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, May 30, 2017

Oakland County business calendar

• 2017 Dolphin Tank Call for Entries deadline is May 31. Interested applicants must submit a two-page concept paper for consideration to miwf.fluidreview.com. A $10 application fee is due at time of submission. From there, 10 finalists will be selected and matched with mentors/coaches who will help them hone their plan and pitching skills before presenting to a final panel of judges in the “Dolphin Tank” (a gentler version of TV’s “Shark Tank”). Prizes include $10,000 Cash and In-Kind Professional Support Services, www.miwf.org.
• Walk-In Start Up Small Business Counseling is 9:30 a.m.-noon and 1:30-4:30 p.m. June 1 and July 6 at two locations: Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township, 248-858-0783, and Novi Civic Center Community Development Center Room, 45175 Ten Mile Road, Novi, 248-347-0573, www.oakgov.com/edca/business/OneStopShop, free 15 minute sessions, first come, first served. For individuals who want to launch a business.
• “Making the Case for PR and Marketing” workshop is 6 p.m. June 7 at Lawrence Technological University’s Detroit Center for Design + Technology, featuring Stephanie Angelyn Casola, founder of Prologue, producer at TEDxDetroit, contributor to VisitDetroit.com.
• 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.
• How Women Entrepreneurs Succeed in Detroit seminar featuring woman business owners/panel is
6 p.m. Wednesday, June 14 at Lawrence Technological University’s Detroit Center for Design + Technology.
• 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.
• Designing Detroit’s Future-Manufacturing in the City, seminar featuring a panel of participants from William + Bonnie and Third Man Records is 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 21 at Lawrence Technological University’s Detroit Center for Design + Technology.
• Starting a Business workshop is 9-11:30 a.m. July 6 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.
• Market Research Basics workshop is 10-12:30 a.m., July 11 at Troy Public Library, 510 W. Big Beaver Road, Troy, discover ways to find ideal customers, identify competitors and more, register at www.AdvantageOakland.com/businessworkshops or call 248-858-0783, free admission.
• CEED Lending Small Business Loan Orientation is 9-11 a.m. July 12 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 10 a.m.-noon July 27 at Troy Public Library, 510 W. Big Beaver Road, Troy, register at www.AdvantageOakland.com/businessworkshops or call 248-858-0783, free admission.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Oakland County business calendar


• 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.