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, December 5, 2010

Oakland Press executive editor and WWJ station manager present 'Keys to Successful Community Marketing'

Dec. 7-9 Marketing presentations

Community Marketing Associates is hosting “Keys to Successful Community Marketing,” a one-hour PowerPoint presentation for local small businesses. Glenn Gilbert, executive editor of The Oakland Press and Pete Kowalski, station manager, WWJ/vice-president of sales at CBS Radio will discuss how local businesses are selected for news stories. The free presentations are only available to business owners/managers of Berkley businesses. The three presentations will be held: 10:30 a.m., Tuesday Dec. 7; 6 p.m. Wednesday Dec. 8 and 1:30 p.m. Thursday Dec. 9 at Berkley Public Library, 3155 Coolidge in downtown Berkley. Kowalski will give the Tuesday presentation and Gilbert will present on Wednesday and Thursday. Visit

Oakland County December 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. For pre-registration, visit, or call 248-858-0783.
Sales I: Effective Networking , presented by Denise Roberts, Sales Partners-Troy is 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Dec. 8. The fee is $40, which includes all materials.
Pre-Business Research is 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 is 6 to 9 p.m.Thursday, Dec. 16. The fee is $40, which includes all materials. No refunds.

Dec. 7 Estate planning class

“Estate Planning and Asset Protection,” class will be offered 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 Perking Up

Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce hosts Perking Up Waterford business networking 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 Detroit Rotary Club

Yoga Shelter founder and guru Eric Paskel, a licensed therapist and inspirational leader will speak to the Detroit Rotary Club at noon Thursday, Dec. 8. The luncheon event is at the Detroit Athletic Club, 241 Madison Ave. Detroit, open to the public, $15 per person. For information, or to reserve your spot, call 313-438-2355 or visit

Dec. 8 SCORE workshop

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

Dec. 8 Resume building

Savvy Search: Honing Your Resume, Prospects, Who You Are and more is 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8 at Global Consulting Inc., 32985 Hamilton Ct., Suite 205, Farmington Hills. Call 866-JOBS-456.

Dec. 9 Traffic in Arms Regulations

The Procurement Technical Assistance Center of Schoolcraft College holds an overview of International Traffic in Arms Regulations, (ITAR), 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 9. The workshop will be led by Joseph D. Gustavus of Miller Canfield of Troy. The cost is $25 per person and includes continental breakfast. Reservations required at 734-462-4438.

Dec. 9 Detroit Economic Club

 The Detroit Economic Club presents Gail McGovern, president and CEO, American Red Cross- “How Business Skills Helped Turn Around the American Red Cross” 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9 at Westin Book Cadillac Detroit, 1114 Washington Blvd., Detroit.

Dec. 9  "Entrepreneurs at Heart"

 Michigan International Professional Association hosts “Entrepreneur at Heart” 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec 9 at The Franklin Grill, 32760 Franklin Road, Franklin. Visit

Dec. 9 Speed Networking

Speed Networking monthly meeting of new investors, suppliers and contractors, presented by Real Estate Investors Association of Oakland 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday Dec. 9; at Club Venetian, 29310 John R. Road, Madison Heights. The seminar is free to members and $20 for nonmembers. Call 800-747-6742 or visit

Dec. 10 Holly Chamber Extravanganza

The Holly Chamber of Commerce Holly Holiday Extravaganza is 6 p.m. Dec. 10 at The Captain’s Club, Woodfield Country Club, 10200 Woodfield Dr. Grand Blanc.
There will be a buffet dinner with a cash bar, music, dancing, entertainment and blind auction. Members are asked to provide a wrapped gift with a minimum value of $50. The cost is $30 per person. Reservations requested. Tickets are also available at Winglemire Furniture and Elements Day Spa of Holly or by e-mail

Dec. 14 BNA monthly mixer, holiday party

 BNA monthly mixer and holiday party is Tuesday, Dec. 14, hosted by Italia Fresca—Tuscan Grill & Wine Bar, 2440 Orchard Lake Road, Sylvan Lake. The party includes wine and appetizers with music by Dan Warren. Admission is $15.Call 248-681-2778 or visit

Dec. 14 SCORE marketing workshop
SCORE Basic Marketing Workshop is 8:45 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Dec. 14 at Southfield Public Library, 26300 Evergreen Road in Southfield. The cost is $45. Call 313-226-7947 to register.

Dec. 15 SCORE business plan

Detroit SCORE Chapter 18, “How to Write a Successful Business Plan” is 8:45 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Dec. 15 at Southfield Public Library, 26300 Evergreen Road in Southfield. The cost is $45. Call 313-226-7947 to register.

Dec. 15 ‘Leading During Challenging Times'
The Detroit Economic Club presents, “Leading During Challenging Times” with Richard J. Dugas, Jr., chairman, president and CEO of PulteGroup, Inc., 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Dec. 15 at Detroit Marriott Troy, 200 West Big Beaver Road, Troy.

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