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

• Five Steps to LinkedIn Mastery is 9-11:30 a.m. Aug. 3 at 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, County Executive Building 41W, Waterford Township. Speaker Terry Bean, founder of Networked Inc. and Motor City Connect, $40 each, register at 248-858-0783, www.AdvantageOakland.com/businessworkshops.
• Walk-In Start Up Small Business Counseling is 9:30 a.m.-noon and 1:30-4:30 p.m. Aug. 3 at two locations: Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township, 248-858-0783, and Novi Civic Center Community Development Center Room, 45175 Ten Mile Road, Novi, 248-347-0573, www.oakgov.com/edca/business/OneStopShop, free 15 minute sessions, first come, first served. For individuals who want to launch a business. It is held every Thursday in Waterford, and on the first Thursday of the month in Novi.
• Starting a Business is 9-11:30 a.m. Aug. 3 at Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township, register at www.AdvantageOakland.com/businessworkshops or call 248-858-0783, free admission.
• “Oakland is Open for Business” vendor workshop is 2-4 p.m. Aug. 9 at Oakland County Executive Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township. Oakland County business owners, entrepreneurs, vendors, suppliers and contractors are invited to learn how to become a registered vendor with Oakland County. It was organized by the Oakland County Board of Commissioners, along with the Department of Economic Development & Community Affairs and Purchasing. Register for the free event at www.eventbrite.com. Contact Connie Srogi at 248-858-4078 or email srogic@oakgov.com.
• CEED Lending Small Business Loan Orientation is 9-11 a.m. Aug. 9 at Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township, register at www.AdvantageOakland.com/businessworkshops or call 248-858-0783, free admission.
• Tech Takeovers-Manufacturing with Autonomous Intelligent Robotics is 8:30-10:30 a.m. Aug. 9 at Automation Alley, 2675 Bellingham, Troy, $20, www.automationalley.com.
• ATI Industrial Automation is hosting its 2017 Technology Fair, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 10 at its Orion Township facility, 4577 South Lapeer Road. The event features educational seminars and robotic demonstrations. Guest speakers include KUKA Robotics, Fori Automation, Troy Design & Manufacturing, Atlas Copco, Acme Manufacturing, iA-Robotics, Methods Machine Tools, PRE-TEC, as well as ATI’s expert engineering and applications team, www.ati-ia.com/TechFair, 248-276-0502.
• 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, www.oakgov.com/advantageoakland, 248-858-0783.