Showing posts from February, 2012

Can employees take their Twitter followers when they leave?

by Kathy Blake
A South Carolina company, PhoneDog LLC filed a lawsuit against a former employee, Noah Kravitz, who took his 17,000 twitter followers with him when he left the company. The company says Kravitz owes $340,000 — 2.50 per twitter follower per month since he left the company 8 months ago.
It will be interesting to see how this develops.  Since Twitter is a free service and employees can use it anywhere, not just at work, shouldn't they be able to take their contact list, (followers and following) with them? Many companies want their workers to interact on Twitter and Facebook during work time. By interacting with clients and the public, it builds relationships, community connections and promotes the company. Many employees spend hours outside of work, building their Twitter following and staying in touch, continuing to build relationships. Many companies have policies in place regarding contact information which could probably be modified to include Twitter and …

Using social media networking to find a job

Social Media is a Party! “Using Social Media to Find Your Next Position/Employee” is Thursday, March 1 at Dino's Lounge, 22740 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. The panel discussion which begins at 7 p.m., features Matt Mosher, CEO of and David Phillips, co founder of This is followed by a hands-on social media session with Twitter games and giveaways, concluding at 10 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $20 at the door. Appetizers will be served, cash bar is available. For information, visit

Upcoming business events

Feb. 23: Oakland Job Hub
Oakland Job Hub 2012 Where Oakland Employers Meet SE Michigan Job Seekers is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23. The career fair has more than 25 employers scheduled for the event at Oakland University Student Center, 2200 N. Squirrel Road, Rochester. The following companies are registered for the 2012 Job Hub: AXA Equitable, Design Systems, Harman, Hewlett Packard,, ImageSoft, iDashboards and PGK Engineering. There is a $125 registration for employers but no charge for job applicants. Registration is required for employers and job seekers at Job seekers should register by Feb. 16.

Feb. 23: Joint Cities Development
Joint Cities Development and Comerica Bank host “Creating Contracts, Not Just Contacts: Think and Stay In The Black,” 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.Thursday, Feb. 23 at the remodeled Comerica Bank, 201 W. Fort St., Detroit. To help attendees gain more potential clients, the free event features pre-matching of partners, rotating net…

Connecting Mobile E-Commerce and ERP Systems

In our latest post on ERP Software Blog we discuss how mobile commerce has changed the way many of us now shop online. With mobile sales expected to reach $31 billion in 2016, more and more people will be looking online to make purchases. If a company is taking orders online from their e-commerce site and placing them directly into their ERP system, having an e-commerce store that is branded for mobile compatibility can provide another sales channel for a company selling online. Read our full blog post on ERP Software Blog and find out how connecting mobile commerce and ERP systems can help grow business.

Can spouses stay in love AND stay in business?

Evidently, the answer is yes and here's some tips that might help. Submitted by Laura Zanzal
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, many Americans are ready to surprise their sweetie with chocolates and flowers, but 2.4 million Americans will be showering love and presents to their business partner. According to the National Federation of Independent Business, 1.2 million small businesses nationwide are owned by husband-and-wife teams. 
Randy Rubin, co-founder of West Bloomfield’s Crypton, a textile company that treats fabric to make stain, liquid and odor-causing bacteria resistant textiles, met her husband Craig in 1993.  Three months later, the couple married and started a business together.  Still in love and successfully operating after 19 years, Randy offers five tips for couples ready to take the plunge and start a business together:
1).  Split Your Roles: Randy focuses more on the legal, marketing and retail sales, while Craig is more focused on research an…

Business Calendar

Feb. 7: IMPACT 2012
Automation Alley’s IMPACT 2012 conference is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7 at Centerpoint Marriott, 3600 Centerpoint Parkway, Auburn Hills. The day will begin with a keynote panel moderated by Carol Cain, columnist at the Detroit Free Press. Breakout sessions throughout the day will cover topics ranging from building a brand to cloudcomputing to the State Trade Export Promotion (STEP) program. The event will end with networking and a cash bar reception, with appetizers and raffle from 3 to 5 p.m. Admission is $89 for members and $119 for nonmembers. For information, visit or call 800-427-5100.

Feb. 8: Bulletproof success
The Community House presents: Bulletproof Your Success Business Lectures which offer tools and processes to improve personal business effectiveness. Monthly lectures run 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 8, and go through Sept. 12 at The Community House, 380 South Bates Street, Birmingham. Each lec…

Why You Should Attend Convergence 2012

The premier event for Microsoft Dynamics customers, partners and prospects is around the corner. Convergence 2012 will take place from March 18-21 in Houston and we will be there sponsoring. We have compiled some of the best reasons why you should make an effort and attend.
Sessions - With over 350 break-out sessions geared towards different skill levels and audiences you are sure to find something that suits your area. Learn how to get the most out of Microsoft Dynamics solutions whether you are a business decision maker or a power user there is something for everyone. Check the session catalog here to find a session that interests you.Networking - Convergence is home to thousands of Microsoft partners and customers from around the world. What better place than here to pick their brains, form connections and find out their business challenges and how Microsoft Dynamics has helped them.Find Solutions - With hundreds of exhibitors on hand you are sure to find an ISV solution that adds g…