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 Elephant in the Boardroom’ author to speak
Vistage Michigan will host Edgar Papke, author of “The Elephant in the Boardroom: How Leaders Use and Manage Conflict to Reach Greater Levels of Success.” Papke is a speaker, author and executive coach known for his innovative approaches to leadership and business. The event, which is open to CEOs, presidents and key executives, is 4:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 3 at the Troy Marriott, 200 W. Big Beaver Road, Troy. Cinco de Mayo-themed hors d’oeuvres and libations will be served, starting at 4:30 p.m. The keynote address begins at 5 p.m. There is no cost to attend. Vistage Michigan is a Chief Executive organization. Registration is required, with Anna Morton at 586-443-5880 (ext. 205) or visit

‘Advanced Community Association Operation’ course
The Meisner Law Group, P.C. will host a four-week course in May for condominium, community and homeowners association leaders about “Advanced Community Association Operation”. Attorney Robert M. Meisner, founder of Meisner Law, will lead the course, 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays, May 3-24 at the Bingham Farms Office, 30200 Telegraph Road Suite 467, 800-470-4433,, $95 per person.

Mergers & Acquisitions Executive Roundtable
Mergers & Acquisitions Executive Roundtable is 7:30-9:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 4 at Automation Alley, 2675 Bellingham Drive, Troy, no charge,

Smartphone workshop
“Use Your Smartphone to Improve Your Business” workshop is 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. May 5 at Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township, $40,, 248-858-0783.

Sales executives leadership summit
Dave Mattson, CEO and president of Sandler Training, with Southfield-based Gerry Weinberg & Associates, will lead top area sales executives in a leadership summit, 7:30-10 a.m. May 4 at The Townsend Hotel 100 Townsend St., Birmingham. For more information, visit

Oakland County’s 31st Annual Economic Outlook Luncheon
The 31st annual Oakland County Economic Outlook Forecast luncheon is set for 11:30 a.m. May 5 at the Detroit Marriott Troy, 200 W. Big Beaver Road, Troy. University of Michigan economists Dr. George Fulton and Donald Grimes will give presentations. Tickets are $50 at

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. 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.

Oakland County Bar Foundation Annual Signature Event
Oakland County Bar Foundation, will host the 17th Annual Signature Event to benefit Michigan-based legal aid and education programs at 7 p.m. Friday, May 6 at the Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Hills. Tickets are $175 per person and may be purchased at under the “Oakland County Bar Foundation” tab.

Business Recognition Breakfast
The 22nd annual Business Recognition Breakfast will be held Friday, May 6, 2016, at 7:15 a.m. at the Highland Lakes OCC campus in the Student Center. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased through the Supervisor’s office at Town Hall or online at Awards presented for milestone anniversaries, beautification efforts, community service, and Business & Business Person of the Year.

Annual Connected Health and Telemedicine Conference
The Annual Connected Health and Telemedicine Conference is 7:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Friday, May 6 at Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital, 6777 W. Maple Road, West Bloomfield Township. Presenters include: Charles P. Friedman, PhD, chair, Department of Learning Health Sciences, and professor of Information and Public Health, Medical School, University of Michigan; Thomas Nesbitt, MD, MPH, associate vice chancellor, Strategic Technologies and Alliances, and director, Center for Health and Technology, UC Davis Health System; Michael Ries, MD, MBA, medical director, Adult Critical Care and e-ICU Advocate Health Care and Edward M. Brown, MD, founder and CEO, Ontario Telemedicine Network. Admission is free, registration recommended at, or call 313-916-8214.

Accelerating business growth workshop
Accelerating business growth through marketing technology is 5:30-8:30 p.m. May 9 at Michigan First Credit Union, 27000 Evergreen Road, Lathrup Village,

Email subject line workshop
“Standout Email Subject Lines: Get Open, Get Read, Get Ahead of Your Competition” workshop is 9-10:30 a.m. May 10 at Credit Union One, 400 E. Nine Mile Road, Ferndale,

Shop Local Expo 2016
Shop Local Expo 2016 featuring business exhibitors, is 4-7 p.m. May 10 at Lake Orion High School Field House, 495 E. Scripps Road, Lake Orion. For information, visit or call 248-693-6300.

Tech248 May MeetUp
Tech248 May MeetUp is 2-4 p.m. May 10 at West End- 59 West Banquet Center, 786 Highland Road, Highland Township. The topic is 3D printing. Register at For information, contact Julie Skene at 248-858-5437 or The meetings are free to attend, no solicitation.

Capital Raise workshop
Capital Raise is 9:30-11 a.m. May 10 at Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township,, 248-858-0783. The event is free of charge
for startup or early-stage growth-based businesses looking for funding, we invite you to attend a 90-minute presentation by our capital strategist, Mike Brennan.

Five Steps to Networking Mastery
Five Steps to Networking Mastery is 9-11:30 a.m. May 18 at Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township. The cost is $40 per person.