The Oakland County area has an abundance of opportunities for existing businesses and new ventures.
When the going gets rough, the entrepreneurial spirit gets creative and resourceful.
The Oakland Press has gathered upcoming events, news and links to help business owners and professionals succeed.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Oakland County hosting business workshops in Waterford

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 are held at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, west of Telegraph, in Waterford. Register at www.AdvantageOakland.com/businessworkshops or call (248) 858-0783.

Capital Raise
June 9, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
For startup or early-stage growth-based business looking for funding.
Fee: This workshop is free but registration is required.

CEED Small Business Loan Orientation
June 10, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
For small business owners trying to obtain a business loan, they might qualify for the Center for Empowerment and Economic Development (CEED) Small Business Loan Program.
Fee: This workshop is free but registration is required.

Business Research: Feasibility to Expansion
June 10, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 
For those  thinking of starting a business and want to research business ideas, identify market trends and opportunities, find new customers or to diversify market base.
Fee: This workshop is free but registration is required.

Starting a Business
June 11, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
This workshop is designed for individuals who are at the beginning stages of starting a business.
Fee: This workshop is free but registration is required.

Introduction to QuickBooks
June 11, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
This introduction class will provide an overview of QuickBooks.
Fee: $60 per person

Government Contracting 101
June 18, 9 a.m. to noon
Find out what it takes to sell  goods and services to the federal government and the state of Michigan.
Fee: $45 per person

Legal Basics for Small Business
June 23, 9 a.m. to noon
The program addresses how to select the best legal entity for a business, how to protect business interests when dealing with customers, suppliers or independent contractors, and important information and guidelines for establishing short- and long-term succession plans for a business.
Fee: $25 per person

Walk-In-Start-Up Thursdays
Thursdays, non holiday, 9:30 a.m. to noon and 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Walk In Start Up Thursdays Small Business counseling initiative is for individuals who want to launch a business. Confidential, one-on-one advice is offered from an experienced business consultant with no appointment necessary. There is no fee. Walk-in sessions are available on a first come, first served basis and each session is limited to 15 minutes.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

CREW luncheon to focus on area redevelopment

CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) Detroit is inviting local professionals to lunch to learn more about upcoming redevelopment opportunities in the area, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. May 12 at the GEM Theatre, 333 Madison Avenue in Detroit, $45 for CREW members and $65 for nonmembers. Lunch is included, and parking will be available in the GEM’s garage, www.crewdetroit.org.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

West Bloomfield Chamber awards dinner is May 12

• Greater West Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce 9th Annual Key to the Township Awards Dinner is 6-9 p.m. May 12 at Shenandoah Country Club, West Bloomfield Township. Guy Gordon, WDIV Local 4 anchor/reporter, will be master of ceremonies for the night. The cocktail reception will begin at 6 p.m., followed by dinner promptly at 7 p.m., $125, www.westbloomfieldchamber.com248-626-3636.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

'LinkedIn Mastery' is among Oakland County's upcoming workshops

• Business Research: Feasibility to Expansion is 9-11:30 a.m. May 5 at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford, www.AdvantageOakland.com/businessworkshops248-858-0783, free.

• Five Steps to LinkedIn Mastery is 9-11:30 a.m. May 6 at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford, www.AdvantageOakland.com/businessworkshops248-858-0783, $40.

• Walk-In-Start-Up Thursdays is 9:30 a.m. to noon and 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. every Thursday, non holiday at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township. Walk In Start Up Thursdays Small Business counseling initiative is for individuals who want to launch a business. They will receive confidential, one-on-one advice from an experienced business consultant with no appointment necessary. There is no fee. Walk-in sessions are available on a first come, first served basis and each session is limited to 15 minutes. Visit www.advantageoakland.com/StartABusiness or call 248-858-0783.

• CEED Small Business Loan Orientation is 9-11 a.m. May 13 at at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford, www.AdvantageOakland.com/businessworkshops248-858-0783, free, but registration required.

• FundingPost’s Angel Investor & Venture Capitalist Event for Entrepreneurs is 2-6 p.m. May 14 at Oakland County Executive Office Building, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Building 41W, Waterford Township. Hear directly from investors on what they do and don’t like to hear from early-stage entrepreneurs and get immediate answers to your questions. Entrepreneur Attendees: $49, investor/service provider attendees: $59, Exhibitor Table (Including two tickets): $300, 248-238-8766customerservice@venditaco.com

• QuickBooks for Business Owners is 9 a.m.-1 p.m. May 12 at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford, www.AdvantageOakland.com/businessworkshops248-858-0783, $60.

• Starting a Business is 9-11:30 a.m. May 14 at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford, www.AdvantageOakland.com/businessworkshops248-858-0783, free but registration required.

• Break the Rules, Close More Sales is 10 a.m.-1 p.m. May 14 at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford, www.AdvantageOakland.com/businessworkshops248-858-0783, $40.

• Team SBA Financing Roundtable is 9 a.m.-noon May 21 at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford, www.AdvantageOakland.com/businessworkshops248-858-0783www.miceed.org, free but registration required.