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.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Career expo presented Aug. 20

Career expo presented
The Empowering Michigan Career Expo will take place from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 20, at the Concorde Inn Hotel, 44315 Gratiot Avenue, Clinton Township. Several businesses will be present and ready to interview and discuss hiring opportunities and representatives from the Unemployment Insurance agency will also be on hand to answer basic questions about unemployment and the extensions that are available. Attendees should dress for success and bring lots of copies of their resumes. Additional information is available at

Sphere Trending wraps up 2010, begins 2011

Sphere Trending of Waterford recently finished their reports for trends in 2010 and have already started working on 2011. Sphere Trending was founded by Maxine Lauer, CEO and president. She started the company in 2000 because she saw a gap in bringing together macro and micro trend information to provide key implications customized for each business. Her career spans over 30 years of executive management experience in retail and manufacturing with a focus in the areas of design, marketing and product development. For more information visit

Levanto launches discount program for school employees

Levanto Financial of Troy, a leader in personal financial wellness coaching, recently announced it has launched a discount program for Troy school district employees. All current Troy school district employees, as well as its retirees, are eligible to waive Levanto’s enrollment fee and will also receive a 50 percent discount on the first 12 months for all services provided by the Troy-based firm. For more information, call 248-283-8775 or visit

Hotel offering half off to active military members and more

The Baronette Renaissance Detroit-Novi hotel, at 27790 Novi Road, is offering active members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and the U.S. Coast Guard as well as fire fighters, police, paramedics and teachers 50 percent off the standard room rate every Sunday through Sept. 6. The “Half Price for Heroes” deal also includes a $20 food and beverage credit to Toasted Oak Grill and Market, the hotel’s restaurant. Reservations can be made by calling 800-395-9009 and speaking with a personal host or visit and entering the promotional code L9Z.

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