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.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Salvation Army Stores stay up late, Dec. 31

The Salvation Army Southeast Michigan Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC) is seeking year-end donations at the nonprofit’s 34 metro Detroit thrift stores. Donations will be accepted until midnight, Dec. 31 to receive a 2014 tax receipt. All donations to The Salvation Army are tax deductible.
Donations of gently used clothing, accessories, housewares, furniture and toys can be dropped off. With drive-up, drop off sites supporters don’t even need to get out of their car. Salvation Army Thrift Store representatives will be onsite to move contributions from vehicles to the stores.
Kroger and Gardner White have teamed up with the Salvation Army by offering collection sites. Kroger is collecting gently used clothing and household items donations at drop off sites in the parking lots of three locations every Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 1-5 p.m. excluding holiday weekends. The locations are Farmington Hills, 25780 Middlebelt (near 11 mile); Troy - 31 E. Long Lake (near Livernois) and Milford - 670 Highland Rd. (near Commerce).
Gardner-White Furniture stores will be accepting donations of gently used clothes for the Salvation Army during store hours of operation, through Dec. 31. Each of the eight Gardner-White locations — Auburn Hills, Canton, Macomb Township, Southfield, Taylor, Warren and Waterford Township. This excludes all small furniture items. Gardner-White is only able to accept clothing/shoe donations on behalf of The Salvation Army.
For more information, visit or call 313-965-7760.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Troy chamber announces 'Best of Troy' awards

Hundreds of local business professionals are expected to gather for the Best of Troy awards luncheon. The event is 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 18 at the Somerset Inn at 2601 W. Big Beaver Road in Troy. This year’s Best of Troy winners include: Mahindra North American Technical Center, N.S. International, Piada Italian Street Food, Plex Systems, Suburban Toyota of Troy, and Troy Grand Digital Cinema 16. Best of Troy Awards are sponsored by Doreen Mayhew Insurance Group & Doreen Mayhew CPAs and Advisors.The luncheon will include a keynote address by 2014 Pulitzer Prize winner, Stephen Henderson of the Detroit Free Press, The cost to attend is $38 for Troy chamber members and $48 for non-members. To register, call 248-641-8151, email or visit

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Franklin hosting Sip Shop & Stroll, Thursday

Main Street Franklin is hosting Sip, Shop & Stroll, 5- 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11. The streets of historic Franklin Village will be lined with luminaria, the shops will be adorned with holiday decor, and participating small businesses will offer sales, as well as tasty beverages and treats. Shoppers are invited to bring their own flashlights or lanterns. Fall Prevention Training Services, LLC, a new business at 26111 W 14 Mile Road, Suite 105, is holding an open house during Sip, Shop & Stroll. Visitors are invited to receive warm refreshments and a discount coupon for personal in-home balance training.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Oakland County hosting workshop to help businesses plan for expansion

Business Research: Feasibility to Expansion is 9 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, Dec. 10 at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford Township. It is presented by The One Stop Shop Business Center. This workshop is free. Register at or call 248-858-0783.