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.

Business Calendar

Optimize Your Job Search
Optimize Your Job Search: Library Resume Revamp is 1:30-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21 at the Troy Public Library. Led by Michigan Works! Troy staff, this free workshop covers how to customize a resume for a modern job search and stand out as a sought-after candidate. Register at

Business Start-up Marketing
BP 102-Business Start-up Marketing is 8:45 am to noon, Wednesday Jan. 21 at Michigan First Credit Union, 27000 Evergreen Road, Lathrup Village, The cost is $25. For more information, visit (Local Workshops) or call 313-226-7947.

Annual Meeting & Awards Dinner
Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce 2015 Annual Meeting & Awards Dinner with JimmyG’s Hypnotic Comedy Show is 5-9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22 at White Lake Oaks, 991 North Williams Lake Road, White Lake. The cost is $48 per person or $360 for a table of eight. Register at or call 248-666-8600.

Chamber of Commerce annual meetingMichael P. Freed, CEO, Priority Health will be the keynote speaker at the Troy Chamber of Commerce annual meeting 8-9:30 a.m. Jan. 22 at Embassy Suites, 850 Tower Drive in Troy. Freed will focus on Creating a Paradigm Shift in Health Care. He believes that consumers should be able to do research and compare prices before making a purchasing decision. In Michigan, facilities charge $1,200 to $12,000 for the same procedure, leaving employers overburdened by hidden fees and employees confused as to the true cost of their health care. The event will feature the installation of the 2015 Troy Chamber Board of Directors.
The cost for the breakfast networking event is $23 for Troy Chamber members and $33 for non-members. Register at For more information, call 248-641-8151.

Auburn Hills State of the CommunityThe Auburn Hills Chamber will host its annual State of the Community address, featuring Auburn Hills Mayor Kevin McDaniel 8-10 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 22 at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Pistons General Manager Jeff Bower will provide opening remarks, and the Auburn Hills Chamber leadership will update guests on its plans to impact the community. The ticketed event is open to the public and includes a hot breakfast buffet. Registration is required; $40 for chamber members and $50 for non-members. Corporate sponsorships are available from $250 and include tickets and varying levels of recognition. For information, call 248-853-7862 or visit
Surviving the next cyber-attack
The Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS) Detroit Chapter will be holding its kick-off panel meeting, "Surviving the Next Cyber-Attack," noon to 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 22 at Kelly Services Headquarters, 999 W. Big Beaver Road - Auditorium A, Troy. Robert C. Ludolph, of counsel to Pepper Hamilton LLP and Garry A. Pate, a Director in the Digital Forensics and E-Discovery practice at Stout Risius Ross, will discuss the current data breach landscape, digital forensics, and strategies/methodologies to survive the next cyber-attack.
The cost to attend includes lunch and membership in the association for $125 if you sign up by Dec. 31. Special code: Join125. The regular chapter and national member rate is $175. The chapter will hold six educational meetings with an additional two social events. After the panel kick-off meeting, all educational meetings will be free to chapter members, and $25 for non-members. RSVP by email to Penny Jones at or call Barbara Bennett at 248-432-1225, for more information.

Association for Women in Communications mixer
The Association for Women in Communications, (AWC) Detroit Chapter, will host an informal mid-winter gathering, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 22 at Eddie Merlot’s, 37000 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills. Communications professionals in all fields are invited. Light appetizers will be provided. Registration is not necessary and there is no cost to attend. There will be a cash bar. AWC Detroit Chapter is currently accepting nominations for their prestigious Headliner, Vanguard and Diamond awards, the organization’s top honors celebrating excellence in the communications field. Nominations must be postmarked by January 30. For more information visit

Walk-In-Start-Up Thursdays
Walk-In-Start-Up Thursdays is 9:30 a.m. to noon and 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. every Thursday, non holiday. Walk In Start Up Thursdays Small Business counseling initiative is for individuals who want to launch a business but don’t know where to begin. They will receive confidential, one-on-one advice from an experienced business consultant with no appointment necessary. There is no fee. Walk-in sessions are available on a first come, first served basis and each session is limited to 15 minutes. Visit or call 248-858-0783.

Annual Collaboration for Entrepreneurship
The 15th Annual Collaboration for Entrepreneurship (ACE’15) is expected to draw a crowd of top entrepreneurs, innovators and business leaders from around the Great Lakes region to network, learn and connect. The event is 2-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29 at Burton Manor Conference Center, 27777 Schoolcraft Rd., Livonia. Visit to register. Admission is $25.
It features ACE Challenge showcase presentations, a keynote presentation by Jules Pieri, founder of The Grommet and exhibitors. It also includes 120 sessions for entrepreneurs to sign up for 20-minute, one-on-one consultations with experts on sales, marketing, funding, intellectual property, business startup and entrepreneurship in the Consultants’ Corridor.
Entrepreneurs have the opportunity to participate in the ACE Challenge pitch competition. Apply at The deadline to apply is Friday, Jan. 16. The ACE Challenge is an opportunity for early stage tech startups to get help with their executive summaries and presentations for sales, investment or recruiting talent. The ten teams chosen will present at the evening program for ACE’15 on Jan. 29 in Livonia.
To apply for an exhibit table at the event, visit  The cost is $145 for an exhibition table, register by Jan. 20. Exhibitors get two admission tickets, a skirted table, listing in the ACE’15 program guide and an invitation to the afterglow reception.
The event is expected to draw 800+ attendees, representing the entrepreneurial community in Michigan.

Automotive Industry Outlook
IHS Analyst to Present “Automotive Industry Outlook: Opportunities and Risks” Mike Wall, director of automotive analysis at IHS Automotive, will present “Automotive Industry Outlook: Opportunities and Risks,” providing a strategic look at the coming challenges and opportunities for the North American and global automotive markets at the Marketing and Sales Executives of Detroit (MSED) meeting on Thursday, Jan. 29. The event will be held at the Management Education Center located at 811 W. Square Lake Road, in Troy. It will begin with a registration and networking session at 5 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m., and presentation and Q & A from 7 to 8 p.m. The cost is $45 for MSED members and $60 for non-members. Call 248-643-6590 or visit

Michigan Construction & Design Tradeshow and Annual MeetingThe Construction Association of Michigan (CAM), Bloomfield Hills, is hosting its Michigan Construction & Design Tradeshow, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4. at MotorCity Casino Hotel in Detroit. This free, one-day event will be attended by commercial construction owners and contractors.
The Michigan Construction & Design Tradeshow will also host the CAM 129th invitation only event, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., inside Sound Board at MotorCity Casino Hotel. This year’s Keynote Speaker is Steve Marquardt, vice president of Olympia Development of Michigan (ODM). To register, visit or call Tracey Alfonsi or Pat DuFresne in the CAMTEC offices at 248-972-1000.

Ignite AutomotiveIgnite Automotive is Feb. 9 at the Royal Oak Music Theater, 318 West 4th St., Royal Oak. It will be headlined by keynoter Ralph Gilles, Senior Vice President of Product Design for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, the brains behind the Dodge Dart and the Challenger reboot. The MC is Charlie Wolborg, who is Detroit’s curator of the TEDx events. The mission of Ignite Automotive is simple: to get young people more interested in pursuing a career in the automotive space.

Michigan Crafters Marketplace
Michigan Crafters Marketplace is March 14 and Oct. 24 at Oakland Mall, 412 14 Mile Road in Troy and also in Livonia on March 7 and Oct. 10. The show is seeking artist, crafters, micro-enterprises and vendors to exhibit. Vendor tables are $75, if registered in January. Set up is at 8 a.m. hours are 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. For information, visit

Live-Work-Play ExpoThe Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce will host the Live-Work-Play Expo 2015, 5-8 p.m., Thursday, March 19 at Waterford Mott High School, 1151 Scott Lake Road, Waterford Township. Exhibitors are sought for the expo. Early bird pricing deadline for registration is Feb. 9. Visit