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

The following business events are planned in Oakland County. To add your event to the next calendar, email to

July 23-24
The annual Michigan IDEA Exchange and Alliance Program is 7:30 a.m. to  3:45 p.m. Thursday, July 24 at Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave., Novi. Hosted by the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), it will kick off on July 23 at the Shenandoah Country Club in West Bloomfield Township with a round of golf followed by a cocktail reception. There will be a keynote address by Benjamin Schall, COO of Rouse Properties, “Six Success Stories on the Municipal Runway,” featuring best practices of Michigan’s great municipalities, expert speakers including Michelle Shannon, Vice President of Marketing and Communications of Center City District in Philadelphia, PA, Roundtable Discussions, a Retail Runway and two hours of deal making. To register, visit

July 24
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. 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.

July 25
Southfield-based CoStaff Services, a human resource provider and UHY LLP CPA firm will be hosting two free Health Care Reform Seminars, “How the ACA Will Impact Your Company This Year,” for employers with 50 or more employees in metro Detroit.
CoStaff Services and UHY LLP will host 90-minute seminars and webinars that will help large employers navigate through the complex issue of Health Care Reform legislation. Two dates to choose from: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 17 and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 25.
Both seminars will be held at The Skyline Club, 2000 Town Center, Suite #2800, Southfield. There is no cost to attend the event, and lunch will be provided for all seminar attendees.CoStaff will provide “Go To Meeting” Webinar login information for those who wish to access the seminar remotely. To register, contact CoStaff at or 248-671-1400. Visit

July 26
A seminar providing information to sell to federal government agencies. Hosted by J.A.W Management, Inc./FGPS, the seminar is offered twice on Saturday, Jul 26 at Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Farmington Hills, 37529 Grand River Ave., Farmington Hills. Session 1 is 9-11:30 a.m. and session 2 is 1 to 3:30 p.m. Each session is $129. Email to register at

July 28
Small Business Association of Michigan Annual Golf Outing is July 28
Business Association of Michigan Annual Golf Outing to benefit MiQuest is Monday, July 28 at Oak Pointe Country Club in Brighton. It begins with a 9:30 a.m. Shotgun Start. The cost is $150 per individual golfer and $600 for a foursome.

July 29
Legal Basics for Small Business is 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, July 29  at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, west of Telegraph, in Waterford Township. The program addresses how to select the best type of legal structure for a business, how to protect business interests when dealing with customers, suppliers or independent contractors and guidelines for establishing short and long term succession plans. The cost is $20 per person, registration is preferred, but payable at the door. Visit or call 248-858-0783.

July 30
Don Zavis is hosting a workshop for sales people discussing subconscious buying motivations, 3 to 4:30 p.m. July 30 at Holiday Inn Express, 35270 Woodward Ave. Birmingham. The cost is $20 at the door. Register at 248-497-5869 or email

Aug. 1-3
Downtown Northville will host its 6th annual Buy Michigan Now Festival, Aug. 1-3 as part of the state’s Buy Michigan Week. This family-friendly event includes tasty treats, street vendors, live music, and children’s activities, all highlighting Michigan-based businesses and Michigan-made products. This year’s festival hours are noon to 9 p.m., Friday, Aug. 1; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday Aug. 2 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday Aug. 3. Admission and parking are free. Main and Center streets are closed in the middle of downtown to make it easy to shop and dine, with live entertainment. The Northville Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Michigan Wine and Beer Garden. Visit

Aug 2 - 3
A Taste of Oak Park is 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 2 & 3 at Oak Park Community Center, 14300 Oak Park Blvd., Oak Park.

Aug. 4
Novi Parks Foundation Annual Golf Outing is Thursday, Aug. 7 at the Links of Novi Golf Club, 50395 10 Mile Road. Register at Golf & Dinner for $125 per person or $500 per foursome or $50 for dinner only. Each registered participants receives 18-holes of golf with cart, continental breakfast, lunch, a gourmet steak dinner and prizes.

Aug. 5
How Art and Communications Inspire Each Other is planned by the Association for Women in Communications (AWC) - Detroit chapter summer mixer on Tuesday, Aug. 5 at Epiphany Studios in Pontiac. Discover how art infuses communications and how communications becomes livelier with art, as four leading local artists and communications pros share their perspective. The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with networking followed by a light supper and refreshments. The program begins at 7 p.m. The cost is $25 for AWC members, $35 for nonmembers, and $15 for students. Recommended attire is light summer layers as glass blowing furnaces are on when idle. For more information or to register, visit or call (866) 385-1784.

Aug. 6
Think Tank 2014 Entrepreneur Event is Wed 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 6 at Southfield Learning Center, 26261 Evergreen Road, Ste 135, Southfield. Business entrepreneurs and students are invited to bring their ideas to be reviewed to the University of Phoenix Detroit Campus Think Tank. Participants receive insightful feedback and advice on entities, marketing, hiring, financing, and other essential topics. Prepare your entry in one of the following formats: written summary (no more than one page);  PowerPoint presentation (up to 3 slides); Audio podcast (up to 2 minutes) or a video presentation (up to 2 minutes). Entries must be received at by July 25. Winners will be notified by July 30 is selected. The winners will have an opportunity to present their idea in front of our Think Tank panel at our 2014 Entrepreneur Event on Aug. 6 and receive valuable feedback.

Aug. 8
An all-star cast of sports celebrities will join golfers in this year’s Emerging Sectors Cup 2014 Golf event on Friday, Aug. 8. The outing, hosted by the Pontiac Regional Chamber will benefit CARE House of Oakland County, a nonprofit organization to help children be free of abuse and neglect.
The morning will begin with a welcome from Oakland County Executive Director L. Brooks Patterson. Patterson plans to share highlights of Oakland County’s Emerging Sectors initiative. This program identifies the top growth sectors and fosters business development in areas including: Communication & Information Technology; Medical Main Street; Film & Digital Media; Defense & Homeland Security; and others. Foursomes entering the challenge will have the opportunity to link up with Lem Barney, Lomas Brown, Jr., Levi Johnson, John Ogrodnik, Pat Sheridan, Eddie Murray, Greg Landry, and Dave Rozema, as they compete for the “Emerging Sectors Cup.” The winning foursome will have their name and business sector engraved in the cup that will be highlighted annually.
The 18-hole-golf scramble has a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. It includes light breakfast and networking at Fieldstone Golf Club, 1984 Taylor Road, Auburn Hills. A luncheon buffet will follow with an awards presentation, sports memorabilia live auction. Emerging Sectors Cup sponsorship packages are $250 to $5,000 with an individual golfing fee of $125. Luncheon buffet only is $75.

Aug. 11
Athletes Unlimited will host its 17th annual golf outing on Monday, Aug. 11 at Walnut Country Club.  Proceeds will benefit Athletes Unlimited, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing social, recreational, and athletic outlets to people with disabilities. The golf outing will kick off at Walnut Country Club of South Lyon with optional practice at the driving range at 9 a.m., followed by a grill lunch at the shotgun start at 11 a.m. Following the completion of 18 holes of golf, there will both be live and silent auctions, as well as a sit-down dinner and awards ceremony. Visit or call 248-680-9000.

Aug. 24
The City of Walled Lake is accepting vendor applications for its 39th Annual Market Day, which takes place, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24. There is typically a wide variety of vendor items such as woodcrafts, jewelry, clothing and food. To apply, contact Janell L. Joyce at the City of Walled Lake at 248-624-4847 or

Sept. 26
The Greater Lansing Area Club of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs Inc. and the Lansing Black Chamber of Commerce have
partnered with several organizations to host the Shop Michigan  Expo on Friday, September 26. The Expo will be held in Michigan’s Capital City at the Lansing Center, located at 333 E. Michigan Ave.,  9 a.m. until 7 p.m.
The Expo celebrates diversity by offering micro, small and diverse businesses the chance to build lasting relationships and connect with consumers as well as other business owners. The Shop Michigan Expo is open to all types of businesses. From 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. there will be business to business networking followed by business to consumer connection 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. The fee for an exhibitor booth is $250. Exhibitors and interested persons may also participate in the Business 2 Business Networking Breakfast from 8:45 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. for $25 and a Business 2 Business Networking Lunch from noon until 1:00 p.m. for $35. There will be a fee of $5 for all consumer registrants. Workshops will cover topics such as the “U.S. Small Business Administration 3C’s” (Counseling, Capital and Contracting), “Marketing Your Business” presented by MI - Small Business Development Center, and “Taxpayer Advocacy” presented by an I.R.S. Representative(s).  A portion of the Expo proceeds will be donated to a Michigan charity that provides services to families and children. Visit or email