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, October 30, 2014

Orion Chamber hosting breakfast event featuring Elite 40 winner

Orion Chamber of Commerce is hosting a breakfast featuring guest speaker Susan Kruger, creator of SOAR Study Skills and winner of Oakland County’s Elite 40 under 40. The breakfast is 8:30-10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 6 at Paint Creek Country Club, 2375 Stanton Road, Lake Orion. Kruger has taught thousands of students how to achieve with study skills through her international best-selling book SOAR Study Skills. She has published books, teacher’s guides, training videos, classes and audio programs, The event features a special introduction by Matthew Gibb, Deputy Oakland County Executive for Economic Development and Community Affairs and former Orion Township Supervisor. The cost is $25 each. Visit

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition set for Nov. 4-6

The Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition is Tuesday-Thursday, Nov. 4-6 in Detroit. The event begins with a two-day investor pitch competition by 54 semifinalists competing for more than $1 million in cash and in-kind prizes at the Westin Book Cadillac. Businesses from as far as the United Kingdom, India and throughout the United States applied. Accelerate Michigan 2014 culminates on Nov. 6 at Orchestra Hall in Detroit where a $500,000 Grand Prize and 10 additional awards totaling $500,000 in cash and in-kind prizes will be presented. For more information and to register, visit

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Michigan Tax Conference for CPAs is Nov. 5

The Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants, in partnership with the State of Michigan Department of Treasury, State Bar of Michigan – Taxation Section and Michigan Women’s Tax Association, will host the eighth annual Michigan Tax Conference, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5 at the Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave. in Novi. The inaugural Tax Primer Forum will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 4 for new tax professionals. A networking wine tasting will begin at 5:05 p.m.

Monday, October 27, 2014

5 chambers to host Business Success Conference

Waterford, Clarkston, Pontiac, Auburn Hills and Orion area chambers of commerce are hosting the annual Business Success Conference, 7:30 a.m. to noon, Thursday Oct. 30 at Oakland Schools, 2111 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township. This year’s theme, “Marketing to the Generations” will begin with a presentation by Oakland County’s Economic Development Department of demographic and market planning analytics for five chamber areas; Auburn Hills, Clarkston, Orion, Pontiac and Waterford. Two panel discussions will follow on how to effectively utilize this information to market a business. The cost is $40 for chamber members and $55 for nonmembers.