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, May 18, 2017

Oakland County business calendar

Team SBA Financing Roundtable is 9 a.m.-noon, May 24 at Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township, register at www.AdvantageOakland.com/businessworkshops or call 248-858-0783, free admission.


• Walk-In Start Up Small Business Counseling is 9:30 a.m.-noon and 1:30-4:30 p.m. June 1 at Novi Civic Center Community Development Center Room, 45175 Ten Mile Road, Novi, Wenona Graham, 248-347-0573 wgraham@cityofnovi.org, www.oakgov.com/edca/business/OneStopShop, free 15 minute sessions, first come, first served.


• Market Research Basics workshop is 9-11:30 a.m., June 13 at Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township, register at www.AdvantageOakland.com/businessworkshops or call 248-858-0783, free admission.


• CEED Lending Small Business Loan Orientation, how to apply for and obtain a small business loan, is 9-11 a.m. June 14 at Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township, register at www.AdvantageOakland.com/businessworkshops or call 248-858-0783, free admission.


• Starting a Business workshop is 9-11:30 a.m. June 15 Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township, register at www.AdvantageOakland.com/businessworkshops or call 248-858-0783, free admission.


• Social Media for Business Growth workshop is 9-11:30 a.m. June 21 at Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township, LinkedIn, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are becoming essential tools for marketing business. Register at www.AdvantageOakland.com/businessworkshops or call 248-858-0783, $40 per person.


• 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 Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, 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, www.oakgov.com/advantageoakland, 248-858-0783.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Civil rights law expert Jocelyn Benson to keynote communications awards in Southfield

Detroit Chapter of the Association for Women in Communications 2017 Matrix Awards ceremony is 5:30 p.m. May 18, at Plum Hollow Country Club in Southfield. Jocelyn Benson, CEO of the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality is the keynote speaker. The event includes dinner, reception and silent auction. Tickets are $60 for AWC-Detroit members, $70 for nonmembers, and $35 for students. Register at womcomdetroit.org or call 313-327-2256.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Panel to discuss Michigan business climate at Troy event

“REinvest Michigan” is 8-9:30 a.m. May 10 at Altair, 1820 E Big Beaver, Troy, includes an economic update and a panel of experts to discuss the current business climate. The panel includes Paul Traub, senior business economist of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago –Detroit branch; Matthew Farrell, CEO and co-founder of CORE Partners and Jennifer Nelson, chief business development officer of Michigan Economic Development Corporation. Moderated by Daniel Duggan, vice president-origination, Bernard Financial Group, $25 for chamber members and $40 for nonmembers, 248-641-8151, troychamber.com.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Drones for business to be discussed at meeting in Waterford

Tech248’s May MeetUp is 2-4 p.m. May 4 at The Media Network at Mott High School, 1151 Scott Lake Road, Waterford. The event will include “Drone Your Business,” a presentation by Josh Bowren and Diana Casetti, FAA certified remote pilot, photographer and editor, WXYZ-TV, Southfield. Register by noon, May 2 at tech248.com, admission is free. For more information, contact Susan Stack, stacks@oakgov.com or 248-858-0734.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Business calendar for metro Detroit

• Oakland County’s 32nd Annual Economic Outlook Luncheon is 11:30 a.m. April 27 at the Detroit Marriott Troy, 200 W. Big Beaver Road, Troy, $50, www.AdvantageOakland.Eventbrite.com.
• End the State Income Tax presentation. Hear from and interact with the chairmen of both the House and Senate Tax Committees as well as the director of the National Federation of Independent Business, 6:30 p.m. April 27 at the Fork n’ Pint, 4000 Cass Elizabeth Road, Waterford Township, norc-us.org, free and open presentation by NORC.
• Tech248’s April MeetUp is 9-11 a.m. April 28 at Valentine Vodka, 965 Wanda, Ferndale, “Impact of Tech on Civic Problem Solving” presented by Professor D. Scott TenBrink, University of Michigan Citizen Interaction Design, Ann Arbor, Susan Stack, 248-858-0734.
• Chaldean Chamber of Commerce 14th annual awards dinner is 6 p.m. April 28 at Shenandoah Country Club in West Bloomfield Township, moderated panel, dinner, wine, hors d’oeuvres, chaldeanchamber.com, 248-851-1200.
• Comerica Bank is hosting a Women’s Business Symposium featuring keynote speaker and Emmy Award winner Leeza Gibbons, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. April 28 at the Detroit Marriott Troy, 200 West Big Beaver Road, Troy, $60 each, $500 table of 10, events.comerica.com/wbsmi.
• 16th annual Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce (APACC) Gala is April 29 at MGM Grand Detroit, 248-430-5855, www.apacc.net, $200+, dinner, entertainment, door prizes, silent auction.
• Michigan Minority Procurement Conference is May 2-4 at Cobo Center, 1 Washington Blvd., Detroit, mmpc.minoritysupplier.org.
• Tech248’s May MeetUp is 2-4 p.m. May 4 at The Media Network at Mott High School, 1151 Scott Lake Road, Waterford. The MeetUp will include “Drone Your Business,” a presentation by Josh Bowren and Diana Casetti, FAA certified remote pilots, photographer and editor, WXYZ-TV, Southfield. Register for the May MeetUp by noon, May 2 at tech248.com, admission is free. For more information, contact Susan Stack, stacks@oakgov.com or 248-858-0734.
• “REinvest Michigan” is 8-9:30 a.m. May 10 at Altair, 1820 E Big Beaver, Troy, includes an economic update and a panel of experts to discuss the current business climate. The panel includes Paul Traub, senior business economist of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago –Detroit branch; Matthew Farrell, CEO and co-founder of CORE Partners and Jennifer Nelson, chief business development officer of Michigan Economic Development Corporation. Moderated by Daniel Duggan, vice president-origination, Bernard Financial Group, $25 for chamber members and $40 for nonmembers, 248-641-8151, troychamber.com.
• Starting a Business workshop is 9-11:30 a.m. May 11 at Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township, www.oakgov.com/advantageoakland, register by email to smallbusiness@oakgov.com or call 248-858-0783, free admission.
• Detroit Chapter of the Association for Women in Communications 2017 Matrix Awards ceremony is 5:30 p.m. May 18, at Plum Hollow Country Club in Southfield. Jocelyn Benson, CEO of the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality is the keynote speaker. The event includes dinner, reception and silent auction. Tickets are $60 for AWC-Detroit members, $70 for nonmembers, and $35 for students. Register at womcomdetroit.org or call 313-327-2256.
• 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 Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, 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, www.oakgov.com/advantageoakland, 248-858-0783.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

'How to Conduct an Interview' workshop to be held in Walled Lake

“How to Conduct an Interview” workshop to weed out the unskilled and untrainable workers, is 10:30 a.m.-noon April 18 at Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce, 305 N. Pontiac Trail, Ste. A, Walled Lake, 248-624-2826, lakesareachamber.com, registration required.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

'Drone Your Business' at Tech248 May MeetUp

Tech248’s May MeetUp is 2-4 p.m. May 4 at The Media Network at Mott High School, 1151 Scott Lake Road, Waterford.
The topic is "Drone Your Business," presented by Josh Bowren and Diana Casetti, FAA certified remote pilots, photographer and editor, WXYZ-TV, Southfield.
Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson formed tech248 in 2014 to promote Oakland County as a global technology hub and increase tech-based business, skilled tech labor and collaboration.
Register by noon, May 2 at tech248.com, admission is free. For more information, contact Susan Stack, stacks@oakgov.com or 248-858-0734.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Market research workshop set for Waterford

Market Research Basics workshop is 9-11:30 a.m. April 4 at Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford, www.AdvantageOakland.com/businessworkshops, 248-858-0783.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

'How Surveys Help' workshop set for March 30

“How Surveys Help You Get the Information You Need” workshop is 9-11:30 a.m. March 30 at Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township, free admission, register at www.oakgov.com/advantageoakland.

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Waterford Chamber to host Business & Home Expo

2017 Business & Home Expo presented by Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce is 5:30-8 p.m. March 23 at Waterford Mott High School, 1151 Scott Lake Road, Waterford Township, waterfordchamber.org.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

American Jewelry and Loan to host workshop series with Pontiac Chamber

Les and Seth Gold of American Jewelry and Loan of the hit reality show “Hardcore Pawn”, along with the Pontiac Regional Chamber of Commerce are hosting a workshop series for entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurship Oakland—Master Class will be held 8-9:30 a.m. March 14, 21 and 28 at American Jewelry and Loan, 546 N. Telegraph Road, Pontiac. Session speakers include: Vladimir Gendelman of Company Folders, Inc., www.companyfolders.com; Matthew Farrell of Core Partners, www.corepartners.net; Todd Palmer and Lisa Crawford-Palmer of Diversified Industrial Staffing, www.diversifiedindustrialstaffing.com; Wesley Matthews of High Level Marketing www.highlevelmarketing.com and Rob Cote of Security Vitals, securityvitals.com. The topics include negotiating, business planning, community resources, legal information and marketing. The course is $185 per person and includes materials and refreshments, and membership to the Pontiac Regional Chamber. Proceeds benefit the Pontiac Regional Chamber.


For more information, visit www.pawndetroit.com/entrepreneurshipoakland.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Women’s conference to feature resources for building a brand

Sixth annual Southeast Michigan Women’s Entrepreneur-YOU Conference is 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, March 15 at Walsh College, 3838 Livernois, Troy. It is presented in collaboration by Inforum, Women’s Foundation, and Walsh College with workshops for women entrepreneurs, 313-962-1920, www.walshcollege.edu, $25-$45.


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Workshop to offer smartphone tips to improve business

Use Your Smartphone to Improve Your Business workshop is 9-11:30 a.m. March 1 at Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford, register at www.oakgov.com/advantageoakland, $25 per person.

Tech248 MeetUp is Feb. 24 in Farmington Hills


Tech248’s February MeetUp is 2-4 p.m. Feb. 24 at Secure-24, 26955 Northwestern Highway, Ste. 200, Farmington Hills, presentation by Sean Donaldson, Chief Technology Officer at Secure-24, “Security. Performance. Scalability. Why a Cloud Model Makes Sense,” register by noon Feb. 22 to Susan Stack, stacks@oakgov.com or 248-858-0734.






Monday, February 13, 2017

Oakland County to host Breakfast of Champions

Leadership Oakland Breakfast of Champions is 7:30-9 a.m. Feb. 21 at the MSU Management Education Center, 811 W. Square Lake Road, Troy, 248-952-6880, www.leadershipoakland.com/breakfast-of-champions, $36. Young Professionals Panel moderator is Jennifer Korman, LOXIX, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Lawrence Tech launches Leaders and Innovators series

Starting a Business: Entrepreneurism” is Feb. 16 at Lawrence Technological University, 21000 West Ten Mile Road, Southfield. The Leaders and Innovators event begins with networking and continental breakfast at 7:30 a.m. It is hosted by WWJ Business Editor Murray Feldman. Register at www.ltu.edu. The event is free. Future Leaders and Innovators events include “Social Media and the Small Business” on March 16, and “Work-Life Balance” on April 13.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Nominees sought for 30 Under 30 in manufacturing and engineering

Advanced Manufacturing Media’s 2016 30 Under 30 program is seeking nominations of outstanding young manufacturing and engineering students, professionals and educators for recognition in its July 2017 issue of Manufacturing Engineering magazine.
Advanced Manufacturing Media is a part of SME, an association with a mission to promote manufacturing technology and develop a skilled workforce.
The deadline for nominations is Feb. 15, visit advancedmanufacturing.org or www.sme.org.

Monday, January 23, 2017

'Move toward your goals- NOW' at women's event

Annual Ultimate Women’s Event is 6 p.m. Jan. 27-28 at the Sheraton Hotel in Novi, featuring a panel of entrepreneurs, authors, coaches. The theme “Move toward your goals- NOW”. Speakers include: Loren Hicks, clothing designer, founder of Michigan Fashion Week; Jewel Tankard, entrepreneur and Bravo Television star; Kim Stratton, Grammy-nominated artist and Kimberly Perry, The Fresh Chef television host, www.theultimatewomensevent.com. Tickets range from $35-$45 for one session to $139-$199 for general admission.

Monday, January 16, 2017

ACE '17 entrepreneur event is Jan. 26 in Southfield

ACE ‘17 (Annual Collaboration for Entrepreneurship) is noon-6 p.m.  Jan. 26 at Westin Southfield Detroit Hotel, 1500 Town Center, Southfield, general admission is $25, advance registration required, ace-event.org. The event includes the ACE Challenge and voting by attendees, workshops and exhibits.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Tech248 to focus on 'connected vehicle' industry

Tech248’s January MeetUp is 2-4 p.m. Jan. 27 at P3 Detroit in Southfield. The event includes an introduction by Samit Ghosh, P3 Detroit CEO. The guest speaker is Jeff Magnell, CEO, JDM Systems Consultants of Farmington Hills, speaking on the topic of  "Connected Vehicles."
Tech248 MeetUps are focused on tech companies and held monthly at various places in Oakland County. 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. P3 Detroit is at 25650 W. 11 Mile Road, Suite 300, Southfield. Register at http://bit.ly/2eV4chb