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.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Business events save the planet, teach and connect

DETROIT
Jan. 24 Detroit Economic Club
Detroit Economic Club presents: "The Nature of Business: A Groundbreaking Collaboration to Help Save the Planet," 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 24 at Detroit Marriott, 400 Renaissance Dr. Detroit. Guest speakers will be Mark Tercek, president & CEO of The Nature Conservancy and Andrew N. Liveris, Chairman & CEO of The Dow Chemical Company. The cost for members is $45, $55 for guests and $75 for non-members.

FARMINGTON HILLS
Jan. 25 WordPress introduction
Refresh Detroit meeting WordPress - It's Not Just For Blogging Anymore is 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 25 at 30445 Northwestern Hwy., Suite 300, Farmington Hills. This is the last presentation in the organization’s content management series. Registration is required for the free meeting at http://guestli.st/40053.

FARMINGTON HILLS
Jan. 25 Job Seekers Bootcamp
Job Seekers Bootcamp—Coping with Unemployment is 7 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 25 at Farmington Community Library Main Branch, 32737 W. 12 Mile Road, Farmington Hills. Preston Banks from Resume Solutions LLC, offers tips in this discussion series for job seekers. Call 248-553-0300 to register.

PONTIAC
Jan. 25 Mortgage counseling
Free one-on-one mortgage delinquency and foreclosure counseling is 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 25 at Pontiac Public Library, 60 E Pike St, Pontiac. It is sponsored by Lighthouse of Oakland County (HUD Certified Housing Counseling Agency). Contact Sheila Howard at showard@lighthouseoakland.org or 248-920-6060 ext 241.

PONTIAC
Jan. 25 Automation Alley conference
Automation Alley's “Accelerate 2011: Learning. Connecting. Growing,” is Tuesday, Jan. 25 at Auburn Hills Marriott, 3600 Centerpoint Parkway, Pontiac.
The keynote speaker is Mark Symonds, president and CEO of Plex Systems, Inc. It begins with registration, networking and breakfast at 8 a.m. followed by breakout sessions and lunch and a networking reception at 2:50 p.m.
Featuring breakout sessions on executive and leadership growth, sales and marketing and the future of Michigan innovation and growth.
For members, the cost is $69 in advance and $89 at the door. For non-members, the advance cost is $99 and $119 at-the-door. Register at www.automationalley.com or call 248-457-3200.

SOUTHFIELD
Jan. 25 Dress for Success event offered
The National Council of Jewish Women, Greater Detroit Section will host its second annual event for job seekers, Dress For Success, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25 at the Royal Oak Council Resale Shop, 1221 E. Lincoln Road, Royal Oak.
Karen Gutman, an employment specialist from the Jewish Vocational Service will be on hand to provide tips on resume writing, networking and job search skills. Topics of her presentation, which will be at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., and will include: the value of image in a successful job search, attire and appearance and how your image fits with your company.
A spokesperson from the ORT Hermelin Resource Training Center will offer information on computer skills for job training. Claudia from Salon Spargo will be available to provide tips on hair styling and makeup.
The free event is open to the public. Call 248-542-2600.

WATERFORD TWP.
Jan. 25 Chamber mixer
Bloomfield North Area Chamber Monthly Rise & Shine is 8 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25 at Karagosian Jewelers, 2266 Orchard Lake Rd, Waterford Township.

NOVI
Jan. 26 Oakland Chamber Network mixer
Oakland Chamber Network is a collaborative of 30 Chambers serving Oakland County is 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wed. Jan 26 at Tin Fish, 27862 Novi Road in Novi. Call 248-349-3743 to register. The event features accoustic entertainment by Robin Horloc, appetizers and cash bar. The cost is $10 for chamber members in advance and  $15 at the door. The non-member rate is $25. Visit www.oaklandchambernetwork.org.

FARMINGTON HILLS
Jan. 26  Taste of Twitter
Marx Layne & Company, a marketing, public relations and digital media agency, will host a “Taste of Twitter,” 5:30 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 26 at Marx Layne, 31420 Northwestern Hwy., Ste. 100 in Farmington Hills. Designed for small- to medium-sized businesses with little or no prior Twitter experience, this event will teach attendees how to establish an account for their business, understand the basic language of the online tool, find followers of value, and participate intelligently in the online dialogue.
Reservations are required for this free event and can be made by calling Matt Schuler or Patrick Sullivan at 248-855-6777. Networking begind at 5 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

SOUTHFIELD
Jan. 26 Writing a business plan
SCORE Writing A Successful Business Plan is 8:45 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Jan. 26 at Southfield Public Library, 26300 Evergreen Road, Southfield. The cost is $45 in advance. Call 313-226-7947 to register. Visit www.scoredetroit.org.

FARMINGTON HILLS
Jan. 26 Business roundtable
SCORE Business Plan Roundtable is 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 26 at Farmington Community Library Farmington Hills, 32737 W. 12 Mile Road, Farmington Hills. Free admission. Visit www.scoredetroit.org.

WATERFORD TWP.
Jan. 26 Business marketing workshop
The Oakland County Business Center hosts Fundamentals of Marketing Your Business is 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Jan. 26  at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township. The fee is $40. Visit www.oakgov.com/peds/calendar.

WATERFORD TWP.
Jan. 26 BNA Monthly Rise & Shine
Bloomfield North Area Chamber’s BNA Monthly Rise & Shine is 8 a.m., Jan. 26 at Karagosian Jewelers, 2266 Orchard Lake Road, Waterford Township. Visit www.bnachamber.com.

ROYAL OAK
Jan. 27 Social Media is a Party!
Social Media is a Party! is holding a business networking event and “Mobile Technology” panel from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.Thursday, Jan. 27 at D’Amato’s and Goodnite Gracie’s Martini Bar in Royal Oak. The event will include a panel discussion on mobile marketing and provide attendees with simple but actionable business advice. This event will showcase jobs through the organization’s Hire ME concept, during which businesses will present open job opportunities to the audience. After the presentation, attendees will be able to send a text, American Idol style, to a designated group number in order to receive additional information about a given position and ultimately apply for the job. Attendees who are interested in speaking directly with an HR rep at the event will have the opportunity to do so. Register at socialmediaisaparty.eventbrite.com.

HOLLY
Jan. 28 Chamber breakfast
The Holly Chamber of Commerce Networking Breakfast for 2011 will be 7:30 a.m. Friday Jan. 28 at Villager's Restaurant, Holly. Kent Barnes, Superintendent for Holly Area Schools will give an update on the State of the Schools. The cost is $5 per person. E-mail staffhollychamber@yahoo.com.

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