LTU hosts Oct. 24 lecture on creating a transportation hub in Detroit region: Wayne State University Associate Professor Michael Belzer will speak on “Transforming the Detroit Region into a Transportation Hub” as he presents the third annual Harold Hotelling Memorial Lecture on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 7:30 p.m. at Lawrence Technological University, 21000 West Ten Mile Road, Southfield. The annual lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Mary E. Marburger Science and Engineering Auditorium in the Science Building. According to Belzer, it’s no secret that the Detroit region needs a tune-up. His solution is to take advantage of proximity to Canada and access to North America’s only two transcontinental railroads to create an inland port similar to Chicago. This “Great Lakes Global Freight Gateway” would concentrate intermodal freight transport assets and transform the area into one of America’s pre-eminent transport centers, providing regional business with low-cost and quick access to global markets. Belzer estimates this inland port would generate $11 billion annually in new economic activity, 150,000 new jobs, and more than $1.3 billion in taxes to re-energize state and municipal governments in the region. An associate professor in economics at Wayne State, Belzer is associate director of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s Trucking Industry Program, which focuses on trucking industry operations, regulation, industrial organization, and industrial relations, and directs its Trucking Industry Benchmarking Program. He is the author of “Sweatshops on Wheels: Winners and Losers in Trucking Deregulation.” Belzer also chairs the Transportation Research Board Committee on Trucking Industry Research and is a member of the Freight Systems Executive Board, the Committee on Freight Economics and Regulation, and the Bus Safety Committee. Part of LTU’s College of Arts and Sciences Seminar Series, the annual Hotelling lecture honors the memory of Associate Professor Harold Hotelling, who died in 2009 after teaching at Lawrence Tech for 20 years. He taught courses in business law, business ethics, constitutional law, urban social issues, and law and economics. He is remembered for his keen intellect, tireless devotion, quick wit and wonderful sense of humor.

Women In Defense to Host Fourth Annual Black Tie Gala Nov. 9: The Women In Defense Michigan Chapter — a networking and development organization for those who contribute to the national defense and security professions — will host its fourth annual Black Tie Gala on Friday, Nov. 9 at 6 p.m. at the Royal Park Hotel in Rochester. The event will recognize the group’s Excellence in Leadership honoree, Major Carrie M. Atkinson, U.S. Marine Corps. The organization will also present its Horizon Industry Awards to defense industry professionals for exceptional work, as well as WID-Michigan’s Horizons-Michigan scholarships. Early in her career, Excellence in Leadership honoree Major Atkinson served as a Platoon Commander, Company Commander in Operation Iraqi Freedom, and also as a Battalion Executive Officer.  She also served as the Operations Officer for Recruiting Station Detroit. Upon her selection to the rank of Major, Major Atkinson served as the Adjutant, Public Affairs Officer, and Legal Officer for Marine Wing Support Group 47 aboard Selfridge Air National Guard Base.  Currently, she serves as the Joint Force Provider Officer for Marine Forces Command in Norfolk, Va. In addition to the Excellence in Leadership recognition, three Horizon Industry Awards will be presented to individuals who have distinguished themselves in their field and have assisted their organizations in developing new ideas and exceeding business goals. The three award categories include: Product Development, Business Development and Innovation. The chapter’s Horizons-Michigan scholarships also will be awarded. The scholarship program was established in 2009 to encourage females to pursue careers related to national security and defense interests of the United Sates, and provide development opportunities for women already working in these fields. For tickets or more information about the event, please visit or call (248) 643-6590.

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C/D/H, VDS Sponsor Microsoft Lync program: The IT consultants C/D/H and VDS will host a program on taking Microsoft Lync to the next level on Oct. 24 at C/D/H’s Royal Oak office, 306 S. Washington St., Suite 212, and Oct. 25 at VDS, 2350 Oak Industrial Drive NE in Grand Rapids. Both programs run from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Experts will demonstrate and provide guidance to help you get the most out of Lync, including voice, licensing, consulting, call center, hardware and implementation. For more information, visit or email

November Business Workshops Offered by Oakland County

WATERFORD TOWNSHIP — Business owners and entrepreneurs who need assistance are encouraged to attend seminars offered by the Oakland County One Stop Shop Business Center. Unless otherwise noted, all programs take place at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford Township, west of Telegraph Road. For pre-registration and location specifics, visit or call (248) 858-0783.

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Business Research: Feasibility to Expansion Thursday, Nov. 1: Thinking of starting a business and want to research your business idea? Are you a business owner who wants to benchmark your profit margin and other measures against similar size businesses? Do you want to identify market trends and opportunities to grow your sales? Are you looking for new customers or to diversify your market base? Business Research shows you ways to find your ideal customers, your competitors, perform competitive analysis and more. Presented by Oakland County Market Research and an Oakland County Public Library business reference librarian. The program runs from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Novi Public Library, 45255 10 Mile Road in Novi. This workshop is free, but pre-registration is required.

QuickBooks Essentials Wednesday, Nov. 7: This introduction to small business financial management provides an overview of accurate recordkeeping, report interpretation and utilization, and management of the variety of tools provided in this system. Presented by Kildal Services LLC. Session I: Basic accounting terminology, new company file setup, customizing forms and letters, working with bank accounts. Session II: Invoicing customers, receiving payments and making deposits, entering vendor bills/paying vendor bills, using credit card accounts Session I from 9 to 11:30 a.m., Session II from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Either session is $40 or attend both for $75. Laptop highly recommended.

CEED Microloan Orientation Wednesday, Nov. 14: Many small business owners face obstacles when trying to obtain a business loan. The recognition of the serious need for working capital for existing businesses, start-up or expansion, equipment purchases, and job creation is not the priority it once was. If you have a need for alternative financing consider the MicroLoan Program. Discover the requirements and process necessary to apply and obtain a microloan. Program presented by the Center for Empowerment & Economic Development (C.E.E.D.) The program runs from 9 to 11 a.m. This workshop is free but pre-registration is required.

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Fundamentals of Writing a Business Plan Thursday, Nov. 15: For small business owners who are developing their plan to success.  Workshop participants discover the elements commonly found in effective plans and develop these for their own business. The program runs from 9 a.m. to noon. The fee is $40 per person. No refunds.