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.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Business events planned

Sept. 17
Attorney Lisa Schmidt, owner of Ferndale-based Schmidt Law Services, is offering a four-part monthly series of lectures starting in September at the Ferndale Public Library, 222 East 9 Mile Road.
Schmidt, a specialist in Civil Rights, Family, and Criminal Law, will present 45-minute lectures and 15-minute Q & A sessions called “Straight Talk” at monthly workshops starting at 7 p.m. The first is Straight Talk on Free Speech, Monday, Sept. 17; Straight Talk on Freedom of Religion is Oct. 15; Straight Talk on Search and Seizure Laws is Nov. 19 and Straight Talk on Miranda Rights is Dec. 17.
For more information, call Lisa J. Schmidt at 248-764-8584 or visit www.schmidtlawservices.com/.

Sept. 18
The Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce hosts a Ca$h Mob at ACO Hardware, 5070 Highland Road at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18. For information, visit www.waterfordchamber.org/.

Sept. 19
The Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce hosts Life is a Balancing Act featuring Karen Phelps is 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19 at Overtyme's Fireside Lounge, 4724 Dixie Hwy. Waterford Township. Lunch is included. The cost is $18 for members and $25 for non-members. www.waterfordchamber.org/.

Sept. 20
ALSP’s Eastern Chapter is 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20 at Kelly Services headquarters, 999 West Big Beaver Road in Troy. Nonmembers pay $20 for admission. Lunch will be provided by Kelly Law Registry. Register at alsponline.site-ym.com/general/register_member_type.asp/. For more information, call 248-952-0539 or alfassy@kellylawregistry.com.

Sept. 20
FastTrac GrowthVenture is 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 20 through Nov. 29, excluding Nov. 22 at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford Township. For pre-registration and more information, visit www.AdvantageOakland.com/expand/ or call 248-858-0783. 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 (W2s), and annual revenue of between $100,000 and $749,000. The program is normally $700 per participant, but is reduced to $140 due to sponsor support.

Sept. 21
Women's Business Certification (WBE) Orientation is 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 21 at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford Township. For pre-registration and more information, visit www.AdvantageOakland.com/expand/ or call 248-858-0783. Women's Business Enterprise (WBE) certificationenefits include certification to private sector WBE's and access to procurement opportunities with major national companies. For more information visit miceed.org. The fee is $25.

Sept. 21
Doing Business in the Middle East
In partnership with the U.S. Commercial Service, U.S. Small Business Administration, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, American Arab Chamber of Commerce, U.S.-Qatar Business Council and Michigan State University, Automation Alley is hosting a conference, "Doing Business in Qatar and United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.): Tiger Economies of the Middle East." The meeting is 8 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 21 at Automation Alley Headquarters, 2675 Bellingham, Troy.
This event will focus on the opportunities and challenges of doing business in Qatar and the U.A.E.
The Automation Alley reports that Qatar's dynamic economy has tripled in size since 2005, and Qatar has transformed into the world's wealthiest country, with a GDP per capita of $109,000. Last year, Qatar had the world's second-fastest growing economy, with 18.8 percent GDP growth. Today, Qatar is aggressively channeling its energy wealth toward creating a more diversified economy. The U.S. is Qatar's second-leading importing country.
The cost is $20 for members in advance and $30 at the door. Non-members pay $40 in advance and $50 at the door. For more information and to register, call 800-427-5100 or email info@automationalley.com.

Sept. 27
Fundamentals of Writing a Business Plan is 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, Sept. 27 at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford Township. For pre-registration and more information, visit www.AdvantageOakland.com/expand/ or call 248-858-0783. Workshop participants discover the elements commonly found in effective plans and develop these for their own business. The fee is $40.

Sept. 27
QuickBooks Essentials is a two-session workshop: 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27 at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford Township. For pre-registration and more information, visit www.AdvantageOakland.com/expand/ or call 248-858-0783. This introduction to small business financial management provides an overview of accurate recordkeeping, report interpretation and utilization, and management of the variety of tools provided in this system. The cost is $40 for one session and $75.

Sept. 27
Leaders from three sectors share insights on how to harness the power of talent to create a high- performance organization at the Auburn Hills Chamber’s next Talent Townhall Luncheon. Speakers from Plante Moran, the City of Auburn Hills and Bayer Science Materials will educate the business community, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27 at the Crown Plaza in Auburn Hills.
Talent Townhall high-performance subject experts include: Jeff Antaya, Chief Marketing Officer of Plante Moran, a company winning Fortune Magazine’s “Best Places to Work” year after year; Pete Auger, City Manager of City of Auburn Hills, a progressive municipality recognized for its innovative service model; and Bruce Benda, Vice President of Bayer Material Science, a 100+ year old science and research company known for its strong corporate culture.
Admission is $32 for members and $40 for non-members. Corporate tables are available and include signage and recognition.  Pre-registration is required through www.auburnhillschamber.com/. For information call 248-853-7862 or email info@auburnhillschamber.com.

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