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 is 9-11:30 a.m. May 5 at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford, www.AdvantageOakland.com/businessworkshops248-858-0783, free.
• Five Steps to LinkedIn Mastery is 9-11:30 a.m. May 6 at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford, www.AdvantageOakland.com/businessworkshops248-858-0783, $40.

• Orion Area Chamber of Commerce 11th annual Shop Local Expo is 4-7 p.m. May 7 in the Lake Orion High School Field House, orionareachamber.com248-693-6300.

• 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.

• The Adcraft Club of Detroit will host a luncheon featuring Tony DiSalle, U.S. Vice President of Buick and GMC Marketing, at 11:30 a.m. May 8 at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center. DiSalle will discuss Buick’s plans for the future. $40 for Adcraft members, $50 for non-members, and $30 for junior and student members, adcraft.org.

• CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) Detroit is inviting local professionals to lunch to learn more about upcoming redevelopment opportunities in the area, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. May 12 at the GEM Theatre, 333 Madison Avenue in Detroit, $45 for CREW members and $65 for nonmembers. Lunch is included, and parking will be available in the GEM’s garage, www.crewdetroit.org.

• CEED Small Business Loan Orientation is 9-11 a.m. May 13 at at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford, www.AdvantageOakland.com/businessworkshops248-858-0783, free, but registration required.

• FundingPost’s Angel Investor & Venture Capitalist Event for Entrepreneurs is 2-6 p.m. May 14 at Oakland County Executive Office Building, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Building 41W, Waterford Township. Hear directly from investors on what they do and don’t like to hear from early-stage entrepreneurs and get immediate answers to your questions. Entrepreneur Attendees: $49, investor/service provider attendees: $59, Exhibitor Table (Including two tickets): $300, 248-238-8766customerservice@venditaco.com

• QuickBooks for Business Owners is 9 a.m.-1 p.m. May 12 at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford, www.AdvantageOakland.com/businessworkshops248-858-0783, $60.

• Greater West Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce 9th Annual Key to the Township Awards Dinner is 6-9 p.m. May 12 at Shenandoah Country Club, West Bloomfield Township. Guy Gordon, WDIV Local 4 anchor/reporter, will be master of ceremonies for the night. The cocktail reception will begin at 6 p.m., followed by dinner promptly at 7 p.m., $125, www.westbloomfieldchamber.com248-626-3636.

• Starting a Business is 9-11:30 a.m. May 14 at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford, www.AdvantageOakland.com/businessworkshops248-858-0783, free but registration required.

• Break the Rules, Close More Sales is 10 a.m.-1 p.m. May 14 at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford, www.AdvantageOakland.com/businessworkshops248-858-0783, $40.

• Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce 14th Annual Dinner Celebration 5:15 p.m. May 16 at MGM Grand Detroit, 248-430-5855.

• Team SBA Financing Roundtable is 9 a.m.-noon May 21 at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford, www.AdvantageOakland.com/businessworkshops248-858-0783www.miceed.org, free but registration required.

• Clint Morrow’s 10th Annual Golf Outing is May 30 at The Jewel of Grand Blanc to support The American Breast Cancer Foundation, $75 per player, and $300 per team, $100 for hole sponsorships. Sign up with Clint Morrow at 248-462-9211 or email clintcmorrow@gmail.com.

• Driving Fore a Cause is June 8 at Indianwood Golf & Country Club, Lake Orion. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m., with shotgun start at 11 a.m., 248-338-5385www.mclaren.org/oaklandgolf.com, $250 golfer.

• 13th annual Golf Outing and Scholarship awards is June 2 at Shenandoah Country Club, 5600 Walnut Lake Road, West Bloomfield Township, 248-683-6363, $200 per golfer, dinner included, $100 dinner only.

• Rochester Regional Chamber Annual Golf Tournament is June 8 at Katke-Cousins Course, 2200 N Squirrel Road, Rochester. The golf outing begins at 7:30 a.m., shotgun start at 9 a.m., continental breakfast, 248-651-5270www.rrc-mi.com, $155 per golfer.