Showing posts from October, 2011

Gap between employer needs and applicant skills

Downers Grove, IL—More than 14 million Americans are looking for work, yet 3.1 million jobs remain unfilled because hiring managers at top U.S. companies are unable to find qualified candidates, according to a recent study by the Career Advisory Board, established in 2010 by DeVry University of New York,
There will be a live blog chat on new research and actionable advice for job seekers on Tuesday, November 1, 2011 at 10:00 AM CST. Career Advisory Board member, author and speaker, Jason Seiden, will offer insights on the Job Preparedness Indicator and its implications for succeeding in the job search. Visit to participate.
 The Job Preparedness Indicator assessed the value of key skills to determine what attributes employers consider most important but are least common among job seekers. Nearly 550 hiring managers at top U.S. companies and more than 730 job seekers were surveyed. Key findings include:

Many job seekers are overconfident and do not display …

Local attorney pens book, 'Blood & Money'

Most laymen believe that greed is at the heart of family blood fights over an inheritance, but attorney and author P. Mark Accettura – expert on inheritance conflict resolution and elder abuse – says it is a myth that selfish motives are the driving force behind family blood baths after a parent has died.“The fight for money and things, such as Dad’s watch or Mom’s wedding ring, is not about the object or money itself, but is really about what the money or object symbolizes – importance, love, security, self-esteem, connectedness and immortality,” says Accettura whose conclusions are based on three decades in the legal trenches aided by five years of research in social psychology, evolutionary psychology, psychiatry, gerontology, and neuropsychology.

That life experience and research culminated with the August 2011 release of Blood & Money: Why Families Fight Over Inheritance and What to Do About It (ISBN 978-0-9669278-4-9, Collinwood Press, Farmington Hills, MI, 2011, www.BloodAnd…

Professional job fair is Oct. 27 is sponsoring the Empowering Michigan Job Fair, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, October 27 at the Holiday Inn Hotel, 17123 North Laurel Park Drive in Livonia. The following local companies will be ready to interview and discuss hiring opportunities:
Delta Connection - Hiring Flight Attendants
Hallite Seals
Rainbow Rehabilitation
Harvey Industries
JP Morgan Chase Mortgage
Citigroup Mortgage
Harley-Davidson - Hiring Engineers
George Johnson & Company
Proper Group International
Trinity Transportation
Sears Home Improvement

The Livonia Michigan Job Fair event is free to the public and will offer attendees an opportunity to visit with business representatives about job openings. Businesses interested in registering for a booth should contact at 734-956-4550. Additional expo information is available at or call 734-956-4550.

Business events this week

Oct. 25: Women seminar
Women, Money & Power Seminar is 5:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 25
at Leon & Lulu Lifestyle Shop, 96 W. 14 Mile Road, Clawson. An opportunity to shop and learn your financial personality. The event is free, light refreshments will be served. To register, email or call 248-312-5815.

Oct. 25: Marketing & Sales Executives of Detroit gala
Scott Monty, manager of global and multimedia communications for Ford Motor Company, will be the first recipient of the Marketing & Sales Executives of Detroit’s (MSED) new Trailblazer award at the organization’s annual Black-Tie Gala to be held  Oct. 25 at The Townsend Hotel in Birmingham. Proceeds from this event benefit scholarships, educational seminars and charitable contributions. Tickets for the black-tie event cost $150 for MSED members, $195 for non-members. The price includes an elegant cocktail reception, dinner and afterglow reception. For information, call 248-643-6590 or v…

Job fairs set for engineering job seekers

Engineering jobseekers can attend the Engineering Society of Detroit’s 2011 Fall Engineering and Technology Job Fair, 2 to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24 at Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave. in Novi. Visit
The Empowering Michigan Job Fair, is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27 at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Livonia. It will feature careers from the following fields: retail, engineering, information technology, healthcare, sales, automotive, manufacturing, technical, banking/finance, machining, robotics, wireless technology, management, call center and customer service.
The Economic Development Authority of St. Clair County is hosting a Regional Job Fair is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4 at the M-TEC Building in Port Huron. Visit

Business success with social media events

Oct. 19: Social media strategies
Automation Alley is hosting “Case Studies: Integrating Social Media with Your Business Strategies,” from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19 at Automation Alley Headquarters, at 2675 Bellingham, in Troy. Presented by Automation Alley’s Business Growth Committee, this event will feature presentations by Janet Tyler, president of Airfoil Public Relations, and Microsoft Senior Public Relations Manager Amy Messano. The event begins at 11:30 a.m., followed by the presentation at noon and question and answer. The cost for members is $20 with pre-registration or $30 at the door. The cost for non-members is $40 with pre-registration or $50 at the door. There is no cost for foundation members. Call 1-800-427-5100 or email

Oct. 20: Social media for business
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, Birmingha…

Area chambers host annual small business conference

The Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Clarkston, Auburn Hills and Pontiac Regional Chamber will host the 5th Annual Bulls Eye! Right on Target Small Business Conference, 8:15 a.m. to noon Oct. 27 at Oakland Schools, 2111 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford Township.
The speaker line-up includes Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, Gerard van Grinsven - President & CEO of Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital, Tim Green - President of the Referral Institute and Terry Bean - Author and founder of Motor City Connect.
Patterson will present the welcome address. van Grinsven will share how his philosophy of employee and customer engagement helps outperform the competition. He has opened 20 Ritz-Carlton hotels worldwide. 
The half-day conference, sponsored by HAP, Comcast, Safety Technology, YourSource Management Group and The Oakland Press, will include the speakers, breakfast and networking. Table exhibit space is available. Call 248-666-8600. Attendees can re…

Business calendar

Oct. 17: Inforum panel
Inforum and Inforum Center for Leadership will host a panel to boost the number of women on Michigan’s corporate boards to create a competitive edge. The event, “Claiming Corporate Leadership: Michigan Women’s Leadership Index and the Future of Our State,” is noon to 1:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17. at the Westin Hotel, 1500 Town Center, Southfield. Tickets for Inforum members is $50; and for nonmembers, it is $65. To register, visit

Oct. 18: Insurance coverage
“Crash Course in Insurance Coverage” will be presented by Instructor Jody Lipton, a personal injury attorney, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18. There is no charge, RSVP requested. To register, contact The Community House, 380 South Bates Street, Birmingham. Call 248-644-5832 or visit

Oct. 18: Sales workshop
Sales Mastery from the Top Down is 8:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18 at Automation Alley, 2675 Bellingham Dr., Troy. This workshop is for owners, managers and team …

Oaktree Increases Revenue by 40% within Six Months with E-Commerce Solutions from Azox

Oaktree Products, Inc., a leading multi-line distributor of audiology and hearing aid supplies, accessories and equipment offers more than 4,200 different products. They needed a way to implement an online solution that enabled online ordering, streamlined checkout and order tracking, easy content management and a solution that could integrate to their ERP accounting system.

Read the full case study here and learn how Azox e-commerce solution was able to increase Oaktree's revenue by 40%, improve client feedback and reduce labor from manually entering orders from the website into their ERP system.

Calling all inventors and entrepreneurs!

The Inventors Council of Mid-Michigan is holding its monthly meeting, Thursday Oct. 13 at Walli's Restaurant & Banquet Center,in the upper level, 1341 S. Center Road in Burton. The speaker will be Dave Allen of Wow Products USA of Caro, Mich., a company that provides manufacturing, marketing, and consulting for inventors and small businesses. The council will be continuing the development of the “Cubicle Cop,” group project. They are now ready to make the tools and get ready for production. The cost to attend the meeting is $5. For information, call Mike Ball at 810-245-5599.

Business calendar

Oct. 11: Marketing Plan Design
“Designing a Marketing Plan to Grow Your Business” is a seminar presented by Andrew Reyntjes, General Motors Alternate Energy Fleet Sales Manager. It will be held 6:30 p.m. Oct. 11 at Rochester First Assembly of God, 4435 N. Rochester Road. The seminar is free and pizza and soft drinks are provided. For information, call 248-652-3353 ext 322. Visit

Oct. 11: Bloomfield North Rise & Shine
Bloomfield North Area Chamber Monthly Rise & Shine is 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11 at Back to Wellness, 2920 Pridham St., Keego Harbor. The cost is $3 for members and $5 for nonmembers.

Oct. 12: Global Market’s Impact
John Augustine, CFA and Chief Investment Strategist for Fifth Third Private Bank will share his views on the global economy, 8:30 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12 at The Skyline Club, 2000 Town Center, 28th floor, Southfield. Call 248-603-0304 for information.

Oct. 12: Chamber networking event

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Taste of Auburn Hills is tonight

The Auburn Hills Chamber of Commerce hosts Taste of Auburn Hills, 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6 at the Walter P. Chrysler Museum. Besides a vast array of local eateries on tap, this year’s Taste will feature a chef action station by Hilton Suites Great American Bar & Grill; live musical entertainment by the Oakland University Jazz Band; and Chrysler’s unique collection of antique, custom and concept vehicles. New this year, a percentage of the event’s proceeds will support the Blessings in a Backpack program through the Avondale School District. The nonprofit organization helps supplement the nutritional needs of elementary school children who have little or no access to food on the weekends. Food establishments serving up their specialties include: Alfoccino Restaurant, Bar Louie, bd’s Mongolian Barbeque, Costco Wholesale, Culver’s, Fieldstone Golf Club, King’s Court Castle, Lelli’s of Auburn Hills, Longhorn Steakhouse, Max & Erma’s, Mr. Pita, Olga's Kitchen, O’Malley’s Ta…

Fall Remodeling and Design expo is in Novi

The Fall Remodeling & Design Expo 2011 is Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 6-9 at the Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Avenue, Novi. Anything and everything to remodel and design a home can be found under one roof. The show is open 2 to 9 p.m., Thursday and Friday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission for adults, ages 13 and up is $8, senior admission is $7, and children 12 and under get in free. Fall Remodeling & Design Expo ticket will also get you into MARVAC’s Fall Detroit Camper & RV Show in adjacent arena, Thursday through Sunday. A coupon is available on, southeast Michigan ACO Hardware stores, and in The Oakland Press. It is good for $1 off any adult or senior admission. For information, visit