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, September 30, 2014

'Marketing to the Generations' conference to show how to use data

Waterford, Clarkston, Pontiac, Auburn Hills and Orion area chambers of commerce are hosting the annual Business Success Conference, 7:30 a.m. to noon, Thursday Oct. 30 at Oakland Schools, 2111 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township. This year’s theme, “Marketing to the Generations” will begin with a presentation by Oakland County’s Economic Development Department of demographic and market planning analytics for the five area chamber hosts. Two panel discussions will follow on how to effectively utilize this information to market a business. The cost is $40 for chamber members and $55 for nonmembers.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Job fairs in Oakland County set for Tuesday

Oakland County Job Expo to feature 45 employers, 500 jobs

Oakland County Job Expo is 9 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30 at Radisson Hotel, 39475 Woodward Ave. Bloomfield Hills. Job Fair Giant is hosting the expo with 45 local companies seeking to fill more than 500 positions. The event includes scheduled workshops on resume writing, job search techniques and more.
Job seekers may submit resumes early at Employers and applicants may call 734-956-4550 or visit www.JobFairGiant for more information

Great Lakes Crossing to host job fair with 70 stores

Great Lakes Crossing Outlets is hosting a job fair 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30, at the Auburn Hills mall, 4000 Baldwin Road. Candidates will be able to meet with prospective employers from more than 70 stores and restaurants, with on-the-spot interviews in the shopping center’s food court. 

“We are entering into our busiest shopping season and are so excited to offer this opportunity to our stores and restaurants as well as the local communities,” said Melissa Morang, Marketing and Sponsorship Director for Great Lakes Crossing Outlets.
Great Lakes Crossing Outlets is looking to fill part-time, full-time and seasonal positions.
Available positions include sales, management, culinary specialists, stocking and inventory associates.
Participating merchants include:
Aerie Outlet, American Eagle Outfitters, Ann Taylor Factory Store, Art Van Furniture & Clearance Center, Bed, Bath & Beyond, B2 by Bachrach, Calvin Klein, Charlotte Russe, Charming Charlie, Chico’s Outlet, Claire’s, Coach Factory, Cole Haan Outlet Store, Eddie Bauer Outlet, Express Factory, Famous Footwear Outlet, Finish Line, Forever 21, Gap Outlet, G by Guess, Guess Factory, Helzberg Diamonds Outlet, J. Crew, Jos. A. Bank, Johnston & Murphy, Factory Store, Kasper Outlet, Kay Jewelers, Kenneth Cole Outlet, Lacoste Outlet, Levis Outlet, The Limited Outlet, LOFT Outlet, Lord & Taylor Outlet, Love Culture, Lucky Brand Jeans Outlet, Marshalls, Michael Kors Outlet, Movado Company Store, Nike Factory Store, Olga’s Market Fresh Grille, Osh Kosh B’gosh, Panda Express, Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF FIFTH, Sanders, Skechers Outlet, Sports Authority, Starbucks, Stride Rite Outlet, Swarovski, Sweet Loraines Fabulous Mac N’ Cheez!, Taco Bell, Teavana, Things Remembered Outlet, TJ Maxx, Tommy Hilfiger, Torrid, True Religion Brand Jeans Outlet, Van Husen Outlet and Victoria’s Secret Outlet.
For more information, visit

Friday, September 19, 2014

Workshop advises how to approach lenders for a small business loan

Learn how to prepare for approaching lenders for a small business loan. SBA and banking representatives will make presentations and answer questions, 8:45 a.m. to noon Tuesday Sept. 30 at Oakland County Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township. The cost is $20. Register for workshops at or call 313-226-7947.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Rotary Club of Troy hosting Viva la Vino fundraiser

Rotary Club of Troy is hosting its third annual Viva la Vino wine tasting fundraiser, 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20 at the St. Nicholas Cultural Center, 760 West Wattles Road, Troy. Catering will be provided by Opus One. There will be a live and silent auction to support Blessings in a Backpack for Kids, Homeless Veterans, Troy Boys and Girls Club, Scholarships, Literacy Programs and Lebanon Water Project. Tickets are $75 and can be ordered online at