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

Walk-In-Start-Up Thursdays is 9:30 a.m. to noon and 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. every Thursday, 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.

Lawrence Technological University’s LTU Collaboratory is hosting Annual Collaboration for Entrepreneurship, known as ACE’16, beginning at noon Jan. 26 at The Westin in Southfield. Entrepreneurs, investors, growth stage companies, educators, students, and service providers are encouraged to attend. For information, visit, email or 248-469-4727.

Owners of small businesses are invited to join Wayne State University’s Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) for a free seminar about getting involved in the field of government contracting. Government Contracting 101 is 9 a.m. to noon, Jan. 27; March 23; May 18 and June 22 on the Wayne State campus in Suite 3101 of the Maccabees Building, 5057 Woodward Ave., Detroit. This seminar is free but advance registration is required. Email PTAC Program Manager Abby Cheatham at or call 313-577-0132.

Automation Alley is hosting Global Economic and Industry Outlook for 2016 and Beyond, 8-11:30 a.m. Jan. 27 at Automation Alley Headquarters, 2675 Bellingham Drive, Troy.The Oakland County tech association and a group of international business experts will gather to discuss the global economy and how companies can take advantage of opportunities and meet challenges of doing business overseas. Topics will include the eurozone, China’s GDP growth rate, geopolitical threats, shale oil discoveries, technological innovations. Advance registration is $20 for members and $40 for nonmembers.For more information and to register, visit or call 800-427-5100.

Bishop William Murphy Jr., the pastor of New Mt. Moriah International Church in Pontiac and Nicole Farmer, CEO of LifeLine Business Consulting are hosting an accelerated entrepreneurship course which runs for six weeks, meeting 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 2-March 8 at the New Mt. Moriah International Church.
LifeLine Business Consulting is in partnership with the Detroit Microloan Collaborative. For more information, call 248-332-3070 or visit

Tech248 is hosting Testing & Enhancing Your Organization’s Cyber Security, 10 a.m.-noon Feb. 11 at Oakland County Board of Commissioners Auditorium 1200 North Telegraph Road, Pontiac. To register, call 248-858-5437 or email

The Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce is hosting a free entrepreneurship seminar, Friday, Feb. 12 presented by Jeannie Parent, publisher of The Oakland Press and Michigan Regional Newspaper group for Digital First Media. “How to Develop a Winning Social Media Strategy” is 9-11 a.m. Feb. 12 at the Rochester Fire Department, Rochester. It is the first of the chamber’s Entrepreneurship Seminar Series. Future seminars include “Building a Powerful Brand” presented by George Piliouras, CEO of George Piliouras & Associates and “A Platform for Hiring Success” presented by Carrie Schochet and Amy Whipple of Purple Squirrel Advisors.
Register at or call 248-651-6700.