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

NOVI
Green Industry trade show

The Michigan Green Industry Association 28th annual trade show and convention is March 3-4 at the Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave. Novi. Call 248-646-4992 or visit www.landscape.org. The show features 150,000 square feet of exhibit space with lawn and landscape equipment, snow equipment, trucks, nursery stock, hardscapes, irrigation, water features, lighting supplies and educational seminars.

SOUTHFIELD
Women's leadership workshop
“Leadership Skills for a Changing World” presented by CEED Leadership Institute For Women is 8:15 a.m.-5 p.m. March 5 at Lear Corporation, 21557 Telegraph Road in Southfield. Keynote Speaker, Speaker and Trainer Chris Majer, Founder and CEO, $100, includes continental breakfast, lunch and materials, 734-838-3860, www.miceed.org.

WIXOM
State of the city
Wixom Mayor Kevin W. Hinkley’s 2015 State of the City address is 7 p.m. March 5 in the Wixom Community Center at the Wixom Civic Center Campus at 49015 Pontiac Trail, Wixom.


WATERFORD TWP.
Business expo

Get a Grip on Your Business is 9-11 a.m. March 5 at Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Bldg 41W, Waterford Township,www.advantageoakland.com/StartABusiness or call 248-858-0783, free.

LATHRUP VILLAGE
Create your Business Website

SCORE's Create your Business Website is 5:30-8:30 p.m. March 5 at Michigan First Credit Union, 27000 Evergreen Road, Lathrup Village. Visit www.detroit.score.org or call 313-226-7947.

WATERFORD
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, non holiday 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. 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. Visit www.advantageoakland.com/StartABusiness or call 248-858-0783.

WATERFORD TWP.
Business Research
Business Research: Feasibility to Expansion is 9-11:30 a.m. March 10 at Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Bldg 41 W, Waterford Township,www.advantageoakland.com/StartABusiness or call 248-858-0783, free.


WATERFORD TWP.
CEED Small Business Loan Orientation
CEED Small Business Loan Orientation is 9-11 a.m. March 11 at Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Bldg 41 W, Waterford Township,www.advantageoakland.com/StartABusiness or call 248-858-0783.


DETROIT
Technology Tip-Off
Regional manufacturing technology firm Electro-Matic Ventures, Inc. and Siemens, a global engineering and electronics company, present a technology transfer event, "Manufacturing in America," with "Technology Tip-Off" March 11-12 at Ford Field in Detroit. This two-day symposium and technology show brings decision-makers in automotive and related industries together. Admission is free, register at techtipoff.com/register.

WATERFORD TWP.
Starting a business
Starting a Business is 9-11:30 a.m. March 12 at Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Bldg 41 W, Waterford Township,www.advantageoakland.com/StartABusiness or call 248-858-0783.


WATERFORD TWP.
Sales workshop
Break the Rules, Close More Sales is 10 a.m.-1 p.m. March 12 at Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Bldg 41 W, Waterford Township. $40,www.advantageoakland.com/StartABusiness or call 248-858-0783.


SOUTHFIELD
Website workshop
Advanced Techniques: Get visitors to your Website is 5:30-8:30 p.m. March 12 Michigan First Credit Union, 27000 Evergreen Road, Southfield. Visit www.detroit.score.org or call 313-226-7947.


SOUTHFIELD

State of the City
State of the City Address hosted by the Soutfield Chamber of Commerce is 8-10 a.m. March 13 at Westin Southfield, 1500 Town Center, Southfield. $40 members, $50 nonmembers, free parking in structure or $10 valet, Register at www.southfieldchamber.com/

WHITE LAKE TWP.
Business Expo
White Lake Community Business Expo 2015 is 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. March 14 at Whitehall High School, 3100 White Lake Drive Whitehall, whitelake.org.


NOVI
Social media workshop
Social Media for Small Business Owners is 1-4 p.m. March 14 at Novi Public Library, 45255 W. 10 Mile Road, Novi. Visit www.detroit.score.org or call 313-226-7947.


WHITE LAKE TWP.

Business expo
White Lake Community Business Expo 2015 is 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. March 14 at Whitehall High School, 3100 White Lake Drive Whitehall, whitelake.org.


TROY
Michigan Crafters Marketplace
Michigan Crafters Marketplace is March 14 and Oct. 24 at Oakland Mall, 412 14 Mile Road in Troy and also in Livonia on March 7 and Oct. 10. The show is seeking artist, crafters, micro-enterprises and vendors to exhibit. Vendor tables are $75, if registered in January. Set up is at 8 a.m. hours are 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. For information, visit www.michigancraftersmarketplace.com/


PONTIAC
Suburban Michigan Home Show 

Suburban Michigan Home Show is March 14-15 at Ultimate Soccer Arenas, 867 South Boulevard East, Pontiac, MIHomeShow.com, 888-433-EXPO.

WATERFORD TWP.
Live-Work-Play Expo
The Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce will host the Live-Work-Play Expo 2015, 5-8 p.m., Thursday, March 19 at Waterford Mott High School, 1151 Scott Lake Road, Waterford Township. Exhibitors are sought for the expo. Visit www.waterfordchamber.org/


DEARBORN
Women business owners awards dinner
The National Association of Women Business Owners Greater Detroit Chapter (NAWBO-GDC) is hosting the 21st annual awards dinner on March 19 at The Henry in Dearborn. Visit www.nawbogdc.org.