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 calendar of business events are happening in the area. To have your event featured, email to kathy.blake@oakpress.com.

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. 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. For information, visit www.AdvantageOakland.com/businessworkshops

BERKLEY
Pub Crawl Berkley
The Berkley Pub Crawl is Thursday, Aug. 21 and celebrates the nightlife, restaurants and food fare of the city. Sponsored by the Berkley Area Chamber of Commerce, the Crawl will start at Amici’s Pizza and Living Room, 3249 12 Mile Road, at 5:30 p.m. and crawlers will nosh on complimentary munchies and drink specials as they stroll and shuttle to the bars. The evening ends at Blarney Stone where prizes will be awarded to crawlers. Tickets are $20 and include a T-shirt, appetizers, drink specials and shuttle. Register by Aug. 19 to receive a T-shirt. Venues also include Crispelli’s Bakery & Pizzeria, Hartfield’s Hatrick Pub, O’Mara’s Restaurant & Pub, Republica, and 24 Seconds Bar & Grill. Visit www.berkleychamber.com/events/pub-crawl/

SOUTH LYON
South Lyon Chamber After 5 Networking
South Lyon Chamber of Commerce is hosting After 5 Networking, Thursday, Aug. 21 at Aubree’s Pizzeria Grill at 21775 Pontiac Trail, South Lyon. Visit southlyonchamber.com

WATERFORD TWP.
Oakland Uncorked
Oakland Uncorked is a wine and food tasting experience hosted in partnership by the Oakland County Market, SCAMP and the Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce. It is an evening of culture and entertainment with Miles Brown Jazz Quartet, 15-20 restaurants offering samples and local distributors will offer fine wine tasting. 7 - 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22 at  Oakland County Market, 2350 Pontiac Lake Rd, Waterford Township. The cost is $45 per person. Tickets are non-refundable. Reservations required, must be 21 or older. Register at WaterfordChamber.org or call 248-666-8600.

ROYAL OAK
Big Grill Burger Bash
The Big Grill Burger Bash is 8-11:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22 at the Royal Oak Farmers Market, 316 E 11 Mile Rd, Royal Oak. It features samples of burgers, fries, mac’ n’ cheese and craft brews. General admission tickets are $55.Visit www.thebiggrillburgerbash.com

ROCHESTER HILLS
Wine and Food Festival
The 14th annual Wine and Food Festival is 1 - 9 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 23 and 1 - 5:30 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 24 at Meadow Brook Music Festival, Rochester Hills. General admission tickets are $25, $10 for designated drivers and can be purchased at Ticketmaster, Palacenet.com or call 800-745-3000.

WALLED LAKE
Annual Market Day
The City of Walled Lake 39th Annual Market Day is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24 in downtown Walled Lake, featuring a variety of vendor items such as woodcrafts, jewelry, clothing and food. Visit walledlake.com or call 248-624-4847.

CLAWSON
Leon & Lulu hosting Artists’ Market
Leon & Lulu is hosting Artists’ Market at 96 W. 14 Mile. It will be held 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24, and 3 to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 25. Artists and crafts people from across the state will showcase one-of-a-kind handcrafted items including items such as jewelry, ceramics, photography, fiber art and clothing. For a list of participating artists, visit www.leonandlulu.com/artistsmarket. The Artists’ Market will benefit Leon & Lulu’s AIDS Walk Detroit Team. This year’s AIDS Walk Detroit is Sunday, Sept. 14 at the Royal Oak Farmers Market. Visit www.leonandlulu.com

TROY
Josh Linkner speaks at Leadership Oakland breakfast
Best selling author, CEO of Detroit Venture Partners, and regional champion, Josh Linkner will kick off the Leadership Oakland Breakfast of Champions Series, 7-9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26 at the MSU Management Education Center, 811 W. Square Lake Road, Troy. Linkner has just released his new book “The Road to Reinvention.” To register for the series or for an individual breakfast visit www.leadershipoakland.com

AUBURN HILLS
Lunch with Leaders
The Auburn Hills Chamber of Commerce is hosting its Lunch with Leaders event, Tuesday, Aug. 26 in Downtown Auburn Hills’ University Center, offering emerging leaders knowledge and insight on achieving success in their industry.
Strategic seating arrangements in a small group dining setting surrounded by local business leaders creates greater networking. The leaders include: Susan Cathcart, Vice President of Academics, Baker College Auburn Hills; Lynn Kier, Senior Communications Manager, Delphi Automotive; Edmond Delude, CEO, E7 Solutions and Michelle Hornberger, Chief Strategy Officer, Crittenton Hospital Medical Center.
The cost is $22 for members and $30 for non-members. It will be held 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. For information, visit auburnhillschamber.com, call 248-853-7862 or email info@auburnhillschamber.com.

WATERFORD TWP.
Government Contracting
Government Contracting 101 is 9 a. m. to noon Thursday, Aug. 28  at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township. Presented by Alexander Masters of PTAC of Schoolcraft College. The cost is $45 per person payable at the door.Visit www.AdvantageOakland.com/businessworkshops or call 248-858-0783.

LATHRUP VILLAGE
Create Your Business Website
SCORE Detroit Business Plan 301: Create Your Business Website is 5:15 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4 at Michigan First Credit Union, 27000 Evergreen Road, Lathrup Village. The cost is $45 and includes all materials. Register at www.detroit.score.org or call 313-226-7947. 

WATERFORD TWP.
Demonstration Alley exhibitor registration to close Sept. 5
Life science and health care companies who want to showcase their innovative products and technologies at Demonstration Alley as part of INNO-VENTION 2014 – a Medical Main Street Conference, have until Sept. 5 to register, with the event set for Oct. 21 and 22. The fee to participate in Demonstration Alley is $500, which includes exhibit space and one complimentary conference registration. Questions may be directed to Leslie Smith, at 248- 353-0735, ext. 152 or lsmith@esd.org.

DETROIT
2014 World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems
ITS (Intelligent Transport Systems) World Congress 2014 Technology Showcase is Sept. 7-11, at Cobo Hall in Detroit,  featuring advanced charging, connected infrastructure and vehicle communications from major industry names Chrysler Group LLC and Qualcomm. As a result of the rapid expansion of the Internet of Things (IoT), interfaces between vehicles, buildings and the grid are becoming increasingly important areas of technology and business development. One example is the emergence of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) as a hot area for technology innovation and investment. For more information call 202-484-4847 or visit itsworldcongress.org

ORION TWP.
Winning Futures Golf Outing
Winning Futures Golf Outing in partnership with Elite Success Partners II. The outing is Monday, Sept. 8 at Indianwood Country Club in Orion Township. Registration begins at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. Dinner is at 4 p.m. The cost is $225 per golfer, which includes greens fees and cart, driving range, continental breakfast, grilled lunch, dinner, and beer, wine and pop. Visit www.surveymonkey.com/s/2014WinningFuturesGolfOuting

LATHRUP VILLAGE
SCORE Detroit Business Plan Series
SCORE Detroit Business Plan Series is 8:45 to noon Monday, Sept. 8, 15 and 22. It includes 201 - Research and Sales Planning, Sept. 8; 202 - Start-up Costs and Financial Statements, Sept. 15 and  203 - Writing Your Business Plan for Funding, Sept. 22. All three workshops will be held at Michigan First Credit Union, 27000 Evergreen Road, Lathrup Village. Register at www.detroit.score.org or call 313-226-7947. The cost is $100 per person.

DETROIT
Wine & Dine in the D
The 4th Annual Wine & Dine in the D, an evening of fine wine, gourmet food and jazz music, will take over the entire fourth floor of the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel in Detroit, Thursday, Sept. 11. The event benefits the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) to develop treatments for multiple myeloma, an incurable blood cancer. The evening will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a roundtable presentation by some of the top doctors in the field. Then, the “wining and dining” begins at 6:30 and includes specialties from some of Metro Detroit’s top restaurants including 24 Grille, Joe Muer Seafood, Michael Symon’s Roast, Rattlesnake Club and Vicente’s Cuban Cuisine in Detroit; Forest Grill, Bistro Joe’s, The Stand, Townhouse, and Bella Piatti Restaurant in Birmingham; Bigalora Wood Fired Cucina and Eskimo Jacks Artisan Cookies & Ice Cream in Southfield; CafĂ© Cortina in Farmington Hills, Maria’s Restaurant, Stage Deli and Baked Impressions in West Bloomfield; Beverly Hills Grill in Beverly Hills; Ocean Prime in Troy, Mitchell’s Fish Market in Livonia, Steve & Rocky’s and Big Tommy’s Parthenon in Novi and Eddie Merlot’s in Bloomfield Hills.
In addition, guests may sample selections from Michigan and California wineries and craft beer from Frankenmuth Brewery and Short’s Brewery.
Famed Detroit jazz artists Ursula Walker and the Buddy Budson Quintet will provide the entertainment. A Patron-only After-Glow Reception in the Founder’s Room caps off the evening with desserts, dessert wines and cordials.
Tickets for Wine & Dine in the D are $175 each, or $275 for a Patron ticket, which allows the purchaser to attend the After-Glow Reception as well. For more information, visit WineAndDineintheD.com or call 248-625-0070.

DETROIT
Automation Alley Annual Awards Gala
Automation Alley’s 14th Annual Awards Gala is 6 to 11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12 at MotorCity Casino Hotel, 2901 Grand River Ave., Detroit. The event features awards, alcoholic beverages, hors d’oeuvres and a gourmet dinner while networking with top executives, decision makers and members of the local business elite. There will also be an afterglow with live entertainment and dancing at MotorCity’s Sound Board. Award categories include Automation Alley Member Company of the Year, Educational Program of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, Global Trader of the Year and Technology Company of the Year. For more information, visit www.automationalley.com

NOVI
Battery Show and the Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo
The Battery Show and the Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo are both, Sept. 16 - 18 at Suburban Collection Showcase in Novi. The Battery Show, the premier showcase of the latest advanced battery technology, www.thebatteryshow.com and the Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo, the premier showcase for electric and hybrid vehicle technology and innovation, www.evtechexpo.com

BLOOMFIELD HILLS
Michigan Israel Business Bridge awards dinner
The Michigan Israel Business Bridge will be hosting its first Ambassador Awards Dinner Thursday, Sept. 18 at the Detroit Athletic Club, 241 Madison Avenue, Detroit. Michigan Israel Business Bridge is a non-profit organization to promote business, investment and research opportunities for economic development between Michigan and Israel. The organization will present two awards at the dinner. The Bridge Builder Award will be presented to Donald Schenk, Vice President, International Tank Programs of General Dynamics Land Systems. The Impact Award will be presented to the organization’s co-founder and Past-President, Chuck Newman. Visit michiganisrael.com

TROY
Michigan State University Athletic Director to speak
Michigan State University Athletic Director, Mark Hollis will be the Special Guest Speaker, noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20 at the St. Nicholas Cultural Center, 760 West Wattles, Troy. This will also be a fundraiser for End Polio Now, the Boys & Girls Club of Troy and the Hope Warming Center in Pontiac. For more information, visit troyrotaryevent.org/hollis

TROY
Rotary Club of Troy Viva la Vino fundraiser
Rotary Club of Troy is hosting its third annual Viva la Vino wine tasting fundraiser, 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20 at the St. Nicholas Cultural Center, 760 West Wattles Road, Troy. Catering will be provided by Opus One. There will be a live and silent auction to support Blessings in a Backpack for Kids, Homeless Veterans, Troy Boys and Girls Club, Scholarships, Literacy Programs and Lebanon Water Project. Tickets are $75 and can be ordered online at vivalavinotroy.com

LIVONIA
Association for Operations Management presents supply chain seminar
The APICS The Association for Operations Management, Greater Detroit Chapter presents Leading a Responsive, Customer-Focused Supply Chain, 6:30, Tuesday, Sept. 16 at the VisTaTech Center, Schoolcraft College, 18600 Haggerty Road; Livonia. Jeff Douville of BAE Systems. will share a leadership model that focuses on what he considers are the five attributes common to excellent supply chain managers and organizations – discipline, attitude, innovativeness, respect and an absolute commitment to excellence. Register at 248-663-2416 or email marketing@apicsdet.org or visit www.apicsdet.org Members pay $30, non-members pay $35.

WATERFORD TWP.
SCORE Detroit workshop: Improve Your Odds When Seeking a Small Business Loan
Learn how to prepare for approaching lenders for a small business loan. SBA and banking representatives will make presentations and answer questions, 8:45 a.m. to noon Tuesday Sept. 30 at Oakland County Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township. The cost is $20. Register for workshops at www.detroit.score.org or call 313-226-7947.