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

• The Tech248 November MeetUp is 2:30-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15 at Michigan First Credit Union, 27000 Evergreen Road, Lathrup Village. Tech248 MeetUps are focused on tech companies and held monthly at various places in Oakland County. The events include a brief tech update, networking and collaboration. This month’s topic is “Digital Marketing Trends”and speakers include: Drew Priebe, Corporate Recruiter, HelloWorld, Southfield and Casey Colussi, Senior Director - Development, HelloWorld. The meetups are solicitation-free. There is no cost to attend, but registration is requested. For more information, contact Susan Stack at 248-858-0734 or email Register at
• Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting Michael Angelo Caruso in a lunchtime presentation, “How to Engage Someone in 15 Seconds,” 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 15 at Bayside Sports Grille, 142 E. Walled Lake Drive, Walled Lake, $20 includes lunch and program. Register at 248-624-2826 or
• Business Research-Feasibility to Expansion is 9-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15  at Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township,, 248-858-0783, free.
• “Lady Boss Network: Survival Skills for the Small Business Owner” starts Tuesday, Nov. 15. It is a two-month course providing female entrepreneurs a support network with five in-person meetings and two one-on- one coaching sessions with SheHive founder, Ursula Adams, MSPOD - a certified leadership coach and small business owner. The series will run through Jan. 24. The program is limited to 10 participants, $250,
• Perfect Pairings, sample shopping featuring local small batch food artisans is 5-9 p.m. Nov. 17 at Eagle Creek Academy, 3739 Kern Road, Oakland Township. Artisans include Fieldstone Winery of Rochester; The Toffee Store; Pasta E Pasta and Because UR Priceless, organic tea company,
• Game Changing Cloud Technology in the Manufacturing Industry workshop is 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17 at Automation Alley headquarters, 2675 Bellingham, Troy,
248-457-3200 or,
• The University of Michigan/Urban Land Institute Real Estate Forum is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a two-day forum for those interested in real estate, filling empty storefronts or investing in Michigan, particularly metro Detroit. The forum will be held Nov. 17 at The Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center in Detroit and Nov. 18 at The Stephen M. Ross School of Business in Ann Arbor. It includes 15 hours of programming over two days with 40 speakers, bus and walking tours and two networking/deal making receptions. Register at
• Walsh College is hosting a veteran career workshop presented by Eric Fretz, Ph.D., faculty lecturer at the University of Michigan, and a U.S. Navy veteran.
The workshop is 4:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 17 at Walsh College, Success Center, Room #123, 3838 Livernois Road, Troy. The workshop begins with networking and is geared for veterans re-entering the workforce. Veteran-friendly employers, such as General Motors, Quicken Loans, and Roush will be represented. Register at
• Walsh College Annual Leadership Awards Dinner is 7 p.m. Nov. 18 at the MGM Grand Detroit. Four local business leaders will be honored for leadership and philanthropic community service: John Carter of Bloomfield Hills, president of Michigan Middle Market at JPMorgan Chase; Faye Alexander Nelson of Grosse Pointe, vice president of public affairs at DTE Energy and president of DTE Energy Foundation; Jeffrey Littmann of Grosse Pointe and Mary Owen of Birmingham. For more information on the awards dinner, contact Andrea Richards, Walsh College Development Office, at 248-823-1204 or visit
• “Leading in Times of Chaos” featuring Sheriff Michael Bouchard is 7:30 a.m.–9 a.m. Nov. 29 at Troy Community Center, 3179 Livernois Rd, Troy. Part of Leadership Oakland’s four-part breakfast series, $36, register at or call Carol Dendler at 248-952-6880.
• Walk-In-Start-Up Thursdays is 9:30 a.m. to noon and 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays, non holiday, for individuals who want to launch a business at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township. There is no fee. Walk-in sessions are available on a first come, first served basis and each session is limited to 15 minutes,, 248-858-0783.