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

• CEED Lending Small Business Loan Orientation is 9-11 a.m. Jan. 11 at Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford, www.oakgov.com/advantageoakland, free event.


• Starting a Business is 9-11:30 a.m. Jan. 12 at Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center,


2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford, www.oakgov.com/advantageoakland, free event.


• 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.
• Starting a Business Workshop is 10 a.m.-noon Jan. 20 at Oakland County Michigan Works Southfield, 21030 Indian, Southfield,

register at jgranat@cityofsouthfield.com or 248-796-5130, sbdcmichigan.org. It is presented by a business consultant from the Michigan Small Business Development Center.
• Michigan Startup Ecosystem is Jan. 26 at ACE ‘17 (Annual Collaboration for Entrepreneurship) at Westin Southfield Detroit Hotel, 1500 Town Center, Southfield, general admission is $25, advance registration required, ace-event.org.
• Tech248’s January MeetUp is 2-4 p.m. Jan. 27 at P3 Detroit, 25650 W. 11 Mile Road, Suite 300, Southfield, skropinski@troy.k12.mi.us, tech248.com.
• Annual Ultimate Women’s Event is 6 p.m. Jan. 27-28 at the Sheraton Hotel in Novi, featuring a panel of entrepreneurs, authors, coaches. The theme “Move toward your goals- NOW”. Speakers include: Loren Hicks, clothing designer, founder of Michigan Fashion Week; Jewel Tankard, entrepreneur and Bravo Television star; Kim Stratton, Grammy-nominated artist and Kimberly Perry, The Fresh Chef television host, www.theultimatewomensevent.com.
• Advanced Manufacturing Media’s 2016 30 Under 30 is seeking nominations of outstanding young manufacturing and engineering students, professionals and educators for recognition in its July 2017 issue of Manufacturing Engineering magazine. Advanced Manufacturing Media is a part of SME. The deadline for nominations is Feb. 15, visit advancedmanufacturing.org, 313-425-3186.Starting a Business Workshop is 10 a.m.-noon Jan. 20 at Oakland County Michigan Works Southfield, 21030 Indian, Southfield,

register at jgranat@cityofsouthfield.com or 248-796-5130, sbdcmichigan.org. It is presented by a business consultant from the Michigan Small Business Development Center.
• Michigan Startup Ecosystem is Jan. 26 at ACE ‘17 (Annual Collaboration for Entrepreneurship) at Westin Southfield Detroit Hotel, 1500 Town Center, Southfield, general admission is $25, advance registration required, ace-event.org.
• Tech248’s January MeetUp is 2-4 p.m. Jan. 27 at P3 Detroit, 25650 W. 11 Mile Road, Suite 300, Southfield, skropinski@troy.k12.mi.us, tech248.com.
• Annual Ultimate Women’s Event is 6 p.m. Jan. 27-28 at the Sheraton Hotel in Novi, featuring a panel of entrepreneurs, authors, coaches. The theme “Move toward your goals- NOW”. Speakers include: Loren Hicks, clothing designer, founder of Michigan Fashion Week; Jewel Tankard, entrepreneur and Bravo Television star; Kim Stratton, Grammy-nominated artist and Kimberly Perry, The Fresh Chef television host, www.theultimatewomensevent.com.
• Advanced Manufacturing Media’s 2016 30 Under 30 is seeking nominations of outstanding young manufacturing and engineering students, professionals and educators for recognition in its July 2017 issue of Manufacturing Engineering magazine. Advanced Manufacturing Media is a part of SME. The deadline for nominations is Feb. 15, visit advancedmanufacturing.org, 313-425-3186.