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, April 22, 2014

World Intellectual Property Day celebration planned in Royal Oak

A celebration of World Intellectual Property Day is 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 23 at Stagecrafters Baldwin Theatre, 415 South Lafayette, Royal Oak. 
The IP Day celebration has the theme of “Movies: A Global Passion.” It is a free event featuring the “Firebreather” car from the movie “Jinn” and fast cars on display. The event features a repeller scaling the stage and cameras on remote-control helicopters.
Congressman John Conyers, Academy Award nominated animator Gary Schwartz and student winners of the 57th Annual Science and Engineering Fair of Metro Detroit are scheduled to appear. A business fair with refreshments is 3 to 4 p.m. followed by speakers and demonstrations until 6:30 p.m. For information, contact Lori Champagne 248-804-5613  or visit

Thursday, April 17, 2014

CEO turned author writes a hunting guide for business

David Farbman
For anyone who has struggled at a job or business, there's a recently released book that offers sound advice on how to rise above obstacles.

“The Hunt: Target, Track and Attain Your Goals,” was released this week and gives a hunter's guide on how to succeed in business.

The author, David Farbman is the former president and CEO of NAI Farbman, a large full-service real estate organization. He is also the founder of OutdoorHub, AgHub, and ActionHub, a successful Outdoor Enthusiast media company, reaching nearly 30 million unique visitors per month.

Farbman's parents taught him to hunt at a young age, but it wasn’t until his first major failure as a businessman that he realized he needed to apply what he learned in the fields to his business. “The Hunt” not only shares his secrets and stories with readers, but reveals how the skills required on the hunt turned his biggest failure into his biggest success.

The Hunt offers readers advice on how to live and execute with more purpose, awareness and openness to the great power of the natural order. The need to be a great hunter is human nature. The principles of The Hunt are designed to provide a clearer, sharper lens for seeing the world.

“The Hunt takes you on a wild ride from the backwoods to the boardroom. You will never look at business or life in the same way after you read this book,” says Kim Brink, vice-president of marketing for NASCAR. “David has put his strategic ability to galvanize teams and achieve success into a great system that will benefit readers in a big way."

For more information, visit

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.