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.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Pontiac business forum is Aug. 7-8

 Greater Pontiac Community Coalition Second Business Forum Conference Series is Aug. 7-8 at Oakland University, School of Business Administration, 242 Elliott Hall (Auditorium), Rochester. The event is for small business owners. An Open Forum and Panel with discussion on start-up business planning, marketing, capital resources and lending is 6-8 p.m. Aug. 7. Break-out sessions with discussions with experts and opportunity to qualify for OU’s i2B (ideas to Business) is 9 a.m. – noon, Aug. 8. Register at

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Macomb-OU INCubator pitch application deadline nears

The Macomb-Oakland University INCubator pitch competition deadline for applications is 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 3. With support of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and local businesses and partners, the Macomb-OU INCubator will award $20,000 in cash and in-kind prizes to winning Michigan high-growth technology businesses with $2.5 million or less in revenue and in business for thre years or less. In-kind prizes include legal aid from Butzel Long. Finalists will be announced, Aug. 24 and the Finalist’s Live Competition is Oct. 8. Visit

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Starting a business at 50 and up

Detroit SCORE and Entrepreneurs Network Of Michigan are presenting an interactive seminar for ages 50 and up, to consider starting a business. The seminar is 6-8 p.m. July 29 at Next Center 2121 Midvale, Birmingham. It offers resources from the SCORE and the Small Business Association's Encore Entrepreneurs. A growing number of entrepreneurs ages 50 and up, are using interests, hobbies or skills to start a small business.To sign up for free, contact Ike Engelbaum, founder of Entrepreneurs Network Of Michigan at 313-929-6105.

Monday, July 20, 2015

SCORE Detroit hosting 'Social Media for Small Business Owners'

SCORE Detroit is presenting “Social Media for Small Business Owners,” 8:45 a.m.-noon, July 25 at 28200 Orchard Lake Road, Farmington Hills,, 313-226-7947.