March 2011 eNewsletter 

In This Issue
Donor Alert!
Message From the President
Look Who's New
March Networking
Meet the Purchasers
April Networking
Secure Your ID Day
Google's Rules
Manage in 100 Day Increments
Need Home Repairs?
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Donor Alert: Giving to Pacific Tsunami and Japanese Earthquake Victims

Japan Earthquake 

Not All Charities are Equipped to Help and Some Might be Fraudulent, Warns BBB


As immediate relief needs are assessed in the wake of the devastating earthquake in Japan,  many Americans are looking for ways to help by donating to a charity. The Better Business Bureau warns that-as occurred following the Haiti Earthquake in January 2010 and Katrina in 2005-fraudulent charities will likely emerge to try and scam donations from well-meaning Americans. Read on 





A Message from the President
Random Thoughts of a Random Thinker

Mel's Head Shot

Melanie Duquesnel

Seventeen of the last thirty days I was on the road seeing how businesses across the country are handling the New Economy, establishing new methods of reaching their customers, managing their staffs and earning buckets of money. Though we might make different widgets or provide different services at the end of the day we all want pay a decent wage to our employees, pay all our bills on time and earn a living that.... Read on

BBB Welcomes New Accredited Businesses
The BBB Serving Eastern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula welcomed 74 New Accredited Businesses in January. Click here to view.

Interested in Accrediting your business? Click here
Upcoming Events
March Business Card Exchange
Shawne Duperon

Shawne Duperon

Wednesday March 23rd. Networking is primal. It's biological. We need it. We crave it. And most of us don't do it well. In this session, you will step into a new realm of possibility. Whether you're a seasoned networking pro or brand spanking new, Six-Time EMMY® winner Shawne Duperon will radically transform your existing notions of networking. 
Click here for more information. 


Meet the Purchasers 


Wednesday March 30th the Detroit Regional Chamber is providing an opportunity for local businesses of all sizes to connect with purchasing agents form large companies and governmental agencies.

Click here for more information.  


April Business Card Exchange 
Charlie Wollborg

Charlie Wollborg

Join us Wednesday April 20th at the BBB Conference Center for a complimentary continental breakfast and business to business networking session. Charlie Wollborg, Partner and Chief Troublemaker of Curve Detroit will present "Butterfly Thinking & Workplace Innovation". Learn how to transform your company while staying ahead of the curve.


Click here today for more information and how to register.


BBB Set for Another Secure Your ID Day 
CintasTruck Your local Better Business Bureau along with GreenPath Debt Solutions, Cintas Corporation and Fox2 are encouraging residents and small businesses to take an important step in helping prevent identity theft and protecting the environment by attending BBB's Secure Your ID Day Community Shred and Hard Drive Destruction event on Saturday April 30, 2011 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the BBB Office located at 26777 Central Park Blvd., Southfield, MI 48076. Over the past two years more than 19 million Americans became victims of ID theft resulting in the loss of $93 billion to criminal activity according to a 2011 report from Javelin Strategy and Research. Click here for more information.
Business Tips

Google's Rules 

Business Planning

In order to develop better managers, Google evaluated performance reviews, feedback surveys and award nominations to come up with eight good behaviors for managers. Click here for the list. 

Managing in 100 Day Increments 
Goal Setting As the CEO of a consulting firm that's paid by the outcome rather than by the hour, Geoff Vuleta says a "razor-sharp focus" among his staff is key to achieving his goal of $40 million in revenue. Toward that end, he developed a 100-day plan that sets up objective performance markers and ties bonuses to hitting those goals. Because the goals change every 100 days, "we're open to letting our employees take some risks -- after all, you can never be more than 100 days wrong".

Read on

Consumer Tips 

Need Home Repairs? Money House
Do your Research and Get an eQuote First!


When homeowners need repairs due to some unexpected damage, they often consider it an emergency that needs to be fixed immediately. However, a quick decision may cause regrets. Make sure contractors are qualified and reliable before you sign a contract or pay money. Read on

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Patrick Bennett
Director of Community Relations