Tom Izzo Talks Business At Mackinac Policy Conference

Tom Izzo (credit: Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Tom Izzo (credit: Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

MACKINAC ISLAND (WWJ) – Sports and business are mixing at the Mackinac Policy Conference, hosted by the Detroit Regional Chamber this week on Mackinac Island.

Talking one-on-one with WWJ Newsradio 950′s Vickie Thomas, Michigan State University men’s basketball head coach Tom Izzo offered this advice to businessleaders:

“Have a good leader, have everyone on the same page, take ownership in our company and your team,” said Izzo. “I think that those are the things that are key … chemistry is so key. You know, I don’t care if you’re at a radio station or if you have a football or basketball team,” he said.

Izzo also touched on another important relationship.

Wednesday Izzo and his wife are celebrating their 19th wedding anniversary. “She talks, I listen, you know. It’s a good deal,” said Izzo.

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6 Career – Killing Facebook Mistakes

With more than 400 million active visitors, Facebook is arguably the most popular social networking site out there. And while the site is known for the casual social aspect, many users also use it as a professional networking tool. With that kind of reach, Facebook can be a valuable tool for connecting to former and current colleagues, clients and potential employers. In fact, surveys suggest that approximately 30% of employers are using Facebook to screen potential employees – even more than those who check LinkedIn, a strictly professional social networking site. Don’t make these Facebook faux-pas – they might cost you a great opportunity.

  1. Inappropriate Pictures
    It may go without saying, but prospective employers or clients don’t want to see pictures of you chugging a bottle of wine or dressed up for a night at the bar. Beyond the pictures you wouldn’t want your grandparents to see, seemingly innocent pictures of your personal life will likely not help to support the persona you want to present in your professional life.
  2. Complaining About Your Current Job
    You’ve no doubt done this at least once. It could be a full note about how much you hate your office, or how incompetent your boss is, or it could be as innocent as a status update about how your coworker always shows up late. While everyone complains about work sometimes, doing so in a public forum where it can be found by others is not the best career move. Though it may seem innocent, it’s not the kind of impression that sits well with a potential boss.
  3. Posting Conflicting Information to Your Resume
    If you say on your resume that your degree is from Harvard, but your Facebook profile says you went to UCLA, you’re likely to be immediately cut from the interview list. Even if the conflict doesn’t leave you looking better on your resume, disparities will make you look at worst like a liar, and at best careless. (Social networking can also be used as its own job. Learn more in Make Money With Social Networking Sites.)
  4. Statuses You Wouldn’t Want Your Boss to See
    Everyone should know to avoid statuses like “Tom plans to call in sick tomorrow so he can get drunk on a Wednesday. Who cares that my big work project isn’t done?” But you should also be aware of less flamboyant statuses like “Sarah is watching the gold medal hockey game online at her desk”. Statuses that imply you are unreliable, deceitful, and basically anything that doesn’t make you look as professional as you’d like, can seriously undermine your chances at landing that new job.
  5. Not Understanding Your Security Settings
    The security settings on Facebook have come a long way since the site started. It is now possible to customize lists of friends and decide what each list can and cannot see. However, many people do not fully understand these settings, or don’t bother to check who has access to what. If you are going to use Facebook professionally, and even if you aren’t, make sure you take the time to go through your privacy options. At the very least, your profile should be set so that people who are not your friend cannot see any of your pictures or information. (These rules apply to Twitter as well, and you can also use Twitter to find a new job. Find out more in Tweet Your Way To A Sweet Job.)
  6. Losing By Association
    You can’t control what your friends post to your profile (although you can remove it once you see it), nor what they post to their own profiles or to those of mutual friends. If a potential client or employer sees those Friday night pictures your friend has tagged you in where he is falling down drunk, it reflects poorly on you, even if the picture of you is completely innocent. It’s unfortunate, but we do judge others by the company they keep, at least to some extent. Take a look at everything connected to your profile, and keep an eye out for anything you wouldn’t want to show your mother.

Facebook Can Help You Get Hired … Or Fired
The best advice is to lock down your personal profile so that only friends you approve can see anything on that profile. Then, create a second, public profile on Facebook purely for professional use. This profile functions like an online resume, and should only contain information you’d be comfortable telling your potential employer face to face. Having a social networking profile is a good thing – it presents you as technologically and professionally savvy. Just make sure your profile is helping to present your best side – not the side that got drunk at your buddy’s New Year’s party.

Originally posted by Erin Joyce

Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix creates Michigan jobs

BELLE ISLE (WXYZ) – The Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix will have a major impact on the Detroit area economy.

It is estimated that the week-end events will pump at least $55 million dollars into our economy and create thousands of jobs.

For example, the catering company that will be supplying the corporate suites will be employing 1,000 workers. Executives from Andiamo tell 7 Action News that they have been planning for months.

Stewart Davidson of Andiamo says they are making a conscious effort to employ not only Michigan workers, but also highlight Michigan specialties.

Davidson says, “We want to show the best of Michigan to our Grand Prix guests.”

Corporate Chef Jim Oppat says that they reached out to local culinary schools and charitable organizations to make sure that the jobs stay local. Andiamo will be running seven kitchens on the island and preparing 10,000 meals daily for visitors to the corporate suites.

Billy Jensen is especially excited about working for the race.

Jensen tells Action News, “I’m really glad the race is back. I love anything with fast cars.”

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Novi Walmart looking for 300 employees


(WXYZ) – The new Walmart that is opening in Novi is looking for about 300 employees.

The store is hiring for all positions, including spots in management.

If you’re interested in applying, the Hiring Center has officially opened at 40400 Grand River Avenue in suites A & B.

The center is open Monday through Friday. Hours run 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. except on Wednesdays when they stay open until 8 p.m.

You can also apply online at

The 150,000-square-foot store is slated to open August 15.

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6 Products for Organizing Kitchen Cabinets

Getting cabinets and drawers organized is easy with products that divide and conquer.

Magazine Box

Ikea Mackis Magazine FileIkea, $10 for two
The sturdy Knuff magazine file in clear-lacquered birch plywood is a good choice for cookbooks, too.
To buy: for stores.

China-Storage Set

Crate & Barrel Dinnerware Storage Set

Crate & Barrel, $40The five-piece Dinnerware Storage Set, made of quilted nylon and foam, holds up to 60 pieces of china.

To buy:

Paper-Towel Holder Simple Human Wall Mount Paper Towel Holder

Simple Human, $26
The Wall Mount Paper Towel Holder (in stainless steel) has a tension spring to control unraveling.
To buy:

Corner Rack Bed Bath & Beyond Corner Shelf

Bed Bath & Beyond, $7
The Corner Shelf, in white plastic-coated steel (nine by nine by eight inches), creates three levels for separating dinner and salad plates.
To buy:

Spice Caddy Williams-Sonoma Brushed Stainless-Steel Spice Rack

Williams-Sonoma, $50

The sleek, revolving Brushed Stainless-Steel Spice Rack keeps 20 tin-lidded glass jars compactly stored and just a spin away.
To buy:

Drawer Dividers Container Store Dream Drawer Organizers

Container Store, $16 for two
Spring-loaded plastic Dream Drawer Organizers expand from 12 inches to 18 inches and slip into any drawer that’s at least four inches deep.
To buy:



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I’m a successful entrepreneur but might get deported

I’m a successful entrepreneur but might get deported

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — It happens every time Celso Mireles, a tech consultant who runs a successful business in Phoenix, hops into his pickup truck and drives past a police car. His stomach turns. His chest tightens.

He could be deported any minute.
Mexican-born Mireles, 25, is among nearly 2 million immigrants in the United States illegally who were brought here as children by their parents.
Without a path to residency or citizenship, these immigrants are prevented from getting regular jobs without lying or obtaining fake papers. Many are forced to become entrepreneurs. But increasingly hostile state laws have relegated these small businesses to the shadows, making it harder for them to prosper. On the rise: Immigrant entrepreneurs
Although most remain quiet about their legal status, a few entrepreneurs have decided to speak to CNNMoney about the dilemma. They hope to change the tone of the immigration debate, one they see as bitter and xenophobic.
Mireles is one of them. He was three years old when his parents left grueling jobs at Mexican factories known as maquiladoras. To escape the low-paying work, they traveled north by plane and overstayed their visas.
In 2009, Mireles earned a business management degree from Arizona State University, but no company would hire him because of his status. That summer, as he worked on a scorching hot alfalfa field in Colorado, he grew resentful.
“If they won’t take my business here, then I’ll take my education to another country, make millions, and rub it in America’s face,” Mireles thought.
But he overcame that, replacing his anger with a desire to stay and join the business community in Phoenix.”It’s where I had my first kiss, where I learned to drive, where I graduated high school,” Mireles said. “Sometimes I catch myself about to say ‘born and raised’ in Phoenix, then I realize I wasn’t born here.”
Because of his status, Mireles can’t get a credit card or apply for a bank loan to expand his company, Computer Dude Services. He relies solely on incoming cash, which was $9,000 last year and which he expects to reach $40,000 this year.
Undocumented immigrants like Mireles who were brought here as children are often called “Dream Act kids” — or “Dreamers” — after the Dream Act, a long-standing proposal in Congress.
The bill would provide these undocumented immigrants permanent residency if they show good moral character and either attended college or enlisted in the military. It was last voted down in 2010, and few think another attempt will be made this election year.Still, Dream Act kids like Mireles and Carla Chavarria keep up the hope.
Chavarria, a 19-year-old graphic designer and budding entrepreneur in Phoenix, treks to and from client meetings by bus because she fears getting caught driving without a license.
She is also in an awkward position when her clients ask about her education. She had to drop out of Scottsdale Community College when tuition exploded after Arizona refused undocumented immigrants in-state tuition rates. She now attends nighttime trade school classes at a local high school.
Her mother, who left a Mexican factory 12 years ago and now cleans homes, laments the obstacles her daughter faces. She asked that her name not be used.
“Few of the young people born here take advantage of their opportunities here,” she said. “And my daughter, with the little she’s been able to study, has done so much with so little. If she had all the tools they give citizens, she’d be more than what she is now.”
Moms making millions
Wil Prada is another Dream Act entrepreneur.
Prada’s father left Peru in 1991 to escape the violent, leftist Shining Path guerrillas. His mother followed in 1994 when he was seven years old on a three-week trek through Central America. Prada remembers being torn from his mother’s arms by a hefty stranger who carried him across a river along the U.S.-Mexico border.
His father was deported in 2007. That forced Prada, then a political science student at the University of California in Los Angeles, to run his father’s landscaping business himself.
Prada started to feel trapped. It dawned on him that he had few other work options. He said he became depressed, and the company slumped on his watch.
“Your whole life you’re told you have to get an education and you’ll be successful if you do,” Prada said. “I finished and I couldn’t use my degree.”
But he picked himself up and taught himself how to give client estimates, repair sprinklers and better lead his sole employee, a documented Mexican immigrant.
Prada, now 25, maintains lawns for 40 homes and earns himself $25,000 a year.
“I realized that we have to change this social notion that we’re bad for the country and we’re leeches,” Prada said. “We’re human. We have families. We contribute.”

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Reliance One Announces Chris Brelinski 8 Year Mark with Company

May 25, 2012, Auburn Hills, Mich. – Reliance One, Inc. is pleased to announce that Chris Brelinski, Senior Account Executive has dedicated herself to the company for eight years.  As one of Reliance One’s original employees, Chris has continually gone above and beyond and has brought many valuable relationships to the company.  Always eager to impress, Chris has worked in numerous roles both at Reliance One and onsitewith clients, including a relocation to South Carolina. She has volunteered at various events including the Michigan Hispanic Chamber’s Warehouse and Logistic Networking event and completed a Request For Proposal (RFP) for three large employers located in Downtown Detroit.  Chris has over 15 years of experience in the staffing industry and has recently become an approved vendor for a large Fortune 500 company in Toledo, OH as well as another Fortune 500 company in Detroit, MI. “Chris is a hardworking, charismatic employee and a key player in our team.  Always looking for a way to outdo herself, time and time again Chris has shown herdedication to company in a more impressive way than the last. If it wasn’t for her commitment and sacrifice, including relocating to South Carolina, the company wouldn’t be where it is today. Everyone at Reliance One owes her a debt of gratitude for everything that she has done over the years,” said Vice President James Paquette.

Home barbecue 101: Memorial Day ribs

Disclaimer: Not my ribs

Disclaimer: Not my ribs

If there is a holiday that marks the beginning of the backyard barbecue season, it has to be Memorial Day. Though it is a year-round practice in my house, I always make a point to fire up the smoker at some point over the long weekend for some ‘cue.

I’ve already talked about how easy it is to smoke some pulled pork at home. But sometimes, when I don’t have enough time to prep a butt, or too full of a schedule to man the Egg for 10-12 hours, I go to the next best thing: Spare ribs.

Yes, spare ribs. While I’ll never turn down a tender rack of baby backs, I’m very partial to the meatier, porkier spare rib. The notion that baby back ribs are always more tender than spares is false, assuming that the spare ribs are properly smoked. A key exception to this is if you are so pressed for time that you have to cook the ribs at a temp higher than 250 degrees. In that case, the spare ribs won’t work out well, and you should stick to baby backs.

So, for you rib rookies, here is a crash course that you can put to good use this weekend.

Comparatively, there is much less work that goes into smoking a good rack of ribs, and the end product is just as much of a crowd pleaser.

A few key things to note:

– If you boil your ribs, stop reading this right now and go bash your head against a wall. The word “blasphemous” doesn’t do it justice. You are dead to me now.

– Prep work is crucial to a good rack of ribs. Like leaving the giblets in the turkey, forgetting to remove the pleura – AKA, the silver skin, a thin membrane lining the bone side of the ribs – will ruin an otherwise promising rack. The membrane gets rubbery and gross.

– “Fall off the bone” isn’t what you are shooting for (unless that is how you prefer your ribs). If the meat dissolves off of the bone, they are overcooked.

– If you are working with a small grill space, use a rib rack, but be careful. Don’t over crowd the ribs, there needs to be proper airflow between them racks. Also, make sure you flip the ribs halfway through, or the meat closest to the grill will overcook.

Ask your butcher if the membrane has been removed when you buy them. If not, ask if they can do it for you. And if the answer to that is no, removing the membrane yourself SHOULD be pretty easy (as in this video), but that stuff can get pretty slippery. When it comes time to grab it and pull, use a paper towel to get a little better grip.

Once the membrane is off, you can throw on marinade or brine if you’d like and refrigerate overnight. However, I usually find that to be unnecessary. I prefer to pat the ribs down with a good rub, let them rest while I fire up the egg, and then throw them straight on.

Assuming you are going with spare ribs, you definitely want to go low and slow. Keep the temperature between 225-250, for around 3-5 hours, depending on the thickness and size of your ribs.

As always, time is much less important than temperature. You are shooting for 180-190 degrees (I’d take them off no later than 185, lest they wind up like a pile of Houston’s overcooked “fork and knife” ribs). But the challenge with ribs is that getting an accurate read on a thermometer can be difficult.

Instead, you are going to have to do it by feel, which is somewhat of a contradiction in a post aimed at beginners. There are numerous ways to check the doneness…if a toothpick slides into the meat with little to no resistance, they are probably done. Pick up one of the racks with a pair of tongs…if they droop, and the meat cracks on the surface as though it is about to break, pull them off. Obviously, if the bone slides right out, pull them immediately – they are overcooked.

If you choose to apply a sauce, wait until the meat is ready before putting on the first coat. A coat of surgery sauce can turn gummy in the grill if applied too early. I like to avoid using too much mop sauce so as to not turn the bark soggy. I’m a fan of the Memphis-style dry rib, and I usually just leave the sauce on the side at the table. If you see that tell-tale pink ring on your meat, and have a good rub on there, that should be all that you need.

So, what is going onto your grill this weekend?

– By Jon Watson, Food & More blog

5:00 am May 25, 2012

Chrysler to move into Dime Building

A few days after Chrysler reported its best quarterly earnings since its 2009 bankruptcy, the automaker announced it would move around 70 employees to the historic Dime Building in downtown Detroit.

The Dime Building is one of Detroit’s architectural treasures. When completed in 1912, the tower was named the Dime Savings Bank Building after its primary tenant. It was later renamed the Commonwealth Building, was briefly known as Griswold Place and became the Dime Building in 2002. Rock Ventures, the real estate firm headed by Quicken Loans founder Dan Gilbert, owns the building will be Chrysler’s new landlord. In honor of the new tenant, Gilbert is renaming the building “Chrysler House.”

Chrysler will move its Great Lakes Business Center and several corporate functions into the top two floors of the 23-story building, about 33,000 square feet of office space. CEO Sergio Marchionne will have an office there.

The move is smaller than once expected, but is strongly symbolic nonetheless. It shows that Chrysler has confidence in moving employees into downtown Detroit and could follow with more as hiring needs manifest.

“The point is, today’s announcement represents one more way in which we are reinforcing what we’ve said with action, by adding to our physical presence in Detroit,” Marchionne said.

Chrysler has been steadily adding jobs that are located in Detroit. It turns out Jeeps from its Jefferson North Assembly Plant, and has added a second shift. Marchionne said a third shift will be added by year’s end.

The automaker also operates the Mack Avenue Engine Complex on St. Jean Street and plans to add a Maserati SUV at Jefferson North. Meanwhile, Chrysler is restarting the production of the Dodge Viper at the Conner Avenue Assembly Plant.

And while Ford and GM have long been shy about marketing their Detroit roots, Chrysler has been marketing itself as “Imported from Detroit” since February 2011. While not all of its vehicles are made in Detroit (or even Michigan), and its headquarters remains in the Detroit suburb of Auburn Hills, the automaker has been pushing its roots and market cred as tied to the city. In the last two Super Bowls, Chrysler ran highly popular ads, one starring Eminem and the other actor-director Clint Eastwood, that touted Detroit’s comeback.

While Chrysler’s commitment to the city and the region has been rising, there are still politicians and pundits who think the U.S. government was wrong to have assisted in Chrysler’s bankruptcy in 2009 and lent the automaker money to survive. Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, who is chairing Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s campaign in California, echoed Romney’s opposition to the federal bailout of GM and Chrysler on ABC’s “This Week.” Fiorina punctuated that opposition with the comment: “And Chrysler is owned by the Italians now!”

True, but “the Italians” are investing in Detroit and the surrounding suburbs in ways that private-equity firms favored by Romney and Fiorina would likely not have done.

And Chrysler has paid back its billions of dollars in loans from the federal government, years ahead of schedule. The company posted healthy earnings last week despite selling mostly improved hold-over vehicles from when it was owned by Cerberus Capital.

Chrysler’s financial results have been better than most analysts predicted three years ago. The company has made steady progress in sales, earnings and quality. Chrysler sales in the first quarter of this year increased 33 percent to 523,000 vehicles, led by the automaker’s home U.S. market.

“Another positive quarter — built on sales gains that have surpassed the industry average — is affirmation that the Chrysler team is maintaining its focus,” said Marchionne.

This week, Chrysler begins production of the all-new Dodge Dart, the first vehicle to come to market that was designed from the ground up by Chrysler and Fiat designers and engineers working as a team. The Dart is being built in Belvidere, Illinois.

Marchionne addressed the pundits who have long thought Chrysler and Detroit were not worth saving: “Like Detroit, Chrysler knows what it is like to hear commentators pronounce our condition as beyond the point of salvation. To those who scoff at the idea of a revitalized Detroit, I would remind them of what aviator Amelia Earhart said: ‘Never interrupt someone doing something that you said can’t be done.'”