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

• Tech248 MeetUp for February is 9-11 a.m. Feb. 13 at Danlaw Inc., 41211 Vincenti Court, Novi. “Connected Car Technology-Paving the Way for Sustainable Mobility” will be presented by Danlaw COO Tim Morris and VP Engineering Solutions Dan McClung. The monthly meetUps are networking events designed to connect people of tech companies in Oakland County. Admission is free. There is a no solicitation policy for the MeetUps,, 248-858-1922.

• “The Four Key Pieces to a Great Business” workshop is 10:30 a.m.- noon Feb. 13 at the Ferndale Library, 222 E. 9 Mile Road, Ferndale, 248-546-2504, register at

• The Troy Chamber of Commerce to host February Economic Development Forum, 8-9:30 a.m. Feb. 14 at Rehmann, 1500 W. Big Beaver Road, Troy, featuring Seun Phillips, Director, PlanetM, an initiative of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation,

• The Urban Land Institute (ULI) of Michigan, dedicated to responsible land use, announced its Larson Center for Leadership applications are open for the 2018 program. The Larson Center for Leadership is a curriculum-based program designed to educate and mentor the next generation of Michigan leaders. The nine-month program is comprised of eight program days and a group project. Ideal participants are mid-career, Michigan-based professionals who work either directly or indirectly in the real estate or land-use sectors, and have a strong working knowledge and commitment to the mission of the Urban Land Institute. Applications are due by 5:30 p.m. Feb. 16 at

• The Southfield and Troy Young Professionals to host the “Side Hustle” workshop, 5:30-7 p.m. Feb. 20 at Northwood University, 1500 W. Big Beaver, Ste 103, Troy, $10, presented by Beth Bryce is register at

• NAWBO Greater Detroit presents the 2018 Top 10 Influential Women in Business Awards Dinner, 6:30-9 p.m. March 1 at Regency Manor & Banquet Center, 25228 W. 12 Mile Road, Southfield, featuring keynote speaker, Carla Harris,, 313-961-4748. Sponsorship opportunities available., Tickets are $100 for members and $150 for nonmembers. VIP with reception at 5:30 p.m. is an extra $25.

• Walk-In Start Up Small Business Counseling for entrepreneurs is 9:30 a.m.-noon and 1:30-4:30 p.m. Thursdays at Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township, and the first Thursday of the month at Novi Civic Center Community Development Center Room, 45175 Ten Mile Road, Novi,, 248-858-0783, free 15 minute sessions, first come, first served.