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, August 27, 2014

Entrepreneurs can succeed by not working so hard

Submitted by Ginny Grimsley of News and Experts, www.newsandexperts.com

It’s a common occurrence among the most talented people in the corporate world – highly skilled and qualified workers make the leap from valued employee to uncertain business owner.
Unfortunately, rather than becoming a master of their own business, many of these entrepreneurs work twice as much as they did in their safe corporate job, unwittingly committing themselves to becoming the lowest rung on the ladder, says Zenovia Andrews, founder and CEO of The MaxOut Group, a company devoted to empowering and teaching entrepreneurs development strategies to increase profits.
“People believe that starting a new business is supposed to mean they’ll have to work much longer hours, and that’s why most new businesses fail early,” says Andrews, author of the new book “All Systems Go – A Solid Blueprint to Build Business and Maximize Cash Flow,” (www.zenoviaandrews.com).
“Entrepreneurs need to be the brains and oversight of the operation. It’s not wise to work for your own business. Sixteen-hour days get entrepreneurs lost in the minutiae. They lose perspective and burn out.”
Business owners need distance for perspective, and the best way to create that is by knowing how to delegate duties to employees, she says.
“Owners need to be the strategic visionary who hires, trains and develops the best talent available, and then delegates work,” says Andrews, who discusses the five keys of delegation.

•  Understand that your team is made up of human beings. No one can work nonstop, so get your timing right. Know what each employee can handle, and never overwork them. Most people perform at their best when they are consistently busy but not rushed or pressured.
•  Focus on the strengths of your team. Delegation is not a dump-and-run tactic. Know your employees and how they fit into your business puzzle. Allow them to do what they do well, and give them responsibilities and authority. They’ll be happier and so will you.
•  Focus on your own strengths, then plug the holes. Few of us are great at everything! If bookkeeping’s not your thing, hire an accountant. If you don’t have marketing experience, find someone with proven skills. Trying to perform jobs that you don’t do well will require twice as much effort with less-than-satisfactory results. 
•  Be the resource king or queen. Your employees are only as good as the resources they have. Make sure that they are equipped to always do the best work for you on a daily basis. Running out of stock, not having new software and not shelling out for that desperately need printer is NOT good delegation.
•  Become the fire, ice and motivation behind your team.When they need guidance, give it to them; when they need appreciation, offer it to them. Inspire, motivate and lead by supporting your delegated decisions and following up on them often.
“Business owners need to be the big thinkers: to identify patterns both good and bad; to become an idea machine and testing fanatic; to fill out details from outlined strategy; to be aware of market trends; to always have one eye on the competition; and to develop an instinct for the people with whom you like to work,” Andrews says.

Zenovia Andrews, www.zenoviaandrews.com, is a business development strategist with extensive experience in corporate training, performance management, leadership development and sales consulting with international clients, including Pfizer, Inc. and Novartis Pharmaceuticals.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Government Contracting workshop is Thursday

Government Contracting 101 is 9 a. m. to noon Thursday, Aug. 28 at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township. Presented by Alexander Masters of PTAC of Schoolcraft College. The cost is $45 per person payable at the door.Visit www.AdvantageOakland.com/businessworkshops or call 248-858-0783.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Skeet & Meat clay shooting, networking and dinner to he held in Clarkston

Skeet & Meat Clay Skeet Shooting & Networking is Thursday, Aug. 28 at Oakland County Sportsmen’s Club, 4770 Waterford Road, Clarkston. It is hosted by the Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce. Check-in for shoot: 3:30 - 6 p.m. Grill fired up 4 - 7 p.m. (great kick-off to the Labor Day Weekend). The cost is $35 for skeet shooting and dinner which includes one round (25 shots) trap or 5-stand, 1 box of shells, targets, shooting fees, shotgun rental (if needed) and steak dinner. Attendees will cook their own steak (with help on hand) plus fix-ins bar, salad, coffee and dessert. Chicken breast may be substituted. Cash bar. Dinner and networking only is $20. Visit http://www.waterfordchamber.org/event_skeet_meat.asp or call 248-666-8600.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Auburn Hills chamber hosting Lunch with Leaders

The Auburn Hills Chamber of Commerce is hosting its Lunch with Leaders event, Tuesday, Aug. 26 in Downtown Auburn Hills’ University Center, offering emerging leaders knowledge and insight on achieving success in their industry.
Strategic seating arrangements in a small group dining setting surrounded by local business leaders creates greater networking. The leaders include:
• Susan Cathcart, Vice President of Academics, Baker College Auburn Hills
• Lynn Kier, Senior Communications Manager, Delphi Automotive
• Edmond Delude, CEO, E7 Solutions
• Michelle Hornberger, Chief Strategy Officer, Crittenton Hospital Medical Center
The cost is $22 for members and $30 for non-members. It will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. For information, visit auburnhillschamber.com  call 248-853-7862 or email info@auburnhillschamber.com.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Josh Linkner to speak at Leadership Oakland breakfast

Best selling author, CEO of Detroit Venture Partners, and regional champion, Josh Linkner will kick off the Leadership Oakland Breakfast of Champions Series, 7-9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26 at the MSU Management Education Center, 811 W. Square Lake Road, Troy. Linkner has just released his new book “The Road to Reinvention.” To register for the series or for an individual breakfast visit www.leadershipoakland.com

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Berkley Pub Crawl includes T-shirts, shuttle to the bars

The Berkley Pub Crawl is Thursday, Aug. 21 and celebrates the nightlife, restaurants and food fare of the city. Sponsored by the Berkley Area Chamber of Commerce, the Crawl will start at Amici’s Pizza and Living Room, 3249 12 Mile Road, at 5:30 p.m. and crawlers will nosh on complimentary munchies and drink specials as they stroll and shuttle to the bars. The evening ends at Blarney Stone where prizes will be awarded to crawlers. Tickets are $20 and include a T-shirt, appetizers, drink specials and shuttle. Register by Aug. 19 to receive a T-shirt. Venues also include Crispelli’s Bakery & Pizzeria, Hartfield’s Hatrick Pub, O’Mara’s Restaurant & Pub, Republica, and 24 Seconds Bar & Grill. Visitwww.berkleychamber.com/events/pub-crawl/

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Oakland Uncorked promises an evening of fine wine, food and live music

Oakland Uncorked is a wine and food tasting experience hosted in partnership by the Oakland County Market, SCAMP and the Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce. It is an evening of culture and entertainment with Miles Brown Jazz Quartet, 15-20 restaurants offering samples and local distributors will offer fine wine tasting. 7 - 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22 at Oakland County Market, 2350 Pontiac Lake Rd, Waterford Township. The cost is $45 per person. Tickets are non-refundable. Reservations required, must be 21 or older. Register at WaterfordChamber.org or call 248-666-8600.