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 7, 2010

Sunday Business Calendar

TROY Social media topic of lunch
A workshop about how social media can improve your marketing strategies is 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9. It is hosted by the Michigan Homeland Security Consortium. The workshop is part of a Lunch & Learn Series held each month at Automation Alley Headquarters at 2675 Bellingham Drive in Troy. This is geared toward the homeland security and defense sectors. The cost is $20 for members and $40 for nonmembers. Registration is required. Visit

Veterans Entrepreneur Conference on horizon
The fifth annual Southeastern Michigan V.E.T. Conference begins at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10, at the Michigan State University Management Education Center, 811 W. Square Lake Road, Troy.
There will also be a Vets Night Out networking event from 7 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 9, at the Management Education Center and there is no admission fee. Refreshments and a cash bar will be available.
This year’s conference will feature 16 breakout sessions and a pair of keynote speakers. Among the topics to be covered will be 10 steps to doing business with TACOM, starting a business, financing a business and selling to the Army Corps of Engineers.
Registration is $45 for the conference. Visit or call 810-767-8387.

Legal aspects of e-commerce discussed
A seminar about the legal aspects of e-commerce and online marketing will be presented by John T. Carter, of Carter and Affiliates, P.C. The seminar is 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9, in the Oakland Room of the Oakland Center on the campus of Oakland University, 2200 N. Squirrel Road, Rochester. It is sponsored by the OU Branch of the MSU Federal Credit Union.
Refreshments will be served. Seating is limited. For a reservation, call 248-364-4723 or visit

Amcon Design and Contract Manufacturing expo set
Amcon Design and Contract Manufacturing expo is 9:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9, and 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10, at Rock Financial Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave., Novi. Admission and parking is free. Exhibitors include job shops and contract manufacturers from throughout the U.S. and Canada. Visit for information or call 800-829-7467.

Oakland County holds November 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 Road, Waterford Township.
Fundamentals of Starting a Business is 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Nov. 10. The fee is $30.
Fundamentals of Writing a Business Plan is 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, Nov. 18. The fee is $40, which includes all materials.
Visit, or call 248-858-0783.

Business planning workshop slated
SCORE presents “Planning Your Own Business” 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Nov. 10, at Southfield Public Library  26300 Evergreen Road, Southfield. In one of a series of workshops for small businesses, Detroit SCORE Chapter 18, this workshop discusses how entrepreneurs do the research and planning necessary for writing a comprehensive business plan and starting a successful business. The cost is $45 per person. Call 313-226-7947 to register.

CREW discusses opportunities in distressed properties
The Detroit chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women, (CREW), luncheon meeting will focus on “Golden Opportunities Hidden in the Tidal Wave of Distressed Properties” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10, at Schoolcraft College, VisTaTech Center, room W210B, 18600 Haggerty Road, Livonia.
Steve Morris, executive managing director and principal at Newmark Knight Frank and adjunct professor of finance at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, will provide insights into opportunities in the repositioning of distressed real estate assets from both a business school and “street” approach. Admission is $35 for CREW members; $50 for nonmembers.

Ladies Night Out benefits Parkinson foundation
Metro You and Closet NV are hosting Ladies Night Out, an evening of shopping, wine, appetizers, raffle prizes and more. It is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, at 2010 Closet NV, 6889 Orchard Lake Road in West Bloomfield Township.
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Michigan Parkinson Foundation. For information, call 248-626-9996.

Chamber hosts business expo
The Clarkston Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting the 24th annual Best of the Best Business Expo
6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, at Clarkston High School, 6093 Flemings Lake Road, Clarkston. Admission is free. Nearly 100 exhibitors will be present. Oakland Technical Center’s Culinary Arts program will prepare and serve refreshments.
For information, call 248-625-8055 or visit

Walsh College Leadership awards presented
The Walsh College Leadership Awards Dinner is 7 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Royal Park Hotel, 600 East University Dr.
WDIV-TV Channel 4 news anchor Devin Scillian will act as master of ceremonies at the event. All proceeds from the awards dinner benefit the Jeffery W. Barry Scholarship Fund and the General Scholarship Fund.
Tickets for the event, which includes dinner, a silent auction and raffle, are $250 per person. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information, contact Andrea Richards at 248-823-1204, or

Former U.S. Secretary William S. Cohen keynotes gala
William S. Cohen, former U.S. Secretary of Defense and senator from Maine, is the keynote speaker for the seventh annual It’s A Wonderful Life Gala. The dinner and gala is  6 p.m. Nov. 12 at The Westin Book Cadillac, 1114 Washington Blvd., Detroit.
Serving as the event’s master of ceremonies is Chuck Stokes, editorial/public affairs director at WXYZ-TV/Channel 7.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Presbyterian Villages of Michigan Foundation residents and community seniors.
The gala is themed Made in Michigan, and it will highlight products, companies, destinations and people. It will also feature an auction, dinner and program.
Tickets are $200 and include a general cocktail reception at 6 p.m., dinner and program. Patron tickets are $325 and include a private VIP reception at 5 p.m. with Cohen, prime seating at dinner and recognition in the event program. For more information, see or contact Megan Keup at 248-281-2044 or

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