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, 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 www.waterfordchamber.org.
• Starting a Business workshop is 10 a.m.-noon July 27 at Troy Public Library, 510 W. Big Beaver Road, Troy, register at www.AdvantageOakland.com/businessworkshops 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 www.eventbrite.com. Contact Connie Srogi at 248-858-4078 or email srogic@oakgov.com.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Oakland County Business Center offers resources and workshops

• Walk-In Start Up Small Business Counseling is 9:30 a.m.-noon and 1:30-4:30 p.m. July 6 at two locations: Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township, 248-858-0783, and Novi Civic Center Community Development Center Room, 45175 Ten Mile Road, Novi, 248-347-0573, www.oakgov.com/edca/business/OneStopShop, free 15 minute sessions, first come, first served. For individuals who want to launch a business. It is held every Thursday in Waterford, and on the first Thursday of the month in Novi.
• Market Research Basics workshop is 10-12:30 a.m., July 11 at Troy Public Library, 510 W. Big Beaver Road, Troy, discover ways to find ideal customers, identify competitors and more, register at www.AdvantageOakland.com/businessworkshops or call 248-858-0783, free admission.
• Social Media for Business Growth workshop is 9-11:30 a.m. July 12 at Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township, LinkedIn, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are becoming essential tools for marketing business. Register at www.AdvantageOakland.com/businessworkshops or call 248-858-0783, $40 per person.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Security and technology to be highlighted at Tech248 MeetUp in Southfield

The monthly Tech248 MeetUp is 2-4 p.m. Friday, June 23 at Southfield Town Center, First Floor Lobby, 3000 Town Center, Southfield, “Security & Technology” presented by Eugene Simpkins, System Administrator, Nexcess- Beyond Hosting, Southfield, advance registration required, register at tech248.com or call Susan Stack at 248-858-0734.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Workshop to explore using social media for business growth

Social Media for Business Growth workshop is 9-11:30 a.m. June 21 at Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township, LinkedIn, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are becoming essential tools for marketing business. Register at www.AdvantageOakland.com/businessworkshops or call 248-858-0783, $40 per person.