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. 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 or call 248-858-0783.
• tech248 Northwest District MeetUp is 2-4 p.m. April 21 at Oakland County International Airport-Terminal Building, 6500 Highland Road, Waterford Township, 248-858-1354,, Oakland County Economic Development & Community Affairs free event.
• Vistage Michigan is hosting "Open Day" breakfast event for chief executives, 7-10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 21 at the Southfield Westin, 1500 Town Center, Southfield. The event is free. Guest speaker Hunter Lott will present, "Leadership 2015-Be a Destination for Top Performers and a Departure for Non-performers. Register at 586-443-5880, ext. 205 or
• "Emergency Preparedness from a Business Perspective" discussion presented by the Macomb County Communications and Technology Center is 9-11 a.m. April 22 at Comtec, 117 S. Groesbeck, Mt. Clemens. Free event. Register at 866-888-1555, ext. 218,
The Auburn Hills and Troy Chambers of Commerce present CEO Insights with PNC's Ric DeVore, Wednesday, April 22. DeVore, Executive Vice President of PNC Bank will discuss financial trends, issues and priorities. The luncheon fee is $30 for members and $40 for non-members of the Auburn Hills and Troy Chamber of Commerce. Register by April 8 or call 248-853-7862.
• The French-American Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Chapter (FACC Michigan) will host its annual gala and awards ceremony on Friday, April 24 at Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Hills. A portion of the proceeds from the evening will be donated to Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors without Borders. The FACC Michigan gala and awards ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m. with cocktails and a silent auction, dinner at 8 p.m. and speakers beginning at 9 p.m. An afterglow with live music will begin at 10 p.m. Gala tickets are $160 per person for FACC members and $190 per person for non-members; sponsorship opportunities are available. To purchase tickets for the black-tie optional gala or to donate items for the silent auction, contact Stephanie Salvadero, executive director of FACC Michigan, at
• Technical Career Night is 7-9 p.m. April 27 at the Costick Center at the Costick Center in Farmington Hills. Participants will learn about an array of post-secondary education options, refreshments will be served. Registration not required. 248-661-5114, email
• Capital Raise is 9:30-11 a.m. April 28 at Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Bldg 41 W, Waterford Township or call 248-858-0783, free workshop.

• The Women Officials Network Foundation will be honoring five women at the WONder Woman Awards banquet, April 30 at the San Marino Club in Troy. The 2015 WONder Women are: Anne Doyle, Kelly Garrett, Nanci Grant, Ann Heler, and Sheryl Mitchell. For more information, or call 248-879-7909.