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

Waterford TWP.
Farm to Fork 
Farm to Fork featuring samples from local farmers, local restaurants and Michigan wineries is Wednesday-Friday, Sept. 24-26 at Oakland County Market, 2350 Pontiac Lake Road, Tickets are $45. Visit or call 248-421-7198.

Linkage Design annual event
Linkage Design is hosting its 2nd Annual Dine, Wine & Design event at 6 p.m., Friday, Sept. 26 at The Space, 112 South Main St., Suite 200, Royal Oak. For more information, call 248-268-2777.

Brewed in Michigan craft beer festival
The annual Brewed In Michigan is 7-10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26 at Baker’s of Milford, featuring breweries, local restaurants and an outdoor beer tent with live entertainment by Rule Seventy Six. The after party will continue in the beer tent until midnight. Community Sharing will receive a portion of the proceeds. The Huron Valley Chamber of Commerce is hosting the evening for adults 21 and over and sponsors include LaFontaine Automotive Group and PineRidge Market. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased online only at For information, visit

Largest women’s business conference in Michigan
The Center for Empowerment and Economic Development (CEED) is hosting the 14th Annual Great Lakes Women’s Business Conference, Sept. 29-30 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi. CEED works to connect women business owners to financing, contract opportunities and training. The conference usually represents more than 1,000 women business owners. The event will feature workshops, a Women’s Business Showcase event and keynote speaker Andrew Yang of Venture For America.
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SCORE Small Business Loan workshop
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 or call 313-226-7947.

ROCO Real Estate fundraiser
ROCO Real Estate is hosting at the M@dison Building, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30. Ticket purchases are tax deductible and will benefit The Detroit Achievement Academy. Donations will sponsor an on-site backpack “bag drop” event hosted by State Bags, much needed classroom supplies and books.

Chamber seeks nominees
The Chamber of Commerce for the South Lyon Area is now accepting nominations for four Board of Directors positions. This is a three-year term beginning Jan. 1, 2015. Nominations should be in writing and delivered to the chamber office by Tuesday, Sept. 30. Active members may nominate themselves or another member in good standing by submitting a short bio to Kim Thompson at or fax to 248-437-4116.

‘Babes on Broadway’
Lake Orion’s 3rd annual ladies’ night out, “Babes on Broadway” is 5:30-9 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 2. The cost is $20 per person which includes four refreshments and a donation to Haven of Oakland County. For reservations, call Simply Marcella at 248-814-7400 or visit

Adcraft to host Michigan State Head Basketball Coach Tom Izzo
The Adcraft Club of Detroit, association for advertising and marketing communications professionals, will host Michigan State University Head Basketball Coach Tom Izzo for a breakfast program Thursday, Oct. 2. The event will take place from 8:30-10 a.m. at the San Marino Club, 1685 E. Big Beaver Road in Troy. Izzo will speak to the club on his secrets to success and the importance of the advertising industry to college sports. Tickets are $25 for members, $35 for non-members and $15 for junior and student members. Register at

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

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 or call 248-391-1900.

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.

Green Hippo Gifts hosts grand opening
The Lake Orion Downtown Development Authority is hosting a ribbon cutting for Green Hippo Gifts at 5 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.

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

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.
— Compiled by Kathy Blake