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Speaker Spotlight: Vladimir Gendelman — Entrepreneurship Oakland Master Class

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Meet Vladimir Gendelman, panelist for our upcoming  Entrepreneurship Oakland Master Class held in partnership with the Pontiac Regional Chamber.

Vladimir was born and raised in the former Soviet Union, where he rarely had access to the basic amenities that many of us take for granted. High quality products and friendly service were few and far between, and above all, Vladimir found it intensely frustrating having so little access to different choices and options. After immigrating to America, Vladimir made it his mission to help provide others with the things he never had access to growing up. After a client expressed a need for high quality presentation folders, Vladimir was inspired to create Company Folders, Inc. in 2003.

Since then, Vladimir’s enthusiasm for quality, customer choice, and friendly customer service has made him a passionate voice in the printing and design community. He is constantly looking for ways to improve Company Folders’ service, and has instituted industry-leading processes to maintain a supreme level of quality.

With over 7 million folders printed for over 5,000 customers, Vladimir has acquired a wealth of knowledge related to printing, design, business communications and small business management over the past decade. Much of his insight can be found on the Company Folders blog. Vladimir can often be found at print-related conferences and seminars, staying up to date on the latest trends, techniques and technologies. Read his full bio at

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Speaker Spotlight: Todd Palmer — Entrepreneurship Oakland Master Class

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Todd Head Shot_014_5x7Together with the Pontiac Regional Chamber, American Jewelry and Loan is honored to host Entrepreneurship Oakland Master Class. Serving as one of our distinguished panelists is Todd Palmer, founder and President of Diversified Industrial Staffing.   Since 1997, Todd’s companies have helped over 4,300 people secure employment, improving their lives and the lives of their families. In 2015, he launched Skilled Labor Training Centers to train the next generation of CNC machinists.

In 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, & 2013 Todd’s company, Diversified Industrial Staffing, was named by INC Magazine to the INC 5,000, as one fastest growing companies in America. In 2011 Diversified Industrial Staffing was named a Michigan 50 Company to Watch.

In 2008 his company was named by CORP! Magazine as one of Michigan’s Economic Bright Spots. In 2011 CORP! Magazine named Diversified Industrial Staffing as a Best of Michigan Company and named Todd individually as an Entrepreneur of Distinction.

In 2013, Todd was the National Chairman for Industrial Staffing firms, on behalf of the American Staffing Association (ASA). In 2008-2009 he was President of EO Detroit, a group of successful CEO’s, who have combined revenues in excess of $100 Million dollars.

Todd currently writes a monthly column on employment issues for Dbusiness Magazine and a bi-monthly column for Production Machining Magazine, on employment issues specifically within manufacturing. In 2015 Todd published his first book, The Job Search Process, which helps people get new jobs in as little as 7 Days. He is currently working on his 2nd book about the entrepreneurial journey.

His company has been featured in INC Magazine, The Detroit News, CORP! Magazine, Crain’s Detroit & MetroMode.   Todd has been on the radio with the Business Reality Network and the Dan Mulhern Show, and was featured on Entrepreneur Television twice, in separate 30-minute sit-down interviews.

Todd is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University with a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communication and minor in Marketing.

Learn more about this course and register at: Entrepreneurship Oakland Master Class






Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau: How to Spend a Day in Wayne County

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from the Visit Detroit blog:

What’s the attraction(s)?
You’ll find metro Detroit’s most popular tourism attraction, The Henry Ford, located in Wayne County—Dearborn, to be exact. The Henry Ford consists of the expansive Henry Ford Museum, The Henry Ford Giant Screen Experience, the outdoor Greenfield Village (open seasonally April through December) and the Ford Rouge Factory Tour. Visitors come from all over the world to tour the museum and village, which bring 300 years of American history and innovation to life. A tour of the Ford Rouge Factory, where the Ford F-150 pickup truck is produced, offers a glimpse of American auto manufacturing in action. These attractions on their own can easily fill your whole day. But wait, there’s more…

The Arab American National Museum marked its 10th anniversary in 2016. A new 4,700 square foot addition was a great way to celebrate. This is the only museum in the United States that tells the story and celebrates the contributions of Arab Americans.

Eat It Up
Speaking of Arab American contributions, you’ll find some of the most authentic and delicious Middle Eastern cuisine around in restaurants and bakeries along Dearborn’s Warren Avenue. Detroit’s landmark Dakota Inn Rathskeller has been serving up German fare with a side of entertainment for more than 80 years. And Giovanni’s Ristorante, a Detroit staple for Italian food since 1968, is worth the trip for house made pasta and fresh seafood in an intimate atmosphere.

Shop Around
Fun and unique places to shop in Wayne County include The Glass Academy, a working artist studio that sells both functional glassware and glass sculptures. Reality TV fans may want to visit American Jewelry and Loan, the setting of “Hardcore Pawn.” Michigan’s only IKEA store is located in Canton. And Fairlane Town Center in Dearborn is a large shopping mall full of national retailers.

Read the full article at the Visit Detroit blog!




American Jewelry and Loan–Celebrate the Season of Giving

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American Jewelry and Loan is committed to the communities we serve. As you may know, we have a proud history of supporting community partners in the cities where our stores are located, including the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy.

At our Hazel Park location, we’re collecting NEW hats, gloves, mittens, and other winter gear for Hazel Park Schools.

At our Pontiac location, we are collecting new unopened personal hygiene products such as shampoo, baby wipes, soap, etc. to benefit Oakland Hope.

We’ll be collecting these items throughout the holiday season and beyond. Your contribution can be dropped off during our regular business hours, Monday – Saturday 9:30am until 6pm.


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EO Detroit: In the Boardroom with Les and Seth Gold

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Les and Seth recently hosted Entrepreneurs from EO Detroit to hear their story and tour American Jewelry and Loan’s Detroit store.


Community Partnership: Jalen Rose Leadership Academy

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Les and Seth Gold, on behalf of the entire team at American Jewelry and Loan, are proud to celebrate their partnership with the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy

Jalen Rose Leadership Academy (JRLA) is an open enrollment, public charter high school on the northwest side of Detroit, a stone’s throw from their iconic Detroit store. We’ve enjoyed hosting TWO interns, Greg and Jalen, who have worked with us summer of 2016.

The Academy began its first academic year in September 2011 and currently serves over 400 ninth through twelfth grade scholars from metro-Detroit. JRLA provides a leadership-focused education that engages and inspires youth to achieve at the rigorous level necessary to ultimately graduate with a college degree.  Scholars are provided with an authentic academic experience which builds both the skill and will necessary to be successful in high school and beyond.  Immersed in the culture of college, scholars will not only receive extensive college exposure via university tours, but also be required to pass at least one Advanced Placement course to assist in a seamless transition into college.  JRLA is a 9-16 model where scholars are supported not only through high school graduation, but through college graduation via our College Success team that works to coordinate success for current scholars and alumni.

UPDATE: See Les Gold competing on behalf of JRLA on Food Network’s Chopped!



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Welcome Dream Cruisers!

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from Seth’s blog: Every year, Detroit rolls out the red carpet for muscle car enthusiasts from all over the world to attend the Woodward Dream Cruise.

Most people know that my dad and I love cars (I talked about my taste in cars with Motor Trend and one of Les’ restorations was featured in Car and Driver). But one of our favorite parts of the Woodward Dream Cruise is the opportunity to meet new customers from all over the world.

In town for the Woodward Dream Cruise? Stop by, we’d love to see you — Welcome to Detroit! [Read more at]

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Discover The D Hometown Tourist Day

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Be sure to stop by Campus Martius Park on May 6 for the Discover The D Hometown Tourist Day–Les and Seth will be there! Find out about exciting attractions and events right in your backyard. Representatives from local hotels, restaurants and attractions will be on hand giving out information and coupons for you to get out and experience The D. Don’t miss the chance to win hometown tourism packages, including stays at metro Detroit hotels, restaurant gift cards and passes to local attractions. It is time for you to Discover The D!

This event is hosted by the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau, for more information go to or call 313-202-1800.

Hours 11 a.m.–2 p.m.