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.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Great Lakes Women’s Business Conference comes to Novi

17th annual Great Lakes Women’s Business Conference is Sept. 26-27 at Suburban Showplace, Novi,, 734-677-1400.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Nominations sought for women leaders in technology and/or manufacturing

• The Michigan Council of Women in Technology Foundation is seeking nominations for its second annual Woman of the Year in Technology award. The nonprofit organization will recognize a woman in Michigan leading or driving change for women in information technology careers or fields of study. Nomination forms are available at; all submissions must be emailed to by Sept. 20. There is no fee to nominate.

• The Manufacturing Institute 2018 STEP Ahead Award nominations are open. The STEP Ahead initiative was designed to showcase the impact of women in manufacturing to help attract and retain talent. In 2018, the Institute will honor 100 women and 30 emerging leaders, a category introduced to honor women under the age of 30. Nominations close Sept. 29,

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Entrepreneur and Small Business Conference set for University of Phoenix Southfield Campus

2017 Entrepreneur and Small Business Conference-Pathways to Success, presented by South East Michigan Entrepreneurs Association and the University of Phoenix is 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sept. 22 at the University of Phoenix Southfield Campus, 26261 Evergreen Road, Southfield. Registration is $49 and includes breakfast, lunch, exhibitor showcase and breakout sessions, register at

Friday, September 8, 2017

Tech248 September meetup to be held in Royal Oak

• Tech248 September MeetUp is 3-5 p.m. Sept. 19 at HopCat, 208 West 5th St., Royal Oak, free, register at Speaker presentations include “A Restaurant Model for Sustainability” by Autumn Sands, sustainability manager, BarFly Ventures, Royal Oak and “FeelGood Brewing” by Stephen Roginson, founder/executive director, Batch Brewing Company/Feelgood.