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

LAKE ORION
Canterbury Village celebrates Oktoberfest
Oktoberfest featuring German food and music is Friday to Sunday, Oct. 3-5 at Olde World Canterbury Village. Admission is $5. Visit www.canterburyvillage.com or call 248-391-1900.

ROYAL OAK
Network After Work
Network After Work, a face-to-face business networking company is hosting a Network After Work event, 6-9 p.m. Tuesday Oct. 7 at Blackfinn, 530 S Main St., Royal Oak. Register at detroit.networkafterwork.com.

WATERFORD TWP.
Chamber breakfast
Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce Perking Up is 8-9 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7 at Mott High School, Performing Art Center, 1151 Scott Lake Road, Waterford Township. Continental breakfast and networking. $10 in advance and $15 at the door.

WATERFORD TWP.
Small Business Loan Orientation
CEED Small Business Loan Orientation: 9-11 a.m., Oct. 8 at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, west of Telegraph, in Waterford Township. To register, visit www.AdvantageOakland.com/businessworkshops or call 248-858-0783. Workshop covers microloan program requirements and process. The workshop is free.

WATERFORD TWP.
Business expansion workshop
Business Research: Feasibility to Expansion, 6-9 p.m., Oct. 8 at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, west of Telegraph, in Waterford Township. To register, visit www.AdvantageOakland.com/businessworkshops or call 248-858-0783. The workshop is free.

AUBURN HILLS
Taste of Auburn Hills is 5-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct 9 at Walter P. Chrysler Museum, Auburn Hills
This is a networking event featuring more than 15 food and beverage partners. The event features two floors of networking, cars and food stations. A portion of this year’s event proceeds will support Auburn Hills’ Meals on Wheels program.

OXFORD
Women’s expo
The 12th Annual Women’s Expo is 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9 at Boulder Pointe Golf Club and Banquet Center, 1 Champions Cir, Oxford. This event, sponsored by the Oxford Chamber of Commerce Networking Group, offers vendors an opportunity to showcase their products and/or services to a targeted audience of over 400 women, while also raising awareness and financial support for women’s healthcare and cancer charities. Email admin@oxfordchamber.netor call 248-628-0410 for information.

FARMINGTON HILLS
Suburban Collection dealership grand opening
The Suburban Collection will host a grand opening ceremony at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10 for Suburban Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Farmington Hills, marking the official completion of this ultramodern dealership located at 38123 West Ten Mile Road, Farmington Hills. Refreshments will be served. Visit SuburbanCollection.com.

KEEGO HARBOR
Magnolia by the Lakes
Magnolia by the Lakes, senior living village, is hosting their ribbon cutting ceremony at 5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 10 at 1699 Cass Lake Road, Keego Harbor.

LAKE ORION
Green Hippo Gifts hosts grand opening
The Lake Orion Downtown Development Authority is hosting a ribbon cutting for Green Hippo Gifts at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14 at the downtown Lake Orion gift shop. The owner, Jennifer Meier is hosting a grand opening celebration after the ribbon cutting. Green Hippo Gifts features unique gifts created by local Michigan artists. It is at 2 W. Flint St. For information, call 248-690-9303.

COMMERCE TWP.
Meet the Candidates at Costco
Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce and Costco Wholesale are hosting “Meet The Candidates”, 7:30-9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14 at Commerce Costco, 3000 Commerce Crossing, Commerce Township. The event is for members to meet and socialize with the political candidates, and enjoy refreshments. To register, call 248-529-2337 or email w341mkt02@costco.com.

WATERFORD TWP.
QuickBooks for Businesses
QuickBooks for Business Owners is 9 a.m. - noon, Thursday, Oct. 16 at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, west of Telegraph, in Waterford Township. To register, visit www.AdvantageOakland.com/businessworkshops or call 248-858-0783. The cost is $40 per person, registration is required.

TROY
Retirement workshop
Reinventing Mi Retirement is 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Monday, Oct. 20 at the Michigan State University Management Education Center in Troy (811 W. Square Lake Road. Volunteers from the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants will be on-site to provide one-on-one financial counseling, presentations, workshops and toolkits. The event is free and registration is requested. Call 877-999-6442 or visit www.michigan.gov/ReinventRetirement

DEARBORN
Michigan Culinary Team fund-raiser 
Michigan Culinary Team is hosting a fund-raiser Oct. 21 at the Adoba Hotel, 600 Town Center Drive, Dearborn. Tickets cover a three-course meal with passed appetizers. The event features a silent auction and 50/50 raffle. Cash bar with proceeds going to the team. Admission is $50 per person. Doors open at 6 p.m. Contact Elizabeth Butler for reservations, call 248-333-1814 or email ebutler@dorsey.edu

WATERFORD TWP.
Oakland County Market Oktoberfest
The Oakland County Market will be the site of “Oktoberfest - A Celebration of Local Abundance” is 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 2350 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township. Featured will be Michigan Wines and Craft Beer along with plenty of “nibbles, sips and bits” representing an abundance of prosperous businesses located in Michigan and Oakland County. To register visit www.leadershipoakland.com or call 248-952-6880.

TROY
PR & Media experts to share brand building tips
The Troy Chamber of Commerce will host industry experts during its upcoming seminar “In the Public Eye.” It’s a half day seminar for businesses in Troy focused on public and media relations. The event, which will be held, 8 a.m.-noon Thursday, Oct. 23 at Altair Engineering in Troy. It will feature three presentations on public relations tips and tactics, followed by a media relations discussion panel. During the public relations portion of the seminar, Michael Niederquell, Founder and CEO of The Quell Group, will present “The Power of Branding: It’s More Than a Logo.” The second portion of the seminar will feature a media panel moderated by John Young, Vice President of Communications & Marketing, Oakland University. The panel will feature: Jennette Smith of Crain’s Detroit Business; Marie Osborne of WWJ Newsradio 950 CBS Radio; Al Johnson, of WJBK TV Fox 2 Detroit; and Dustin Block of the MLive Media Group.
Visit www.troychamber.com or call 248-641-8151.

WATERFORD TWP.
SBA Financing
Team SBA Financing Roundtable is 9 a.m.-noon, Thursday, Oct. 23 at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, west of Telegraph, in Waterford Township. Free loan orientation conducted by a business banker, a business consultant from the SBA’s network of Small Business Development Centers, and an SBA representative. To register, visit www.AdvantageOakland.com/businessworkshops or call 248-858-0783. 
The workshop is free.

SOUTH LYON
South Lyon Taste & Business Expo
South Lyon Chamber of Commerce is hosting South Lyon Taste & Business Expo 3-7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 25 at the South Lyon High School.

WATERFORD TWP.
Legal Business Basics
Legal Business Basics is 9 a.m.-noon, Tuesday, Oct. 28 at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, west of Telegraph, in Waterford Township. To register, visit www.AdvantageOakland.com/businessworkshops or call 248-858-0783. The cost is $20, payable at the door.

WATERFORD TWP.
Business Success Conference is Oct. 30
Waterford, Clarkston, Pontiac, Auburn Hills and Orion area chambers of commerce are hosting the annual Business Success Conference, 7:30 a.m. to noon, Thursday Oct. 30 at Oakland Schools, 2111 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township. This year’s theme, “Marketing to the Generations” will begin with a presentation by Oakland County’s Economic Development Department of demographic and market planning analytics for five chamber areas; Auburn Hills, Clarkston, Orion, Pontiac and Waterford. Two panel discussions will follow on how to effectively utilize this information to market a business. The cost is $40 for chamber membmers and $55 for nonmembers.

WATERFORD TWP.
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 at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township.