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, November 1, 2011

Upcoming business events

Nov. 2: Social media

A workshop to help businesses, nonprofit organizations and individuals develop social media programs is 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Nov. 2 at Vogel Social Media, 1500 N. Stephenson Highway, Suite 235, Royal Oak. Eric Vogel, president of Vogel Social Media, and Colin McConnell, president of Biz Match Connect will conduct the workshop's three sessions. The first will be an overview of social media, including Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. It will be followed by two detailed sessions on how to use Facebook and LinkedIn. Refreshments will be served. The fee for the workshop is $60. Register in advance at or call 248-562-7685 or at the door.

Nov. 2: Walsh College president to speak at Influential Women

 Stephanie Bergeron President and CEO, Walsh College will be the featured guest speaker for the Influential Women Series is 7:30 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 2, at The Community House, 380 South Bates Street, Birmingham. Her topic is “Shifting gears from ‘car guy’ to college president: Recognize the signs on your career road—and enjoy the ride!” Influential Women is sponsored by Raymond James & Associates. The series is open to the public. The event charge is $16 in advance, $20 at the door, and includes a light breakfast. For reservations, call The Community House at 248-644-5832, or visit

Nov. 3: Chamber holiday extravaganza

The Women’s Business Forum of the Troy Chamber presents its annual Simply Shopping event at The Somerset Collection, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3. Start the day on the north side where you can drop off donations of clean, gently-used business attire for charity. This year, men and women’s professional clothing will be accepted by Jackets for Jobs, Inc. (a Michigan WORKS! affiliate). The cost to attend is $50 per shopper. As a part of the morning program, attendees will receive valet parking, breakfast and fashion presentation—all compliments of Nordstrom. Each shopper will also receive a Simply Shopping signature bag, free gift-wrapping compliments of Somerset Collection, discounts/giveaways throughout the day, and 4 to 6 p.m. networking, prizes & hors d’oeuvres in the South Rotunda. To register, call 248-641-8151 or e-mail:

Nov. 3: Luncheon awards

Huron Valley Chamber of Commerce Annual Community Awards Luncheon is noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3 at Prestwick Village Golf Club, 136 Inverness, Highland. The cost is $20 per person. Reservations are required, call 248-685-7129.

Nov. 3: Pre-business research

Pre-Business Research is 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3 at Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, Building 41 West, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township. The workshop is free. Register at 248-858-0783 or visit

Nov. 4: Turkey drive

The Michigan Homeland Security Consortium is accepting donations to support the Michigan State Police's efforts to provide Thanksgiving turkeys to families in need, throughout Michigan. Each CST will present turkey certificates to families in need within the communities they serve. They are accepting donations at the next Lunch & Learn event, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, in which the police will be conducting a special robotics demonstration. at Altair Engineering, 1820 E. Big Beaver Road, Troy. Visit 

Nov. 8: Sales seminar

Automation Alley hosts a sales seminar called Fill your pipeline, feed your success, 8:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8 at Automation Alley Headquarters, 2675 Bellingham, Troy. The cost is $20 in advance and $30 at the door $30 for members. It is $40 in advance and $50 at the door for nonmembers. Call 800-427-5100 or visit

Nov. 10: UHY LLP hosts manufacturing outlook discussion

UHY LLP, a leading certified public accounting firm providing professional services to domestic and international companies, is hosting its Manufacturing Outlook 2012, 8:15 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 10 at 27725 Stansbury Blvd., Suite 100 in Farmington Hills. The forecast will also be available via live webcast beginning at 8:35 a.m. EST. Attendees will learn how the current economic landscape impacts the outlook for manufacturing companies in a variety of key sectors.

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