Showing posts from September, 2012

So you want to write a book?

Submitted by Ginny Grimsley of News and Experts

How to Get Started Marketing a Book By: Marsha Friedman It’s understandable, really. People who have the passion necessary to write a book usually have just one thing on their minds: writing a book. Not marketing a book. Some may think ahead to getting it published, but, tragically, that’s where the planning often ends.
I’m not exaggerating when I say “tragically”! I talk to many people who’ve poured years of effort, money and sacrifice into their books, which wind up sitting in boxes in their garage. They never thought about how they might market their books themselves or budgeted for book promotion services.
When’s the best time to start thinking about marketing a book? Ideally, before you even sit down to begin writing. Because — and I speak from experience here — the first step will help in your writing.
Step 1: Ask yourself, “Who is my audience?”
The answer is the first piece of any marketing plan and it can also help you defin…

Learn to make money preparing taxes or real estate investing

Sept. 27
The Registered Tax Return Preparer (RTRP) course is designed to help you meet the requirements set by the IRS for Paid Tax Return Preparers.
The first class is 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27 at Walsh College 41500 Gardenbrook Road Novi. The class also meets Oct. 11, Oct. 25 and Nov. 8
 To register, call or email,Tara Miceli at 248-823-1256 or
According to the IRS, the RTRP test will focus on the ethical responsibilities of federal tax return preparers and the completion of Form 1040 series, along with the basic related schedules and forms.
This course is exam preparation and satisfies 10 hours of continuing education under the "other federal tax law" requirement.
The Walsh Institute blended course is comprised of nine study units containing the information necessary to pass the exam delivered both on site at the Walsh Novi campus and online through the Gleim learning system. Coursework is designed to provide you with the body of knowl…

How to Authorize a Credit Card in Microsoft Dynamics GP

In this post we are going to cover how to authorize a credit card transaction in Microsoft Dynamics GP. We will begin in Sales Transaction Entry and authorize a credit card first, which will reserve funds on a card. Next week we will go over post authorizing which will actually charge an authorized credit card.

1. Open Sales Transaction Entry Window [Transaction-Sales-Sales Transaction Entry]
2. Create an Order

3. You will notice a CC Authorization window underneath the Sales Transaction Entry window.
4. Click [Transact] on the CC Authorization window. The CC Transaction Entry window will open.

5. The Amount will default to the Total amount in the Sales Transaction Entry window, in this case $107.00.

6. The default credit card on file will pull through.
7. Click [Process] on the CCTransactionEntry window.
8. A message box will be displayed to confirm the transaction. Click [Yes], if the transaction is approved, the CCTransactionEntry window will close and go back to the Sales Transaction Ent…

Automation Alley to host awards gala

The Automation Alley 12th Annual Awards Gala is 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28 at GM Heritage Center in Sterling Heights. The Awards Gala honors technology organizations and their leaders. Pure Michigan is the premier sponsor this year.
Automation Alley has named the finalists for the awards gala with the winners to be announced at the gala.
The Member of the Year finalists are: Rochelle A. Black, Oakland University; Rick Darter, Rave Computer and Laura Oliveto, Basso Design Group.
The Educational Program of the Year finalists are: Blackstone LaunchPad (Walsh College/Wayne State University); Fifth Core World Language and Culture Program (Oxford Community Schools) and Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine.
The Entrepreneur of the Year finalists are: Gary Abusamra, Oxus America; James F. Eliason, Ph.D., MitoStem and Jake Sigal, Livio Radio.
The Global Trader of the Year finalists are: Dan Kocks, Global Impact Group, MFG; Hortensia Albertini and Lisette Poletes, Global L…

Business events planned

Sept. 17
Attorney Lisa Schmidt, owner of Ferndale-based Schmidt Law Services, is offering a four-part monthly series of lectures starting in September at the Ferndale Public Library, 222 East 9 Mile Road.
Schmidt, a specialist in Civil Rights, Family, and Criminal Law, will present 45-minute lectures and 15-minute Q & A sessions called “Straight Talk” at monthly workshops starting at 7 p.m. The first is Straight Talk on Free Speech, Monday, Sept. 17; Straight Talk on Freedom of Religion is Oct. 15; Straight Talk on Search and Seizure Laws is Nov. 19 and Straight Talk on Miranda Rights is Dec. 17.
For more information, call Lisa J. Schmidt at 248-764-8584 or visit

Sept. 18
The Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce hosts a Ca$h Mob at ACO Hardware, 5070 Highland Road at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18. For information, visit

Sept. 19
The Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce hosts Life is a Balancing Act featuring Karen Phelps is 11:30 a.m. to 1 p…