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, April 13, 2014

Troy chamber hosting nonprofit management conference

The Troy Chamber of Commerce and its Non-Profit Network (NPN) will host the 9th Annual Nonprofit Management Conference, presented by Huntington Bank’s Seeds For Success, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 29 at Walsh College, 3838 Livernois, Troy. The conference is sponsored by Walsh College, MORC and the Troy Chamber of Commerce. 
Attendees may choose from six seminars covering eight core areas geared toward nonprofit organizations. The day begins with a continental breakfast and networking followed by two breakout sessions, followed by a hot buffet lunch and panel discussion, “How to Reach Multi-Generational and Ethnically Diverse Audiences.” The cost for the day-long event, meals included, is $50 for Troy chamber members and $95 for non-members. To register, call 248-641-3694 or e-mail: Visit

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Lake Orion Community Business Expo is May 8

The 10th annual Lake Orion Community Business Expo is 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 8 in the Lake Orion High School Field House during parent-teacher conferences. The family-friendly, baseball-themed event is organized by the Orion Area Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Crittenton Hospital, The Lake Orion Review and The Oakland Press. Exhibitor fees are $130 dollars for Orion and Oxford Area Chamber and DDA members. Non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations who are members of the Orion Area Chamber pay only $30. Local pizzerias are encouraged to participate in the Fourth Annual Pizza War. Attendees of the Expo will taste and decide which pizzeria will earn the title of Best Pizza in the Orion Area. Restaurants and food establishments are also welcome to participate in the Taste of Orion. Pizzerias and restaurants are to provide 750 food samples and the exhibitor fee is waived. Businesses are welcome to donate food items, water bottles, promotional item or coupons to be included in the treat bags that will be given to the teachers. For information, visit or call 248-693-6300.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

What does the wage gap cost Michigan women each year?

Today is Equal Pay Day, which marks the date that women had to work in addition to last year, in order to earn what men earned by the end of 2013.
An analysis released for Equal Pay Day today, April 8, shows just how much the gender-based wage gap is costing Michigan women and their families. Women who are employed full time in Michigan are paid just 74 cents for every dollar paid to men, amounting to a yearly gap in wages of $13,125. That means that Michigan women lose a combined total of more than $15.6 billion every year – money that could strengthen the state economy and provide critical support to the more than 490,000 Michigan households headed by women.
The analysis was conducted by the National Partnership for Women & Families. The full report on the wage gap in Michigan, which has the seventh largest cents-on-the-dollar gap among all states, can be found here.
The National Partnership analysis also finds that Michigan’s African American women are paid 67 cents for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men in the state. And Latinas in Michigan are paid just 54 cents for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men.
“Unfair wages cause real and lasting harm to women, the families they support, and to our economy. With women making up nearly half the workforce and serving as essential breadwinners in two-thirds of households, it’s time to finally put ‘Mad Men’-era wage policies in the past,” said Debra L. Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families. “As this analysis shows, when women and their families lose thousands of dollars in critical income each year, they have significantly less money to spend on food, gas, rent and other basic necessities, and the consequences for their families and our state and national economies can be devastating.”
According to the analysis, if the gap between men’s and women’s wages were eliminated, each full-time working woman in Michigan could afford to pay for food for 2.1 more years, pay mortgage and utilities for 11 more months, pay rent for 18 more months, or buy 3,500+ more gallons of gas. These basic necessities would be especially important for the 36 percent of Michigan’s women-headed households currently living below the poverty level.
Nationally, women working full time, year round are paid 77 cents for every dollar paid to men. For women of color, the gap is larger. African American women are paid 64 cents and Latinas are paid 54 cents for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men. The country’s wage gap has been closing at a rate of less than half a cent per year since passage of the Equal Pay Act in 1963. At that rate, it is estimated that America’s women will not be paid equally for another 50 years.
This week, the U.S. Senate is expected to consider the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would close loopholes in the Equal Pay Act, help to break harmful patterns of pay discrimination, and establish stronger workplace protections for women.
More information is available at

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Head of Fiat Communications to speak at Marketing & Sales Executives meeting

Casey Hurbis, the head of Fiat Brand Communication and Advertising, will present "The Fiat Brand Storyscape" and share the importance of creating a story to connect customers to a brand at the Marketing & Sales Executives of Detroit (MSED) seminar on Wednesday, April 16.
The presentation will provide information on the successful launch of the Fiat Brand and the role social media played in bringing the brand to life.
The event will be held at Golling Fiat at 34500 Woodward Avenue in Birmingham. It will begin with registration and networking at 6 p.m., presentation at 6:45 p.m. and a second networking session at 7:15 p.m. Parking is limited, but additional parking will be available in the lot behind the dealership, off of Bowers Street.
The cost for the event is $20 for MSED members and $60 for non-members. Register at 248-643-6950 or visit