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, February 1, 2011

Oakland County business workshops

WATERFORD TWP.
February Oakland business workshops

The Oakland County Business Center offers seminars for business owners and entrepreneurs at Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township. To register, visit oakgov.com/peds/calendar or call 248-858-0783. 
Effective Networking is 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2. The fee is $40. 
Working for Yourself: The Ins & Outs of Becoming a Consultant, Contractor, or Service 
Provider is 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, Feb. 8. The fee is $40.
Pre-Business Research is 6 to 9:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 8. This workshop is free, but registration is required.
 
ROCHESTER
Binson’s Health Care of Center Line plans gala
Binson’s Health Care of Center Line has teamed up with the Muscular Dystrophy Association for the eighth annual Beating the Odds Gala, “A Casino Royale” beginning at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11 at the Royal Park Hotel, 600 East University Drive, Rochester.
Corporate and individual tickets are available and the attire is semiformal/black tie optional. The evening will feature casino style gambling, live entertainment, a silent auction, fine dining and cocktails. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Natalie Fotias at 586-274-9000.

AUBURN HILLS
Camille Nicita named COO at Gongos Research
Camille Nicita has been appointed Chief Operating Officer of Gongos Research. The move comes after two years of substantial growth for the company, including a 40 percent growth in revenue, the launch of a Financial & Diversified research practice, and a 35 percent expansion in its employee base. Nicita began leading the research practice groups in 2009. Prior to that, she led the Retail & Services team. Visit gongos.com.

CLINTON TWP.
Credit union awards $25,000 in educational mini-grants
Michigan Schools and Government Credit Union awarded 105 mini-grants totaling more than $25,000 to help educators in Macomb and Oakland Counties with classroom projects.

TROY
Hershey Insurance Group donates to Head Start
Employees of Hershey Insurance Group in Troy paid $2 for the option of wearing jeans to work on Fridays. The money is collected and a nonprofit is chosen to benefit from the funds.
The company’s 2010 donation was made to the Head Start program at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Detroit. The contributions raised enough to purchase a book and a toy for each of the 66 children enrolled in the program as well as a large kitchen playset and an indoor basketball hoop for the children to enjoy.

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