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, February 4, 2016

Publisher to present social media strategy seminar

The Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce is hosting a free entrepreneurship seminar, Friday, Feb. 12 presented by Jeannie Parent, publisher of the Michigan Regional Newspaper group for Digital First Media, including The Oakland Press.
“How to Develop a Winning Social Media Strategy” is 9-11 a.m. Feb. 12 at the Rochester Fire Department, Rochester. It is the first of the chamber’s Entrepreneurship Seminar Series. Future seminars include “Building a Powerful Brand” presented by George Piliouras, CEO of George Piliouras & Associates and “A Platform for Hiring Success” presented by Carrie Schochet and Amy Whipple of Purple Squirrel Advisors.
Register at or call 248-651-6700.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Troy Chamber to host Economic Development Forum

February Economic Development Forum is 8-9:30 a.m. Feb. 10 at Rehmann, 1500 W. Big Beaver Road, Troy.  Jonathan Silberman, Professor of Economics at Oakland University is guest speaker with the state-of-the art information of the Southeastern Economic Data Center. Admission is $10 for nonmembers, adv. Register at 248-641-8151,

Monday, February 1, 2016

Lifeline Business Consulting to host entrepreneur course in Pontiac

To help local entrepreneurs get started, Bishop William Murphy Jr., the pastor of New Mt. Moriah International Church in Pontiac and Nicole Farmer, CEO of LifeLine Business Consulting are hosting an accelerated entrepreneurship course. The six-week course will be held 6:30-9 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 2-March 8 at the New Mt. Moriah International Church.
LifeLine Business Consulting is in partnership with the Detroit Microloan Collaborative. For more information, call 248-332-3070 or visit

Monday, January 25, 2016

Automation Alley hosting annual global outlook in Troy

Automation Alley is hosting Global Economic and Industry Outlook for 2016 and Beyond, 8-11:30 a.m. Jan. 27 at Automation Alley Headquarters, 2675 Bellingham Drive, Troy. The Oakland County tech association and a group of international business experts will gather to discuss the global economy and how companies can take advantage of opportunities and meet challenges of doing business overseas. Topics will include the eurozone, China’s GDP growth rate, geopolitical threats, shale oil discoveries, technological innovations. Advance registration is $20 for members and $40 for nonmembers. For more information and to register, visit or call 800-427-5100.