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.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Business events in Oakland County

Sept. 18
SOUTHFIELD — Flagstar Bank presents the third annual ‘Speed Networking’ event, which will bring together more than sixty professionals in the business and legal arena for a chance to network, exchange business cards, and promote their services. It is 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18 at Regency Manor in Southfield.
Each person will have three minutes to introduce themselves to another professional, and provide a short ‘pitch’ for their products or services before they rotate to the next professional.
The event is co-sponsored by the Armenian- American Bar Association, the Chaldean American Bar Association, the Chaldean American Association for Health Professionals, the Hispanic Bar Association of Michigan, the Michigan Asian Pacific American Bar Association, and Steward Media. For more information, contact Derek Dickow at 248-702-5501 or email derekdickow@steward-media.com. To purchase tickets to the event, visit www.neptix.com/events/1449.

Sept. 18
WATERFORD TWP. — Women's Business Enterprise (WBE) Certification Orientation is 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18. The cost is $25 per person. The workshop covers the benefits and process of becoming a Women's Business Enterprise (WBE). Benefits include certification to private sector WBE's and access to procurement opportunities with major national companies. It is held at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford Township. For registration, visit www.AdvantageOakland.com/expand or call 248-858-0783.

Sept. 19
WATERFORD TWP. — Business Research: Feasibility to Expansion is 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, Sept. 19. This free workshop is for startup or existing small business looking to research their business idea or find research for their business plan. It is held at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford Township. For registration, visit www.AdvantageOakland.com/expand or call 248-858-0783.

Sept. 19
BIRMINGHAM — Miller Canfield lawyer Michael P. Coakley along with Linda Cena, securities examination manager, and Jason Craft, securities examiner, will discuss the latest legal developments affecting the securities industry at an upcoming “Before the Bell,” 7:15-8:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept.19 at the Townsend Hotel in downtown Birmingham.
The presenters will discuss examination sweep results and best practices derived from them, IA switch firms’ most common violations and recent legislative developments in the industry.
There is no cost to attend. Reservations are required, contact Sandy Bera at 248-267-3345 or bera@millercanfield.com. This event is limited to investment officers, registered representatives or trust officers. For more information, visit www.millercanfield.com.

Sept. 19
TROY — The Troy Chamber of Commerce will host the next luncheon in its CEO series on Thursday, Sept. 19, featuring Delphi Automotive President/CEO Rodney O’Neal. O’Neal will present a keynote address, “Reinvention and Remaining Relevant.” The event will begin with a mini business expo at 10:30 a.m. followed by lunch and O’Neal’s keynote address, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. The event will be held at San Marino Club, 1685 E. Big Beaver Rd., in Troy. The cost to attend is $27 for Troy Chamber members and $37 for non-members. An additional $5 will be charged the day of the event. The cost to exhibit at the event is $100 for Troy Chamber members and $150 for non-member (limited number), including one lunch.
To register, call 248-641-8151 or e-mail theteam@troychamber.com.

Sept. 19
WEST BLOOMFIELD TWP. — The Greater West Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce is hosting Nancy Schlichting, Chief Executive Officer of Henry Ford Health System as the keynote speaker for the fall 2013 Leadership luncheon. The luncheon will be held at noon Thursday, Sept. 19 in the atrium of Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital. Schlichting was named the Crain’s 2013 Newsmaker of the Year and is recognized as a national leader in the health care industry. Dr. Frank  McGeorge, WDIV-TV4 medical reporter and Henry Ford Hospital emergency medicine physician, is the master of ceremonies for the event.
Tickets are $45 for West Bloomfield Chamber members and $50 for non-members. To register or for more information, visit www.westbloomfieldchamber.com or call 248-626-3636.

Sept. 19
DETROIT – Paul A. Glantz, founder and chairman of Emagine Entertainment Inc. and CEO of Proctor Financial Inc., this month will speak at Wayne State University about ways start-up businesses can attract investors and protect their financial investments.
Glantz will present “Valley of Death: Surviving the Financial Rut” from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, in the Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium at Wayne Law, 471 W. Palmer St. The free workshop is open to the public. Parking is available for $6.50 in the structure across West Palmer Street from the law school. For more information, contact Shawn Starkey at 313-577-4629 or sstarkey@wayne.edu.
The keynote talk will begin at 6:15 p.m., and hors d'oeuvres and networking are 7:15 to 8 p.m.

Sept. 24
TROY — A Health Care Reform Connect Conference is 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24 at the MSU Management Education Center, 811 W. Square Lake Road, Troy. There will be a series of interactive sessions with experts discussing: what's new, exchange options and changes required for your benefit plan. A speaker from the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, will discuss the latest updates to the Affordable Care Act and answer questions. The cost is $100 for Michigan Business & Professional Association members or $125 for nonmembers. Admission includes workshops and brunch. For more information or to register, call 586-393-8800 or visit www.michbusiness.org.

Sept. 24-25
ANN ARBOR — The Center for Empowerment and Economic Development is hosting the annual Great Lakes Women’s Business Conference, Sept. 24-25. The 13th annual  Women’s Business Enterprises Council Great Lakes (WBEC) conference will offer networking, silent auction, workshops and opportunities to speak with supplier diversity professionals. The event will include “Power Lunches.” The list of participants is at www.miceed.org. Tickets start at $150 and can be purchased at www.miceed.org or by calling CEED at 734-677-1400.

Sept. 25
BIRMINGHAM — The 10th annual Vine & Dine gala benefitting Gleaner’s Community Food Bank of Southeast Michigan is 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25 at Neiman Marcus at the Somerset Collection in Troy.  Hosted by the Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber, the event will showcase the talents of students from Oakland Community College’s Culinary Institute.
The event includes a runway fashion show featuring Neiman Marcus Fall fashions, a chance to win a diamond necklace valued at $3,800 from Astrein’s Creative Jewelers and a luxury vehicle display from the Fred Lavery Company.
Food and wine participants include: 220 Restaurant, Beverly Hills Grill, Café ML, Cameron’s Steakhouse, Fox Grill, Hills Fine Wine & Spirits, Kuhnhenn Brewing Co., Maggiano’s Little Italy, Michigan Grape & Wine Industry Council, OCC Culinary Institute, Old World Olive Press, Peabody’s, Roadside B & G, Salvatore Scallopini, Schakolad Birmingham Chocolate, Streetside Seafood and Woodberry Wine.
Neiman Marcus is at Somerset Collection, 2705 W. Big Beaver Road, Troy. The event includes complimentary valet. Dress to impress. Tickets are $75 each. Special corporate pricing is available for groups of 12 or more. To purchase tickets, visit www.vinendine.com or call 248-430-7688.

Sept. 25
TROY — L. Brooks Patterson, Oakland County Executive discusses what advanced manufacturers need to build a globally-competitive workforce, 7:30-9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25 at Troy Marriott, 200 W. Big Beaver Road, Troy. Breakfast is at 7:30 a.m. and the program is at 8 a.m. The event is free, but registration is required at AdvantageOakland.eventbrite.com.

Sept. 25
WATERFORD TWP. — QuickBooks Essentials Part 1 and Part 2 is 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25. The cost is $40 each or $75 for both parts. This introduction to small business financial management provides an overview of accurate recordkeeping, report interpretation and utilization, and management of  QuickBooks tools. It is held at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford Township. For registration, visit www.AdvantageOakland.com/expand or call 248-858-0783.

Sept .25
WATERFORD TWP. — Health Care Reform and Small Business is 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Sept. 25. This free workshop discusses health care reform legislation and how it will affect all business owners. It is held at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford Township. For registration, visit www.AdvantageOakland.com/expand or call 248-858-0783.

Sept. 25
WATERFORD TWP. — QuickBooks Essentials Part 1 and Part 2 is 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25. The cost is $40 each or $75 for both parts. This introduction to small business financial management provides an overview of accurate recordkeeping, report interpretation and utilization, and management of  QuickBooks tools. It is held at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford Township. For registration, visit www.AdvantageOakland.com/expand or call 248-858-0783.

Sept .25
WATERFORD TWP. — Health Care Reform and Small Business is 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Sept. 25. This free workshop discusses health care reform legislation and how it will affect all business owners. It is held at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford Township. For registration, visit www.AdvantageOakland.com/expand or call 248-858-0783.

Sept. 25
PONTIAC — Buckner's Bakery, A Dessert Cafe is hosting a ribbon cutting is from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25. Located at 19 N. Saginaw St. in Pontiac, the cafe features cakes, pies, ice cream treats and hand-scooped ice cream. For more information, call 248-454-0445 or visit www.bucknerscafe.com.
Briggette of Petals and Gems


Sept. 26
TROY — Automation Alley Headquarters is hosting Technology on the Move, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 26. This presentation will provide business leaders with knowledge on what their mobile devices can do for them, and will provide a sampling of applications that exist that can benefit their business. Speakers include Suzanne Chartier, Director of Engineering Services, eyeWyre Software Studios and Jim Salter, Business Development Director, Persis Consulting Company. Lunch is included. The cost in advance is $20 for members and $40 for nonmembers. The cost at the door is $30 for members and 50 for nonmembers. Call 1-800-427-5100 or visit automationalley.com to register.

Sept. 26
WATERFORD TWP. — Writing a Business Plan is 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, Sept. 26. The cost is $40 per person. This course covers business planning along with a demonstration of the MI-SBTDC online business plan tool.  It is held at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford Township. For registration, visit www.AdvantageOakland.com/expand or call 248-858-0783.

Sept. 26
SOUTHFIELD — Southfield-based Farbman Group, a leading full-service real estate company, is hosting a speed networking event titled Five Minute Farbman for its metro Detroit tenants and vendors. The event is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sept. 26 at the Southfield Office Centre, 18000 W. Nine Mile Road, Southfield.
Five Minute Farbman provides the real estate company’s tenants and vendors with the opportunity to meet and connect with potential new customers, clients and vendors, while learning and sharing best practices for conducting business from individuals across a broad spectrum of industries.
Lunch and refreshments will be provided. For more information, or to register, visit www.farbman.com.

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