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.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

SOUTHFIELD
Health care for small business seminar slated
The Changing Face of Health Care for Small Business seminar presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is Tuesday, Oct. 26. WWJ/FOX 2’s Business Editor Murray Feldman moderates. Continental breakfast and registration is 7:30-8:15 a.m. and program is 8:15-9:30 a.m. at Lawrence Technological University, UTLC Gallery, 21000 W. 10 Mile Road. Advanced reservations are recommended for this free seminar. Call 248-455-7236.

SOUTHFIELD
Sales workshop for staffing industry
UHY LLP, an accounting firm, will host a full-day workshop on Wednesday, Oct. 27, that will focus on intensive sales techniques geared toward the staffing industry titled, Michigan Sales Workshop.
Training will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at UHY LLP offices, 26200 American Dr., Third Floor Training Facility.
Presented by staffing industry expert, Tom Erb, the workshop addresses the entire sales process from prospecting to closing.
The cost for the workshop is $299 per participant and includes lunch, refreshments, USB flash drive, materials and a reception following the workshop. With three confirmed registrations, the fourth one is free.
For information, visit www.uhy-us.com.

SOUTHFIELD
Tax-planning seminar highlights tax changes
Plante & Moran, PLLC is offering a seminar and webinar on tax changes that will affect individuals and businesses.
The firm will host the live seminar at 2 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27, at the Crowne Plaza, 27000 Sheraton Drive.
The general session on “Tax Planning in a Rising Tax Environment” begins at 2:30 p.m. Attendees will be able to choose from three 45-minute breakout sessions, which begin at 3:25 p.m.
The seminar, which will earn attendees two-and-a-half continuing professional education credits is free, but registration is required, visit tax2010.plantemoran.com or call 248-223-3109.

WATERFORD TWP.
Bulls Eye conference offers insight on energy initiatives
Bulls Eye Business Conference is 8:15 a.m.-noon Wednesday, Oct. 27, at Oakland Schools, 2111 Pontiac Lake Road. Sponsored by HAP and The Oakland Press, the keynote speaker is John G. Russell, president and chief executive officer of CMS Energy. Also speaking will be Chris Morrisroe of Chris Morrisoe Communications and Walt Stasinski of Potential Unlimited.
Topics include Michigan’s newest energy inititiatives, increasing employee productivity and effective communication strategies. Call 248-625-8055 or visit www.clarkston.org.
The cost is $79 at the door. The student rate is $20. The cost includes networking and continental breakfast. Call 248-625-8055 or visit www.clarkston.org.

DETROIT
Trade event features Google executive
The 2010 International District Export Council conference, attended by business leaders, entrepreneurs and government officials will gather at the Marriott Renaissance, 400 Renaissance Dr., Detroit and also at the Windsor Hotel & Casino in Windsor, Ontario, Canada Oct. 24-27. The conference titled, “Capitalizing on America’s Export Advantages: Green and Innovation” seeks to stimulate the economy and create high paying jobs by boosting exports and expanding international trade.
Michael Ducker, COO and executive vice president of Memphis-based FedEx Express and Michal Lorenc, online sales and operations manager for Google, will speak at the conference. With Google since 2003, Lorenc helped establish Google’s regional offices in Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Turkey, Greece and Egypt.
For more information, visit www.decconference.com or call 800-USA-TRADE.

TROY
NextWave shows how to make the cut
NextWave is hosting a seminar on how local businesses can get involved in the film industry, 8 to 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 28 at NextWave Digitorium, 950 Stephenson Hwy.
With more and more movies being produced in Michigan, this seminar shows how to showcase a business and service to production companies across the state. The film industry utilizes businesses from retail space and rental cars to accountants and everything in between.
The cost is $25 for Troy Chamber of Commerce members and $35 for non-members on the day of the event. RSVP to 248-641-8151 or theteam@troychamber.com.

BIRMINGHAM
Fenner, Melstrom & Dooling open house
Fenner, Melstrom & Dooling, PLC, an accounting and tax advisory firm is holding an open house 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, at their new Birmingham offices at 355 S. Old Woodward, Suite 200. For information, call 248-258-8900 or visit www.fmdcpas.com.

ROYAL OAK
Marketing & Sales Executives networking
“Work the room: A guide to effective networking” at a special meeting of the Marketing & Sales Executives of Detroit is 6-10 p.m. Oct. 28 at Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle, 310 S. Troy St. Gerry Weinberg, president of Gerry Weinberg will speak at 6:30 p.m. followed by a comedy show with Collin Moulton and Tim Rowlands at 8 p.m.  The cost for the event, which includes a pizza dinner is $45 for affiliate members and $60 for non-members. To register, visit www.msedetroit.org or call 248-643-6590.

ROCHESTER
Chamber hosts Sunrise Pinnacle Awards
The Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce announced that PNC Bank will be the presenting sponsor for the fourth annual Sunrise Pinnacle Awards 8 to 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, at the Royal Park Hotel, 600 E. University Dr.
The awards will honor area businesses and leaders for their innovation, success and contributions to the quality of life in the community.
Tickets are $25 for chamber members and $30 for nonmembers. Reservations are required. Call 248-651-6700 or visit www.rrc-mi.com.

DEARBORN
TiECon Midwest held at The Henry
The Detroit Chapter of TiE (Talent, Ideas and Enterprise) is hosting 2010 TiECon Midwest on October 28-29 at The Henry, 20900 Oakwood Blvd.
Bill Birdsall, CEO, president and chairman of MicroMed Cardiovascular, will deliver a keynote speech. This year’s theme is Business Karma 3.0. developed by Kasturi Bagchi of Farmington Hills, an attorney at Maddin, Hauser, Wartell, Roth & Heller P.C. Her program “Extreme Power Connect,” where entrepreneurs will meet in small discussion groups  is 2-3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28.
Tickets can be purchased at a fixed rate for the two-day conference including the Gala Dinner, or for individual days and the Gala Dinner separately. For information, visit www.tieconmidwest.org.

PONTIAC
Free job expo offered
The next Empowering Michigan Career Expo is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, at the Auburn Hills Marriott, 3600 Centerpoint Parkway, Pontiac. Companies hiring on-site include 1-800-Hanson, Convergys, Hope Network, Minacs, Ameristaff Nursing, Metlife, Local Retailers and others. The expo is free. Businesses interested in registering for a booth should contact JobFairGiant.com at 734-956-4550. For information, visit www.jobfairgiant.com.

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