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

• SCORE Business Plan Series workshops are 8:45 a.m.-noon, Wednesdays, Sept. 9, Sept. 16 and Sept. 23 at Michigan First Credit Union, 27000 Evergreen Road, Lathrup Village. The series provide the basics for preparing and writing a business start-up plan, detroit.score.org, three workshops, $100.
• “Starting a Business” workshop is 9-11:30 a.m. Sept. 10, at Oakland County Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township. There is no fee. www.AdvantageOakland.com, 248-858-0783.
• TiE Detroit, global non-profit organization for entrepreneurs, will host “What Drives Customers’ Choices” workshop, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10 at Lawrence Technological University, 21000 West 10 Mile Road in Southfield. TiE Detroit will welcome Joe Urbany, Ph.D., professor of marketing at the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame, and Entrepreneur Gary Gigot to the workshop. co-founders of Vennli, Inc. The workshop is free but registration is required. Register atwww.detroit.tie.org. For more information, contact Sarah Myrand at 248-254-4043 or sarahm@kyyba.com.
• The Battery Show, Critical Power Expo and Electric and Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo, is Sept. 15-17 at the Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave in Novi. The Battery Show 2015 is a showcase of the latest advanced battery technology. It includes the Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo and Critical Power Expo. Hours are 9:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Sept. 15-16 and 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 17,www.thebatteryshow.com.
• Business Research: Feasibility to Expansion workshop is 9-11:30 a.m. Sept. 16 at Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township, free workshop, register at www.AdvantageOakland.com/businessworkshops, 248-858-0783.
• Business Research: Feasibility to Expansion workshop is 9-11:30 a.m. Sept. 16 at Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township, free workshop, register at www.AdvantageOakland.com/businessworkshops, 248-858-0783.
• 23rd Annual Quality People/Quality County Awards breakfast is 8 a.m. Sept. 16 at the Auburn Hills Marriott Pontiac at Centerpoint to honor four outstanding individuals with our 23rd Annual Quality People/Quality County (Q2) Awards. This year’s honorees include Terence E. “Terry” Adderley, executive chairman of Kelly Services; Stephanie W. Bergeron, president and chief executive officer of Walsh College and prominent attorney Elbert Hatchett and his wife Laurestine. Tickets are $165 each or $1,500 for a table of 10. Proceeds support Boost Oakland Business, 810-955-1957, www.oakgov.com
• The International Council of Shopping Centers Michigan Retailers Breakfast is 8 a.m. Sept. 17 at the Regency Room at the Townsend Hotel, 100 Townsend Street in Birmingham. The event begins with registration, networking and breakfast at 7:30 a.m. $65-$80, www.icsc.org/2015B09, 646 728 3800.
• 13th annual Event-Planning Expo for planning events, is 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 20 at the Jewish Community Center, 6600 W. Maple Road, West Bloomfield Township. More than 70 vendors present their party-planning expertise and opportunities for families and corporations. Admission is free, event-planning-expo-registration.eventbrite.com.
• Walk-In-Start-Up Thursdays is 9:30 a.m.-noon and 1:30-4:30 p.m. every Thursday at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township.It is a small business counseling initiative for individuals who want to launch a business. They will receive confidential, one-on-one advice from an experienced business consultant with no appointment necessary, first come, first served basis and each session is limited to 15 minutes. There is no fee. www.AdvantageOakland.com, 248-858-0783.