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.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

West Bloomfield Chamber hosts business expo

Chamber hosts fourth annual business expo

The Greater West Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce Business Expo ’10 is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5, at the Orchard Mall center court, 6445 Orchard Lake Road .
The expo includes booths from retail stores, business and service providers, and nonprofit organizations, as well as free food tastings.
It is free and open to the public. For information, call 248-626-3636.

Chamber to host networking event

The Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce will host a Perking Up Waterford Business Networking event from 8 to 9 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5, at Sam’s Club, 495 Summit Drive.
The cost is $10 for chamber members and $15 for nonmembers.
Contact Ashley Bohner at or 248-666-8600.

Entrepreneurs invited to ‘Legal Basics’ class

The Community House is offering “Legal Basics” for businesses from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6, at The Community House, 380 South Bates Street.
The workshop provides new and existing Michigan entrepreneurs an understanding of the “key legal considerations” when operating a business entity, and an overview of how to protect their business interests while minimizing the risks of liability.
There also will be a discussion about establishing a short- and long-term succession plan for business.
Instructor John Carter specializes in business and commercial law. He offers courses through the Michigan Small Business Development Centers, Oakland County Business Community Center, and local community colleges.
The cost for one session is $34.
For more information, call 248-644-5832 or visit

Cleary University to host free career expo

Cleary University and hiredMYway are teaming up for a career expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5, at Cleary University, 3750 Cleary Drive No. 1.  The free expo is open to the public.
While at the event, job seekers can take advantage of expert resume writers, career coaches and social media experts, who will be on site to give tips on the best way to network and stand out to employers in a tough economy.
Angela Shelby, representative for the State of Michigan, is offering a class on how to apply for jobs within the various state agencies.
For more details, visit

School hosts open house for prospective students

A Cooley Law School open house for prospective students will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, at the school’s Auburn Hills campus, 2630 Featherstone Road.
It includes tours; opportunities to meet staff, faculty and students; mock classes, and special sessions for accepted students and honors scholars.
To register or for more information, visit

Oxford Bank presents investment seminar

Oxford Bank is sponsoring a free investment seminar titled, “2020 Vision: The Case for Equities in the Decade Ahead,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, at the bank’s headquarters, 60 S. Washington St.
The seminar will be presented by Marc Powers, of Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. and features speaker Paul Silva, vice president at Franklin Templeton Investments.
Light refreshments will be served. Seating is limited.
To reserve a spot, contact Gwen Cesario at 248-814-6580, or via e-mail at

Association to host event on creativity

The Michigan International Professional Association is hosting “The Creative Process: How to Inspire Inventive Thinking” from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, at Franklin Grill & Tavern, 32760 Franklin Road.
The event features Ann Arbor-based strategic design agency, QLTD.
Christine Golus and Paul Koch of QLTD will talk about the importance of creativity in business, outline the catalysts to creative thinking and how it is put to work for the benefit of the firm’s clients nationwide.
For more information, visit www. or call 248-787-0136.

Charity to honor Ford’s Alan Mulally

The Old Newsboys’ Goodfellow Fund of Detroit will honor Ford Motor Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Alan Mulally, at the charity’s 21st annual Tribute Breakfast at 8 a.m. Friday, Oct. 8, at Cobo Center, 1 Washington Blvd.
Tickets for the benefit event are $150 each, $1,500 for a table of 10 or $5,000 for a Santa Circle table. Revenue will help provide 36,000 holiday gift packages containing clothing, books, candy and toys for needy children in the area.
For information, call 586-775-6139 or visit

Council offers women’s negotiating conference

The Women’s Business Enterprise Council’s 10th Annual Great Lakes Women’s Business Conference will take place Monday, Oct. 11, through Wednesday, Oct. 13, at the Motor City Casino-Hotel, 2901 Grand River.
It includes a workshop that will use role playing and a question and answer session to demonstrate how to handle negotiations, avoid the traps of letting the other party control the process, and deal with some common problems, all without losing your cool and working to obtain your goals.
For more information, visit

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