Showing posts from June, 2012

Oakland County Business Workshops

Business owners and entrepreneurs who need assistance are invited to attend seminars in July offered by the Oakland County One Stop Shop/Business Center. Business Basics workshops are offered in the evenings on alternating months.
The following workshops take place at Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, west of Telegraph, Waterford Township. For registration, visit or call 248-858-0783.
• The CEED Microloan Orientation program is 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 11. It covers the requirements and process necessary to apply and obtain a microloan. It is presented by the Center for Empowerment & Economic Development (C.E.E.D.) This workshop is free but pre-registration is required.
• Business Research: Feasibility to Expansion is 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, July 12. For those thinking of starting a business or who want to benchmark profit margin and other measures against similar size businesses in the industry? Pre…

Upcoming June business events

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June 21
Bank executive John Bultema to address Young Professionals
Skyline Club Committees Emerging Leaders Club and Women’s Committee are presenting Amped-Up, Networking for Professionals, sponsored by South East Michigan Entrepreuners Association, Dale Carnegie, 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 21 at The Skyline Club, 2000 Town Center, Southfield. The guest speaker will be John Bultema, Executive Vice President and Head of Fifth Third Bank’s Business Banking group. The event features a 15 minute speed networking activity. The cost is $20 per person and includes hors d’oeuvres and cash bar. For reservations, call the Skyline Club at 248-350-9898.

June 21
Midwest Job Expo at Affirmations in Ferndale
Affirmations, metro Detroit’s community center for lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender people and their allies (LGBT), is hosting Michigan’s first ever LGBT Midwest Job Expo, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, June 21. The event w…

Upcoming business events

June 20
The Women’s Fund, an endowed fund owned and administered by the Community Foundation of Greater Rochester is hosting its third annual commUNITY lunch, Wednesday June 20 at the Royal Park Hotel in Rochester. Doors open at 11 a.m., lunch will begin at noon and the program is at 12:30 p.m. featuring guest speaker Pastor Lisa Ilitch Murray of Mt. Zion Church of Clarkston. The cost for tickets is $50. Mail checks to, The Women’s Fund, PO Box 80157, Rochester, Michigan 48308-0157. For more information, email the Fund at or call 248- 812-0763.

Waterford Chamber is hosting an Oakland County Chamber mixer is 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 20 at at Shark’s Club, 6665 Highland Road, Waterford Township. Tickets are $10 for Advanced Member Reservations, $15 at the door and $25 for non-members. Sign-up at

June 21
Midwest Job Expo at Affirmations in Ferndale.Affirmations, metro Detroit’s community center for lesbian, gay, bisexual &a…

New Sites Upgraded to eSource 3.1

Azox is pleased to have recently upgraded several integrated e-commerce sites to our latest version eSource 3.1.

Sunrise National Distributors, a warehouse distributor for aftermarket automotive products for over 20 years has upgraded their B2B e-commerce environment to eSource 3.1. Through the website dealers can order a variety of products like tonneau covers and floor mats from a variety of manufacturers while having pricing, inventory and customer information dynamically updated between their ERP system and their website.
Aqua Hot, manufacturers of hydronic heating systems for the RV industry, has also upgraded their site to the latest version of eSource. On the site dealers can order parts, tools and heaters, check their recent orders, view favorite catalogs, and check their account.

Opt out for privacy should be standard

The right to privacy should have its own amendment to the Bill of Rights. It is hinted at in several of the top amendments such as the first which protects freedom of speech and religion. Also, it may be covered under the ninth, which protects rights not enumerated in the constitution. But privacy, which affects all rights and freedom, isn't specifically covered. In the digital age, it is being taken for granted and needs more protection. Customers readily give up email addresses and cell phone numbers for small rewards such as a discount on every 10th pair of shoes purchased. People sign up for social networking sites that store and share tons of information about them. That is in addition to the information that people broadcast about themselves on Facebook and other sites.

When signing up for a loan, bank account or credit card: consumers receive a privacy notice which states they have to "opt out" of the institution's policy for sharing information with everybody.…

Azox ePayment Solutions Compatible with CyberSource Gateway

We have added another gateway for our ePayment solutions. Azox payment processing solutions now work with the CyberSource gateway. We are pleased to have out-of-the-box functionality with CyberSource for our Credit Card Extension product version 10.0.0. We look forward to adding more gateway compatibility in the future as we continue to build upon our ePayment solutions and its offerings.

Business events for June

June 12
The Verizon African American Small Business Empowerment Series is 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, June 12 at Atheneum Suite Hotel, 1000 Brush St. in Detroit’s Greektown. Business and technology experts from Verizon Wireless and partnering companies will discuss how small businesses can leverage wireless solutions and the Internet to increase productivity, improve efficiency, and better manage customer relations to improve their bottom line. Detroit native, Len Burnett, Co-CEO & Group Publisher, Uptown Media Group & Vibe Lifestyle Network, will speak. The program will also feature hands-on demos of Verizon’s 4G LTE tablets and smartphones and solutions from other vendors. Presentations will include “Wireless Payment Solutions,” “Managing Your Brand Online,” “Apps to Help Grow your Business” and more. Dinner will be served. One attendee will win a 4G LTE MiFi Jetpack and free service for one year from Verizon. Space is limited. Register at

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Press mentions Facebook more than Google

Even before Facebook offered its stock IPO, it was getting more media attention than Google.
According to HighBeam Research, Google received more media mentions during the first four years of Facebook, 2004 through 2008. But in 2009, Facebook took over with 27,000 mentions and so far this year, Facebook's media hits have grown to 42,000 compared with Google's 13,000.
As a social networking website, Facebook is the most popular of any of them. But how much is their advertising really worth? And does it compare with Google's? An advertiser can start out fairly cheap with either. The more clicks by users, the more it costs.

Here's a blog post regarding the two sites' advertising.

Here's an interesting blog post comparing the two internet giants.