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.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Orion Chamber hosting breakfast event featuring Elite 40 winner

Orion Chamber of Commerce is hosting a breakfast featuring guest speaker Susan Kruger, creator of SOAR Study Skills and winner of Oakland County’s Elite 40 under 40. The breakfast is 8:30-10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 6 at Paint Creek Country Club, 2375 Stanton Road, Lake Orion. Kruger has taught thousands of students how to achieve with study skills through her international best-selling book SOAR Study Skills. She has published books, teacher’s guides, training videos, classes and audio programs, The event features a special introduction by Matthew Gibb, Deputy Oakland County Executive for Economic Development and Community Affairs and former Orion Township Supervisor. The cost is $25 each. Visit www.orionareachamber.com/

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition set for Nov. 4-6

The Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition is Tuesday-Thursday, Nov. 4-6 in Detroit. The event begins with a two-day investor pitch competition by 54 semifinalists competing for more than $1 million in cash and in-kind prizes at the Westin Book Cadillac. Businesses from as far as the United Kingdom, India and throughout the United States applied. Accelerate Michigan 2014 culminates on Nov. 6 at Orchestra Hall in Detroit where a $500,000 Grand Prize and 10 additional awards totaling $500,000 in cash and in-kind prizes will be presented. For more information and to register, visit www.acceleratemichigan.org.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Michigan Tax Conference for CPAs is Nov. 5

The Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants, in partnership with the State of Michigan Department of Treasury, State Bar of Michigan – Taxation Section and Michigan Women’s Tax Association, will host the eighth annual Michigan Tax Conference, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5 at the Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave. in Novi. The inaugural Tax Primer Forum will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 4 for new tax professionals. A networking wine tasting will begin at 5:05 p.m.

Monday, October 27, 2014

5 chambers to host Business Success Conference

Waterford, Clarkston, Pontiac, Auburn Hills and Orion area chambers of commerce are hosting the annual Business Success Conference, 7:30 a.m. to noon, Thursday Oct. 30 at Oakland Schools, 2111 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township. This year’s theme, “Marketing to the Generations” will begin with a presentation by Oakland County’s Economic Development Department of demographic and market planning analytics for five chamber areas; Auburn Hills, Clarkston, Orion, Pontiac and Waterford. Two panel discussions will follow on how to effectively utilize this information to market a business. The cost is $40 for chamber members and $55 for nonmembers.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Oakland County hosting Quality People awards breakfast

Oakland County's Quality People/Quality County (Q2) awards breakfast is Wednesday, Oct. 29. This year's honorees include Jack and Annette Aronson of the Garden Fresh Gourmet brand, Oakland County Credit Union, CEO Allan McMorris and Leadership Oakland Executive Director Chris Scharer. The Q2 awards acknowledge those who have utilized their success to improve the quality of life for others. County Executive L. Brooks Patterson has given out the annual award since his first year in office in 1993. The Q2 breakfast will begin at 8 a.m. at the Centerpoint Marriott in Pontiac. For tickets or more information, call 810-955-1957.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Oakland County Market hosting Oktoberfest, Oct. 22

The Oakland County Market is hosting “Oktoberfest - A Celebration of Local Abundance," 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 2350 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township. The event will feature Michigan Wines and Craft Beer along with plenty of “nibbles, sips and bits” representing businesses located in Michigan and Oakland County. To register visit www.leadershipoakland.com or call 248-952-6880.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Michigan Economic Development Corp. offering export workshops

Michigan businesses are invited to explore export opportunities at five Global Trade Days export workshops taking place in Traverse City, Grand Rapids, Saginaw, Troy and Novi Oct. 13-17. The events are sponsored by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

“In today’s globally interconnected world, export sales offer extraordinary opportunities for Michigan companies to grow and create new jobs. These workshops will help Michigan companies learn how to tap into those markets and diversify their customer bases,” said Gov. Rick Snyder. “We are looking to extend export opportunities to more Michigan companies and ensure they are connected with the resources to explore new markets, access existing export resources, and increase global competitiveness.”

Attendees at Global Trade Days will learn about the State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) program, which provides direct reimbursements to eligible companies for international marketing-related activities, ranging from market research to participation fees for international trade missions. Nearly 800 Michigan companies have received assistance since MEDC launched the program with companies entering more than 75 new global markets. New export sales of more than $300 million have been reported as a result of the program.

Global Trade Days will include presentations from country market specialists from Canada, Mexico, China, Brazil, and United Arab Emirates, who will speak about doing business in those markets. These five countries are among Michigan’s top export markets.

Business owners in attendance at a workshop can also request one-on-one meetings with the country market specialists. The local Global Trade Days event dates and locations are

Troy - 8 a.m. to noon, Thursday, Oct. 16 at Management Education Center, 811 W. Square Lake Road, Troy. One-on-one meetings are 1:30 – 5 p.m. The cost is $30.

Novi - 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17 at Suburban Collection Showplace Diamond Center, 46100 Grand River Avenue, Novi. All day pre-scheduled meetings. This event is free.

For more information and registration details, visit: www.michiganbusiness.org/grow/export-assistance/global-trade-days

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

PR and media experts to share brand building tips

The Troy Chamber of Commerce will host industry experts during its upcoming seminar “In the Public Eye.” It’s a half day seminar for businesses in Troy focused on public and media relations. The event, which will be held, 8 a.m.-noon Thursday, Oct. 23 at Altair Engineering in Troy will feature three presentations on public relations tips and tactics, followed by a media relations discussion panel. During the public relations portion of the seminar, Michael Niederquell, Founder and CEO of The Quell Group, will present “The Power of Branding: It’s More Than a Logo.” The second portion of the seminar will feature a media panel moderated by John Young, Vice President of Communications & Marketing, Oakland University. The panel will feature: Jennette Smith of Crain’s Detroit Business; Marie Osborne of WWJ Newsradio 950 CBS Radio; Al Johnson, of WJBK TV Fox 2 Detroit; and Dustin Block of the MLive Media Group. Visit www.troychamber.com or call 248-641-8151.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Taste of Auburn Hills to feature food, beverages and entertainment

Taste of Auburn Hills is 5-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct 9 at Walter P. Chrysler Museum, Auburn Hills. This is a networking event featuring more than 15 food and beverage partners and two floors of networking, cars and food stations. A portion of this year's event proceeds will support Auburn Hills' Meals on Wheels program. 
Taste of Auburn Hills partners include Alfoccino Restaurant, Applebee's, bd's Mongolian Grill, Ciccarelli's 22 Sports Bar, Costco Wholesale, Cottage Inn Pizza, Fieldstone Vista Grille & Catering, The Lafayette Market, Lelli's Restaurant, LongHorn Steakhouse, Mitchell's Fish Market, Mr. Pita, The Oasis Catering, On the Border, Paint Creek Country Club, Palm Palace, and Red Wood Grill. Beer and wine are provided by Cellar Door, Fieldstone Winery and Rochester Mills Beer Co. 
Tickets are $40 which includes two beer or wine drink tickets, or $50 at the door. To register, visit auburnhillschamber.com, call 248-853-7862 or email info@auburnhillschamber.com.