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

• 2017 Quality People, Quality County (Q2) Awards Breakfast hosted by L. Brooks Patterson, Oakland County Executive, is 8-9:30 a.m. Dec. 6 at Auburn Hills Marriott at Centerpoint, 3600 Centerpoint Parkway, Pontiac. The 2017 honorees are Stephen and Larenne Clark, founders of Scarlet’s Smile Foundation; Philip A. Incarnati, president & CEO of McLaren Health Care and Frederick Nader, co-founder of Walk The Line To Spinal Cord Injury Recovery. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Tickets are $165 each, register at LBrooksPatterson.com/Q2, or contact Jaime Fenner at 248-858-1049 or fennerj@oakgov.com.
• Southfield Area Chamber of Commerce to host Business Development Series on health insurance, 8-9:30 a.m. Dec. 6 at the IBM Building, 18000 W. 9 Mile Road, Southfield. The event is sponsored by RFT Search Group and will focus on navigating health insurance for businesses with less than 20 employees. The event will feature a continental breakfast and a panel of healthcare experts, including: James Ralph, James Ralph Agency; Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan; Cathy Cooper, Health Alliance Plan; Priority Health, $10 for nonmembers, urldefense.proofpoint.comwww.southfieldchamber.com.
• The City of Ferndale: Open for Business is Dec. 6 at the Rust Belt Market for the launch of Open City Ferndale, a panel discussion, resource fair and networking event for all Ferndale business owners, and prospective business owners, www.ferndalemi.gov/news/ferndale-open-for-business.
• CEED Lending Small Business Loan Orientation is 9-11 a.m. Dec. 13 at Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township, 248-858-0783, www.AdvantageOakland.com/businessworkshops.
• Troy Chamber Holiday Luncheon, “Homemade for the Holidays” is 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Dec. 14 at Napa Glen Banquet Center, 2160 E Maple Road, Troy, featuring CEOs from Michigan brands including Eric Ersher, Founder & CEO, Zoup; Pete Karmanos Jr, Chairman/Founder, Mad Dog Technology and Mark Sarafa, founder and CEO, Pop Daddy Popcorn. The panel is moderated by Charlie Langton.
• Starting A Business workshop is 9-11:30 a.m. Dec. 14 at Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township, register at 248-858-0783, www.AdvantageOakland.com/businessworkshops.
• Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce After Hours Business Mixer is 5-7 p.m. Dec. 14 at The Fountains, 6060 Maybee Road, Clarkston, www.waterfordchamber.org, 248-666-8600, $15.
• Walk-In Start Up Small Business Counseling for entrepreneurs is 9:30 a.m.-noon and 1:30-4:30 p.m. Thursdays at Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township, and the first Thursday of the month at Novi Civic Center Community Development Center Room, 45175 Ten Mile Road, Novi, www.AdvantageOakland.com/businessworkshops, 248-858-0783, free 15 minute sessions, first come, first served.