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

WATERFORD TWP.
LEGAL BUSINESS BASICS
Legal Business Basics is 9 a.m.-noon, Tuesday, Oct. 28 at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, west of Telegraph, in Waterford Township. To register, visit www.AdvantageOakland.com/businessworkshops or call 248-858-0783. The cost is $20, payable at the door.
PONTIAC
QUALITY PEOPLE AWARDS BREAKFAST
Quality People/Quality County (Q2) awards breakfast on Wednesday, Oct. 29. This year’s honorees include Jack and Annette Aronson of the Garden Fresh Gourmet brand, Oakland County Credit Union, CEO Allan McMorris and Leadership Oakland Executive Director Chris Scharer. The Q2 awards acknowledge those who have utilized their success to improve the quality of life for others. County Executive L. Brooks Patterson has given out the annual award since his first year in office in 1993. The Q2 breakfast will begin at 8 a.m. at the Centerpoint Marriott in Pontiac. For tickets or more information, call 810-955-1957.
WATERFORD TWP.
WALK-IN-START-UP THURSDAYS
Walk-In-Start-Up Thursdays is 9:30 a.m. to noon and 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. every Thursday 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 but don’t know where to begin. 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. For information, visit www.AdvantageOakland.com/businessworkshops
WATERFORD TWP.
BUSINESS SUCCESS CONFERENCE IS OCT. 30
Waterford, Clarkston, Pontiac, Auburn Hills and Orion area chambers of commerce are hosting the annual Business Success Conference, 7:30 a.m. to noon, Thursday Oct. 30 at Oakland Schools, 2111 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township. This year’s theme, “Marketing to the Generations” will begin with a presentation by Oakland County’s Economic Development Department of demographic and market planning analytics for five chamber areas; Auburn Hills, Clarkston, Orion, Pontiac and Waterford. Two panel discussions will follow on how to effectively utilize this information to market a business. The cost is
$40 for chamber members and $55 for nonmembers.
DETROIT
ACCELERATE MICHIGAN INNOVATION COMPETITION
The Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition is Tuesday-Thursday, Nov. 4-6 at in Detroit. The event begins with a two-day investor pitch competition by 54 semifinalists competing for more than $1 million in cash and in-kind prizes at the Westin Book Cadillac in downtown Detroit. Businesses from as far as the United Kingdom, India and throughout the United States applied. Accelerate Michigan 2014 culminates on Nov. 6 at Orchestra Hall in Detroit where a $500,000 Grand Prize and 10 additional awards totaling $500,000 in cash and in-kind prizes will be presented. For more information and to register, visit www.acceleratemichigan.org.
NOVI
MICHIGAN TAX CONFERENCE
The Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants, in partnership with the State of Michigan Department of Treasury, State Bar of Michigan – Taxation Section and Michigan Women’s Tax Association, will host the eighth annual Michigan Tax Conference, 8:30 a.m. – 5:05 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5 at the Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave. in Novi. The inaugural Tax Primer Forum will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 4 for new tax professionals. A networking wine tasting will begin at 5:05 p.m.
LAKE ORION
ORION CHAMBER BREAKFAST
Orion Chamber of Commerce is hosting a breakfast featuring guest speaker Susan Kruger, creator of SOAR Study Skills and winner of Oakland County’s Elite 40 under 40. The breakfast is 8:30-10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 6 at Paint Creek Country Club, 2375 Stanton Road, Lake Orion. Kruger has taught thousands of students how to achieve with study skills through her international best-selling book SOAR Study Skills. She has published books, teacher’s guides, training videos, classes and audio programs, The event features a special introduction by Matthew Gibb, Deputy Oakland County Executive for Economic Development and Community Affairs and former Orion Township Supervisor.
AUBURN HILLS
CHAMBER Road rally
The Auburn Hills Chamber of Commerce will host its newest event, the Auburn Hills Road Rally, Thursday, Nov. 6. Those participating in this event will work in teams to compete for prizes as they discover little known elements within Auburn Hills, during the timed rally. The Auburn Hills Road Rally will begin and end at Ciccarelli’s 22 Sports Bar in Auburn Hills. This event begins at 5:00 pm, with the rally starting promptly at 5:30. Participants have 90 minutes to complete their challenge. Following the rally, there will be a mixer at Ciccarelli’s. Tickets are $25 for Chamber members ($35 for non-members) or $80 for a team of any size, fitting in one care, ($90 for non-members). To register, call the chamber at 248-853-7862 or visit auburnhillschamber.com.
NOVI
BUSINESS RESEARCH: FEASIBILITY TO EXPANSION
Business Research: Feasibility to Expansion is 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6 at Novi Main Library, 45255 W. Ten Mile Road, Novi. It is presented by The Oakland County One Stop Shop Business Center, Oakland County Market Research Department and an Oakland County Public Library business. This workshop is free, but registration is required. Register at www.AdvantageOakland.com/businessworkshops or call 248-858-0783.