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.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Automation Alley to host global business and economic outlook

Automation Alley's Global Business and Economic Outlook for 2017 and Beyond is 8-11 a.m. Jan. 23 at Automation Alley, 2675 Bellingham, Troy. The keynote speaker is JPMorgan Chase Head Economist and Managing Director James E. Glassman, who will speak about the shifting dynamics of the global economy. Jeff Jorge, principal, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause LLP, will discuss U.S. trade policies and the event will include a panel discussion. For more information, visit automationalley.com or call 800-427-5100.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

UHY to host free accounting conference in Troy

UHY LLP presents its annual free Accounting and Business Conference, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 8 at the MSU Management Education Center, 811 W. Square Lake Road, Troy, RSVP at 586-840-3639, or visit www.uhy-us.com for more information.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Sheriff to speak at Leadership Oakland breakfast

Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard will present “Leading in Times of Chaos,” during a Leadership Oakland Breakfast, 7:30–9 a.m. Nov. 29 at Troy Community Center, 3179 Livernois Road, Troy. Part of Leadership Oakland’s four-part breakfast series, $36, register at www.leadershipoakland.com/breakfast-of-champions or call Carol Dendler at 248-952-6880.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Walsh College of Troy to host veterans’ career workshop

Walsh College is hosting a veterans’ career workshop presented by Eric Fretz, Ph.D., faculty lecturer at the University of Michigan, and a U.S. Navy veteran.
The workshop is 4:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 17 at Walsh College, Success Center - Room 123, 3838 Livernois Road, Troy. The workshop begins with networking. It is geared for veterans re-entering the workforce.
Fretz will discuss developing career skills, and techniques to help veterans transition both emotionally and physically, from the military to the business world.
Veteran-friendly employers, such as General Motors, Quicken Loans, and Roush will be represented. Register at www.walshcollege.edu/fretzworkshop.



Sunday, November 13, 2016

U of M real estate forum to feature 40 speakers

The University of Michigan/Urban Land Institute Real Estate Forum is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a two-day forum for those interested in real estate, filling empty storefronts or investing in Michigan, particularly metro Detroit. The forum will be held Nov. 17 at The Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center in Detroit and Nov. 18 at The Stephen M. Ross School of Business in Ann Arbor. It includes 15 hours of programming over two days with 40 speakers, bus and walking tours and two networking/deal making receptions. Register at www.umuliforum.uli.org.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Walsh College to host leadership awards

Walsh College Annual Leadership Awards Dinner is 7 p.m. Nov. 18 at the MGM Grand Detroit. Four local business leaders will be honored for leadership and philanthropic community service: John Carter of Bloomfield Hills, president of Michigan Middle Market at JPMorgan Chase; Faye Alexander Nelson of Grosse Pointe, vice president of public affairs at DTE Energy and president of DTE Energy Foundation; Jeffrey Littmann of Grosse Pointe and Mary Owen of Birmingham. For more information on the awards dinner, contact Andrea Richards, Walsh College Development Office, at 248-823-1204 or visit www.walshcollege.edu/leadershipawards.


Monday, November 7, 2016

'How to Engage Someone in 15 Seconds' lunch program planned in Walled Lake

Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting Michael Angelo Caruso in a lunchtime presentation, “How to Engage Someone in 15 Seconds,” 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 15 at Bayside Sports Grille, 142 E. Walled Lake Drive, Walled Lake, $20 includes lunch and program. Register at 248-624-2826 or lakesareachamber.com.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Tech248 MeetUp presents 'Digital Marketing Trends'

The Tech248 November MeetUp is 2:30-4:30 p.m. Nov. 15 at Michigan First Credit Union, 27000 Evergreen Road, Lathrup Village. Tech248 MeetUps are focused on tech companies and held monthly at various places in Oakland County.
The events include a brief tech update, networking and collaboration. This month's topic is “Digital Marketing Trends”and speakers include: Drew Priebe, Corporate Recruiter, HelloWorld, Southfield and Casey Colussi, Senior Director - Development, HelloWorld.
The meetups are solicitation-free. There is no cost to attend, but registration is requested. For more information, contact Susan Stack at 248-858-0734 or email stacks@oakgov.com. Register at http://bit.ly/2eV4chb


Wednesday, October 26, 2016

TiE Detroit Midwest Conference to focus on connected technologies

TiE Detroit Midwest Conference, “Ignite2Disrupt” is Thursday-Friday, Oct. 27-28 at The Henry, 300 Town Center Drive, Dearborn. Ignite2Disrupt – Connected World – Connected Technologies will feature a special focus on mobility, healthcare and global connectivity.
Keynote speakers include Governor Rick Snyder, Manoj Bhargava, founder and CEO, Living Essentials, Nancy Schlichting, CEO Henry Ford Health System, Jay Vijayan, founder and CEO, Stealth Startup Company and former CIO, Tesla and more. TiECon Midwest 2016 is hosted by TiE Detroit, a nonprofit for entrepreneurs, www.tieconmidwest.org.

Monday, October 17, 2016

'Destination Unstoppable' kicks off breakfast series in Troy

“Destination: Unstoppable” presented by Maureen Monte, is 7:30-9 a.m. Oct. 19 at MSU Management Education Center, 811 W. Square Lake Road, Troy. It is the first of a four-part breakfast series features speakers, networking and breakfast. Registration is required at www.leadershipoakland.com/breakfast-of-champions or call Carol Dendler at 248-952-6880. The cost is $36 per session or $130 for the series.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Advantage Oakland County to host business workshops

• SCORE Loan Workshop is Oct. 5 at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township, www.oakgov.com/advantageoakland, 248-858-0783. Learn how to develop a winning loan proposal and what you need to know to position your business to be “bankable” before you meet with a lender, $25. For information, email dorothy.huddleston@oakland.k12.mi.us or call 248-276-5997.

• Business Research: Feasibility to Expansion is 9:30 a.m.-noon, Oct. 11 at the Bloomfield Township Library, 1099 Lone Pine Road Bloomfield Hills, free workshop.

• CEED Lending Small Business Loan Orientation is 9-11 a.m. Oct. 12 at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township.

• Starting A Business is 9-11:30 a.m. Oct. 13 at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center in Waterford Township, free workshop.

• Walk-In-Start-Up Thursdays is 9:30 a.m. to noon and 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays, non holiday, for individuals who want to launch a business at the Oakland County Executive Office in Waterford Township. There is no fee. Walk-in sessions are available on a first come, first served basis and each session is limited to 15 minutes, https://www.oakgov.com/advantageoakland, 248-858-0783.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Sushi, Salsa, & Soul reception to promote minority business talent

Sushi, Salsa, & Soul reception, 6-9 p.m. Oct. 5 at Plum Hollow Country Club, 21631 Lahser Road, Southfield, dress business casual.

The event is hosted by Minority Talent Fueling Future Business Growth, DENSO, Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Black Chamber of Commerce, the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council, the Detroit MBDA Business Center and Oakland County Economic Development.

Speakers include Dana Paul, Sr. Recruiting DENSO HR, Jennifer Llewellyn, Manager, Workforce Development/ Director, Oakland County Michigan Works! Agency; Van Nguyen, Executive Director, Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce and Kenneth Harris, President & CEO Michigan Black Chamber of Commerce.

The event includes food, music and cash bar. Admission is $10-$20 advance. For more information,visit minoritysupplier.org.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Troy firm to host social media workshop for businesses

“The Art of Social Listening and Online Brand Engagement” is 11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m. Sept. 28 at Troy School District Services Center, 4420 Livernois, Troy. This workshop led by SS Digital Media, will instruct how to create sound social media objectives, identify key influencers within their social eco-system, and prioritize social media listening efforts, includes lunch by Tropical Smoothie. Register at 248-641-8151, email jaimi@troychamber.com, $18-$28 adv. or visit www.troychamber.com.


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Economic Development Forum to feature Kresge Foundation's George Jacobsen

September Economic Development Forum is 8-9:30 a.m. Sept. 21 at Rehmann, 1500 W. Big Beaver Road, Troy. New Roles for Philanthropy in Metro Detroit: A perspective from the Kresge Foundation speaker George Jacobsen, Program Officer, The Kresge Foundation. For information, call Jaimi Brook at 248-641-8151, free to members, $10 adv. for nonmembers, register at www.troychamber.com/events/september-economic-development-forum.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Tech248 September MeetUp to be held at Apple Store in Troy

The Tech248 September MeetUp is 8-10 a.m. Sept. 15 at the Apple Store at Somerset Collection North, 2800 W. Big Beaver Road, Troy. The nearest parking is in the North Parking Structure, Level 1.
Tech248 MeetUps are focused on tech companies and held monthly at various places in Oakland County. The events include a brief tech update, networking and collaboration, but are solicitation-free. There is no cost to attend.
For more information, contact Susan Stack at 248-858-0734 or email stacks@oakgov.com. Register at bit.ly/2bW6TfG.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Five finalists to compete in Pitch ‘N’ Pontiac competition

CEED Lending is hosting the first live Pitch ‘N’ Pontiac competition, 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31 at the Pontiac Creative Arts Center, 47 Williams St., Pontiac. Five Pontiac-based finalists were selected from a group of new and existing small business owners who pitched their ideas in the first round of judging.
The finalists will compete for their share of $15,000 cash along with pro-bono business services.
CEED Lending and Talmer Bank launched the Pitch “N” Pontiac pitch competition.
“Pitch “N” Pontiac is a great event for the city of Pontiac, Lysa Davis, Talmer Bank CRA officer said in a statement. “Providing business services to the contest winners will go a long way in helping them build a successful business, which in turn, aids the economic development in the area.”

The finalists
• Vanessa Coleman, Pontiac Community Hospice, support services
• James Forbes and April Forbes, Menagerie Kitchen, pop up restaurant/incubator kitchen, www.menageriekitchen.com.
• Carrie Hauser, Sprout Fresh Food Store, healthy food store, find Sprout Fresh Food Store on Facebook.
• Evan Monaghan and Ashleigh Altemann, Plain and Fancy Food, food services company, find Plain and Fancy Food on Facebook.
• Tanesha Taylor, Quest, Cheer, and Dance, dance and gymnastics studio, find Quest Cheer & Dance LLC on Facebook.

CEED Lending (Center for Empowerment and Economic Development) is an initiative of The Great Lakes Women’s Business Council. For more information, contact Belinda Turner-DuBois, loan officer, at info@ceedlending.com or 734-677-1400.





Tuesday, August 23, 2016

CAM Logic to host Technology Open House at new facility

CAM Logic, Inc. is hosting a Technology Open House, 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Aug. 25 at its new state of the art facility, 650 S. Glaspie St., Oxford. The event includes technology demos, learning about the latest software and hardware technologies, (including 3D printing and scanning lab. CAM Logic is a provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software, hardware and services. For information, call Leah Mack at 248-969-9201 or email leahm@camlogic.com, register for the free event at conta.cc/2aZI3zH.


Thursday, August 11, 2016

Oakland County to host workshops for business expansion

Oakland County Economic Development & Community Affairs is hosting the upcoming workshops and the weekly Walk-In-Start-Up Thursdays at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township. There is no fee for the workshops or Walk-In sessions.

• Business Research-Feasibility to Expansion workshop is 6-8:30 p.m. Aug. 16.
• Team SBA Financing Roundtable workshop is 9 a.m.-noon, Aug. 18.
Registration is required at www.AdvantageOakland.com/businessworkshops or call 248-858-0783.

• Walk-In-Start-Up Thursdays is 9:30 a.m. to noon and 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays, non holiday, for individuals who want to launch a business. Walk-in sessions are available on a first come, first served basis and each session is limited to 15 minutes.
For more information, visit www.AdvantageOakland.com/businessworkshops or 248-858-0783.


Friday, July 29, 2016

Orion Township technology fair to feature robotics, speakers and networking

Applied Manufacturing Technologies (AMT) of Orion Township is hosting its annual technology fair, Aug. 11. The theme of amtXpo 2016, is “Intelligent Automation.”
It will feature live demonstrations including bartending collaborative robots, 40 plus onsite vendors, several industry speakers and two networking events. More than 350 people affiliated with the automation and robotics industry are expected to attend. AMT staff encourage students and young professionals to attend the expo and network with industry professionals. AMT offers in-house training and on-the-job mentorship to graduates.
The amtXpo 2016 is free to attend. It will be held 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11 at the AMT Headquarters, 219 Kay Industrial Drive, Orion Township.
AMT is an engineering company specializing in manufacturing automation and robotics, serving the manufacturing industry for more than 25 years. For more information, visit www.appliedmfg.com/2016amtXpo. Register at www.amtexporegistration.com or call 248-409-2100.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Walsh college to host free webinar, 'Your Career, Your Brand'

Walsh College announced it is hosting a free webinar, “Your Career, Your Brand,” will air, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Thursday, July 28, according to a release issued by Walsh College. The webinar will be led by Lee Meadows, Ph.D., Walsh College professor, Management, who discusses the career as a brand and how to position your brand for success and align your skill set to your career.
Registration is required, visit www.walshcollege.edu/WebSeries.
Meadows has 30 years of leadership experience and has held positions including: area director, University Housing Programs, Michigan State University; supervisor, Training and Development, General Motors and director, training, Con-Way Transportation Services.
Meadows has a Ph.D. in Higher Education, M.A. in Counseling, and a bachelor of arts in Telecommunications from Michigan State University..

Sunday, July 10, 2016

CEED Lending launches Pitch ‘N’ Pontiac competition

CEED Lending has teamed up with Talmer Bank to launch the Pitch “N” Pontiac pitch competition. Pontiac-based small businesses can compete to win a share of $10,000 in cash and business counseling.
Applications are due July 29 for the Aug. 31 Pitch “N” Pontiac Competition. To register, visit www.greatlakeswbc.org/pitchnpontiac.
The competition is for new and existing small business owners to pitch their ideas and gain on-the-spot feedback on launching and/or growing their businesses.
CEED Lending (Center for Empowerment and Economic Development) is an initiative of The Great Lakes Women’s Business Council.
For more information, contact Belinda Turner-DuBois at info@ceedlending.org or 734-677-1400 or visit www.greatlakeswbc.org.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Oakland County Business Center to host '5 Steps to Twitter Mastery'

Learn the true powers of Twitter in the Oakland County One Stop Business Center workshop, "Five Steps to Twitter Mastery." The workshop will be held July 21 at Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township. The cost is $40, registration required, www.AdvantageOakland.com/businessworkshops, 248-858-0783.



Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Oakland County Business Center to host talent development workshop

Oakland County One Stop Business Center is hosting a free lunch-and-learn workshop, "Winning Talent Development Strategies for Businesses," 11 a.m. -1:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 28 at Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township. Opportunities to develop talent base will be explored, including: Apprenticeships On-the-Job Training and customized training including Michigan Advanced Technician Training (MAT2) Program – that combines theory, practice and work experience. Register for the workshop here and for information, visit www.AdvantageOakland.com/businessworkshops or call 248-858-0783.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Paul Glomski and Zack Sklar to receive JVS awards at luncheon

Jewish Vocational Service 19th Annual Strictly Business Networking and Awards Luncheon is 11:30 a.m. Thursday, June 23 at the MGM Grand in Detroit, featuring Walbridge Chairman and CEO John Rakolta Jr., who will serve as honorary chair and keynote speaker.
Two young business owners receiving awards will speak, Paul Glomski, co-founder and CEO of Detroit Labs, will accept the 2016 JVS Business Leadership Award on behalf of his company, Detroit Labs, and Zack Sklar, majority owner and chef of Peas & Carrots Hospitality, will receive the 2016 JVS Rising Entrepreneur Award, www.jvsdet.org/strictlybiz, 248-233-4213.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Tech248 MeetUp is June 24 in Southfield

The next monthly Tech248 MeetUp is 3-5 p.m. Friday, June 24. “Disruption in Health Care Technology” will be at HealthRise Solutions, 18000 W Nine Mile Road, 10th Floor, Southfield. For information, email skenej@oakgov.com, or call 248-858-5437 or register at AdvantageOakland.eventbrite.com. There is no cost to attend.
Tech248 MeetUps are focused on tech companies and held at various places in Oakland County. The events include a brief tech update, networking and collaboration, but are solicitation-free.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Environmental due diligence in real estate is focus of Auburn Hills seminar

Avoiding the Abyss: Environmental due diligence in real estate is 4-6 p.m. June 15 at Western Michigan University Cooley Law School in Auburn Hills. This seminar is certified for two CE credits for real estate agents. It is presented Oakland County Bar Association’s Energy, Sustainability and Environmental Law Committee. Registration recommended, but walk-ins are welcome,www.ocba.org/events.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Oakland County One Stop Shop workshops planned

Oakland County One Stop Shop is hosting the following free workshops at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township.

Oakland Capital Raise workshop
Capital Raise workshop is 9:30-11 a.m. Tuesday, June 7.


Starting a Business workshop
Starting a Business workshop is 9-11:30 a.m. Thursday, June 9.

Walk-In-Start-Up Thursdays
Walk-In-Start-Up Thursdays is held 9:30 a.m. to noon and 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays, non holiday, for individuals who want to launch a business. There is no fee. Walk-in sessions are available on a first come, first served basis and each session is limited to 15 minutes.

For more information, or to register, visit www.AdvantageOakland.com/businessworkshops, 248-858-0783.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Troy chamber hosting Nonprofit Management Conference

Troy Chamber of Commerce 11th Annual Nonprofit Management Conference is 8 a.m.–3 p.m. Wednesday, May 25 at Woodside Bible Church in Troy. It is presented by PNC Bank at Woodside Bible Church, 6600 Rochester Road, Troy. The day begins with a continental breakfast and networking hour followed by two breakout sessions, lunch, and two afternoon sessions.
At each morning breakout session, attendees choose one of five seminars covering core areas specifically geared toward nonprofit organizations: Governance/Operations, Marketing, Human Resources/Volunteers/Staff, Fund Development/Donor Relations, Leadership/Board Development, Technology and Finance/Accounting. In the afternoon, attendees choose between two sessions: one about working from best practices and the other about avoiding legal pitfalls online. The cost for the daylong event, including meals is $50 for Troy Chamber members and $100 for non-members. Call 248-641-3694 or e-mail jody@troychamber.com. For information, visit troychamber.com/events/non-profit-management-conference.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Shopping and cocktail event to showcase women-owned businesses

Michigan Women’s Foundation is hosting its Spring Marketplace Shopping & Cocktail Event, 5:30–8 p.m. Monday, May 23 at The Townsend Hotel, 100 Townsend St. in Birmingham.
The event showcases local, female-owned businesses that have received support through Michigan Women’s Foundation microloan and mentorship programs.
Featured products and services from dozens of women-owned, Michigan-based businesses include Detroit Fiberworks, handcrafted wearable art; Mutual Adoration, furniture and home d├ęcor using repurposed wood; Peacock Room of Detroit clothing and accessory boutique; Trisha’s Garage, stylish clothing and accessories; City Girl Soap of Pontiac, goat milk based soaps; and Busted of Detroit, bras, foundation and lingerie shop for women of all sizes and shapes.
The event is free to attend and includes snacks and a cash bar.
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For more information, visit www.miwf.org.