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 following business events are planned in Oakland County. To add your event to the next calendar, email to kathy.blake@oakpress.com.

April 16
TROY  — Michigan Schools and Government Credit Union (MSGCU) is hosting an interactive workshop about home equity loans.
The workshop, “Home Equity 101,” is 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 16 at the Troy Community Center, 3179 Livernois Road in Troy. Attendees will learn how to identify the amount of equity available in their home, the types of home equity loans available, and typical financing terms of home equity loans.
Registration is required, call 586-263-8800, option 0, or email workshops@msgcu.org.

April 16
BIRMINGHAM  — Casey Hurbis, the head of FIAT Brand Communication and Advertising, will present “The FIAT Brand Storyscape” and share the importance of creating a story to connect customers to a brand at the Marketing & Sales Executive of Detroit (MSED) seminar on Wednesday, April 16.The presentation will provide information on the successful launch of the FIAT Brand and the role social media played in bringing the brand to life.
The event will be held at Golling Fiat at 34500 Woodward Avenue in Birmingham. It will begin with registration and networking at 6 p.m., presentation at 6:45 p.m. and a second networking session at 7:15 p.m. Parking is limited, but additional parking will be available in the lot behind the dealership, off of Bowers Street.
The cost for the event is $20 for MSED members and $60 for non-members. Register at 248-643-6950 or visit www.msedetroit.org.

April 17
WATERFORD TWP.  — Walk-In, Start-Up Thursdays Free Business Counseling is every Thursday. The hours are 9:30 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sessions are limited to 15 minutes, available on a first come, first-served basis. The weekly business counseling is held at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford Township. For registration, visit www.AdvantageOakland.com/expand or call 248-858-0783.

April 23
WATERFORD TWP.  — Create Your Marketing Plan is 9 a.m. - noon, Wednesday, April 23 at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford Township. The workshop is $40 per person. Registration required, visit www.AdvantageOakland.com/expand or call 248-858-0783.

April 24
AUBURN HILLS —  Achieving career success by learning how to leverage personal and professional networks will be the focus of the Auburn Hills Chamber’s upcoming women’s leadership event hosted by the Auburn Hills Chamber of Commerce  Facilitated by TTi Global President and CEO Lori Blaker, the event will be held 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday April 24 at the Crowne Plaza of Auburn Hills. Women are encouraged to bring gently- used professional clothing to support the Neighborhood House’s Clothes Closet, which helps women throughout Auburn Hills and Rochester return to gainful employmens. Collection bins and tax deductible receipts will be available. Leveraging Your Network is $30 for chamber members and $40 for non-members of the Auburn Hills Chamber. To register, visit auburnhillschamber.com or call 248-853-7862.

April 29
TROY  — The Troy Chamber of Commerce and its Non-Profit Network (NPN) will host the 9th Annual Nonprofit Management Conference, presented by Huntington Bank’s Seeds For Success, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 29 at Walsh College, 3838 Livernois, Troy. The conference is sponsored by Walsh College, MORC and the Troy Chamber of Commerce. The day begins with a continental breakfast and networking hour followed by two breakout sessions, a hot buffet lunch and an extended afternoon session. Attendees may choose from six seminars covering eight core areas geared toward nonprofit organizations. In the afternoon, all attendees will enjoy a networking lunch followed by a panel discussion, “How to Reach Multi-Generational and Ethnically Diverse Audiences.” The cost for the day-long event, meals included, is $50 for Troy chamber members and $95 for non-members. To register, call 248-641-3694 or e-mail: jody@troychamber.com. Visit www.troychamber.com/non-profit-network/non-profit-mgt-conference/.

April 29
WATERFORD TWP.  — “Legal & Financial Basics” outlines the key legal considerations for entrepreneurs operating Michigan businesses is 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, April 29 at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford Township. Registration is required, visit www.AdvantageOakland.com/expand or call 248-858-0783. The cost is $20; fee is payable at the door.

May 1
WATERFORD TWP.  — Get a Grip on Your Business, EOS Workshop is 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, May 1 at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford Township. Mike Kotsis, a professional EOS implementer will offer help with a focused action plan using the EOS workbook containing the tools to gain more traction in running a business. Registration is required, visit www.AdvantageOakland.com/expand or call 248-858-0783. The cost is $40 per person, registration is required.

May 6
BIRMINGHAM  — CFA Society of Detroit is hosting a luncheon featuring William K. M. Goldsmith of Nantucket Capital Management, LLC and Nantucket Multi Managers, LLC who will present "The Myth and Reality of Hedge Fund Investing."  The luncheon is noon to 1:30 p.m., Tuesday May 6 at The Townsend Hotel, 100 Townsend St., Birmingham. Admission is free to members and $30 for nonmembers. Register at cfadetroit.org.

May 6
ONLINE — Plante Moran is hosting a webinar, Cyber Security — What You Don’t Know Could Hurt You, 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 6. During this webinar, Plante Moran experts will discuss the myriad virtual connecting points, how these allow for greater vulnerabilities and what organizations can do to protect themselves from a cyber-threat. At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be able to: Identify emerging threats and identify risks; Determine potential risk level and Develop or improve a defensive strategy and Articulate best practices on ensuring organizationwide adoption. To register, visit www.webinars.plantemoran.com.

May 7
WATERFORD TWP.  — Business Research: Feasibility to Expansion is 9 a.m. to noon, May 7 at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford Township. The workshop is free. Registration required, visit www.AdvantageOakland.com/expand or call 248-858-0783.

May 8
LAKE ORION  — The 10th annual Lake Orion Community Business Expo is 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 8 in the Lake Orion High School Field House during parent-teacher conferences. The family-friendly, baseball-themed event is organized by the Orion Area Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Crittenton Hospital, The Lake Orion Review and The Oakland Press. Exhibitor fees are $130 dollars for Orion and Oxford Area Chamber and DDA members. Non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations who are members of the Orion Area Chamber pay only $30. Local pizzerias are encouraged to participate in the Fourth Annual Pizza War. Attendees of the Expo will taste and decide which pizzeria will earn the title of Best Pizza in the Orion Area. Restaurants and food establishments are also welcome to participate in the Taste of Orion. Pizzerias and restaurants are to provide 750 food samples and the exhibitor fee is waived. Businesses are welcome to donate food items, water bottles, promotional item or coupons to be included in the treat bags that will be given to the teachers. For information, visit orionareachamber.com or call 248-693-6300.

May 13
WATERFORD TWP.  — Know Your Numbers: Five Keys to Using Financial Statements including using a balance sheet and income statement. The workshop is 9 a.m. to noon, May 13 at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford Township. For registration, visit www.AdvantageOakland.com/expand or call 248-858-0783. The cost is $25.

May 13 TROY — Miller Canfield is hosting 2014 HR Spring Training, May 13 at MSU Management Education Center in Troy. Miller Canfield for comprehensive presentations featuring the latest trends and best practices in employment law. This program will be approved for recertification credits through the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI). Registration is required. The cost is $85 if paid by April 29. For information, contact Sandy Bera at 248-267-3345.

May 14
WATERFORD TWP.  — CEED offers a monthly orientation to its Oakland County Microloan Program that discusses the requirements and process necessary to apply and obtain a microloan. The next orientation is 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday,May 14 at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford Township. For registration, visit www.AdvantageOakland.com/expand or call 248-858-0783.

May 15
WATERFORD TWP.  — QuickBooks for Business Owners is 9 a.m. to noon, May 15 at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Building 41W in Waterford Township. ATD Solutions leads this class on QuickBooks. Further resources will be presented after this introductory class. The cost is $40 per person, pre-registration is required. For registration, visit www.AdvantageOakland.com/expand or call 248-858-0783.

May 15
WATERFORD TWP.  — Break the Rules, Close More Sales is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 15 at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Building 41W in Waterford Township. A business development workshop for business owners, company Presidents/CEO's and professional service firms and sales people. The cost is $40 per person, pre-registration is required.  For registration, visit www.AdvantageOakland.com/expand or call 248-858-0783.

May 21
WATERFORD TWP.  — Women's Business Certification Orientation is 9 to 11 a.m. May 21 at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford Township.Learn about the benefits and process of becoming a Women's Business Enterprise (WBE). Benefits include certification to private sector WBE's and access to procurement opportunities with major national companies. It is presented by Michigan Women's Business Council Visit www.miceed.org. The cost is $25, make checks payable to WBEC-GL. For registration, visit www.AdvantageOakland.com/expand or call 248-858-0783.

May 22
WATERFORD TWP.  — Small Business Association Forum on Small Business Lending is 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, May 22. It is a free loan orientation conducted by a business banker, a business consultant from the SBA’s network of Small Business Development Centers and an SBA representative. This workshop is free, but pre-registration is required.  For registration, visit www.AdvantageOakland.com/expand or call 248-858-0783.

June 4
WATERFORD TWP.  — Business Research: Feasibility to Expansion is 6 to 9 p.m. June 4 at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford Township. The workshop is free. Registration required, visit www.AdvantageOakland.com/expand or call 248-858-0783.

June 11
WATERFORD TWP.  — CEED offers a monthly orientation to its Oakland County Microloan Program that discusses the requirements and process necessary to apply and obtain a microloan. The next orientation is 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday,June 11 at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Building 41W in Waterford Township. For registration, visit www.AdvantageOakland.com/expand or call 248-858-0783.

April 24
WATERFORD TWP.  — Walk-In, Start-Up Thursdays Free Business Counseling is every Thursday. The hours are 9:30 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sessions are limited to 15 minutes, available on a first come, first-served basis. The weekly business counseling is held at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford Township. For registration, visit www.AdvantageOakland.com/expand or call 248-858-0783.

Medical Main Street's INNO-VENTION conference is Oct. 21-22
WATERFORD TWP. – Medical Main Street’s INNO-VENTION 2014 conference is set for Oct. 21- 22.
Now in its third year, the conference will feature an expansion of the overwhelmingly popular Demonstration Alley, with companies exhibiting the latest medical technology innovations. Also expanding will be one-on-one meetings, where attendees can schedule face-to-face meetings with purchasing agents from major health care providers.
Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said. “Oakland County and the region have created some of the world’s most advanced technologies. I expect this year’s event will be the best we’ve ever had.”
INNO-VENTION 2013 attracted more than 600 health professionals, clinicians, investors and suppliers.
The event features a networking reception on Oct. 21, the popular Commercialization Competition, INNOVATOR of the Year Award and luncheon, and concurrent industry break-out sessions on Oct. 22.
In 2008, Patterson created Medical Main Street with the area's leaders in health care, research and development, education and industry.
The Medical Main Street board includes Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, Beaumont Health System, Beckman Coulter Molecular Diagnostics, Crittenton Hospital, DMC Huron Valley Hospital, Ferndale Laboratories, Henry Ford Health Systems, Housey Pharmaceuticals, McLaren Health Care, MichBio, State Rep. Gail Haines, R-Waterford, Oakland Community College, Oakland University, Oxus Inc., Rockwell Medical Technologies, St. John Providence Health System and St. Joseph Mercy Oakland.