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.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Oakland County Market hosting Oktoberfest, Oct. 22

The Oakland County Market is hosting “Oktoberfest - A Celebration of Local Abundance," 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 2350 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township. The event will feature Michigan Wines and Craft Beer along with plenty of “nibbles, sips and bits” representing businesses located in Michigan and Oakland County. To register visit www.leadershipoakland.com or call 248-952-6880.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Michigan Economic Development Corp. offering export workshops

Michigan businesses are invited to explore export opportunities at five Global Trade Days export workshops taking place in Traverse City, Grand Rapids, Saginaw, Troy and Novi Oct. 13-17. The events are sponsored by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

“In today’s globally interconnected world, export sales offer extraordinary opportunities for Michigan companies to grow and create new jobs. These workshops will help Michigan companies learn how to tap into those markets and diversify their customer bases,” said Gov. Rick Snyder. “We are looking to extend export opportunities to more Michigan companies and ensure they are connected with the resources to explore new markets, access existing export resources, and increase global competitiveness.”

Attendees at Global Trade Days will learn about the State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) program, which provides direct reimbursements to eligible companies for international marketing-related activities, ranging from market research to participation fees for international trade missions. Nearly 800 Michigan companies have received assistance since MEDC launched the program with companies entering more than 75 new global markets. New export sales of more than $300 million have been reported as a result of the program.

Global Trade Days will include presentations from country market specialists from Canada, Mexico, China, Brazil, and United Arab Emirates, who will speak about doing business in those markets. These five countries are among Michigan’s top export markets.

Business owners in attendance at a workshop can also request one-on-one meetings with the country market specialists. The local Global Trade Days event dates and locations are

Troy - 8 a.m. to noon, Thursday, Oct. 16 at Management Education Center, 811 W. Square Lake Road, Troy. One-on-one meetings are 1:30 – 5 p.m. The cost is $30.

Novi - 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17 at Suburban Collection Showplace Diamond Center, 46100 Grand River Avenue, Novi. All day pre-scheduled meetings. This event is free.

For more information and registration details, visit: www.michiganbusiness.org/grow/export-assistance/global-trade-days

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

PR and media experts to share brand building tips

The Troy Chamber of Commerce will host industry experts during its upcoming seminar “In the Public Eye.” It’s a half day seminar for businesses in Troy focused on public and media relations. The event, which will be held, 8 a.m.-noon Thursday, Oct. 23 at Altair Engineering in Troy will feature three presentations on public relations tips and tactics, followed by a media relations discussion panel. During the public relations portion of the seminar, Michael Niederquell, Founder and CEO of The Quell Group, will present “The Power of Branding: It’s More Than a Logo.” The second portion of the seminar will feature a media panel moderated by John Young, Vice President of Communications & Marketing, Oakland University. The panel will feature: Jennette Smith of Crain’s Detroit Business; Marie Osborne of WWJ Newsradio 950 CBS Radio; Al Johnson, of WJBK TV Fox 2 Detroit; and Dustin Block of the MLive Media Group. Visit www.troychamber.com or call 248-641-8151.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Taste of Auburn Hills to feature food, beverages and entertainment

Taste of Auburn Hills is 5-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct 9 at Walter P. Chrysler Museum, Auburn Hills. This is a networking event featuring more than 15 food and beverage partners and two floors of networking, cars and food stations. A portion of this year's event proceeds will support Auburn Hills' Meals on Wheels program. 
Taste of Auburn Hills partners include Alfoccino Restaurant, Applebee's, bd's Mongolian Grill, Ciccarelli's 22 Sports Bar, Costco Wholesale, Cottage Inn Pizza, Fieldstone Vista Grille & Catering, The Lafayette Market, Lelli's Restaurant, LongHorn Steakhouse, Mitchell's Fish Market, Mr. Pita, The Oasis Catering, On the Border, Paint Creek Country Club, Palm Palace, and Red Wood Grill. Beer and wine are provided by Cellar Door, Fieldstone Winery and Rochester Mills Beer Co. 
Tickets are $40 which includes two beer or wine drink tickets, or $50 at the door. To register, visit auburnhillschamber.com, call 248-853-7862 or email info@auburnhillschamber.com.