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, August 6, 2012

Business events for this week

Aug. 7
Automation Alley hosts “speed networking” with “hyper-speed” networking, opening with registration at 8:30 a.m. The event is 9 to 11 a.m. at Automation Alley, 2675 Bellingham, Troy. Chuck Gifford, president of Local Business Network will lead the session. Sponsorship opportunities are available for this event series. The cost is $20 for members and $40 for nonmembers in advance. Register at www.automationalley.com or 800-427-5100.

Aug. 7, 9
Steve Case, of Financial Independence of Bloomfield Hills is offering two free seminars for Ford Motor Company Retirees faced with a decision to take or not to take the buyout. The first seminar is 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug, 7 at the Westin Hotel in Southfield and the second is 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 9 at the Community House in Birmingham. Case, a financial planner for more than 25 years, said this decision can make the difference between a comfortable retirement and one where the money simply runs out. To join the seminars, register at www.fordpensionadvice.com or call 248-282-9902.

Aug. 8
 Bright Side Dental is hosting its second annual Royal Oak Women’s Night Out, 6-9 p.m. Wednesday Aug. 8, at BlackFinn American Saloon, on South Main Street in downtown Royal Oak. All proceeds go towards the Royal Oak Neighborhood Schools Fundraiser to benefit the Royal Oak PTA. from With a donation at the door, guests are offered a chance to network while being pampered with chair massages by Healthier You Massage, mini makeup applications by About Face Salon & Spa, a Satin Hands treatment by Mary Kay, mini manicures and hairstyles by Douglas J. Aveda Salon and free spinal scans by Van Every Chiropractic. Each vendor will also provide a generous gift basket to be raffled off at the event. For information, contact Pam Lenning of Bright Side Dental at 248-629-2986.

Aug. 8
The Community House (TCH) will continue its monthly Bulletproof Your Success Business Lectures, presented by Camille Jayne, President and CEO of TCH. The lectures offer tools and processes that business people can start using immediately to help “bulletproof” their personal business effectiveness. 
The next lecture, “If the Devil is in the Details, You Had Better Know Which Ones” Success Business Cluster: No Fail Business Planning is Aug. 8 at The Community House, 380 South Bates Street, Birmingham. The fee per lecture is $35, add $10 for lunch. For more information and to register, visit www.tchbulletproof.org.

Aug. 8
The Oakland County One Stop Shop Business Center is hosting CEED Microloan Orientation, 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8 at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford Township. The orientation is presented by Oakland County and the Center for Empowerment & Economic Development (C.E.E.D.) This workshop is free, but registration is required, visit www.AdvantageOakland.com or call 248-858-0783.

Aug. 8
The Oakland County One Stop Shop Business Center is hosting Twitter for Business (Beginner) is 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8 at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford Township. The class covers how to create a Twitter account and profile, choose the best user name, learn Twitter lingo, how to protect a brand, and more. The fee is $40. Those who attend this session are able to sign up for Twitter for Business (Intermediate), 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 15 and Twitter for Business (Advanced), 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 22. The fee for each class is $40. Register at www.AdvantageOakland.com or call 248-858-0783.

Aug. 9
The Real Estate Investors Association of Oakland is hosting a workshop on buying financial notes secured by real estate at a discount and re-selling the note for a profit, is 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9 at Club Venetian, John R Road, Madison Heights. Seminar is free to members and $20 for nonmembers. Call 800-747-6742 or visit www.REIAofOakland.com.

Aug. 9
The Oakland County One Stop Shop Business Center is hosting FastTrac GrowthVenture, Aug. 9 through Oct. 11 (10 sessions). Classes are 6 to 9 p.m. at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford Township.
FastTrac GrowthVenture is an intensive, 10-week program designed for owners, CEO's and top management team members of small businesses with at least two years of operating experience, minimum of two employees, and annual revenue of between $100,000 and $749,000.
For registration, visit www.AdvantageOakland.com or call 248-858-0783. FastTrac GrowthVenture is normally $700 per participant. Sponsor support allows us to offer a scholarship-reduced rate of $140.

Aug. 9
The Oakland County One Stop Shop Business Center is hosting Team SBA Financing Roundtable,  9 a.m. to noon, Aug. 9 at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford Township.
This session is best suited to those with good credit, a solid business idea and money to invest in their business. The session will demystify small business financing and the lending process. This workshop is free, but registration is required, visit www.AdvantageOakland.com or call 248-858-0783.

Aug. 9
The Oakland County One Stop Shop Business Center is hosting Fundamentals of Starting a Business, 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9 at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford Township. Participants examine their entrepreneurial skills, learn how to implement their ideas and receive a list of pitfalls to avoid when starting a business. The fee is $30. For registration, visit www.AdvantageOakland.com or call 248-858-0783.

Aug. 9
Real Estate Investors Association of Oakland is hosting a “Flipping Notes” seminar from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 9 at Club Venetian, John R Rd. in Madison Heights. Seminar free to members; $20.00 nonmembers. Attendants will learn the process of buying financial Notes secured by Real Estate at a discount and re-selling the note for a higher price for a profit. Call 800-747-6742 or visit www.REIAofOakland.com.

Aug. 13
The Rochester Rotary Club’s annual joint-charity golf outing with Oakland University Center for Autism Research Education & Support is Monday, Aug. 13. It is 18 holes of golf at Oakland University’s R&S Sharf Golf course. All hole sponsors will benefit the Oakland University Center for Autism Research, Education, & Support, along with Rochester Rotary Charities. Registration and the driving range will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. The shotgun start will begin at 1 p.m. Tickets are $160 and includes 18-holes of golf with a cart, box lunch, dinner and one drink ticket. Hole sponsorships are $200 and include entry into a drawing for a Oakland University’s Katke-Cousins Golf Course, an $850 value. For more information, contact Rhonda Panczyk at RotaryGolfOuting@gmail.com.

Aug. 13
Morels restaurant is hosting a summer wine dinner featuring Black Star Farms’ wines at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13. Chefs John Breeland and Jayme Asmar along with Sommelier Diana Smalley will team up to provide guests with a six-course meal, each course paired with a Black Star Farms wine. Lee Lutes, Black Star Farm’s winemaker will be in attendance. The Summer Wine Dinner costs $75 per person with wine package and $45 person without wine, not including tax and gratuity. Reservations can be made by calling Morels at 248-254-3840.

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