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.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Tech248 Meetup in Pontiac to highlight IT apprenticeships

Tech248 August MeetUp - Apprenticeship Summit is 2-4 p.m. Aug. 23 at Goldner Walsh Garden and Home, 559 Orchard Lake Road, Pontiac, free. “IT Apprenticeships-Growing Your Own Talent” and panel discussion on “Apprenticeship Options and Finding Talent” featuring Marc DeCoster, Apprenticeship & Training Representative, U.S. Department of Labor, Detroit and Denise VanHee, Director, Oakland County Michigan Works!, Troy.

ATI Industrial Automation of Orion Township to host Technology Fair

ATI Industrial Automation is hosting its 2017 Technology Fair, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 10 at its Orion Township facility, 4577 South Lapeer Road. The event features educational seminars and robotic demonstrations from representatives of KUKA Robotics, Fori Automation, Troy Design & Manufacturing, Atlas Copco, Acme Manufacturing, iA-Robotics, Methods Machine Tools, PRE-TEC, as well as ATI’s expert engineering and applications team,, 248-276-0502. Free same-day registration available on the day of the event.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Need to know: LinkedIn workshop for business

Five Steps to LinkedIn Mastery is 9-11:30 a.m. Aug. 3 at 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, County Executive Building 41 W, Waterford Township. Speaker Terry Bean, founder of Networked Inc. and Motor City Connect. The cost is $40 each. Register at 248-858-0783 or visit

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Events for business owners and start-ups planned

• The Waterford Chamber Young Professionals Network is hosting their annual Brewing for Business, July 20 at Oakland Yard. Taste brews from local breweries: Parker’s Hilltop Brewery and CJ’s Brewing Company. Entertainment by Johnny Stevenson, register at
• Starting a Business workshop is 10 a.m.-noon July 27 at Troy Public Library, 510 W. Big Beaver Road, Troy, register at or call 248-858-0783, free admission.
• “Oakland is Open for Business” vendor workshop is 2-4 p.m. Aug. 9 at Oakland County Executive Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township. Oakland County business owners, entrepreneurs, vendors, suppliers and contractors are invited to learn how to become a registered vendor with Oakland County. It was organized by the Oakland County Board of Commissioners, along with the Department of Economic Development & Community Affairs and Purchasing. Register for the free event at Contact Connie Srogi at 248-858-4078 or email