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

 Business Research-Feasibility to Expansion workshop is 9-11:30 a.m. Sept. 13 at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township. There is no fee. Register at or 248-858-0783.
• The Tech248 September MeetUp is 8-10 a.m. Sept. 15 at the Apple Store at Somerset Collection North, 2800 W. Big Beaver Road, Troy. The nearest parking is in the North Parking Structure, Level 1. Tech248 MeetUps are focused on tech companies and held monthly at various places in Oakland County. The events include a brief tech update, networking and collaboration, but are solicitation-free. There is no cost to attend. For more information, contact Susan Stack at 248-858-0734 or email Register at
• Five Steps to LinkedIn Mastery workshop is 9-11:30 a.m. Sept. 15 at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township. $40 each. Register at or 248-858-0783.
• Walk-In-Start-Up Thursdays is 9:30 a.m. to noon and 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays, non holiday, for individuals who want to launch a business at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township. There is no fee. Walk-in sessions are available on a first come, first served basis and each session is limited to 15 minutes,, 248-858-0783.
• The 2016 Entrepreneurs Forum and Expo, designed for current and aspiring business owners is noon-4 p.m. Friday Sept. 16 at Franklin Athletic Club, 29350 Northwestern Highway Southfield. The event will feature keynote speakers, a panel discussion on business resources, a Q&A and business expo. The panel will include representatives from the Small Business Administration, Michigan Women’s Foundation, Oakland County One Stop Shop Business Center and Oakland University Incubator. DeAndre Carter, motivational speaker and author of “Demand Greatness” will kick off the event. The closing speaker will be Ken Johnson, president and CEO of Grand Legacy Corporation. He is the inventor of Phase 10 Card Game and Board Game, sold in stores worldwide. The event was organized by the South East Michigan Entrepreneurs Association and the Southfield Area Chamber of Commerce. The cost, which includes lunch, is $15 for members and $25 for nonmembers in advance. Register or call 248-491-3146.
• Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce Business Women’s Network luncheon is 11:15 a.m. Sept. 21 at Jim Brady’s Detroit, 1214 South Main Street, Royal Oak. The guest speaker will be Carolyn Cassin, president and CEO of Michigan Women’s Foundation. Bring brochures to pass and be prepared to give a 30 second commercial about your business. For more information, visit
• Detroit Chinese Business Association International Golf Open event and banquet is Sept. 20 at Forest Lake Country Club in Bloomfield Hills. A 12-person delegation of Chinese businessmen and investors will be in town to attend outing and tours/meetings the following day. For more information call Milan Stevanovich, Vice President of Global Strategy at 248-719-9100 or visit
• September Economic Development Forum is 8-9:30 a.m. Sept. 21 at Rehmann, 1500 W. Big Beaver Road, Troy. New Roles for Philanthropy in Metro Detroit: A perspective from the Kresge Foundation speaker George Jacobsen, Program Officer, The Kresge Foundation. For information, call Jaimi Brook at 248-641-8151, free to members, $10 adv. for nonmembers, register