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.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Upcoming business networking events

Networking seminar focuses on building relationships
 Business and Personal Coach Barry Demp presents “Take Charge: The Journey to Personal Excellence” 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 18 at The Community House, 380 South Bates St. in Birmingham. In this interactive session, participants will be advised on techniques to build and expand professional and personal relationships, ways to generate common ground and help design and align on new futures. The session will conclude with an hour of networking. There is a $5 fee per person. For reservations, call 248-644-5832 or visit

Defense group to host speed networking event
A speed networking event for local professionals interested in the defense industry will be hosted by the Women In Defense (WID) Michigan Chapter 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 18 at the Somerset Inn, 2601 W. Big Beaver Road in Troy. The evening will begin with a networking reception and followed by a facilitated speed networking session, featuring specific topic areas.
Both men and women are welcome to attend the Lapeer Industries-sponsored event includes hors d’oeuvres and cash bar. On-site registration is $45 for WID members and $55 for non-members. To register in advance, visit Exhibit space is also available at a cost of $250 per table. In addition, WID supports Jackets for Jobs and encourages attendees to bring men and women’s gently used professional clothing on hangers.

Rochester Road Business Owners hold appreciation luncheon
The Troy Rotary Club is hosting a Rochester Road Business Owners appreciation luncheon at noon Wednesday, May 19 at the Bank of America Headquarters located at 2500 W. Big Beaver Road in Troy. To ease the impact of the construction project underway, each business owner will be introduced with an opportunity to provide a 60 second commercial about their business. They will also be provided information on the Troy Community Rochester Road Alliance that is organizing to assist with marketing programs for the businesses affected by the construction. The guest speaker is Tara Kachaturoff, producer and host of Michigan Entrepreneur TV. Admission is $11 and all Troy stakeholders are welcome. RSVP to 248-828-0666.

“Retiree’s Road to Recovery” hosted by Legacy of America, Inc., a retirement planning and asset preservation firm based in Auburn Hills is 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 18, and Wednesday, May 19, at Lelli’s in Auburn Hills. The program is complimentary and lunch will be provided, but seating is limited.  Reservations are required and can be made by calling 1-800-581-6855. Lelli’s is located at 885 North Opdyke in Auburn Hills. For more information, visit

Chamber hosts community awards breakfast
The Clarkston Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting its 25th Annual Community Awards Breakfast is 7:30 to 9 a.m. Thursday, May 20 at Clarkston Community Church, 6300 Clarkston Road in Clarkston. Tickets are $8 and include a full catered breakfast. For more information, call 248-625-8055 or visit

Governmental Accounting and Auditing conference held
Governmental Accounting and Auditing conference is being presented by the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants 8:30 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. Thursday, May 20 at MSU Management Education Center, 811 W. Square Lake Road in Troy. The conference is for those who work with or within the governmental arena to learn about new rules and changes to standards and compliance requirements. The cost is $209 for Michigan Association of CPA members and $309 for nonmembers. For more information, call  888-877-4273 or viist


Samuel said...

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Neil said...

Never underestimate the importance of events like these. I have recently attended a couple of Business Network Events South Yorkshire over the Autumn period and have come away with a few extra contacts, a bit more knowledge and crucially a couple of business leads also.