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.

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