Showing posts from April, 2013

Walsh College hosts open house May 2

Walsh College Troy Open House is 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 2 at Walsh College Troy Campus, 3838 Livernois, Troy. For information, contact Walsh College Admissions at or 248-823-1610. There will also be two events occurring as part of the Open House. LinkedIn 101 for Business Professionals is a free event designed for individuals looking to improve their networking skills on LinkedIn. You will also be able to learn the importance of certifications in the accounting field by attending the free Accounting Certification Info Session. To register for either session, visit

Book: Adapting to chaos in the workplace

Submitted by Dottie DeHart, DeHart & Company Public Relations
 Palo Alto, CA (April 2013)—When Fast Company’s Robert Safian first coined the phrase “Generation Flux” a little over a year ago suddenly, the uncertainty, instability, and chaos many had been feeling for years had a name.
It’s easy for an unfettered 20-something to embrace chaos, transience, and everything else the “GenFlux” mind-set implies. But what about 40-somethings with mortgages? Glenda Eoyang and Royce Holladay offer reassurance that “reluctant fluxers” can adapt to (and even thrive in) a chaotic new world.
“It’s true that we all need to work in new ways to keep up with the supercharged velocity of change that defines the global economy,” says Eoyang, who along with coauthor Holladay wrote the new book "Adaptive Action: Leveraging Uncertainty in Your Organization."
 “And it’s true that leaders need to encourage a sense of urgency in the people we’re counting on to carry out the work.
“However, that sens…

Existing Customer Implements Multi-Store to Create Separate B2C Website for Different Product Line


Walk-In Business Counseling Service to be offered free to Oakland County startups

Budding entrepreneurs whose business will be headquartered in Oakland County are invited to attend the new, free Walk-In Business Counseling Service beginning May 9 in the Oakland County One Stop Shop Business Center.
During Walk-In “Start-Up” Thursdays, entrepreneurs who want to start a business but do not know where to begin can receive confidential, one-on-one advice from an experienced business counselor in a supportive atmosphere with no appointment necessary. Counselors will provide direct answers to start-up questions, suggest next steps and provide guidance on business planning tools.
The first walk-in counseling day is Thursday, May 9 from 9:30 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sessions will be available on a first come, first served basis; no appointment is necessary. Initial counseling sessions are limited to 15 minutes.
“We usually operate on an appointment-only basis but many entrepreneurs walk into our One Stop Shop with questions on how to get started with their busines…

HR Spring Training offered by law firm

The law firm of Miller Canfield announces the details of its HR Spring Training for human resource professionals, corporate counsel and business executives. The annual HR Spring Training Employment Law Seminar will be held 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, at the MSU Management Education Center, 811 W. Square Lake Road in Troy. Miller Canfield employment and labor lawyers will discuss best practices and the latest issues impacting employers in Michigan, including Right-to-Work, “Obama-Care,” Electronics in the Workplace, Wage and Hour, Medical Marijuana and Drug Testing, Weapons in the Workplace and Cross-Border Immigration. The all-day seminar is $95 and includes continental breakfast, lunch and seminar materials. Advance reservations are required. This program has been approved for 5.25 credit hours towards PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI).
RSVP and view the full agenda at…

Workshops geared to help business owners and entrepreneurs

Business owners and entrepreneurs who need assistance are encouraged to attend seminars offered by the Oakland County Business Center. The seminars will take place at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford Township. For registration, visit or call 248-858-0783.
Business Research: Feasibility to Expansion is 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, May 1. It is for those who want to start or grow a business and those who want to identify market trends and opportunities to grow sales. The workshop is presented by Oakland County Market Research and an Oakland County Public Library business reference librarian. This workshop is free but registration is required.
Writing a Business Plan is 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, May 8. It is designed for individuals who want to increase their chances for successful self-employment, the course covers business planning in detail. The first steps for crea…

The Role of Gateways with Payment Processing in Dynamics GP

You have your ecommerce site setup and ready to go. Traffic is good and users want to make purchases. Now the question is do you have a solution for payment processing within Dynamics GP? And, if you do, are you confident in its security levels?

If you are using Azox Credit Card Extension on your website, when an order is placed in your web store, it is sent into the payment solution, which integrates with your Microsoft Dynamics GP back office software. From there, the credit card or bank account data is sent to a payment gateway, then to a bank payment processor, followed by the customer’s bank account and ends up at the merchant bank account. From here, it turns around and heads back to where it started. So, from the merchant’s bank account on to the customer’s bank account, then to a bank payment processor and finally back to the payment gateway again. In the end, it makes it back in your system with a notification of whether or not the payment was approved. Simple enough, right?


CREW Detroit real estate panel asks, 'where's the money?'

CREW Detroit is hosting “Where’s the Money?”  the firstof a two-part series about finding andfinancing real estate opportunities. The public is invited to learn from a panel of experts about traditional lending, alternative lendingsources and private equity.

The April 30 event starts with registration at 3 p.m. at Barton Malow, 26500 American Drive in Southfield. The program begins at 3:30 p.m. and breaks at  4:30 p.m. for networking. The cost to attend is $45 for CREW Detroit members and $65 fornonmembers.Register by April 26.
“Where’s the Money?” will be moderated by Acquest Realty President Joan Cleland and feature
speakers Toddy Pryor, commercial lender at Huntington Bank; Erin Grant, senior lender at
the Detroit Development Fund; and Richard Hosey, president of Hosey Development, LLC.
Attendees can expect to learn the effects of layering creative financing options and what steps
can be taken to make the process smoother. The panel will also discuss the different types of
projects that a…

Interview tips for hiring team players

Submitted by Dottie DeHart of DeHart & Company Public Relation

Ballston Spa, NY (April 2013)—Today’s workplace demands high-functioning teams. In the global economy, collaboration and innovation are how work gets done, and the complexity of that work necessitates an array of skill sets. In this kind of environment, it’s not surprising that what Bruce Piasecki calls “fierce individualists” are becoming all but obsolete. That’s why when it comes time to add to your team, he says, it’s critical to make sure you hire good team players and not future MVPs.
“Invest in coachable hires,” advises Piasecki, author of the new book Doing More with Teams: The New Way to Winning
As Piasecki’s book explains, the days when a larger-than-life personality is allowed to steamroll over the rest of the company are over. This destroys morale, which destroys results. Piasecki offers the following hints on the qualities you should look for and the questions you should ask:
Conduct interviews in a team …

Analysis: Unequal wages cost Michigan women $15 billion in yearly income

Today, (April 9) is Equal Pay Day — which marks how far into the new year women must work in order to catch up with what men were paid the year before.
A new analysis released for Equal Pay Day reveals that women who are employed full time in Michigan are paid just 74 cents for every dollar paid to men, amounting to a yearly gap in wages of $13,122. Collectively, this amounts to a loss of more than $15 billion in income every year – money that could strengthen the state economy and provide critical support to the more than 482,600 Michigan households headed by women.
The analysis was conducted by the National Partnership for Women & Families, based on U.S. Census Bureau data.
“This new analysis illustrates the great harm to families, states and metropolitan areas caused by the pervasive gender-based wage gap,” said Debra L. Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families.
According to the analysis, if the gap between men’s and women’s wages in Michigan were elimin…

Marketing & Sales Executives of Detroit seeks nominations for awards

The Marketing & Sales Executives of Detroit (MSED) is accepting nominations of top-performing marketing and sales professionals in southeastern Michigan for the organization’s coveted Platinum Awards. Two Platinum Award winners, one individual and one team, will be honored at MSED’s 20th Annual Black-Tie Gala Dinner in October. The awards recognize work which led to the awarding or generation of new business and/or cost savings from Jan. 1, 2012 through June 1, 2013. Nominees do not have to be MSED members.
Past Platinum Award winners include: Borg Warner; Rugged Liner; Reliance One; Dow Automotive; CSM Worldwide; Priority Health; Grede Holdings; SKF; and Rehmann. The award nomination form can be downloaded through the MSED website at
The completed nomination along with any additional information about the nominee should be emailed to A group of finalists will be selected from the nominees and interviewed by a panel of judges, w…

Azox E-Commerce Suite for Microsoft Dynamics GP Has Been Updated to Version 3.4

The latest eSource release is here, version 3.4. This upgrade features several new functionalities, web parts and other general enhancements. Some of these are as follows:
Guest User eSource 3.4 includes the addition of guest user. This new functionality allows users to proceed through the checkout process without creating an account. All guest users will be tracked in Microsoft Dynamics GP under one identity. Guest users are only able to browse and make purchases on business-to-consumer (B2C) sites.

Filters The filters feature has been updated in eSource 3.4. Users are now able to select multiple items under each category. For example, if filtering by color, users are now able to select multiple colors to filter by. This is the case for all attribute categories. It is also now possible to sort attribute values alphabetically to make it easier for users to browse lists with a large number of options.

Added Payment Page eSource is now compatible with alternate payment methods, including Mone…