduating students leaving the state, the program seeks to highlight the Royal Oak area and its businesses, in addition to providing college students with real world work experience.
The internship program has concluded three internships to date. Most recently, Yury Ratomski completed his internship with McClure’s Pickles.
“My experience at McClure’s was very positive. This was my first internship and it was really nice to work in a place where I can put my own spin on things,” he said. “I got to do a lot of different things, from implementing an inventory management program, to booking orders and just overall business…

Social media for business workshop in Birmingham

The Social Media Navigation Guide For Small Business owners and individuals is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, at the Community House, 380 South Bates Street, Birmingham. Instructor Emily A. Hay, the owner of Emily A. Hay There, a Social Media Consulting Company, will share social media insight and best practices for social media and blogging, social bookmarking, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. To register, contact, 248-644-5832, or visit The cost is $34.

Small Business Loans, Myths and Facts

Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce presents Small Business Loans, Myths and Facts, 8 to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday Sept. 28 at Heroes Restaurant, 998 W. Huron Street, Waterford Township. The cost is $10, which includes a light breakfast. Registration required at or call 248-666-8600.

Social Media is a party! and more events

Social Media is a Party! presents Social Media and the Arts: Music Edition is at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22 at Fifth Ave., 215 5th Ave. Royal Oak. For information, email or call 248-971-0170 or visit

“Contracting 101” Seminar in Detroit
DTMB Purchasing Operations is hosting “Contracting 101” session to provide guidance to business owners to help them navigate the procurement process and bid on state contracts. The seminar is free and is scheduled 1:30 to 3:30 pm. Monday, Sept. 26, at Cadillac Place Building, Room L-150, 3044 W. Grand Boulevard, Detroit. Seating is limited, register at

“Investing Made Simple”
“Investing Made Simple” is  6:30 to 8 p.m. Sept. 27 and Oct, 4, at The Community House, 380 South Bates St., Birmingham. Topics will include: cash and CD rates, stocks and mutual funds, taxable and tax-free bonds, precious metals and real estate. Robert Loupee, First Vice President-Investments w…

Roland DG Australia's New B2B Portal is Live!

Recently Azox launched Roland DG Australia's new business-to-business online store. This site is fully integrated with Microsoft Dynamics GP and allows for instant customer account creation in Dynamics GP at checkout.

Roland DG, is a leading supplier of solutions to the Graphic Arts, Design and Technology industries.

Top Features
Express Lane - Easily find and validate items instantly by item number and quantity.
User Specific Catalog - Link special pricing in Dynamics GP with pricing on the website.
Check Order History - View account history and invoices. Search by PO#, Document Date, Document Number and Item Number.

Small Business Tour stops in Waterford

The first ever, SBA Small Business Outreach Tour will be in Waterford Township, 12:30 to 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19 at the Oakland County Business Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Building 41 West. It is presented by the Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center, IRS, Automation Alley, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, City of Pontiac, Oakland University Incubator and more. For information, email or call 313-226-6075, ext. 234. Visit

Cariloha Consumer Shopping Website is Live!

We are glad to have recently delivered a number of new websites to customers not just in the U.S., but also across the globe in countries like Australia.
Just last week Azox launched Cariloha’s new consumer facing ecommerce website. This site is fully integrated with Microsoft Dynamics GP and allows for instant customer account creation in Dynamics GP at checkout.
Cariloha, is a retailer that provides eco-friendly island-inspired apparel for both men and women. Check the website out here.

Top Features
One Page Checkout - Allow customers to checkout easier and not abandon their cartsGuest Checkout - Have shoppers checkout without the need to register for an accountSocial Commerce - Share your products across your shoppers social media networks.

5 Rules for the Character-Driven Company

Submitted by Dottie DeHart, DeHart & Company Public Relations

Hoboken, NJ (September 2011)—It’s certainly a tense time in business. The uncertain economy has many business leaders constantly poring over the financials, crunching the budget, and nixing every possible unnecessary expense. Unfortunately, says Dave Anderson, financial problems aren’t the only ones your company might be facing. He asks if you’ve recently taken a good hard look at the character of your company.
“When you really think about it, many of the transgressions we see in business today, from CEO scandals to terrible customer service, boil down to a lack of solid character,” says Anderson, author of How to Run Your Business by THE BOOK—Revised and Expanded: A Biblical Blueprint to Bless Your Business (Wiley, 2011, ISBN: 978-1-118-02237-5, $18.95,
Anderson says there are five simple rules that every employee, from the top of the corporate ladder on down, should follow to ensure that they have a…

Business events improve profit

Sept. 16: "Healthcare saves your business money"
After a summer break from Troy Chamber’s Choose Troy Friday Forums, the series continues in September with “Healthcare saves your business money,” noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, at the Troy Chamber office, 4555 Investment Dr., Ste. 300. Lunch will be provided as part of this free informal session. To register, call 248-641-8151, e-mail to or visit

Sept. 17: “How To Find & Use Lending for Today’s Deals”
Real Estate Investors Assoc. presents “How To Find & Use Lending for Today’s Deals,”  9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday Sept. 17 at Royal Oak Senior’s Center, 3500 Marias, Royal Oak. The cost is $29 for members and $49 for non-members. Lunch is included. Call 800-747-6742 or

Sept. 19-21: Businesses seeking work with defense
National Defense Industrial Association Michigan Chapter’s Fall Business Event is Monday through Wednesday, Sept. 19-21 at Troy Marriot …

Azox is a Gold Sponsor at 2011 GPUG Summit

Azox is pleased to be a Gold Sponsor at the 2011 Dynamics GP User Group (GPUG) Summit on November 8-11 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

Summit, now in its fourth year, is the largest independent user conference dedicated exclusively to Dynamics GP. It features over 100 breakout sessions in which GP Users and subject matter experts share how-to’s and real-world GP experiences, along with structured networking opportunities to connect Users with others in the community who can help address their specific GP challenges. Summit also offers up opportunities to connect directly with top Microsoft Dynamics GP leaders, and the Expo Hall allows attendees to shop for new add-ons and solutions from GP Partners and ISVs.

To learn more about GPUG Summit 2011 please visit

Upcoming business events for networking and learning

Sept. 14: Breakfast and Business Cards
Michigan Business Advantage is hosting Breakfast and Business Cards: A Unique Networking Event. 7:45 to 9 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14 at the Royal Park Hotel in The Commons area, 600 E. University Dr., Rochester. Seating is limited. The cost is $10 at the door and includes continental breakfast buffet. RSVP to Donna at 248-453-5163 or

Sept. 14: SCORE’s business planning
SCORE’s Planning Your Own Business is 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Wed., Sept. 14, at MBPA 27700 Hoover Road, Warren. The cost is $45. Visit  or call 313-226-7947 to register.

Sept. 14: Working for yourself workshop
Working for Yourself workshop is 9 a.m. to noon, Wednesday Sept. 14. The workshop covers the ins and outs of becoming a consultant, a contractor or a service provider at Oakland County Executive Office Building, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Building 41 W., Waterford Township. Call 248-858-0783 or visit The …

Inventors Council of Mid-Michigan meets in Flint

The Inventors Council of Mid-Michigan, holds a gathering of the minds of inventors on the second Thursday of each month. The next meeting is at 7 p.m., tomorrow, Sept. 8 at Walli's Restaurant & Banquet Center South at I-69 and Center Road (1341 S. Center Road) in Burton, Michigan. The group has been meeting on the second Thursday of each month, since 1997. The cost to attend the meetings is usually $5.
The council is a resource for creative people who need ideas on how to take an idea and run with it.
The Inventors Council was started by Bob Ross of Service Corps Of Retired Executives (SCORE) and Larry Ford, president of the Flint Area Chamber of Commerce (FACC), in 1997.
The current Council has a leadership group of seven highly experienced directors who continue the volunteer effort to reach out and help independent inventors fulfill their dreams of bringing new and innovative products to market, in a tradition of the great American pursuit to invent.
Membership in the Inventors…

Hiring companies attend career expo’s career expo is 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14 at the Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave. in Novi.
Several of the attending companies include: Dialogue Marketing (more than 150 jobs; over $150,000 in bonuses); Northwestern Mutual (15 jobs; $15,000 in bonuses); Daifuku Webb (more than 20 jobs; over $60,000 in bonuses); SPX Corporation (5 jobs; $13,000 in bonuses); Guardian Angel Heath Care (more than 40 jobs; over $40,000 in bonuses); ePrize (more than 10 jobs; over $15,000 in bonuses); Cosma International (15 jobs; more than $13,000 in bonuses).
Job seekers can participate in free workshops, including The Power of Social Media and Your Network Is Worth Thousands and the proper way to write a resume and provide job seekers with five tips and traps on how to ace the interview.
For a full list of employers attending the career expo visit The career expo is free for job seekers. All candidates who attend the career expo, apply for a job …

Learning to strategize success

Sept. 8: Madison Heights
“How to find and use private money lending for today’s deals.” Sponsored by Real Estate Investors Assoc. of Oakland 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday Sept. 8 at Club Venetian, 29310 John R. Road, north of 12 Mile Road on John R. in Madison Heights. The seminar is free to members and $20 for nonmembers.

Sept. 8: Troy
Troy Chamber’s presentation, “Success Strategies that Work — The Power of Positive Attraction,” is 8-9:30 a.m.,Thursday, Sept. 8, in the Troy Chamber office, lower level training room, 4555 Investment Dr., Troy. It is free for Troy Chamber members and $10 for nonmembers. Call 248-641-8151 or e-mail