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 20, 2016

Economic Development Forum to feature Kresge Foundation's George Jacobsen

September Economic Development Forum is 8-9:30 a.m. Sept. 21 at Rehmann, 1500 W. Big Beaver Road, Troy. New Roles for Philanthropy in Metro Detroit: A perspective from the Kresge Foundation speaker George Jacobsen, Program Officer, The Kresge Foundation. For information, call Jaimi Brook at 248-641-8151, free to members, $10 adv. for nonmembers, register at

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Tech248 September MeetUp to be held at Apple Store in Troy

The Tech248 September MeetUp is 8-10 a.m. Sept. 15 at the Apple Store at Somerset Collection North, 2800 W. Big Beaver Road, Troy. The nearest parking is in the North Parking Structure, Level 1.
Tech248 MeetUps are focused on tech companies and held monthly at various places in Oakland County. The events include a brief tech update, networking and collaboration, but are solicitation-free. There is no cost to attend.
For more information, contact Susan Stack at 248-858-0734 or email Register at

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Five finalists to compete in Pitch ‘N’ Pontiac competition

CEED Lending is hosting the first live Pitch ‘N’ Pontiac competition, 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31 at the Pontiac Creative Arts Center, 47 Williams St., Pontiac. Five Pontiac-based finalists were selected from a group of new and existing small business owners who pitched their ideas in the first round of judging.
The finalists will compete for their share of $15,000 cash along with pro-bono business services.
CEED Lending and Talmer Bank launched the Pitch “N” Pontiac pitch competition.
“Pitch “N” Pontiac is a great event for the city of Pontiac, Lysa Davis, Talmer Bank CRA officer said in a statement. “Providing business services to the contest winners will go a long way in helping them build a successful business, which in turn, aids the economic development in the area.”

The finalists
• Vanessa Coleman, Pontiac Community Hospice, support services
• James Forbes and April Forbes, Menagerie Kitchen, pop up restaurant/incubator kitchen,
• Carrie Hauser, Sprout Fresh Food Store, healthy food store, find Sprout Fresh Food Store on Facebook.
• Evan Monaghan and Ashleigh Altemann, Plain and Fancy Food, food services company, find Plain and Fancy Food on Facebook.
• Tanesha Taylor, Quest, Cheer, and Dance, dance and gymnastics studio, find Quest Cheer & Dance LLC on Facebook.

CEED Lending (Center for Empowerment and Economic Development) is an initiative of The Great Lakes Women’s Business Council. For more information, contact Belinda Turner-DuBois, loan officer, at or 734-677-1400.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

CAM Logic to host Technology Open House at new facility

CAM Logic, Inc. is hosting a Technology Open House, 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Aug. 25 at its new state of the art facility, 650 S. Glaspie St., Oxford. The event includes technology demos, learning about the latest software and hardware technologies, (including 3D printing and scanning lab. CAM Logic is a provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software, hardware and services. For information, call Leah Mack at 248-969-9201 or email, register for the free event at