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, November 28, 2010

Business calendar

Nov. 29 Detroit Economic Club show

The Detroit Economic Club will host U.S. Congressman Mike Pence, of Indiana, for a presention of “Restoring American Exceptionalism: A Vision for Economic Growth and Prosperity” from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 29 at The Townsend Hotel, 100 Townsend St., Birmingham. Call 313-963-8546 or visit

Nov. 30  Michigan Career Expo will sponsor the Empowering Michigan Career Expo  to link job seekers with hiring companies from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30, at the Doubletree Hotel, 5801 Southfield Freeway, Dearborn. Several local companies will be present and ready to interview and discuss hiring opportunities. Businesses interested in registering for a booth should contact at 734-956-4550.

Dec. 1 Foreclosure opportunities seminar

Thav, Gross, Steinway & Bennett and The Financial Crisis Talk Center will host a free seminar “The Foreclosure Crisis & Its Opportunities,” 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1 at 30150 Telegraph Rd., Suite 360, Bingham Farms. Call 248-645-1700.

Dec. 1 Becoming a Government Contractor

The Procurement Technical Assistance Center of Schoolcraft College will present “How to Become a Government Contractor” 8 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, Dec. 1 at Washtenaw Community College-Morris Lawrence Building, Room 104, Schoolcraft College PTAC, Ann Arbor. Admission is $40, advanced registration is required. Call 734-462-4438.

Dec. 1 SCORE business workshop
SCORE’s “Could I, Should I Start My Own Business” workshop will be 8:45 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, Dec. 1 at Southfield Public Library, 26300 Evergreen Rd., Southfield. Cost is $10. Call 313-226-7947 or visit to register.

Dec. 1 Free business planning seminar

“Breathing Life into the Strategic Plan” business planning seminar is 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1 at Waterford Public Library,  5168 Civic Center Dr., Waterford Township. The free seminar includes coffee and appetizers. Register with Jim Grant at 248-613-1439 or e-mail

Dec. 1 CREW Detroit holiday party

The Detroit chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW Detroit) announces its annual holiday party will be 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1 at The Rattlesnake Club, 300 Riverplace, Detroit. The networking event is open to all. The cost is $50 for members and $65 for non-members, (members may register a guest at the member rate). This includes two drink tickets and an assortment of hors d’oeuvres and mini desserts.  Attendees are encouraged to bring a retail or Visa gift card in an increment of $15 to $25 to help provide holiday gifts for Detroit-based Alternatives For Girls. For information, visit or call 785-832-1808.

Dec. 1 Marketing & Sales meeting

Lynn Tilton, chief executive officer and principal of Patriarch Partners will speak at the Marketing & Sales Executives of Detroit meeting 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1 at Somerset Inn, 2601 W. Big Beaver Rd., Troy. Tilton will discuss the future of the automotive industry and rebuilding America’s manufacturing base. The event begins with registration at 5 p.m., followed by Tilton’s presentation, a Q & A session at 6 p.m. and dessert at 7 p.m. Cost is $40 for members and $50 for nonmembers. Call 248-643-9685 or visit

Dec. 2, 8 & 16 Business workshops

Business owners and entrepreneurs are invited to attend seminars offered by the Oakland County Business Center at Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Rd., Waterford Township. For pre-registration, visit, or call 248-858-0783.
• Fundamentals of Starting a Business is 6- to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2. Fee is $30.
• Sales I: Effective Networking, presented by Denise Roberts, Sales Partners-Troy will be 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Dec. 8. Fee is $40.
• Pre-Business Research will be 6 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9. This workshop is free, but pre-registration is required.
• Fundamentals of Writing a Business Plan workshop will be 6 to 9 p.m.Thursday, Dec. 16. Fee is $40, which includes all materials. No refunds.

Dec. 2 Free tax planning webinar

Southfield-based certified public accounting and business advisory firm Plante & Moran will hold a webinar titled, “Tax Planning to Prepare for Today and Tomorrow,” from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2.
The free webinar provides an overview of the current tax environment, top tax changes that will impact businesses and individuals and tax planning strategies for the future. To register, visit

Dec. 3 Great Start Collaborative

Great Start Collaborative-Oakland Business Forum will be from 8 to10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 3 at Auburn Hills Marriott at Centerpoint, 3600 Centerpoint Parkway, Pontiac. The free event discusses early childhood education. Event speakers include Dr. Timothy Bartik and Shaun Wilson. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 248-209-2588. The event includes a breakfast buffet. Visit

Dec. 3 Detroit Area Woodworking Show

The 5th annual Detroit Area Woodworking Show will be from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3 at Performance Line Tool Center, 130 S. Telegraph, Waterford Township. The show will feature product displays and  “show-only” specials from Jet, Powermatic, Festool, Fastcap, Little Giant, Bosch, Porter-Cable, Delta, DeWalt, Fein, Carvewright, Kreg, Freud, Senco, Makita, and more.

Dec. 3 Small Business Conference

The city of Southfield will host the 7th annual Small Business Conference from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 3 in the meeting room at the Southfield Public Library, 26300 Evergreen Rd., Southfield. Free conference will include Kirk Armstrong of Gerry Weinberg & Associates speaking on “Effective networking techniques.” A roundtable discussion will follow. Continental breakfast provided.
Reservations are required at or call 248-796-4161.

Dec. 7 Estate planning class offered

“Estate Planning and Asset Protection,” class will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7 at Rochester Community House, 816 Ludlow, Rochester. To register, call 248-651-9754 or visit

Dec. 7 Chamber’s Perking Up

Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce will host Perking Up Waterford business networking from 8 to 9 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7 at Waterfall Jewelers, 5649 Dixie Hwy., Waterford Township. Call 248-666-8600. Continental breakfast included.

Dec. 8 SCORE workshop
SCORE Planning Your Own Business Workshop will be from 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8, at Southfield Public Library, 26300 Evergreen Rd., Southfield. Featured are discussions with SCORE counselors sharing their business experiences in management, marketing, manufacturing, and IT systems.
Admission is $45. Call 313-226-7947 to register.

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