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, February 21, 2011

Business events plan for success

ROCHESTER
Feb. 22: Community outlook luncheon

Elected leaders of Rochester, Rochester Hills and Oakland Township are keynote speakers at Community Outlook Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 22 at the Oakland University Banquet Rooms on the campus of Oakland University, 2200 N. Squirrel Road, Rochester.
City of Rochester Mayor Jeff Cuthbertson, Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett and Oakland Township Supervisor Jim Creech will address residents and business people.
 Tickets are $35 for chamber members, $40 for nonmembers. A corporate table for 10 includes discounted rate and priority seating. Lunch is included. Make reservations at www.rrc-mi.com or call 248-651-6700.

SYLVAN LAKE
Feb. 22: Bloomfield North Chamber networking

Bloomfield North Area Monthly Rise & Shine is 8 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22, at Burger King, 2140 Orchard Lake Road, Sylvan Lake.

TROY
Feb. 23:
Chamber economic development plans will be discussedSandy K. Baruah, president and CEO of the Detroit Regional Chamber, will blend optimism with honesty as he discusses the chamber’s economic development plans for Southeast Michigan in his presentation, “Five Observations and a Path Forward” at the monthly meeting of the Marketing & Sales Executives of Detroit. The event is 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23, at MSU Management Education Center, 811 W. Square Lake Road, Troy. The event begins with hors d’oeuvres and networking at 5 p.m., the speaker presentation at 6 p.m. and dessert and networking at 7 p.m. Admission is $45 for members and $60 for nonmembers. Call 248-643-9685 or visit www.msedetroit.org. 

SOUTHFIELD
Feb. 23: Business plan workshop

Detroit SCORE Chapter 18 presents “How to Write a Successful Business Plan,” is 8:45 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Feb. 23 at Southfield Public Library, 26300 Evergreen Road, Southfield. The cost is $45. Call 313-226-7947 to register.

DETROIT
Feb. 26-27
Detroit Business Festival has something for everyone
The Russell Bazaar will be honoring Detroit area entrepreneurs and small-businesses at the 3rd annual Detroit Business Festival, 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 27, at 1600 Clay Ave., Building No. 3, Detroit. Industry leaders from various backgrounds will also lead seminars about critical business skills. Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh will deliver a keynote address at 2 p.m. Sunday. The festival will feature all-ages entertainment, including food court, live music, raffles and children’s activities. “Reveal: Inside the Artists’ Vision,” a gallery exhibit featuring local African American artists, will be running throughout the weekend. Entrepreneurs and area businesses are welcome to reserve space at the festival. Admission is free. Booths of various sizes will be available to interested participants for $25 to $75, which includes admission to all seminars and discussions. Registration forms are available at www.RussellBazaar.com/dbf.

DETROIT
Feb. 28: Detroit Economic Club

The Detroit Economic Club presents: Economy 2011: Reality Check, with featured panelists: Diane Swonk, Chief Economist and Senior Managing Director of Mesirow Financial and Mark Zandi, Chief Economist of Moody’s Analytics, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 28 at Cobo Center, 1 Washington Blvd., Detroit.

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