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


• Walk-In-Start-Up Thursdays is 9:30 a.m.-noon and 1:30-4:30 p.m. every Thursday at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township.It is a small business counseling initiative 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, first come, first served basis and each session is limited to 15 minutes. There is no fee. www.AdvantageOakland.com, 248-858-0783.

• Greater Pontiac Community Coalition Business Forum Conference Series is 6-8 p.m. Aug. 7-8 at Oakland University, School of Business Administration, 242 Elliott Hall, Rochester. The event is for small business owners. It includes an open forum and panel with discussion on start-up business planning. It includes break-out sessions with experts and opportunity to qualify for OU’s i2B (ideas to Business) is 9 a.m.– noon, Aug. 8. Register at www.eventbrite.com/e/business-forum-conference-series-2015-tickets-17554614324.

• August Economic Development Forum with discussion on Workforce Intelligence Network is noon, Aug. 19 at Rehmann, 1500 W. Big Beaver Road, Troy, 248-641-0031, www.troychamber.com/events, $15.
• Small business marketing event, “Email Marketing for Success” is 8:30-10 a.m. Aug. 25 at Northwood University, 1500 W. Big Beaver, Suite 103, Troy, 248-641-0031, www.troychamber.com/events, $10.

• After-Hours Mixer in Partnership with Rochester Regional & Auburn Hills Chambers of Commerce is 5-6:30 p.m. Aug. 11 at Royal Park Hotel, 600 E. University, Rochester, 248-641-0031,www.troychamber.com/events/after-hours-mixer, $25.
• Business Research: Feasibility to Expansion workshop is 6-8:30 p.m. Aug. 12 at Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township, free workshop, register at www.AdvantageOakland.com/businessworkshops, 248-858-0783.
• Business Start-up-The Essentials workshop is 8:45 a.m.-noon, Aug. 12 at Michigan First Credit Union, 27000 Evergreen, Lathrup Village, Detroit SCORE’s introductory workshop, $25 per person. Veterans may attend for free, 313-226-7947, detroit.score.org.
• Starting a Business workshop is 9-11:30 a.m. Aug. 13 at Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township, free workshop, register at register atwww.AdvantageOakland.com/businessworkshops, 248-858-0783.
• Team SBA Financing Roundtable is 9 a.m.- noon, Aug. 13 at Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township, free workshop, register atwww.AdvantageOakland.com/businessworkshops, 248-858-0783.
• Create Your Marketing Plan workshop is 9 a.m.-noon, Aug. 18 at Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township, register atwww.AdvantageOakland.com/businessworkshops, 248-858-0783, $40 per person.
• 5 Steps to LinkedIn Mastery workshop is 9-11:30 a.m. Aug. 19 at Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township, register atwww.AdvantageOakland.com/businessworkshops, 248-858-0783, $40 per person.
• American Society of Employers Global Human Resources Conference is Aug. 19 on the campus of the University of Michigan-Dearborn.global mobility issues, www.aseonline.org.
• Business Start-up Marketing workshop is 8:45 a.m.-noon, Aug. 19 at Michigan First Credit Union, 27000 Evergreen, Lathrup Village. Hosted by Detroit SCORE, $25 per person, 313-226-7947, detroit.score.org.